From Brit Reader Quentin, asking (for a Brit) a hypothetical question:
“Do you have any thoughts on which pistol to use with wildlife, not goblins? After all, shooting snakes and other critters was one of the main uses of pistols.”
It kinda depends on the size of the critters. Basically, a .22LR will handle 99% of critter-elimination needs (shotshells in the case of reptiles). Larger critters may need a little more, but I struggle to think of many.
Myself, I carry a little NAA Mini-revolver in .22 Magnum (loaded with two CCI shotshells and three hollowpoints) if I’m out doing my morning walk (angry unleashed dogs, for the shooting of), or if I’m ever out in an area where there may be snakes and such.
(I’ve actually shot a couple of snakes with the rimfire shotshell, and the result is that the worm just goes limp — lights-out with a single shot.)
But any rimfire revolver would do, of course:
That’s a Colt Peacemaker with .22 LR / .22 WMR cylinders. For us mere mortals who don’t want to spend two grand on a rimfire plinker, there’s always the cheaper option, such as the Ruger SP101 double-action:
… or the single-action Ruger Bearcat (.22 LR only):
…or Single Six (like the Colt above, with the LR/WMR interchangeable cylinders):
…as well as the usual S&W K-22s, etc. (like this “Heritage” model):
Where was I? Oh yeah, critter guns…
If anyone has any other suggestions, I’ll happily entertain them in Comments.