This is a discussion on Revolver Revival - Why buy a revolver? within the Ruger Double Action forums, part of the Pistol & Revolver Forum category; Originally Posted by 07HEMI4ME
Why would you need to load a rd in the chamber?
It should already be loaded
Exactly and autos can be ...
If you want to carry a SA auto that way that's your business. Revolvers are just plain safer. That's why they are highly recommended by firearms training experts for novices. I have seen and heard of more accidental deaths from semi's than revolvers. We just lost a young fireman here from an accidental shot while cleaning a glock. Wouldn't have happened with a revolver. That's just one example but there are many. With a revolver its easier to see its loaded and easier to make it safe. I will concede that a DA semi is safe with a round in the chamber but that same gun requires more practice to be proficient. These are my opinions and should not be construed to be the opinions of the other opinionated revolver lovers. Give me a SS Speed-Six or SS Security-Six any day of the week and I'll be happy.
We just lost a young fireman here from an accidental shot while cleaning a glock. Wouldn't have happened with a revolver. That's just one example but there are many. With a revolver its easier to see its loaded and easier to make it safe.
Horsefeathers. That fellow was at fault, not the gun. Anyhow, I do love my wheel guns. I only had a Taurus up until a year ago or so. It started with a 4" Redhawk in 44, then some Alaskans, then an SP or two and finally an LCR in .357. It's an addiction!
-.40/.357 are just mag/bbl swaps... on most popular .40 autos.
-...same goes for .45/.400 cor-bon... maybe a recoil spring swap here or there
- Three-caliber choice with mag/bbl swaps on a Desert Eagle
I have a Springfield GI .45 and a Springfield XD-9 Sub Compact.
Figured it would be nice to have a revolver in case I ever had to deal with a revolver problem at the range. After I was dead center at 25 yards with the first shot of the GP-100, I was hooked. I just hope I can do that with my own GP-100 (Which I am picking up after class today)
This discussion will always go on with both sides making very good points.
Basically my personal carry piece is my Les Baer Concept VII .45 Commander but when I am in the woods hunting,loafing etc it is the Charter Bulldog 44 spl on my hip.
24/7 I always have a North American Arms 22 Mag PUG and Mini 22 lr revolver
While fly fishing,the Charter is inside my fly vest pocket and a Bond Derringer is inside my wader's top pocket loaded with 2 410 shotshells with #7 1/2 shot.
For 40 years I was an LEO/firearms Instructor and back in the early 90s when we started to switch over to semi autos,one of the major portions of the three day transitional training sessions was malfunction drills. Something we never did with revolvers.
Just a couple of days ago, I was at the range, and an uncle had his 11-year-old niece with him. She was shooting his the .22LR pistol. The range officers were talking with them, and one of them suggested I let the girl shoot my Security-Six to try out a revolver (the "real" gun, I guess--they know I have a nice-n-soft .38 Spl load). She quietly said, "OK" and wanted to try only one round. She did seem a bit concerned about recoil.
I thus dutifully loaded one round of my "powder-puff" .38 Spl loads in the cylinder and got it ready for her. Her index finger wasn't strong enough (yet) to pull the trigger in DA mode, so I showed her how to cock the hammer back manually. The girl fired at the paper target, 8.5" x 11", from a distance of 5 yards, and hit about 3" to the right. Not bad, I'd say, for the first time firing a new type of gun.
Well, this relatively soft-spoken girl got this big grin across her face and, softly but enthusiastically, said, "yeah, what kind is that?" I told her it was a .357 Magnum revolver, and that she could fire light .38 Special rounds out of it. She wrote this down and even kept the .38 Spl case that she fired!
I hope that this girl ends up with something like a Taurus Model 94 (22LR), to strengthen her trigger finger, and then I hope she eventually graduates to a .357M or 9mm Para or something similar. It just felt really good to see that big grin on her face.