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Bear Country Hiking - revolver or semi-auto handgun?


View Poll Results: Which is better for bear country hiking?
Semi-auto handgun 6 13.04%
Revolver 40 86.96%
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Old 07-27-2013, 06:50 PM   #101
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Does not list a howdah pistol in the poll.
Good Lord, where did you get that canon ? Is it blackpowder ? Cabelas sells one a version but nothing like yours...
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Revolver wins hands down because when you're down with lots of lbs of bear on you, a revolver can still come out and fire without possibilities of failure.
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What rifles do you own that have failures? And why would you still own them?
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Humm? A revolver cannot fail? Have you ever exposed a revolver to sand and dirt? Have you never had a bullet jump and jam the rotation? Never had a pawl break when stressing a stuck cylinder? Anything mechanical can and will fail.
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Humm? A revolver cannot fail? Have you ever exposed a revolver to sand and dirt? Have you never had a bullet jump and jam the rotation? Never had a pawl break when stressing a stuck cylinder? Anything mechanical can and will fail.
Beat me to the punch. Revolvers are not a simple as some would lead you to believe.
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Humm? A revolver cannot fail? Have you ever exposed a revolver to sand and dirt? Have you never had a bullet jump and jam the rotation? Never had a pawl break when stressing a stuck cylinder? Anything mechanical can and will fail.
Or a backed out primer.
The army replaced the revolvers with the 1911 because the 1911 was more reliable under battle conditions.
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*sigh* here we go again...
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The 1911's are beautiful guns, but automatics aren't more dependable than revolvers. The revolvers, which included the Colt New Service model 1909, S&W model 1917 until 1941, S&W Triplelock in 455 Webley purchased by Canada and Britain, and the S&W Victory model was continuously used along side the 1911.

In my opinion the .44 mag should be the bare minimum against a bear.
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Humm? A revolver cannot fail? Have you ever exposed a revolver to sand and dirt? Have you never had a bullet jump and jam the rotation? Never had a pawl break when stressing a stuck cylinder? Anything mechanical can and will fail.
In theory, a well maintained semi auto is just as reliable as a revolver, but in the real world, I have fired lots of revolvers from cheap to high end, never once have I had a failure, I have fired lots of auto's from cheap to high end and iv'e had lots of failures with multiple auto's.
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The reason revolvers were pressed into service during the wars was simply a lack of semi-autos at the time. Germany was prepared for war. Germany set the pace for future combat handguns. The Luger, Mauser and the later Walther.
After the War Smith & Wesson copied the Walther P-38 to produce Americas first Wonder Nine. The S&W Mdl. 39 became the first transition for civilian police from the .38 special to a 9MM Semi-Auto.
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