Replaced all my autos with revolvers


March 8, 2007, 01:59 PM
I finally finished the change over. Traded my USP for the SW327 TRR8, the Walther PPK-S (S&W) for a S&W 337 Kit gun, and today I got rid of my DAO Taurus PT-145 for a Taurus 445Ti in that wacky blue. No safeties to screw with in a pinch/panic and no brass to pick up off of the ground! (I reload). I still have a Buck Mark, but it's not an SD gun and I can leave the empties on the ground (or just shovel/trash them) Maybe I'm just showing my age. Any of you do this same thing?

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March 8, 2007, 02:23 PM
I'm an old phart myself, but I have both a couple of revlovers and one semi-auto. They're both fun in their own way. If I HAD to choose just one, it would probably be a revolver. The revolvers can drive tacks, reliable as the day is long, don't shuck brass, etc. However, shooting tin cans with the .22 semi-auto is about the most fun you can have with your clothes on. :)

Ida Noski
March 8, 2007, 02:54 PM
Ok. I'll play.
Hit the 1/2 century mark last December. Some might say that qualifies me as an old phart:neener: I've sold both my 1911's to buy revolvers. One 6" Smith 686 and one 4" Smith 625.
I also have a few other revolvers, Colts, etc.
For carry I switch between 2" 686 and a PPK/S.
I have found over the years that I just shoot wheel guns way better than I do auto's. Although I have to agree with skeeter1 that blasting away with something like my MK II is big fun as well!


March 8, 2007, 03:05 PM
I own eight revolvers and five autos. My duty gun is a Glock 19 and I shoot it alot, but all totaled the revolvers definitely see more range time - even more than my Buckmark. As I get older (39) I prefer revolvers over bottom feeders. Don't know why.

March 8, 2007, 04:15 PM
For work I own a Glock 23, but that's where my affiliation w/ semi-autos begins & ends. I have owned a Beretta Cougar, Beretta Tomcat, Kel-Tec 32/380/9mm, Seecamp, Kahr & Glock 26. But currently all my other guns (about 10) are all S&W revolvers. I also own a pump shotgun, and a lever action rifle as well. I eventually (next 5 years) will pick up a couple of Glocks in 9mm, only because in a SHTF scenario 9mm is so plentiful, 9mm is cheap to shoot, and in my own personal experience Glocks have proven to be 100% reliable (not just mine). I don't really like the feel of a Glock, but its the only semi-auto I've found to be reliable.

I find revolvers extremely reliable, able to fire any style of bullet w/o issue, don't need magazines, and no chasing brass. Plus to me, they just have more style, and personality to them. So yes, I LOVE REVOLVERS, and I'm not even 30 years old yet. So there is hope for wheel guns with the "younger" generation.

Gary A
March 8, 2007, 04:19 PM
I've gone through the same transformation over the past couple of years. One day I noticed that the only semi-autos I still own are a couple of small mouseguns. Lately, I've even been going further, getting back into single-action revolvers which I had been away from for some time. I did trade one DA revolver for a single-action revolver (a 50th Anniversary Blackhawk), but mostly I'm going to have to just pony up for the single-actions I want because I don't want to give up my acquired and loved DA wheelguns. Like most, I have more than I need, not as many as I want. There are semi-autos I really like and admire (1911, BHP, etc.) but not enough to give up my wheelies.

March 8, 2007, 04:32 PM
I've gotten rid of all but two semi-auto's, my Ruger MKII and my Glock 34. The Ruger I have owned longer than any other handgun and will be with me forever as it's that good and the Glock is for "Just in case" as it is totally reliable and just plain works.

I've got more SA's than DA's and figure that's where I'm at for a while. I too am a reloader and hate picking up brass all the time and hate losing it even more. I shoot better with a revolver and just feel right with one. My list of wants is pretty short right now and is pretty much all revolvers.

March 8, 2007, 04:54 PM
Iím with you on the not chasing brass thing- I hate picking up shells after a session! I also like that in a pinch a revolver can be back on duty with just a pass from a bore snake, a pass with a cylinder brush, and a wipe down. Donít trust autos unless they are clean.

March 8, 2007, 05:13 PM
Love my revolvers...but methinks you are going to regret giving up the DAO (must be second generation, right?) millennium pro PT145. That tiny, double action auto is soooooo much like a revolver but in .45 ACP!

