In the past revolvers didn't interested me much. Lately I grown to admire the revolver. They have earned my respect.
I often recommend them to my elderly female customers looking for home and carry protection. Female customers come in and light up when they see these laser equipped adorable little semi-autos such as the Ruger LCP or the S&W Bodyguard in .380acp. These get their attention. Usually a husband or friend has recommended one. If we happen to stock one in a pink or raspberry color it becomes harder to swing them away.
When a lady asks to see one I will explain the operation and demonstrate how to load them (without ammunition of course). When handed over to them for their examination my first request is to have them operate the slide. Often, especially if there is any arthritis present, their hands are too weak to rack the slide since the spring resistance may be to much for them.
If they understand the operation, pass the slide test and like the feel of it in the hand we move on to the background check upon making the decision to purchase. If not my suggestion is for them to consider a short barrel revolver in .38 special such as the Ruger LCR or a double action S&W Chief Special which sports an ultra lightweight aluminum frame.
Some of the time they understand and go with a revolver. It makes me feel better since the revolver is simple and requires little dexterity for swift operation. My goal always is to fit the person with the best possible protection for their needs and experience level.
Last Sunday it was my privilege to handle and shoot the most powerful revolver in the world. It made my day.
The Smith & Wesson 500 is a beast. This is a .50 caliber revolver that costs over $1,000.