Small revolvers are OK as a backup gun, Tom.I often carry a S&W model 36 (5) shot 38 cal. revolver in my coat pocket. I have been told that the average number of shots fired during an altercation is 3.
If I use the 38, "and I hope to God I never do use it" I'm confident enough that 1 shot will do the trick. I still carry 2 speed loaders though.
Here we go again.Defender, you seem to be convinced that revolvers are not serious defensive weapons. The primary factor in stopping an attacker is shot placement, not number of shots fired. I have been a cop for 24 years and I have never heard of anyone getting killed because they ran out of ammo. There is a different mind set to the person who carries a revolver (or a single stack pistol for that matter). Accuracy. Only hits count. Only good hits count for much. You can't miss fast enough to win a gun fight. Shooting at a target does no good at all. Shooting the target center of mass with a good bullet at a decent velocity does count. I would not feel out gunned with a good 6 shot .357 or .41 mag and three speed loaders. I hit you once, center of mass, you go down, for good. I shoot with a guy in IPSC that has one crippled hand. He shoots a 625 with moon clips and will out shoot about half the field. Fast is fine but accurate is final.
Autos are fine (I carry one every day). Revolvers are fine. I carried a 4" Smith 657 .41 mag every day for 10 years. Now if you want to get into an argument over the worth of 2 shot derringers, I'll go there. I won't even own one of those. That is OLD school.
I didn't take offense to anything you said Defender. I thought they were good points. Actually, I'm new to CCW so I like opinions. Everybody has one you knowHere we go again.
You guys just can't let it go, can you? I was casually talking in a friendly manner to Tom, not arguing with anybody--but the revolver apologists get all defensive like you're bad-mouthing their wives, if you point out the shortcomings of revolvers as a primary weapon in police, military and private self-defense situations.
I don't care how long you've been a police officer. Hundreds of police departments around the country have converted to semi-autos in recent years, including virtually all the major cities.
There's a reason for that--because MANY street and special ops officers with revolvers were quite simply being out-gunned by perps with semi-auto weapons. Out-gunned officers frequently end up as DEAD officers. Numerous in-depth departmental investigations fully supported the finding that they were being out-gunned.
The conversion to semi-autos has been received with overwhelming approval by the vast majority of street and special ops officers. They now feel like they are on more even footing with the criminals, whereas when they were only allowed to carry revolvers, they were frequently out-gunned.
Now for the peace of this board, let's agree to disagree and move on. You're not going to convince me and I'm not going to convince you--and that's why I was minding my own business talking to Tom.
Have a nice day and God Bless!