March 8, 2007, 05:30 PM
I find revolvers extremely reliable, able to fire any style of bullet w/o issue, don't need magazines, and no chasing brass. Plus to me, they just have more style, and personality to them. So yes, I LOVE REVOLVERS, and I'm not even 30 years old yet. So there is hope for wheel guns with the "younger" generation.
Same here. I've tried to force an interest in bottom feeders many times but it just never works out.:(

March 8, 2007, 05:43 PM
Why is it that I'm falling in to his category also?

I was oooo-aaaah over semi autos for years. Then the last three or four months, revolvers are like a breath of fresh air. I am seriously contemplating doing exactly what old4x4 has done.

The scary thing is the thought of giving up my autos (well I may keep my SIG....) does not bother me in the slightest.

...bottom feeders ... Made me laugh. Never thought of them that way.... thanks for the funny.


March 8, 2007, 05:52 PM
I am in the same boat. I only have one semi-auto left (Kimber CDP Pro II) and all the rest are wheelguns. It is nice not to have to pick brass off the ground too! I guess I just love the .38/.357 caliber!

March 8, 2007, 05:54 PM
Down to a Glock 32 and (2) Ruger MkII's.
Everyhting else has a wheel on it!

March 8, 2007, 06:06 PM
revolvers are the bomb. They rule. Period. SA's definetly. Reallly like my dad's 1963 Single Action Scout. Don't own a bottom feeder, but then again we don't own many handguns (just the aforementioned scout and a junky RG:banghead: ). But when my dad stops procrastinating and gets that pistol permit, I think the first gun we'll get will be reolver.
PS, as for the younger generation shooter, I'm thirteen. I prefer revolvers. :D :D :D
I suppose I ownone autochucker, a Beretta Urika. But that's a shotgun.

March 8, 2007, 07:52 PM
'Nuther old phart here. I'm in the process of getting rid of all my autos with safeties. If they don't go bang when I pull the trigger I don't need 'em. Good decockers like Sigs are going to stay, though. It's hard to beat a good revolver, but if I was in a gunfight with someone who had a 9mm that holds way more than a dozen rounds or so I'd feel a little outgunned.

March 8, 2007, 08:05 PM
Not an old phart, although I am over 30, I am just discovering revolvers.

I'm a fairly new shooter, I got into the sport about 3 years ago. My first handgun, after lots of renting and range time, was a 1911. I owned all 1911's for years.

I have since moved to DA/SA pistols (SIGs) as 30-30, I want it to go bang when I need it, without wiping a safety. I did keep a 1911 that is especially dear to me.

But I wanted a pocket pistol, and I like to stay with one manual of arms if at all possible.. Sig doesn't really make a pocketable pistol. So I considered, and bought, a S&W 442 Airweight.

I love this thing!!

I have since added a S&W Model 22 in 45ACP, and am considering adding a Model 29 in 44mag and/or a 60 or 686 in 357mag. I really really like the way revolvers point and function. I always have a hoot shooting my 442... I put 50 rounds through it at the range today, and really enjoyed it.

As it stands, though, I'm still more proficient with my SIGs. I have stepped up the training since I've switched carry guns, and am practicing 3 times a week with my SIG P239 and S&W 442. I'm still way ahead on the P239.

But I have more fun with the 442 :neener:

I don't think I'll ever sell all my "bottom feeders" but I can certainly see adding a few more wheelguns. Maybe even more wheelguns than semiautos from here on out...

March 8, 2007, 08:38 PM
Why didn't you post this over in the semi-auto forum?:neener:

My latest purchase was a S&W 642 and I also love this little gun. I looked long and hard at the Kel-Tecs, Kahrs, etc. but what's not to love about a gun you know is gonna work that is almost as concealable as the autos.

March 8, 2007, 10:04 PM
I haven't replaced my semi autos but I have added wheelguns...They can be very satisfying to shoot & shoot well ;)
Congrats w/ your evolution :cool:

March 8, 2007, 11:16 PM
Though I'm not ready to give up my bottom feeders, I have three revolvers. My collection includes an S&W 625, S&W 610, and an S&W M17. Overall, I like the 610 with three inch barrel and unfluted cylinder the best.

