Why do I like revolvers?


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robinkevin
November 3, 2011, 03:27 PM
Ok I know the question is kinda stupid cause no one can read my mind and tell me. But here is my background. I grew up shooting my Dad's .22 High Standard auto and his .357 Colt Trooper. Both great guns, both a joy to shoot. But here's what confuses me...

I always thought I liked autos cause, well that's what everyone likes. But my first handgun was an XD and its a nice gun and I love the high cap mag but idk I just didn't really enjoy shooting it like the .357 of Dads. I end up getting rid of the XD when money was tight and end up with a p3at in a trade with boot of course. At first I wasn't sure about the p3at but its actually grew on me very well, but then again its just a little pocket gun and not fun to shoot a box through...

So even though I can't buy anything at this time I am working on saving up for a full size gun for home protection/range. I once again thought I want a auto but I keep finding myself leaning towards revolvers.

Can anyone tell me why this could be, or perhaps why you like them over autos if that's the case with you? Don't get me wrong I like both... and maybe that's my illness I just like them all. LOL

Just looking for feedback, Thanks!

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BCRider
November 3, 2011, 04:02 PM
It's hard to break out of habits we acquire as kids. For you it was shooting your dad's guns. For me it's the thought of not having a well equipped workshop to tinker in. I grew up with my dad's shop and spent many of my formative years making stuff. It set me on a lifelong path that is still very central to my lifestyle. I'll often make something in a hour where others would happily go out and shop around for the same thing for an afternoon because they can't fathom the option of making what they need.

As for revolvers for me it was a case of going semi because I thought revolvers would be really odd to hold what with CLEARLY poor balance issues what with the grips being behind the center of mass. And then there was that odd shape to the grips. To me the semis just looked right and my first two handguns were semis.

But then one day I decided to try something different at the Rent-A-Gun range and took out a S&W 10 with a 4 inch barrel. Well by the time I was half way through the second cylinder I was hooked. How could I have known that anything so odd looking would work so well in the hands? I was easily outshooting the groups I was getting with my semis with a gun which I had just barely picked up!

I suspect this same "fits like a glove" works for you as well.

MrBorland
November 3, 2011, 04:12 PM
Why do I like revolvers?

Because you have good taste? ;)

As for me? Lessee...in no particular order:

1. Ammo versatility:
a. From my 686, I can shoot everything from full-house .357s to target wadcutters to standard Short Colt to Speer primer-only rubber bullets with no FTFs, FTEs or cycling issues.
b. I can experiment with powder charges, crimps, OALs, and bullet style with no FTFs, FTEs or cycling issues.
c. Due to the relatively low pressure, I can reload my brass a bunch of times.

2. Chasing brass: A non-issue.

3. The double action trigger:
a. It's tough to master (we never really master it), but there's a certain Zen to it.
b. It's not easy to shoot a DA revolver accurately in DA. It's not easy to shoot a DA revolver fast in DA. And it's definitely not easy to shoot a DA revolver fast and accurately in DA. I enjoy the challenge and feel a sense of accomplishment when I'm doing well. It's also not something a lot of people can do, which adds to the sense of accomplishment.

4. Reloads: Same as the double action trigger. See 3a and 3b.

5. Dry fire Revolvers are very amenable to dry fire and reloading practice.

6. Aesthetics: They just look right to me.

7. Grips: For at least popular models, there are plenty of grip options, so it's possible to fine-tune the gun to me, rather than the other way around.

PRM
November 3, 2011, 04:29 PM
1. It's what I started with.

2. It's the class of gun I have put the most rounds down range with and I am most familiar with.

3. They work reliably.

4. They are a lot of fun with a lot of ammo options.

5. Old Colts and vintage S&Ws are classic guns.

robinkevin
November 3, 2011, 05:53 PM
3. The double action trigger:
a. It's tough to master (we never really master it), but there's a certain Zen to it.
b. It's not easy to shoot a DA revolver accurately in DA. It's not easy to shoot a DA revolver fast in DA. And it's definitely not easy to shoot a DA revolver fast and accurately in DA. I enjoy the challenge and feel a sense of accomplishment when I'm doing well. It's also not something a lot of people can do, which adds to the sense of accomplishment.

