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How old are you, and what's your favorite kind of handgun?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by 460Shooter, May 25, 2014.


How old are you and what type of handgun interest you most.

Poll closed Jun 24, 2014.
  1. 16-25 years old - Revolvers

    12 vote(s)
  2. 16-25 years old - Metal Semiautos

    10 vote(s)
  3. 16-25 years old - Polymer Semiautos

    4 vote(s)
  4. 26-35 years old - Revolvers

    31 vote(s)
  5. 26-35 years old - Metal Semiautos

    27 vote(s)
  6. 26-35 years old - Polymer Semiautos

    17 vote(s)
  7. 36-45 years old - Revolvers

    28 vote(s)
  8. 36-45 years old - Metal Semiautos

    21 vote(s)
  9. 36-45 years old - Polymer Semiautos

    13 vote(s)
  10. 46-55 years old - Revolvers

    32 vote(s)
  11. 46-55 years old - Metal Semiautos

    32 vote(s)
  12. 46-55 years old - Polymer Semiautos

    12 vote(s)
  13. 56-65 years old - Revolvers

    66 vote(s)
  14. 56-65 years old - Metal Semiautos

    48 vote(s)
  15. 56-65 years old - Polymer Semiautos

    21 vote(s)
  16. 66-75 years old - Revolvers

    34 vote(s)
  17. 66-75 years old - Metal Semiautos

    18 vote(s)
  18. 66-75 years old - Polymer Semiautos

    8 vote(s)
  19. I'm younger than 16 and don't fit into one of your options, so I posted my answer.

    2 vote(s)
  20. I'm older than 75 and don't fit into one of your options, so I posted my answer.

    11 vote(s)
  1. 460Shooter

    460Shooter Well-Known Member

    Hello friends and neighbors,

    I see many threads on THR that have a theme of "Which is better, semi's or revolvers?" and there are typically a lot of good points brought up that show the strengths and weaknesses of both types of guns. It also happens with metal vs polymer gun discussions.

    This is not one of those threads.

    I also see lots of threads that reflect a general sense that older shooters often prefer and enjoy revolvers more than younger folks do overall.

    This is not one of those threads either.

    I'm just curious where people's affections are based on type of gun and age. Let's try to put arguments about durability, practicality and tradition aside, and just assume that we all acknowledge that if a gun works properly regardless of manufacturer and type, that gun has utility.

    I realize that many folks may enjoy all handguns equally. If you are one of those people, ask yourself if you could only have one or the other for some reason, which type of gun would it be.

    This is just a curiosity poll, not an argument or advocating type thread.

    Also, just try to think about what interests you more, not necessarily what type of gun you own more of. Factors like duty roll, personal finances, and ammunition availability can have major influences on the quantities of different types of guns you own, but may not reflect what your true interest is.
  2. forindooruseonly

    forindooruseonly Well-Known Member

    I'm 36.

    I honestly like both revolvers and automatics, my division is over the age of the guns. I prefer, almost exclusively, older firearms. Most of my collection dates to the 60s or earlier.
  3. Squeaky Wheel

    Squeaky Wheel Well-Known Member

    Upper 40's here. I like both revolvers and pistols. The things that I like the most are: a certain amount of weight (I do a lot of target shooting and it's easier to hold steady the heavier ones), a middle-of-the-road caliber/cartridge (somewhere between 22 LR and 44 magnum), and a preference for steel (or alloy) over plastic.

    Although I enjoy shooting pistols, I have a slight preference for revolvers because I reload and hate having to chase down my brass.
  4. Nighthawk0083

    Nighthawk0083 Well-Known Member

    Im 30 and for the last 6 years revolvers have and always me my favorite specially smiths and colts.
  5. mdThanatos

    mdThanatos Well-Known Member

    31 and I can't make up my mind......I like semi autos and revolvers. I have always shot revolvers better though.
  6. rondog

    rondog Well-Known Member

    58. While I do love higher-end DA revolvers, my current inventory is kinda sparse on those. SA revolvers are a cool novelty, but I can't really shoot those well, they don't point well for me and my fat hands.

