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Old 05-16-2008, 01:36 PM
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I primarily carry a revolver (a 649-2) because if I ever have to draw, I want a DA trigger pull and I haven't found an auto with a DA trigger that feels as good to me as a good DA revolver.
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I,too, was a part of Law Enforcement for over
thirty years. I am now retired. I carry revolvers
for various reasons. The multiple-attacker theory
is not one of them. Statistically, less than what
I carry in my J-frame is fired in an encounter.
So, I carry for ease and comfort of carry. My
revolvers fulfill that. I also am arthritic, so
the revolvers sit better for less pain in firing
and reloading. Sorta hard to work the slide on
an auto with gnarled fingers and joints.
Statistically...in the past....

Also, that's statistics and they don't describe YOUR fight, whatever it may be.

Don't rely on statistics to predict the future.
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Old 05-17-2008, 08:06 AM
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I don't rely on the statistics now, nor did I for
over thirty-years on the streets. It is my OPINION
that I will not need more than my J-frame carries.
You have your opinion and I have mine. That is the
reason behind a forum. I thank you for your input
and just thought that I would give mine. Good
shooting. Oh, may I ask what you carry?
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Old 05-17-2008, 10:34 AM
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Mr Win,

...We should avoid responsibility. We should blame the system for lacking justice, and take no responsibility for our actions. Our actions should not be reviewed by our peers.

We should take no opportunity to change or challenge that which is unreasonable, or unethical.

We should do what's easy, rather than what's right.

I understand the dilema, I just don't agree with your solution.

I'm no virgin. I know what a .45 tastes like.
It's sorta like sucking on a penny. Scars suck.

I'm a believer in HVLT (High Velocity Lead Therapy) I also believe in taking responsibility for any therapeutic technique I might employ.

That's just me.

I can't see myself ever fulfilling all the roles of judge, jury, and executioner.

and sleeping nights.

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You have completely bought into the theory that the only authority on right and wrong is government authority. They are supposed to derive their power from the people. WE tell THEM what is right and wrong, not the other way around!

If you have to defend yourself, why on earth do you feel you need some wet-behind-the-ears prosecutor to tell you you're a good person afterward??? Bearing in mind that prosecutor is 99% likely to be interested only in making a name for himself and will be perfectly willing to knowingly and with malice aforethought, send an innocent man (that would be you) to prison in order to further his career. As proof I offer the entire judicial system for the last several decades. Pick a case, any case!

Don't you know whether or not you've done the right thing without someone else telling you?

As for me, if anyone is stupid enough to put me in a position of having to defend my life, I will do so without hesitation, viciously and with finality. Afterward, there is a big wide empty desert out there made just for dealing with the aftermath of such a situation. I will not lose one minute's sleep or spend five seconds wondering if others would have approved. I have no intention of helping some self-interested prosecutor further his career at my expense.
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Old 05-17-2008, 10:57 AM
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Mr. David Kachel,

I will never turn over autonomy to the state, or federal government. That right is determined by the individual.

Ideally, peer review is just that.
I have no need for someone else to tell me my actions are right, or wrong.

I do believe it's a mistake to move into the arena of vigilante.

That's wrong.

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Old 05-18-2008, 01:58 PM
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TAC, I hate to burst your bubble, but John Wayne did shoot a semi-auto in McQ. I believe it was a Browning Hi Power.
Yea, but thats when he got old and didn't know what he was doing.
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I have a S&W 9ve,Great weapon and totally reliable. However...I live in Orlando,Fla which has now become "Hood City" with carjackings,home invasions,gangbang shootings and numerous murders everyday. It`s heading into "Summahtime" here with the temps in the upper 90`s and I needed something smaller to just slip in the pocket when I go out, that`s where the new S&W 642 fit the bill. With the larger 9ve in a shoulder rig I had to wear a large cover shirt to hide the butt bulge but with the 642 I just drop it in a pocket with it`s Uncle Mike`s Sidekick ISP holster and I`m good to go anywhere. Both of these S&W weapons are what I would trust my life with. Quality pieces that go "BANG" everytime,don`t jam and hit what I`m aiming at. The small automatics sometimes have FTE,FTF issues which may work out in time,adjustment etc. but the 642 is ALWAYS ready to go if I ever need it {And I hope not!}. I did a lot of research on various gunsites regarding small pocket auto`s and decided on the Airweight 642-2 in .38spl+P as my hot weather carry. I`m loaded with Remington 125gr+p shp`s which I consider good enough for any close range encounters. I also carry two Speedloaders of the same always. Please...Always carry Safe and Pay Attention to your Surroundings. Best!. hal
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Old 05-18-2008, 02:49 PM
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Being a police officer myself, I can say that our detectives are often confounded and aggravated when there are no shell casings left behind at the scene of a shooting. They are even more aggravated when the bullets pass completely through and leave nothing for the State Police ballistics experts to examine.

