1. A snub-nosed, 5-shot, small frame .38 special revolver, or 2. A Makarov in 9x18mm? It occurs to me that the Makarov is superior in every way except simplicity, ammo cost, and perhaps terminal ballistics. Slimmer? Makarov Overall dimensions (H&L)? Makarov Capacity? Makarov, 2 more Purchase price? Makarov. $25-$75 or so less, used vs. used, typically Simplicity? Revolver Per-shot performance? About a wash between .38 special and 9mm mak, but arguably the .38 special with semi-jacketed soft lead bullet capability may have the edge in expansion - which caliber would you prefer for defense, all other things being equal? Shootability & ergos? Depends on the revolver, but about a wash - edge may go to the revo. Ammo cost and availability? Definitely the .38 spec. revolver. Reliability? Wash. Ordinarily the revo would have the edge, but not when compared to the tried and true reliability of the Mak. Mechanical accuracy? Irrelevant in a short range defensive handgun, but if you had to say, the fixed barrel with no bullet jump of the Mak will probably outperform the fixed bbl with bullet jump of the revolver, with apples to apples factory fare. Practical Accuracy? Makarov. Single vs. Double action. Rapidity of fire? If you're Miculek or similar, then the revolver is faster. If you're human like most people, then the self-loading, self-cocking Makarov is faster. Easier on your eardrums in a self-defense shooting? Makarov - no cylinder gap. So, as I have scored it, that's Makarov-7, Revolver-3, Wash-3. Pretty lopsided win, and that's being generous to the revolver, giving it terminal ballistics superiority. Any other thoughts? Errors in my facts or logic?