So, I'll be soon buying a home defense piece.
Originally, I was looking at a S&W 686 6"
but with 5-6 bills, it would have to be used...and I would like
to buy new.
My criteria that will likely drive the type of gun, is that:
1) I will shoot very occasionally:
as in the gun will likely sit for extended(several weeks) at a time without being shot, and
2) I would like the option of picking it up at a moments notice, and having it ready to fire with as little chance of a jam/malfunction
3) Also, there IS a chance I would carry(6'1" 200lbs)
I know a revolver has far fewer moving parts than a semi-auto, but in your folks opinion is a semiauto doable
for this scenario? Do they like to sit...do the mag springs tire out and cause issues if left loaded for weeks on end?
you have no concerns
being a semiauto is not a problem
and springs don't wear out being loaded and stored
I found a mag in the door pocket of my old Chevy truck one year that I had forgot about. It had been in there many, many months(I ain`t telling exactly how long LOL). I dusted it off, slapped it in the gun, racked a round and it never missed a beat. Unloading, loading,unloading, loading every day will wear out a mag spring quick.
ok, thanks fellas for the replies so far..like that Chevy story..
Can't imagine carrying openly, which I'm fairly sure is way illegal in Maine I believe, though I'm curious to dig into it just out of curiosity.
I do like the notion of being able to carry concealed though at some point.
I'm going into a local store this Sat to try out several brands & see how they feel in my hand.
Seriously considering semi auto..
I am not a lawyer.
That said, I believe OC IS legal In Maine.
As for the original question, there are a lot of good guns out there that fit your described use. I would lean toward a FS or compact semi-auto(beretta 92, M&P, Glock, CZ, etc) or a k frame sized 357. My preference for the latter is a 3" barrel. Easy to shoot and easy to conceal.
I would recommend a revolver. Both Ruger and S & W make stainless steel medium frame versions. The stainless steel handles neglect well. Revolvers have a simpler operation and if you are not using the weapon often I think that would be the most significant issue. Both autos and revolvers can be equally as accurate and equally as deadly. But I think for occasional users that the revolver is safer to handle.