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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 Jay Fraime I would say that if you've had more revolvers fail then semi-autos due to minor issues then you either shoot ...


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I would say that if you've had more revolvers fail then semi-autos due to minor issues then you either shoot your revolvers a lot more then your semi-autos or you're just unlucky as I have yet to experience this, no offense.
No offense taken at all. We're just chatting, talking guns and killing time. It's all good.

I would say my revolver shooting and pistol shooting are about equal. Over the years I've owned roughly 80-100 handguns split about evenly between revolver and semiauto. In all those guns I've only had a handful of mechanical failures. Most of them were with revolvers. None of them catastrophic. Broken pawls, binding cylinder, that sort of thing. The only mechanical failure I recall with a semiauto pistol was with the aforementioned Sig. It went back to Sig twice and never was quite right. Never did figure it out. We changed the barrel, springs, feed ramps, magazines, guide rods, and ammo. Everything except the slide, frame and trigger assembly. We never could get that thing to cycle consistently. It was possessed. I digress....

To be clear, I exclude bad ammo and bad magazines from my definition of mechanical failure. To me a mechanical failure is when the gun is broken in some way and will not function. I suppose the case could be made that a magazine is part of the gun and if it fails then, by default, the gun has failed. Yeah, I suppose. I won't argue that point too much but I still don't count bad magazines as a gun failure. YMMV.

Once again, my experience is a relatively small sample size and I can't draw any conclusions except to say that in my experience revolvers aren't more reliable than pistols and I don't agree with the idea that revolvers are uber reliable and semi autos are gonna 'jam'. Overall that has not been my experience. Both are extremely reliable, both fail occasionally and they both fail at approximately the same rate in my experience. I've never had a catastrophic failure in either one. YMMV



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No offense taken at all. We're just chatting, talking guns and killing time. It's all good.

I would say my revolver shooting and pistol shooting are about equal. Over the years I've owned roughly 80-100 handguns split about evenly between revolver and semiauto. In all those guns I've only had a handful of mechanical failures. Most of them were with revolvers. None of them catastrophic. Broken pawls, binding cylinder, that sort of thing. The only mechanical failure I recall with a semiauto pistol was with the aforementioned Sig. It went back to Sig twice and never was quite right. Never did figure it out. We changed the barrel, springs, feed ramps, magazines, guide rods, and ammo. Everything except the slide, frame and trigger assembly. We never could get that thing to cycle consistently. It was possessed. I digress....

To be clear, I exclude bad ammo and bad magazines from my definition of mechanical failure. To me a mechanical failure is when the gun is broken in some way and will not function. I suppose the case could be made that a magazine is part of the gun and if it fails then, by default, the gun has failed. Yeah, I suppose. I won't argue that point too much but I still don't count bad magazines as a gun failure. YMMV.

Once again, my experience is a relatively small sample size and I can't draw any conclusions except to say that in my experience revolvers aren't more reliable than pistols and I don't agree with the idea that revolvers are uber reliable and semi autos are gonna 'jam'. Overall that has not been my experience. Both are extremely reliable, both fail occasionally and they both fail at approximately the same rate in my experience. I've never had a catastrophic failure in either one. YMMV
Well, you've owned more guns and shoot more than I do, that's for sure. Maybe if I get up to your level I'll experience some of these failures with revolvers but I hope it never happens at the wrong time, if you know what I mean.

On the other hand, I've had several minor failures and one major failure with four of the semi-autos I've owned. One was with a Kahr PM9 (FTF, FTE. etc.). I hated that thing and got rid of it soon after. Ditto with my first Ruger LCP (I got rid of it and bought a Gen 2 version later which had been reliable while I owned it). A Kimber Evo (failure to lock back on last round, sent to Kimber and got fixed) but the worst of all was my Taurus TCP. That piece of junk would actually fire two rounds in rapid succession with one pull of the trigger, like a full auto and then I had a double feed that forced the first round in the chamber so hard I had to shove a screwdriver down the other end of barrel to get it free. That was on it's first and only trip to the range. To this day that is the only gun I've sold that I feel bad about, knowing that some poor sucker probably ended up with it. That thing could cost someone their life either because it could blow up in their hand or failure to fire when they needed most. That gun should've been melted down rather then sold!

Four brand new semi-autos with problems out of two dozen or so doesn't strike me as very good odds. I've probably owned about as many revolvers and I've never had a single problem with any of them so far.

Regarding magazines, I consider them to be an essential part of the gun. Magazine doesn't work, gun doesn't work, end of story until said magazine is either fixed or replaced. That is one of the big advantages of revolvers, they have their own built-in internal feed system that doesn't rely on outside components that could be lost or broken. Ditto for Lever-action rifles and pump-action shotguns.

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I've probably owned about as many revolvers and I've never had a single problem with any of them so far.
I take that back, I did have a problem with one of my revolvers, a Kimber K6S with 3" barrel. The cylinder would not open up far enough to clear all the rounds during ejection, the edge of one round would catch on the bottom of the frame if it happened to be in the wrong spot, otherwise the gun functioned normally. I send that one back to Kimber (two brand new Kimbers that had to be sent back!) and they fixed that one too.
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