Agreed on all that you wrote. Well said!
With single action, rocking (pulling from the holster) and firing in the general direction of the bladder/hips can be extremely dangerous for anyone who has not practiced thousands of times to pull *without* putting the thumb in front of the hammer, *before* the weapon is out and moving forward. In other words, we keep the thumb beside/behind the hammer, until the revolver is out and moving forward.
Pulling all the way up without putting any thumb or finger in front of the hammer and using both hands to cock and fire at center mass is safer for the user all the way around. Some of the cowboy action competitors (those most practiced) do it very well and quickly enough for any defense situation.
All of that said, we know that a semi-auto pistol is generally better for defense (far less training, more safety, IMO, and expense to get there). But some of us love to fiddle with the old technology a lot. ;-)
A semi-automatic is much more practical, but I love the revolvers. And I figure I’ll use for defense what I shoot all the time. Heck, I had a Ruger 45 acp that I gave to my brother-in-law because after 20 years of owning it, I still hadn’t emptied the original box of ammo!
Besides...a single action reminds me not to stand in one spot and just keep pulling the trigger. Shoot, move, shoot, move.
But when I was in Afghanistan, I didn’t mind carrying an M9...and M4!