I think what lost in gun recommendations is the fact that as a civilian your not taking on an army or 6 bank robbers. Probably in over 90 percent of incidences of civilians using guns the fight is over with one shot. Probably 9 percent with 2. Reloading slower yes and no. Ive seen people in just combat simulations doing mag changes fall right apart. Being able to do it on the range isn't the same as doing it when someones shooting at you and if you even have to your probably in one of those big gun fights that makes the national news.People watch way to much tv. Ive carried my 45 colt montado in an in the waist band holster I had made for it. 6 big 255 grain bullets probably gives the smack on target that twice that many 9mms give. If I knew for absolute sure I was going to get in a gun fight that day and it might be that one percent would I take a single action? Probably not but I sure wouldn't feel under gunned leaving the house. Id bet a good many of those who say it wont work carry little 7 shot 9s or 380s. Id take a 45 colt sa over one of them. Another thing to keep in mind is if your like me you've practiced A LOT. Practiced drawing and shooting your gun over and over and over. Most criminals probably haven't even shot there gun and if so don't have a clue as to proper gun handling. Now if your unlucky enough to run into one of those made for tv sernerios where theres 6 bank robbers with full auto m16s and sawed off shotguns forget all what I said. Good luck with even a glock. Remember too who your asking here. I don't know if a single guy here as a civilian actually used a gun to defend himself. If there is someone id like to hear how many shots they fired. Truth be told I don't know and have never even met a civilian who used his ccw gun. About like asking a bunch of guys from Michigan and florida what the best grizzly bear stopping gun is.
Lloyd, you touch on a point that was on my mind.
Open carry became law here on the 1st of January 2016. In that time since, Ihave seen exactly two people carrying openly. Thats it. This is including time spent hiking with my better half on wedded trails and out in the boonies. One was a young lady wither dog and she had a Glock sticking out of her back pocket. The other was a clown that was trying for a reaction with a thigh mounted tactical rig, several spare magazines and punches for flashlights and so on. He looked like an ad for the tactical rig company, and frankly he looked like a clown. He was even getting stares with people shaking their heads. I don't think many people are walking around actually carrying what they say they do. According to the guy at the gun counter of the local Academy sports, the small .380's are flying off the shelves with the Ruger LCP and S&W .380 bodyguard being the top sellers. The small 9mm's are also big sellers.
If I were a cop, or SEAL, or caped avenger protecting Gotham, I'd go with a full size Glock or Sig 226. But I'm not. I'm a retired senior citizen machinist that lives quietly in Georgetown Texas. Once in a while the wife and I go down to Austin for a music venue or lunch at our favorite Irish pub on 6th street. Thats about the most daring thing we do, as 6th street is not a great pale at night, but so-so in daylight. There I carry both my NAA mini's.
I think it matters who you are and what you do. The wife and I have not, to our knowledge, angered any Hells Angles or Banditios groups that we know of, nor do we have anything to with any Mexican drug cartels. Keeping in mind who we are and what we do, how much gun is needed by two seniors going about a quiet life of retirement? We've scaled back in a lot of ways as we got 'older' and our activities changed. Our backpacking days are over, and even our so called hikes are not that far into any wilderness. We don't do bars at night, and since Memorial Day 2017 I only stop at large busy travel centers like Pilot and Flying J while on our road trips to California to see the daughter and grandkids.
Most my life I've carried a small pocket pistol, and its been fine. The few times theres been a problem, it got solved. Only once was a shot fired, and since most criminals are cowards and run, a small gun is as good as a big one.
But...since the increase in mass shootings, I went a bit off and bought a more modern gun with more rounds than my old mini revolver. I bought a Ruger LCP and now regret it. Its on its way back to Ruger because the third time out it became a jam-o-maric with failure to ejects in every magazine. Should've stuck with revolvers. In 50 years of handguning, I've never had a revolver fail on me, let alone a single action one. My Bearcat since 1972 has never missed. beat. My S&W 63 from 1980 has never failed. I'm second guessing my move to a semi auto and am thinking that Should have just stayed with what has worked from since I was a teenager. My Ruger Bearcat may only be a .22, but unlike the LCP, it has always worked, and I can hit tens balls at 25 yards with it. A local gunship has. Rugged Vaquero with the birdshead grip and short barrel that is actually a compact gun. Kind of chunky, but so was the Charter Arms .44 bulldog.
My thoughts now are turning to this; if its not a true pocket pistol, then why not just go for a full size gun in a good high ride holster for concealment? The midsize guns don't make sense to me anymore, nor do the small semi autos that are finicky. I had a Glock 26 for a couple of years, carried it twice as it was too big for a pocket. And I just never bonded with the gun. I didn't like it. It was very reliable, very accurate, but I just never liked the feel of it. For whatever emotional factor, I'm a revolver guy. They just click with me. I'm not taking on any mob, I'm not the Lone Ranger, I'm not even the guy who feed oats to the Lone Rangers horse.
The most likely criminal I'm going to face is some low life that thinks the white bearded old guy limping along on a cane is going to be easy pickings. Like the two illegals that tried to car jack me at the highway rest stop out by Ft. Hancock Texas in 2017. A little single action did just as well as a 17 round Glock with no shots fired.
I'm thinking of when I get the LCP back from Ruger, selling/trade it off on a larger but still cartable single action like the Bearcat modded for .22 magnum?