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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. jbrown50

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    My regular carry gun is a semi-auto.

    In the Winter time though when I'm wearing a heavy coat, and I know I won't be removing that coat and leave it laying/hanging somewhere unsecure, I'll stick a j-frame revolver, loaded with 38 +Ps, into my coat pocket. It's easier to get to, small, lightweight, simple to operate, and has a longer heavier but smooth trigger pull. At that point my semi-auto becomes my backup gun.
     
  2. Drail

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    I built and shot competition 1911s for years but I have always used revolvers for carry work. Because they rarely fail and they come in really useful calibers. (.44 Spl. and .41 Rem.) My main carry gun since 1996 has been a S&W 696. Haven't found anything better.
     
  3. Risky buisness

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    I don't engage in tactical style shooting, I do however get a good round count from cover concealment practice concentrating on speed and reload ability. Im not from a big town, where perhaps multiple assailants may be more likely to be encountered, so Im perfectly content with my M19 2" Smith .357, It has been my usual carry handgun for 20 or so years and when the occasion demands a smaller profile revolver for going to town from my rural home a M36 Smith 5 shot is my choice. I own and fire several auto pistols, but MY circumstances and needs , ie the ability to carry several load types on board may be different than many of you. I trust the revolver, and depend on them for my safety.
     
  4. farm23

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    I carry a 44 629 3" every day but is isn't well concealed and does not have to be. It is in a Simply Rugged OWB and doesn't get in the way. I have a lot of options but this one works for me.
     
  5. MCMXI

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    I think I'm coming to the end of my journey to figure out what I want to carry on a daily basis. I got my CC license about 18 months ago and have carried 1911s (full size and Commander), SIGs (P220, P225 and P239), an SP101, an XD-S and finally a Ruger KLCR. By the far the most enjoyable to carry from a weight and concealment perspective is the Ruger KLCR and it's also enjoyable and easy to shoot. One thing I've noticed with revolvers over semi autos is the difference in weight distribution when carrying. A pistol has much more weight in the grip due to the magazine and ammunition so they tend to want to rotate away from the body. A revolver, and particularly the KLCR, has most of the weight in the frame and cylinder so the weight is right where it should be i.e. at the belt line rather than above it. I think I've found the best carry piece for me. Now I need to buy another so that I can have one on the hip and one in an ankle holster and I'll most likely sell the XD-S.
     
  6. telkontar

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    Hand-fit is a prime consideration; what do you shoot better? A revolver was my first handgun for ease of use and reliability and remains my "go-to" gun.
    Guns are a gut feel but those of us born in the 60s did not grow up watching TV with clips popping out of the gun.
     
  7. farm23

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    You have done a lot work with the KLCR and I think you will be happy with your choice. If I were in town more I would probably also go with the KLCR. I said in another thread my wife now wants a KLCR with the XS sight like yours. Enjoy
     
  8. SuedePflow

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    My EDC is a revolver right now. And Airweight 637 to be exact. And I'm only 30 years old.

    I just find it far more comfortable for some of the clothes I wear in summer weather. And I shot it accurately and comfortably. I found my 637 to be a better shooter than many of the other pocket guns that I've tried (notibly the Kahr CM9, Keltec P3AT, Ruger LCP, and Diamondback DB380)

    In the colder months when I'm wearing a jacket, I OWB carry a Glock 19 though.
     
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  9. southoftheboarder

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    Thanks for all the recommendations and feed back. Now if I can just find a dealer who has a them in stock.To dawei (Dave), I like your quote.


    Only two defining forces have ever died for you:
    1. Jesus Christ
    2. The American Soldier, Sailor, Airman, and Marine
     
  10. Jaymo

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    I like to CC a revolver because they don't make autos in .44 Spl.
    That, and power level and bullet design don't affect reliability.
     
  11. btg3

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    The Lone Range is my hero and he don't carry no stinkin' semi-auto. Like as not, silver boolits only work in six-shooters anyhow and they done stopped most every kind of bad guy you can imagine. I've seen nails hammered in with a wheel gun, so you can shoe a horse if needed, but never had to throw one like a rock, because the 'liability is guaranteed -- lest you be needin' upwards of 6 shots.
     
  12. tomrkba

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    Some guns will do it and others won't. I test my guns and seem to have had good luck.
     
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    I don't even own a semi anything. Always worried about them going off when I don't want them to.
     
