Had an epiphany....


September 19, 2008, 08:59 PM
Sitting on the couch today, wandering the threads of THR, when I finally realized something...

I am a wheelgunner. Although I started shooting autos, I find myself drawn to revolvers. I get a feeling of nostalgia when I see a S&W M&P .38 or a Ruger Six-Series, or any other revolver.

I own more revolvers than semi's and shoot better with them too. More often than not, I carry a revolver. I shoot them more and reload for them more often than I would my .45 auto of even my 9mm.

I get a warm and fuzzy feeling when I go to the range and see another person shooting a revolver. I appreciate the looks I get when I walk in and start shooting what some may call "an old fashioned piece" or "grandpa's gun."
Even more so when someone walks up and asks what is it that I am shooting.

I may get flamed every now and then for carrying a smokewagon, but I know that it all comes down to shot placement rather than spray and pray.

So far my list is:
-S&W Model 638 Airweight
-Taurus Judge 4-inch Ultra-Lite
-Charter Arms Bulldog Pug
-Ruger SP-101


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September 19, 2008, 09:15 PM
I am a wheelgunner some days, and an auto guy some days. I am schizo I guess. :scrutiny:

Overall, I would say I am an auto guy, but I do love shooting revolvers. :)

James T Thomas
September 19, 2008, 09:29 PM

It's perverse, I know, but I get some sick kind of satisfaction from [B]loading and unloading[B], almost as much as the shooting. I don't understand it, but maybe you do.

Especially the single action.

I look at the shooters in the adjacent lanes slamming home their magazines and it does nothing for me.

I think it must be some primal urge or something.

September 19, 2008, 09:57 PM
Not sure I belong to the "Cult of Revolvers" because my primary carry guns are an XD9SC, a 4" XD45 Compact and a PPK. However since I recently purchased both a S&W Model 25 Mountain Gun and a Model 625 Mountain Gun, both in 45LC, either one or both goes with me to the range more ofter than either of my two XD45 Compacts. In fact in the last two months I've loaded more ammo for the two Smiths than I have for my XD45 Compacts.

September 19, 2008, 10:05 PM
No single action, Gunner? You've barely gotten started. There's lots more surface to scratch.

I'm schizoid like Walkalong. If it goes bang, I probably will like it. I like semiautos and wheelguns. My next few purchases will more than likely be revolvers because I don't have anything in .44 Mag and obviously need something in SA and SA/DA. I also "need" something in .45 LC and I don't have anything in .22 SA/DA. Wheelguns certainly are fun to shoot.

A coworker asked me about handguns yesterday. Couldn't decide if he should get .40 or .45. I believe the only handgun he has ever fired was an H&K, so the only gun he wants is an H&K because they are accurate and reliable. Told him that H&K's were fine handguns, but he ought to take a look at revolvers. He said "No, I'm looking for something accurate and reliable." No reason to argue with an expert, so I complemented him on his choice. You can lead a horse to water, but you have to live with the smell of a wet horse.:D

September 19, 2008, 10:27 PM
I own way more semis than sixguns. But I like shooting the revolvers better. I understand the statement here about loading and unloading a wheelgun. It makes you appreciate your shots more because every bullet is precious...especially if you handload. There's something soul-less about sending your empties flying pell-mell all over the place.

When your fingers actually slide the round into the actual chamber, it's very satisfying. There's also something so perfect about the number "6", and a hexagonal pattern seems to have a mystic quality to it.

The power and precision of a magnum revolver is impressive.

September 19, 2008, 10:36 PM
Welcome to The Collective. Resistance is futile. You will be known as "one of millions".

That's a nice start you have there. Now you need some K, L and N frames with a couple of old Colts sprinkled about.

September 20, 2008, 02:12 AM
I'm a lefty so I came to wheelies naturally I guess. Plus my first revolvers were a Model 10 and a Single Six which in my book are close to perfection. Plus I think a Nagant revolver looks cool so obviously I'm off the meds anyhow. Mike

September 20, 2008, 09:38 AM
hello, my name is Buck......and I am a revolverholic.