I think this might be part of it... Dads .357 could be shot single action but I often shot it in double action. I say this as the p3at is double action but to me its just easier to squeeze the a double action trigger then a softer trigger. The shortness of a single action trigger tends to turn a squeeze into a jerk for me as I am expecting a longer pull.

gunsablazin
November 3, 2011, 05:57 PM
I shoot IDPA with a 1911 or a Glock in .40, and can use them pretty well, but I carry a Smith & Wesson. My home defense guns are all revolvers, my wife can use them, and they are as reliable as a gun can be. In an emergency I would rather have 6 shots for sure than 15 maybes. If you like revolvers I would suggest a used model 10, if you are patient you can probably find one for around $300. They may not be glamorous, but they are hard to beat for a house/carry gun.

Pyro
November 3, 2011, 06:03 PM
I love them for their reliability but sometimes they can screw up just as bad as autoloaders.
http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/473/1315441532690.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/33/1315441532690.jpg/)

PRM
November 3, 2011, 06:08 PM
Pyro

What are we looking at? What happened in the pic? No primers and buggered brass?

Pyro
November 3, 2011, 06:13 PM
Pyro

What are we looking at? What happened in the pic? No primers and buggered brass?
Not my pic or gun but if I remember the story correctly those are firing pin strikes.
The unprimed brass was used just to show the problem.

Dnaltrop
November 3, 2011, 06:21 PM
Thunk... Thunk... Thunk... Thunk... Thunk.. Thunk... Latch... Whirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.......Click...

For those who don't speak Morse-revolver... All reliability and self defense aside... It's an organic, pleasurable experience that in most cases requires that you take a small bit more time between shots.

sixgunner455
November 3, 2011, 06:32 PM
I grew up learning on revolvers. I like my autos, and they make sense in that one of them may have the same number of rounds on tap as 3 revolvers, and I do carry one sometimes.

But. When I reach for a gun, it's usually a revolver. They fit, and they work. I'm not saying that I own an auto that doesn't fit, or doesn't work. It's just something in my mind that says, "if I want a powerful gun that will kill a mutant zombie bear, I want a revolver. if the biker gang horde is coming, I want my CZ." Wouldn't want to be without either type, but I doubt I'd sell my .357.

Skribs
November 3, 2011, 07:28 PM
What you like is what you like, but while I have heard revolver users say "I could understand using a higher capacity weapon if I'm expecting to be doing LE/M duties", I've never heard autoloader users say they would rather use a revolver in certain situations, unless it is something involving a caliber too large to comfortably use in a semi-auto (like .357 magnum or .454 cassul).

robinkevin
November 3, 2011, 08:12 PM
As I said, I like/love them both... actually haven't found a firearm yet I didn't like atleast a little...

Altough the picture from Pyro scares me and other stories like that. I have heard that when a revolver fails its usually something that be fixed in the field, when a revolver fails you need a gunsmith.

PRM
November 3, 2011, 08:16 PM
What you like is what you like, but while I have heard revolver users say "I could understand using a higher capacity weapon if I'm expecting to be doing LE/M duties", I've never heard autoloader users say they would rather use a revolver in certain situations, unless it is something involving a caliber too large to comfortably use in a semi-auto (like .357 magnum or .454 cassul).

Hum??? I've heard a lot of comments on the range about failure to feed, failure to eject, stove piping, mags that don't work, feed ramps that need polishing, certain ammo types not working, barrels that need throating, changing safeties, better slide releases, problems with recoil springs, and limp wristing ~ but not from revolver shooters.

rjrivero
November 3, 2011, 08:34 PM
Wow Pyro. Someone has some significant timing issues on that wheel gun.

Revolvers are classic. Nothing wrong with liking a classic, or four.

http://www.revolverforums.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=27&pictureid=161

J-Bar
November 3, 2011, 10:56 PM
Dang, those are beauties!

Which girl do you take to the dance....??

