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Old 05-25-2010, 08:53 PM   #1
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Default Revolver vs. Semi auto for carry.

Why Carry A Revolver?

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"Also, in certain situations (e.g. with the muzzle pushed into the torso of one's attacker, or the gun grasped by one's assailant) a pistol slide can be pushed "out of battery", meaning that the gun will not fire and/or will not cycle the action if fired. A revolver suffers rather less from this handicap (although if the cylinder is grasped, it can be prevented from turning, so a revolver isn't altogether immune)."
Revolvers are not simpler mechanically than any semi-auto I can think of. It's just that their guts are hidden inside the frame and you don't normally see them, so they get accused of being simpler. Truth is, they have mroe parts, and more of them move than in semi autos.

For comparison, a 1911 has 46 standard parts Numrich Gun Parts Corp. - The World's Largest Supplier of Firearms Parts and Accessories

A smith and wesson 686 has 78 Numrich Gun Parts Corp. - The World's Largest Supplier of Firearms Parts and Accessories

Even the old smith and wesson 1917 model had a total of 53 parts Numrich Gun Parts Corp. - The World's Largest Supplier of Firearms Parts and Accessories

I can't find the resource now, but I remember reading in either one of Applegate or Fairbairn's books that they saw far more revolvers break during their time in shanghai than semi-autos.
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:45 PM   #2
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Easy answer: Semi-auto primary, revolver as a BUG.

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The semi auto has 2 advantages I see as a carry gun. The first is that they are thinner and easier to conceal. While there are smallish revolvers, the cylinder always adds width to the gun. The second is that given the same relative "horsepower" of ammo - it's easier to shoot a semi auto well. In a semi auto, the design (moving slide/recoil spring) mechanically absorbs absorbs some of the inherent recoil - a revolver does not have this design feature.

The trigger could be considered a third advantage although I've shot some S&W K/L frames with really great triggers. As far as reliability, I see every gun as a mechanical contraption that could possibly fail so it's a moot point...

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I believe some tests were done firing a handgun while in the pocket of a jacket or something. Semi-autos jammed for the most part, while concealed hammered revolvers did not. Dress, situation, other things could dictate what is best carried. Sometimes, the old single action revolver is better than the latest semi-auto. Again, it is the situation you put yourself into.

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Easy answer: Semi-auto primary, revolver as a BUG.
Nail on the head missile, nail on the head...
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The advantage I see with a revolver is when you have a "dud" round in a revolver, you can pull the trigger again and hit another round. Every auto there is has to be cleared before attempting to fire again. Yes there are some pistols that can be struck again in double action. But if the round is bad, your done until you stip a fresh round from the mag.

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"Also, in certain situations (e.g. with the muzzle pushed into the torso of one's attacker, or the gun grasped by one's assailant) a pistol slide can be pushed "out of battery",
Doesn't the guide rod on the XD prevent this, mostly?
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The pistol is a better gun to have in a gunfight with multiple attackers,which is why police use them now,but honestly,as a normal everyday person,you are more likley to be grabbed if you are a woman,or attacked off guard,and a revolver that presents itself instantly and can fire with no racking could save your life.

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Revolvers can't jamb. When one round doesn't go off you click to the next. With an auto you pray you don't get a jamb.

For those who think revolvers are too big or heavy go pick up a LCR ot S&W model 442.

oh yea and many people find it hard to rack the slide of an auto. Ask my mom.

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