Converting over to only Revolvers. Advice


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Ghostrider_23
September 19, 2007, 11:09 AM
I have been thinking a lot about converting over to completely using revolvers. I guess with the cost of ammo and in no small part at all of how I hate to chase brass, this decission have occupied my mind for some time.

My questions are as follows:

1. Do you enjoy shooting revolvers better than semi-auto's?

2. What is the appeal of the revolver?

3. Is it as easy to shoot a revolver as it is to shoot a semi-auto?

4. Do you have as much fun with your revolvers as you do with a semi-auto??

Any other thoughts or advise would be helpful.

Thanks

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cslinger
September 19, 2007, 11:30 AM
First I am not an old curmudgen who clings to the past. (No disrespect to our old curmudgens mind you). I am relatively young at 33.

That being said I really have gravitated pretty heavily towards revolvers. To answer your specific questions.

1. Do you enjoy shooting revolvers better than semi-auto's?
Depends on the sun and moon and the day of the week. I like to shoot and I pretty much enjoy shooting anything with a bang switch. I do, get a certain satisfaction shooting a good revolver that I rarely get shooting semi autos.

2. What is the appeal of the revolver?
See this thread for my answer.
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=165494


3. Is it as easy to shoot a revolver as it is to shoot a semi-auto?
Generally revolver tend to be more accurate but they are harder to shoot fast. The double action pull will teach you more about shooting well then many other exercises. The single action pull on a good revolver is typically the best trigger you will find this side of a rifle set trigger.

4. Do you have as much fun with your revolvers as you do with a semi-auto??
See number 1. Yes I have as much fun with my revolvers.

Besides all that you just cannot beat the class and looks of a good revolver IMO, wood and steel all the way.

http://www.myfishingpictures.com/img/086060.JPG

http://www.myfishingpictures.com/img/094642.JPG

http://www.myfishingpictures.com/img/129410.jpg

Silvanus
September 19, 2007, 11:31 AM
Is it as easy to shoot a revolver as it is to shoot a semi-auto?


I always found it a lot easier to shoot a revolver than a semi-auto (i never understood why so many people say they can shoot semis more accurately). They are simply more accurate. And you can decide if you want to shoot DA or SA. A good revolver is usually extremely reliable. I also like the fact that they are so simple to operate. No safety or transition from DA to SA or anything. I guess that's the reason why I like my Glock too. With a revolver you can also either shoot very powerful magnum rounds or softer loaded "specials".

I couldn't live without at least one semi-auto though. But the right revolver can do anything you want.

Gary A
September 19, 2007, 12:06 PM
I have to admit, I started with revolvers, gravitated to semi-autos, returned to double-action revolvers, and now find myself slowly transitioning toward single-action revolvers. I guess I am a curmudgeon. I'll probably end up with black powder, then flintlocks, and eventually making my own bows and arrows. The more bells and whistles are added to firearms, the more I yearn for simplicity.

jeepmor
September 19, 2007, 12:17 PM
Converting over to only Revolvers. Advice

PM me with a list of your semi-autos, I'd like to buy one, maybe two, maybe a few. Seriously, what do you have? Any 10mm's or 1911s.

I'd love to get into revolvers and I don't have one yet. But 10mm is my current favorite cartridge. I would really like a 1076 auto or 610 S&W revolver.

jeepmor

Bearhands
September 19, 2007, 12:48 PM
1. Do you enjoy shooting revolvers better than semi-auto's?
Yes, I like the balance of my revolvers
I don't like chasing brass, I dont like having to strip a gun to get it clean every time I shoot it.
2. What is the appeal of the revolver?
A. The look, a revolver just looks better to me.
B. I'm never concerned about a jam or little broken piece
C. In my state hunting with semi autos is against the law (thankfully)
D. They last longer w/out a fail.
E. The accuracy factor.
3. Is it as easy to shoot a revolver as it is to shoot a semi-auto?
Both seem pretty "easy" to shoot... I have much more luck hitting the bullseye with a revolver
4. Do you have as much fun with your revolvers as you do with a semi-auto??
I have fun shooting period, but for the reasons above, I have more fun shooting my revolvers. Don't get me wrong, a semi can be fun as hell for plinking but if I am to depend on something for hunting or self defense, I want a wheel gun. And what CSlinger said, "you just cannot beat the class and looks of a good revolver IMO, wood and steel all the way."

wheelgunslinger
September 19, 2007, 12:51 PM
1. Do you enjoy shooting revolvers better than semi-auto's?
Not really. I'm a gearhead and I like gizmos and dooflotchies. The wheelgun is painfully simple. With a pistol, there's always something to tweak.

2. What is the appeal of the revolver?
It's painfully simple and much less subject to murphy's law. Unlike the pistol.

3. Is it as easy to shoot a revolver as it is to shoot a semi-auto?
Yes. easier.

4. Do you have as much fun with your revolvers as you do with a semi-auto??
No. But, handguns are a defensive tool for me. I carry a revolver because it's accurate and reliable.
Pistols are more fun for me to shoot.

