The Wheel Gun Why It Still Has Appeal

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  1. Hangingrock

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    The 2020 August issue of the NRA publication American Rifleman has an article of interest titled “The Wheel Gun Why It Still Has Appeal” by Wiley Clapp, Field Editor. One of the better written thus articulated articles on the subject in regards to self-defense usage/application.
     
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    Pretty much along that line.

    Failure drill is: Pull the trigger again.
    The words Failure to Feed, Failure to Extract, Failure to Eject and Smokestack are meaningless while shooting
    Ammo independence - gun works regardless of the power of the ammo
    Ammo variety - from rounds that barely make it 50yds to rounds that will stop a deer, the revolver doesn't care

    Yes, before someone jumps on it. Revolvers do have malfunctions. Bullets not crimped will back out and jam the cylinder. Sometimes extracting empty cases can be hard. But these all occur after you've emptied the cylinder. And like all guns if something internal breaks the gun is dead. But generally speaking, good ammo in the cylinder means you'll pretty much get those 5,6,7 or 8 shoots off without a hitch.
     
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    People who debate these things too often focus on extreme contingencies. What matters the most is a first shot hit. After that, a second shot hit. Then the third. In that order. There isn't a lot more to say without getting into the weeds.
     
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    Agreed, and I'd add that based on the threads I've seen regarding this they also believe that the best choice for them is the best choice for everyone. That goes for both sides. I'm partial to semi automatics, but respect the fact that revolvers are a better solution for others. Find the best option for you and ignore people who criticize you for your choice.
     
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    I respectfully suggest than no one can reasonably say anything meaningful about the order in which shots may affect those struck by them.
     
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    I've never noticed that.;)
     
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    I almost had a relative convinced that a semi was the gun for her,,,
    Until the first time it jammed on her.

    That was all it took to sour her on the semi.

    Aarond

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    One would only have to go as far as being a reloader to see things differently. I love ejecting rounds into my hands and placing them in my bag. Were curretntly in an ammunition crisis so every piece of brass is important. I visit several indoor ranges that do not allow you pick up brass off the floor. Wheel guns have a different appeal and provide options for cartridges you cant get in autos very easily or for close to the same money. I love 357 and I only know of 2 semi hand guns that shoot them and bother are rare and expensive.
     
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    Revolvers function fine with bullet profiles that aren't an option for a semi. If you don't need to put the ammunition in the grip, you're no longer restrained by cartridge length so revolvers can shoot much more powerful cartridges than any semi pistol could ever dream of and still cycle bunny fart loads with no need to change anything at all. Revolvers are the choice of the well informed IMO.
     
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    I have many more semi auto's than revolvers. But I will say this. Revolvers are so dang fun to shoot. Especially the Snubbies!
     
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    I agree that no one can be sure the first hit will have more affect than the second, but the first hit is certainly the most important because until it happens, no other hits can. Similarly, the third hit may have greater affect than the second, but without the second hit, there is no third.
     
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    Searching for, and picking up brass is good exercise. It’s especially good exercise if you bend your knees rather than your back when you’re picking brass up off the ground. Exercise is also the reason I’ve never bought a self-propelled, much less a riding lawn mower.;)
    At 72, I’m starting to rethink my exercise choices though. No wait - I’ve always liked revolvers better than bottom feeding shell chuckers anyway.:D
     
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    Gentlemen don't spew their brass all over the place. If they drop it, it's at their feet, in a tidy moon-clip, and they can holster their revolver and pick it up without touching anyone else's filthy litter.:neener:
     
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    73 this year. First handgun I owned was a revolver. Still have it after all these years. Never had any failures, none. You know? I can't say that about any semi auto I have ever owned.
     
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    That makes no sense at all.
     
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    You can't have a second hit until you have a first... Shoot 4 missed, the 5th shot is the first hit. At least I assume thats the message?
     
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    Whatever that might tell us....

    But the first shot may have negligible effect, and so on.

    We had a defensive shooting here in which was the case here some years ago.

    "The first shot hit" most certainly did not "matter most."
     
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    because everybody secretly has a little Dirty Harry in them...
     
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    You reading my diary again? Oh wait, I never tried to hide my dirty Harry side...
     
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    I still use both.
     
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    Funny as I just read that article yesterday and was THRILLED to see such a spot on article about the "old wheelgun".

    I own more than a few [ Colt,Ruger,S&W's,Charter Arms ] and they all could save my butt.

    They generally take a role as a BUG,but there have been a few days !!.
     
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    In the last 45 years, I have owned 5 semi-auto pistols. One, the first, was traded for a larger caliber pistol a few years after I got that Ruger .22LR pistol in the early 70s. I still own 4 - a .22 Mag Keltec, a .25 Colt Junior, a 100 y.o. Colt .32, and an Astra .380 (the one I got in the trade).
    I also own 2 revolvers, a Ruger Single Six .22LR/Mag and a GP-100 in .357.
    Trading that Ruger .22 for the Astra taught me to never trade unless the one being traded away was no good (for me). If I can't buy a certain "new" gun at a given time, I wait rather than trade.
     
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    I mean really, you have to ask after seeing one of these? LOL
     
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