Revolver vs. semi auto for ccw

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by vtfilamguy, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. vtfilamguy

    vtfilamguy New Member

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    I had been carrying a naa mini in .22 mag and I liked it a lot as my first ccw but I am looking to upgrade to something double action just wanted to get some opinions thinking about either a compact 9 or maybe a .357 thanks in advance for the help.
     
  2. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    Lots of great choices in either on the market.

    Ruger LCR's, SP101's, S&W J frames, with exposed hammers, without exposed hammers, just lots of options in small wheel guns.

    Same with semi autos, Sig 938, Colt New Agent, Ruger SR9c, Kahr, Kel-Tec, and many more.

    Browse the gun stores, rent some if you can. You will find a hand gun that fits.

    Read through the threads on here, good information.
     

  3. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    My take:

    Revolvers, in general, are going to be more reliable because of fewer moving parts being instrumental to its functioning, which means less to go wrong and, also, less to maintain.

    Semi-autos, in general, tend to have larger round capacities and a thinner, more concealable thickness, due to a single chamber and feed system.

    From there its on you to determine which qualities/traits are more important. I chose semi-auto and would never second guess that choice. I also find that single action semis require way less followup work, as the blowback function recocks the firearm for you, all ya gotta do is pull the trigger again. Far superior in my eyes, but I've always preferred convenience.
     
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  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Some folks like chocolate, some strawberry.

    I carry either one, depending on what I am doing, wearing, etc.

    I have a compact 45 auto, a 9mm hi-power, and 38 and 357 snubbies.

    Advantages of each well outlined by the fellow up there ^^^

    You pays yer money, and takes your pick.
     
  5. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    I don't know what everyone's personal finances are

    like, but I prefer to carry full size. Gives you the advantage of

    choosing a range gun.

    While I like the 1911, the Beretta 92 has a great safety

    system, too. S&W made a couple of .45s(like the 645) with

    the same DA/SA/decocker as the 92.

    Revolvers, IMO, seem to lend themselves more to open carry.
     
  6. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    This too is something that should not be overlooked. In the summer I carry a derringer, which is in neither class, and at a huge disadvantage in almost every way possible, other than otherwise I'd not carry anything without it. Hahahahaha
     
  7. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    IMO, a derringer is a fine choice. One of the ultimate CCW pistols...
     
  8. sbrit56880

    sbrit56880 New Member

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    I have several carry pieces, LC9, Sig p238, Kimber Ultra CDP ll, but my favorite is a Ruger LCR 357 mag.. It conceals very well and I don't think the fire power is questionable. It's not for the faint of heart however.. It kicks like a mule.. And if you are thinking about carrying one you need to try one at the range first ...to be sure the kick won't be something that will bother your effectiveness with the weapon.
     
  9. sbrit56880

    sbrit56880 New Member

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    One more point concerning the LCR... You can shoot 38 special or special +P in it but you loose alot of muzzle energy..
     
  10. mdauben

    mdauben New Member

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    YMMV but IMO a derringer is only slightly better than no gun at all. Extremely limited capacity, poor handling, non-existant sights. There are so many better choices, even for maximum concealment I would never choose a derringer unless it was litteraly the only gun I had.
     
  11. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    MUCH better than no gun at all, as many BG have been finding, to their
    dismay, for a VERY LONG time. ENOUGH capacity to get the initial job done, and an
    easy reload. Poor handling, and non-existant sights might mean something if SD
    weren't at POINT BLANK range. And please show me some better
    choices, sir, that are the same size, or smaller, than a derringer...
     
  12. vtfilamguy

    vtfilamguy New Member

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    I made t mistake of letting my brother in law buy my NAA mini but i am most likely going to get another but this time with the conversion cylinder for .22 lr. I am considering the lcr in .357 for a primary though a compact 9 could also be an option. Does anyone have any reviews of the sig p38 or kimber solo?
     
  13. phildenton

    phildenton New Member

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    full size revolvers can be a pain to conceal [it is possible though], snubbies are far easier to hide, but can be more pain to shoot [most pocket size guns of adequate power will be], a used s&w 36 in .38 spl is a great breeze to shoot, while still being easily concealed, and used is more affordable yet still reliable. [personally i carry a 4" .357 magnum]