Better shot with revolver?


November 15, 2006, 10:04 PM
I'm a much better shot with a revolver. Chiefly a Smith & Wesson revolver shooting double action. It doesn't seem to matter which barrel length or which caliber. I've tried semi autos. Glocks, Sigs, H&K's, 1911's. I just don't shoot them as well as revolvers. Anyone else had a similar experience? Most people say they shoot a semi auto better. How about you?

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November 15, 2006, 10:19 PM
With practice, both can be equally accurate...IMO tho, the wheelgun has potential to be more accurate because of it's fixed barrel and the semi auto is dependent on consisten barrel lock up :D

November 15, 2006, 11:24 PM
I'm a much better shot with a revolver, which I attribute to the fact that there's no slide recoil on a wheel gun, and in my experience, the triggers are better on revolvers. Firing from single action on a revolver like my S&W 66 only requires barely touching the trigger, whereas my USP still has quite a bit of a pull on it, even when cocked.

November 16, 2006, 07:20 AM
I shoot DA revolvers just slightly better than semi-auto's, with the CZ-75B being a very close runner up to my 4" revolver. Accuracy in one aspect of it, and trust is another. I trust my revolvers every day, so I practice with them more, and maybe that's why I'm better with them.


November 16, 2006, 08:21 AM
I shoot my 66 with a 2.5 barrel better than any auto that I shoot...I have always figured it was because there are few things happening after the hammer falls...I used to think that the trigger had a lot to do with it but my Sig 226's trigger is as smooth or maybe smoother than the 66...I am trying to limt my self of shoot only my current carry weapon (HK USPc 9mm) in an effort to get my accuracy up the 66 level...I am getting there but not quite there yet

November 16, 2006, 09:07 AM
My first handgun was my dad's Mdl 15 S&W received after his death when I was 15 yrs old. It was my only handgun for 6 years and I averaged 100-150 rds a week thru it in high school and college.

I reloaded with a lee loader (the kind you use with a plastic/rawhide mallet). I figure that I put at least 40K of 3.0 Bullseye tgt loads thru it plus whatever factory stuff I could buy/scrounge in those early years. I like to think that achieved a fair level of profiency with it:)

While I own, carry, and shoot autos on the clock, I prefer wheel guns on my time, especially K frame Smiths.

I still own that old Mdl 15, having rebuilt and refinished it twice. I still shoot it often and consider it to be more then adequate should the need arise.

November 16, 2006, 09:46 AM
I shoot my S&W .45 ACP revolver better than my 1911, mostly because I like the N-frame revolver and I feel more comfortable with it.

In .22 rimfire I shoot better with automatics.

November 16, 2006, 11:53 AM
I'm a much better shot with a revolver. Chiefly a Smith & Wesson revolver shooting double action.

+1/when shooting with speed.

For me, I think the longer/heavier trigger pull aids accuracy, becase it gives me another contact/balance point to make those last second mico sight adjustments.

On a single action revolver or semi-auto the trigger is just a way to get the gun to fire. The trigger pull is too light/short to be used as a steadying point.


Peter M. Eick
November 16, 2006, 02:18 PM
I think a great deal has to do with practice in the format. I shot revolvers for about 20 years before I got my 2nd semi-auto (my Hi-Power had to go during college days) centerfire. When I started shooting semi-auto's I found I needed a lot of work to shoot them well. This is still true many years later, but when I pick up a good DA revolver I can blast away like it is an extension of my mind.

I would guess that for every round I fired out of a semi-auto I fired 4 out of a revolver. Thus I shoot the revolver better.

Anyone else with similar experience?

November 16, 2006, 02:23 PM
Me too, I'm generally better with almost any wheelgun though I seem to have finally mastered my XD-40 :D

November 16, 2006, 05:25 PM
Revolvers tend to do best by me in the accuracy dept. Colt Match Target Woodsman is the semi auto that does good with me. Have a 19ll that gives me fits with accuracy (had same experience in the military) and a Smith 625 wheeler that fires the 45 ACP just beautiful for me. Revolvers keep me in the black pretty good but I see some occassional wood fly on the target stand with the 1911.

November 16, 2006, 06:37 PM
I can shoot a revolver much better than an auto loader. Probably because I don't shoot auto's very much. One exception would be my MarkIII Ruger. Shoots great for me. With the 9mm, 40 or 45 acp, I always shoot about 3 inches or more low on the target. Practice would help, I'm sure, but as you can tell, I'm a Revolverman.

November 16, 2006, 06:48 PM
Revolver here, I brought this question up in a slightly different way in another thread. I shoot my 9mm more but with my .357, I usually always dead on. For me it has to do with the action, I know exactly when the .357 is going to fire, with the 910 it's a little more touchy.

Danus ex
November 16, 2006, 07:00 PM
Interesting. I own four revolvers (Colts) and one automatic (FN). I carry a Detective Special. I enjoy shooting the revolvers more, and shoot them more often, but I still shoot better with darn near any automatic I pick up. That's life, I guess.

November 16, 2006, 07:05 PM
Curiously enough I can handle larger loads much easier and far more accuractly in a Revolver then a Automatic.

The fist time I noticed this I had to be about 14 and was shooting with my dad; I couldn't control his Ruger .45 ACP at all, the thing jumped all over the place and I was lucky if I could hit the broad side of a barn.

Then he let me have a try at his Colt Python .357 and suddenly, it was a different story. I could deadeye a paper target at 10 meters with that thing easily, which for a scrawny 14 year old kid, was pretty damn awesome.

Almost a decade later I still prefer Revolvers to automatics, just something about the way momentum transfers along the shape of the barrel and grips make them easier for me to handle; I personally attribute it to the gun actually feeding the force of the shot directly through the gun's solid mass, rather then adding the shifting mass and balence of a moving slide.

November 18, 2006, 10:36 PM
The only semi automatic that I can shoot more accurately than my little snubby 642 was someone else's heavily customized 1911, and then it was only a little better. But then again I can shoot my bone stock 686 slightly better than that 1911.

I suspect that though most people say the can shoot semi autos better, I've got a feeling that many of them have never given a revolver a serious try. I've let several auto only guys shoot my wheelies that were pretty suprised by the accuracy of the "old man gun" :cool: .

Cousin Mike
November 18, 2006, 10:44 PM
I shoot revolvers slightly better than semi-autos... Although I do shoot auto's well, I just seem to be that much better with wheelguns. I'd like to think it's because of some complicated reason that would take a long, thought out answer...

...but I think it's just that revolvers point slightly more naturally for me, and I can hold them steadier than most auto's for longer periods of time. Could be because of weight distribution or any number of things, but they point better and hold longer for me. I think the difference in recoil has something to do with it as well.

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