Originally Posted by starving030
Is it just me, or are the price of revolvers a smidge higher than SA pistols?
My mind is stuck on the notion that revolvers should be noticeable lower in price because there is a lot less to them as far as parts and mechanical function goes. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on why.
DA and SA revolvers are more complex with more tiny little precision machined parts.
revolvers are the swiss watches of the gun world. they are complex precision devices while semi autos are simple work horses kinda like the timex watch.
while a revolver looks simple they arent. ruger SA revolvers arent too bad and probably the most rugged simple sa revolver ever created if your talking ruger vaquero or blackhawks. the colt SA and its clones are pretty delicate and dont hold up well to tons of shooting without needing frequent overhauls.
DA revolvers are in the same boat in most respects they need frequent care and maintanance when shot a lot. hands and pawls frequently wear out and require replacement which requires fitting in order for the cylinder to time properly.
semi auto pistols have relatively few moving parts and are much less likely to kaboom when things wear out.
one of the big myths of the gun world is the revolver being less complex simple design than a semi auto.
all that being said there is nothing wrong with revolvers being more complex or semi auto being less well made. both work well and have served in warfare to great success. people routinely get extremely high round counts without problems with both platforms. the differences are truly minor at best and there is nothing wrong or bad choosing either as a defensive firearm.