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What revolver for SHTF, post-apocalypse? (my first revolver)

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by fishyman, Feb 28, 2008.

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  1. fishyman

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    Hey guys, I'm in the market now for a revolver. I got one of everything else, and I've always wanted a wheel gun. I've been reading over and over that in terms of simplicity and reliability, few things are equal to a revolver, and it seems like a good firearm to carry if SHTF. I've seen a similar thread to this before, but none that focuses on just revolvers.


    Now in my scenario, just like in The Road by Cormac McCarthy, if there were to be a nuclear attack etc, life would be relatively normal, UNTIL the food started to run out. Then people turn into murderers, rapists, and cannibals.

    Ammunition will be scarce, as well as guns. These will be a rare commodity to be cherished and used sparingly. Whatever you have to start out with is what you'll be leaving to your kids/wife when you pass away. And it'll be what they pass on to their kids. That's it. Unless they kill people and take their guns. Which may actually happen in survival mode. This will probably try to happen to you.This will hopefully give me a good idea for what I should want.

    And another case for having a revolver vs a semi-auto handgun- when you die and give your guns to your kids, they have probably seen you shoot, so they'd know how to shoot, or will have shot the guns themselves. But by the time you die and they have kids of their own, ammo will probably so rare that there's no time for practice, so their kids will just have to know by hearing of how the gun works. Can you imagine not ever shooting a semi-automatic or even seeing one shot, and then having your family rely on you to use it to protect them? A revolver is much more practical in this respect.






    So what revolver would YOU want, in what caliber, and why?
     
  2. ewayte

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    I have it - Ruger Blackhawk Convertible in .357 Magnum / 9mm. 4 5/8" barrel with interchangeable cylinders. It can shoot everything from .38 wadcutters up to stout .357 Magnum loads, plus whatever 9mm you can find.
     
  3. BattleChimp Potemkin

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    +1 on that exact Blackhawk (.38, .357, 9mm cool!), but do they make it with a longer barrel? Something like a 8inch or something would make it a game getter too! Neat Idea!
     
  4. Bearhands

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    "Whatever you have to start out with is what you'll be leaving to your kids/wife when you pass away. And it'll be what they pass on to their kids. That's it. Unless they kill people and take their guns. Which may actually happen in survival mode. This will probably try to happen to you."

    #1. Quit watching so much TV
    #2. Quit watching so many "death" movies.
    #3. Join a gun club and get some revolver education and make your decision based on that knowledge.
     
  5. MrBorland

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    1. +1 to Bearhands.

    2. As much as revolvers are touted for their reliability, if something does go wrong with it, you may very likely need a gunsmith to fix it. How many of those would you or your heirs have access to in this scenario? The reliability of any revolver or semi-auto, IMO, would be a major limitation in the long run.

    3. Because of #2, I'd opt for the simplicity of a strong single action .357 over a double action revolver. Definitely fixed sights. Ruger Vaquero would get my nod.
     
  6. BattleChimp Potemkin

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    Now, Now, dont jump on them too badly. Just tell them this is a gun forum, not a SHTF forum. Whenever someone asks a question like this, I think, hmm, they just need a super reliable gun, not someone jumping down thier throats. Lets not scare off too many folks here... But in actuality, you are right Bearhands. Too much TV and not enough reality DOES makes people weird.
     
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    The Ruger Convertible came in a 6.5 in bbl, too.
     
  8. BigO01

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    While I love revolvers this



    Is just a ridiculous question and an insinuation that our descendants will be morons .

    I can just as easily leave my kids my 1911's AND the 6 books I have on the gun , it's design , and how to repair/trouble shoot it as well as shoot it correctly .

    I can also leave them well stocked with a supply of every major and minor part and tools that are required to keep it running .

    Can you do the same with your favorite Ruger Blackhawk ?

    FYI when I first picked up and fired a 1911 I knew more about it than the owner from years of reading up on the design and he was a cop vs a 13 YO kid .
     
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    I have a 4" Taurus Model 66, a 7shot 357. It is paired with a snubby and soon a Marlin 1894C. Primary load will be 38spcl.
     