Drail
November 3, 2011, 11:08 PM
Because they are like a fine watch instead of some cheap plastic tool like you buy at Walmart. And as someone else pointed out, very Zen once you learn how to operate one. And they come in serious calibers.

rjrivero
November 3, 2011, 11:09 PM
Thank you sir. I have an ex wife that I bought the 66-LS back from when we got divorced. I like the lady smith so much, I model all my stainless revolvers after them. The only two lady smiths in that picture are the 66LS and the 361LS. I hope to find a reasonably priced 65 Lady smith some day.

Depending on which dance I go to, will determine which lady goes with me! (And yes, like any Lady, they have many pairs of "shoes."

http://www.revolverforums.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=28&pictureid=169

agent89
November 3, 2011, 11:40 PM
Revolvers have character! Autos are more efficient, but are stamped out. Maybe it's because of my age, but a nice revolver has way more appeal.
I have and love many autos, but it's the lines of a nice old smith that gets my attention.:cool:

oldfool
November 4, 2011, 12:21 PM
great pictorial essay there WEG !

BC and MrB already said it all for me
(besides... good guys wear white cowboy hats and shoot sixguns)

robinkevin
November 4, 2011, 01:03 PM
Must say I enjoy the pictures too, makes it very clear lol.

I also think balance has something to do with it as well. The XD seem to be real light in the front when fully loaded, where as a smaller gun like the p3at has less of a notice due to size, but a metal gun doesn't loose its balance. Of course there is autos that fit this but revolvers just feel a little better I think lol!

Tallinar
November 4, 2011, 01:17 PM
I prefer revolvers for the following reasons:

1. Don't have to chase my brass at the range.
2. Straight-walled rimmed cartridges headspacing at the rim are very forgiving to handload for. The only OAL questions you have to be concerned for are "Does it fit in the cylinder?" and "Will the cylinder rotate?"
3. Wide ammo versatility without having the modify the gun. No messing with magazines, feed ramp polishing, or recoil springs to accomadate different ammo types.
4. For carry purposes, double action revolvers are the simplest pistols to operate under stress or while in awkward positions. You don't need to worry about limp-wristing and such, which may cause cycling issues in automatics.
5. Typically revolvers will be cheaper to own over the life of the gun, because - to add to points 1 through 3 - I will spend less money on brass (which is either lost or damaged easily over the lifespan of an automatic), and I won't be buying magazines, recoil springs, etc. Less money into the gun = more money for practicing (or to buy more guns).

As for personal, subjective reasons:

1. I find single action revolver grip frames to be natural-feeling in the hand, and very natural-pointing.
2. I enjoy the nostalgia of revolvers.

Guillermo
November 4, 2011, 01:54 PM
Mr. Borland pretty much covered all the bases (as far as my opinion) in post #3.

I would add "not being overkill".

Were I a member of a SWAT team I would carry a hi cap auto with many reloads. But as "just a guy" it is...hopefully...more than enough.

This is not to say that I don't love bottom-feeding brass-chuckers...but for my money...revolvers are getting worse each year. So I am spending all my money on old revolvers...and loving it.

sugarmaker
November 4, 2011, 03:03 PM
Had a friend with a Wildey. We spent more time hunting for the $1.00 each cases than we did shooting. I hate loosing brass, esp. in snow. 100% recovery with a revolver. just preference. I like my semi's too.

motorcycle-charlie
November 4, 2011, 03:17 PM
revolvers have classic look and feel. something substantial that you know can be passed down generation to generation. revolvers give me a sense of "pride of ownership" i just dont feel with the autos. autos definitely have their place, but i am drawn to the wheels.

azrn
November 4, 2011, 04:44 PM
revolver men,john wayne,richard boone,clint eastwood, and if you have to deal with the zombie army there is the new york reload. azrn

Scipio Africanus
November 4, 2011, 11:40 PM
I grew up shooting revolvers; I love the reliability, ammo versatility, powerful cartridges, and I hit better with them at long distances. I just like 'em better...

robinkevin
November 4, 2011, 11:43 PM
New york reload LOL I havent heard that one for awhile. I met a guy once which I think that was his plan. The man had 8 guns on him, 2 where full size XDs and the rest was different types of revolvers lol... I think he may have been sleeping with someones old lady LOL.

