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Old February 3rd, 2011, 07:13 PM   #31
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Old February 3rd, 2011, 07:17 PM   #32
 
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Revolvers work. And have for over a hundred years. I grew up watching my father carry a revolver as his duty weapon and a revolver off duty. I wish he hadn't sold that Smith heavy barrel or that .357 Dan Wesson.

We are however forgetting one crucial market here gentlemen...women. Women, like my wife, are a huge market for anything and everything guns. No one really marketed to women before. Just look at all the pink guns and grips you see.

For every reason mentioned above, especially: easy of use and reliability in a panicked state at 3am.
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We are however forgetting one crucial market here gentlemen...women. Women, like my wife, are a huge market for anything and everything guns. No one really marketed to women before. Just look at all the pink guns and grips you see.
The only problem is that most gun shops push small-frame snubbies at them.

In some cases like my wife they bring it on themselves (this is small and therefore cute).

But a snubbie is NOT a beginner's gun. They'd be much better served with something medium framed in a 4 or 5 inch barrel.
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Revolvers... Currently I CCW my GP100 4in because I can under a winter coat.

1) I probably watched too many afternoon westerns.

2) That tap-rack-wtf? routine just seems silly.

3) A steel barrel makes a better club than a poly-goodstuff frame.
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Revolvers are classic beauty. Autoloaders, for the most part, are soulless Tupperware.

Colt 1911 and Browning Hi Power excepted, of course.

Pick up a '50s vintage Smith N frame or Colt SAA, and compare them to a Glock or Springfield XDm. I rest my case.
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For me it's easy:

When I shoot a revolver it feels like I am "shooting" a gun.

When I shoot a pistol it feels like I am "operating" a gun.


I like to feel like I'm shooting.....I guess I'm old school.

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@Scott, I agree that a snubbie looks "cute" and is small, both reasons that the wife will actually carry it rather than something bigger that would be left behind. The snubbie does what she and I want, 0'-20' self defense.
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I have auto's.

I have revolvers.

I shoot them all, I like them all.

Does there have to be a reason?
Well Said!.......And I want MORE.....

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I have two of each and like all of them. My CCW is a .380 auto because it is thinner than my SP-101 and more concealable. But my trail gun is the Ruger SP-101 in .357. I like feeling it riding on my hip. I can load it with any .38 or .357 load that I feel like. No worries about racking the slide, is there one in the chamber?, will there be a feeding issue?, is the safety on/off?
Its just a point and click operation.
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I particularly like the practical statements here by so many of you freedom lovers. The wife factor is very real. My wife and daughters CANNOT rack the slide on my autos. To tell you the truth, my gnarled paws are sometimes challenged by my XD 45 acp. As I move on into later middle agedness, that gp100 looks dang good. No slide and no mag springs to go soft.
There is some story about a woman whose husband gave her a revolver when he went to WWII. He never made it home, but he left her with something with which to protect herself. It sat in the bedroom for 50+ years. When an invader threatened her in her house, it went boom just like her husband hoped so long ago. His wisdom is appreciated.
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I bought a revolver because no one makes an auto in .454 Casull......


....and reliability...
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I was getting bored with my auto's so I got a Colt Detective special, then followed that with a SP101, I really enjoyed shooting that gun....
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The one handgun I have never sold is my GP-100 6" barrel. I bought it new in the PX in 29 Palms Ca. of all places in Jan 1990. I have carried SA on duty, mostly M9. I like the 20 rd capacity. I carry a revolver when off duty. personal choice. Like em both. I am thinking of getting a personal Beretta 9 mil and a 1911 45. Revolvers first though.

Pros for revolver : I have never ever had one jam on me. I have had bottom feeders jam and such. (I need a buddy I can count on).

Cons, only 5 or 6 rounds before I am playing fiddlesticks under fire.
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Being an Ex law enforcement individual from the seventies, I was trained with and carried a S&W model 15, then a 19, and then a 66. Even when other departments were moving towards bottom feeding 9mm guns, we stayed with the revolver format. I own several semi auto handguns, but I also own several revolvers. The one that I have had the very longest is a Ruger SP101, a SPNY variant in .38 special. This has become my wife's favorite and her go to gun if she needs one for self protection. Oh, and by the way, I also love Handgasms!!
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Why buy a revolver?
People have asked me, "Why buy an expensive revolver when Autos are better than ever?"
I agree that semi-automatic pistols are to the point where they are reliable enough to use in situations where there is little tolerance for malfunctions. I own a Colt 1911 and a Springfield Armory 9mm, and they are, indeed, reliable.

Unfortunately, I had some vascular surgery on my left arm which left my thumb, index, and middle fingers with little feeling. The result is that it is hard for me to grip the slide and cycle the action. I usually shift hands and cycle the action and then shift back for shooting.

The revolvers can be operated a lot more simply with my right hand alone -- although I am still able to use a two-handed grip, and do for the most part. It is not a problem for me to cradle the cylinder in my left had for reloading, but precision gripping and manipulation are not easy.
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