    So I'll have to vote for 1911's. I currently have five of those, and get along well with all of them. No experience with any plastic pistolas.
  7. PistolPete45

    PistolPete45 Well-Known Member

    Prefer a Revolver Do like semi auto & enjoy shooting them have several . Carry a Kimber Pro Carry most of the time .. The Colt Anaconda is a bit tricky to carry most of the year.
  8. Bobson

    Bobson Well-Known Member

    I'm 29, and my real interest is in 1911s (I don't care about other metal semis) and revolvers. I voted "metal semiautos," but my interest between the two areas is very close. Maybe split 60/40 in favor of 1911s.

    Ironically, I've never owned (nor do I currently own) either a 1911 or a revolver. I've owned three different polymer semiautos, and while I will continue to own them, I'm still more interested in 1911s and revolvers.
  9. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member

    In my case 75 is past history.

    My preference is usually revolvers, partly because I want to save the brass for reloading, and partly because some autoloaders are sensitive to limp-wristing, which for me is an issue sometimes. I also belong to a generation that well preceded pistols with large-cap magazines, that in my view too often encourage “spray & pray” style shooting. If one is restricted to 5 or 6 shots before having to reload there is a tendency to shoot less and hit more, and given the Rules of Engagement regarding the use of Deadly Force most civilians are held to, this is a good idea. In a less dramatic situation, you can stretch out your shooting experience using less ammunition at a time when finding what you need can be both difficult and expensive.
  10. Hometeached1

    Hometeached1 Well-Known Member

    Voted for 16-25 Metal semi-autos. It's real close between them and Revolvers. If this had been a month ago I would have said revolvers, but the Performance Center 3rd gen S&W I picked up is so nice... OK I say BOTH. :D

    Although since S&W is no longer servicing their 3rd gens or honoring their "lifetime warranty" on them, it makes me start to look more at Ruger's.
  11. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    Based on the number of one specific type of gun that I own I would have to say metal semi-autos.
  12. Dirtdgger

    Dirtdgger Well-Known Member

    I have a equal amount of both but I like revolvers more. Rugers and older s&w. Just bought a ruger Alaskan 454 now that takes some getting use to.
  13. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    I voted revolvers because that is what I am interested in and buying at the moment.

    But there was no choice for "If it goes bang, that is my favorite".:)
  14. Wil Terry

    Wil Terry Well-Known Member

    I am in my seventh decade and YOU did not know enough to write and ask the CORRECT question....!!!
    There are single action revolvers and there are those, ALL THE REST, that wish they were SINGLE ACTION SIXGUNS !
    We will give a nodding glance to the Double Action sixguns even though they are a MILLION miles ahead of all the shellshuckin' sumbiscuits that are nothing more than noisy fugly slingshots. YES...I own more than a hundred, ALL noisy trash....from the SIG 210's on down.....
    And so it goes...
  15. Theohazard

    Theohazard Well-Known Member

    I'm 35 (well, I will be in a few days) and I hate being lumped in with folks as young as 26! ;)
  16. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member

    Oh Dear….

    But none of my double-action revolvers ever told me they wanted to be anything else. :eek:

    Never once did I suspect that they wanted to revert to an older, mostly obsolete style six-shooter.

    All this time I thought they were perfectly happy. I sure hope they didn’t post any rants on Facebook. :D
  17. 460Shooter

    460Shooter Well-Known Member

    What are you ranting about? Are you saying single action revolvers should have gotten their own category? I don't even know what you are saying, or rather yelling about.

    There are only so many options allowed in the pole. If you like single actions then just say you prefer revolvers. Don't see what the big deal is.
  18. Hometeached1

    Hometeached1 Well-Known Member

    This forum needs a like button. :D

    That is so funny, but I thought only plastic guns used facebook. :neener:
  19. BullRunBear

    BullRunBear Well-Known Member

    61 years old and prefer revolvers, with a tilt towards single actions because I enjoy C&B so much. I don't like chasing brass and do like the versatility of reloads for revolvers. And these days I'm not inclined to blow off ammo too quickly. ;)

  20. 762 X 54r

    762 X 54r Active Member

    Just turned 18 yesterday and I love my Ruger Blackhawk convertible in .45. I love the versatility of it, being able to shoot some .45 ACP with a round ball all the way up to some fairly hot Ruger only loads without having to worry about cycling the action. Plus I can shoot single action revolvers much better than those new plastic things;). Not having to chase brass is great to.

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