Revolver or Semi-Auto

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by northhike, Nov 28, 2009.

  1. northhike

    northhike New Member

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    I'm sure this question has been asked, but beinng fairly new to this forum I thought I would throw it out for opinions then decide for myself.

    I live in a safe neighborhood, work in a fairly safe city and periodically hike and camp with my kids and wife. Last year I invested in a 9mm semi-auto and got my carry permit. Since that time I have shot often and carried the weapon little. Despite it being a "sub-compact" 9mm its still fairly bulky and not easily concealed for the clothes I wear.

    Also, its always loaded, but not cocked as it does not have a saftey and I don't want to inadvertantly grab it and have it go off. Yes....I do practice unholstering the gun, but its just a preference not to have it cocked in holster since the trigger is lighter.

    So here is my dilema......
    I'm considering a snub nose revolver (.38 special?) because it fits nicley in my pocket (so I will carry it more) and is ready to fire when I pull it out. It only holds 6 rounds, but I'm not planninng on being in a full scale gun battle either. I also like the .38 because its got a bit more juice then the 9mm in the event we run into a animal hiking. I know a .357 or a 44magnum would be better for larger animals, but again I live in a state with small black bears and maybe a cougar or two....no Grizzlys. :)

    Like to hear your suggestions...
     
  2. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    There's nothing wrong with carrying a .38 Special. I often carry a Ruger LCR (only a 5 shot) and I keep it loaded up with +P Defender ammo. This is a light weight revolver and surprizingly accurate.

    The bottom line is, carry what you are most comfortable with.
     

  3. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Nothing wrong with a 38 for self defense but I personally wouldn't want it for a woods gun. If it were me, I would buy a 357. You can use the 38s for practice and 357s for carry in social areas or in the woods. The 357 will do everything a 38 will do and much, much more. I agree with Mark, shoot what you are comfortable with, that is the most important thing.

    Also, I'm not sure where you got the idea that a 38 is hotter then a 9mm. In the standard loads for both the 9mm carries about 100# more energy then the 38. Not trying to highjack your thread or start a pissing contest, I'm just sayin....
     
  4. Walley

    Walley New Member

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    A 38 special is more than adequate as a carry gun. I have carried a 380 auto for 50 years. I know that the current thinking is that you need a hand cannon with large clips but realistically even a 22 or 32 revolver and even a 25 auto will get the job done. As I have said before it is not the caliber of weapon but the skill of the user that makes the difference. A 22 will kill a person just as dead as a shotgun with buckshot.

    For a woods gun I feel that anything that is easily concealed is inadequate for woods protection because of their short barrels. I usually carry an S&W Military & police 38 special with a six-inch barrel. Believe it or not I sometimes carry a 44 cal cap and ball revolver with a seven and half inch barrel. I am comfortable with either one.
     
  5. northhike

    northhike New Member

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    spittinfire,

    I had read on another forum about the .38 having more energy then a .38. A .38 is a short .357 as I understand it. Regardless......my question is really about revolver vs. semi-auto. I'm not a "bigger is better" guy. I believe in a weapon that can get the job done, but what I am coming to realize (via the comments) is that I may need two guns.....one for the woods in the event I run into an animal (which requires more fire power) and one for carry. I was trying to find one that could do both.
     
  6. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    You are correct, the 357 was created by lengthening a 38. I stand by my earlier statement, I'd go with a 357.
     
  7. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I am trying to think of a high capacity 9mm that can be loaded but uncocked and has no external safety and a light trigger. What to you currently have?

    IMHO a 4" .357 Mag revolver should be the first handgun in any colection. Versitile, powerful, accurate, reasonably sized.

    Firepower? You are one of the first people I have seen acknowlege POWER as an integral part of firepower.
     
  8. SGT-MILLER

    SGT-MILLER New Member

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    If you can, purchase a .357 magnum 4 inch revolver (Smith and Wesson, Ruger, and Taurus being some good choices). You can't go wrong with having a solid firearm that can operate with two different calibers (.357 for protection, and .38 special for range practice).

