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Old March 31st, 2011, 02:31 PM   #151
 
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I am hearing more about folks ditching one or another auto pistol to obtain a good revolver, usually a smaller S&W or Ruger GP/SP. Interesting other common comment: I like my _________ (fill in the blank with fave auto - glock, XD, 1911, Sig...) so much that I don't shoot the other/old autos anymore, but I want the packable revolver for backup or primary carry now...

This fuels the Revival in Revolvers. The other factor is that many knowledgeable women are choosing 38 spec revolvers for carry protection. Easier to manage in the so many ways we have all suggested here in this thread.

I am also impressed with how many have stated how they prefer the ease of brass management at the range, especially in the winter.

Also, it does not seem that popularity for the bigger bore revolvers is cresting soon. Lots of interest in power sidearm protection. Lots of thoughtful reloading too.

Lastly, more comments than I expected about the reliability of a revolver versus autos when most of us concede that Glocks and similar bottom feeders have great reliability and some advantages to the home/self defender... i.e. striker versus hammer in a struggle, reload time and ease, ease of shooting and accuracy...

One of the best thoughts was how long a revolver can sit somewhere without worry about springs and magazines etc...



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Old March 31st, 2011, 02:38 PM   #152
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It's not that I don't like auto's. I just don't care to chase the brass all over the place. I'm also a pretty good hand with a revolver. Double or single action.
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I was an MP and carried the M9, I don't have to worry about tap rack bang, tap rack bang. On top of that, I have small hands that doens't always wrap arouind a double stack auto, the grip of my SP is great.
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The .38 Special is probably the easiest round on Earth to reload for and possibly the most flexible handgun round ever made. Among those starting handloading, that's probably a factor. I sure love the versatility when reloading for revolvers. And yes, similar flexibility applies for .45 ACP, 10MM, .40 S&W, or 9mm when fired out of a wheelgun like, say, the S&W Models 25 and 610, or the SP-101 in 9mm.

Besides, how can one pass up an extra-cool little lightweight revolver like the LCR?

And for those concerned about punks who "feel lucky", I'd say a 4" or 5" bbl .44 Magnum loaded with, say, .44 Spl hollowpoints would do a dandy job of stopping the BG quickly. Same goes for a 4" or 5" Redhawk in .45 Long Colt, also loaded up w/ hollowpoints. The sooner the threat to your life is stopped, the better. A good Redhawk can be had in the $450 range--remarkably affordable for a high quality big-bore handgun.

One other thing about wheelguns. There are so darned many .38 Special police trade-ins out there that they're available relatively inexpensively. Also, I've seen .38 Spl wadcutter practice ammo for 20 cents/round in some places. We're talkin' 9mm prices now. That's tough to beat.

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Jerrat -- I hope that 5.5" Redhawk worked out. I agonized over the question about 5.5" versus 4" barrel... I wanted the pointability and edge on velocity from the 5.5", but I really liked the Super Redhawk style grip with the nice Hogue Tamer grips to manage the recoil.

Now that I have had the 5.5" for a while, I kinda think the pointability and energy was really less significant than the grip style... for me.

I think we might see Ruger move all the Redhawks to that style grip, eventually.

Happy shootin' yall this weekend.
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Because I love my revolvers, and it's my choice.
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Revolvers are reliable, powerful, and they can shoot any proper-caliber round with surety.
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C'mon not all automatics are untrustworthy.
That's true. But unfortunately the only auto that I've had success with is an old Ruger MKI that was made back in the 60s I believe. Before that it was a couple 1911s back in the 70s. A Colt and a Singer.
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I have to agree with the rest. I just like the simplicity and dependability of revolvers, and the looks don't hurt. I am also being drawn to lever action rifles lately. I guess you could just call me old fashion. If they have been around this long there must be a reason.
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I just plain like them, the feel great in the hand, shoot great...always and look cool as heck!
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I like revolvers because there are fewer FTF & FTE.
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... again, 9 pages of posts, maybe 1 page is realy on the subject ("I got this" I got that" makes all the 9 pages hard to go thru)

1. Not sure if anyone mentioned that revolvers can shoot from any place and possition?? from under your bedsheets, upsidedown, sideways etc.
2. Did anyone mentioned that they are compleatly sillent?? no noise made by them prior to shooting, no clicking etc. I think both of these are big pros when it comes to home defence, I wont repeat all the other pros that I found above mine. the only cons I see is a small load (6 rounds vs 26 for example) and reload time.

If all of these pros were mentioned in any posts before mine please infrom me and I will delete this post.
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Bragging rights. Revolvers have beauty that I've never found in pistols. When I go to the range nobody takes a second look at my pistols, but everyone admires my Blackhawks and Single Sixes. That is except for my AutoMag III pistol in .30 carbine which demands attention when fired
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... again, 9 pages of posts, maybe 1 page is realy on the subject ("I got this" I got that" makes all the 9 pages hard to go thru)

1. Not sure if anyone mentioned that revolvers can shoot from any place and possition?? from under your bedsheets, upsidedown, sideways etc.
2. Did anyone mentioned that they are compleatly sillent?? no noise made by them prior to shooting, no clicking etc. I think both of these are big pros when it comes to home defence, I wont repeat all the other pros that I found above mine. the only cons I see is a small load (6 rounds vs 26 for example) and reload time.

If all of these pros were mentioned in any posts before mine please infrom me and I will delete this post.
Both of your pros apply to autos as well.
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PapaPork is right on both counts. I have had jams in a semi auto from bounce backs into the ejection port from walls and cloth. Also most autos are not silent when jacking a round into the chamber.
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PapaPork is right on both counts. I have had jams in a semi auto from bounce backs into the ejection port from walls and cloth. Also most autos are not silent when jacking a round into the chamber.
Why would you need to load a rd in the chamber?

It should already be loaded
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