Cameras? Our mayor seems to think that cameras at all the intersections will eliminate crime. Fact is they are a huge waste of manpower and money and solve nothing except make the politicians feel good about themselves.

I have said it before and I will say it again - IF you Loc-tite all the screws on your S&W revolver and IF you use full power springs, your revolver will be more reliable than any selfloader that was ever made.

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Old 05-18-2008, 07:35 PM
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I started with revolvers in the early 80s; model 10, model 36 and model 60. I still have the model 10 and 60 but I let the 36 go (still regret it) so I could by a Glock27 in 2001. The Glock was to bump the 60 as my main CCW. I then bought a prelock 642 and that was a BUG to my Glock. Just last week I was at the range with the Glock and I had 3 FTF in 40 rounds, two were the 3 rd and 4th shot of the first magazine.This was not due to limpwristing, I had a good grip for sure. I had never had this happen before and I shot many rounds though this pistol. Interesting thing here is that a month prior to this also at the range my Glock failed to lock open when empty. I installed a factory new guide rod assembly and I bought a new Glock 9 round magazine. This was self defense ammo that I function tested with 200 rounds and no problem. My Glock was sent back to the factory for this and I expect it back in 3-4 weeks. I now CCW the model 60 and the 642. When the Glock comes back I am considering putting it into the safe and getting a .357 Nightguard. Glock "perfection" I don't think so, I trust the revolver more.
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Old 05-18-2008, 07:50 PM
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simple answer in my case:

I have to carry in deep cover using a SmartCarry holster.

A revolver provides an extra margin of safety when using a holster made of soft material and one which points the barrel at the top of your thigh when sitting.

I tried carrying a Glock 36 and even used the Saf-T-Block to no avail. I sold it for a S&W model 36, then a Colt DS.

I'm sticking with the DS for a while.
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Old 05-18-2008, 08:41 PM
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i detest chasing brass, i much rather use that time shooting.
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Been in love with wheelguns since I was real small. Carry a 686P 4" now and love it's accuracy, feel and versatility. For household defense you can use .38+P. During my numerous yearly forays in the Eastern Sierra Nevada, Buffalo Bore 125 to 180gr loads give a lot of versatility you just don't find in a semi-auto.

As for the capacity argument, if you can't get the job done in 7 rounds, it just isn't going to be your day. Also, if you really want to play the combat reload game, with practice and moon clips you can match any semi-auto hot shot (check out the Miculek videos).

However, when all is said and done, you either did it right whatever your carry, or you're six feet under. I'd personally prefer not to be shot at with either a wheelie or a semi.
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I prefer to carry a revolver instead of an auto due the the revolver are more accurate out of the box and there is no feeding device to worry losing spring tension. If you take a full custom auto and compare accuracy with a box stock S&W revolver with the same barrel length, the winner in accuracy will be the revolver. I've done this accuracy test many times and there was only one time the auto won where it printed 1.5" group at 50 yards. It was a $3000 custom 38 Super.
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Old 05-24-2008, 01:17 PM
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I think my decision to carry a revolver comes from a collection of reasons, some sound, others merely personal. Here's my story:
I grew up on revolvers. My father was a LEO, he grew up on revolvers. The first pistol I ever handled let alone shot was a revolver. My father being partial to them over semi-autos (don't get me wrong, I love a 1911 just like the next guy) I guess that rubbed off on me.
I enjoy shooting semi autos (1911 best of all) but the feel of a J frame in my hand is so perfect. I can draw and shoot accurately without trying (probably important in self defence) whereas with semi autos I seem to have to adjust my grip and get in the groove, so to speak. I also love the fact that a little J (right now a 37, but at times others) always finds its way into my jacket, pants, or shorts pocket. I like the diverse amount of ammo available, the ease of maintenance, ease of use, and ease of concealablility. Of course if my dad had brought me up on a Walther PPK or something else from that era of concealable pistols, maybe I'd be singing them praises too.
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I don't rely on the statistics now, nor did I for
over thirty-years on the streets. It is my OPINION
that I will not need more than my J-frame carries.
You have your opinion and I have mine. That is the
reason behind a forum. I thank you for your input
and just thought that I would give mine. Good
shooting. Oh, may I ask what you carry?
Hey luangtom,