Any other thoughts or advise would be helpful.

Go and shoot some to figure out what you like, all the way to single actions. You may be surprised at what you like.

glockman19
September 19, 2007, 01:25 PM
1. Do you enjoy shooting revolvers better than semi-auto's?
I enjoy shooting both equally.
2. What is the appeal of the revolver?
Simplicity
3. Is it as easy to shoot a revolver as it is to shoot a semi-auto?
YES
4. Do you have as much fun with your revolvers as you do with a semi-auto??
YES. Just as much fun.

In Revolvers I have:

S&W 442/642 for carry/BUG, 686 4" for camping/hiking/HD/SD, 629 5" for hunting/HD. covering calibers; .38, .38+p, .357mag, .44Special, .44mag.

Imaginos
September 19, 2007, 01:44 PM
I used to swear by the semi-auto as the best defense gun you could have until one bad day when something changed in the way my support hand was wrapping around my primary hand. I am a southpaw, and under recoil my support hand fingers were causing my trigger finger to activate the magazine release and dropping the magazine almost every shot.

I tried several different support hand positions, but I could not find one that I could "flow" into smoothly as I presented the weapon, so I decided that I would switch to revolvers, and work out a fast reload technique. So far, so good.

Now, the only reason I still own a semi-auto is for CHL qualification. In Texas, if you qualify with a revolver, that is the only action type you can carry. If you qualify with a semi-auto, you can carry anything. Go fig.

Cosmoline
September 19, 2007, 01:46 PM
1. Do you enjoy shooting revolvers better than semi-auto's?

Yes. There's nothing jumping or cycling near your digits. It's the equivalent of driving a standard transmission car or a fixed gear bicycle. I also find the ergonomics of revolvers far better than almost all semis. There's no need to have space in the grip for cartridges, so it can be customized as needed to fit your hand.

2. What is the appeal of the revolver?

Fun to shoot. Natural draw and aiming. Fast in the hand.

3. Is it as easy to shoot a revolver as it is to shoot a semi-auto?

Both are easy to shoot. If you're wondering about shooting accurately, that depends. It's easier to get very small groups from a long barreled hunting revolver than almost any semi. But a snub nose requires some more practice. The semi is more of a one size fits all handgun.

4. Do you have as much fun with your revolvers as you do with a semi-auto??

Much more fun. The semis are boring.

40SW
September 19, 2007, 02:16 PM
I don't have a preference one way or the other, my armory is well stocked with both. I realize the advantages and dissadvantage of both. In my much younger days I considered semi autos to be "sexier" due to being polluted by popular culture myths. Aesthetics is very much in the eye of the beholder. To me, I would never limit my personal protection and shooting enjoyment to either. I have grown to love both and will continue to purchase both.

Steve C
September 19, 2007, 02:39 PM
I shoot both auto's and revolvers but as a hand loader its nice not to have to search through the weeds to find your brass or loose the ones that fly in front of the firing line. With a revolver if I shoot a box of ammo I come home with a box of empties. With a semi-auto there's usually a couple missing.

Sometimes if shooting at the range with a lot of other people who don't re-load I'll come back with more brass than I started with. :)

MrBorland
September 19, 2007, 02:43 PM
1. Do you enjoy shooting revolvers better than semi-auto's?
Yup. Though I like shooting semi autos just fine, I prefer revolvers. In fact, I don't even own a semi-auto.

2. What is the appeal of the revolver?
Not having to chase brass and their simple manual of arms, their toughness, versatility and reliability were already mentioned.

What I also like is their historical relevance, and I tend to be a bit of a traditionalist anyway (just picked up my first Blackhawk, and I'm already hooked!).

I find their lines and appearance to be very pleasant and graceful.

I like that they're not fussy about the ammo being fed.

I like the Zen of shooting DA.

I like that it takes a lot of practice to become a good shot while shooting in DA. Becoming a reasonably good shot with a DA revolver is something I can be proud of.

I like that I can practice my DA trigger pull at home by dry firing.

I like that I have the confidence to know I can just pick up any semi-auto and produce reasonable groups (and I've proved it to myself many times). I don't think I'd be able to do that if the platforms were reversed.

3. Is it as easy to shoot a revolver as it is to shoot a semi-auto?
You mean as far as accuracy? In SA mode, sure, but even here I also think it's somewhat barrel-length dependent. I do think it generally takes more practice to become proficient shooting a DA revolver in DA, though. See #2 above.

Revolvers can shoot some pretty stout loads, so one may experience recoil that you'll never see in a semi-auto if you're shooting one of these.

4. Do you have as much fun with your revolvers as you do with a semi-auto??
I don't own a semi-auto, so I guess that answers that. Seriously, I'll rent a semi-auto when I feel like shooting one, but I get very little "feel" back from a semi-auto. It feels pretty sterile to me.

mavracer
September 19, 2007, 03:09 PM
I have been thinking a lot about converting over to completely using revolvers.
don't do it , lots of both are better,when youir tired of picking up brass grab the wheel.

