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Why have revolvers become passé ?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Center fire, Aug 4, 2014.

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  1. Center fire

    Center fire Well-Known Member

    Over the past 10 years I have seen a dramatic decline in the use of revolvers as well as there availability at gun shops. Why have revolvers become passé? I myself like revolvers over semi-auto pistols. I find my shooting to be more purposeful when shooting a revolver over a semi-auto. I find with a revolver I want to make ever shot count. I tend to get sloppy with semi-autos and just fire away.
  2. Vodoun da Vinci

    Vodoun da Vinci Well-Known Member

    I bought a Ruger LCR last year and I really like it....got a 2 1/2" tube for my Dan Wesson and I shoot and carry that as well as my polymer framed 9mm's. I think the trend for concealed carry has been compact and subcompact semi autos since all 50 states now have concealed carry.

    But don't kid yerself. There are a lot of revolver shooters out there and will be for some time.

  3. ljnowell

    ljnowell Well-Known Member

    In my opinion they haven't. Sure among many keyboard commandos that claim to carry two fullsize autos and two compacts along with a tactical vest and body armor they have.

    In the real world, amongst many average conceal carriers they are very popular. Just look at the sales numbers of j-frames, LCRs, etc. they are very popular.
  4. Cooldill

    Cooldill Well-Known Member

    When did they?

    Sure semi-automatic handguns have ebbed into great popularity but I think the revolver is here to stay for some time. The subcompact revolvers like the J-frames are all over. I carry one myself as EDC. I enjoy shooting revolvers slightly more than semis at the range, I try to hit the target as best I can no matter if I'm using a Brown Bess or a .22 target pistol! :D!
  5. skoro

    skoro Well-Known Member

    They're just not as fashionable as high capacity tacticool tupperware, which is what's in fashion currently. And those pistols that are in fashion tend to be pretty darn good, to be honest. Still, I like my wheelguns and usually carry a 38 snub.
  6. Ed Ames

    Ed Ames Well-Known Member

    They haven't, in the corners of the market where they offer a technical advantage.

    Semi-auto pistols have a good but not overwhelming presence at the very low power (.22LR) end of the market. They dominate the low power (.25 to .45 ACP) market. They very quickly drop off at intermediate power (.357 and .41 magnum) and they have almost no presence in the high power domain (.44 magnum range). Apart from rifle-receiver (AR and AK "pistols") they have zero presence in the very high power (.454 casull on up) zone.

    Revolvers are commercially available across the entire range (.22LR up to .45/70, .50S&W, 7.62x39, etc). They are downright popular in the areas where semi-autos don't play.

    Maybe you are really seeing the preferences of your peers and not the market as a whole?
  7. BSA1

    BSA1 Well-Known Member


    While revolvers have fallen out of favor with LEO's they are very popular in the civilian markets. Revolvers are the most common choice for women buying a self-defense gun and the big three gunmakers are constantly adding new models.

    With California's new gun laws revolvers will become very more common.
  8. wojownik

    wojownik Well-Known Member

    Revolvers have never been passe, IMHO, but they have been overshadowed by semiautos in the mass market, entertainment media, etc...

    I think this one goes back decades ... higher capacity, ease/speed of reload, perhaps even the attitude that that revolvers were too "old school" in favor of higher tech. Perhaps this was all nudged along in the 1980s by police acceptance of semi automatics in the 80s, and the increasing use of semis over autos in TV/movies (though the trend started years early, think of the movie "Die Hard" - Bruce Willis and his Beretta, Alan Rickman and his oh-so-cool nickel HK P7, and then the overweight uniformed LAPD cop and his revolver...).

    I know I certainly had my own biases in favor of semi autos, for all the above reasons. When looking at my first handgun, I didn't even consider a revolver ...

    It wasn't for some years before I was drawn to revolvers as well, first hands on with a Colt SAA, then some other truly old school Colts (Official Police, M1917).
  9. ivankerley

    ivankerley Well-Known Member

    man if they're passé I wish the prices would come down, least the places I've been locally they're kinda high.
  10. Carl N. Brown

    Carl N. Brown Well-Known Member

    I must have missed the memo that revolvers are passe, since my prefered SD handgun is a .38 revolver.
  11. frankiestoys

    frankiestoys Well-Known Member

    I like both but , but don't own anything in plastic anymore ,revolvers included ...WTS if its a SHTF situation I want a mag that holds as many rounds possible but as a edc its a J Frame for me.
  12. plexreticle

    plexreticle Well-Known Member

    If anything there is a resurgence in the revolver market.
  13. MAKster

    MAKster Well-Known Member

    Clearly a 4" service revolver in 38 spl or 357 is not very popular today. But I think snubby revolvers are still top sellers.
  14. zerobarrier

    zerobarrier Contributing Member

    I started out with only semi's but now have found myself liking revolvers a bit more. I mainly carry a 45acp revolver 4" barrel. I have picked up a 44mag, 38spl, and would love to get a 357mag, and that new S&W model 69 in 44mag. My LGS keeps a pretty good stock of revolvers, 2 cases full and 4 cases of semi's
  15. *Kemosabe*

    *Kemosabe* Well-Known Member

    It costs more to make a revolver than a semi-auto, so the semis generally sell for less.

    The lure of lower pricing is also at play in the semis popularity.
  16. twofifty

    twofifty Well-Known Member

    Through shear ignorance, I once thought revolvers were passé.

    That was until I saw them used in IPSC competition. The revolver guys
    were shooting very well and were having lots of fun. So I gave it a try.
    When I scrape up the money I will get a nice revolver for competition...another
    fun toy to play fast games with.
  17. Bobson

    Bobson Well-Known Member

    For the same reason muskets are passe, just to a much lesser degree.

    For the untrained/unpracticed everyman, a pistol is much faster than a revolver. For instance, the amount of time I've spent with revolvers could be measured in minutes, on one hand. It probably takes me around 12-15 seconds to empty and reload a Ruger LCR. I've spent considerably more time with a pistol, but even when I was new to them, I could empty and reload an M9 in close to 1/3 that time (or about 4-5 seconds, if my estimate is on). I would expect, too, that given equal amounts of practice, most people can more effectively/quickly manipulate a pistol.
  18. Comrade Mike

    Comrade Mike Well-Known Member

    I own two semi autos and four revolvers with no plans to buy any more autos. I must have missed the memo.
  19. SDGlock23

    SDGlock23 Well-Known Member

    I guess revolvers don't really fit the bill as being tactical and modular and all that. But fairly recently I bought a BFR in 454 and just bought (another) Blackhawk .45 Colt convertible, love me some single actions.
  20. BullfrogKen

    BullfrogKen Moderator Emeritus

    I own many handguns.

    Half of them are revolvers.

    Guess I missed the memo, too.
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