What is the future of revolvers?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Flechette, Dec 30, 2015.

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  1. Flechette

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    Wow! I have never seen such a thing!

    Thanks JSH1!
     
  2. Sam1911

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    :) I believe he moved the goal posts a bit on you. I'm sure he was speaking of the professional USERS of knives such as chefs, butchers, commercial fishermen, gardeners/crop harvesters and such all of whom spend hours a day with a working knife in their hands, and it will be -- universally -- a fixed blade.

    Very much a different level of "use" from the millions of us who tote around a folder everywhere and use it once or twice a day or per week.
     
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    Except that the only thing the barrel is "LOW" in relation to is the cylinder. The barrel is still above the grip and trigger (though it is lower than many autos).

    Unfortunately the sight line and much mass is now well above the bore.

    Again, chasing innovation down the receding back slope of the evolutionary curve -- leaving the balancing point of ergos and physics far behind.
     
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    The barrel is also lower in relation to the grip than a traditional revolver. The greater the distance between the grip and the barrel the greater the muzzle flip.
     
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    The only improvement I can think of would be to use modern technology to produce a Python equivelent without all the hand fitting required or a Smith & Wesson with a lock in a dimension far far away.:rolleyes:
     
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    People keep saying that revolvers are dying out...funny how all the magnum handguns are revolvers, and even funnier how there is more and more talk about revolvers lately.

    My guess as to the future of revolvers is that somebody will market a gun with interchangeable barrel and cylinder assemblies (as in the whole front of the gun, not 2 chunks, but 1) with multiple caliber offerings. Give me a frame I can polish and rub, and get perfect grips for, etc then simply swap the front end from 22lr to 327 fed, 357 mag...I'm hopeful.
     
  7. Sam1911

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    Of course, but that comes at a price (... just look at that huge "rib" and cylinder balanced up on top) that very, very few shooters would be willing to pay. Nobody's trading a Model 19 or 686 or Python or even a GP100 for one of those.
     
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    What is the "price" of having the rib?
     
  9. Flechette

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    Was there ever an attempt to put the cylinder behind the shooter's hand? The barrel would then pass over the hand and have more useful length. Think of a "bullpup" revolver.
     
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    Well as has been mentioned, I sure would like a smaller LCR in a 32 magnum flavor, primarily for H&R. It would give my arthritis a rest.
     
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    Would have to have a huge deflector plate to protect the hand from shrapnel when bullets shave. It's gonna happen, and it's gonna hurt unless that plate is well designed and quite large.
     
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    I've wondered why revolver don't have a shield to protect the shooters fingers anyway.
     
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    Likewise, while professional users like military and police will probably never revert to revolvers, I think they make a ton of sense for many casual civilian shooters, for both recreational and defensive use.

    (And I think revolvers are fun. And cool.)

    Just my two cents, of course.
     
  14. Mitlov

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    Packaging. Figure out how to place it so it doesn't make the gun cumbersome, interfere with the cylinder opening, etc.
     
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    I think there are 2 ways to do it. One way would be to have a spring-loaded crescent at the bottom of the cylinder frame that would fold down with the cylinder and then spring back into place when the cylinder was back in the window. The other way would be to have it attached to the ejector rod.

    I think engineers could do it, they can figure out ways to make mechanical things work.
     
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    More poly. Maybe higher capacity in 327 Fed Mag? How about a cylinder designed to function like a magazine? Revisiting the top-breaks?
     
  17. Flechette

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    How would a cylinder function like a magazine? Would you replace the entire cylinder to reload?

    As for top-breaks; people will say that they are doomed because of the stress put on the top strap by high pressure loads. However, I think that newer alloys and better engineering could handle it. The latch does not have to be made like the latches of years' gone by. Newer designs with compound curves can be made to maximize the cross section bearing the load.

    To put it another way, we have really hard kicking magnum shotguns that use break open designs. Why not revolvers?
     
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    Agreed. There is no reason a modern break action revolver couldn't be made. Magnum shotguns are one thing, the break action double rifles used in Africa are another dimension. If a break action can take the pounding from a .700 Nitro Express I think it can handle a .357 Magnum.
     
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    Depends on how long we're here and what develops in the near (or distant) future. Personally, I think wheelguns will be around for a long time, maybe 'til the end of time. Remember, all firearms were single shot, for the most part, until the age of revolvers.

    The semi-auto pistol is obviously the most prevelant today.
    Also, each has it's own advocates today, based on individual needs.
    My collection has approximately 50% / 50%.
     
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    If there was, it failed. Putting the cylinder behind the hand would make already clunky guns for carry even clunkier.
     
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    Pretty sure a Russian firm has in fact made a modern day, top break 357 magnum. Don't recall the name.
     
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    Aside from the grid one aesthetics and (for most shooters) undesirable additional weight of all that metal, divorcing the sight line farther from the bore axis isn't the best thing anybody ever thought of.
     
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    The question was What is the future of revolvers?

    I plan to own and shoot more revolvers.
     
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    Because shooters have known for over 150 years to keep their hands away from the barrel/cylinder gap.
     
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