FLA2760
September 19, 2007, 03:25 PM
I started shooting in 1982 on a Smith model 10 that I still own. I have several revolvers but I CCW semi auto's currently. I have always liked the reliability factor of a wheel gun. I often carry a J frame as a BUG. When things get very up close and personal a revolver is hard to beat. Picture rolling around with a BG and a contact shot. A semi auto can be knocked out of battery and will be turned into a one shot. The J frames particularly the airweights require frequent practice. A good set of grips helps here! I shoot semi autos and revolvers well enough well to defend myself. However; when I first started shooting the semi autos I had some problems with compact light semi's chambered for larger caliber's.I had some FTFs due to limp wristing. This is not an issue with a revolver. I like having the option of a wheel gun but I will stick to semi autos and their larger capacity as primary CCW. However, I have more fun shooting my wheelguns as it takes me back to the days I started shooting.

Hawk
September 19, 2007, 03:26 PM
I'm relatively new to revolvers, so these will be the observations of a visitor to the revolver forums.

Triggers - I'm not sure it's reasonable to invoke single action triggers in the context of double action revolvers. Like many noobs, I read what I can when I'm getting into something new. In my case, I stumbled across Grant Cunningham early on. I gather the guy has some degree of respect in the universe of revolvers and he advocates DAO conversions in the case of defensive firearms.

Double action revolver triggers will always suck if one is accustomed to tuned 1911-ish SAO triggers. The degree of suckage may vary. I gather Pythons have low suckage but the best of my two will never be confused with a Dawson-tuned STI.

Reliability - as pointed out in the linked thread, semis may gag more but a malf in a semi can usually be cleared quickly whereas a similar occurance in a revolver is often a show-stopper. My semis have been more reliable than my few wheel guns but nearly all the revolvers were bought used while nearly none of the semis were pre-owned - that's bound to skew my personal numbers but, as it is, the revolver has no reliability advantage for me. The semis I've graduated to "carry status" have each run 100%. Anything less is relegated to range duty.

Chasing brass - clean win to the revolvers. In fact, I only reload revolver rounds. OTOH, I only need to reload revolver rounds. Even premium .40S&W rounds are considerably less than what the cheapest .41 mag goes for. I wouldn't save much reloading rounds for my semis but I save enough reloading for revolvers to justify the reloading gear. These equations might change should I shoot more 38 special but that's unlikely.

Aesthetics - I give this to revolvers but my personal taste in semis runs to "plain", bordering on visually offensive. They run but I seldom post pics - for all the best reasons. Pythons, 686s, Anacondas, 57s are just easy on the eyes. Single actions that Turnbull has gotten his mitts on can be especially nice.

Cost - revolvers again. I have two Pythons that together cost a bit less than my STI. Granted, they are the 6", blued pedestrian variety but really, really nice revolvers can be had for less than high-end semis. In order to match cost with a mid-upper Nighthawk, a revolver fan would have to invoke a Korth or full custom widgit of some type.

I rather like the single action triggers on my revolvers but I would suggest the following experiment: wait till this thread scrolls off the page than start one proclaiming that you'll be shooting all your DAs in single action. Ever hear of a "gun snob"?. I'm beginning to think there's such a thing as "double action snobs" but I'm not certain - such a thread should flush them out if they exist. If only DA "counts" I'd propose that comparisons between revolver and semi single action triggers be abandoned. There's scant point in having a 3 pound crisp trigger if you can't use it when you need it.

Revolvers and semis are different enough I really couldn't see abandoning one entirely for the other. To each their own, though.

PO2Hammer
September 19, 2007, 03:31 PM
1. Shooting revolvers is more satisfying, shooting autos is more fun.

2. Power, accuracy, nostalgia.

3. No, I find semi-autos easier to master.

4. I get more satisfaction from developing a load and shooting them accurately from a revolver or single shot.

You really should consider keeping one auto. I'm down to three, and I'm considering trading one in on a GP-100 to go along with my Redhawk. I have single shots and lever actions in .357 and .44 Rem Mag and want revolvers to match.

I think I would keep my H&K USP .45 no matter what. I really enjoy loading for that pistol, and I'm willing to chase .45acp brass.

jameslovesjammie
September 19, 2007, 03:39 PM
1. Do you enjoy shooting revolvers better than semi-auto's?
-I enjoy shooting both, but I don't really like picking up brass when I'm done.

2. What is the appeal of the revolver?
-I like revolvers for a number of reasons. One is that I like shooting a longer barrel and prefer weight forward. It is much easier to find a 6, 7, or 8 inch barrel in a revolver than an auto! I also like the look and feel of a revolver. They hold differently in the hand than an auto. They just feel more right to me...like they're supposed to be there. I can get custom grips also to fit my big hands. I can't shoot a smaller frame auto at all...can't get 2 hands around them.

