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Old January 12th, 2012, 12:24 PM   #1
 
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Single vs. Double action answers

Hey guys. I have a single six and a blackhawk .44 mag that I love. My buddy kind of called me out the other day and asked why anybody would want a single action revolver instead of a semi-auto or at least a double action. I didn't have much of a rebuttle besides, "Cuz they're cool, man!?!?' I know plenty of reasons for revolvers over semi-auto, but do any of y'all have good reasons for preferring a single action revolver over a double action revolver??? Say a blackhawk over a redhawk? Just curious, Thanks.



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Does he drive a giant, souped-up pickup truck?

Say, "Why would anyone who isn't hauling loads want or need a giant pickup truck instead of a cool sports car or a practical sedan?!?"

Seriously though, I'd just snort at my friend, tell him "I like them, they're lots of fun, and they'll kill you just as dead as your fancy semi."
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Because, not only are they cool, they are John Wayne cool!
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I'm a Super Blackhawk guy,nothing against the Redhawk but I like single action guns.From my experience (nothing professional) shooting a double action revolver/auto is not very fun and I'm not as accurate in double action mode,probably due to the longer/heavier trigger pull.Bout the bet answer I have for you.
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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
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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
Good article. Lots of folks should read it
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Excellent article! Thanks Terry-P.
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A single-action revolver is kind of slow to load and unload, which gives you time to think a little about your last and next shots. You have to cock it for every shot, so you have to aim every shot separately. That tends to make you a better shooter, I think.

Most people shoot a DA revolver in single-action most of the time. It's more accurate that way. Shooting one DA, or an autoloader fast, is just bang, bang, bang. Fun, sure, but doesn't develop much in skill and wastes ammo. I'd rather learn to make one bullet find its mark, than one out of ten. A single-action's shape feels more natural in my hand, but not everybody agrees on that.

I've had DA revolvers, but none at the moment. When I got back into shooting a few years ago, none were at the top of my "previous favorites" list to buy again. The Single-Six was a favorite, and I discovered Bearcats this time around. They weren't in production when I shot before, and now I wish they had been. I had a Blackhawk too, but stayed with rimfires this time.

(I did get the Mark III, as I had a Mark I before, and the Ruger .22 pistols are hands down the best .22 handguns ever made, of any type.)
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As with Bearcatter..... you have to cock it each time to shoot, slows you dowm and gives you more time to think.
And the other reason..... they're cool.....
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The trigger is simpler and should be more durable.
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It sounds like he is angling for one of those arguments where HIS ideas are the only ones that make sense.

So just ask him why HE thinks a DA is better? Find out what his angle is.

Certainly you can argue technicalities or operational reasons where one would be better than the other under specific circumstances, such as a DA might be better for self defense, especially at close range, but when shooting target or hunting or pretty much most shooting is done in single action mode it doesn't really matter.

I've kind of always wondered why Ruger made the SRH beefier than the SBH as I don't see anyone needing quick follow up shots ala DA with those kinds of guns. I've never seen anyone carry an SRH with 9.5" barrel in some monster caliber as a CC gun anyway.

But...that's just me. Besides, SA and DA, twice as many reasons to buy a new gun
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In a SHTF situation, I would pick a stainless Blackhawk .357/9mm convertible (if it was made!) as the toughest, most useful handgun to have. There are almost endless varieties of .357 and .38 ammo, plus you could use any "misplaced' military ammo you ran across.
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I like to speed shoot my single action revolvers (I am not talking about quick draw). When I do, I do the cocking with my left thumb and then of course pull the trigger with my right forefinger as opposed to cocking and pulling the trigger with just the right hand. Speed shooting comes in handy for things like hunting cotton tail rabbits. Cotton tails are small and fast. So, if you see a rabbit, you only have a split second to cock and shoot. It you take the time to cock the hammer with the same hand you pull the trigger with, the end of the barrel moves and you have to resight and then pull the trigger. That's no good because by then the rabbit is gone. Or you can cock the gun and slowly walk through the brush but that is dangerous and I won't hunt with people that practice that habit. If you trip while your gun is cocked you can lose a toe or kill someone. It's just bad practice. So, the best way is like I said, cock with the left thumb and pull the trigger with the right forefinger.

The reason I am saying this is because I shoot rabbits with both single action and double action revolvers, along with whistle pigs and other game. Both are very affective. BUT,,, many times when I am hunting with someone that is shooting either DA revolvers or even with a semi auto pistol (yes, I hunt small hame with my XD45, that's a blast) they just can't hit. A person that is trained with a DA or a semi auto can be effective. But there are very few. However, most can hit with the SA revolver. So, a single action revolver is very effective in the field and you tend to use each round wisely. One advantage that a DA has over a SA is the DA tends to push straight back making it easier to maintain control where a SA will roll the wrist up. Sight aquisition on the SA takes a tad bit longer. I don't mind because I use that down time for spotting my next shot.

Hope that helps, Jim
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Because they make them!! If your a true shooter you must have at least one of each kind!! Single actions do make you think about the shot more. I shoot my doubles single a majority of the time, especially the 44. I would say the split is 75 single and 25 double. Most of the double is with my 357 carry gun.

I also try to cock hammer with left hand when possible.
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Because i like them or because i want one, pretty much sums it up. No more explanation is really needed.
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