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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; Hate is a strong word. I do not think of people that like Revolvers over Semi-Autos as hating Semi-Autos. They just prefer the Revolver. With ...


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Old February 6th, 2011, 03:11 PM   #76
 
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Hate is a strong word.

I do not think of people that like Revolvers over Semi-Autos as hating Semi-Autos.
They just prefer the Revolver.
With me if I am ever in need to defend myself I do not think the amount of bullets I have will matter that much.
If I can;t get it done with the 5 rounds I have in my SP101 then I am pretty much screw either way...haha
Plus I have one Speed Loader in each car for now...

I just like a Revolver more then a Semi-Auto.
I always try to be considerate toward others that enjoy their Semi-Autos.
I realize people have strong feelings over their possessions.

I have had some good fun firing Semi's....
I have had some decent accuracy with them.
However, as much as some people I know that try to push a Semi-Auto on to me they just do not understand that I have limited resources and when I purchase a new firearm it is going to be a Revolver.

Until I get all the Revolvers I want...only then will I look toward a Semi-Auto and that will be a 1911.
Probably a Colt 1911 at that...I know they are pricey but, to me if I get a 1911 by gawd it is going to be one of the best!



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Why buy a revolver?
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3) We think autos might be collected up by the libs in the future...
This my reason. Most libs liked Roy Rogers growing up - but I can tell you my lib friends hate pistols.
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I'm for sure not an auto hater. My S&W 4506 resides under my pillow each night stoked with 230 gr Ranger T ammo. In another strategic place in the house I have a G19 with Ranger T +P+ ammo. However, by the computer hid from eyes is my SP101 with 135 gr GDHP's. Moreover, I'm in the process of getting a blued GP101. I don't cull any of them but, I do have a slight preference for the revolver as but a few autos have caused some problem at some inopportune times but, the above mentioned ones never have. The 4506 will even feed frozen green beans!
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For me I am far more accurate with a revolver. I don't know why but I have always shot better with a wheel gun. And another reason is I would rather face a 300 lb. feral hog with a 6 shot 45 colt than a 15 round 9mm.
You are talking a big auto to get the power of a hot loaded 45 colt or a 44 mag.
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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.
No hate from me. I love my semi-autos for recreational, fun and even match shooting, but for serious "business applications" such as concealed carry, home defense and hunting my revolvers get the nod every time. In my opinion, the 3 inch sp101 in .357 mag *IS* the perfect gun!
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And another reason is I would rather face a 300 lb. feral hog with a 6 shot 45 colt than a 15 round 9mm.
I hear you. I saw one at Wal-Mart the other day and made me wish I was packing.
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With a revolver, I don't have to change the slide spring after 3000 rounds.
what autos are you buying?

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Looking down the barrel of a revolver and seeing those hollow points staring back at you is just "BAD ***".
+1. lol.
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"1.) We are bored with Glock look a likes... and we already have a 1911."

more like "no one can afford a 1911".

also... "we are bored of Glock lookalikes" is not true at all. if we were bored of them, people wouldn't keep making them. besides, it's apples and oranges.
besides, talk a look at my pic/icon... that LCR looks more like a Glock that a traditional revolver (in fact, they look like they were meant to go together)... so "looking like a Glock" is not driving people away. clearly.

i also don't think saving brass has anything to do with it either, at least not enough to sway the whole market... the reason has to be much more mainstream that that.
and while i wholeheartedly also agree with TerryP... i still don't think that the people who consider that advantage make up the majority of the gun buying public (which drives the market).

i think it's simply tradition. America loves tradition, the old west, iconic figures (the duke, dirty harry, etc...)... and the revolver plays a huge part in the connection to that.

as much as we all like to talk about functionality... the truth is we do buy guns of a certain type because they just look bad-*** (SAA clones, 1911s, "tactical" models, etc...). let's be honest.

i think looks and tradition play the biggest roll in keeping revolvers alive.

seriously, the gun community is quite an efficient bunch, don't you think? we always want something better, smaller, more efficient, and so on... not to mention lighter and easier to carry ammo....

yet we continue to use revolvers, the vast majority of which use rounds that are twice as long (and heavy) as they need to be. that's not very efficient at all. if logic was a factor, we would have either redesigned the .38/.357 round, or stopped using the guns that chamber them... but we haven't.

tradition! ... where logic is irrelevant.



I totally agree with StirFry ! IMHO, he hit the nail on the head. Everything he stated is a very valid point, especially the point regarding "tradition".
Good job StirFry ! I've could not have said it any better.