3. Is it as easy to shoot a revolver as it is to shoot a semi-auto?
-I would say easier. Put the rounds in, close the cylinder and pull the trigger. No cocking, no missfires, no jams. Less to worry about.

4. Do you have as much fun with your revolvers as you do with a semi-auto??
-I love shooting semi auto .22's. I will always have one. But when you hit a bowling pin with a .22, it just kinda tips over. When you nail one with a full power .357 and it flies off the stand...there's just a different smile that comes to your face!

mballai
September 19, 2007, 03:51 PM
I don't seem to favor one or the other anymore. They both seem to have their time and place. If all I owned were revolvers, that might be one thing, but to purposely go that route seems rather limiting. Both types have their pleasures and serious purposes.

The one thing I enjoy about revolvers is the deliberate DA trigger and watching that cylinder turn. Very satisfying in any caliber from 22 LR to 44 Magnum.

MrBorland
September 19, 2007, 04:58 PM
In my case, I stumbled across Grant Cunningham early on. I gather the guy has some degree of respect in the universe of revolvers and he advocates DAO conversions in the case of defensive firearms.


I'm beginning to think there's such a thing as "double action snobs" but I'm not certain - such a thread should flush them out if they exist. If only DA "counts" I'd propose that comparisons between revolver and semi single action triggers be abandoned. There's scant point in having a 3 pound crisp trigger if you can't use it when you need it.

Double action snob?! That's me!! LOL :p I don't think it's really snobberishness, though.

I like SA fine and when I want to shoot SA, I pick up my Blackhawk. But I shoot my DAs in DA exclusively, feel there's good practical reason to do so. Take Cunningham, for example, whose reasoning was fairly sound: Many people shoot DA revolvers by cocking the hammer and shooting in SA. If so, when the gun may have to be drawn defensively, not only are they not proficient with a DA trigger, but the habit of cocking the hammer may be so ingrained that in the heat of the moment, the hammer is indeed cocked. Unless you absolutely have to fire at that moment, this is an exceedingly dangerous situation, and it's therefore best to have the gun rendered DAO. It also forces the user to practice shooting DA, which is a technique worth becoming proficient at and one which they'll need in a defensive situation.

Black Adder LXX
September 19, 2007, 06:18 PM
If you're dead set on dumping all the semi-autos go for it, but I would advise against. Both have their charm and their uses...

1. Do you enjoy shooting revolvers better than semi-auto's?
No. I like both equally. My pistols are easy to break down, so I find revolvers more of a pain to clean. Chasing brass isn't fun, though, either. I'd say those two factors balance each other out...

2. What is the appeal of the revolver?
Reliability, simplicity, beauty, sliding the rounds in one at a time. I've never failed to get a smile or a 'whoa' from somebody shooting my 357 for the first time.

3. Is it as easy to shoot a revolver as it is to shoot a semi-auto?
Yes. I think they're both easy, but I like the 'slower pace' of revolvers, you can't just blow off 17 rounds in 2 seconds.

4. Do you have as much fun with your revolvers as you do with a semi-auto??
Yup. I love them both.

Hawk
September 19, 2007, 08:28 PM
Double action snob?! That's me!! LOL I don't think it's really snobberishness, though.

I like SA fine and when I want to shoot SA, I pick up my Blackhawk. But I shoot my DAs in DA exclusively, feel there's good practical reason to do so.

I applaud your intellectual courage in "coming out of the DA snob closet" as it were.

Actually, I agree with Cunningham's (and your) assessment of the issue. I simply believe that if defensive revolvers must be shot double action, we should get past comparisons with SAO semis - the revolver trigger, by comparison, will suck out loud. It will stink on ice.

This is of small import if you shoot DAO well. I don't. I have trigger related OCD and carry an STI with a 4 pound trigger so crisp it can make a grown man weep. I practice DA but it's relatively recent and I've been SAO dependent for a long time. Even with 1K each of Starline .41, .44 and .357 and reloading stuffs, I may never get there. We trudge on regardless.

But I sometimes see allusions to the sweet single action trigger on DA revolvers - can we agree it's irrelevant and unusable in a defensive firearm?

MrBorland
September 19, 2007, 09:19 PM
But I sometimes see allusions to the sweet single action trigger on DA revolvers - can we agree it's irrelevant and unusable in a defensive firearm?

I absolutely agree. Truth be told, the factory SA triggers on my Smiths are far and away better than my stock SA Blackhawk, and it seems ironic and a pity that such a nice SA trigger goes unused. I have a 4" 686 I'll keep DA/SA for its versatility, but I also have a 3" K frame that I'll have rendered DAO (sigh) when I get around to having an action job done on it.

