Joe Ghoul wrote:I have one of those Taurus 8 shot .357s.
What do you think of those, anyway? I haven't heard much about them save for an objection raised by some competition shooters about the weak crane and yoke assembly.
I saw the same articles mentioning this problem. One of the major gun rags tried to use it for some defensive pistol competitions. However, they were the only source of any bad reviews on it.
I enjoy the hell out of it. A very pleasant gun to shoot. Its my 'fun pistol'.
As far as the whole auto vs wheel gun debate?
I just received a GLOCK 17 for Xmas. That's what goes in my bugout kit. While I think a revolver is still relevant for home security and even EDC, I want something with a little more firepower and a faster reload time if I'm hauling ass beng pursued by hordes of the undead. I held off getting a full sized GLOCK for awhile, but the research won me over. Durable as hell, there's a shit-ton of parts available, and (finally) hi-cap mags can be found easily.
That being said, I think everyone should still learn to shoot with a revolver. Its like being able to drive a stick. You'd rather know how to do it and not need to, then vice versa. I've got the .357 and a .38, and love shooting both.
However, when the dead start to rise, a good 9mm is the way to go. I realize that 1 shot 1 kill is not really going to be happening with handguns in close quarters situations. So, if I get into '3 shots, 1 kill' situations, I want something with a hell of a lot more than 6 or 8 rounds.
If you really want to start talking long term, post SHTF stuff, a revolver might have an edge in durability and ease of maintenance. But, that's an open debate when you put a wheel gun against some of the more durable, reliable autos, like GLOCK or Ruger's P series.
Strap on your weapons and reinforce your means of travel.
C'est la (un)vie!