Revolver as a "last ditch" gun?


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CJW
December 31, 2012, 10:15 PM
Hi folks. First off, Happy New Year! Here's hoping that 2013 sees our rights and freedoms as gun owners preserved.

I've seen first hand the big rush to stock up on AR and AK rifles and mags. I too waited in the long line yesterday but not for what everyone else was after. I came home with a shiny new stainless 4" GP100. My reasoning:

It is reliable and very durable.
It is not prone to breakage, malfunction or excessive wear.
No magazines to buy, no springs to wear out.
Chambered in a fight-stopping caliber.
Six rounds is nothing to sneeze at, and can be reloaded relatively quickly.
Good for home defense, hunting, and can be concealed.
I can pass it on to my son with pride.

To my way of thinking, a revolver such as this is truly a "last ditch" gun, or the type of gun to "stock up" on if the future is uncertain. What everyone else is rushing out to buy just doesn't seem as versatile in the long run. I have my long-gun needs covered adequately, but if I'm going to have a spare or two in the face of an uncertain future - make mine revolvers.

Some folks shy away from revolvers because they seem so retro or old-fashioned, and of course many get their taste for whiz-bang tactical weaponry from the movies these days. But to me, the revolver is the most practical type of weapon to own in the long-term, with an uncertain political future. Bonus: it's probably the last type of weapon "they" will go after.

Curious about your thoughts on my line of reasoning.

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Trent
December 31, 2012, 10:20 PM
Last Ditch?

Hell, I got one in my pocket right now.

More like "go to gun."

I know it's gonna go bang every time, and 6 shots is enough to get me to my rifle.

Haywood
December 31, 2012, 10:22 PM
I only carry revolvers. Two 357 Five shooters. Every day all day.

velojym
December 31, 2012, 10:26 PM
GP100 is just about as good a "first ditch" gun as you'll find for the average encounter. It's my wife's choice, and what she keeps handy.
I have an XD45, but I do sometimes gaze longingly at her piece.

ApacheCoTodd
December 31, 2012, 10:31 PM
Last ditch? First ditch?

Hell, oft times my wonderful GP100 is the ONLY ditch.

I've never thought of it as any kind of... "Aw hell, if that's all I got" kinda gun as a couple other wheel guns around here might be considered.

L-Frame
December 31, 2012, 10:33 PM
I ccw'd a GP-100 3" for about 7 hours today shopping with my wife. Have never felt the least bit undergunned with it. I actually feel very comfortable knowing that I have "six for sure" in a powerful round, in a gun that will go bang all the time and I can also beat a bad guy to death with it if I have to. Sounds like beautiful relationship to me.

Seventhsword
December 31, 2012, 10:33 PM
Nothing last ditch about her....:neener:


http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8032/7989406139_8925ebd96d_b.jpg

blarby
December 31, 2012, 10:39 PM
It is reliable and very durable.
It is not prone to breakage, malfunction or excessive wear.
No magazines to buy, no springs to wear out.
Chambered in a fight-stopping caliber.
Six rounds is nothing to sneeze at, and can be reloaded relatively quickly.
Good for home defense, hunting, and can be concealed.

All very valid.

Good for you !

On the upside, I have my doubts that even if we see the " 84 " floats cruising down the street to the farm, that revolvers will ever be on the ban list.

CJW
December 31, 2012, 11:04 PM
Good thoughts, all.

Yeah, a sweet revolver like the GP is definitely a go-to gun.

I guess by "last ditch" I was thinking of the one gun that I know would serve me reliably for the rest of my life if the political or societal situation got worse and there was no access to new guns, spare parts, etc.

Revolvers are what I would "panic buy" (even though I'm in no panic...yet)

BTW, SeventhSword, that's a sweet piece I bet it kicks like a mule!

SaxonPig
December 31, 2012, 11:12 PM
The DA revolver has been getting it done for well over 100 years. Maybe not the best choice for modern combat or police work were higher capacity and faster reloads are critical, but for personal defense I rely on one or more revolvers every day and feel just fine about it.

ArchAngelCD
December 31, 2012, 11:24 PM
As the others, I would consider a revolver a first line handgun. I carry one daily and would not be without one!

silvermane_1
December 31, 2012, 11:29 PM
yup. gp-100 is fine gun, wouldn't consider it a "last ditch" gun @ all.

huntsman
January 1, 2013, 12:06 AM
It is reliable and very durable.
It is not prone to breakage, malfunction or excessive wear.
No magazines to buy, no springs to wear out.
Chambered in a fight-stopping caliber.
Six rounds is nothing to sneeze at, and can be reloaded relatively quickly.
Good for home defense, hunting, and can be concealed.
I can pass it on to my son with pride.