I currently carry a semi-auto. Sometimes I back it up with a S&W 36 or Ruger SP101 (with 10 38/357 rounds total). I am preparing to carry a revolver for a full month. I'm contemplating using the new M27 (8x357) with 3.5" barrel. However, I really like the K-Frame guns with 2.5" barrel (the Night Guard series seems neat) or a 686+ with 3" barrel. I think the L-Frame is a good compromise between the J and N frames.

Of course, this is an excellent excuse to purchase the L-Frame.

I plan to carry two spare moonclips of 8x357 as soon as I can get into the shop to make the holders. I'll also pocket carry a J-Frame 38 and a bianchi speed strip.
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Mr. David Kachel,

I will never turn over autonomy to the state, or federal government. That right is determined by the individual.

Ideally, peer review is just that.
I have no need for someone else to tell me my actions are right, or wrong.

I do believe it's a mistake to move into the arena of vigilante.

That's wrong.

Mark
As I understand it, vigilantes both capture, determine, and apply punishment. I just don't see how not caring about others' opinions is stepping into that.
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I actually carry both, I have a 1911 in .45acp and two S&W revolvers on my permit currently...Its hard to get around a solid revolver going pop everytime though. I think my little 431 gets the most carry time.
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I don't rely on the statistics now, nor did I for
over thirty-years on the streets. It is my OPINION
that I will not need more than my J-frame carries.
You have your opinion and I have mine. That is the
reason behind a forum. I thank you for your input
and just thought that I would give mine. Good
shooting. Oh, may I ask what you carry?
Hey luangtom,

I currently carry a semi-auto. Sometimes I back it up with a S&W 36 or Ruger SP101 (with 10 38/357 rounds total). I am preparing to carry a revolver for a full month. I'm contemplating using the new M27 (8x357) with 3.5" barrel. However, I really like the K-Frame guns with 2.5" barrel (the Night Guard series seems neat) or a 686+ with 3" barrel. I think the L-Frame is a good compromise between the J and N frames.

Of course, this is an excellent excuse to purchase the L-Frame.

I plan to carry two spare moonclips of 8x357 as soon as I can get into the shop to make the holders. I'll also pocket carry a J-Frame 38 and a bianchi speed strip.
I have an L-frame...Model 686SSR. It is quite
the shooter right outta the box. It is 4" and
puts them where you aim. It is the next step up
from stock, having some work done on the action,
chambers, etc., by S&W before it got to me. I am
awaiting a holster for its carry. I have Alessi
and High Noon for the J-frames. I carried autos
for most of my years in LE. However, it was the
J-frame that went with me everywhere then and
now. Bianchi speed-strips in the off-pocket.
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I have a simple reason for choosing a revolver. I choose a revolver (SW 642, to be specific) in fair weather when wearing minimal clothing. At other times it's a H&K P7-M8. 99.9% of the time they are in a belt holster (IWB or OWB).

The reason is practical carry. The 642 has an alloy frame and is somewhat rust/corrosion resistant. It is very light. The P7 is neither.

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My reasons for carrying revolvers?

I shoot'em better in a hurry.

I shoot'em better slow-fire (except for my old Hi-Standard Supermatic)

I trust'em.

In my hands they are much more manageable while offering the power level I desire.

I don't like chasing brass.
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Oh, may I ask what you carry?

Hey luangtom,

I currently carry a semi-auto. Sometimes I back it up with a S&W 36 or Ruger SP101 (with 10 38/357 rounds total). I am preparing to carry a revolver for a full month. I'm contemplating using the new M27 (8x357) with 3.5" barrel. However, I really like the K-Frame guns with 2.5" barrel (the Night Guard series seems neat) or a 686+ with 3" barrel. I think the L-Frame is a good compromise between the J and N frames.

Of course, this is an excellent excuse to purchase the L-Frame.

