why get a revolver?

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by field, Aug 11, 2009.

  1. field

    field New Member

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    Im pretty sure some pros are..

    1. much easier to take apart
    2. More reliable do to less moving parts

    but... what other reasons might someone get a revolver? and when you made the decision to get one, which one did you get and what was the application?
     
  2. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Revolvers aren't necessarily all that easy to disassemble. (I mean completely disassembled) I've had Rugers and S&W's apart for various reasons and it takes some getting used to. Of the two, I found the Smith easier to work on. ;)

    Revolvers have their uses and semi autos have their uses. It all comes down to what you want the firearm to accomplish.
     

  3. Shotgun Shooter

    Shotgun Shooter New Member

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    They look pretty badass.

    S.S.
     
  4. field

    field New Member

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    this is what i was wondering about, maybe you could elaborate as to the advantages a revolver might have over a semi-auto with slide and magazine
     
  5. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I have both revolvers and semi autos. I got into revolvers shortly after shooting a friends 357 meg and deciding I needed to have one. Now I have 2, a S&W model 19 and a Ruger SP101 and will probably have more in the future.. I got my wife into shooting thru revolvers becaue they were easier for her to operate and less intimidating for her. The SP101 is her night stand gun with 38's and trust the gun fully.
    Revolvers offer several things autos can't...one being magnum cartriges and don't bring your dumb DE argument. Revolvers have the strength to handle 357, 41, 44, 454, 460 and 500's.
    They can be belly guns, they don't need room for the action to cycle and as long as the cylinder doesn't jam you're good.
    No tap, rack, bang. If it doesn't go off, just keep squeezing.
     
  6. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    They were the first "bad asses" and for me they will always hold a special place in my firearms heart. Less moving parts to worry about and reliable for years. The only disadvantage over semi-autos, less rounds, maybe a little heavier and bulkier on bigger wheelis, but they make the same hole, cause the same damage and do the same job.

    Jack
     
  7. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Spittinfire pretty much covered it.
     
  8. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Good quality revolvers harken to an era of craftsmanship and fine steel. Intrinsic beauty that a Glock or other polymer pistol can never match (IMHO).

    Wheel guns can be had in MUCH more powerful chamberings than autos. When the target is large and dangerous, few autos will be adequate. Few will go afield in large bear country with an auto. .44 mag revolver (or larger) is the preferred protection.

    With practice a revolver is a very formidable defensive arm. 6 shots of .357 mag can be better than 15 of 9mm. One shot from my .44 will not require follow up shots on two legged vermin. I practice and can regulary attain sub 3 second reloads using Safariland speedloaders. Many folks cannot reload their wonder9's in 3 seconds.

    To me, a nicely blued S&W N-frame is a work of art as well as a powerful tool.
     
  9. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Very true robo. I have to say my prettiest gun is easily my model 19. I personally have a thing for the old, deep blue S&W's with a nice medium finish wood grip. Model 19, 29 etc...pinned and recessed. I personally like the square butt but that's me.
    I couldn't find a picture of mine other wise I would put one up.
     
  10. utf59

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    One thing not yet mentioned is accuracy. The barrels in most semi-autos move during cycling, while a revolver's barrel is fixed. That little bit of play in the barrel makes for slightly larger groups from semi-autos. There are exceptions, of course. A few semi-autos use rotating bolts, which leave the barrels stationary, and some high-end semis have VERY tight tolerances.

    One disadvantage inherent to the revolver is that the magazine (cylinder) and grip are one behind the other, while in semi-autos, they occupy the same space. So a revolver with a 4" barrel will be considerably bigger than a semi-auto with the same barrel length.

    Personally, I love shooting both. And rifles. And shotguns. :)
     
  11. field

    field New Member

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    what does DE stand for...

    could you explain. what is a belly gun
     
  12. NGIB

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    DE is Desert Eagle, one of the few semi-autos chambered in the larger revolver calibers.

    A belly gun is really any gun you "stick in their belly" and pull the trigger. Snub nosed revolvers are called belly guns frequently.

    Revolvers are just different than autos, not necessarily better - just different. I have both and will always have both.

    These are very different yet both are highly desireable:

    S&W 686+ 7 shot .357, 3 incher:
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    Colt Commander:
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  13. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    DE stands for Dessert Eagle. They make a semi auto that shoots a 357 magnum but it is a huge, worthless pistol IMO. Google it.

    A belly gun is a gun that you can burry the barrel in another man's belly and still get rounds off. Only a revolver will do this. If you burry a semi auto in someone's belly it messes up the action, you'll probably get the chambered round off and then a jam.
     
  14. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Main advantage i hear is the lack of a manual safety system--grab gun, squeeze trigger, boom. As has been mentioned, there are times when a safety lever could slow you down a bit.
     
  15. Virginian

    Virginian Active Member

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    #1 - I don't like center fire semi autos. I have tried over 44 times, too.
    #2 - less likely to screw up than a semi, which was learned trying to like them.
    #3 - I like big wheelguns.
     
  16. rosebush62

    rosebush62 New Member

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    Less work

    :) You don't have to pickup the brass
     
  17. Fayettedave

    Fayettedave New Member

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    All of the reasons listed above, but mostly...

    Just cause the're fun!
     
  18. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    +10 here for sure!

    I have autoloaders, and I have wheelguns. You'd be hard-pressed to find an autoloader that feels better in your hand than a big-bore wheelgun. Don't get me wrong, I like my autoloaders.... ahhhh but a 629 Classic is love at first shot!
     
  19. dukech1

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    +1 for Mark, but, I like the big bore wheelies from Ruger. Steady, reliable, shoots even when dirty. And, when facing a big-bore handgun, most folk say, I quit.
     
  20. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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    I would say the advantages in order in my mind are:

    Reliablity
    Durability
    Accuracy
    Bigger Bore Capability
    Feel
    Looks

    And of course fun. Every gun lover has to have his revolvers in the mix. Several! :)