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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 TJ1225 For me it's back to basics,and my confidence in the .357 as a manstopper. Only a Manstopper?...Not Black Bears? J/K! Please ...


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Old February 5th, 2011, 11:00 AM   #61
 
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For me it's back to basics,and my confidence in the .357 as a manstopper.
Only a Manstopper?...Not Black Bears? J/K!
Please forgive me! Just having a little fun...

Seriously, that is how I look at the .357 (and even the good old .38 Special).
It will stop a Bad Guy coming at me or my family.
Even a crazed out Meth-Head.



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Old February 5th, 2011, 12:19 PM   #62
 
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Looking down the barrel of a revolver and seeing those hollow points staring back at you is just "BAD ***".
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I've been all semi-auto's for 25+ yrs. Then got a lemony Sig P238 in .380 for CCW. After that 6 month 1,400 round disaster, I bought a .357 Ruger LCR. Never a problem. Then one old S&W K frame and then another all in 4 months. Why the change?

I want something that works everytime (sure revolvers can have issues - but)
The Bride understands revolvers easier - semi's tough to rack etc.
Maybe I'm just getting old - the 66-1 is something my Dad would have been proud of - Huge factor for me.
A revolver could be loaded and just sit there for years (not that I approve of that) but springs are not under pressure etc
Sure I love shooting in the snow and not chasing brass around.
Not ammo picky - at all for the revolvers
No worrying about recoil springs dying in 150 rounds like the P238.
Longer sight radius possible
Can get very nice SA shots on a revolver

Looks like a gun I can be proud of and for the Smith's they could be around for generations. The modern plastic stuff???
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Why not have a revolver?If someone grabs your shoulder and says "get out of the car"?Do you want to say"hold on while I rack my .45",or would you rather drop him with a round from your snubbie right through your pocket?Why spend so much on more expensive auto's for their reliability that comes with higher prices,or why not just spend less on a Ruger GP100 and know you got the best reliability out there.And what if i'm a hunter?Having a .44Mag in my house loaded with some good .44 special's for the 2 legged animal,and then with some 44mags for the 4 legged,I can't wrap my head around using an auto in the great outdoors,even if it is a 10mm.Autos have thier place and are superior man stoppers in thier place,-military and police-they are the ones who can spend the time to be proficient with an auto,but for the average joe a revolver is going to get the job done better.
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Maybe I'm just getting old - the 66-1 is something my Dad would have been proud of - Huge factor for me.
Careful. Those things will steal your heart.

I bought this 66-3 back in 1994 from it's original owner who bought it new about a year before.

It rode around as a car gun getting shot very rarely until last year. I decided to start spending more time with it. I now consider it the crown jewel of my collection.

24 rounds double action. 6 from 7 yards and 18 from 10.
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For someone as young as I am, apparently I'm just kind of old-school. Revolvers are just...neat. And their cartridges are probably the easiest things on Earth to reload, especially .38 Spl. The lines of a S&W Model 29 are simply beautiful. Those of a Redhawk are what I'd call handsome in a very masculine, brute-strength sort of way.

Iowegan's point about major flexibility of loads is also very important. Like him, I too have a "flea fart" (LOL!) load for .38 Special, as well as a heavy .357 Magnum load. The same is true for the Super Redhawk ("mild" and "WILD!"). The "mild" load chronos at 850 fps with a 250gr cast boolit. The "WILD!" load chronos at 1,260 fps with a 250gr cast boolit. Try that with a semi-auto.

That said, semi-autos are also fun, don't get me wrong. Glock, Ruger, CZ, et. al. all make very good ones, and I enjoy shooting those as well.

So, really, the question ought to be, "why *not* have a revolver?" Unlike in some other countries, here in the USA we can have as many firearms as we want. Pick up one of each and have fun with 'em! :-)
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I forgot who said it but when asked what type of handgun he preferred he said, " for the first six shots, I'll take a revolver."
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For social situations, I prefer a .38+P J-frame in my pocket and a Glock .40 in my holster.
I am not that familiar with S&W...
Does 'J Frame' cover more then one type of revolver?
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The subjective comments posted above lack objective analysis.