NoirFan
November 5, 2011, 07:31 AM
Others have given practical reasons for preferring revolvers, all of which I agree with. But I gotta be honest, those are not my real reasons. My real reasons for liking revolvers are all irrational:

1) A semiauto looks like a box with a handle but a revolver looks like a GUN.

2) Sometimes, a revolver will have "magnum" written on the side. "Magnum" is a word which, even if you didn't know what it meant, still commands power and respect.

3) The cylinder is exposed so you can see the mechanical operation of the gun, which is very cool. With a semiauto the slide moves too fast to see and is not as cool anyway.

4) All the best heroes carry revolvers: Indiana Jones, Harry Callahan, Clarice Starling, Phillip Marlowe, etc

Jonah71
November 5, 2011, 09:16 AM
Revolvers have character! Autos are more efficient, but are stamped out. Maybe it's because of my age, but a nice revolver has way more appeal.
I have and love many autos, but it's the lines of a nice old smith that gets my attention.:cool:
My thoughts exactly. The revolvers grab my attention immediately. And I have never traded a revolver for an autoload without regretting it later no matter how good the "deal" was.

skoro
November 5, 2011, 10:29 AM
why you like them over autos if that's the case with you?

I'll state right up front that my favorite handguns are my Colt 1911s. Having said that, a close second is the S&W k-frame revolver. And I own more of them than all my other handguns combined. In 22lr, 38spl and 357mag.


The k-frame just feels so... so... so right in my hand. And it looks just right, too. All business, all the time. Not too pretty, not too plain. Especially nice in blue steel w/magna grips. ;)

pezo
November 5, 2011, 12:31 PM
I've never heard autoloader users say they would rather use a revolver in certain situations, unless it is something involving a caliber too large to comfortably use in a semi-auto I have! I have heard contrary to what your saying many times and on these threads as well. But it is personal preferance. Not bad mouthing any body's choice of either auto or revolver both have advantage and dis advantage in different ways. If you train around the platform you should be fine. Me, Ill take a revolver any day of the week. It's mostly because its what I shoot with all the time in regards to hand guns. Now again I'm not bashing auto users at all and they are the majority exspecially in leo. But before I decided on a platform I did my own research to see what I should get as far as hand guns ( I grew up on auto's). I wanted to see any expamples of officers or otherwised who were gunned down or disadvantaged by the capacity of a revolver. What I found were a plefora of stories of auto loader failures in desperate times of need. I even found stories of how revolver users good or bad guy for that matter had the winning outcome because their revolver functioned when the oponents auto loader failed. I found this issue a greater occurance over the low capacity revolver being the disadvantage. The first few reliable shots and movements make the fiight. I feel they are a simpler manual of arms for shooting and carry as well for new or civillian defense. JUST MY OPINION.

pezo
November 5, 2011, 12:38 PM
also want to add that I dont want to take a good thread and turn it into a goofey auto versus revolver dead horse thread. I figure since this is in the revolver section I am mostly preaching to the choir. If some one and I am sure many people say " I feel better packing an auto" than I wont argue with them. If they train and are effective withe their weapon thats great. to each their own.

PabloJ
November 5, 2011, 04:37 PM
I can't keep up with model numbering of S&W but Ole' .357 "19" with 4" bull barrel and fixed rear sight is one hella of gun. Considering no rear sight the accuracy with .38 Winchester Super Match was actually astonishing. In SS it is dreamy six-gun ....and very affordable I might add.

theotherwaldo
November 5, 2011, 07:31 PM
-I was raised with revolvers.
-I shoot them well when under stress.
-I am pretty accurate with large-caliber revolvers.

eazyrider
November 5, 2011, 07:50 PM
I like revolvers because of reliability. I know people say that they can jam but I have never, ever had one do that. I have had a few primer fail to ignite, and I just pulled the trigger again. If anybody tells me that they have never had an auto jam then they have not shot enough. I carry a revolver because I don't think I can screw anything up. Like my hand blocking the slide or forgetting the safety or accidentally hitting the mag release. I let my Grandad shoot my Glock once. The man had never shot a pistol in his life. But he is deadly with a rifle. Somehow or other his hand completely blocked the slide and the gun didn't even try to eject the round. It completely stopped working. That can't happen on a wheel gun. I know all of these problems can be overcome by training but there is no guarantee that in an emergency situation I will be the one with the gun. My wife does not like to shoot, so therefore I keep the simplest tool I can get for her.

