For those who carry a revolver ???

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Triggernosis, Oct 17, 2020.

  1. J-Bar

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    My wife and I both carry J-Frame .38s. She knows how to shoot a revolver, but is not experienced running a semi-auto and doesn't want to be. If we are together and something bad goes down, she can use her gun and mine too in a pinch. So, we are carrying each other's New York reload! :thumbup:
     
  2. gonoles_1980

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    Fits in my front pocket easily, don't have to worry about accidently leaving a bullet in the chamber. I carry a speed loader, which probably takes a couple seconds longer than putting in a new magazine. And I just like revolvers, simpler guns which means less to go wrong.
     
  3. bannockburn

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    Old Dog

    Use to take our dog for evening walks in what was already becoming a rather sketchy neighborhood park. A few feral mutts and the usual low life drug dealers were the principle occupants at that time of night. Carried my S&W Model 38 in my right hand coat pocket with the dog's leash in my left hand. Chased off a couple of the four legged park inhabitants with my dog and never had any problems with the two legged visitors but if I had I would have offered them their choice of what was behind Door #1 (the .38 Special in my right hand), or Door #2 (letting go of the dog's leash)!
     
  4. Kleanbore

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    That is not a good reason.

    Maybe, maybe not.

    You should never discuss any of that with arriving officers.
     
  5. buck460XVR

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    Simple to operate, reliable, accurate and effective.

    'Nuff said.
     
  6. Tallball

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    I shoot revolvers better and have more confidence in them.

    I usually carry my LCR in 38 special.
     
  7. Kleanbore

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    When I do carry a revolver, it is almost always because of something that makes it too difficult to rack a slide. I strap on a K6a.

    My EZ 9 is easy to rack, and it is very comfortable to carry all day OWB.

    If I had a Colt King Cobra 3", I'd try it out.
     
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  8. alfsauve

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    It's what I carry around the outside of the house for yard work. I like the extra punch provided by the .357mag for pissed off deer, or for rabid fox, or coyote. It's a small package with relative reliability. For actually going into the woods, when I don't mind a little extra weight, then it's a 5" .44mag.
     
  9. shoebox1.1

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    I have that 3 in KC and it is KING lemme tell ya! Bad mamma jamma.. perfect gun if colt had good QC and CS
     
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  10. NeroM

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    Hunt with an FA83,
    An M10 is my walking around partner.
    For me, they are comfortable to shoot and carry.
     
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  11. EMC45

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    I feel confident in my ability with them. I also feel confident with autos too though. 5 shots or 6 in a wheelgun makes me feel secure. Plenty of back up ammo or a NY reload also.
     
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  12. Rodfac

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    I often, but not always, carry a revolver for its simplicity, its reliability, and its versatility. For travel to town, my choice is often a Smith Model 60 with full lug 3" bbl. My carry load is a 135 gr Gold Dot Plus P in .38 Special...tho the gun is chambered for .357 Magnum. Here on the farm, as a part of my daily life, I routinely carry a Smith M66, M69 and/or a Ruger BH. All are useful, but for town trips it's usually the M60.

    My choice of the .38 Special load breaks down to this: In my experience, the shorter case of the .38 Special makes for surer ejection of empties, if the need for a reload is necessary. Magnum length brass in a snubbie often hang up on the cylinder release...too the slightly longer 3" bbl. helps....its steadying weight out front makes for better control for follow up 2nd, 3rd & 4th shots.

    Revolver Simplicity: Its manual of arms is simplicity itself when compared to that of an auto-loader. Kept clean as all duty/CC guns should be, it's reduced to: draw, pull the trigger. Repeat. As to reduced capacity & since I'm a civilian, I don't run towards the sound of the guns, just as I don't frequent the rough parts of town. I anticipate a limited shooting encounter and at very close quarters and do everything possible to avoid an extended gunfight. I keep my distance, remain alert to my surroundings and act early to avoid any trouble. And I insist that those that accompany me on my sojourns, do the same. We take appropriate measures to avoid trouble before it becomes an issue...no discussion...we leave. We go armed in all legal localities. It's simple when you pay attention.

    Reliability: I demand that all my guns work, to that goal, I keep them clean. I don't ignore maintenance issues. I use good ammunition tailored to the locale I'll be frequenting: Modern JHP's designed for snubbie use when in town or on the road. LSWC's around the farm, loaded to a suitable, usable level. Wadcutters for fun on the range and to practice reloading as they're tougher to get aligned with the cylinder chambers. I carry a speed loader as a matter of habit & use it for nearly every reload on the range. The bulge it makes in my pants pocket does not bother me.

    The gun and I are reliable...we're a team that has over 50 years of familiarity going for it. We continue to practice, almost daily, here on our farm in KY. We've taught others to use their weapon choices and the teaching has made us a better fighter as we've thought out a great many problems/scenarios, while answering questions. In practice, we shoot from standing, laying down on the back, kneeling and while moving. We shoot in rain and snow and while squinting into the setting sun. We've shot in full darkness...having a personal range on the farm is truly a luxury...and builds reliability.