Though they're not my primary carry guns, I have found them to be very useful as training guns. The heavy double action trigger is VERY manageable, but requires shooter discipline. It is certainly a trigger finger exercising machine!

March 9, 2007, 06:54 AM
I too have been shooting semi-auto's for many years and lately have been hooked on Colt revolvers. It started out with a Python (NIB 6" Blued) to replace one my dad had years ago. I liked it so well I bought another one (4" nickel) as a shooter. Then I went on to the Colt Cobra (nickel) and Detective Special (also nickel). I just found a great deal on a .357 Magnum Carry in SS. My wheel guns now out number the semi's 5 to 2. I'll still never part with my Wilson Combat SDS Lightweight, and still carry my Kahr PM40 almost daily. For me at least they have both ALWAYS worked great and have been as dependable as a wheelgun.

March 9, 2007, 08:41 AM
I started as a LEO in 1969 and have had only one semi-auto - departmental issue Glock model 22. All of my handguns are now revolvers and my daily carry is either a Colt Trooper MKIII four inch, or a S&W Model 586 four inch. My favorite shooter is a Colt Python six inch though.

"However, shooting tin cans with the .22 semi-auto is about the most fun you can have with your clothes on."

Skeeter1, have you tried it without your clothes on? Makes it even MORE fun:D


March 9, 2007, 09:03 AM
Ok. I'll play.
Hit the 1/2 century mark last December

Last month for me.:)

I still have more auto's than revolvers and they are dead reliable or I would not have them. I like them both, but shoot my auto's more.

March 9, 2007, 09:51 AM
I'm a big supporter of the K.I.S.S. principle. I own mostly Glocks , however over the years I'm starting to lean more toward revolvers. I had a misfire the other day with the first round that I chambered into my Glock 26 at the range. I easily pulled the slide an kept shooting, but what if that gun was in my wife's hands, alone in a bad home defense situation, she might panic. I might replace her Glock 26 with a revolver, maybe even one of those 7 or 8 shot .357 revolvers shooting .38+p

Funny thing his my dad was a revolver nut, he actually still carries a S/A .45lc as his CCW. When I was a kid I hated shooting revolvers. Now I find myself shooting them more and more.

March 9, 2007, 10:08 AM
I like and have a good share of both. I ccw both also -S&W 642 and or a Sig P239 or P229.
I like chocolate AND vanilla :D
"bottom feeders" - good one, LOL

March 10, 2007, 10:03 PM
I sold all of my autos except for one Customized Colt 1911. I absolutely love my Smiths.

When my wife started to shoot, I wanted simple and reliable.

Of course, my trips to the range have been quite enjoyable with no spent brass hitting me in the head.


johnny blaze
March 10, 2007, 10:27 PM
Wow! I thought that I was about the only one feeling this way.
I just bought a 642, and have been digging out some of the old revolvers. I still have a couple of autos. I carry either a revolver, or a Taurus Pt 145 (will not give it up). I guess that I am in the transition period of returning to the revolvers.
It is nice not to have any FTF issues.
And, I do not like trying to find my brass whenever I shoot.

March 11, 2007, 12:33 AM
Me too...I've gotten rid of most of my semi-autos. Almost all my handguns are now S&Ws.

Not all, I kept my Sig 220, H&K Tactical, Beretta 8045 and Glock 21. Heck I even picked up a 1911 (SA G.I. Model) a couple months ago!

I've also kept most all my old Llama, PPKS and CZ-83. I picked up my PT-3AT within the past 18 months.

I was pulled to the "dark side" by the sweet triggers. The "not picking up brass" was a side benefit for me since I too reload.

It's a rare case when stop to look at a semi-auto these days. But heck, I know guys that never look at revolvers. That's what makes the world go around!


March 11, 2007, 03:21 AM
I thought I was one of only a few that felt this way.
I sold all my bottom feeders and bought DA/SA revos in the .357 magnum caliber. These guns are so versatile that they do any chore needed done with a handgun. All bases covered in one just made sense to me.

No regrets.

March 11, 2007, 09:23 AM
I used to have almost all semi-autos. Now the ratio is about 50%-50%.

Mostly I've been buying vintage revolvers lately. I suspect the last of my 1911s will be on the market soon.