Revolver Ocelot
September 19, 2007, 11:03 PM
1. Do you enjoy shooting revolvers better than semi-auto's?
by far

2. What is the appeal of the revolver?
power that is difficult to find in a semi auto not to mention the reliability

3. Is it as easy to shoot a revolver as it is to shoot a semi-auto?
yes (unless you're using s.a only)

4. Do you have as much fun with your revolvers as you do with a semi-auto??
I don't own any but the times I have shot them with friends I still found my revolvers more enjoyable.

my opinion is a bit buyist, when I was approaching my 21st birthday I had been planning to buy a 1911 like one my friend at the time owned, a couple months shy of my purchase how ever he got in a confrontation with a car jacker and was killed when his gun failed to feed, so that damaged my view of the semi autos.

BullfrogKen
September 19, 2007, 11:35 PM
It doesn't have to be either/or. Keep what you have. Enjoy them all. Once you start selling things off that you at one point liked, you'll find yourself regretting it and replacing them later in life. Tastes sometimes evolve, other times they're just temporary.


I prefer shooting a 1911. I just can't manage to make them 100% with my arthrits right now. So I carry revolvers for the time being. Maybe it'll clear up, maybe it won't. But I'm not getting rid of anything over it.

Feanaro
September 20, 2007, 04:23 AM
1. Do you enjoy shooting revolvers better than semi-auto's?

No. Yes. I find autos more fun to shoot, while revolvers are satisfying. Placing second in an IDPA match with an auto is sameoldsameold. Doing it with a revolver is something else entirely.

2. What is the appeal of the revolver?

Classy. There are far more classy, good lookin' revolvers than there are autos. Versatile. Challenging.

3. Is it as easy to shoot a revolver as it is to shoot a semi-auto?

No. I think that from the trigger to the reload, a revolver is harder to shoot, IMO.

4. Do you have as much fun with your revolvers as you do with a semi-auto??

Really the same question as 1.

RevolvingCylinder
September 20, 2007, 07:48 AM
I enjoy shooting revolvers more than autos. It's hard to explain and I'm probably the only one but the revolver feels more "natural" in recoil. They're also more inherently accurate and it shows when I'm using them.

What's appealing about the revolver? Countless things. For one, you can the best of both worlds, accuracy and reliability. In an automatic you usually have to give up one for another.
Another thing is that revolvers aren't load dependent where automatics are. Automatics have very limited load spectrums and bullet profiles where revolvers don't. There won't be a jam if the load is light or if the bullet isn't shaped right. Revolvers are a reloader's dream. They're simply more fun to reload for because you don't need to worry about pistol function and the possibilites are a lot less limited.

Yet again, I'm probably the only one but I find the revolver easier to shoot because of the DA trigger. I can actually feel the smoothness of the trigger stroke. The DA triggers on all automatics are horrendous when you compare the smoothness of the triggers and actions. Trigger weight doesn't effect me because my fingers/hands are plenty strong but the roughness of DA triggers most certainly effect me.

Stainz
September 20, 2007, 08:59 AM
Please take my remarks in the good spirit they are meant to convey.

The first question really is moot - after all, which sub-forum are we in? Personally, I have but one evil-bottom-feeder - a Ruger MKII - my wife loves it. My revolvers are like extensions of me, whether being fondled, shot, or even cleaned.

The remainder of your questions may tell us more about you... that, in fact, you may not be ready for the metamorphisis simply because you must ask such 'reassurance' questions. Consider your anticipated change carefully... perhaps starting slowly... even I didn't rid myself of the rude case tossers immediately. Best wishes re your plight...

Stainz

Hutch
September 20, 2007, 11:20 AM
Chiming in late, but I have two thoughts to add.

Revolvers are much more flexible in the type and purpose of ammunition they can handle without modification. For a trip afield, you can carry snake-shot, small-game loads, and bear stompers, all in the same cylinder with no concern about reliability. Autos can be VERY reliable, but with ammo that is within a specific range of pressure/bullet weight.

It's easy to quickly empty and quickly reload an auto. To do so with a revolver requires MUCH more training and practice. It's up to the user to decide how important that is. For whatever reason, the longer DA stroke of a revolver trigger gives me more time to recover from recoil and re-acquire the sight picture more smoothly than with an auto. All that being said, I have both, and I keep an auto in the bedside table. I generally CCW a revolver.

RandomMan
September 20, 2007, 03:52 PM
1. Do you enjoy shooting revolvers better than semi-auto's?

2. What is the appeal of the revolver?

3. Is it as easy to shoot a revolver as it is to shoot a semi-auto?

4. Do you have as much fun with your revolvers as you do with a semi-auto??

1. Not really, I like shooting handguns in general, semi-autos or revolvers.

2. Simplicity, classic good looks, size and a power to weight ratio (I have yet to find a similarly sized automatic, that is as powerful as a .38 snub, that I feel is reliable enough to carry daily).

