Originally Posted by Cito Pelon
When all is said and done, I like the .38 Chiefs Special. It fits in the palm of my hand, and for me I can actually hit a small target at 40-50 yds with shot after shot. With my hand-cannon the .357 with a 4-inch barrell, sheesh, forget about placing more than one shot fast in a square yard at more than 10 yds. The kick is so bad it takes at least one second to re-aim that thing. It's a hard weapon to handle.
That's what it comes down to for personal protection, what you can handle and accuracy. There is almost never a situation where you would have to fire a handgun over 50 ft (15 yards or so).