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    oops, wrong thread
     
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    Is the general preference for .38/.357 over .45LC based on current ammunition availability, or something else (velocity, ft-lb, etc.)? I have limited experience with .357, more with .38, and some with .45LC, and I have to tell ya, I'm pretty fond of the big slow round. ;)

    However, I am not an expert pistolero, and am willing to listen to what others have to say.
     
  12. fishyman

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    I come to this forum to be entertained, and to get tid-bits of information. Go out, travel, live a little, loosen up. Maybe associate with some people other than that gun club you keep talking about.

    I personally love reading these SHTF scenarios, and get great delight in excerising my imagination. Perhaps others do to, as can be assumed from their popularity.
     
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    I would use my stainless 4" Colt King Cobra with rubber Hogue Monogrip stocks.
     
  14. fishyman

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    Your feeble mind is just not thinking long-term enough. That 1911 you have jammed where the suns doesn't is probably rusted by now anyways. We're talking GENERATIONS here. How long do you think those 6 books are going to stay with your family over the many many years? And don't you say "I'll take over a library so I'll have books all the time" because THAT is just RIDICULOUS. Why would take over a LIBRARY???
     
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    +5 or so for the Blackhawk Convertible .357 Magnum/9mm.

    Bearhands - remember the HIGH Road. Let us not alienate new members or dissuade harmless discussion. If you don't like a thread, don't read and don't reply.

    fishyman - again, remember that this is the High Road. Mentioning that a certain firearm is lodged in a rectal cavity is the low road. Sorry - I'm gonna have to put a flag on that post.
     
  16. BattleChimp Potemkin

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    Wow, okay. Last time I defend I guy like this. Fishyman, your response is not very High Road. Just because someone suggests something other than what is in your question is no reason for that kind of respons. This guy smells of troll. Moderators! Get em out of here. Your first day at THR and you insult someone directly like that? Not excusable! Take a pill and chill or hit the bricks! Go to the SHTF forums elsewhere and keep your insults to yourself!
     
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    His point is of A revolver. If I was looking at just Revolvers Ruger is very strong. But I would also look at the GP100.
    For the person with the 1911 and 6 books since were looking at a TEOTWAWKI Scenario what if you are relocated house gone WHAT you own is what your carrying are you still carrying those 6 books are did they get used as TP.
    Fishyman since you do have question concerning survival issues why don't you join us over at Frugal Squirrell they are a Survival based forum.
     
  18. DougDubya

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    The Zombie Squad forum is also an excellent SHTF forum from my recollections.
     
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    The Road actually makes the case against the revolver for post apocalyptic use.

    Let's go over the revolver's presence in the book:

    It was a small nickel plated five shot--.38 Special only.

    The cannibal the man wound up shooting saw empty chambers and concluded the man wouldn't/couldn't afford to shoot him. He was wrong, but the bluff would be more convincing with an auto, so he may not have had to shoot at all. The man later whittled and colored some bullet fakes for the empty chambers to avoid that tactical problem in the future.

    The man later found a huge cache of .45ACP and couldn't use it.

    Moral of the story? Get yourself a Government Model for the apocalypse son.:D
     
  20. Bearhands

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    WHOA!!..... geeze, I didn't mean to propose that you might take a gun training course that actually might enlighten you without stimulating your "imaginary delight"! And referring to ones family as having to "kill other people and take their guns" and how "this will probably happen to you" smacks of a dangerous fantasy. As a newbie poster here you should also know that attacking others for offering their opinions (SOLICITED BY YOU), is not what The Highroad is all about.
     
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    Or a S&W M25.

    If I had to grab and run, my 4" would be the one to go with me.

    Don't have much use for the self loaders myself.
     
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    The Ruger Six line, esp. the Speed Six as a CCW. They're extremely durable, can be field stripped easily, and will eat any .38 or .357 around. Other than that, if it's hitting the fan and the zombie biker cannibals are coming, you need a long gun and a bunch of other people with long guns.
     
  23. Justin

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    After the fall of civilization, everyone knows that the only revolver to have is a Webley-Fosbery semi-automatic.

    I am not, however, wearing an orange loincloth.
     
  24. fishyman

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    As a senior member you should know that if you don't "like" a question that the OP offers, then you shouldn't reply to the thread, not reply with a disparaging remark.

    And yeah, I'm liking the sound of that Ruger Blackhawk convertible.
     
  25. Justin

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    Fishyman, check your private messages please.
     
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