5 or 6?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Skribs, Jan 13, 2013.

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How many rounds does your most commonly carried revolver hold?

Poll closed Feb 12, 2013.
  1. 5

    126 vote(s)
    56.5%
  2. 6

    92 vote(s)
    41.3%
  3. 7+

    5 vote(s)
    2.2%
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  1. Skribs

    Skribs Member

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    I've seen it in enough movies where they are counting how many shots someone shoots with a revolver, and it's always "5, he has one left" or something similar. This of course ignores what I think is most commonly carried in revolver format (and would be preferred by a criminal in the situation they are using it), the J-frame or similar small-frame revolver, and also ignores 7- and 8-shot revolvers (more in .22).

    So I'm curious, when you carry a revolver, is it a 5-shot or a 6-shot revolver? Or obviously 7+. If you have multiple revolvers you rotate between, pick the one you carry most often.
     
  2. jensb

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    S&w 60. 5 to go.
     
  3. rcmodel

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    If you could find me one person who has been in a real gun fight, or even shot at once or twice?
    Who can guess how many rounds were fired, by them, or someone else shooting at them?

    Well, that sir, would be a simply amazing display of freakishly inhuman brain power under extreme stress in my estimation!

    I can assure you that Nobody in a gunfight, (except in the movies & TV), counts rounds from either gun while someone else is shooting at them and they are shooting back, period.

    rc
     
  4. Skribs

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    I most certainly disagree with that statement, rcmodel. I have it on good authority that several characters in books as well do the same thing!

    Like I said, I see it in movies a lot, but I'm pretty sure its wrong. I just wanted to take a poll to see how right I am ;)
     
  5. CajunBass

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    I assure you that if, in the unlikely event I ever "draw fire", counting shots will be so far down on my list of things to do that it will be behind last place.

    I carry a Smith & Wesson 12-2. Six shots. I've never been able to generate any interest in a "J frame" sized gun.
     
  6. righteoushoot

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    Lately it's been either a Taurus 450 or 415. Both 5 rounds, with 2 more speeds. I like the idea of a big bore in a concealable format. That recent story in the news about that mother who shot that P.O.S. home invader 5 or 6 times (I think it was 5 hits) with a .38 gives me reason to question lesser calibers.

    I know, it's about what you can handle, and that was probably her limit, but I choose something a little more spicy. Chances are that close up the "gentleman" won't be counting, for long.
     
  7. Fiv3r

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    Well I carry a Model 36 or .38 LCR, so 5 shots it is. I carry six extra rounds on my belt.
    For a strole down the street or a trip to the store, I feel more than fine with that. At my place of business or heading downtown, I like at least 10 rounds of 9mm.
     
  8. colorado_handgunner

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    S&W 642, so 5 rounds, with 2 speed strips.

    "Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence"
    George Washington

    "A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have,"
    Gerald Ford
     
  9. dawei

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    I carry two Taurus® Mdl 85SS2UL 5 shot 38 Special revolvers daily; with two speed loaders, and two Bianchi® speed strips.
     
  10. R.W.Dale

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    Seven

    S&w 386xl

    My five shot snubbys have been replaced by a 11 shot p32




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  11. 19-3Ben

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    Taurus 85.

    5 rounds of 130gr. Winchester PDX1.
     
  12. Skribs

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    I know its a fairly small sample so far, but I'm surprised the 6's are as high as they are compared to 5's. The 5's are still winning, though.
     
  13. buck460XVR

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    5-shot J-Frame. Odds are tho, most criminals are like movie goers and assume all revolvers hold six.;)
     
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    Buck, it's usually a criminal with the revolver and a team-1 SWAT officer or a top-notch spy counting the shots.
     
  15. targetshooter22

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    6 for all of them. Just seems like the right number to me.
     
  16. Coal Dragger

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    The only revolver I own is a 5 shooter. So by default for me the answer is 5 rounds. Even though some would disagree with loading Freedom Arms M83 with a full cylinder, since the safety notch can be defeated if the hammer is pulled back slightly. I use a holster with a good safety strap over the hammer so I'm not as worried about it.
     
  17. strange246

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    Taurus 617 loaded with 7 rounds of .38+p 129gr Hydra-shoks...
     
  18. Jaymo

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    Normally 5. I can't afford a Colt D frame, in any kind of usable condition.
    Plus, contrary to the movie Manhunter, Charter doesn't make a 6 shot Bulldog .44.
     
  19. RetiredUSNChief

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    5 or 6?

    Heck, if I COULD, I'd carry the Italian made Pistola Con Caricato and REALLY mess with some minds out there counting my shots!

    (18 rounds, by the way. There've been some really cool, though impractical, revolver designs throughout history.)

    Figure the odds of getting my hands on one, though...or the ammunition made for it.

    :evil::evil:

    http://www.vincelewis.net/18shot.html

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  20. lowercase

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    Nope, but they do make a 6-shot .38 revolver on the Bulldog frame with a 2.2" barrel. It's called the Police Undercover and is roughly the size of a Colt D-Frame. I'm going to eventually add one to my collection.
     
  21. 2wheels

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    People I know that aren't "gun" people are often shocked that my J-frame only holds 5 rounds, "Aren't revolvers s'posed to hold 6?".

    So if you're watching a movie where someone has a small framed revolver and someone shouts "he's fired 5 so far, he's only got one left!"... Chances are he's either got himself something like a Colt D frame or more likely they're pandering to the uneducated public who assumes all revolvers are six-shooters.

    Afterall, it's just a movie :)
     
  22. skidder

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    I voted 6, but I do carry an SP101 on occasion. Most of my carry is in the woods so it's my Redhawk and Security Six that get to go for a ride.
     
  23. U-235

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    S&W 642, Five rounds
     
  24. Walkalong

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    5 & 6 rounders, no 7 rounders.
     
  25. MedWheeler

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    I don't normally carry a revolver, but sometimes reach for one when nostalgia bites. Most of the time, it's my late father's former service weapon, a Ruger Police Service Six which, of course, holds six rounds.
    But, we both carried as off-duty/backup guns Charter Arms Undercover revolvers in .38 Special. Sometimes I carry one of them, either his (1966) or mine (1987.) Each holds five rounds.

    I don't own any revolvers that hold more than six rounds; even my Heritige Rough Rider is at that capacity as well.
     
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