Why single action?

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Sam Colt's old plow handle 1851, from which the SAA grip frame shape evolved, balances better in my hand than anything made before or since.

Ever seen a trick shooter twirling a Glock from hand to hand, spinning it on his fingers, throwing it up in the air and catching it behind his back? Didn't think so.
The same reason you might buy a 69' Chevelle. Not an environmentally nor an economically good decision but still a hell of a good time.
Single Action has it's place as a hobby, but not as a personal defense weapon. I respect everyone's likes and dislikes but trying to argue why someone likes one type of weapon over another is futile.
My single action Bond Arms in .357 has a place in SD, my right front pocket.:D
Since I started shooting handguns I've noticed:

Single actions are lighter and stronger than similar sized DA

Solid framed so theoretically have more inherent accuracy

They do have their place in shooting world

And like the 1911, is a gun from earlier times that just keeps demonstrating its effectiveness.
Ever seen a trick shooter twirling a Glock from hand to hand, spinning it on his fingers, throwing it up in the air and catching it behind his back? Didn't think so.
Shoot, that ain't nothing!!
I bet Plaxico Burris could do that inside his pants!

I would have to say in my limited experiance, the SA wheelguns I have fired handled better than a DA. That being said, if hunting or recreation is your only purpose, SA is fine. For serious work they quickly fall short. I wouldn't use a wheelgun for much other than hunting and fun as there are better home defense choices by far, but if it is what you elect to use, training is a must. SA make me feel warm and fuzzy and are a hoot to shoot. That is about all the reason you need. Some people let that govern their choice in weapon choice for serious work unfortunately. My sentence placement is a little erratic, sorry. My point is SA are fun and have a narrow number of uses that they are good contenders just as long as they stay there.
Wild west nostalgia
That would be my ONLY reason for buying one.

I'm interested in the Colt SAA experience without the Colt SAA price. None of the newer "safer" single actions would accomplish that. I've settled on one or the other of the Cimarrons. I'd never carry the gun, or use it for self-defense, so the absence of a transfer bar is irrelevant to my situation.
At first because a 44 Mag Super Blackhawk was a lot less than a S&W M29.


Later, just because I wanted one.


So I got two

I feel sorta bad for folks who mainly think of hand guns as "personal defense weapons".....

I started out many years ago with bulls eye target shooting... a very genteel and enjoyable sport. I was still in high school at the time. Older shooters took me under their wing and let me shoot their guns.

I had a grand time shooting fine target grade guns. We would move from slow fire to timed fire and then on to "balloon shoots". As a teenager I greatly enjoyed shooting all my targets first and then sniping off the still remaining balloons of the guy next to me.... who was the Chief of Police. In his defense I will say that he shot with his service revolver while I was using a High Standard target .22.... still he did a pretty good job of pretending to be upset.... pretty sure shooting next to me helped him improve his speed loader use <grin>

I grew up in a no rifle deer hunting area... soon as I turned 21 I switched over to handgun hunting.... it was only a few years ago that I picked up a concealed carry permit and started buying smaller defense style hand guns...

I had never owned any single action revolvers until recently either... now one of the draws is that the local gunsmith doesn't even want to do trigger work on new double action revolvers with MIM components in them.... but he can sure still smooth and lighten a single action Ruger.

No offense intended... as an earlier poster stated it all in what you want out of a gun. For self defense I want something small enough that I will have it on me if God forbid I ever need it <Kahr PM 9 or S&W 638> but for enjoyment I want great adjustable sights, an accurate gun that shoots cheap cast bullets well and a great trigger pull
Why single action? I use single actions for everything,and I have found that they work just as well on crackheads,thieves and trespassers as they do on deer around these parts.
One good thing for me is that most SA have smaller grips than large frame double actions. I love N-Frames, but the trigger is a bit of a stretch for me and I need to shift from my normal grip if I want to shoot them DA.
Many say the single-action is only suited for recreation and hunting, but it seems to me that if someone shoots them most of the time and likes them, they would do fine for home defense, largely because most people have more than one and in a HD situation there would be at least a chance to grab another should one be depleted. Why switch to a less familiar platform? Now for concealed carry or a car gun on a road trip, I can see where the reloading speed would be a big factor to consider. But, to repel boarders at home, I think a single-action that someone knows how to use and is familiar with would do just dandy. After all, there's a 12 gauge parked in the corner.

The main reason for a single-action is simply because they are...well, they are just "right" and life is too short to waste time doing things that aren't "right".
they would do fine for home defense,
I agree completely.
Pity the fool that goes up against a SAA .45 Colt and a man that knows how to use it.

I liken it to a big-game hunter with a Ruger #1 single-shot rifle.
He is going to make the most out of every shot, and is likely going to be an excellent shot.

Same with a good single-action man and the 5 or 6 rounds in the gun at his disposal.
If you're a Bad Guy, don't underestimate him, because he will kill you and have a few rounds left over.

Those four clicks when the hammer comes back might as well be the hoof beats of a Pale Horseman.

Pity the fool that goes up against a SAA .45 Colt and a man who knows who to use it. Indeed. Words to live by. I also feel the same way about a man with a single shot rifle. I'd rather go up against three guys with AKs on full auto than a guy with a single shot who has his sights on me.
I started off with single action revolvers years ago. I have hunted with them for years. When I got my CCW permit I tried autos & DA revolvers. I found I liked the big single actions anyway. So, after alot of searching I went back to single action revolvers for all duties.

Heck, I even shoot IDPA with them. My reloads take a little longer but I don't drop many points.

My point exactly! Nothing balances like a SAA. Nothing. That’s not an opinion. It’s a physical FACT. Even an expert wouldn’t even ATEMTPT those types of tricks with an auto-loader or DA revolver. It wouldn’t be possible. All those guns are imbalanced. Unlike the SAA, they’re dynamically unstable.
I bought a Ruger Single Six for my first handgun about a year ago. At the time I wanted something I would feel absolutely comfortable with, and not having the ability to just randomly throw lead downrange was a plus, not a minus. It's worked out great, I love going to the range. And my marksmanship is gradually improving.

Now that I'm ready to move on to my next gun, I'm leaning towards a S&W 64. Still a revolver, but DA and a larger caliber. Seems like a natural progression. But I'm sure the Single Six will be along for every range session.
Got a 4 5/8 Blackhawk in .357. For reference there's a bring-back shooter P38 in the locker, a fullsize 1911 on the bedside table and I'm on my 3rd XD40 for EDC .

The Blackhawk in one hand, and a Marlin 1894c in the other makes me feel like a 10 year old cowboy every time. Makes me feel almost as good as petting my best dog.

If you doubt me try it.
I've also heard and read that the SAA style grip is nicer on the hands when shooting full house .45's and .44 Mag because of the way it swings in the grip to help redirect some of the recoil away from the shooter's hand.

Living where I do I can't really comment on the home defense issue but I've also often read here that if the issue can't be settled in 5 or 6 shots then the trouble is bigger than a handgun is going to fix anyway.

A lot of folks tend to get all wired on the defense shooting aspects. They forget that some of us actually enjoy shooting for fun. And for us it is the variety that counts for a lot. I've got a 1911, a CZ Shadow as well as 4 S&W ejector models, my two Pietta cowboy SAA's and a couple of black powder Uberti 1858 Remington clones. The variety of experience this handgun collection provides keeps me grinning hugely.
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