I am a big fan of revolvers. I know they don't have hi-capacity mags and aren't as lightweight or 'hip' as some of the auto load pistols (I do love the 1911 though) The first handgun I had was a revolver. I grew up watching westerns and they always appealed to me. I like the simple design, they have no real safety except the one between your ears. Double action is neat, you pull the trigger and it goes bang, if it fails to fire you keep pulling the trigger till it goes bang, no clearing needed. In my ever so humble opinion they are a good 'first gun'
One of my favorites is this S&W model 29. it is a 44 Mag with a 4" barrel. It is the same gun as seen in the Clint Eastwood movie, "Dirty Harry", only his was a 6" barrel. Many of these 4" barrel guns were sold only to traded back to the gun shop a week later with a box of shells (less 6 rounds) They are fairly brutal to the hands with a full high power 44 mag load, feels like someone took a sledge hammer to your palm. I reload my own shells so I load the 44 mag shells with the 44 Special load. This makes them very pleasant to shoot and easy to control but I still have the option of the heavy loads. When I bought this one (years ago) it was like new in the box but my guns are not safe queens, I shoot them and enjoy them. I don't purposely beat them up but I don't baby them either.
I like a well used gun, light scratches are OK and some holster wear is fine. A safe queen probably never saved anyone and it certainly never won any battles.