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I notice now most of us older guys (50+)

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by gmh1013, May 21, 2009.

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  1. MCMXI
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    Something weird is going on with this thread ... see post below if you could give a crap about my cyberspace issues!!

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    I bought my first revolver when I was 28 (back in '92) ... a stainless 4" Colt Python ... and I still have it. I now have a 629, a Redhawk in .45 Colt and a pair of USFA Rodeos also in .45 Colt. I have a SIG 220 and 225 but the only other semi-auto I plan on buying is a 1911 once I can figure out which one to get ... talk about an overwhelming selection. As for revolvers, I plan on many, many more including a Blackhawk (without the lock), a Super Redhawk Alaskan, a S&W Mountain Gun as well as an 1858 and 1875 Remington from USFA when they finally get around to making them.

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    1858, it's past your bed time :neener:, did you forget about the [almost identical] post above?
     
  4. benzy2

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    There are a lot of classic semi autos out there as well. Hard to argue against a 1911 or hi power. Thank god we can have more than one firearm and can own as many as the bank allows. I wouldn't want to say goodbye to wheel guns but I also wouldn't want to say goodbye to autos. I'm 24 and think a few of each is the best route to go.
     
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    It's not THAT late ... :neener:

    I made the first post, hit the "Submit Reply" button and the damn thing vanished into cyberspace!! I thought I'd screwed something up so wrote the whole thing out again (with fewer embellishments), hit the "Submit Reply" button and that one followed the first one!! :banghead: Oh well ... that's what the "Edit" button is for.

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    I like the previous comment "revolvers just drive me crazy" :) because that is the stage I am in right now. I probably own as many semi-auto handguns as revolvers but I sort of lost count. :rolleyes: I find semi-autos interesting and I like them quite a bit, but I know that all of my revolvers will still be functional firearms more than 100 years from now based upon how sturdily built that they are by S&W and Ruger.

    Here is one interesting observation that I have made here at THR. I have observed that this Revolver discussion board is exceptionally polite among the folks who post here. And after looking at the Semi-Auto discussion board a few times I got turned-off by rude or immature postings so I just refuse to read it any longer. This Revolver discussion makes me feel at home with friends. And I'm almost 50 years old if that matters.
     
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    Slow tonight, I did the same earlier...in this thread no less. Hit refresh...not there...again...not there...back and re-entered the thread...not there...re-typed and submitted...there x2. First time I have done that.

    I feel the same about that, and the shotgun forum as well. That is why I normally stick to rifle country...that and rifles is what I like the most, and know the most about.
     
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    ive got both if i likem they stay if not buy buy .
     
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    Revolvers crowd seems more friendly
    to me also....3 days ago I was booted off the SIG forum when one of the moderators insulted me so I fired back....3 mins later my account was deleted.
    I still like my SIG pro and other auto's but revolver folks are just better.
     
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    Plinker Craig, welcome to THR.

    ... nothing to feel :p about though ... it's all good. :)

    What are the odds that those of us that prefer revolvers also prefer bolt/lever action rifles to semi-autos? I know I do!! I absolutely see the merits of both and will always own/use both, but I find bolt/lever action rifles and revolvers more aesthetically pleasing.

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    Well, at 61 almost fall into geezer status. I own, and have owned revolvers from .22's to .44 mags and enjoy shooting all of them. That said, my carry guns are all auto's, Glock .45, Glock 9mm, Kahr .45 and Kahr 9mm. Thousands of rounds through them all without any failures, except for the Kahr P45, too new to have many rounds through it.

    If I was going hunting, I most likely would take my Ruger 357 Maximum though.
     
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    I am 32, and have two handguns, a semiauto .40 which is a fun gun and has earned its spot in the nightstand, and a brand new 44 mag Taurus which is to be my new deer hunting gun. I love both but if I had to get rid of one of them the 40 would be gine long before I would part with that big old revolver :D
     
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    Dear Fellow Revolver-ers,

    I LOVE it when I put six holes in the center, while the newbie Glock shooters spray. But, I HATE it when the experienced Glocks guys put 34 holes in the center by the time I'm twisting the handle of my first speedloader!

    LBS
     
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    Got 5 wheelguns and 4 autos here. Prefer the wheelguns though.:D

    PS. 50 on the nose.
     
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    Just how much over 50 are you talking about because all the guys I know over 50 usually shoot autos.

    Maybe you meant over 80?
     
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    That's a very broad definition of "six." I gather you're not a cabinet maker or a machinist? :neener:

    Sorry, I couldn't resist.

    PS: 49 years old and love my Model 10 the most but carry a P3AT (it's small and it works.)
     