  14. dab102999

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    I don't have a dog in this fight cus I will carry either one. But one really nice thing about a wheel gun for my family is it got my wife years ago comfortable with carrying a AL with one in the chamber. For the first 6 months or so she would never have one racked. I expressed my concerns many times about that. When she bought a 638 and carried it for a while I asked her why she was comfortable carrying a wheel gun ready to go but not an AL. She couldn't give me an answer and from that day forward always had her AL ready with one in the chamber. That wheel gun saved me a lot of grief.
     
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    29 years old here.
    My primary carry is a 1973 Ruger Speed Six.

    When I need something really small though, I carry the LCP. So i do switch to auto for super concealed carry. But the Speed Six definitely gets the lions share.
     
  16. RKBABob

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    1. Looks matter. I don't care if nobody else sees it, but I have to see it, and I prefer the looks of traditional blued steel and fancy grips over the plastic bricks of most modern semi-automatics.

    2. Simplicity of controls. A Centennial revolver has one primary control, the trigger. Even someone who has never handled a gun before will instantly understand how it works. There are no safeties (does this one go up or down to fire?), slide releases, decockers, loaded chamber indicators, cocked indicators, or other levers sticking out all over the place.

    3. It can be easily customized. Turning one screw allows even someone with no gunsmithing ability to change the looks and shape of the gun by adding new grips. The grips can be exchanged for ones that are smaller, larger, rougher, smoother, stickier, more slippery, or just plain prettier.

    4. Will fire any ammo. There is no need to find ammo that works well with your particular gun. As long as it fits in the chamber, you can fire pretty much anything from weak target loads to wrist-breaking +p+, and in any bullet profile from pointy to flat.

    5. You don't have to carry the weight of superfluous ammunition.:neener: Unless you routinely run up against al Qaida or Mexican cartels, you don't need a semi-automatic with 16 rounds at your disposal. 5 or 6 shots will be plenty enough to put adequate distance between you and whatever is chasing you.

    6. Live cartridges don't leave the place you put them and hide elsewhere in the gun. It is obvious to the user, even if tired or stressed, whether a revolver is loaded or unloaded. Cartridges stay in the cylinder until you take them out, unlike a semi-automatic, where one must remember to remove the magazine and check the chamber (and in that order).

    7. No magazine release to accidentally engage. Its just about impossible to accidentally release a cylinder, and would be blindingly obvious to the user if it could happen.

    8. Looong, heavy trigger pull prevents accidents. Shooting yourself while reholstering is called "Glock leg" not "revolver leg," and there is a reason for that.
     
  17. RealGun

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    The generation difference has a lot to do with styles of dress and willingness to dress for concealment rather than make the gun small enough for shorts, a tee shirt, and flip-flops. It always comes down to whether one has a false sense of security and bravado or is truly prepared to decisively stop a threat.
     
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    I guess I'm in the old geezer group on two fronts - lcr 357 and you can guess the other.
     
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    I carried one model or other of Colt 1911 in 45 ACP for all but the first 9 months of my LEO career and for over 10 years after retiring. About a year ago I finally admitted my 1911 days are over because of the swollen knuckles of arthritis. The 1911 frame pounds the base knuckle of my shooting hand thumb something awful and I can't even practice any more.

    Fortunately revolvers still fit my hand so that is what I'm now carrying and shooting. I still like 45 ACP so my daily carry is often a 325 NG S&W. The other choice, particularly if I'm carrying IWB is a newly finished custom, 3" RB 681 S&W.

    Dave
     
  20. JVaughn

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    I carry a revolver because they don't make a .357 magnum in SA.
     
  21. HexHead

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    When I was 36, and 46 for that matter, I had no interest in revolvers. Now I have twice as many of them than semis, and I'm not done yet. We'll give you time.

    Revolvers. When it absolutely, positively has to go off, the second time.

     
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  22. Nathanael_Greene

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    Most of the time, I carry a S&W Model 37 Airweight. Only five shots, but light and compact and disappears in a pocket.

    For a little extra oomph, sometimes I pack a S&W 6904, a dozen 9mm diplomats on call.
     
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    The revolver does NOT leave any brass behind!
     
  24. Haywood

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    I always liked Revolvers better. But, I have carried and I do own Two Semi-Autos. I have a "thing" for Snubs. I carry Two Snubs every day. 357 is my favorite but, I like 38 +P also. If I lived in a high crime area or had a bad experience I may want to carry my Glock again. I have never needed a gun so at this point I feel well protected carrying Two 357 mags and reloads. When I go to Florida for the Winter I will bring the Glock and Ten loaded mags. The Glock will probably stay in the Car Safe but if I feel the need it's there. I just like carrying and shooting Snubs. All my Snubs are DAO.
     
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    What are your opinions regarding the type of hammers- internal, exposed or shrouded.
     
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