"...and the ammunition he used was less deadly..." In another forum I considered my wife's Colt Diamondback. It's a beautiful gun, and she achieved Zen with it the first time she picked it up - *pop*pop*pop*pop*pop*pop* through the ten ring. But it's an older gun, and the gunsmiths here have warned us against a lot of current ammunition and certainly all .38 +P. The better bullets all seem to come attached to the front end of fairly powerful charges. The lighter charges are pushing bullets that I'd rather replace with something a bit more effective. We're considering handloads with modern bullets and slightly reduced powder for the benefit of her gun's function and shooter safety. There may or may not be a certain legal risk for us here, but it's a judgement call as to whether it outweighs the risk of a damaged gun and, G-d forbid, a damaged wife. It also made me think of how it might be presented in court. She used cartridges that were specially made to be "less deadly" than factory loads. I can't see how it would hurt. Others have complained about finding good ammunition for older pistols and revolvers. There doesn't seem to be enough of a market for the big manufacturers to make ammunition to fill that gap. Some will be forced to use handloads or make do with less effective ammunition. Tradeoffs again. I've even come up with a catchy name for the downloaded cartridges - The "Wandering Inept Metal Projectile" "I use Black Talons." "I use Golden Sabers." "I use Hydra-Shocks." "I use W.I.M.P.s"