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    I just hit better with a revolver. Its more natural. It would take a lot more practice for me to hit as well with a semi auto although I own several.
     
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    I was raised on revolvers, lived during a time when a K frame .357 was in the holster of nearly every LEO that worked in the USA, except for the ones that had a K frame .38. :D I like autos for what they do well, conceal easily along with their reloads an reload faster. However, I often carry a small framed UltraLite .38 revolver. It's really all one actually needs for self defense.

    I own 4 centerfire autos out of 20 handguns. There is room in my gun cabinet for both, but I do have a revolver bias. I just don't get all that giddy when a new auto comes out. I've got the autos I need.
     
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    I'm 35, and have many more wheelguns than autos. (Currently only a couple autos, HiPowers and 1911s)
    Lots of revolvers. I recently started carrying big bore snubbies and pocketing a spare, vice a reload. I have found it almost the same to carry a Colt Cobra in my pocket as it is to carry two .44 speedloaders.
    Steve
     
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    Why are revolvers more prevalent among guys around 50? Interesting thread as I just bought a Sig P6 dating to 1980. Go back in time to 1980 and look at the guns around then. Mostly 1911's in .45 auto, or Browning HP's in 9mm, and Sigs but they were expensive German imports. S&W were just getting underway with their semi-autos. Remember that you pretty much were limited to either the .45 auto or the 9mm.

    The 9mm had been around for decades, but the performance of the round was pretty underwhelming. The 9mm just didn't have the power of a hot .38 special, much less a .357/45 colt/41 magnum. Some guns, like the Sigs P225/P6 only gave you four more rounds at best, of anemic 9mm, over what you had in a revolver. True, by the mid 80's, S&W had 9mm's that would hold 14 or 15 rounds, but as the joke went 'you'd need it!'.

    A lot of these early sem-auto's were also very complicated, with lots of parts and what seemed to us wheelgunners a complicated manual of arms. My eyes used to glaze over with talk of 'polishing mag. feed lips', 'tuning extractors', 'changing out the mag. follower or springs', 'proper lubrication for the rails'. Jeez, all I did with my wheel guns was oil 'em with 3 in 1 and shoot the living daylights out of it without all of this tinkering. And then there were the 'tap, rack, bang' drills to clear FTF's/FTE's, which revolvers don't do. There were the increasing number of negligent/accidental discharges, which are rare with a revolver. There was a lot to dislike about these guns in the 80's.

    Then the '94 AWB was passed which pretty much limited mags. to just 10 rounds. That's only four more than a wheelgun, and remember, you still only had the .45 acp and 9mm being common rounds.

    So much has changed over the past few years. Now, there are 10mm, .40 and .357 Sig rounds to choose from. The 9mm has benefited from R&D into new bullet designs and loads. A 115 gr. Corbon scooting at 1500 fps out of a 9mm can do a lot of damage!

    The Glocks started showing up around (as I remember) 1995 or so. Darn few parts in 'em, and what there are can be replaced cheaply with tools most folks have in their garage.

    Nowdays, the reliablity of many of the autoloaders is superb--esp. the Glocks and Sigs. I've fired both and tried to get 'em to fail and couldn't. The Glocks lightweight is especially nice when you have a hip and knee that are probably going to have to be replaced sometime in the next five years. These autoloaders now carry from four to as much as fourteen rounds over what a wheelgun has, and in calibers that have proven their stopping ability.

    I still like my wheelguns, but more and more, the Mod. 19 and the big Colt Peacekeeper do truck or woods duty and a smaller autoloader is carted around town. It just doesn't make sense to pack all of that weight around when you don't need too!
     
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    I notice now most of us older guys (50+) perfer revolvers to high cap auto's....I was talking to some kid at the range .............I told him one good .357 in the right place beats 10 spray and pray 9mm
    and the Ruger is built to last 100 years.....................


    That's interesting. I "prefer" a revolver when I'm in the mood to carry one. It's usually a J frame Centennial or Bodyguard in the front pocket. I carry my Glocks, usually my .40 caliber Model 23, when I desire more rounds in the carry gun than the 5 or 6 a snub nose carries.

    The Glock is not aware that it is a "spray and pray" design, I have not told it, and I don't use it in that capacity. I am more accurate with it at 15+ yards than I am with a 2" revolver due to the better sights and longer sight radius. I am accurate enough with the short revolver at 15 yards, and at 5 to 7 yards (where shooting an attacker is likely) I am deadly with it.

    I think the more important question is "do you train with what you carry", be it a revolver or semi-auto? Train, like in taking a class with Randy Cain or many of the other fine instructors out there. Train, like in practicing your gun manipulation skills and malfunfunction clearance drills. Train, as in dry firing to practice trigger reset?

