Makes good sense. Thank you–
I’m interested in the warning against revolvers. Chuck Hawks, a gun writer I really respect, specifically recommends revolvers over auto-loading pistols for a non-military user: simpler, more reliable, less sensitive to inconsistent ammunition, can sit untouched for years and operate perfectly at a moment’s notice, pretty simple to reload with a speed loader and much easier to load from an open box of ammunition.
Something like a Ruger GP100 in .38 Special or similar seems ideal for a prepping situation. But I’m almost a total hangun novice (and have very mixed feelings about owning a handgun at all), so very interested in the thoughts of more knowledgable people!