I plan to carry two spare moonclips of 8x357 as soon as I can get into the shop to make the holders. I'll also pocket carry a J-Frame 38 and a bianchi speed strip.
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I have an L-frame...Model 686SSR. It is quite
the shooter right outta the box. It is 4" and
puts them where you aim. It is the next step up
from stock, having some work done on the action,
chambers, etc., by S&W before it got to me. I am
awaiting a holster for its carry. I have Alessi
and High Noon for the J-frames. I carried autos
for most of my years in LE. However, it was the
J-frame that went with me everywhere then and
now. Bianchi speed-strips in the off-pocket.
I handled an SSR this weekend! Though I thought the flat sides on the barrel looked weird, I really liked how it felt. It has a great set of features like chamfered charge holes. Do the grips prevent twisting in the hand under recoil?
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Old 05-25-2008, 03:37 PM
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Yes, you are correct. I have three other Smith's
and have had others, but this one is the best
shooter out of the box that I have ever had.
I have also tried some Pachmayr Compac Pro grips
on it....the ones that came on it hold better.
I may try some others, as the SSR grips are a bit
large for concealed-carry. You will not regret it
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Not to hijack this thread, but I recently bought the IDPA commemorative SSR and my first shot with it hit the 10x! SSR = self shooting revolver!

A great gun, but I would never carry it as I wouldn't want to take a chance on losing it to the local PD's evidence locker.
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Not to hijack this thread, but I recently bought the IDPA commemorative SSR and my first shot with it hit the 10x! SSR = self shooting revolver!

A great gun, but I would never carry it as I wouldn't want to take a chance on losing it to the local PD's evidence locker.
Just where are you that you have to worry about it becoming part of the evidence-locker? Don't
you have a CCW-permit?
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Not to hijack this thread, but I recently bought the IDPA commemorative SSR and my first shot with it hit the 10x! SSR = self shooting revolver!

A great gun, but I would never carry it as I wouldn't want to take a chance on losing it to the local PD's evidence locker.
Just where are you that you have to worry about it becoming part of the evidence-locker? Don't
you have a CCW-permit?
It can happen to you, if the cops decide your shooting smells a little.

Do NOT carry any firearm that you cannot afford to lose.
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What I asked, is where he is and if he had a
carry-permit. I know forfeiture takes place.
I wanted to know who he was presenting himself
to and where.
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I can offer no sound reason for my revolver preference except a possible nod in reliability over an auto loader. I just love my little model 37 and have no doubts about how it will perform and fuction if it is ever called to use in a sticky situation.
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Because 7 rounds of .45 doesn't do anything 6 can't.
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I like 'em alot more & I always seem to go through my semiautos for selling or trading alot more, so I opted to just without them for the long haul; revos all the way

just thought of a good example for ya...my latest stupid switch/acquisition was the outgoing of a great Beretta M-9 in 9mm for a Glock 23 in .40S&W; it was the 3rd trip to the range with the Glock...surpassing 300 rounds at this time; took my 642 for it's 3 month/50 round refresher;

put another 100 rounds through the Glock with hits in a 10" circle in the silhouette @ 15 yards...can't get used to the grip angle, trigger pull, and sight picture; I would use the Glock in defense if needed, but...

I pull out the 642 and proceed with practice and put my 50 rounds (2 handed, strong hand, weak hand) into a 6" to 7" circle @ 15 yards...the guys who watched me 'struggle' with the Glock were just plain blown at how comfortable I was with my snubby...I stated that I had always felt more comfortable with wheelies over bottom feeders...they stated that too many feel they need 10 or more rounds to end a gunfight and revolver shooters are a dying breed...I stated that I might be dying, but I'm dying with style

BTW: sold off the Glock to put cash back in the bank to help pay for improvements to the family's rifle collection (bedding, floating, trigger work, etc)
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I started cc with auto"s but went back to a little Mdl. 60 because no safety to take off and no mag to make sure it is seated. as I have gotten older I forget things. with a wheel gun nothing to forget
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"Do not carry a firearm you cannot afford to lose."

True...but I view the firearm (and gear) as just one more expense. It terms of any sort of legal engagement, the gun and gear (figure $1000) is probably between 1 and 4 percent of the total legal cost. If medical bills are involved, then the cost of the gun will likely be trivial.
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I like both. But specifically for carry, a lightweight j-frame is the smallest, lightest gun that propels a round I feel confident with (.38 sp) and will fit in my pocket. As others have mentioned, nothing carries more easily in a pocket than a Kel-Tec in .32 or .380. I had a .380. My choice for moving away from that was not made based on simplicity, reliability or "sex-appeal", but was pretty much based on caliber choice. When I belt carry, I carry an auto.
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I shoot better with a revolver I think, and I like the caliber choices better. 6 shots statistically is plenty of ammo.
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S&W currently produces 7 & 8 shot revolvers in .357 Magnum also.
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luangtom - What I meant by my statement is that I have other guns that would be easier to replace than my SSR. If a gun is involved in a shooting, don't you think the police would keep it, at least until their investigation is over?

