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This is a discussion on Single or Double Action? Why You Love Yours. within the Pistols & Revolvers forums, part of the Pistol & Revolver Forum category; Originally Posted by Shady Slim I own several Rugers and they are: SP101 .22LR SP101 .357 mag Redhawk .44 mag Single Six My absolute favorite ...


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Old February 19th, 2017, 08:38 AM   #16
 
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I own several Rugers and they are:

SP101 .22LR
SP101 .357 mag
Redhawk .44 mag
Single Six

My absolute favorite to shoot is the Single Six. I only have the .22wmr cylinder as I lost the .22LR cylinder in many moves yeas ago.

I love how you open the gate to load one at a time and clear them the same way. I love dropping the .22 mags in their respective chamber. I actually enjoy cocking the hammer each and every time. The hammer is easy to cock, trigger seems perfect and just a touch of a 'kick'.

I also love the .44 mag to play with. Dropping those large rounds into its chamber with its audible "shuck" makes me a happy camper.

The .22 SP101 is also fun although the heavy hammer makes it a little less fun my single action revolver.

Anyway, I am just telling my fellow Ruger fans that my Single Six, which I have had since 1976 is a real joy to own and shoot. I love cowboy guns.

What is your favorite firearm in your stable? I told you mine and why I love it. Let's hear your story!
I have several like maybe of us do. I grew up shooting SA revolvers some being the old 3 screw Ruger .357 and .44's. I just purchased a GP100 Match Champion and love the the way it feels and amd handles with my grip upgrade. For the range my favorite is my 1917 Lee Enfield .303 No.1 MK III with a Boyds laminated stock . Looks good and shoots and handles like a .22 rifle.



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Don't own a single action and never fired one. But I have to admit that, after reading all the praise for them on this forum, my interest is being piqued.

I am a revolver guy and really appreciate the beauty and feel of a well made wheel gun.

So, a sincere question without any malice to those who love the SA: why?
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Don't own a single action and never fired one. But I have to admit that, after reading all the praise for them on this forum, my interest is being piqued.

I am a revolver guy and really appreciate the beauty and feel of a well made wheel gun.

So, a sincere question without any malice to those who love the SA: why?
Love the feel of pulling back on the hammer and hearing the 3 clicks and the ease of of the SA trigger. Plus with the hammer in the cocked position I know the gun is "HOT".
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.........it seems to me that the lock time is faster than with SA revolvers, and I'm much more accurate for that reason.
could it be the distance and time it takes the hammer to fall on a sa is a bit longer that with a da revolver?
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Don't own a single action and never fired one. But I have to admit that, after reading all the praise for them on this forum, my interest is being piqued.

I am a revolver guy and really appreciate the beauty and feel of a well made wheel gun.

So, a sincere question without any malice to those who love the SA: why?
The single action requires the shooter to spend an instant longer in lining up the shot in my opinion. When I shoot the double action SP101 . 22 at the range, it is like I want to get of the rounds as fast as possible. The only shot that counts and gets where I want it to is the first shot which is always in single action mode on the DA.

The groupings on the Single Six are much tighter as I spend a little bit longer cocking the hammer and then aiming for just a split second longer. It is not a race to get off as many rounds as possible and I think many single action shooters here will agree to this.

This also stands to reason why sniper rifles are bolt action and not auto loaders. The design requires an instant more of lining up and fire control instead of unloading a fierce hail of lead willy nilly.

The balance of my Single Six is phenomenal which also contributes to less shake I have found. I am not saying the SP 101's and the Redhawk is not balanced but once in your grip, even the shape of the grips and their geometry keeps the balance where you need it.

If you want to put a boatload of lead downrange, then a single action is not for you. If you want accuracy, then the single action is the choice. Again, I think many Ruger owners will also agree with this.
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Don't own a single action and never fired one. But I have to admit that, after reading all the praise for them on this forum, my interest is being piqued.

I am a revolver guy and really appreciate the beauty and feel of a well made wheel gun.

So, a sincere question without any malice to those who love the SA: why?
It's hard to explain. I tried to respond as to why but I couldn't adequately translate my thoughts into words. The short answer is I like SA's for the exact same reasons you like your DA's. The only difference is my favorite wheel guns are simpler which might be what I like about them the most.
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The single action requires the shooter to spend an instant longer in lining up the shot in my opinion. When I shoot the double action SP101 . 22 at the range, it is like I want to get of the rounds as fast as possible. The only shot that counts and gets where I want it to is the first shot which is always in single action mode on the DA.



The groupings on the Single Six are much tighter as I spend a little bit longer cocking the hammer and then aiming for just a split second longer. It is not a race to get off as many rounds as possible and I think many single action shooters here will agree to this.



This also stands to reason why sniper rifles are bolt action and not auto loaders. The design requires an instant more of lining up and fire control instead of unloading a fierce hail of lead willy nilly.



The balance of my Single Six is phenomenal which also contributes to less shake I have found. I am not saying the SP 101's and the Redhawk is not balanced but once in your grip, even the shape of the grips and their geometry keeps the balance where you need it.



If you want to put a boatload of lead downrange, then a single action is not for you. If you want accuracy, then the single action is the choice. Again, I think many Ruger owners will also agree with this.


There are a number of semiauto sniper rifles in use.


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If you want to put a boatload of lead downrange, then a single action is not for you. If you want accuracy, then the single action is the choice. Again, I think many Ruger owners will also agree with this.
I see a number of you who speak of a better balanced revolver with the SA and I guess that's something I'll have to experience for myself by handling a few at the LGS.