I own one auto, my Glock. I may buy another one way down the line but I know I will buy another revolver soon. I love them.


I am a younger guy too, only 27 but I just can't see myself ever fully trusting my life to an auto. I also hate buying mags. I hate wondering if the mags I do have are going to wear out. That about sums it up for me.

robinkevin
November 5, 2011, 08:31 PM
pezo I think you sum up a large part of my thinking as well. For example as I said in the first post, I grew up shooting my Dad's 357 Colt revolver and his .22 High Standard. Both well made pistols, however the .22 would still have a df, fte, or ftf. Nothing major just a simple strip out and clear. However I dont want to be doing this when I need my pistol the most.

Pancho
November 6, 2011, 12:14 AM
I have and like both revolvers and autos but imagine this situation. 2a.m. and your fast asleep, you are awakened by a loud noise and immediately your adrenaline is pumping,slightly confused you reach for your bedside gun which you haven't seen let alone shot in 6 months. Automatic.....Do you have one in the pipe? Do you have to rack a round? Is the safety on? Is it on the left side or right or both? Which automatic is it? Is it single or double action? Revolver...... Cock, lock and rock. My wife, who is not a shooter, can figure out a revolver under stress.

robinkevin
November 6, 2011, 10:30 AM
I have and like both revolvers and autos but imagine this situation. 2a.m. and your fast asleep, you are awakened by a loud noise and immediately your adrenaline is pumping,slightly confused you reach for your bedside gun which you haven't seen let alone shot in 6 months. Automatic.....Do you have one in the pipe? Do you have to rack a round? Is the safety on? Is it on the left side or right or both? Which automatic is it? Is it single or double action? Revolver...... Cock, lock and rock. My wife, who is not a shooter, can figure out a revolver under stress.
I agree with you on all but one part... If you haven't seen a firearm in 6 months it better be locked up in the safe. I have two defense weapons out my p3at and my Mossberg, both of those get inspected and atleast wiped down weekly. Its just a habbit I think everyone should get in, lubes on firearms can dry up over time when left out and a dry firearm won't run as well, also I want to make darn sure that it is ready to go when needed.

With that being said I am sure many people do put their firearms somewhere and never look at it... but this is very poor practice.

pazz
November 6, 2011, 11:49 AM
Revolvers > Auto loaders

gilgsn
November 6, 2011, 08:01 PM
I started with cap & ball poorly made Italian replicas (almost 30 yrs ago. Today they are great!). Then, when I was old enough to buy "real" guns, I got autos.. I went to bigger calibers, up to the Desert Eagle .44mag. I loved the big fat cartridges and the power, but the gun was so heavy! Then, I tried a friend's .45 Colt SAA replica for a review.. It points so well! The ergonomics are just perfect. I have a Pietta 1858 cap & ball, which I love shooting; back to revolvers, full circle. The exception I will probably make in the future is a Glock 19. Everyone should have one, just like a Ruger 10/22 and an AK-47 ;-) I also remember my Coonan .357mag 1911, it would be good with a Ruger GP100 and a lever action .357... Revolvers for me are somehow related to the outdoors, while semi-autos are related to shooting bad guys breaking in your house.. I'll have a G19 for that, but in the mean time, I'd rather plan for pleasant outdoors adventures packing a good old .45 Colt...

MikePGS
November 7, 2011, 12:13 AM
The reasons I like revolvers:
They are works of art
If you need more than six shots, you're probably in trouble
.357 magnum feeds in a revolver regardless of the bullet design
Did I mention that revolvers are gorgeous works of art?