March 11, 2007, 02:45 PM
I've owned mostly revolvers most of my shooting life because of trust and the joy of shooting a nice double action trigger. Well, I just bought my first bottom feeder in over a decade because I finally found one with those 2 qualities: Sig 229 DAK. Ultra reliabe (no surprise being a Sig), but it's that wonderful, light, smooth DAO dak trigger that just calls my name. Joy to shoot. Still a revolver guy and this will be my only semi-auto, since its money that could be spent on another revolver.

March 11, 2007, 05:03 PM
Buying a used revolver, you can test timing, end shake, cylinder and yoke play, right there at the counter. You don't know what you're getting with an auto. It might be a jammamatic (and I've been burned before by 'em, Beretta no less). So, I feel safer buying used revolvers, even new ones, really.

But, I have a few autos I ain't gettin' rid of no way no how. One of 'em is my primary carry weapon, alternates with a little 2" snub. It's a DAO, though, square revolver way I look at it. :D Yeah, I prefer revolvers normally, but autos do have their uses.

March 11, 2007, 05:21 PM
The idea of converting from semi-autos to mainly revolvers must be a virus going around the THR.

I was just day-dreaming about the same thing a few days ago and before seeing this thread.

The one thing I have trouble giving up is the huge capacity of double stack mags and super fast recharges of the semi's.

Still, there are wheelguns with 8-shot cylinders. To be continued.

Vern Humphrey
March 11, 2007, 05:26 PM
I'm an older phart than any of you, and as I said to John, "Make that automatic in .45 and the world will beat a path to your door.":p

I like the M1911 -- best fighting pistol in the world. And I like my Colt Woodsman. The Ruger automatic .22 is okay, too. But when I want to do some serious shooting for fun, a revolver is usually what I choose.

March 12, 2007, 02:06 AM
My son got a Springfield XD service model for his 21st Bday. At least he chose the .45 ( sigh ). We went to the range to see what it would do and I just happened to bring along my pair of S&W mod. 13's . After he got done with a box of 230 gr ball, I pulled out the Smiths' one in each hand and proceeded to freak out him and everybody else at the range by rattling off 12 quick ones at 10 yards. Then I asked him if he thought there was still a place for 19th century technology. ( grin ) BTW - my group was better than his:D

March 12, 2007, 02:16 AM
I love them both, but I'm only 31... ;)

March 12, 2007, 05:11 AM
I had no idea there were so many of us. I added a GP100, a Smith Model 21 and a Ruger Service Six to my collection in the last year. My next purchase will be a Vaquero or Blackhawk. And I keep extra money in my wallet for the day I find a used Smith Model 10 three inch, round butt.

I'm keeping my semi's, though. I've experienced 'seller's remorse' too many times.

March 12, 2007, 05:41 PM
I have always been a revolver man but this last year i bought a P3AT and Kahr CW9 but i am back to revolvers as i just feel more confident with my S&W's 386Pd & 638 and my 4in GP100 iam not knocking semi's but I just love my revolvers and plan trading CW9 for maybe a S&W 327pc or S&W 625 iam getting sooo excited cant wait til tomorrow:)


March 13, 2007, 09:54 AM
I traded in a Kahr PM9 on a S&W Thunder Ranch Model 21 in .44 Special, so you're not alone in swapping a semi for a wheelgun.

March 14, 2007, 12:50 PM
If you recall, you backed out on a deal you posted on this THR Site for an NAA Arms 22. I wanted to buy it for my wife but you then stated you decided to keep it.

This came after the next poster to the forum offerd you full price after you offered me an agreed on price.

Additionally, you told me when you decided to sell it, I would have first choice.

Now you state you only own S&W revolvers, about 10 of them. What happened to the NAA 22?

My My, How soon we forget, or not......................

March 15, 2007, 08:49 AM
I haven't reached 30 yet either, maybe in a few more years, but lately I have found myself growing more and more interested in revolvers now. Big Bore + Magnum + Revolver = 1 Hell of a combination to me. Semi-Autos just can't do that, and even if they could I still think the revolver would do it with much more class. Yes, there is hope for the revolvers when it comes to the younger generation ;) !