I used some of the very same reasoning when I bought my KGP-141 in 1995 and since I no longer own it I guess it wasn't my last gun but my Blackhawk .45acp/.45C is, I think ;)

billybob44
January 1, 2013, 12:33 AM
GP100 is just about as good a "first ditch" gun as you'll find for the average encounter. It's my wife's choice, and what she keeps handy.
I have an XD45, but I do sometimes gaze longingly at her piece.
"but I do sometimes gaze longingly at her piece."

^^^We're still talking about Revolvers?? RIGHT?? HA HA..

You can NOT go wrong with a GP-100, or a Smith "L" Frame..Your kids will not wear them out!!...Bill.

Atbat82
January 1, 2013, 12:52 AM
"but I do sometimes gaze longingly at her piece."

^^^We're still talking about Revolvers?? RIGHT?? HA HA.

I'm slightly ashamed to admit that I thought the exact same joke!

Happy New Year everyone.



Sent from my iPhone

dscampbell
January 1, 2013, 01:34 AM
Hi folks. First off, Happy New Year! Here's hoping that 2013 sees our rights and freedoms as gun owners preserved.

I've seen first hand the big rush to stock up on AR and AK rifles and mags. I too waited in the long line yesterday but not for what everyone else was after. I came home with a shiny new stainless 4" GP100. My reasoning:

It is reliable and very durable.
It is not prone to breakage, malfunction or excessive wear.
No magazines to buy, no springs to wear out.
Chambered in a fight-stopping caliber.
Six rounds is nothing to sneeze at, and can be reloaded relatively quickly.
Good for home defense, hunting, and can be concealed.
I can pass it on to my son with pride.

To my way of thinking, a revolver such as this is truly a "last ditch" gun, or the type of gun to "stock up" on if the future is uncertain. What everyone else is rushing out to buy just doesn't seem as versatile in the long run. I have my long-gun needs covered adequately, but if I'm going to have a spare or two in the face of an uncertain future - make mine revolvers.

Some folks shy away from revolvers because they seem so retro or old-fashioned, and of course many get their taste for whiz-bang tactical weaponry from the movies these days. But to me, the revolver is the most practical type of weapon to own in the long-term, with an uncertain political future. Bonus: it's probably the last type of weapon "they" will go after.

Curious about your thoughts on my line of reasoning.

I totally agree. My go to guns are a ruger security six stainless and a ruger blackhawk. Both in .357 mag.


Scott Campbell Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

scaatylobo
January 1, 2013, 10:22 AM
Now that is one beautiful wheel gun brother !!,But I am guessing you already appreciate that fact.

I own both and carry both,but the revolver is usually a BUG [ S&W 360/.357 or S&W 442/.38 ]

But went to a party last night and expected NO problems as went early and left early,so all I had was the 360 and a spare drop pouch with a Bianchi speed strip.

And of course a blade & flashlight [ hope that goes w/o saying ].

The revolver is one STURDY tool,and one that I own as many of as auto's.

JVaughn
January 1, 2013, 10:29 AM
In time of foreign invasion, war, UN troopers storming you home to steal your rights... a revolver isn't going to get you far. In everyday carry situations, shopping in town, mowing the yard, etc... you are as well armed with 6 rounds of .357 as you are 18 of 9mm, probably better if you can hit what you aim at. All handguns are at best, emergency only items - if you really have a fight on your hands, or you are expecting one, take your rifle.

rodinal220
January 1, 2013, 10:34 AM
Everybody should own at least one S&W M&P/10. Wheel guns have been around for a long time.Proven technology.

Alnamvet68
January 1, 2013, 10:45 AM
I am of the opinion that if you treat your revolver as a "last ditch" gun, then you have some serious problems with effectively deploying whatever your primary weapon is. That said, one should train well, and then, train more, and when you think you've had enough, train some more, so that whatever weapon you have on hand will serve you well in a hostile situation.

I suggest to anyone if you believe a revolver is your last ditch line of defense, that you need to rethink options other then firearms for your self defense needs....train like you fight, and if and when the time comes, you will fight like you have trained.

Hoppes Love Potion
January 1, 2013, 12:00 PM
I also question those who stock up on long guns, magazines, and cases of ammo. They'd do better to buy 20 J-frames, 20 boxes of ammo, and arm all their neighbors.

Manny
January 1, 2013, 12:58 PM
When all the craziness started I didn't buy anything for my AR or hi-cap Glocks, instead I bought ammo for my SP101 and a new 10/22 takedown, albeit with some BX25 mags, but also some spare 10 rounders. If I got down to just those two I'd still be OK, though I won't give up on the others without a fight.

AZ Desertrat
January 1, 2013, 01:04 PM
Agree with all the above, being a long-time revolver fan and user...but I also throw in with the good DA guns, my Blackhawks...I feel pretty confident ANYWHERE with a .44 Special on the hip, and if I need more, there is always the SBH....all good stuff.

GRIZ22
January 1, 2013, 01:14 PM
IMO a 4" 357 is just about the best do it all handgun made.

This is what I suggest to new shooters as a first handgun. If they master a DA revolver everything else is easy.