September 20, 2008, 09:55 AM
hello buck! lol

don't have any single actions yet but am looking for one after i pay off my ar. Although I did see a Ruger Redhawk 4" .44 for $529 at one of the local shops.

the sixgun does have a sense of bonding with a person as you are personally loading the weapon directly.

that and i love it when my friends are running around bending over to pick up brass where I just dump the empties into a cartridge box.

off to the gun show (hampton,va) in an hour or two!

September 20, 2008, 11:57 AM
While I will always love the BHP, I am a wheelgunner :)

September 20, 2008, 12:45 PM
My handgun collection used to be 90% semis. Now 75% are revolvers. I would have no objection to selling most of the semis I still have. I barely glance at the semis when I visit the gun stores. The die is cast.

September 20, 2008, 02:58 PM
I know when I carry (CCW), it's most frequently a little .38 snubby. When I really want to carry, it's a semi-auto (Glock 19 and sometimes a 17).

But when I want to plink...it's almost always a wheelgun (old S&W Model 17 .22 or my newest, a Ruger Blackhawk convertable in .45 Colt (convertable to .45ACP)). I guess I'll have to learn to reload if I want to shoot that Blackhawk though.

Just something about revolvers, I guess...or too many old John Ford westerns!

September 21, 2008, 11:34 PM
Ooh, yes, I love operating the action. Bolts, levers, pumps, revolvers. It's part of the joy. I drive standard transmission cars too, you won't be surprised to hear.

Shooting bullets as fast as possible just ends the fun more quickly. It's not a great way to hit your target (I started out shooting smallbore w/ single-shot bolt rifles), and it's irresponsible should you have to fire in public for whatever valid reason. So I'm generally not in a rush to empty my gun.

Oh, I have a few semi-autos, but I'd probably be perfectly happy to have just a commander bobtail 1911 w/ a .22 conversion kit and a Hamden or E. Hartford High Standard Sharpshooter. In fact, I'm nearly at that point. Maybe one day I'll have a hi-cap 9mm just 'cause, but there are at least... uh 1, 2, 3, 4 revolvers ahead of it on the list.

Revolvers are much more fun to collect, IMO.


Elm Creek Smith
September 21, 2008, 11:45 PM
There's also something so perfect about the number "6", and a hexagonal pattern seems to have a mystic quality to it.

Hmmm. My second primary gun (Taurus 85SSUL) holds five rounds, my Nagant holds seven, and I don't load more than five in my single actions.

What's mystical is all that happens before the hammer falls and the way a revolver recoils in your hand.


Ben Shepherd
September 21, 2008, 11:52 PM
Wheelguns? North of 2 dozen.

Autos? 1.

Guess I'm in the same boat.

September 22, 2008, 12:10 AM
I have J and K-frameitis, and its uncurable!!!!! Don't get me started on .44spl's!

September 22, 2008, 12:46 AM
3 - L frames
1 - GP100
1 - Blackhawk
0 - semi automatic
1- wife

If I make that 6 revolvers, pretty sure it will become 0 wife, and you know how that can lead to 0 revolvers as well.

September 22, 2008, 06:54 AM
My last rude-case-tosser, a Ruger MKII, left for it's new home the other day. I often said that MKII was the most fun you could have at the range - with a few bucks worth of .22's. I still had to pick up those empties...

Well, I was wrong - a 617 is more fun! I bought a new 4"-er - like the MKII, a 10-shooter. Yep, it's more fun - and easier to load than a magazine. Plus, I dump the empties in a ZipLoc bag - no more crawling under the shooting tables.

I am now in a revolver-only world. Yeah, I did get my wife a new .32 Seecamp last spring - but that's hers - and it isn't destined to launch many rounds. My world has cylinders... not as many as I would like, but all but a Ruger Old Army (cap & ball) bear Smith and Wesson on them - bliss!


September 22, 2008, 08:18 AM
Autos are utilitarian. Revolvers are both practical and beautiful :)

September 22, 2008, 08:41 AM
I had my young son at an outdoor range Saturday shooting a Beretta .22. The cases kept getting tossed right at the teenager in the next lane. I would have felt worse if the guy wasn't tossing .45's down range like there was no tomorrow and not hitting in the same county twice in a row... But after a bit I moved from behind the shooting bench to the side between us so the cases would hit me instead of him. That way my son could keep shooting and the guy next to us could keep wasting ammo undisturbed. Reminded me why I'd rather have been shooting a revolver... :-)

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