Why do you like revolvers?

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  1. Paulyseggs

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    They're harder to shoot *let me clarify, when shooting DA.
    Slow to reload
    Hold limited amounts of ammo
    I can go on.

    So why?



    I like them for a few reasons but my number 1 is, Ive never had a pistol, carry so comfortably. I can tuck ANY revolver (have done it with J to Xframe) in my waistband. Pull my shirt over it and go. Just fits. I use a kydex triggergaurd and leash now for added security. But from the day I got my 1st handgun when I was 16ish. Thats how I carried.

    Now I've swayed to and fro on whats my "favorite" semi auto and keepin up with who's who. but revolvers always just feel good.

    Whats your reasons?
     
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    I find them easier to shoot and often more accurate (for me). They get the job done and mine have always gone bang. Had more issues with autos, ftf etc. Plus bigger calibers for hunting
     
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    Revolvers just fit my hand better.
    I shoot them better/ many different grips available.
    Wider choice of cartridges.
    More reliable.
    They look better.
     
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    Very reliable, never had one jam or stovepipe. They were good enough for Elmer Keith then they should be good enough for me.
     
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    I just think that they are cool!
     
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    I can shoot more powerful cartridges in a revolver.
     
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    They are functional works of art. I love em. Always have. I carry an auto at work so I'm not outgunned, but I carry my .38 snub in an ankle holster every day, whether at work or not.
     
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    1. Dead simple operation. Dead simple manual of arms.
    2. The most reliable tool this side of a claw hammer
    3. I trust myself with a revolver
    4. Works with any ammo
    5. A part of... a glorious part of... American history
    6. Smaller capacity encourages discipline
    7. The curved shape of a pocket revolver blends better, prints less, and is more comfortable to carry than an auto of comparable power
     
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    They are as close to being idiot proof as any firearm... I'm an idiot..

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    Yes.

    Exactly.

    I can say that every day, totally truthfully, I am way smarter than I look. (You guys have no idea! ;) ) And, I am an idiot. I know that. I am that rare idiot who is smart enough to know that he is an idiot in many ways, and a stressful shooting situation is definitely one of those ways.
     
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    image.jpeg I grew up with revolvers and for me, are more easy to be accurate with.
    My second oldest firearm; a S&W model 28 from the Texas Dept of Public Safety...

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    They don't leave spent brass laying around. joe
     
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    A very timely question, in my case. The 10mm Match Champion has inspired in me a new appreciation for revolvers. Not that I ever quit liking them. Previous posts covered the reliability, which includes no need to burn hundreds of rounds of a given load to confirm. If it fits the chamber and is assembled properly, it will go bang. More importantly to me, is the wide range of hand sizes and shapes a given revolver can fit. The current Ruger revolvers being the ultimate in that regard.

    In my quest for a bit more power in a handgun, the Match Champion filled both the reliability and fit needs. The stock grip just happens to fit my hand perfectly, making quick acquisition and aiming easy. And as I experiment with various heavy loads, I need not worry about cartridge OAL or bullet shape causing feed problems. In fact, the obvious bonus is that I can go with longer OAL to accommodate heavier loads.

    Autos may be faster to follow up shots and reload (for most), but I find revolvers, in my case, to be quicker to the first shot on target.
     
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    My S&W Model 19 .357 mag is my most accurate and most powerful handgun. It's the quickest to load a snake shot round into when that's needed. And since it will eat anything, from wimpy .38s, to match grade .38 +p, to full blast .357 mag, I can reload for it. And I don't have to search around for my brass.
     
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    Oh yeah. And you guys shooting 10mm pistols know how far that brass can fly. ;)
     
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    D’oh! yeah! This too!
     
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    I regard a 4” S&W Model 19/66 as the ultimate all-purpose revolver, and a 3” S&W Model 13/65 as the ultimate fighting hand gun.
     
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    I like them as much as a quality semi auto, not more or less, just a different kind of tool. There is no perfect gun, its like kives.

    Personally I've never found them to be hard to shoot. In fact if you consider the accuracy they are often more accurate in many cases.

    I'll never carry in my waistband without a holster with a clip of some kind.
     
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    They’re not hard to shoot, but they do shoot hard!
     