3. Absolutely, I find they both shoot well for me.

4. Once again, I love shooting anything and I easily have as much fun with my revolver as I do semi-autos.

-Rob

19-3Ben
September 20, 2007, 04:50 PM
I have two wheelguns and one auto. There is something about the simplicity of the mechanism and the manual of arms, as others have said that draws me to it. I don't know what it is. I love the snick sound of rotating the cylinder when i line up for a SA shot. There is no safety. It's a much more direct gun. It's kind of like a car with a manual transmission. I would never want an auto car because I like to have the direct input, rather than just hitting the gas. Same thing. I load, pull trigger and extract with a revolver. (yes, i know one could take this to the extreme and say "well why don't you reload or shoot black power.")
I think that part of the love a person has for a mechanism has to do with how much direct input he can have in it's operation. The more direct the input in operation, the more a man can feel at one with a machine/mechanism/tool. When I drive my car, I feel at one with the car as I shift. When I rack the slide on a pump shotgun, i feel like it is part of me. An extension of me. I am the machine, and the machine is me.
And when i pull that trigger, and watch the cylinder turn, line up the next round, and drop the hammer on it... there's something very special.
There is also the reassurance that the gun is going to work pretyt much no matter what.

Gary A
September 20, 2007, 06:28 PM
19-3Ben wrote: "yes, i know one could take this to the extreme and say 'well why don't you reload or shoot black powder' ".

I think you are correct and it is not all that extreme. I have divested myself of all autos save for a couple of mouseguns in favor of DA revolvers. But now I find myself getting rid of some (not all) of my DA revolvers in favor of single-action revolvers. My transition has been fueled in large part by the kinds of things you suggest. I often joke that eventually I'll move back in time past single-actions to muzzleloaders and eventually homemade "primitive" archery. With double-action revolvers to a large degree and with single-action revolvers to an even larger degree I am rewarded with simplicity, focus, "being a part of", and tons of just plain good fun. Better marksmanship to boot.

We recently built a new range and I am shocked, shocked to see how many rounds have already hit the baffles overhead and even the posts holding the baffles. I can almost guarantee these holes are not being made by revolver shooters taking aim at their targets. They are being made by people "blasting away" with their semi-autos like Mel Gibson shooting at a helicopter in Lethal Weapon. (I don't dislike semi-autos, but see regular evidence that there are a lot of people around here who rave about the lastest and greatest but simply can't shoot worth beans and the way they "practice" at the range, they're never gonna learn.)

FerFAL
September 20, 2007, 09:27 PM
1. Do you enjoy shooting revolvers better than semi-auto's?
It’s a different feeling. I enjoy shooting anything, specially when it’s a classic, revolver OR auto. I’ve been shooting and buying more revolvers lately, but I feel that since autos are what I’d use to defend myself most of the time, the time behind an auto is better training.
2. What is the appeal of the revolver?
I find them interesting from a collector's point of view. It’s also better for reloading (38/357) since your reloads only have to go bang, not make the weapon function as in an auto.
3. Is it as easy to shoot a revolver as it is to shoot a semi-auto?
The auto tigger works better with most beginners.
In terms of accuracy, it depends a lot on trigger and mostly barrel and thus sight radius. My 6” 629 44 magnum is probably my most accurate handgun. But that does not translates into “practical” accuracy for self defense where my Glock or other autos would be better.
4. Do you have as much fun with your revolvers as you do with a semi-auto??
It is fun yes, though autos are fun too. Both can be very enjoyable.
Any other thoughts or advise would be helpful.
Thoughts. As defensive firearms, autos have replaced revolvers in all LE and military for a good reason. They are better self defense tools.
I’m very fond of my 3” Colt 38 special as a backup gun or when working around the house and not being able to carry something better.
When carrying a Glock for example, a smaller version of the same gun would be a better BUG without a doubt, but dropping a snubby in the pocket is pretty easy, and they are powerful and accurate enough for some limited self defense situations.
For serious self defense: High capacity auto. From the defensive point of view, revolvers mostly have an advantage in the concealment department when you can’t carry anything bigger.

FerFAL

YosemiteSam357
September 20, 2007, 10:48 PM
It's not an "either/or" situation. Don't sell a gun you like just to buy one you think you might like.

-- Sam

Cocked & Locked
September 21, 2007, 09:40 AM
Even though I carry a Glock and have other semi's as well, I enjoy revolvers the most...S&W ones. Revolvers seem to have a higher cool factor and higher horsepower potential (testosterone thing). :cool:

S&W 1917's .45 ACP
http://pic14.picturetrail.com/VOL523/3082611/6259637/278247725.jpg

S&W 3.5" 27-2 .357 mag
http://pic14.picturetrail.com/VOL523/3082611/6259637/277943183.jpg

S&W 29-2 6.5" .44 mag
http://pic14.picturetrail.com/VOL523/3082611/6259637/260863201.jpg

S&W 629-5 2.5" .44 mag
http://pic14.picturetrail.com/VOL523/3082611/6259637/145236207.jpg

S&W 66-no dash 2.5" .357 mag
http://pic14.picturetrail.com/VOL523/3082611/6486421/259407257.jpg

S&W 49 Bodyguard .38 spl
http://pic14.picturetrail.com/VOL523/3082611/6486409/178952625.jpg

S&W 40 Centennial .38 spl
http://pic14.picturetrail.com/VOL523/3082611/6486409/175611979.jpg

etc.


etc.

