However, I suggest revolvers to anyone who asks me what their first handgun should be for defense EVERYTIME.
I always suggest a .357 with a 4 inch barrel and lots of practice with .38s and .357s to n00bs and women alike.
That pistol is super accurate, any shooter can find a load that suits their situation. In a high stress, getting awaken at 4 am with an intruder in the house, adrenalin pumping, situation a n00b or a 90 pound woman can point that thing and put a bullet in an attacker. If a round misfires they don't have to clear their pistol, pull a slide, and reaquire a target that may be coming for them they simply squeeze again and again and keep the cylinder turning and firing until there is no longer a threat. PLUS you can get .357s with a seven shot capacity.
That is also why I carry a .38+P revolver as my back-up. If the occasion ever arrises that my primary carry fails I will be in a hurry and even more super stressed than if my primary had worked and I just want to be able to grab and squeeze.
I prefer semi autos because I first learned how to shoot them with my father's Ruger 5.5" bull barrel .22 auto when I was about 13 y/o.
A few years later, I started on .45 1911 Government and Gold Cup target models, at the same time I started with my Dad's .38/ .357 4" revolver but I didn't shoot it as well as with the semi auto pistols.
I have only one revolver now which is a S&W 686 4" SS Coast Guard model with round butt and I still shoot better with my other semi autos.
It depends on what the situation is. Combat - Colt 1911 .45acp, concealed Walther P99 9mm. At home I have an Uberti Colt 1872 open top with a 7" barrel in .44Colt hidden away for home defense. My wife knows how to use it, and if pointing that hog leg at an intruder don't intimidate them then one shot from that .44Colt should get their respect.
One can have a preference - but that doesn't mean U don't like the other choice. I was just curious - At handgun forum when I was there - there were quite a few die hard revolver guys there - and that was their thing. Just curious if we had any here...