Funny to see all those revolvers


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potentpoefie
March 8, 2010, 03:55 AM
Hi all

I watched the Berverly Hills Cop movies the other night. It was so funny to see so many revolvers in police holsters. Well that and the fact that he had to run to a pay phone every time he needed to call into the station.

however they would carry revolvers like all over the place. An auto here and there but otherwise it was a question of who carries what size. The one character Billy actually "needed more firepower" and went from a 3 inch revolver to a 6 inch revolver. Now i'm sure he actually went bigger in calibre as well but it was never said. So he could have just gone with a gun with a longer barrel.

Although they were not accurate with regards to number of rounds, tactics etc. etc. it was so much fun to watch those movies again. Back in the day when action movies were just that. Fun entertaining and action. ;)

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rocky branch
March 8, 2010, 04:14 AM
Some people see revolvers as more reliable in a shoot out.
With a malfunction you just pull the trigger and another round rolls into place.

Somewhere in history all the "tactical" jive got started and you got to have 15 rounds, lasers, flashlights whistles and anything else you can hang on today's plastic fantastic bullet launchers.

Wasn't that long ago that revolvers were pretty much the normal arm of all LEOs.

Drail
March 8, 2010, 07:17 AM
The rush by law enforcement to switch to semi auto pistols took place the summer that Don Johnson appeared in Miami Vice running around double tapping every bad guy. The switch was incredibly rapid and nationwide. I'm not sure it was a wise move.

Balrog
March 8, 2010, 07:27 AM
With a malfunction you just pull the trigger and another round rolls into place.

Have you ever had a revolver jam? It is much more difficult to clear than a semi-auto. I have had one jam so badly it had to be taken to a gunsmith, disassembled, and the crane replaced. That would kind of suck badly in a gun fight.

Quoheleth
March 8, 2010, 07:28 AM
Remember: the first BHC movie came out in the early '80s. Revolvers were still the king of the heap in guns at that time. I suspect part of it was the relative unreliability of semi-autos at that time, as well as the fewer choices in the semi-auto section of the local cop shop. Part of it, too, was the lack of highly functional expanding ammo for semis.

In that sense, the BHC movies were [ahem] historically accurate when it came to police sidearms.

Q

mcdonl
March 8, 2010, 07:57 AM
I like the kid on a current TV show criminal minds... I laugh whenever I see him carrying his revolver, pretty much right out front... maybe a little on the strong side but always showing with his sweater on. lol

http://satellitetvguru.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/criminalminds.jpg

potentpoefie
March 8, 2010, 08:06 AM
Have you ever had a revolver jam? It is much more difficult to clear than a semi-auto. I have had one jam so badly it had to be taken to a gunsmith, disassembled, and the crane replaced. That would kind of suck badly in a gun fight.

I would hardly qualify that as a jam. That's a malfunction. Revolvers don't jam. Well in the traditional sense of the word.

Also misfires are not an issue with revolver. just pull that trigger again for the next fresh round.

Funny enough I was always a big automatic man. then i started Pin Shooting where you have to shoot the revolver event to score. Been falling more and more in love with revolvers ever since. They shoot so nicely. Something about them.

However I just found it funny to see so many revolvers in a movie. Accurate yes. Culture shock because of today's tacti-cool culture....for sure.

the summer that Don Johnson appeared in Miami Vice running around double tapping every bad guy

It's sad to think that we all followed a guy wearing a white suite, wicker shoes and a neon pink shirt. Now that's a man. Hehehe. I would rather have followed Magnum P.I. with his Colt 1911.

Justin
March 8, 2010, 10:54 AM
Ok, let's get back to talking about real firearms and marksmanship rather than the tarted up Hollywood variety.

:)

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