    Two for the price of one.
     
  9. UnderFire

    UnderFire New Member

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    I totally agree!!
    My very first firearm (over 22 yrs. ago) was a S&W .357Mag, 4" barrel, revolver. I still own & use it.

    I wouldn't recommend the small calibers, due to the fact of an animal in the woods may take you by surprise and with adrenalin rushes a well placed shot is highly unlikely. When I'm in the deep woods huntin' I have my S&W .357Mag (mentioned above) with me strapped on my side. A revolver is more reliable in the woods than a pistol due to the fact of dirt & grime. I would have to go with the other suggestions on getting a .357 Magnum revolver for the woods and like said you could always run .38 loads through it when necessary. If I was in the woods where big game hangout, such as moose & grizzly, I would recommend a .460 revolver.

    Can't go wrong with a S&W or Ruger revolvers.
     
  10. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    4" Ruger GP100. It's a tank. It's not the best CC handgun, but is an excellent woods gun.
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  11. tiberius10721

    tiberius10721 New Member

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    357 mag is great choice for first time gun owner. 4 inch or 6 inch. If you ever get into reloading the 38 special is a very easy round for the beginning reloader.
    There is also no break in period as far as the gun jamming. I love automatics but i definately think wheel guns give a shooter more options as far as the type of ammunition you want to shoot.
     
  12. Franchise

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    For an automatic which can be carried loaded, uncocked with no external safety, I would have to say CZ-75 BD. It is a decocker model. I can carry a round in the chamber and the double action trigger is pretty smooth. It has the whatever " Flangy" feature which is supposed to prevent accidental hammer strikes. Meaning it, being the "Flangy", only comes between the hammer and pin when the trigger is pulled. I also agree that there is no do it all hand gun. When I'm in the woods my 4" service six .357 is on my hip. When I do carry with a jacket or untucked, my CZ 9mm is first choice. When I have to have a smaller gun, My .380 Bersa gets the nod. The most important thing is that all of these are plenty accurate in my hands to do the job. Someone else's hand may be different. Some other guns in my hands aren't as accurate. Probably malfunctions huh!
     
  13. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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    If you want something that would serve as a woods gun as well as a concealed carry weapon you might consider the Ruger SP101. It's a solid gun, very acceptably accurate and quick to reload. You can also practice with .38 special to be easy on the wallet.

    You also can't go wrong with a Smith and Wesson. They are more expensive, but if you keep your eye out long enough, they will pop up used for a decent bargain. I shot a Model 66 Friday and it was a pure joy. About as accurate as you could imagine a 2.5" barrel gun to be, trigger smooth as silk. . . ahhhhh.
     
  14. northhike

    northhike New Member

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    Well....after much debate I ended up buying a Ruger GP100 357 magnum with a 4" barrel. Now I can't wait to shoot it!
     
  15. OC357

    OC357 New Member

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    That is a good choice.

    Now you will have to let us know how you like it after you have a chance to break it in.

    357 Magnums are great...:D

    OC
     
  16. northhike

    northhike New Member

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    I did considered the SP101, but was afraid I would not be as accurate with the .357 mag rounds. I'll let you know tomorrow how she shoots. I got a box of .38's to start our relationship before we move to something more serious like a .357 round. ;)
     
  17. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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    In the SP101 the difference in recoil between .38 and .357 is minimal, accuracy is not affected.
     
  18. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    So, which 9mm do you have? :confused:
     
  19. northhike

    northhike New Member

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    That would be "had" ......it was a Springfield XD sub compact. I traded fore the 357.
     
  20. canebrake

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    Two rounds of Cor-Bon Pow' RBall to penetrate auto glass and seven rounds of Hornady TAP Personal Defense +P 230 Grain Jacketed Hollow Points for heart surgery. Just call her the Snake Doctor!

    If I want to go wheel gun I call on Elsie Ahrrr:

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