Double-action "convertible" revolver


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Anna's Dad
December 26, 2006, 06:37 PM
I'm considering buying my first revolver.

I was reading about Ruger's covertible Blackhawk 9mm / .357 and really liked the concept. I'm pretty sure, however, that I would prefer a double-action.

Does any manufacturer offer a convertible (9mm/.357) double-action revolver?

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Jeff Timm
December 26, 2006, 08:31 PM
Taurus once listed several variants claiming to use 9mm/.38 Spec/.357 Magnum, but I never saw one in a gun shop and they no longer list any guns for the combination on their website.

Geoff
Who suggests you get a .357 Ruger 4" Double Action.
http://www.ruger-firearms.com/Firearms/FAFamily?type=Revolver&subtype=Double%20Action&famlst=8

Jim March
December 26, 2006, 08:53 PM
Dual cylinders like the Ruger uses are less common in DA revolvers because swapping the cylinder is a tricky process really best left to gunsmiths. With an SA revolver in the Colt SAA pattern or loose replica like the Rugers it's a no-tools thing.

The accuracy of the Ruger dual-caliber guns is a bit hit'n'miss because 9mm bullets aren't .357 wide - they're .355 or 356. Which is sometimes enough to degrade accuracy some.

Moonclip conversions won't get you there either because the 9mm shell is a bit tapered, the 357 is straight-walled. So if the cylinder was widened at the back to match the 9mm, 357 cases would be loose and that wouldn't be good.

There's the Medusa concept but...last I heard production had stopped on the DA conversion cylinders as with the guns themselves. Costs were too high and reliability might be kinda "iffy" too...the little spring-loaded "holders" seem pretty small...

SniperStraz
December 26, 2006, 08:56 PM
...but if you find a reliable one please let me know. This sounds pretty cool.

just one question
December 26, 2006, 09:29 PM
Here is one from FN, good luck finding one with the 9mm cyliner though.

http://world.guns.ru/handguns/hg195-e.htm

Anna's Dad
December 27, 2006, 11:56 AM
Thanks to all. Sounds like I might just pick one caliber and learn to like it! Having multiple 9mm semi-autos, it just sounded like a great idea.

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