Elm Creek Smith
September 21, 2007, 11:46 PM
I have one semiautomatic pistol right now, a KelTec P32, for those occasions when I can't carry a gun. I carry two double-action revolvers for defensive purposes, a 3 inch S&W M13 in .357 Magnum and a 2 inch stainless Taurus 85UL in .38 Special. Why? Because they conceal more easily than similarly powerful and controllable semiautomatics, and because they are long pull double-actions. They won't go off "on accident."

I will buy another semiautomatic one of these days. They are good "go to war" guns where high capacity is something to be treasured and liability BS isn't a drawback. I really like the XD40 Tactical.

I have several single action revolvers, including a 4 1/2 inch blued Ruger Vaquero Bisley in .45 Colt. It delivers more power with maximum loads than any automatic that's reasonable to carry and shoot. When I hit silhouette pigs at 100 meters with "Bear loads," the steel goes down now and sometimes spins like a top. Guys shooting .41 and .44 Magnums ask, "What was that?" My other single actions are "cowboy" guns, and I shoot them with H777.

Yeah, I like revolvers.

ECS

mavracer
September 22, 2007, 12:56 AM
nice pictures C&L, beautiful guns, much prettier than a green glock.

Alaskapopo
September 22, 2007, 01:02 AM
QUOTE

1. Do you enjoy shooting revolvers better than semi-auto's?

2. What is the appeal of the revolver?

3. Is it as easy to shoot a revolver as it is to shoot a semi-auto?

4. Do you have as much fun with your revolvers as you do with a semi-auto??

Any other thoughts or advise would be helpful.
END QUOTE

1. No. I like both a lot but prefer autos as they are easier to shoot.

2. Revolvers are excellent for large game hunting, or for packing while camping or hiking around bears. (powerfull revolvers in 44 mag and up) Revolvers are also good for deep cover concealment like a 38 snub in the pocket. Revolvers are also nostalgic. Its fun to shoot a relic from the past.

3. No at least not if you are shooting double action. Autos are far easier to hit with quickly and to reload quickly. Thats why Autos are better for self defense in my opinion.

4. Yes and no. I enjoy shooting most guns and action types.
Pat

Gary A
September 22, 2007, 09:38 AM
QUOTE

1. Do you enjoy shooting revolvers better than semi-auto's?

2. What is the appeal of the revolver?

3. Is it as easy to shoot a revolver as it is to shoot a semi-auto?

4. Do you have as much fun with your revolvers as you do with a semi-auto??

Any other thoughts or advise would be helpful.
END QUOTE

1. Yes.
2. An elegant, beautiful weapon. A connection with a fading past. Probably less effective overall than a semi-auto, but enough for my purpose.
3. For me, yes. Easier.
4. More.

LOL, unlike Pat, I don't intend to go in harm's way if I can avoid it. :)

Cocked & Locked
September 22, 2007, 09:39 AM
nice pictures C&L, beautiful guns, much prettier than a green glock.

Thanks! You muct have seen a pic of my OD algae green Glock. :scrutiny:

DrLaw
September 22, 2007, 10:20 AM
Speaking as a psychiatrist, I would say that there is a primal connection to man with revolvers.

Most semi-autos only have a barrel length of 3 to 4 inches. A revolver, on the other hand can be found with barrel lengths of 5, 6, 8 or 12 inches. It used to be that the longer barrel lengths were found on blue, or colored barrels, but with modern metalurgy and science, we now find stainless steel, or white-like metal barrels in those lengths.

Also, women tend to like men with long barreled revolvers, thus perpetuating the species.

:neener:

As I say, speaking as a psychiatrist, but I'm not. :neener:

Revolvers are just fun, simple and easy to use. :p

The Doc is out now. :cool:

Iggy
September 22, 2007, 10:29 AM
There is some satisfaction in walking up to the line and slowly and deliberately poking holes in the X, and having some youngster with a plastic crunchenticker in his hand, come up and say, "Gee Mister, What's that you're shooting? I didn't know hand guns were that accurate!!"

Thus begins a new lesson and maybe a new friendship.

