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Who prefers to carry a revolver and why.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Frank44, Aug 21, 2013.

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  1. Frank44

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    I carry a semi-auto occasionally, but the gun I prefer above all others is a revolver, a S&W 629 4in barrel. I like to carry hot 44spc's in this gun. Why this gun and not a semi-auto? It's the most reliable platform there is. It fires big heavy bullets. It fits my hand better than anything else and I shoot it better than anything else. Last of all, I have the option of using 44mag rounds if needed. Yes, this is the gun for me!
     
  2. HankR

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    I rarely conceal a revolver, but most of my carry is open and outside of town, and mostly it's a revolver. Depending on purpose it's either a .45 Colt Blackhawk or a single six. When I travel out of town it's normally an SP 101 that goes along in the vehicle (but doesn't get "carried" too often).

    Shooting for fun, the semi-autos split the time about 50-50, and for the rare times I CCW it's normally a bottom feeder. I ought to get a OWB or shoulder rig for a 1911, as I enjoy shooting that and ought to take it along more often.
     
  3. gamestalker

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    I prefer a wheel gun over an AL. I know a good deal of LE that have told me of various incidents, in which they, or someone they know has had an AL fail to cycle when they needed it the most. Certain aspects of how the firearm is supported in a heated moment can create a limp wrist syndrome, which caused a cycling problem. I've actually recreated this scenario, and it is indeed a realistic concern of mine.

    So for me, I prefer to rely on my wheel gun as my primary SD weapon. That doesn't mean I won't carry an AL, I just don't do so as often, or I'll carry one as a BU weapon.

    GS
     
  4. Potatohead

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    I was thinking about putting it to a vote, to see the age differences of revolver carry, too see if, when all of you old geezers are gone, will anybody even be carrying revolvers anymore..I'm thinking my generation is pretty much fascinated by the semi autos only. I'm 36.




    Just pickin at you "older" dudes...
     
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    I usually carry a revolver off duty but a semi-auto on duty. When off duty I normally carry one of my 357 Magnums. Way back in 1978 when I became an armed security officer I started out with a revolver. Today I can use either effectively but feel more at home with a revolver. I also carry more than 2 reloads in speed strips for my revolvers. I have never had a failure to fire that was not ammo based in a revolver but have had several mechanical malfunctions with some relatively high quality semi-autos.

    Potatohead: Many of us older guys (I'm 53 BTW) grew up with cowboys as our heros. There were men like The Lone Ranger (Clayton Moore), John Wayne, James Arness, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Clint Eastwood and the like that many of us wanted to emulate. We got cap guns and played cowboys and indians or acted like we were in the old west. To us revolvers are natural and bring back some fond memories. Who do the younger crowd have today for their heros? It seems they have Baseball players, Basketball players, and Football players that if it were not for their athletic abilities they would be in jail or dead. They also have rockstars that aren't any better. Not my idea of real heros. Just ribbing you youngsters.
     
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  7. ColtPythonElite

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    I also prefer a revolver off-duty.
     
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    I like carrying a revolver. I feel the rounded lines of the gun make for a more natural look while conceal carrying.
     
  9. beeenbag

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    I actually did a poll just like that not long ago... It turned out very interesting. The results were actually not what I expected at all.

    Check it out.

    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=604994
     
  10. Scrubber3

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    A revolver has a lot less that can go wrong with it and most defensive shootings last less than 6 rounds and a matter of seconds. I carry an AL most of the time hough.

    I have a S&W 442 airweight that's on my GFs hip most of the time as she needs the simplicity more than I.
     
  11. southoftheboarder

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    I have been thinking of buying an AL but after reading the various statements I'm having second thoughts. I recently got my concealed permit. What are your recommendation's for revolvers?
     
  12. Hondo 60

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    I carry either an SP101 - 357 or a S&W Model 38
    Why?
    Cuz they fit nicely in my pocket.
    And it's 5 for sure.
     
  13. Scrubber3

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    Do some research on the line of S&W hammer-less revolvers and see what you like best. Also the ruger LCR is nice as well. (These are just my recommendations of course)Then go handle some and shoot one if possible. That should set you straight with what will be best for you.
     