As for having a CCW or where I live, that's really none of your business.
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"Do not carry a firearm you cannot afford to lose."
For me, I believe this means a weapon that has so much personal meaning or has monetary value that it cannot be replaced in the mind of the owner. For instance, a Registered Magnum or a Singer 1911A1 are great guns but I'm sure no one here would carry them over a pre lock 686 or Springfield Loaded which are by no means second string guns.

As for the topic, give me a wheelgun any day of the week. No ftf's, no fte's, no bad magazines, no having to replace recoil springs. My nightstand gun isn't my Sig, Nighthawk Custom or Hi Power, it's one of my Model 28 Highway Patrolmans(the one with the higher serial #).

If it's used it definitely will work but will automatically be taken as evidence where it will sit in property until the investigation is over but I'll have my other emotionally valuable Patrolman in the safe. If anyone has ever dealt with NYC property rooms, you know that there is a chance the weapon will disappear or get damaged in storage and fighting the city over it would be a losing proposition.
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luangtom - What I meant by my statement is that I have other guns that would be easier to replace than my SSR. If a gun is involved in a shooting, don't you think the police would keep it, at least until their investigation is over?

As for having a CCW or where I live, that's really none of your business.
I certainly did not intend to offend anyone.
I was just curious and wished some insight as
to where people live and what political-
correctness they have to deal with. States like
WI and IL, where they have no permits allowed,
come to mind.
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My Model 36 gets the most CCW time I have an ankle and OWB serpa holster for her she’s the best.
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Like most on this forum I have tried a great many semiauto handguns trying to find the perfect CCW gun, 1911's, Sigs, Glocks and a Beretta or two. What I finally decided is the one or type I keep going back to for simplicity and because I shoot them better is a good revolver. I have several, some too big to carry comfortably, but none the less I feel good with all of them. And, unlike semiautos, the manual of arms never changes.

Besides, if need be, my wife can handle my revolvers. She cannot rack the slide nor does she really understand autos.

Simple is better. Having fewer rounds to fire simply means I need to be a better shot.
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I've shot a lot of handgun matches in my day, and I've seen what works, what jams, what blows up and what breaks. Other than a guy with a *** Taurus revolver whose sights flew off and only match failures have been bottome feeders.

Frankly, watching autos choke under the stress of matches moved me away from the brass pukin' (if you are lucky) bottom feeders . . . and back to the good ol,' super dependable, wheelguns!

I've got a totally reliable, 8+ year old Kimber first-generation Ultra CDP lightweight officer's sized .45. It was a grand nearly a decade ago . . . meltdown package, night sights, accurate . . . a great gun.

However, a couple of years ago I decided to carry only wheelguns for a month. Strangely . . . the Kimber has rarely been strapped on again for CCW times!

My Keltec P32? Never, ever use it for a bug anymore either! Gosh, I ought to sell it!

TODAY?

A Model 37 Airweight in an Uncle Mikes pocket holster goes everywhere with me and I shoot revolvers extremely well.

It is backed usually by a M36 . . . or a 3" M65 . . . or a 3 1/4" chopped barrel M25-2, depending on the weather and season.

Every one has always gone bang. Always . . . and always will . . . and although sometimes poorer shooters sometimes get "lucky," I truly like my "odds" with revolvers . . . even my J-frames. Odds are quite high that the conflict will be over before either weapon is shot empty . . . so I'm gonna tote what I feel supremely confident in.

I suspect no one would like getting wacked up side the head with a "flyin' ashtray!"