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    Because there's nothing else in the world like the slight "click" you hear and then the smoooooth feeling as you rotate the cylinder to load it. :)

    That, and for some reason I'm more accurate with a revolver than a semi-auto.
     
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    The click before the click
     
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    Because I'm a God damn gun slingin' cowboy at heart, that's why!
     
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    I carried a 45ACP for years while working with the USArmy.

    Just the same, as noted earlier, the revolver is the original point and click interface in a high stress situation, it plays every time...
     
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    I've never felt under gunned with a 44 magnum on my hip.

    Accuracy.

    I don't like to clean my guns as often.
     
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    “At heart.”

    Yes.

    Counts for so little but truly means so much.
     
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    Or if it doesn’t, pull the trigger again. Next round should be good.
     
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    My last purchase was a Ruger GP100 3" .44SPL. I am a big fan of .44 SPL. I carry a S&W 642 everyday. I have numerous semi-auto handguns, all are supremely reliable. But, I always seem to grab that little J-Frame when I go to the store. I suppose it's for many of the same reasons listed above.

    b/r

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    I prefer to carry and shoot revolvers...period.

    That said, I hear a lot of half truths, myths and misconceptions being spread around about reliability.

    I've been a handloader and amateur gunsmith for over 50 years...so I know a bit about this. I've worked on and carried a fair number of 1911 45 autos and any malfunctions can be easily corrected by someone who knows what to do.

    For those who say revolvers are free of problems, you must have been very lucky. I've experienced "many" malfunctions with wheel guns that most definitely needed the attention of a gunsmith. Quite a few of them were actually new in the box and should have never left the factory as they were. The number of problems would make up a fairly long list.

    I've had a few hundred guns pass through my hands. Any mechanical object can have any number of issues. This includes both revolvers and autos.
     
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    And I can also shoot specialized "cat sneeze" loads as well, which would not cycle the slide in a semi-auto.
    So as a handloader, the revolver is a much more versatile platform capable of digesting a far wider variety of various loadings.
     
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    The thing I like best about (double action) revolvers is that dry firing and shooting them is good training for trigger control. Learning to stroke through that long double action press without disturbing the alignment of the gun makes doing the same with most self-loaders seem much easier.
     
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    Both of those reasons have got to be a big part of their appeal for me too! :dblthumb:

    My dad bought a Ruger Super Blackhawk when I was very young. I think that gun is a big part of why I became fascinated with single action revolvers. That and constantly watching western movies and TV shows growing up.

    There's just something about a traditional muzzleloader, lever action rifle and single action revolver that appeals to me more than other guns. Since I hunt with handguns, the fact that revolvers can be chambered in more powerful rounds, like @RavenLoon pointed out, is one reason for their appeal. While fixed barrel semi-autos are capable of very good accuracy, I find revolvers are usually more accurate than most semi-auto handguns.

    Like @Jeffro said, I've never had one stovepipe although when I first started reloading, with an old Lee Loader, I did have a stout 335gr hardcast load jump the crimp in my .45 Colt Blackhawk. I guess that was technically a jam. Luckily I was at the range testing loads, not hunting or in a self defense situation.

    After that I upgraded my reloading gear and when the Lee Factory Crimp Die came out I never experienced that again. Its worked well for 44 mag, 45 Colt and 454 Casull. As a test I left a round loaded with the LFCD in my .454 Casull BFR while firing the remaining four chambers multiple times with no issue.
     
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    I always liked the shot to shot option of a double action. Depending on the situation you can choose a hair trigger single action for accuracy, or just pull the trigger for a quick response situation.

    Revolvers fit into the natural order of the universe. Everything revolves!! :cool:

    -John
     
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    I own autos and revolvers both. Love a 1911. Have a polymer Walther.

    The two I take out most? A little Browning 1911-380 and a Taurus tracker 7 shot 38/357 with a 4" barrel. bought both new.
    Read about the Tracker, took off the sideplate after buying it, blew all the crap out the works, put the sideplate back on. Not one misfire, not one. Cheapest ammo so far is PPU 38.

    No failure to feed. If there is a failure to fire, pull the trigger again for the next round. Both are essentially 7 rounds, the Browning is 7+1.

