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Old February 15th, 2011, 08:27 AM   #106
 
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This thread has run a good course. Thanks to all of you for your knowledge and thoughts. It is almost as good to read as a good gun magazine... really. Humor, stories, lessons from experience. You guys are great.
Impossible to sum up this thread. But it proves revolvers are alive and well. God Bless!



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Old February 15th, 2011, 04:57 PM   #107
 
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Most of my handguns are revolvers. I'll keep it simple. Revolvers rule!!
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If I knew I was heading to a gunfight (pistols only) I would want one of my 1911's. They just point better for me. A little tough to CCW a full size 1911 but can be done if you dress "around the gun". For general day to day CCW carry the Ruger SP101 just disaapears compared to trying to CCW a 1911.
Not sure what it is about the revolver ( I have more semi-autos) but there is a cool factor there I can't put my finger on. I also like not having to chase down my brass and the ability to shoot any load, shotshell, light, hot, magnum etc that the revolver affords.
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I own both I like both. But revolvers are my go to. I like them better. I like the traditions theory for explaining this. I have shot many guns but revolvers always make me excited.
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Maybe my thinking is incorrect. I often rely on the intimidation factor of the revolver. I don't think about "going to a gunfight" (although that is what the SHTF stuff is), but trying to stop aggression without the fight. I sure think the will and intent to finish the job is important... But the big black hole with a full cylinder of shiny XTPs projects a lot strength. BUT it does seem to be tactically debatable. What do you guys think?
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While I normally carry a semi-automatic pistol (usually a Glock; G17, G19 or G21- even occasionally my G34), I definitely appreciate and enjoy my Security Six and GP100.

I think in general that a revolver trigger is more difficult to master than a semi-automatic's, especially one with consistant short triggerpull/reset distances (e.g., Glock, 1911). However, it's certainly rewarding to develop the necessary skill-set with a revolver-and it's transferrable, making me a better semi-auto shooter.

While both platforms (especially in their modern incarnations) are certainly reliable, an auto will incontrovertably fire significantly higher round counts without needing cleaning, assuming that the auto is properly lubricated (platform with minimal lubrication requirements, like Glocks and HKs exceptionally shine in this regard). Due to cylinder face and forcing cone gunshot residue build-up (and possibly blow-back in the cylinder crane tunnel), I think that even with clean factory ammunition a revolver user is going to be hard-pressed to go more than a couple of hundred rounds at the max without cleaning/residue removal.

As has been previously mentioned, where I think a revolver shines is as a nightstand gun, and/or as a gun that could need to be passed to a non/less dedicated firearms user. The combination of its simple, sufficiently heavy and relatively long triggerpull augers well for safety and preclusion of accidental/negligent discharges, and the "no levers" concept (at least until the necessity for reloading occurs) plays well for less/non-dedicated users.

For hard field use in adverse environments, with infrequent maintenance/cleaning opportunities, I think that something like a Glock or HK is more ideal. I think that if you drop a Glock in the mud it's much less likely to be a game-stopping event than a revolver-even one relatively easily field-stripped like a GP100 or Security Six.

Using my revolvers in IDPA has definitely made me a better shooter; it forces me to resolve problems with more focus and less ammunition expenditure. That's not a bad thing at all-especially since one "owns" a fired bullet and is responsible for everything that it passes into until it stops.

While a revolver is significantly slower (and easier to fumble) for most of us to reload, diligent practice and competition use diminishes reloading times and hiccups. Reliability wise, while a revolver eliminates the necessity of "tap, rack, bang" malfunctioning cartridge actions, a fumbled reload resulting in a cartridge lodged underneath the ejector star is conversely much more difficult to resolve than most auto-pistol jams...

