Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by TheGent, Jan 29, 2011.
As for reloading...feh. I figger that if I'm alive long enough to fire six rounds, I'll have all the time in the world to reload.
Mine is a stainless Vaquero Birdshead .45C in Mernickle leather. As for reloading "slow is smooth and smooth is fast." Or like the person said above..."carry another gun..."
for my Vaquero 4 3/4". I have a right shoulder problem and prefer cross-draw carry. I am hoping I will get this holster for Valentine's Day...
I used to occasionally carry one in an IWB holster meant for
something else that I cut down to let the front sight come free easily...I carried 4 and whatever barreled versions, one in .357 magnum and later Ruger old Vaquero in .45 ACP.
If you are very familiar with a SA revolver and can really shoot if accurately, go for it.
Only 5 fast shots, but if you do it well, you won't need more unless you are in a war.
I would not count him out in any armed encounter he was faced with while he is carrying a SA handgun.
The point being competence and skill become the deciding factor. If you have trained. I am not talking aobut plinking at beer bottles every so often. I am talking aobut serious handgun training which involves lots and lots of reloading drills. (BTW-this is the same advice I give to anybody regardless of the kind of firearm they want to use.)
If one undertakes the work seriously, he become serious. Then the tool becomes inconsequential.
But for God's sake, purchase a good piece of leather from a reputable holster maker. Wearing crap makes you a BIG target for the BAD GUYS looking for a free gun. And they won't come one at a time. They will box you in and get your weapon regardless of your competence level.
Please guys, I hope that you realize while carrying a concealed handgun the handgun has to be absolutely concealed. NO printing, no tells or bunny rubs.
All this will do is telegraph what you are and what you have.
OK I am done preaching.
it seems like the decision really boils down to how at risk you feel you are. law enforcement and military in the line of fire don't pick a SA revolver (i'm sure someone will find an exception), and even the iconic General Patton who carried revolvers more for show than for combat, hedged his bets with the DA S&W.
don't get me wrong--i really like the idea of carrying around a hogleg and i'm sure most of us would never be UNDER-gunned w/ a SA sixgun. however, i know that i would be "better-gunned" with something else, and that makes the decision a very easy one for me.
You really put that little importance on familiarity with a specific platform? I'm sure I could dribble more bullets out the barrel with a Glock but that does not indicate proficiency. IMHO, skill with your particular weapon is FAR more important than the weapon's type.
well, we could conduct an experiment: go to an SASS even an have all competetors shoot the pistol stages with both their stock gun and then again with a semi-auto. my bet (and yes, i am only speculating) is that the time averages for the semi-autos--even in the hands of these very proficient single action shooters--will be better.
I wholeheartedly disagree. Proficiency is the key and you are completely disregarding it in favor of platform. By your logic, proficiency with one handgun is proficiency with all and it just doesn't work that way. That's why we train with one specific firearm or at least one particular platform, to build skill with that platform. I'm a perfect example of this. For years, I was limited to public ranges and could only go every so often. So when I went, I took several guns and shot them all a little. For the most part, I was mostly just making noise. I found that by focusing on one gun or platform at a time but shooting it several times a week and with deliberation, my skill with that platform increased exponentially. By your logic I could spend a year shooting strictly 1911's and then pick up a Glock and shoot and manipulate it just as well. It's simply not true.
Not to even mention that the single action revolver is unlike any other. It has its own feel and its own set of challenges to operate with any speed and/or proficiency. It is folly to believe that proficiency with the single action will directly translate to anything else, let alone an automatic.
But only for the first five (maybe six) shots. After that....
Perhaps that's why only one of them carried a thumb-buster as a regular CCW choice. Now for other less dangerous purposes... well that's different.
Take the Texas Rangers for example. As late as the tail-end 1950's a few still carried Colt Single Actions - mostly for show, but 1911 Government Model pistols and .38/44 S&W Heavy Duty revolvers were more common by then, ocasionally carried in pairs. Today the Old Colt's are just for show. This after all is the 21st Century.
Despite this, as I posted, I have, at times and places, opted to carry a single action revolver instead of my usual semiauto.
that's a fair summary. if a person is indeed a wizard w/ a SA then they'd be a fool to rely on anything else.
That pretty much goes without saying. My point is that there are those of us who have no desire to do as much shooting with what some would deem a more appropriate self defense weapon as we do our single actions. One very good reason is that the single action revolver can do it all. From plinking to long range shooting, woods bummin', hunting, self defense, etc. A Glock is a self defense weapon and nothing more. It's not a target pistol, it does not lend itself well to accurate shooting at longer ranges, it is not a hunting weapon and is no good for defense against anything bigger or meaner than a coyote or gangsta. So the question is, would I rather use something I am intimately familiar with or something that I am vaguely familiar with? Or practice with something that is nothing but a soulless tool? I think I know the answer. I'd rather tote a whoopin' than spend the amount of time I spend with single actions, with polymer autos.
However, they is not what ExMachina is saying. Or at least that is not what I gleaned from his posts. He is proposing that handing a veteran single action shooter an unfamiliar semi-automatic will result in better scores. He is dead wrong. Unless we're talking about slingshots, you are ALWAYS better off with a weapon you are intimately familiar with and can shoot, manipulate and reload without thinking.
Once in awhile I carry this Forkin .44 with the 3 5/8" barrel on my right hip. It conceals nicely under a winter coat. But mostly I carry J-Frames or a Walther PPS.
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