MCgunner
November 7, 2011, 04:04 PM
I don't hate autos, just prefer to shoot revolvers. I carry autos a lot. They're cool. Just a PITA to chase the brass. I reload for everything I shoot.

Revolvers do tend to be more accurate and simpler than autos and are chambered generally for more powerful rounds. That makes 'em TOPS in my mind for my outdoor activities and NOTHING out there is more rugged than a Ruger Blackhawk save perhaps a single shot TC Contender/Encore. :D

gordonagain
November 7, 2011, 08:21 PM
I have a couple of Kel-tecs including my p3at (everywhere gun). They are reliable and practical for what they are and from a distance I think they're even kinda cool looking, sort of stealth, like most polymer guns. But they are NOT works of art. Revolvers are functional art. A S&W M10 is a work of art. A LadySmith is a work of art. A M29 is a work of art. I could go on. In addition to being art, they are practical, reliable, and offer some big BOOM. I've regretted parting with every revolver I've ever let go.

reppans
November 7, 2011, 10:10 PM
I'm a relative handgun noob and started out with autos, believing, like many, that revolvers were obsolete, antiquated, nostalgic pieces... basically sold only to retirees that were used to them from yester-year. Then a range officer let me shoot his DAO, 6", slab-side, S&W Model 10 with his wad-cutter reloads :eek:. Smoothest, most accurate handgun I've ever shot in my life. I immediately fell in love with revolvers.

I find revolvers more involving to shoot than semis.... same goes for bolt action rifles. It's kinda like driving a stick shift vs an automatic or even a paddle-shift car. Yeah, maybe it's a bit slower, but you are in total control, everything that happens is because you make it happen, not the "machine."

I also find a semi's recoil-induced racking of the slide (or bolt) to feel sloppy, unnecessarily dramatic, and a bit annoying/distracting. In comparison, the revolver (or bolt action) simply feel crisp and concise to me. You also tend take your time to savor every shot with a revolver/bolt action vs the "spray and pray" of a semi.

I do tend to rely on semis for self defense more, but I definitely enjoy shooting revolvers and bolt actions more.

Dloy
November 8, 2011, 01:55 PM
I'm also a relative noob. I bought a 642 and a sig auto in a 6 month period. I liked them both a lot and expected to like the auto more. There's something about the loading process and handling the revolver that just felt better to me. Versus loading a magazine and chasing brass. I sometimes miss the sig but like what I have just fine.

El Guero
November 8, 2011, 03:37 PM
I think for me, I like my revolver just because I get restless hands. It's more fun to reload the revolver, cock the hammer, spin the cylinder, etc etc. Plus I don't burn through ammo as fast as I did when I had a semi-auto with a 15 round magazine :p

Frank V
November 8, 2011, 03:45 PM
I like them, well, because I just like them!:)
Frank

tdstout
November 8, 2011, 03:59 PM
The only two pistols that I have SO FAR is a Springfield 1911 and an old single action .22 revolver. Don't get me wrong, I love my 1911, but I can promise you that the next pistol that I buy for myself is going to be a revolver. There's just something about them that I can't quite put my finger on, but I like them better.

wildcatter109
November 8, 2011, 08:34 PM
Revolvers have character! Autos are more efficient, but are stamped out. Maybe it's because of my age, but a nice revolver has way more appeal.
I have and love many autos, but it's the lines of a nice old smith that gets my attention.:cool:

Autos are stamped??? That's like saying Rugers are as flimsy as Smits and Wishons, I assure you my Les Bare has no stamped anything on or in it, and my Dan Wesson Valor has absolutely no MIM parts in it, or cast parts. aThey are better self defense weapons than any revolver. But I hunt strictly with revolvers, big game to tree rats, well once in a while a 22 auto (with some stamped parts) a Ruger MK II Target. But for hunting, and especially if it is dangerous game, the revolver is king, more power, and world class accuracy, for reliability make mine a single action!! I don't play with them so this is what works for me,and why I use them.

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