Over at glocktalk.com, forum member Aahzz wonders if he should recommend the .410 shotshell-firing Taurus Judge for his sister’s self-defense needs. “From my research, it seems that my primary worry of recoil isn’t going to be too much of an issue, but I’m finding a variety of opinions on effectivesness – what is your feeling on this? So far I’m still leaning towards another .38 +P, but don’t want to discourage them from getting what they want without good reason.” No less an authority than Massad Ayoob puts the kibosh on the idea . . .
Personally, I’m not sold on the .410 revolver as anything but a fun gun. For defensive purposes, the .38 Special +P on your list gets my vote! Your mom and sister will probably also find a steel .38 more comfortable to shoot.
Now why would that be? Mas’ response leaves us wanting mas. Your thoughts? [Note: the shooter above initially fires the Judge single action. And “forgets” to wear ear protection.]