    "Spray and pray" defines the shooter, not the gun. I'm 52 and have plenty of room in my life for both revolvers and semi autos. I expect my Glocks will outlast me as well as my S & W and Colt revolvers.
     
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    I did not mean to insult anybody....I was just talking to kids at the ranges ..most all carry Glocks, or copies, the one I was talking with said he is " spray and pray" shooter with his model 19 last Sunday
    The kids are shocked to see anybody shooting a revolver except in movies.
    I hardly ever see anybody with a Revolver at a range ....except for me.
    If I do they are older crowd.
    I have many auto's to choose from myself but am always drawn back to the revolvers.:)
    .... have my doubts if a Glock will last 100 years or even 25 with out major work done....My old fav (Colt Diamondback 4 inch .38)
    was bought in 1966 by my father and we have put 25k+ rounds through it with not one problem.
    Could a Taurus or Rossi do the same....I dont think so....even the new Smiths might not make it.
    The only Revolvers now that are built like a Panzer tank IMHO are Rugers with the exception of the new LCR
     
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    58 - carried a S&W Model 18 in my teens on the farm
    USN - Marksman ribbon with the 1911

    I enjoy shooting my 617, 625 and 60 as
    well as a 1911 and a CZ 75B in 9mm LUger. The 625 with
    the full moon clips/.45 ACP is besides a great
    shooter, makes it easy to accumulate once fired
    brass. I practice Double Action, warming up with
    the 617 10 shooter in .22 LR.

    Next handgun will be a smaller CCW - I'd like
    a CCO format 1911. In revolvers a 610 with the 6 1/2"
    Barrel would cover 10mm Auto & .40 S&W.

    I guess another wheelgun is on my list, a SAA
    Blackhawk with .45 Colt/.45 ACP cylinders. A .22 LR
    J frame would also be on the list

    R-
     
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    I hope to make 61 this summer. My migration to handguns started years ago, as my long guns left due to lack of interest. M1 Garrand, '03, SKSs, 1927A1 Thompson, an assortment of bolt actions and single shots - even a #1H in .458 Lott, all gone. I have a couple of CZ .22s - and a Puma M1892 in .45 Colt - and, the bottom-feeding-rude case-tossing handguns are gone, too. I am now down to S&W revolvers only. Bliss - for me. YMMV.

    It started simple enough. While raising my kids, I only had a blackpowder C&B. Grown and gone - and re-singled, I bought a bottom feeder for plinking & protection. I remembered the 1911 from my USN days - and wanted something 'modern'. I bought a Glock 21 with 13 rd mags - then added +2 extenders, when they became available. Not pocketable, I got a pair of AMT DAO Backups in .45 ACP - more bottom feeders would follow. One day, I just sold that G21 - made a USPS employee friend happy. I needed something to pop that stash of .45 ACP ball ammo I had. I bought a Ruger Blackhawk convertible in .45 Colt & ACP.

    One day, I bought a box of .45 Colt 'Cowboy' loads - oops! I soon added a Bisley Blackhawk - and my first DA revolver - a .454 SRH, not for those hard-to-find .454 rounds, but for the .45 Colts. More .45 Colt revolvers followed - and, 8/02 found my new wife buying me a new 625MG in .45 Colt - my first S&W. I started reloading, too. Slowly, the Rugers left - more S&Ws arrived. I am happy now - no big boomers, save a couple of 629s (They are for .44 Russian & Specials to me!), any more - my CTS, etc, problems in my wrists dictated that. I discovered, at 55, the .38/.357M - wow! Last autumn saw my MKII leave to help fund my last new S&W - a 4" 617. I went through my .32 craze, too. I have fewer firearms now - but they are what I want and like. I am content.

    Revolvers are inherently safer to shoot - you always assume they are loaded. I feel much better with either my 642 (5-shot .38 Spcl Airweight) or my 296 (5-shot .44 Special AirLiteTi) in my pocket. I am a realist - the average 'encounter' for a civilian barely requires two rounds. If Zombies find my home, I have a few moonclipped rounds ready. So - safety & dependability get my votes. Never mistake me for a 'traditionalist' - recall, I am a realist. I really don't mind the IL on S&Ws and I really like SS, my first new .38, a 2" 10, being my only blued handgun.

    I'm also long-winded... but what do you expect from an old guy, much less a retired college instructor?

    Stainz

    PS Anyone know of a good N-frame holster that will fit a walker or a Rascal??

    PPS BS on that being content... I'm going to the pusher's lair this afternoon with plastic card in tow - damn the surcharges & interest, help- the economy!! Well, I'll look anyway.
     
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