Lots of articles have been written discussing the huge surge of firearms sales during the Covid-19 event. Many of the purchasers are brand new gun owners and OMG! Liberals!
Welcome newcomers to liberty and self-reliance. You will find many very friendly and helpful folks on this side of the aisle ready to get you up and running SAFELY. Just ask!
For those unfortunates still trapped in the Police States of the USA of A, some options you may not have considered. Replicas of historical percussion revolvers that cannot be loaded with cartridge ammunition fall into the “antiques” definition of the Gun Control Act of 1968 making them exempt from the normal Federal laws regarding firearms. This allows these guns to be purchased through the mail without licenses, registration, and all of that hoplophobic clap-trap foisted upon folks by useless control freaks with delusions of relevance.
SOME AREAS HAVE SPECIFIC LAWS THAT SPECIFICALLY RESTRICT ANTIQUE ARMS, SO CHECK YOUR LOCAL LAWS.
The percussion revolver was patented by Samuel Colt in 1835. It was the handgun that saw the end of the western frontier, served through the War of Northern Aggression, and guarded my home for over two years after a messy divorce left my gun collection in the ex-wife’s closet and my bank account drained.
My handgun of choice at the time was a replica of the 1858 Remington New Army revolver in .44 caliber manufactured by Pietta. I was never concerned that pistol would let me down in a tight spot.
Here’s some helpful reading on the topic:
Black Powder Revolvers for Home & Self Defense from Truth About Guns
The Handbook of Modern Percussion Revolvers – Kindle Edition
Percussion Revolver Sellers
Personal Note: I do not think much of conversion cylinders that allow cartridges to be fired through percussion revolvers. I have experimented with them, and consider them too dangerous for use due to potential for a firing pin to be struck while inserting the cylinder in the frame of the gun. I consider this to fall into the same risk bucket as trying to speed load a percussion revolver by swapping out a loaded and capped conventional cylinder. Yes, it can be done safely, but it has an unreasonable level of accident potential.
Besides, for the money I would spend on the conversion cylinder, I could have a second pistol, and I can bring that backup pistol into play much faster than I can reload a modern Glock.
Read More here: Safety with Antique Arms