    Versatility:
    A revolver as a choice of weapon, its ammunition, and holsters are at least as good as any auto-loader I can name...and in most cases, better. In particular, most any ammunition choice need not affect reliability. From target wadcutters to full house magnums, the gun works when you press the trigger. Holster choice is another plus. IWB, OWB, Pocket, Shoulder rigs are available choices...and BTW, a revolver will fire from inside a pocket & more the once if necessary...not so with an auto-loader.

    Sights: I always choose adj. sights to take advantage of different loads for different purposes. I've never had a problem with unwanted sight movement, nor with hang ups when completing the draw/presentation movement. It's a matter of training, & of using a sensible holster, with suitable and frequent practice.

    In fairness, I don't use nor recommend IWB or AIWB carry positions. Practice is the key to successful CC. Both IWB and AWIB holsters allow the gun to cover portions of my anatomy. The repetition of drawing and re-holstering thousands of times in practice, opens me to a mistake that could very well be fatal. I just can't justify it for the milli-second it gains during presentation, nor for much touted better concealment. I dress around the gun and routinely use an OWB holster which is far less limiting than some would have us believe. I understand that many shooters like these positions, but I do question how safe they are during practice, on a public range, or in a scuffle on the street. YMMv and I respect that, but be attuned to the potential for negligent discharges due to equipment choices.

    HTH's & YMMv, Rod
     
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  13. Triggernosis

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    Thanks for all of the responses thus far. They have been very thoughtful and enlightening.
     
  14. jar

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    I enjoy shooting a revolver more than any of the semi-automatics and I have equal or greater confidence in both the tool and my proficiency with the tool.
     
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  15. farm23

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    I have both and practice with both. I hunt with a revolver and carry one 90% of the time. When I do church security I carry 45 Auto and practice with it but in the end I like revolvers better.
     
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  16. Dave T

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    I've carried and shot extensively (practice and competition) semi autos for 40+ years. Mostly 1911s but 45 ACP Glocks as well. Arthritis in both hands and shoulders is making it difficult to impossible to perform the complete manual of arms (check/verify status, clear, load, etc) with semi autos. I can do all of those things with ease with a revolver. My current carry gun is a S&W 386 Night Guard, a 7 shot 357 Magnum.

    As I get older I find myself reverting to my start in shooting, which was with single action revolvers. Copies of the Colt SAA in 45 are my favorite handguns to shoot these days. Particularly 45 Colts loaded with black powder. I would not hesitate to defend myself or someone else with a SA 45 Colt but it isn't my first choice for carry. Just my first choice for fun!

    Dave
     
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  17. UncleEd

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    Dave T,

    NIce thing about a .45 Colt with black powder should
    you have to defend yourself is first, a very reliable
    man stopper; two, if close you'll also probably set
    him on fire; three, the smoke will probably prevent
    him from seeing you. :rofl:
     
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  18. Boattale

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    Revolvers are so much cooler than those soulless black semi-autos. Am I right or what?
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  19. film495

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    simplicity, but for the most part lately I bring along a semi with 15 round capacity, so - in simpler times I just carry whatever makes me smile on any given day.
     
  20. .38 Special

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    I competed with revolvers almost exclusively. I have fired hundreds of thousands of rounds through them, mostly fast double action. Almost all of my practice and competition draws have been with a revolver. Same with speedloading. In other words, I have decades of training with a revolver, and almost none with an auto. On paper an autoloader has some advantages, but in my hands, it does not. I could change that with intensive practice, I suppose, but I am not persuaded that the paper advantages would be worth the effort.
     
  21. Buckeye63

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    Awaiting neck surgery... numbness in fingers , wrists , forearms ... weakness in grip ...last couple of years I have started carrying revolvers again ... and I have had fun at the range with revolvers.....
    I still have my semi-autos.. but I may never go back to them
     
  22. somethingbenign

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    When I first started getting into guns and carrying handguns I was working on a new construction site. Between the location and no real barriers to entry that site got broken into and robbed 17 in six months. I was rutinely the first guy on site and while I wouldn't try and vigilanty justice I certainly didn't want to get between the thief and what I assumed was the means to his next high. I started carrying at work and realized quickly that my semiauto would like to jam up more at the range. After a bit of maintenance on the gun I found the culprit, the magazines. We did a bunch of concrete cutting on that job and the concrete dust mixed with my sweat/humidity made for a gummy paste that coated the inside of the magazines. It was easy to clean out but I lost confidence in my semis when on job sites because of it. Sure I could clean my mags more often but I would have to do that weekly to rebuild the confidence and I'm not that consistent in my upkeep. I switched to a revolver for that job and put a ton of training and round into being good with it. Now I'm just as good with both styles and quite frankly the revolver carries better if I'm doing anything more athletic than walking so it gets carried more. I'll probably switch to the semis again as I want to start doing 3 gun once ammo becomes cheap and available again but that is a later date.
     
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  23. NeroM

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    Agree with Boattale, a revolver has more soul than semi-auto.
    More versatile with respect to loadings.
    Easier to collect the empties for reloading,
    With price and availability of factory loads,
    Ability to reload is more important than ever.
     
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  24. Triggernosis

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    Only a couple of people have even hinted at the limitations in capacity of a revolver.
    I'll bet extra capacity is the major factor for folks who choose to carry a semi-auto.
    Thoughts on that?
     
  25. Stophel

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    and there it is...
     
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