Who said anything about 357 mag? Lots of revolvers in tamer rounds and any 357 can shoot 38 specials.
A lot of people have trouble operating slides. Not sure why, but lots do. If OP doesn't have arthritis he is heading into a stage of his life where it is extremely likely it will develop.
OP hasn't been back, so I think he lost interest anyways.
$0 of an NRA membership goes to legislative action or court battles. Not a dime. Only money contributed to the NRA-ILA or NRA-PVF.
Of course, you could just donate to the Second Amendment Foundation
I was feeling pretty good, then I looked around and realized I am not swimming or on fire.