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Just my $.02, I was working for a state L.E. agency when the transition was made from the S/W Model 64 .38 S/W Special to the Glock 22 .40 S/W. I just happened to be the certified Glock armorer and the certified Ruger (we also used the Mini-14) armorer at the time. The transition went very smoothly and believe it or not, range score averages stayed about the same. In other words, the officers who shot well with the revolver also shot well with the Glock. For the record, I am a "sixgun man" who grew up reading the writings of "Ol' Elmer Keith" and accept a lot of what he has written. My favorite sidearm ever issued by an agency to me was the S/W model 19 (best trigger and accuracy). That being said, the Glock, in an adequate caliber, is the most durable and reliable handgun I have ever seen issued to any law enforcement agency. It resists rust far better than any stainless steel weapon also. It is also simple, with a minimum of parts, all "drop in". There is something very comforting, especially to a newer officer (they always end up on graveyard shift) pulling over a car load of gangbangers at 2:00 A.M., with their windows tinted so dark, the spotlight fails to penetrate the glass, of having that 15 + 1 and two more mags of 15 in an adequate caliber, well, you get the picture. Predators tend to run in packs. To answer the earlier comment, yes your heirs will be able to shoot your Glock in 120 yrs. It might be the only weapon, revolver or semi-auto, that will hold up. What do I prefer to shoot/carry now that I am retired? My SP-101 of course! Perfect conceal carry/ desert carry combo gun (after a trigger job). I have fired .357, 180 grn. +P+ hunting loads comfortably in this little gem from the late Bill Ruger. It also patterns very well with shot loads for rattlers. He said he set out to build the most comfortable small frame revolver in which to shoot "full-house" .357 mag loads in and I would say that Bill Ruger's design is a total success!

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I echo many of the responses already given: reliability, sturdiness, durability, badass looks, comfortable to carry, no springs so you can store it loaded, etc.

But I also wonder if the internet has something to do with it. Google terms like "which gun should I start with?" or "what's the best first gun?" and the research will come back with a general theme that the revolver is the better gun for a new shooter to start with. Right or wrong, it seems to be the concensus. Factor in the wave of new gun owners carrying concealed or just protecting their castles in recent years (since Obama/the recession/whatever) using the internet for their research and viola, GP100's are a lot popular and a little scarce.

Just a thought.
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There's no hate involved. I was trained on the S&W model 15 and it remains my favorite revolver. I carried one for 10 years (sometimes with a Remington 870) when I wasn't using something like a M-16 or GAU with or without a M149 grenade launcher.
I have mever seen a revolver jam in all that time or since and consider them quite adequate for what I need. I had no need for a weapon that carried 15 or more rounds, I wasn't going into combat around here. A SP-101 with a backup speedloader is what I usaually carry.
I have owned a few autos since I've been here but have never had much luck with them due to jamming and other malfunctions, with Walther being the worst of all. So I stick with revolvers, Ruger, and up until the new Nightguard with built in laser. I will probably never own another Colt revolver.
Lately however, things have been getting a bit more lively around here so I worked a deal on a S&W revolver and picked up a 9mm for possible future use. I wanted something I should be able to conceal fairly easily with a covering shirt and figured the 1911 was too large. I ended up with a few final choices, Beretta storm, Springfield compact, SR9c, and Smith SD9. It ended up comming down to fit and control. I wanted the SR9c but my hand fit the SD9 better and I could operate the releases much easier on the SD9 and the point was good. A trip to the range will tell if I made a mstake or not. If so I can always use it as a trade in on a GP100 or maybe a used Security 6.
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What is a TC in .44 Magnum?

Is that a Thompson/Center Contender?
Yep, and murderous on the web of your hand.
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Maybe my thinking is incorrect. I often rely on the intimidation factor of the revolver. I don't think about "going to a gunfight" (although that is what the SHTF stuff is), but trying to stop aggression without the fight. I sure think the will and intent to finish the job is important... But the big black hole with a full cylinder of shiny XTPs projects a lot strength. BUT it does seem to be tactically debatable. What do you guys think?
To me intimidation factor is a non-issue. Once the decision is made to draw the weapon then the next sound you hear will be a loud bang or two. At the point I draw my weapon I am out of options.
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Cool

The gun I really wanted is an 1858 new army!!
I got the SR9c instead...
Now that is a gun!

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Yep, and murderous on the web of your hand.
That is the only gun that I was glad to see leave the confines of my safe. That 44 Mag in a 10" barrel beat me down even wearing gloves.

I almost got the fever again after 10 years, was looking at another one. I smacked myself back to reality.
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I've often wondered could the 357 Herrett have been worse that the 44 Mag but doubt it. I'm glad it was someone else's gun and not mine. It would have gotten sold real soon.
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Well I`ve come full circle over the last 40 yrs back to revolvers.....I still have some semi autos but it`s the revolvers that have my interest. Other than that all the good answers have already been said here.....

I`m a bit worried that the world revolvers may be changing with the acceptance of the plastic guns and now Ruger has a plastic LCD......I don`t want to see plastic revolvers but the price of steel guns is getting expensive and no doubt plastic ones will be cheaper in the future. So I`m going to accumulate a number of revolvers so I have a good supply for the future....more is better
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