DrLaw
September 22, 2007, 03:11 PM
Tell them that the gap between the cylinder and the barrel makes them more accurate because the bad portion of the powder charge is vented off, leaving only good gas behind to shove the bullet. That'll make em wonder!
:evil::evil::D:D:eek::what::neener::neener:

The Doc is out and really having fun with this thread now. :cool:

Walkalong
September 22, 2007, 06:11 PM
Converting over to only Revolvers. Advice
Sell me all you autos cheap :evil:

Actually, BullfrogKen had some great advise on page one. :)

armoredman
September 22, 2007, 06:50 PM
Wow, that 1917 is a LOOKER! Sweet!
Mine is pretty generic, but I am very fond of my family inheritance Smith 10-8. I love handloading for it, wider variety of loads possibly with a wheelie than an auto, but I handload for my trusty CZ P01,as well.
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b13/armoredman/smithpo1.jpg

doc2rn
September 23, 2007, 12:10 AM
+1 on the 1917 being sweet
That being said, find an old S&W pre lock like my 10-4 3". Mine didn't look like the prettiest girl at the ball, words fail to describe the smooth action. I paid $115 for her and she is my #1 for CCW. Cleaned her up, but just cant bring myself to have her reblued. My S&W is older than I am and I respect that.
There are alot of old S&W .38s out there for a descent price I would try and find one.

Rexster
September 23, 2007, 12:47 AM
1. Yes 2. DA revolver shooting is Zen-like in a way; a revolver seems almost alive, whereas an autoloader is a mere tool. 3. A DA revolver is more difficult to learn to shoot than an SA auto, whereas an SA revolver is the easiest handgun to shoot. DA autos vary in how difficult they are to shoot. 4. I have more fun with my revolvers, overall. DA revolver shooting is different than SA sixgun shooting, but I enjoy both more than SA autoloader shooting, though I do enjoy shooting my 1911 very much, too. DA autoloader shooting is OK, but I only do it because my duty pistol is a DA auto. I have found that DA revolver shooting is a good training exercise for my DA auto shooting, which is a major reason I switched to a SIG DAK duty pistol, as the Glock I used before was not nearly the same.

Rexster
September 23, 2007, 01:05 AM
To elaborate on #3, learning to smoothly stroke the DA sixgun trigger, while maintaining a uniform grip with the rest of the hand, and keeping the sights in alignment, takes quite a bit of work, but once mastered, it is easy. With a well-fitted sixgun that has a decently smooth trigger, I can shoot amazingly quickly while maintaining accuracy. I can also retain this ablity with less practice. Two stories: In the mid-1980's, I had a bad year financially, and was very busy, with a child being born and going through upheavals in my personal life. I did not practice for an entire year, between my annual pistol qualifications. (I work police patrol.) With my fixed-sight S&W M58, I fired a score which maintained my "Expert" rating. I did this in spite of having to adjust for the elevation of the fixed sights being off by a good eight inches at 25 yards. Y'all don't worry, I normally practice much more often than once a year, especially now that I own a K-frame .22 and other sixguns that shoot .38 and .357 ammo. A box of .41 ammo for my M58 cost a young fortune back in the '80's, as it does now, and for a while, I only owned that M58, an M60 snubby, and one shotgun. To be continued.

Rexster
September 23, 2007, 01:31 AM
In 1997, I elected to carry only 1911 pistols, for both duty and for carry on my own time, the only exception being a snubby for on-duty backup. I had learned that the only way to maximize my proficiency with the 1911 pistol was to stop shooting my fun guns, which were medium-large-framed DA revolvers. Sure enough, after a while, I shot 1911 pistols better than ever. Then, several prison inmates escaped, obtained guns and two-way radios, murdered a police officer who responded to their burglary of a sporting goods store, and committed other crimes in the area. Remembering that my .357 sixguns had a flatter trajectory than a .45 ACP, I pulled my GP100 from the safe, and took it to the police range. It was not "grandfathered" as a duty sidearm under my agency's new firearms policy, but could still be used as a backup and off-duty weapon. I elected to fire the 60-round duty pistol course, instead of the 30-round off-duty pistol course, with magnum ammo, to increase the difficulty. When it was over, I had fired a smaller group than I usually fired with a 1911, even though I had not shot a full-sized DA sixgun in about three years, and had only fired the snubby about 50 rounds a year during that time. I shook my head, and wondered why I ever stopped carrying a .357 sixgun as a duty sidearm. Sure, the heavy GP100 had always left a purple sore spot on my right hip, but I wondered why I didn't try a lighter sixgun, perhaps a 3" GP100 without the full-lug barrel. Well, too late for that. The GP100 went back to work, riding in the patrol car inside a Wilderness Safepacker, as a heavy-duty backup. My current duty sidearm is a SIG P229 DAK, and a GP100 still rides as backup, while an SP101 snubby is a concealed "hideout" backup. Life is good. :)

Hokkmike
September 25, 2007, 11:20 AM
1. Do you enjoy shooting revolvers better than semi-auto's? No!

2. What is the appeal of the revolver? Simplicity, safe, effective.

3. Is it as easy to shoot a revolver as it is to shoot a semi-auto? Yes, except I miss the quick single action (already cocked) follow up shot!

4. Do you have as much fun with your revolvers as you do with a semi-auto??
To be honest, the semi's are a lot more fun!

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