March 15, 2007, 10:05 AM
I have dabbled with autos. I have two. One I bought for the sake of having one (P89) and the other for my wife (PT111) who has now converted over to a revolver(M36). I have a 3in M10 for the range and a Taurus 605 snub for carry. I just feel more comfortable with the revolver for carry than with the auto. I just don't trust myself with the safetys and such. It's just a mental block I guess. I do enjoy shooting the revolvers more at the range as well. I know they don't have the capacity, and that's why I have an auto, But if I were to go again I might consider something like this 8shot below:

March 15, 2007, 05:19 PM
"However, shooting tin cans with the .22 semi-auto is about the most fun you can have with your clothes on."

Skeeter1, have you tried it without your clothes on? Makes it even MORE fun

John-- I'll take your word for it, but I suspect no one at the range (or anywhere else, for that matter) wants to see me nekkid! :eek:

March 15, 2007, 05:32 PM
"However, shooting tin cans with the .22 semi-auto is about the most fun you can have with your clothes on."

It is a blast with clothes on, but I must admit, I have never tried it in my birthday suit. :)

March 17, 2007, 01:24 AM
From another OLDIE
I have 2 old Browning HP’s (one actually a WWII P-35) and a 1911 which I will never get rid of because they are such fine pistols and represent the genius of John Browning.
I have and will keep my Ruger P90 and Ruger P95 because they are superb weapons in which I would have total confidence if I were knowingly going into a combat situation and couldn’t readily carry a rifle or shotgun.
I have a Browning Buckmark I will keep because it’s so accurate and so much fun.

I cut my teeth on revolvers and owned a pretty nice selection of both revolvers and pistols which I had to sell because of financial issues. What I refused to sell were my Brownings (sentimental and functional) and a Taurus 65 and Taurus 85 (practical) both of which I still have still shoot regularly. Wish I had could have kept my Smiths but needed the money.
When I was able to start buying guns again the semi autos were the hand guns of choice and I bought some. The only ones that stuck well are the Ruger P90 and P95. I found highly tuned semi autos very finicky.
About two years ago I happened on a S&W Model 10 at a gun show- 4” pencil barrel, pinned, great condition, beautiful blue with a little holster wear. The price was a little high maybe, but every thing looked right and I took it home. I shot it and loved it except for the factory grips so I experimented with grips (which is fun). Cleaning it is fun. You can’t find anything prettier than the older S&W blued revolver.
Then I discovered the Ruger Security Six and GP100, and other Smiths. I will keep most of the semi autos I own but foresee my future hand gun purchases as OLDER revolvers.

March 17, 2007, 07:44 PM
I have a S&W model 64 stainless that I used to carry on duty. I also have a Taurus 85 SSUL that functioned as my BUG. Love both guns, but I have to admit that now that I can carry a 9, a G19 is my fave piece. The model 64 hardly ever leaves the safe, and the bug only comes out for trips to 7-11, etc.

I kind of miss the revolvers in a way. Nah. But since I used to have to carry them, carrying an auto is like freedom for me.

My most missed gun though is the S&W 681 .357 from the NYSP that I got for $150, then pawned and forgot about. I still regret letting that one get away.

March 17, 2007, 07:58 PM
the only reason I prefer firing revolvers is hunting for the fired brass really pisses me off. my ccw is a small .380 and if I need it I probably won't care about the brass. (evidence left behind:confused:)

March 17, 2007, 11:21 PM
I am a revolver guy, too but giving up my glock 19 and my
MK1 is way too hard.

March 18, 2007, 02:44 AM
I have flip flopped this subject over and over; I always keep my revolvers longer and fire them more often; I have 3 right now which form the core of my handgun collection (S&W 642, Ruger GP100, Ruger SP101) and a small smattering of semis that may go bye bye (Beretta 92D Centurion and Glock 26)

I just got a Browning BLR in .243 Winchester w/ a Nikon Monarch scope and I bit off more than I can afford, especially with taxes looming (a Springfield XD .45acp already bit the dust this week) and I really don't want to let such a high quality rifle it looks like the revolvers stay and the semis go away again

March 18, 2007, 02:50 AM
I confess that I haven't given the previous posts the read they deserve.

(Scanned at best.)

But, yes, sign me into the club.

