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why do i like revolvers more than autos? why do you?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by jason41987, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. jason41987

    jason41987 member

    i have an attraction towards revolvers and honestly, i cant understand why... so in an attempt id like to know why you prefer them over autos?

    ive been thinking and yeah, they are reliable, but so is a good modern semi automatic... they hold less, weigh more, but yet, i still like them for some reason... any ideas?
  2. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    If you reload, keeping brass is much easier.........
  3. SaxonPig

    SaxonPig Well-Known Member

    They have a sense of the traditional about them that appeals to old fashioned shooters.

    Aesthetically, they are round and flowing rather than square and blocky as are many autos.

    They can shoot any bullet shape or type out of the box.

    Simple and elegant.

    I love my self-loading pistols but I have more revolvers. The autos are more practical in many cases, but the wheelguns have more panache.









    OK, sometimes practical meets panache in the hallway:

  4. Nathanael_Greene

    Nathanael_Greene Well-Known Member

    I dunno why some people favor revolvers, but whatever the disease is, I have it myself.
  5. henry-ctc

    henry-ctc Well-Known Member

    Me too
  6. RaceM

    RaceM Well-Known Member

    Style points. The new autos all look similar and usually have a lot of bells & whistles I don't need like de-cockers. No worries about failures to feed or extract, or magazines to bang up or lose. I'm just a traditionalist and like 6 or more beans in a wheel.
  7. wanderinwalker

    wanderinwalker Well-Known Member

    Honestly, I have no idea why I prefer revolvers over semi-autos. No matter how much more "practical" my 9mm Glocks may be (more rounds, lighter weight, blah blah blah) I'm just drawn to a hefty steel-framed 6-shooter. And I shoot a DA wheelgun better too, even with the extra blast and flash of a Magnum round.

    My current favorites:




    I'm debating adding a little 5-shot .38 to the group for a CCW and hiking gun. (With a backpack hip belt I can't conveniently carry one of the others on my belt. My Baby Glock currently gets woods duty as it just barely fits in a front pants pocket.)
  8. Wishoot

    Wishoot Well-Known Member

    Based on a recent range experience between my LC9 and LCR, I can get off 5 quick, accurate shots with the LCR. I can get off 8 shots with the LC9, but they're all over the place.
  9. Cocked & Locked

    Cocked & Locked Well-Known Member

    They just feel right to me plus I like the way they function...and shoot. Also no magazines to fiddle with and no empty brass to chase.

    Plus my age probably has something to do with it. :scrutiny:

    1917 S&W US Property .45 acp

    1917 Colt US Property .45 acp

    I like them big

    and I like them small
  10. gspn

    gspn Well-Known Member

    Everyone likes something different. Why do I like revolvers? I like their looks, I like the way they function, I like their role in history, I like the ease of keeping my brass.

    Why do I like semi-autos? I like the way they look, I like the way they function, I like their place in history...although I don't like the way they fling brass everywhere.
  11. BYJO4

    BYJO4 Well-Known Member

    I like both and rotate between them each time I go to the range. As a reloader, the revolver is a plus by not having to chase down my brass and a revolver will shoot any style bullet (accuracy not considered).
  12. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    practical reasons include but are not limited to

    ease of brass recovery
    no spreading brass around that can confuse investigators if it is needed
    barrel is attached to the sights
    a dud is handled with the pull of a trigger
    no active safeties
    the push one button renders the weapon safe
    dutch load capability

    emotional reasons

    (in the case of older revolvers) amazing craftsmanship
  13. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    I like shooting both about equally, but revolvers are easier to clean up after.
  14. jason41987

    jason41987 member

    see.. the few automatics i actually like are the simpler ones... the 1911, ruger MKII, the makarov... but i guess all revolvers, even the newest ones still offer that same level of simplicity...

    also, i have to agree on the decockers on automatics... shooting revolvers i have a lot more trust in pulling a trigger and easing a hammer down than i do in trusting a mechanical, and therefor breakable/failable device to do it for me

    and it is pretty nice to not have to chase brass you intend to reload, and have more options in bullets, like soft lead

    i guess another reason would be is i like the simplicity of rimmed cartridges and theres really no reliable way to load a rimmed cartridge into a boxed magazine, tube mags and cylinders work the best

    but.. i would say the old fashioned aspect has a lot to do with it... even the double action revolver concept is over 150 years old and in many cases the revolver still works better, and i always love it when "outdated" technology tops "progress"
  15. snooperman

    snooperman Well-Known Member

    For me it is the rich history that spans many decades and the fact that they are simple , reliable, powerful and beautiful. It is hunting season now where I live in the deep south, and it is a joy to take game with them as well.
  16. skidder

    skidder Well-Known Member

    I like them for reloading, grip options, simplicity, and they just look cool.:cool:
  17. urbaneruralite

    urbaneruralite Well-Known Member

    Reliability, power, no hot brass landing on my skin... You can get a revolver in .44 mag and use 300 grain XTPs. Pistols don't do that and cannot equal it. Stepping down you can get a revolver that does everything else, too. If you're an outdoorsman and want to stick with one type of handgun, revolvers are the only way to go.
  18. 1 old 0311-1

    1 old 0311-1 member

    Wheelies are just plain beautiful.:):)

  19. BigN

    BigN Well-Known Member

    I've always been afraid of an auto going off while in a holster, or in my pants.
  20. jhvaughan2

    jhvaughan2 Well-Known Member

    To me there is a certain calmness to the Zen of a revolver.

    A revolver is a sleeping dragon, waiting for you to awaken it. It responses at first with a stretch, and then, flame.
    A Semi-auto is a cobra. Coiled and ready to strike. It responds by striking, and then, preparing itself to strike again.

    A revolver sits in remembrance of the last time you fired it.
    A Semi-auto sits in anticipation of the next time.

    (A couple of my favorites; At least one goes to the range every time I do.
    1954 38/44 Outdoorsman & 1954 .38 Masterpiece)

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