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[QUOTE]Originally posted by TSW Guy:As for the topic, give me a wheelgun any day of the week. No ftf's, no fte's, no bad magazines, no having to replace recoil springs. My nightstand gun isn't my Sig, Nighthawk Custom or Hi Power, it's one of my Model 28 Highway Patrolmans(the one with the higher serial #).
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There have been numerous FTF with revolvers. Especially the newer S&W revolvers such as the Night Guard series.
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For years I carried a Browning BDA380, until I was told that I should carry something bigger. Actually, I was told that I would not be allowed to carry it anymore, and I should think about a 9mm or larger semiauto. Well, that's when I showed up for qualifying with my 696. A .44 Special is larger than a .380, and our rules did allow a centerfire, double action, 5 shot revolver. I'm authorized now to carry my 696 and my BDA380.
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i was carrying an HK USPc in 357sig. I believe this is the ultimate auto self defense round. now i am carrying a 686 in a 6in barrel. why go from a compact auto to a 6in revolver? easy answer is accuracy. i still to this day would never question the reliability of the USP in 357sig but the accuracy of the revolver cannot be matched. i look at shootings like the kansas mall shooting and think, if i had to take a 60-100 yd shot trying to take a shooter out what gun would be the best for the job? i carry for protection and if you are being pinned down in a public place by a crazed gunman you may need to take the longer shot.
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I came back to revolvers after 20 years.

I was raised on rifles, and handguns were considered to be last-ditch, close range guns. Little credit was given to accuracy. Though I did train with revolvers, the two specimens I used were a Nagant and (IIRC) a H&R.

So, when I started carrying a gun as an adult, I went straight to automatics. I perceived revolvers as being inaccurate and having terrible triggers. To be fair, I'd also drunk the Kool-Aid about capacity. I got pretty good with automatics, and I still own a few.

Then I started noticing something. Most of the shooters who really impressed me were shooting revolvers. After talking to a few (and being directed to read Elmer Keith), I picked up a well-worn Model 15 for a pittance.

My first group out of that gun easily matched anything I'd ever done out of an automatic. I learned what a difference a good DA trigger makes.

I've never been a "fast" shooter in the sense people perceive it these days, but for speed work, I find I'm more in control with a wheelgun, and I find that nothing points as naturally for me as a K-Frame. It's easier to acquire multiple targets in succession.

Then there's the issue of reliability, along with the fact that I don't have to worry if a given loading will cycle. All said, I just feel more confident with a revolver than I do with an auto these days. Though I sometimes carry an automatic when I'm feeling randy, I still stick with revolvers most of the time.
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I like wheel guns better also.I reload and its easy to dump the empties in a can than dig in the grass for them.
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Like many others who have posted to this thread, I, too, started out with a wheelgun--an M19. We trained differently then. IMHO, we paid more attention to our human limitations then, and we did not delude ourselves into believing that new/better/more equipment would compensate for our inherently human shortcomings. "Technique trumped technology." For me, revolvers are the bolt action rifles of handguns.

I revere the venerable 1911, but an old workhorse .38 Spl. stoked with +p LSWCHPs exudes a certain confidence-inspiring comfort.

Versatility and reliability? German "Perfection" is for me my black plastic and ubercoated steel 9mm that I really want to like but absolutely refuses to run on the creampuffy UMC range ammo my local shootery mandates. Not so of any of my revolvers. Anemic .38 Spl. TMJ range ammo, shot loads, and wadcutters; .38 Spl. +p JHP carry rounds; screaming belchfire .357 Magnums: all can be mixed and matched in any order in any of my .357 Mag. revolvers. Pull the trigger and the gun goes bang as many times as there are live rounds in the cylinder. Brilliant.

It takes me longer to clean the smallest of my simplest revolvers than it does to clean the most complicated of my largest semi-autos--always.

For some, the revolvers "limited magazine capacity" is a deal breaker, and I can understand why. Even when I do my best, I still can print only a single pair of clover leafs per cylinder on the target before I have to swap the six empties for six loaded rounds. Bummer.

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I choose revolvers because, I find a gun that fires every time I pull the trigger to be highly desirable
I would much rather have 6 that will fire over 15 that may!
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I think the revolver chose me. My father, a Marine pilot, carried a S&W Model 15 in the Korean war. It's the first gun I fired at the tender age of about six. The night I left for Korea in 1967 he gave it to me and I carried it for the next two years on the DMZ. A Model 19 with a 2 1/2" barrel was my off duty weapon of choice during eight years in law enforcement.

Now, many years later my "home" and carry gun is a Model 15-3 with a 2" barrel. It just feels right and I've never had a revolver jamb on me. I can point-shoot with confidence that my round will go where I want it to and it will never fail me.
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it goes bang every time
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I like answering the question that always comes up when guys start talking about concealed carry.

"What are you carrying?"

"Snub nosed Smith and Wesson .357 magnum.........and you?"
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