Ky Larry
January 1, 2013, 01:17 PM
No matter which ditch I'm in, I never feel undergunned with a wheel gun.

bannockburn
January 1, 2013, 04:40 PM
To me a "last ditch" gun is something the Germans were building towards the end of WWII. Defintely not what I think of when we're talking about revolvers.

A revolver can be your first round of defense, your trusty HD gun, your primary back-up, your deep-cover BUG, your favorite Kit Gun, or your reliable backwoods companion. Basically it's up to the task for just about anything you need it for, no matter what kind of situation you're facing.

Deer_Freak
January 1, 2013, 05:14 PM
I see a shotgun or any rifle, even a 22 a better self defense weapon than a pistol. I have some nice pistols but if the SHTF I am just using the pistol to buy enough time to get my safe open or get in a vehicle to run away.

Derry 1946
January 1, 2013, 05:17 PM
Every day carry is a DS .38sp. For more power, it's a 1917 .45. The plastic moon clips are fantastic. I can reload almost as fast as my 1911 .45. In cool weather, the 1917 is perfectly concealable (but heavy). For "bump in the night," Mossberg 500 12ga.

KC&97TA
January 1, 2013, 05:28 PM
Last Ditch? First Round on the way back to the truck to get the 12ga or to the Safe for the AK.

I'm looking to add a 3" SP100 to my belt this spring, IMHO next best carry piece to a Colt Detective Special.

Deaf Smith
January 1, 2013, 07:37 PM
Last ditch? Well while I pack Glocks, usually sub-compacts I would easily pack any of these:

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or

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=151724&d=1319938871

or

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=176166&d=1355456236

Any day of the week! But they are so nice and the Glock so ugly, I picked ugly to carry as I would not be upset to see old 'ugly' dinged up!

Deaf

BYJO4
January 1, 2013, 08:06 PM
A revolver is a fine self defense gun and makes an excellent range gun. The 357 Mag can do most anything a person could ever want.

22250Rem
January 1, 2013, 08:45 PM
BYJ04 nailed it... That's why I like my 4" S&W 686 with handloads featuring 125 gr. Hornady XTP's. It's accurate even with me behind the trigger and I'm not exactly the greatest pistolero. Seven hard hitting rounds with another seven in the speed loader. Also have a Glock 19 but the 686 just seems to work better for me, but maybe that's cause I've had it for a few years and shot it a lot and the Glock is still fairly (only 140 rounds so far) new to me.

Rexster
January 2, 2013, 06:52 PM
I try to stay out of ditches, as my bad knee makes it difficult to climb out.

I think of revolvers as excellent first choice handguns, not last at anything. I certainly recognize the utility of lighter-framed autos, on my duty belt, as I have to carry so much other stuff, too. On my own time, with no need to carry handcuffs, portable radio, Taser, and such, I am fine with revolvers.

PRM
January 2, 2013, 07:05 PM
If a revolver is your "last ditch" gun...you might want to re-evaluate where your hanging out.

acmax95
January 2, 2013, 07:23 PM
I love my revolvers. I carry my S&W 442 all the time, and keep a Taurus 4" 357 in my glove box.

And if it ever come down to it, and I was left with two guns I would want my 870 and my Security Six.

pendennis
January 2, 2013, 07:39 PM
I don't claim originality for the following -

If you can choose what to bring to a gun fight, bring a long gun. Bring a friend with a long gun.

Yes, I carry a revolver. But I'd much rather have the issue settled at long yardage.

PabloJ
January 3, 2013, 06:22 AM
Hi folks. First off, Happy New Year! Here's hoping that 2013 sees our rights and freedoms as gun owners preserved.

I've seen first hand the big rush to stock up on AR and AK rifles and mags. I too waited in the long line yesterday but not for what everyone else was after. I came home with a shiny new stainless 4" GP100. My reasoning:

It is reliable and very durable.
It is not prone to breakage, malfunction or excessive wear.
No magazines to buy, no springs to wear out.
Chambered in a fight-stopping caliber.
Six rounds is nothing to sneeze at, and can be reloaded relatively quickly.
Good for home defense, hunting, and can be concealed.
I can pass it on to my son with pride.

To my way of thinking, a revolver such as this is truly a "last ditch" gun, or the type of gun to "stock up" on if the future is uncertain. What everyone else is rushing out to buy just doesn't seem as versatile in the long run. I have my long-gun needs covered adequately, but if I'm going to have a spare or two in the face of an uncertain future - make mine revolvers.

Some folks shy away from revolvers because they seem so retro or old-fashioned, and of course many get their taste for whiz-bang tactical weaponry from the movies these days. But to me, the revolver is the most practical type of weapon to own in the long-term, with an uncertain political future. Bonus: it's probably the last type of weapon "they" will go after.

Curious about your thoughts on my line of reasoning.
Please stop insulting us. We all know 'last ditch gun' is da FEG. Fegyver e Gazkeszulekgyar. Okie dokie lets sick with FEG.:o

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