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How many of you still only carry revolvers these days? I should probably make the move over to a hi-cap semi-auto in light of all the flash mobs, riots, mass "protests", increased racial tensions and the general lawlessness we're seeing out there today but I still feel comfortable with and fully trust my revolvers.

So far, I haven't had to fire a single shot in self defense so 5 or 6 shots (plus one or two reloads) has been more then I ever needed. Another question that I ponder is how much is enough? What if you're in a situation were 8, 10, 12 or 16 shots isn't good enough either? Where does it all end?

I say just carry what you like and what you know works. I don't think I would be around very long in my current situation anyhow if the apocalypse comes no matter what I was carrying.
 

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You can over think this question. Being that in most encounters you might only face 1 opponent, maybe 2-3 at the most. The fact that you pull a weapon for defense already signals that their plan just went south and everyone heads away from the danger. Granted you might find yourself in the midst of a rioting calamity, but the need for lots of ammo is counter productive to retreating to safety. You simply don't need to kill ALL the protestors.

I carry SAA's often and on occasion carry my Colt M45A1 but have dropped the need to carry multiple magazines. However my gunbelt for the SAA's has many cartridge loops if there ever is a need to reload.

I say shoot what you can accurately hit a target with. Practice often enough so you can make each shot count. If you are good you can make 5-6 shots the difference in living and dying.
 

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OP if you look at shooting videos you will clearly see that the threats run at the first sign of armed resistance. Usually the ones that don't run are waiting for the coroner, or ambulance.
 

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Just a revolver for me. I'm pretty new so went with what I had some familiarity with plus like simple and reliable. I first shot a semi auto last week at the range when an old timer let me shoot his Ruger. Must admit it did feel good. For now I have a nice little collection of Ruger revolvers loaded and stashed here and there, and am content with that.
 

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I'm a wheel gun guy and I'm not preparing for the apocalypse.

The response to a riot or large scale attack is not one guy with a handgun.

There are no grizzly bears where I live and if I lived near grizzly bears I damn sure wouldn't carry a handgun of any sort for defense against that creature. A pump shotgun with slugs or a short lever action in .45-70.....maybe.

If I'm attacked by multiple assailants in a coordinated, planned ambush, I'm done for regardless of what I'm carrying. My goal is not to kill my attacker, my goal is to live and escape the danger.


Your best tool is located between your ears, use it !
 

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I would feel comfortable with 6 or even 5 rounds of 357. The problem is that i cant shoot a 357 j frame to save my life, and the medium frame revolvers like the gp100s and sec sixes, k frames, are just way too inefficient for their size. A glock 19 is easier to carry, more comfortable to carry and has 5 rounds. I just cant get over that, it doesnt make any sense to carry a revolver thats uncomfortable and has 1/3 the capacity no matter how much i like revolvers

I do agree with Petrol and Powders philosophy. If i need more than 6 rounds, i need to get out of there anyway. But why not have more if i can carry it in a thinner more comfortable package?
 

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While a quality revolver is inherently more reliable than a semi-auto, semi's have gotten so much better that I am comfortable relying upon one for my self defense. I used to carry a S&W 642, and still do occasionally, but my normal every day carry is my Ruger LC9s. The primary reason is that I shoot it much more accurately than I can a two inch barrel revolver, so if I need to shoot at 10 yards instead of 10 feet I am much more likely to hit my target. It also is easier to conceal, being flatter and a bit smaller in overall dimensions. And finally, 8 rounds make me more comfortable than 5 rounds. Even for home defense where for many years my go-to gun was a S&W Model 19 (a beautiful gun by the way), I now reach for my Glock 17 with 18 rounds, a Streamlight flashlight on the rail and full confidence that it will go bang when I pull the trigger. So in summary, revolvers are fine, but modern semi autos are now better (in my opinion).
 

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A snub nose revolver is my primary carry. However, I will adjust what I carry based on where I know I will be. In my daily routine, the snubbie should be enough. Going to an area where I feel more rounds is appropriate, I will switch to a double stack semi auto. Going out to an event that requires a tucked in shirt and dress pants, I'll slip a little .32 semi into a pocket.

Ultimately, it is up to you to decide what is best for you and your situation. However, the fact that you are asking yourself the question means only one thing: you need to acquire at least two more pistols. :rolleyes:
 

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Can't carry on the streets or in the car but I do carry on my own property and have the same revolver for my nigh stand...G1000 with Golden Saber +Ps
and 2 speed loaders on the holster...blky but no worry about printing, etc at home.
 

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I'm a wheel gun guy and I'm not preparing for the apocalypse.

The response to a riot or large scale attack is not one guy with a handgun.

There are no grizzly bears where I live and if I lived near grizzly bears I damn sure wouldn't carry a handgun of any sort for defense against that creature. A pump shotgun with slugs or a short lever action in .45-70.....maybe.

If I'm attacked by multiple assailants in a coordinated, planned ambush, I'm done for regardless of what I'm carrying. My goal is not to kill my attacker, my goal is to live and escape the danger.


Your best tool is located between your ears, use it !
While not the ideal weapon against a Grizzly Bear, a big bore revolver can be effective and easier to carry then a long gun. There are no semi-auto loads that I would trust against a Grizzly.
 

