I can't say that I have actually looked into any wheel guns. My only experience with them is a (can't remember make/model) 38/357, 5" barrel. I want to say it was a S&W, but no clue honestly. Running it DA felt like a crime, but going SA, it had an amazing trigger, pretty good basic sights (good radius and not hard to see in broad daylight), ridiculous overmould/ergo grip, I only shot some 38 SWC's (probably a light powder charge) and with the 5" barrel, awesome grip, good trigger, and decent sights, it was very easy to do 1" groups at 10 yards, especially as a VERY inexperience pistol shooter. I'm really a rifle guy. I'm a firm believer in rifle cartridges that start with 7.62 and end in X51
, but they aren't exactly applicable to all situations.
Things that turn me off of revolvers: capacity, DA/SA (manual cocking or poor trigger), reload time, thickness, carrying a reload or two seems bulky compared to a more-less flat magazine, even a double stack 9mm mag should be easier to conceal than a moon clip.
Not to say that I couldn't find one to suit my needs, I just don't feel it as practical. By today's standards, a 1911 platform has a laughishly low capacity, yet still more than a revolver (even in something like 22wmr, no?, which I wouldn't waste my time carrying past a backup). Sure a 357, 44 special, even a modern 45acp revolver, will do the job just fine when lead connects to target in the correct fashion, but for the above reasons I don't feel it adequate in overall performance in my hands.
I like the idea of being able to draw, cocking the hammer back in the motion (going off a 1911), thumbing off the safety (even a RH only safety, I shoot government M16/M4 lefty, and have no issues, even so far as to being able to operate/reload/clear jams, faster than most right handed shooters), squeezing off rounds as necessary, dropping a magazine (if I have to reload that bad, I'm not retaining an empty!), throwing in a new one in a smooth motion, hitting that slide catch, and being back in action.
Also, for comparison, a M9 doesn't really fit my hands oddly enough. I don't like the thickness of the grip, although in actual function I haven't shot one that was maintained well so I can't comment on that. I held a PX4 and that felt OK, a P226 felt pretty good (also had an airsoft one, not that it means much, but it was an excellent clone in dimensions and controls, easy to learn). I had put a few rounds through a Ruger autoloader in 9mm, and it again wasn't in great shape by any means. It felt better to me than the M9, but still wasn't quite there. A M&P Shield? (The smallest one they make) felt horrible, cheap, toyish, and even 9mm was very snappy and hard to control. The 1911/.45acp has the best feel for me. I've found 9mm to be very hard to keep on target. Maybe I'm just weird. I'm told .40/10mm is the same "recoil" as a 9mm, but more "snap". I think it's the velocity that makes it "jump" instead of "push".
Hopefully someone has a lot of experience specifically with Kimbers/paras/p220's. Like a real fan-boy that's not afraid to admit shortfalls. Or if someone can let me know of any real "known issues" with any of the models.
Thank ya'll again.