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Why Arent 9mm Revolvers More Popular?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by weblance, Sep 21, 2012.

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  1. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

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    I have a 940 cylinder installed on a 642, it is a great carry gun and shoots very well. I can shoot 15 rounds just about as fast as a normal fantasticplasticbrasspukingbottomfeeding shooter can. When I put the cylinder in my 60-4 it is scary accurate.
     
  2. mavracer

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    Because in the words of Yogi Berra "in theory, practice and theory are the same, in practice they ain't"
    When at the range with both sitting out in front of you sure the moon clips are faster, But in more practical settings they have some distinct dissadvantages. They are easily bent where they can either loose rounds or make it where it's is difficult or impossible to close the cylinder. They don't allow you to top off.
    I had a 905, I still have a 442 and a LCR.
     
  3. dragon813gt

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    Two words, Moon Clips.

    If the cartridge doesn't have a rim I don't want a revolver chambered for it. Sure it could be a great shooting revolver. But the clips don't make it practical. There are plenty of great revolver cartridges that I don't need to start shooting rimless ones out of it.


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  4. tekarra

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    IMO the 9mm revolver is a great idea and I have a number of them from several manufacturers. While moon clips are an annoyance to some, they are not to me. However, my preference is the S&W 547 which has the unique extractors. While some berate this extractor, in some 25 years of shooting 547s, I have not had a problem. My current grail gun is to find one of the Ruger Sixes with the spring extractor that was built for an overseas market.

    The Charter Pit Bull has appeared in a several on line gun shops and I would like to check one out.
     
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    Having to use moon clips is why I wouldn't. And even if they didn't bother me, I would rather get one in 10mm.
     
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    I just cant see the hassle of moon clips. Not at all. I had a buddy who bought a 10mm revolver even though a better choice would be a .41 mag. He sold the 10mm and went with the .41mag. Likes it a lot better. No hassle and better upside for balistics
     
  7. mesinge2

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    For those of us that have used moonclips, we understand they are not a hassle and are faster reloads than speed loaders and speed strips.

    Look how fast reloads are with my .45 ACP model 22:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ozh3kiokyKI

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  8. Brian Williams

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    Try and find a S&W 646. 6 shot K frame in 40 S&W. It was going to be the cat's meow for IDPA until IDPA changed the rules.
     
  9. Guillermo

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    Yup

    These days they might sell but with the "tactical" stuff selling best, the gun manufacturers do not have time to look an ancillary products.
     
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    There was a nice Ruger snubbie at the Jax fun show on Sat. I almost snapped it up.
     
  11. valnar

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    I always wanted a Smith 547 but couldn't afford it. I'd buy one in a heartbeat.

    I love my Smith 625 .45ACP with moonclips. 'tis my favorite revolver. Reloading is simple. A round between the .38sp and .357Mag in a K-frame is ideal.
     
  12. PabloJ

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    Modern service pistol in 9x19 will hold 17+ per magazine. Even tiny pocket 9x19 holds six or seven and is much quicker to reload then just about any revolver. Does this info help answer your question?
    Sorry, but Kool just doesn't cut it.
     
  13. weblance

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    Im not talking about compairing a revolver with an autoloader. Its obvious that an autoloader holds more rounds. I am wondering why a 9mm revolver isnt popular, in the revolver world. The ammo is cheaper by almost $6 per 50. The power level is greater than .38sp by a good margin, and the only inconvenience is the moon clips, which I find to not be a problem at all. I cant believe that moon clips are the reason people turn their noses up at a 9mm revolver. If you want to run 9mm ammo thru an autoloader, fine. I prefer revolvers for pocket carry, and ultimate reliability. I dont reload, and I want lots of trigger time. Seems to me a 9mm revolver is a really good idea.
     
  14. TennJed

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    The OP asked to not turn this into a revolver vs auto debate. That has been done time after time. There is more to CC than number of rounds. If you need 18 rounds plus a quick reload that is fine. I am a pretty good shot so I do not need to spray 36 rounds. CC a revolver has advantages over an auto. An auto has advantages over a revolver. Let's stick to revolvers here
     
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    I think a 4" small frame revolver with adjustable sights in 9mm would be a nice outdoorsman's gun. But it will probably never be made.
     
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    I'll stick with my .38/.357 revolvers and Buffalo Bore ammo. The 9mm won't do anything, from a snubby, that the BB LSWCHP .38+P won't do better.

    If I had a 9mm revolver, I'd be tempted to try .380 in it. If it wasn't so expensive, to shoot, that is.
    I wish Taurus would make a 9x18mm Makarov revolver. I'd buy one of those, just for the heck of it.
     
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    380 wont work in a 9mm revolver (see pic)

    However because of the way Taurus stellar clips work you can supposedly shoot 380 in a model 85 in 38spl using moon clips for the 380 revolver. I'm betting these same clips would work in other manufacturers 38's to allow the use of 380

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    I haven't tried it, but I have heard you can shoot .380 in a 9 mm revolver using moon clips. However, I won't do it in mine.
     
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    I had a 9mm S&W revolver. It stated in the owners manual that you may have to experiment with ammo to find ammo that won't give you an ejection problem. I shoot my reloads and have no problems. That is until I tried fireing them through the 9mm revolver. I have had to take a hammer and pound them out. Yes, that was with moon clips. That is why I no longer have a 9mm revolver.
     
  21. weblance

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    How about power levels equal to, or better than 38+P for $5 LESS per box of 50?

    Well, I certainly dont have to hammer the empty cartridges out of my 905, as a matter of fact, without the moon clips, they pretty much fall out. There was something wrong with that Smith&Wesson, or your reloads werent to spec.
     
  22. weblance

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    9 X 21..? Seriously? Why would they chamber this in 9x21? Thats very strange, unless its a missprint. 9 x 21 is not 9mm Luger. 9mm Luger is 9 x 19. I doubt they would sell any at all in 9x21.
     
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    I'd buy one because I think revolvers are cool, and I don't want to pay for expensive ammo, and don't want a .22.

    However, in 9mm, revolvers don't make much practical sense. I mean, they shoot exactly the same ammo as the autoloaders but carry much less of it. So while some would buy a 9mm revolver for the coolness factor, most would look at it, admire it, and get a Glock.
     
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    These guys have a used S&W 940 in stock right now. Fine looking gun. Stainless I believe.
     
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    I have to disagree with the prevailing attitude. The 9mm is just fine for personal defense, but I prefer a 40 S&W and will sacrifice the extra rounds to have one.
     
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