    And the ported muzzle with .357 is very fun to shoot around dusk! Fireball!

    Transfer bar safety and DA, just keep pulling till clicks then grab the knife(s) .

    No grizz here, just the occasional black bear, mountain lions, and rumors of wolves.

    Weight = less felt recoil, but you gotta carry that weight.

    Carry a lighter revolver, shoot it with light loads and put in the heavies when it's game time. That's the advice I've gotten here over the years I've been on here.

    I can testify that in an adrenaline situation the recoil will not be an issue. Haven't had it happen with firearms (thankfully) but it will not be an issue. Wrestling with 2 leggeds when it's not for fun teaches you a lot.

    Practice, practice, practice.

    I hope what I have offered is helpful.

    Good luck!
     
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    I don't like them at all. Limited ammo. They carry funny. Could care less about clicks spins or anything else for noises. Don't mind picking up my brass. Heavy for size. My auto is just as simple insert mag rack slide and forget about it same as a revolver. Just as simple. And most importantly can t run em suppressed.
     
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    Harder to shoot? No so. If your handgun must be utterly reliable, carry a revolver. Also revolvers have the simpleist immediate action drill.

    For years my carry gun has been a S&W M13. For years before I carried a M1911A1 or a PPK-S.

    Hard to beat a .357 mag cartridge pushing a 158 grain bullet at 1250 ft/sec at the muzzle.
     
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    Don't know why.

    I just like 'em.


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    Talk to me about that Tracker.

    I was researching it last night. And was thinkin of trying one. What u did with the side plate I was also thinking of doing. I did it with my 92 leveraction and it's just a dandy.

    Can u weight it for me? TaurusUSA says 40oz, Buds & CTD say 28oz. A bunch of other retailers say 40 or 28oz.
     
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    Gimme a sec, I'm still up. I'll weigh it empty.
     
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    @Wasp. Carrying like that doesn't bother me much. Especially with a revolver. I have had it fall down my pant leg a time or two. But the comfort & concealability was always worth it. Now with the kydex trigger gaurd and dummy cord I get it all.

    And placement is anywhere from 11to1 o'clock. Depending on what else I'm carrying.



    Hows that Taurus? Is that a 357? 7shot? If so any chance you can weigh it?
    Eta. No need but feel free if ya wanna. @ExAF1N1 did below
     
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    Empty and dirty.
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    And with 7x .357JHP.
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    Thanks man!!


    Eta. Also I keep reading about people's complaints, on the ports getting dirty.

    Whats ur take?

    Just so you know, I used to "clean" my Ak74 of corrosive salts by hosing it with Windex and doing a few mag dumps of non corrosive ammo.
     
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    Take another look, had to edit the photos. Posted right this time after the edit lol.

    You're welcome!
     
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    Saw that! Also I added a question to the above post
     
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    So, 2.2lb empty and 2.45 loaded. Please calculate the ounces on your own at this early hour. Going to bed soon, and I can't math because I have the dumb lol.
     
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    I like mine, in the hand feels close-ish to a 1911 weight wise when loaded. Feels more "whippy" though when I unholster it if that makes sense. Barrel is not as heavy as a 1911 and mass is more centered in the hand vs a 1911.
     
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    Taurus is correct. And I mis quoted them at 40oz. Thats the 6in model. 4in says 35oz.

    I was more excited at the thought of 28oz TBH.

    My dream gun is a 4in 7shot 357mag in the 18-20oz range. I think it could be done.
    The (S&W) 327PD (8shot)weighs around 24oz on a Nframe. And the 386PD (7shot) was 17oz but with a 2 1/2barrel. Closest thing to that is the LCRx @ 21oz but its a 5shot.

    I think S&W should build me one!!
     
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    They always work. Pull trigger, go bang. No matter how dirty, wet, dusty, or whatever, they will shoot when an auto won't. That's my belief anyway, and why I chose a .357 for a field gun when I wasn't carrying anything for hunting... something I could fall into a swamp with, come up out of the water wearing in a chest rig, see a moc, and it would work.

    Other than that though, I find them harder to shoot accurately due to longer DA trigger pull, and if i CCed, would go with a smaller auto.
     

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