When you get down to it, it's hard to beat the tried and true reliability of a wheel gun. From personal protection, to large game hunting, revolvers are simple and straight forward. For personal protection, snub nosed revolvers are hard to beat. You can find them with a hammer or without (double action only) in very small packages chambered in 38 Special and 357 Magnum that will easily fit in a pocket book or purse. If you are looking for a cowboy action revolver, the 45 Colt is the authentic caliber, but you'll also find them made in many other variants such as 22LR/22WMR, 357/38 and many more. Modern day revolvers can be found in almost any caliber including small shotgun calibers, a viable alternative to carrying expensive snake shot. You'll find makers such as Cimarron, Heritage, Colt, S&W, Taurus, Rossi, EAA, Ruger and more.