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Is 6 Shots Really Enough?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by LouisianaGunner12, Mar 2, 2013.

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  1. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    For decades, most six-shot "shooters" carried two reloads and called it a day. That's eighteen rounds total.
    Are you saying "six-shot" or "six shots". If I only had six shots of X, I'd sure choose a smooth K or L frame six shot. and even then
  2. LouisianaGunner12

    LouisianaGunner12 Well-Known Member

    Yes. I'm starting to think that 6 shots of .357 is plenty for the vast majority of likely (and unlikely) scenarios...

    ...and in the few unlikely scenarios where 6 shots aren't enough, the little Glock 26 backup in my ankle holster should be plenty. If I don't have enough time to draw my Glock 26 backup after my revolver's empty, I was probably screwed anyway.
  3. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    I think it's been said, though I have no references but memory.. if you're able to trade your life with another on the battlefield (and how I read battlefield is you are essentially both prepared to trade), you've done good/average.
  4. I'm not trading my life with a hostile adversary in an armed encounter. My life is worth more than his because I am a good guy.
  5. ApacheCoTodd

    ApacheCoTodd Well-Known Member

    I dunno - where I come from we call that a losing draw.

    Sounds wonderfully romantic in a Hemingway-esque sorta way but on a battlefield it's a wash and in a criminal environment it's even worse.
  6. Black Knight

    Black Knight Well-Known Member

    What I like about a six shot revolver is that it makes you concentrate on making your shots counts. You can't afford to waste even one round. With a semi-auto with 15 rounds some feel they have enough ammo that the amount is all they need. Quantity does not always equal quality.
  7. BRE346

    BRE346 Well-Known Member

    I thought 25 rounds would be enough until I got a compact with bigger mags.
    Yes, a revolver had better be enough to get you out of range or barricaded.
    It's those gangstas that worry me.
  8. Bill4282

    Bill4282 Well-Known Member

    Hear of a New York reload? If 12 good enough for NYPD, good for me. If the bad guy is a good shot, you'll probably not even need a backup.
  9. Warp

    Warp Well-Known Member

    Don't NYPD carry Glocks with well over 12 rounds, and at least two spare mags for WAY more than 12 rounds total?
  10. AFDavis11

    AFDavis11 Well-Known Member

    You will fight with whatever you bring to the table. Although you might worry about capacity now, you'll only replace it with worry about reliability, later.

    Try to focus more on your willingness to fight.

    Carry any gun you want. Fight with the gun, a reload, a knife, your fists, your teeth.

    If you really want something important to think about, focus on the speed you'll probably need to draw and fire the first two rounds in.

    I think worrying about the sixth round might be overly optimistic, based on the speed of the average gun fight.
  11. JRH6856

    JRH6856 Well-Known Member

    3 shots in 3 seconds at 3 feet.
  12. David E

    David E Well-Known Member

  13. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    I hear you and they'll all say/think that but the truth is true. You're either going to trade or not, hence historical numbers. You almost don't have a choice if you go on the field.
  14. asia331

    asia331 Well-Known Member

    Someone once said words to the effect that if you need more than 6-7 rounds you don't need more ammo...you need more friends
  15. KC&97TA

    KC&97TA Well-Known Member

    This is like the 9mm vs 40 vs 45 vs...

    I feel adequate with 6 in a Colt D or S&W 10, snub noses are my choice the majority of days. No reload, just 6 rounds of 158gr +P.

    I admit, I vary my carry with sub compact high capacity tuperware and various 1911's... more so on Sat / Sun than durring the week.
  16. If you have already decided you are going to come up even in a gunfight, it's better that you decline to participate. Stay home. To allow any thoughts other than victory is to sabotage your own mindset. Don't do it.
  17. smle41

    smle41 Active Member

    What Asia331 said has much truth in it.. individuals are much more easily picked off than pairs or groups.
  18. ZVP

    ZVP Well-Known Member

    A handgun is for defense, if 4 are not enough then hope that your records are in order!
    Seriously, the odds of multiple attackers are low and you had be well practiced enough to make all 5 count!Most people don't carry a gun so you are already ahead in the fight.
    I trust my little Chief's Special.
  19. Bill4282

    Bill4282 Well-Known Member

    A New York reload was two .38s, one in each back pocket.
  20. Tcruse

    Tcruse Well-Known Member

    Probably good advice. For the government to tell me that 6,7,10 or 15 is enough is an absolute NO. The choice should of what I depend on is mine and a "right" under the constitution, so it is not dependent on what someone else thinks is good for me.
    The how many is enough many times comes down to "revolver" or "semi-automatic". I know that a revolver can be as accurate and as powerfull (maybe more so) than an automatice, however I have observed that the people that go to my range with revolvers (a minority of shooters) do not seem to hit as well. One of the things that my CCW instructor said in gun and ammo selection was to see what the local police carried and use that as a starting point. Mainly so that you had a good answer as to why you carried that "evil black Glock" with hollow point ammo. I see almost no LEO using revolvers these days, that should tell us something about what works best. If you look at the math, probably an empty gun is enough most of the time.
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