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I do carry wheel guns S & W 66 2.5 .357, NMBH 4.5/8 .357, NMBHB 5.5 45 Colt, the 66 is CC with one speed loader, the single action is back county & trail. And I do live in grizzly county and wolf. A shotgun or big bore level or bolt would be best here but a burden to carry and play hike, fish.
 

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While a quality revolver is inherently more reliable than a semi-auto, semi's have gotten so much better that I am comfortable relying upon one for my self defense. I used to carry a S&W 642, and still do occasionally, but my normal every day carry is my Ruger LC9s. The primary reason is that I shoot it much more accurately than I can a two inch barrel revolver, so if I need to shoot at 10 yards instead of 10 feet I am much more likely to hit my target. It also is easier to conceal, being flatter and a bit smaller in overall dimensions. And finally, 8 rounds make me more comfortable than 5 rounds. Even for home defense where for many years my go-to gun was a S&W Model 19 (a beautiful gun by the way), I now reach for my Glock 17 with 18 rounds, a Streamlight flashlight on the rail and full confidence that it will go bang when I pull the trigger. So in summary, revolvers are fine, but modern semi autos are now better (in my opinion).
I understand the arguments to going with a semi-auto these days, and they are valid ones, but even with their improved reliability I can't help but to notice the same pattern on all the gun forums. I'm still seeing too many issues concerning semi-autos, e.g., break-in periods, FTF's, FTE's and other issues with them.

It typically goes something like this... somebody will make a post about some new semi-auto they just got, then proceed to give a detailed list of all the ammo they fired to break it in and test it's reliability. Sometimes they have issues, sometimes not. If they do have issues, someone else will always reply "ya gotta clean it first" or "you need to try such and such brand ammo and shoot it more" or "take it back to the manufacturer" (I hear this last one a lot).

These type of conversations almost never come up with revolvers. You can argue that these problems happen to only a small fraction of all semi-auto users out there, but that doesn't change the fact that they almost never happen at all to revolver users. Revolvers just work, with any ammo, right out of the box. You can leave one sit loaded for decades and it will still work. The failure rate with the revolver is so minuscule as to not even be worth thinking about. This is why LEO's stuck with them for as long as they did, only switching over after being forced to because of capacity issues. The bad guys were out-gunning them, and they had to "keep up with the Joneses". In the end, nothing really changed much except for the ability of both sides to cause more damage and kill more people.

A semi-auto that doesn't just work new out of the box from day one with your ammo of choice is unacceptable to me. I just can't get around that, and most purveyors of semi-autos will tell you that you're a fool for not having put down at least 100 rounds at the range before carrying to ensure your gun works, even with Glocks.

Then there is the issues of cost. People say revolvers are too expensive. Sure, a good revolver will cost more but after buying a few expensive and/or hard to find magazines and shooting 200 or more rounds before you find the right gun/ammo combination to insure reliability, the costs even out or end up exceeding that of the revolver, not to mention all the time and effort involved. If someone fearing for their life needed immediate protection they should always buy a revolver, simply because they may not have any time to mess around learning the manual of arms of a semi-auto and making sure their gun works. There are others reasons why I don't like them besides reliability ones.
 

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I carry a 5 shot revolver, a S&W 642 in the strong side front pocket. My goal is to use it if I need it to get away safely. If I hear of rioting I stay away which I generally do with cities anyway (at least larger ones). I'm not a LEO so not looking to intervene or be a hero just an old guy who doesn't want a beat down from some low life. To me the purpose is to stop the threat and if I can avoid the problem I will every time.
 

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I like revolvers. For 20 years carried a 1911 in the Army, followed by 22 years federal with a SIG auto. I carry a revolver in the woods (recently got one of the GP 44's) but in the Jungle I carry a SIG. When I can, it's a P226 Legion otherwise, a P225A single stack. I do have a S&W M&P 340 .357 but rarely carry it. Sometimes, just because I enjoy it, I carry a WC SP101 but when I do the 340 is in a pocket to back it up.

I've owned, or shot, about every handgun in existence over the last half century or so. I only own a few now and my rule is they must be hammer fired and made out of metal (with no hole in the side.)
 

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My LCR9 is my EDC.
Two loaded moon clips tucked inside PVC sections in a newborn mitten in my pocket are available in the remote possibility I need to reload.
I love my Glock G26, but carry my LCR9
 

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I carry both revolvers and semi-autos, but I do shoot both a lot and am comfortable with both. For me, the choice pretty much depends on what I might expect to encounter and where I will be carrying, but it's all still a best guess as to what I will need. I can't predict the future and neither can anyone else. The danger in these discussions is that some get a bit carried away with defending their choice to the point of failing to admit that their choice in a carry gun still involves risks. No choice comes with guarantees. Just the way it is.
 

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My LCR loaded with suitable ammo is my EDC.

I'm never looking for a fight...just want to be prepared if one comes looking for me.

Wheelguns reputation for dependability precedes them...that works for me!

My goal is to visit with family and friends....TOMORROW!
 

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I still use a 4 inch ruger service six 357 stainless. I can still hold 6 inches at 25 yards with it. The gun will do better but my eyes will not. My sons in law can shoot it 4 inches at 25 yards. This by the way is double action only. No single action notch on the gun andwith 125 grain 357 ammo.
 

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I just recently switched to a sp101 357 3in with a speed loader from a 9mm shield. I can shoot my revolver better and I like the reliability. Also I only reload 357 at this point so I can load for practice.

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