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Old February 19th, 2017, 06:17 AM   #1
 
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Single or Double Action? Why You Love Yours.

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!



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Believe it or not I tend to lean in the direction of double action revolvers because it seems to me that the lock time is faster than with SA revolvers, and I'm much more accurate for that reason.

YMMV. I'm just saying what works for me.

That said my favorite revolver is my Ruger Bearcat. No shooter's life is compete without a Bearcat, and some .22 Shorts to shoot at a tin can.
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I only have one revolver (slacker I know!) A Super Redhawk 454.


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Believe it or not I tend to lean in the direction of double action revolvers because it seems to me that the lock time is faster than with SA revolvers, and I'm much more accurate for that reason.

YMMV. I'm just saying what works for me.

That said my favorite revolver is my Ruger Bearcat. No shooter's life is compete without a Bearcat, and some .22 Shorts to shoot at a tin can.
First pistol I shot was a Bearcat. A friend's father had one and he would take us out and teach us safety and let us shoot it. Later as my friend and I were in our late teens, we would drive his '59 Chevy to the salt flats south of Oldsmar, Fl and shoot the hell out of that thing.

Anything that looked like it needed blasting was shot at. Mostly tried to hit the fiddler crabs which were quarter sized crabs that would retreat to their holes if you got to close (within 15 feet or so) so accuracy was practiced on those crabs. A .22 would absolutely obliterate the crabs. I mean nothing left. They were there in one instant, the next they were gone.

I started my love of Rugers on that same Bearcat. That love is still with me.
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I only have one revolver (slacker I know!) A Super Redhawk 454.


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A big bore Bisley gripped single action with an unfluted cylinder is perfection IMO. The only double action that even remotely comes close is my 7.5" Redhawk 45 Colt. For me it's more about form than it is function. Either one will get the job done and neither one is functionally better than the other. I just think single action revolvers are cool. They're anachronistic and simple. I'm starting to get into single shot rifles for the same reason.
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A big bore Bisley gripped single action with an unfluted cylinder is perfection IMO. The only double action that even remotely comes close is my 7.5" Redhawk 45 Colt. For me it's more about form than it is function. Either one will get the job done and neither one is functionally better than the other. I just think single action revolvers are cool. They're anachronistic and simple. I'm starting to get into single shot rifles for the same reason.
Great reply Bonk. My first rifle was a single shot bolt action .22. Later in life I got a sweet deal on a beautiful Winchester Model 37 12 gauge single shot. It taught me to shoulder, lead, shoot and follow through when hunting birds or bunnies.

My father in law with his auto-loader 12 gauge Remington would unleash a barrage of lead until his gun was empty. Usually we both missed!
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I live my 44 Mag. Vaqueros. I traded a 9.5" barrelled Super Redhawk for it 15 or so years ago. I do miss the SR but will not let my Single Actioned stainless beauty get away. More about the form for me, Vaquero is a 40 yard gun for me and the SR was close to a 100 yd gun Scoped. Vaquero is much easier to carry.

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My Ruger GP100 is superb on double action. A local gunsmith did a trigger job on my GP100 and it is wonderful to shoot DA.

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My Ruger GP100 is superb on double action. A local gunsmith did a trigger job on my GP100 and it is wonderful to shoot DA.

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Well, I'm faster and more accurate for follow up shots with a single action, shooting cowboy action style, than I am with a DA revolver in DA, so make mine a single action. Just prefer the balance and pointing of a single action, anyway. Way too many to pick just one, though. Bearcat, Single Six, Single Seven, Blackhawk, Super Blackhawk, Vaquero. Have them all and love them.
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SA are beautiful and classic but for function I prefer DA. I want to have the speedy option.
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SA are beautiful and classic but for function I prefer DA. I want to have the speedy option.
Great reply. I love the classic looks and balance of the single actions but prefer the DA like my SP101 .357 for carry and defense.
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I love both. If pressed, I would say I prefer the DA a tad more than SA, just because I usually can shoot a DA better.
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Well, I'm faster and more accurate for follow up shots with a single action, shooting cowboy action style, than I am with a DA revolver in DA, so make mine a single action. Just prefer the balance and pointing of a single action, anyway. Way too many to pick just one, though. Bearcat, Single Six, Single Seven, Blackhawk, Super Blackhawk, Vaquero. Have them all and love them.
My dad had a Blackhawk in .44 mag many years ago. My brother and I would buy a box or two of shells and blast the hell out of water filled milk jugs in dad's back yard. Of course dad's back yard was undeveloped pine and scrub land back then.

Loved that gun very much.

As you mention, the balance of a SA seems perfect as compared to a DA. Love my single action .22 over the bigger and badder .44 mag DA.
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