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95sniper 02-02-2013 05:24 AM

9mm revolvers
I am wondering if purchasing a revolver in 9mm is worth it. Ammo cost is less, and they usually hold more cartridges than a 38/357. What are your opinions?

seibert1903 02-02-2013 06:34 AM

.38/.357 doesn't have as big of a capacity, but the stopping power is much greater than a 9mm so it's worth the smaller capacity.

Rick1967 02-02-2013 06:42 AM

The 357 is more powerful than the 9mm. The 38 is not. The IDPA just lowered the minumum requirement for stock service pistol ammunition. It is dificult to find 38 special that would meet the mimimum. 9mm was fine.

For those that do not know the IDPA is the International Defensive Pistol Association. They are a club for shooting hangun competitions.

John_Deer 02-02-2013 09:42 AM

Good luck finding a 9mm revolver right now. My advice is get a 357 if you want to own a revolver. In a 9mm your money would be better spent on a semi - auto, especially if you ever want to trade or sell the gun.

95sniper 02-02-2013 03:39 PM

I already have a 357, I just wanted the 9mm for the range.

Overkill0084 02-02-2013 04:37 PM


Originally Posted by 95sniper (Post 1120171)
I am wondering if purchasing a revolver in 9mm is worth it. Ammo cost is less, and they usually hold more cartridges than a 38/357. What are your opinions?

It's been my observation that 9 mm, (essentially the same diameter as .38/.357 give or take a couple thousandths) comes in 5 & 6 shot revolvers, typically compact frames for concealed carry. Not really a step forward in capacity by any means.
In a 9 mm revolver you have pretty much .38 special performance coupled with .357 Mag pressures. Nothing to brag about.
Last I looked, the 2 makers of 9 mm revolvers were Taurus and Charter Arms. There may be others that I've not been made aware of. (S&W apparently made one, but it appears to no longer be listed.) Many a thread has been locked & many feelings have been hurt over Taurus quality discussions. I will simply say that I own one Taurus and that's plenty.
Charter Arms. I have an 20 yo CA Undercover. It's not particularly good looking. Neither is it a marvel of refinement, but it does the job. It's never had any issues. I know, not a ringing endorsement, but I'd probably pick a Charter over a Taurus if push comes to shove. Charter Arms guns are US made, if that sort of thing keeps you up at night.
IMHO, neither offering would be considered ideal unless all you want is a CC piece. In which case a compact semi-auto would be more suited to that cartridge.
If all you want is to save money on ammo, it may work. I'm not entirely sure it would be worth the trouble at the end of the day. YMMV.

95sniper 02-04-2013 03:25 PM

I was looking at the charter arms model.

CHLChris 02-04-2013 03:51 PM

I'm assuming moon clips? That just seems like a pain to deal with, unless your primary purpose is fun and competition. In that case anything goes.

For defense purposes I see no compelling reasons to go with a 9mm revolver.

locutus 02-04-2013 10:29 PM

9MM +p is at the lower end of .357 performance. But if I was looking for a revolver in 9MM, I'd try to find a used S&W or Ruger.

michael80 02-04-2013 11:07 PM

No moon clips, capacity 6 , yes I want One I have there 38 undercover lite and its squirrelly but fun and with five hundred rounds through it with out any problems

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