Reliability
Both revolvers and pistols include springs that are designed to maintain tension or compression for short periods. They include hammer and trigger springs, slide recoil springs, and magazine follower springs. To prevent these springs from losing elasticity, we release spring tension or compression when we store the handgun. When you stored a pistol, you release the slide and pull the trigger to release the hammer or firing pin. You should also unload the magazine; however, pistol owners seldom do this. If you leave the magazine spring compressed for long periods, it loses its elasticity. This could induce a failure to feed malfunction. Because a revolver does not have a magazine spring, you can store a loaded revolver for decades.

Simplicity
Occasionally, the primer, when struck by the firing pin, does not ignite the powder. This is a failure to fire malfunction. The immediate action drill for a pistol is to pull the slide to the rear to extract and eject the round, release the slide, re-acquire the sight picture, and press the trigger. The immediate action drill for a revolver is to press the trigger again.

Capacity
Pistol magazines often have greater capacity than revolver cylinders: 10 to 17 rounds versus 5 or 6 rounds. The often unasked question is whether the additional rounds are necessary. If your standard of shooting is two rounds center mass of chest, 5 or 6 rounds are adequate to defend against two armed attackers. Surviving three or more armed attackers at pistol range (within 15 feet) is doubtful, regardless of the number of rounds you have.

In my opinion, the reliability and simplicity of a revolver makes it a better choice than a pistol. I would recommend the GP100 or SP101 for this role.

Concealability
I live in Florida, where people wear shorts and T-shirts most of the year. Size and weight are both factors when considering a handgun's concealability. It's much easier to conceal an LCP than an LCR, an SP101, or an SR9C. I don't have confidence in the effectiveness of .380 Auto ammunition. Taking the LCP out of the equation, that leaves the LCR as the most concealable handgun. I haven't yet seen and fired the LC9. The LC9 might be more concealable than the LCR, but it won't be as reliable and as simple to operate as the LCR.
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I forgot who said it but when asked what type of handgun he preferred he said, " for the first six shots, I'll take a revolver."
All those rounds in a semi auto are pretty much useless if the first one fails to launch!
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Revolvers are still the only practical forms of sidearm in some parts of the country, such as back in my home state of Alaska. If you carry a handgun in the woods up there, it better be at least a .44 magnum. You can find a few autos that will handle magnum cartridges, but they are laughably expensive & heavy. Then there's still the reliability issue: if you have to use your handgun on a wild animal, for either hunting or defense, there better be a absolute 100% chance that it will fire.
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I am not that familiar with S&W...
Does 'J Frame' cover more then one type of revolver?
The J-frames are S&W's line of small frame revolvers. While I am not an S&W fan in general by any means, I do love their lineup of ultralight aluminum/scandium frames and titanium cylinders. They are the ultimate in ultralight pocket carry revolvers!

My favorites are the .357 mag/.38+P M&P340 at 13 oz, and the 340PD at a mere 11 oz:

Product: Model M&P340

Product: Model 340PD

One note: I like the Ruger LCR as a pocket carry revolver as well. The grip and trigger guard came out a bit to bulky for my personal taste, but this model will serve the majority of shooters perfectly well....and it is half the price of the horrifically expensive Smiths!

S&W also has larger frame revolvers that use the ultralight alloys. These make superb backpacking guns. The 329PD for example, is a pound lighter than the Ruger Alaskan:

Product: Model 329PD Alaska Backpacker

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Thank you Very Much Off Road for the reply and the education.
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So much semi-auto hate on this thread. If you run it right and maintain it, it will work just as good as a revolver.

That said, I love revolvers simply because there is something about them. I like my XD9 fine and I actually shoot it better than my revolvers, but shooting a revolver is just plain fun. I have no idea why but I like loading and unloading the cylinder, and the look on somebody's face when I touch off a cylinder full of 158gr SJSP .357s... well let's just say shocked and awed.

I keep a XD9 with a couple of spare magazines for defense, but my answering the door gun is a revolver, and I keep a S&W 65 loaded in my safe as well. I like both types of handguns and couldn't see getting rid of one type ever.
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So much semi-auto hate on this thread. If you run it right and maintain it, it will work just as good as a revolver.
I love autos, it's just that I want to back it up with a revolver!
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