My dilemma: revolver or semi auto? The answer: revolver wins!
Well as of today I am the proud owner of a stainless steel, Rossi 6" .357 Magnum revolver.
I had $500-$600 to spend on a hand gun; I could have gotten a used basic Milspec model Springfield 1911 .45 and gone over the allowed budget for $636 after taxes from a guy locally.
Went for a 30 min drive and got for under $500; the pistol, 2 boxes of ammo, and a very nice split grain leather holster.
In this day and age saving the money made sense and earned points with the missus. (I will cash in on those points later on my next fire arm purchase)
I would have preferred the .45, but all of the gun shops I went to had the high-end Kimber models starting out at around $960, too rich for my blood. And additionally I needed something to pull triple duty; home defense, hunting, and predator defense while hunting in the deep woods.
Anyhow I am going shooting Tuesday and will write a review, so stay tuned!