A Revolver, though often thought of as outdated, has several advantages for the casual gun owner/user.
1 - Catches brass
. The shells aren't ejected, as often happens with semi autos on to your face and arms.
2 - Doesn't need as much maintenance
. Semi autos have to periodically be field stripped, cleaned, oiled, and have parts such as recoil assemblies replaced. A revolver generally does, maybe just clean the cylinder and pull a rag through the barrel.
3 - Reliability
. People claim semi autos are as reliable as revolvers nowdays, however this is with two huge
caveats, one, that its not a cheap budget semi like a taurus (and a taurus revolver like the 856 is much much more reliable than its semi auto offerings like the g2s for example) and two, semi automatics have a much higher rate of routine non catastrophic failures like failure to feed/eject/cycle. These have to be resolved (by ejecting mag, pulling slide to get rid of the bullet/casing, then inserting/re-inserting the mag) which takes time meanwhile if a revolver has a light strike all you need to do is pull the trigger again. Not to mention, that improper shooting stance (i.e. 'limp wristing') can increase the likelihood of a FTE and in an actual real world scenario you may not have time to get into a proper two handed firm grip isosceles stance, you may have to fire one handed or from an awkward position/angle. With something like the aforementioned Taurus G2S that is virtually 100% guaranteed to give you a FTE after 1-2 rounds.
4 - Heavy trigger. There is usually no manual safety on a revolver but it does have a heavy 9-12+ pound trigger which is almost literally impossible to pull by accident, it's so heavy it usually even requires a slightly different finger position than the hair trigger on a G19, if someone wants to "appendix carry" id rather they do it with a double action revolver than a G19.
The only major downside of a revolver is capacity. That's huge but for self defense you really don't need 17 rounds since most times you will only require 1-3 round on average since even one well placed bullet kills an attacker.
Bottom line is semi auto pistols need to be actively maintained while revolvers do not. If I don't shoot a semi auto pistol for a few months then the oil will evaporate and it will start to jam sometimes withPost too long. Click here to view the full text.