Re Shady Slim's comment above (and again, not a question of doubt, but I have literally have zero experience with SA revolvers), can't I just get that same level of accuracy by firing my DA revolver in SA mode?

Either way, the depth of fondness that you SA enthusiasts have for your wheel guns has me very interested in learning more.

Thank you all for the feedback.
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I have had several pistols. I started out with a Old Model Vaquero. I really liked the .44 Mag and carried it for a while especially in Alaska prospecting and salmon fishing. My main problem with that single action is the reaction time for the second and subsequent shots and the slow reloading. I traded that pistol in on a S&W 629 .44 Mag Mountain Gun with a 4" but I started longing for the old western design so I traded the S&W in for a New model Vaquero that was a bit smaller and lighter. But after a while I was disappointed in the .45 long colt bullets, not enough power so I gave it to my son. I tried a .44 Mag Anniversary model Blackhawk with a 6 1/2 barrel but found it too awkward. Sooooo again I traded it in for a S&W model 69 which is a 5 shot .44 mag, 4" barrel in a "L" frame pistol which is slimmer and lighter for more comfortable carring in the woods. I still have my .44 Mag if needed in a very strong light pistol that will handle 300+ grain bullets if needed. The nice thing about the .44 Mag is that the muzzle blast is so loud that it will often scare away dangerous animals, it, ie, cougars, wolves, black bears, or even moose, without having to shoot them and in the woods these guys can sneak up on you before you know they are there. My S&W is my security blanket in the woods and makes me feel much more secure knowing in case of emergency I may not have to kill one of these animals to protect myself.
I should mention that I started out carrying a older square top .22 single six which was used frequently but after being treed by a pack of farm dogs and they just ignored my firing the little .22 pistol, I decided to get a larger woods & field gun. My wife currently has a single six .22 though the .22 mag cylinger was lost in the flood of 97 !
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SP101 .22LR
SP101 .357 mag
Redhawk .44 mag
Single Six

My absolute favorite to shoot is the Single Six. I only have the .22wmr cylinder as I lost the .22LR cylinder in many moves yeas ago.

I love how you open the gate to load one at a time and clear them the same way. I love dropping the .22 mags in their respective chamber. I actually enjoy cocking the hammer each and every time. The hammer is easy to cock, trigger seems perfect and just a touch of a 'kick'.

I also love the .44 mag to play with. Dropping those large rounds into its chamber with its audible "shuck" makes me a happy camper.

The .22 SP101 is also fun although the heavy hammer makes it a little less fun my single action revolver.

Anyway, I am just telling my fellow Ruger fans that my Single Six, which I have had since 1976 is a real joy to own and shoot. I love cowboy guns.

What is your favorite firearm in your stable? I told you mine and why I love it. Let's hear your story!

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I actually was thinking on this topic last night. If I was to walk into a room and saw my 6" GP 100 and 5.5" Vaquero sitting on a table together, I wondered which would I pick up first. I think in all honesty that I would grab the Vaquero first just because it is so damn sexy with all of it's sleek lines. The GP has a level of attractiveness to it too, but on a whole different level.

Shooting wise? I think I would want to shoot the GP first. I put a trigger kit in it a year ago and it is an absolute joy to shoot in either DA or SA. I have not yet had a chance to shoot the Vaquero, I took possession of it just a couple of days ago, so my mind could be changed on my next trip to the range.
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Don't own a single action and never fired one. But I have to admit that, after reading all the praise for them on this forum, my interest is being piqued.

I am a revolver guy and really appreciate the beauty and feel of a well made wheel gun.

So, a sincere question without any malice to those who love the SA: why?
Oddly, I have almost always shot my GP as a single action. For me, it is all about control. Pull back the hammer, aim, fire. The sequence just seems... right.
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I have had several pistols. I started out with a Old Model Vaquero. I really liked the .44 Mag and carried it for a while especially in Alaska prospecting and salmon fishing. My main problem with that single action is the reaction time for the second and subsequent shots and the slow reloading. I traded that pistol in on a S&W 629 .44 Mag Mountain Gun with a 4" but I started longing for the old western design so I traded the S&W in for a New model Vaquero that was a bit smaller and lighter. But after a while I was disappointed in the .45 long colt bullets, not enough power so I gave it to my son. I tried a .44 Mag Anniversary model Blackhawk with a 6 1/2 barrel but found it too awkward. Sooooo again I traded it in for a S&W model 69 which is a 5 shot .44 mag, 4" barrel in a "L" frame pistol which is slimmer and lighter for more comfortable carring in the woods. I still have my .44 Mag if needed in a very strong light pistol that will handle 300+ grain bullets if needed. The nice thing about the .44 Mag is that the muzzle blast is so loud that it will often scare away dangerous animals, it, ie, cougars, wolves, black bears, or even moose, without having to shoot them and in the woods these guys can sneak up on you before you know they are there. My S&W is my security blanket in the woods and makes me feel much more secure knowing in case of emergency I may not have to kill one of these animals to protect myself.
I should mention that I started out carrying a older square top .22 single six which was used frequently but after being treed by a pack of farm dogs and they just ignored my firing the little .22 pistol, I decided to get a larger woods & field gun. My wife currently has a single six .22 though the .22 mag cylinger was lost in the flood of 97 !
Nice to hear your story. Thanks! You have lost the .22LR cylinder and I have lost my .22mag cylinder. Crazy huh?

My wife totes my SP101 .22 with her. When she is very comfortable with that she may want to replace it with the .357 version. You never know!
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