Revolver vs. Semi-auto

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by taihawk, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. taihawk

    taihawk New Member

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    What are the pros/cons of getting a revolver vs. a semiauto, magazine (clip) fed handgun? Before I started looking at all this stuff, I assumed that revolvers were really a "thing of the past", but am quickly finding out that many people prefer them.

    Please explain to a dummy like me on this one
     
  2. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I am pretty new to guns and my first gun is a revolver. It was explained to me that revolvers seldom have firing problems and for a newbie, it is very easy to tell if it's unloaded by opening the cylinder and looking. In a semi-auto pistol, even when you take the magazine out there still may be a round loaded in the chamber that you might forget about. It happens. I am very happy with my revolver and I have just recently starting thinking about getting a semi-auto pistol. But it is a personal choice and personal preference. Either way, I suggest getting together with an instructor or someone who is very knowledgeable about shooting and who would like to help you along.

    I don't consider revolvers 'a thing of the past', I think of them more as 'classics'.

    Also, the revolver I have shoots either .38, .38+P and .357 magnums so you have a little versatility with some revolvers.
     

  3. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    Revolver pros
    1.) Versatility
    2.) More simple in design
    3.) Power
    4.) Good looking
    5.) Extremely fun to shoot and handle

    Cons;
    1.) Gernaly low capacity
    2.) Not as fast to reload as a semi automatic
    3.) Lower fire rate
    4.) More time spent reloading

    Semi auto Pros;
    1.) Generally high capacity
    2.) Higher fire rate
    3.)Quicker to reload
    4.)Generally lighter than a revolver

    Cons
    1.)Not as versatile
    2.)Generally not as powerful
    3.)Can malfunction more
    4.)Not as simple in design
     
  4. Wambli

    Wambli New Member

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    There is really no point in doing a vs. type discussion if you don't state the purpose of the firearm. Hunting, self defense, target shooting, holding in your sweaty hands with a silly grin on your face? All of them valid activities to carry out with a handgun.

    The development of the modern revolver and the modern autoloader has been going on in parallel for the last 100+ years so while the modern revolver has a slight edge to the autoloader age-wise at this point in history they are BOTH classic designs (1911 is 100 years old, hardly a spring chicken).

    I don't really even see a point in a vs. discussion just for the sake of it. There are many other factors to consider in judging a firearm's suitability for a task besides feeding method. Besides they are both fun and everyone should have multiples of each...
     
  5. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    Revolvers will never be a "thing of the past". They are timeless and as your taste in guns grows, you will begin to appreciate the finer things that revolvers offer. I don't know that anyone is truly a semi auto OR revolver person. Most people have both and enjoy shooting both. Sometimes I feel like going out and spraying lead and firing hundreds of rounds. That's when I take my autos out. Other times I feel like leisure shooting and appreciate the finer details of a nice revolver trigger. Get some of both.
     
  6. rifleman1

    rifleman1 New Member

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    do what i did and buy a couple of each and enjoy because there both fun and offer diffrent uses for diffrent situations.
     
  7. utf59

    utf59 New Member

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    I own and love both.

    When I make comparisons here, assume I'm talking about a revolver and auto that are of similar quality and barrel length.

    Revolvers tend to be more accurate (fixed barrel). (Yes, I know there are some autos with fixed barrels.)

    If you're fighting for your life and the round doesn't fire, with a revolver, you can just pull the trigger again for your next chance. With an auto, you have to change mags or draw another gun.

    Revolvers are even less likely to jam than autos. When an auto does jam, it can often be cleared and put back to work. When a revolver truly jams, it usually involves something caught in the cylinder that freezes the whole thing up. If that happens, you need to draw another gun.

    The two things I listed above don't happen often, and if you just want a range gun, they don't matter much.

    An auto is more likely to have a user-induced malfunction, usually a "stovepipe." Good practice will make this problem disappear.

    There is a lot more you can do with revolver grips to make a particular gun fit your hand. Since the ammunition isn't stored inside the grip, the grip size isn't dependent on the size of the ammo.

    A revolver is more difficult to conceal because the cylinder makes it wider.

    A revolver will typically be longer than an auto that has the same barrel length because the magazine (cylinder) and grip come one behind the other, rather than taking up the same space.

    As you acquire more firearms, I definitely recommend at least one of each type. In my own case, learning to shoot a revolver (fairly) well has improved my shooting of autos as well.
     
  8. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    I never thought id have a revolver.... BUT, here it is ... :cool:
    Does this look like a "thing of the past"??........
     

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  9. canebrake

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    In the prophetic words of Trez; "Does this look like a "thing of the past"??........"


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  10. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    Those are some pretty spiffy loaders and tray... :eek:
     
  11. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    That's one gorgeous Smith and Wesson:cool:. What model is it? A 19?
     
  12. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    If i were getting shot at by more than one person, i would want my XD45 with 13+1 rounds loaded (i need target practice :eek: ) & some clean undies, but for target practice, i MUCH prefer my Ruger GP100 revolver with the 6" barrel. I have a couple of inexpensive speedloaders for the GP100 that help with reload time.

    Try a buddy's or rent one.
     
  13. Kain

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    A lot of it has to do with preference.

    However when I see someone in a "security" role that has a revolver on their hip, I instantly think less of their ability to do their job. I know this is irrational, but it's just how I think.

    For me the enormous capacity of an autoloader will always make it superior to a wheel gun.
     
  14. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    for pocket carry or ccw definately an automatic. pockets are the dirtiest harshest environments one can keep a pistol. junk gets caught in the mechanism of a pocket carry revolver your firearm is just a club. junk gets caught in a semi-auto you at least have one shot.

    revolver failures generally results in a complete disassembly involving a gun smith. automatic failure generally involves racking the slide for a fresh round. a good quality handgun properly maintained using quality ammo its really rare for it to happen in either platform.

    ccw i would choose an auto everytime for the above reasons. even holster hidden on the person can become a haven for gunk.

    i find automatics easier to shoot and land center mass hits time after time. you generally dont have that oh so long trigger pull. ive got a colt python, prolly the finest revolver ever made, and i find it difficult to use in da mode. single action its a thing of beauty but your not gonna sa a revolver when the sht hits. my 1911 holds only two extra rounds than a revolver and i only carry two spare mags

    it boils down to personal pref. try each see what ya like.
     
  15. canebrake

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    Thanks 4ever, yep she's a 19-3 P&R manufactured in 1970. The gun is older than most members here at the FTF!

    She still throws lead just fine.

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  16. canebrake

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    5 Star Firearms just North of Chicago. Great bunch of guys, during a heavy snowstorm last winter they got to the shop, packed my order and shipped it when everyone else was stuck shoveling! I highly recommend them.

    5 Star Firearms | Speed Loaders | Range Blocks | 100% American Made [​IMG]
     
  17. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Wow, that statement speaks volumes.
     
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    I most often carry an auto because of the ease and comfort of concealing the flat package. However, if I'm ever in a fight I pray I'll be carrying my Security Six (revolver).
     
  20. freefall

    freefall New Member

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    Guess I should probably help the Lord along there a little, eh?:cool: