Double vs single action

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by SSBN617b, Nov 18, 2021.

  1. SSBN617b

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    I am looking to get back into pistol shooting after many moons away.
    My thought is that due to the price of ammo I should consider a twin pistol in 22 to practice with. So my dilemma is between that Ruger GP 100 357 & 22 or the Ruger Blackhawk 357 & Super Single Six.
    Any and all help is appreciated.
    Ps , holsters are needed
    Mitch
     
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  2. Armored farmer

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    The single six is a stand alone, stand out....Best pick imho.
    Blackhawk/ single-six for the win!
    ......exxxxxxxcept......
    If I were starting over, I would do single-six/Blackhawk. 45colt.
     
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  3. CoalCrackerAl

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    I have both S/A and D/A revolvers. I shoot in S/A. My 1st revolver was my Ruger SBH. Old habits die hard sometimes.
     
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  4. Seedy Character

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    Can't go wrong either way

    But, single actions are just plain FUN
     
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  5. SSBN617b

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    I do own a Uberti / Colt Walker and a Pietta Army so I am familiar with the beauties of single actions. The 357 would be be my woods walking/camping Gun.
     
  6. UncleEd

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    DA guns allow for more varied
    types of shooting and games
    down the road.

    Maybe split the difference, a
    GP100 and a Single Six.
     
  7. chicharrones

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    Another vote for the GP100 (.357) and the Single Six (.22LR/.22WMR).

    I have one of each myself.

    (Normally I’d insert some insightful reasons to pick a DA/SA .357 and a SA .22 made by Ruger, but I’m just dog tired from work this week.)

    :evil:
     
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  8. 4v50 Gary

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    DA for me. More fun to shoot DA revolver than SA revolver.
     
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    I don’t think you can wrong either way. Some days I like my single actions, some days I like my double actions.

    A few years ago I bought a Smith & Wesson model 19. I then decided to get a matching model 17. My model 19 is a dash 4 with target hammer and wide trigger. The 17 is a dash 3 with a standard trigger and hammer. I love shooting both but rarely ever shoot them together and I don’t shoot the 17 to practice cheaper than the 19. That was the original plan, but it just never worked for me.
    Oh, I didn’t waste my money on either. I shoot them both often.
    If I want to practice with my 19 I shoot my 19. I never consider using the 17 for that. The 17 stands on its own as a fun gun.

    I like @UncleEd and @chicharrones idea. Get a GP100 and a single six and have fun with them.
     
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  10. Lnf Crzr

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    A man can do a lot with a 357 and a 22 - worked with a guy who said the 357 j frame 3” and 22lr j frame 3” would do all he ever needed.
    Yet he was a cowboy action fella and really Loved his six with 22mag cylinder.

    I’m a double action fan- Yet I don’t think you can go wrong. I enjoy my pre lock 686 and 617, both 4”
     
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  11. Tallball

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    Win/Win

    I almost bought a GP100 in 22lr. It had a nice trigger. I came back the next day to trade for it, and it was gone. If the GP100 sights are considerably larger than Single Six sights (which I suspect they are), it will be easier to shoot. At least that's the case with my aging eyes and my K22 vs. Single Six.

    My FiL has a very nice GP100 in 357 magnum. He shoots it better than any of his auto pistols.

    My 357 Blackhawk is a lot of fun and very accurate. SA revolvers point more naturally for me and I generally like their triggers a lot. The 9mm cylinder is a nice bonus.

    A Single Six was my first firearm. This is its replacement, a "rescue gun" that had been neglected/abused. It's accurate and fun to shoot.

    I would take any two of the above and be happy with them.

    For target shooting, either 22 would be fine. However, for anything involving walking and carrying stuff, I would lean towards the Single Six. GP100's are heavy revolvers. The Single Six is smaller than the Blackhawk, and the Single Six also has an aluminum frame. It's a light, handy revolver. Lugging a GP100 around just to plink with seems like a lot of effort.

    Further note: It's pointless to ask how durable any of those four revolvers are, unless the OP is relatively young. If I'd been given those four at age 21 and shot them exclusively, I doubt I'd have worn any of them out by now (35 years later). Ruger makes some very sturdy revolvers. I prefer to buy them used for that reason.

    Win/Win :)


     
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  12. Targa

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    When it comes to .22’s I like DA revolvers. I love SA revolvers but I find that unloading and reloading .22’s through a gate becomes a tedious operation quickly.
     
  13. trackskippy

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    Id go with the DA. SA are fun, but youll learn more shooting the DA, DAO, and the benefits are across everything you shoot.
     
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  14. chicharrones

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    The sights on my early 90s GP100 and my 2000s Single Six look virtually the same when sighting the gun. Both with adjustable sights, of course.
     
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    My thoughts for today are to go with GP100’s and put the single actions on the wish list. Seems like finding a used Single Six is not as difficult as finding a GP Anywhere. One thing about the Blackhawk is the possibility of getting a 9mm. cylinder.
     
  16. Seedy Character

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    I have a .357 BH. Excellent shooter built like a tank. Wish I had bought the convertible, to get the 9mm cylinder. Even though, I don't own a 9mm and never have.

    Since buying mine, I have shot with 4, who have the convertible. They all say, the 9mm is fun to plink with, but accuracy is not great.

    The .357 shoots a .358 bullet and 9mm is .355.
    Not conducive to great accuracy

    I would still like to have one, though.
     
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  17. bannockburn

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    I would go all in with Ruger single actions and opt for the Blackhawk and the Single Six.
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    I don' t want to spend my shooting day, loading & unloading a single action. Or a T/C Contender single shot type. DA or Autos, ty.
     
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    It would be single action for both for me. I just like single action revolvers. I own a couple of DA/SA revolvers and neither get shot very much.
     
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    HERETIC!
     
  21. trackskippy

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    LOL. Both are fun to shoot. One is just usually more funner. :)
     
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    bannockburn,

    Those Rugers have the proper number of screws in the frame. Excellent!

    Dave
     
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    14 years ago when I lived in the Suburbs and paid by the hour to shoot on an indoor range, I would've completely agreed with you. I would've gone further and said 22LR pistols aren't worth shooting on an indoor range. Too much work for so little a pop.

    Now being able to shoot whenever I want in my backyard / field - I have all the time in the world to shoot a single action. Loading 22LR magazines annoys me. I have both and would rather shoot my Colt SA or S&W DA 22LR revolver over loading 22LR into a magazine.
     
  24. Charlie Martinez

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    I like SA and DA's equally for target shooting but I tend to shoot a little fast. SA guns slow me down a bit and make the shooting experience more fun.
     
  25. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    Multiple examples in multiple calibers of each and rifles in those calibers, as well.
     
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