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The Wheel Gun Why It Still Has Appeal

Discussion in 'Strategies, Tactics, and Training' started by Hangingrock, Jul 31, 2020.

  1. Old Dog

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    Eh, nothing new. Seriously, these writers are really scraping at the bottom of the barrel for stuff to write about (or do pod-casts about) these days. Lack of oxygen from wearing masks all the time? Boredom?

    I'm almost as tired of the "revolvers are still relevant" threads as I am caliber debates; what gun for bear? threads; why do people still like 1911s? threads; JHPs vs. the fluid transfer monolithic projectiles; is the PCC the greatest thing in home defense since sliced bread? threads; is the shotgun obsolete for home defense? threads, etc., ad nauseum.

    If you have to ask ... you just don't get it. Just more preachin' to the choir as far as I'm concerned.
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  2. Conelrad

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    I enjoy both autoloaders & revolvers for fun shooting, but am more of a rifleman at heart.

    However, keeping pistols handy really raises the odds I can get to a rifle.

    Conelrad
     
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  3. MikeInOr

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    I thought the purpose for revolvers is so you don't leave empty cases behind at the crime scene as evidence?

    At least that is what the biker guy I used to work with always told me.
     
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    I go back N forth on accuracy,wheelgun vs 1911;

    On a "good day",shooting one of my wheelguns dbl action well, has to rank as the highest level of pure satisfaction. Also,when really straining at a knats arse on accuracy,single action..... with highly developed handloads..... off a bench. This last point covers a wide range of uses. Handloads can be prescribed for hunting at almost every level as well as working up accuracy loads FOR dbl action work.

    1911's..... what to say? Extremely high degree of satisfaction getting one tuned with handloading preemo cast bullets. So easy to shoot,loads of fun. I don't work on SD ammo so no real comment there.

    The big difference is woods bumming. My OCD makes it durn near impossible to carry and shoot the 1911's. It's looking for cases. And NO,ain't dragging a tarp around to practice shooting dirt clods and pine cones:confused:. Nope,hunting and wandering in the woods plinking is where revolvers reign. I'd say even moreso than rifles. Yes,I carry a commander (avatar) in the woods,but it's as rifle backup and a very occasional hunting or goofing off shot:thumbup:
     
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  5. Ernie Bass

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    You are right. Every thing that has been said on just about anything in the gun world has been said a million times and even gun forums. It all is like a merry go round. And the coming years there will not be much shooting going on which will make it worse. I wonder if there will even be a shot show in January?
     
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  6. Armored farmer

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    Revolvers are definitely obsolete.
    You guys may not believe me, but every time I go to town I am seeing masked bandits everywhere. Dozens of 'em.
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    The double stack 9 is our only hope.
     
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  7. huntsman

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    Must be that time of the year, push revolver sales.
     
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  8. drband

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    It's hard to dislike a nice revolver. Those that say they do have probably never shot a nice one.
     
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    That's a really nice looking Smith sir.
     
  10. GEM

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    I'm sure somewhere in the computer world, there is an argument to bring back DOS over using a GUI.

    There is nothing new under the sun in this argument behind the revolver and semi are both good for one or two opponent, short time in the fight encounters. The J frame types serve as reasonable pocket guns vs. pocket semis. There are specialized hunting and outdoors applications.

    For more intensive but rarer social interactions, the semis are better.

    Marty Hayes: 'We don't train for the average, we train for the anomaly'

    Posting a bullseye, isn't really that relevant for SD applications. A good, trained person can do well with both guns. If you can't, that's your problem.
     
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  11. Ernie Bass

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    Fantastic pic Farmer and beautiful gun! Lol, sure makes the standard run of the mill Semi's look so boring. "There is just something about a Revolver" And if the Gun Gods came down and said I would not own anything but a Revolver, it would not bother me one bit.
     
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  12. Hangingrock

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    Of those that have responded to the this subject, how many of you have actually read the article in the August 2020 issue of the American Rifleman? I found the authors viewpoint rather interesting thus informative. As a side note, I believe the author of the subject mentioned, we briefly meant in passing a long-long time ago during operation Starlite as elements of 3Rd Battalion 7th Marines passed thru our position.
     
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    The trouble with double action revolvers is ... the double action trigger pull. Some people can master it. I can't. As a matter of fact, that's the same problem I have with double action semiautomatic pistols. As long as I can fire it single action, I'm OK with the gun. That said, the ergonomics of semiautomatic pistols are generally better than those of revolvers. And also, they are better regarding ammo capacity.
     
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  14. .308 Norma

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    Or you're bored and just want to argue on an internet forum.;)
     
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  15. DukeConnor

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    with my knee issues i seem to be shooting revolvers more often.
     
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    That might be of some help--to a criminal.
     
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  17. Jeff White

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    Revolvers have always been relevant and always will be. I carried a revolver as a backup gun for my entire LE career. I tried a couple semi-autos in that role and was unable to find one that I liked in an ankle holster. A Colt Agent or a Model 36 S&W went on patrol with me every shift. We should focus on the human aspect and not so much on the tools we use for self defense. Learn to use the tools you have instead of worrying if it's the best tool. At the start of WWII in the Pacific the Japanese Zero outperformed the P40s and Grumman Wildcats we fielded, but we still shot down those superior fighter planes by learning to use what we had to fight with.
     
  18. Ernie Bass

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    And yet all my Semi automatics are DAO. Love the feel of a revolver in my hand. Yes, you are right, some folks cannot master the DAO. Nothing IMO like a sweet, smooth, deliberate DAO. Borrowing a phrase from the late Jeff Quin, "The way God intended a trigger to be".
     
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    How come nobody is proposing a double action trigger for rifles?
     
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  20. mcb

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    Franklin Armory recently did with their Providence carbine. :eek:

    The double action revolver gives the shooter a repeating handgun that does no require an action separate from the trigger pull to cycle the action and yet does not rely on the energy of the cartridge to cycle the action either. In that sense the double action revolver is fairly unique in the firearms world.
     
  21. Ernie Bass

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    Golly, I just do not know. Why is the world round?

    Hey, what did Batman say to Robin before they Got into the Batmobile?

    Answer: Get into the Batmobile.
     
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  22. Ernie Bass

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    I use to get a Kick out of Jeff Quinn when he always said the same.
    Loved his dry humor.
     
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    once upon a time in America these two .357s were carried for law enforcement purposes.....
     
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  24. Phaedrus/69

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    I can actually shoot high quality DA wheelguns more accurately than some of the plastic service-type pistols that have really poor triggers.
     
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  25. mcb

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    For USPSA competition I shoot my well used S&W revolvers better in double than a very nice 1911 trigger but that has more to do with what I am use to shoot then the quality of the firearm. I am trying to transition back to shooting Limited with a double stack 1911 and I am sort of impressed with how much my accuracy has suffered in the short term.
     
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