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This wheelgunner really likes bottom feeders. And yes, I would trust my XD 45 in the crunch. No hatred, but an acceptance of the facts: revolvers are distinctively excellent for certain situations and shooter conditions. All these attributes voiced on this thread illustrate that while the wonder autos are good, the reasons to have a revolver are still there, and will remain. Advantages to reloaders, neophytes, one handers, property owners as well as the hunter/outdoorsman etc. have only been enhanced with the advances in powders and new calibers and materials.
In OUR stampede for new autos, we have not forgotten the revolver and the traditions that brought the revolver to us: Sam Colt, Smith, Remington, Elmer Keith, Skeeter Skelton, Harry Callahan, the "western", and Bill Ruger. This thread lets me let off some steam...
And what can compare with the sound of a revolver cocking?
My favorite autos: Ruger mark II, P90, Kimber ProCarry, XD 45 compact, XD 9, the Cougar, all 1911s... yep
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Another vote for the simplicity of operating a revolver. I really love my SP101 DOA in a quick release safe on the night stand. Pick it up and pull the trigger, same thing every time. Nothing else to to think about.
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In our office we have a white board on which we weekly write weak advice. One week, the advice was, "When playing Russian Roulette, it's better to play with a revolver than an automatic!"
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I have to jump in here once more and say this. Of all the pistols and revolvers I've ever owned since 1972, I can shoot timed and rapid fire with better groups with the 1911 more than any other handgun of any style I've had. However, having said that, let me qualify that with one caveat and that it, I don't trust them.

I've had perhaps five Colts, the first being bought around 72-73', a MK1V in 45 (of course) for $159.95...still have the tag!! It was so so as for reliability. I had a satin nickle Combat Commander that at that time, would feed anything and never failed. I had a 1991-A1 that was the same. The other two were like the first. I had another Springfield Armory 45 that no matter what I had done to it it would never feed and eject 100%. Out of a box of 100 rounds it would fail to feed at least four rounds. That's unacceptable in a defense firearm. It soured me for good on 1911's.

I had a Sig Sauer P220 that like my 4506, would feed any and all ammo, including the notoriously short nosed Speer 200 gr Flying Ashtray. I didn't like the trigger, however and traded it. It was a German made Sig and I'm sick over getting rid of it till this day. Had I known what i do today, I would have worked more with the trigger.

Needless to say the Glocks I've had have been 100% with each one. Lots of folks had trouble with the G30SF and FTRTB problems. I never did and it's as reliable as any auto I've ever owned.

The kicker on autos vs revolvers is for me primarily I hate chasing and bending over retrieving brass. Your back kills you after hunting all over the floor and trying to separate your brass from the others on the floor. Moreover, I don't have to be concerned with swapping magazines every so often with a SD pistol nor is there concern about mild and hotter loads with revolvers. I can't as yet shoot them DA as well as the 1911 but, I'm working on it. For reliability's sake I will overcome. Both have their place and I've enjoyed both of them immensely. It's all a matter of what you like, what you can shoot well, and what you feel comfortable carrying and/or using for the proverbial SHTF scenario.

BTW-That first Colt Mark IV was stolen six months after I bought it and ten years later nearly to the month, I got a call from the police department telling me they located my pistol in Santa Cruz, CA. That's one heck of a long distance from NC where I was living at the time. I couldn't get it for several months as it was being held up there in a murder trial. I finally got it back and surprisingly enough, it looked as good as it did the day it was stolen. I sold it when I got to thinking what it had done in CA, however and never really regretted it. Lessons learned? It pays to have a record of your serial numbers and sometimes they'll even come back to you one day if stolen...even if it is ten years.
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This my reason. Most libs liked Roy Rogers growing up - but I can tell you my lib friends hate pistols.
Oh, we don't all hate pistols, I assure you, just the Feinstein-types (remember, her carry piece in the day was a revolver ). I like my SR9, for sure. It has never FTF'd, never stovepiped, and has happily eaten anything I've fed it. It's a very good firearm. But yes, I do tend to favour the wheelguns. They're just...neat, I guess.
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It seems to me that revolvers have more character than semi-autos. They have a soul - a story to tell, a history to write, a grandson to hand down to. Semi-autos are a dime-a-dozen and as sterile and mysterious as a white wall.

Revolvers become part of you. They are very personal things. They stir up visions of the wild west and pulp fiction detective stories. I'd bet many of you have sold a revolver that you kick yourself everyday about letting go.
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