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Old January 16th, 2012, 08:33 AM   #31
 
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If they have to ask why we like the single actions, they are never going to understand, so just don't bother with them. They won't get it.


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Old January 16th, 2012, 08:40 AM   #32
 
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If they have to ask why we like the single actions, they are never going to understand, so just don't bother with them. They won't get it.


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No, thank you.
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Old January 16th, 2012, 08:44 AM   #33
 
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Let's see

A revolver is more versatile in loadings it will handle so that's a step up.

A single action because,

without a swing out cylinder there are fewer things that can go wrong (sprung crane, unburnt powder under the extractor star, cases falling under the extractor star, etc)

There is only one method of operation to learn. single action, which happens to generally be the most accurate mode for a handgun

For some, the single action grip is more comfortable.

That's a good start. but I find "Because I want to" to be the best yet.
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Old January 16th, 2012, 10:05 AM   #34
 
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There nice and accurate and lite.

Cool... very.


Not every gun is for PP.


Cool is just fine


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Old January 17th, 2012, 05:51 AM   #35
 
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- - - snip - - - because i want one, pretty much sums it up. No more explanation is really needed.
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If they have to ask why we like the single actions, they are never going to understand - - - snip - - -
These two are definitely my favorites. Combine them and here's the perfect response: "Cause I want one and if you have to ask why, you'll never understand."
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I have been involved in more than anyone's fair share of SHTF situations, and the nastiness stops when a well placed round (singular) has hit the target. This in mind, it is how fast you can bring the weapon into action and get off a well placed shot. I have never observed a difference in the speed of the first round off between a SA revolver and either a DA or semi-auto. The differences are evident in follow-up shots (not all that significant between SA and DA if you practice with your SA), and re-loading. Reloading is where there admittedly exists a significant disadvantage with SA's. However, as stated above, if you take care of your business with the first round (usually a big one out of a SA) you don't need to worry about follow-ups or relaoding.

Heck, if your expecting real trouble, carry two!
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I've been pondering about the advantages/disadvantages of SA vs DA lately and this thread is really useful.

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Tell him the 44 mag pistols are a little pricey.

Here's an interesting perspective:

Frontier style handguns for the modern backwoods home by Massad Ayoob Issue #101
I enjoyed reading through this article, thanks for posting. An early point it makes is that SA is inherently stronger:
"There are several rationales for using the single action in the backwoods. The least of these, but still on the radar screen, is the fact that the large frame models are more rugged with heavy handloads than double actions."
If this is the case does anyone know why Ruger doesn't offer a SA in .454 Casull?
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Old February 16th, 2012, 01:49 PM   #38
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Single Action: because I already had a double action; because my first revolver was a single action; because it is more pleasant to shoot without rubber grips;

And, in retrospect, the Single Action was the best thing to teach my three boys how to shoot a major power handgun. They pick up on the nostalgia and the sense of history, but also have a better time learning about the function and safety of a sidearm.

And of course, just cause...
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Because they make them!! If your a true shooter you must have at least one of each kind!!
I think I am a 'true' shooter ... and all I have is Single Action revolvers except for the .44Spec Bulldog (which I don't shoot DA). Only reason for the Bulldog is the 'small' carry size for CC. Sold my Ruger Super Redhawk as it was to big and clumsy and therefore set in the safe.

That said, the SA works very well as a trail gun, fishing gun, target gun, hunting gun, camp gun, or whatever I find myself doing. I've never found myself thinking ... 'Gee I wish I had a DA'. Nope, the SA just has 'class' and works very well at what I need doing. If I was into multiple aerial target shooting then the DA would come in handy. This isn't a valid reason, but the SA just plainly looks 'right' compared to those ugly S&W revolvers.... . A SA speaks woods, country, campfire, history, etc... The DA just speaks city, smog, pavement.... So it goes ... If ya don't get it .... well, ya just won't.... Nuff rambling....
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You could probably argue back and forth about the advantages and disadvantages, SA vs DA till you're blue in the face, but I think you really need to get out and shoot an SA to understand and appreciate them. I actually prefer a DA for some practical, convenience kinds of reasons, but I've had enough SA Rugers to know that SAs are a world apart compared to other pistols. A big, big part of Ruger's success over the years has been their SAs. Wouldn't be a Ruger without their SAs.
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IMHO, neither one or the other is better - they're just different. I own and enjoy both. But I shoot them differently.
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A single action is inherently safer. They are part of the American taming of the west. They are way cool.
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Neither one is better. SA/DA revolvers have two functions. I have both single actions and double actions. I shoot my double actions as double actions. My single actions are for target shooting at long yards. I love the look of my Single Six and Blackhawk 357/9mm. My first revolver was a old H&R 922 built in the 1940s. I did not own a traditional double action until many years later. I owned single action revolvers and rifes. My first semi-auto was a Ruger Mark I made in the late sixties. I have always loved wheel guns, cowboy westerns. So my roots are single actions.
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When I carried a double action revolver on duty and had to pull it I would automatically cock it to give me a better shot. It also gives a lighter trigger pull. When confronting somebody the sound it makes isn't as great as a shotgun but it does tend to get theri attention in most cases. If they're stupid enough to do something hostile it only takes a fraction of a second to pull the trigger.

When we used to have to qualify, most of our firing was single action, whether it was left, fight, day, night, barracade, or wall. Only about 1/4 was double action, and that was to practice quick reloading and quick/partial reloading.

If you watch the old shows like Starsky&Hutch, Adam 12, T.J. Hooker, and others they do a lot of double action work. Of course they don't have the recoil a live round has or do they have to worry about accuracy.

I'm hoping to get a hand-cannon again but this time it will be a Blackhawk or maybe a replacement Super Blackhawk.
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Single actions have been used in more self-defense situations, employed in more gunfights, accounted for more wild game, and starred in more movies than any other type of pistol.
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