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    All I carry are revolvers. An airweight J-Frame in the summer and a 3" Model 65 the rest of the year. Just pull the trigger and it shoots every time. No safties, slide releases, decockers, etc. And no brass on the ground.
     
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    LCR .357 not very "cool" but it will work everytime
     
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    I carry a 4" Ruger Security Six, loaded with +P .38 Specials. I shoot it better than most of my semiautos, and I have a holster for it that I like. It conceals OK under an untucked knit shirt as long as it's not too thin or clingy of a material.
     
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    LCR.

    I think a polymer revolver is the best I could carry until someone markets a laser gun or Klingon disruptor.
     
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    I carry a model 637. IWB, so I dont worry too much about hammer snags. And I like to play with it on the range a little too. Why carry it? Simplicity and reliability mostly. I also like the fact that it can sling 158gr bullets. I'd like to see a .380 or pocket nine do that....

    I used to carry a semi auto, so when I first switched the lower capacity had me a little unsetteled. But after reviewing the facts of attack encounters, and practicing with the speedloaders, I have come to terms with it. I even started bringing a speedloader with me most of the time. However, I may revisit that decision.

    At 28, I wouldnt consider myself an old geezer. Yet I appreciate all a revolver has to offer.
     
  19. Torian

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    Sometimes I want to carry magnum calibers...and sometimes I just like the simple variety. Why do you pick a particular brand of cereal at the grocery store? I'm bored and I want to try something new.
     
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    I open carry, but mainly only on the farm. It's easier than carrying a rifle doing chores.

    I prefer a revolver over a semi because of 2 things, I can shoot the revolver much more accurately and there aren't many semi's capable of 100 yard kill shots on large varmints...

    completely off of your intended question I know, but for me that's why I choose to.
     
  21. bannockburn

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    When I first started carrying it was almost exclusively revolvers, like a Charter Arms Undercover or a S&W Model 38. More of a personal preference than anything else. Then later I came to appreciate the flatness and quick reloading capabilities of compact semi-autos like the Walther PPKs. Nowadays I still carry a revolver sometimes, though more often than not it's a semi-auto in .380 or 9mm. Usually I switch between a S&W Model 638, a KelTec P3AT, and a Kahr PM9 in my CCW rotation.
     
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    I carry a semi-auto on and off duty, dept issued. however, I off duty I do on occasion carry a NAA mini .22mag as an onion fields gun or a LWS32....
     
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    As an active duty Army Warrant Officer I carried two handguns; a 1911 45ACP, and a S&W® Mdl 10 38 Special (When assigned to an Aviation Battalion). As an LEO I carried a S&W® Mdl 10 38 Special, Mdl 19 & 686 357 Magnum; and a S&W® Mdl 37 38 Special as my BUG/ODG. I prefer revolvers. As a happily retired civilian I carry two revolvers upon my person every waking moment of every day.

    Primary is a Taurus® Compact Frame (SW® equivalent K Frame) Mdl 617SS2 7 shot 357 Magnum loaded with Fiocchi® 357 Magnum 158gr XTP®/HP (#357XTP). BUG us a Taurus® Mdl 85SS2UL (SW® equivalent J Frame) 38 Special loaded with Buffalo Bore® 158gr LSWCHCGC (#20C/20). ALL RELOADS, both speed loaders & speed strips; are 38 Special for obvious reasons.
     
  24. paravil

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    Age--or generation, rather--does seem to play a part here. But I'm 32 and chose a revolver for my first carry gun almost three years ago, a SW 642. Ease of use and reliability were big reasons, but also it's lightweight and can be concealed in any type of clothing. I grew up shooting mostly revolvers with my dad. I'll still take his Model 10 over any modern semi any day of the week.
     
  25. coyote315

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    30-something yo here; I carry an airweight .38 chief's special, because it is light and small and well-rounded and stays out of my way- when I am living daily rural life I don't want my pistol to be an intrusive part of my existence. So far, I've used it weekly on oppossums and feral cats and it's plenty for that. If I get in a defensive gunfight, 5 shots will be plenty for me to either finish them off at close range, or be far enough away to break contact.
    I'm not patrolling Samarrah any more so I don't feel the need to be armed past that, nor do I want to mess w/ the weight and size of an auto. The pistols may be light, but the 10+ round magazine gets heavy in a hurry!!
     
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