I started with a revolver
after a break in attempt circa '88.
(A Taurus snubby)

Then, I "upgraded" to a SW 3914,
which I later traded for a Kahr K9
(because it fit my hand better).

I recently sold the K9 after buying a SW 642
(and acknowledging that I liked the revolver better),
then added a SW 686+,
and am now contemplating a model 64.

I'll probably add a SW 317 in .22 LR before it's over.

Revolvers rule.

In fact, my motto these days is,
levers, pumps and wheels.


March 18, 2007, 08:40 PM
I was watching Personal Defense TV the other day, and watching how fast things can develop at close range, and how fast you need to put a gun into action, I know I made the right choice to go with the revolver. I know I would screw up and press the wrong button, turn the safety on instead of off, drop the magazine by accident, and if it was a glock, shoot myself in the foot! :what:

March 19, 2007, 10:08 PM
Hmmm. Yeah, I'm beginning to lean to that way of thinking too.
I trust my autopistol 98% for reliable operation. Not all that great.
I would trust a revolver 99.99%. No mechanical device is 100% reliable but if I was going to carry concealed I'd definitely opt for the revolver.
Just that extra reliability of a wheelgun. With practice I am sure you can be pretty fast reloading with a speedloader.
Would think long and hard about buying another autopistol.

March 20, 2007, 12:08 AM
I too have always favored revolvers, but enjoy shooting my HK P7 and M13's.
My favored shooters are the colt pythons which I own a total of 6.
one 8", two 6", two 4" and one 2 1/2". I shoot them extremely well and would never part with them. My autos have become safe queens and it's nice to take them out, admire them and put them away.

March 20, 2007, 01:22 AM
For the first few years I was into guns, I never thought I'd own a semi-auto. After a while I tried one and liked it, but never as much as revolvers. I've owned a few semis and a lot of revolvers, but as of today I have five revolvers and only two semi-autos left, one of which is up for sale.

Autoloaders have their place, but that place is not my holster. I've always preferred to carry and shoot revolvers, and I tend to shoot better with them.

March 20, 2007, 01:31 AM
Geez, I thought maybe I was a total weirdo for not wanting to keep my semi,
that I'd be bucking the trend, a Luddite rejecting technology that was superior to revolvers.

After reading this thread, I feel better about my decision.

Semi-autos are cool pieces of technology, but I'm glad I'm back in the revolver camp.

It's nice to know I'm not in camp alone.

March 20, 2007, 06:58 AM
I shot 1911's before having to carry them on watch... loved them. Then, I discovered that my new bride had a short temper... then we had two sons - no firearms in 'her' house. Years later, I got into black powder cap & ball revolvers - safely dispersing the components about the house after a range trip. My sons grown, I found myself resingled - and in an apartment. I did some research - bought a G21 - fitted it's mags with +2 extenders - 15 rounds of .45 ACP - who could want more? It had to be the most boring to shoot, yet most accurate, .45 auto I had ever shot. I finally tired of it, and made my friend, a disgruntled postal employee, very happy - some nine years ago. I bought a Ruger BH convertible .45 to shoot up my stash of ball ammo - then just had to 'try' that .45 Colt cylinder.

I finally said goodbye to my last bottom feeders, a pair of AMT DAO .45 Backups, over four years ago. They went in trade for my best new S&W buys ever - a 696 for fun and a 296 for CCW - on the same day. The conversion was complete. The only evil bottom feeder in the house then and now is a Ruger MKII - with 8 mags, it's just too much fun (I, too, keep my clothes on shooting it - too hard to carry those spare mags!). I reload, am volumetrically challenged, and am rapidly approaching 'elderly flatulance' status. Revolvers are great. My second bride came with a bottom feeder... she, too, is a convert now. Life is good.


March 20, 2007, 08:42 AM
I finally tired of it, and made my friend, a disgruntled postal employee, very happy

Thank you for keeping the disgruntled postal employees happy. We odn't like to see them get disgruntled :)

am rapidly approaching 'elderly flatulance' status.


Brian Williams
March 20, 2007, 09:02 AM
I am about 50/50 autos vs. revos
I have a 1911, G19 and a Colt woodsman and I do not contemplate ridding my self of any of them and I might pick up a BHP one day, but the rest are S&W double actions. I need to get a good cowboy gun in 45 Colt one day and that will fill most of my needs.


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