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I was getting bored with my auto's so I got a Colt Detective special, then followed that with a SP101, I really enjoyed shooting that gun....
 

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The one handgun I have never sold is my GP-100 6" barrel. I bought it new in the PX in 29 Palms Ca. of all places in Jan 1990. I have carried SA on duty, mostly M9. I like the 20 rd capacity. I carry a revolver when off duty. personal choice. Like em both. I am thinking of getting a personal Beretta 9 mil and a 1911 45. Revolvers first though.

Pros for revolver : I have never ever had one jam on me. I have had bottom feeders jam and such. (I need a buddy I can count on).

Cons, only 5 or 6 rounds before I am playing fiddlesticks under fire.
 

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Being an Ex law enforcement individual from the seventies, I was trained with and carried a S&W model 15, then a 19, and then a 66. Even when other departments were moving towards bottom feeding 9mm guns, we stayed with the revolver format. I own several semi auto handguns, but I also own several revolvers. The one that I have had the very longest is a Ruger SP101, a SPNY variant in .38 special. This has become my wife's favorite and her go to gun if she needs one for self protection. Oh, and by the way, I also love Handgasms!!
 

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Why buy a revolver?
People have asked me, "Why buy an expensive revolver when Autos are better than ever?"
I agree that semi-automatic pistols are to the point where they are reliable enough to use in situations where there is little tolerance for malfunctions. I own a Colt 1911 and a Springfield Armory 9mm, and they are, indeed, reliable.

Unfortunately, I had some vascular surgery on my left arm which left my thumb, index, and middle fingers with little feeling. The result is that it is hard for me to grip the slide and cycle the action. I usually shift hands and cycle the action and then shift back for shooting.

The revolvers can be operated a lot more simply with my right hand alone -- although I am still able to use a two-handed grip, and do for the most part. It is not a problem for me to cradle the cylinder in my left had for reloading, but precision gripping and manipulation are not easy.
 

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For me it's that they just look better. Most if not all semi auto's were designed on a computer and look pretty much the same. Square and black. I have a few and do like them, but my heart is with the "revolver"!

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Samuel (polseszczk) says what a lot of guys think: the square black look is boring. I really like my XD 45, but it is not much for the imagination. Revolvers have so much culture and tradition behind them (~185 years) for Americans that we feel connected to the freedom lovers of the past, from Plymouth Rock to present.
The hand strength issue is something too. Denis, your deal is a toughy. I have some issues with my left hand and experience some trouble racking the slide. Jack Bauer did it so easy in TV fantasy land. As I age, the revolver becomes more attractive to me.
I used to think I "needed" the firepower. My son reminded me if we need that much firepower we are likely in more trouble than firepower can cure.
Yep, I wonder if any body knows the stats on how many self defense situations require more than a few rounds?
 

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I love the fighting look of my magnum snubby - the harsh bark it makes, and its accurate enough up close and personal. Oh yeah, and I know that a little pocket lint isn't going to stop it....you pull trigger, it goes BANG!
 

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I. I really like the fiber optic sight TMD has in his revolver pictures above.

II. I find myself carrying a semi-auto outside the house most of the time since it's flatter and carrying a reload is easier and more discrete. I do carry my SP 101 on occasion as well.

III. However, for (a) home defense and (b) fun shooting, I rely on my revolvers the majority of the time mostly for reasons already posted here.
 

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When I go to the range I am one of the FEW that uses revolvers.

There is a Glock Club at our range and right now there is a part of the National Glock Competition going on there.
So there are a LOT of Glocks right now.

I totally enjoy bringing out my Super Blackhawk and listening to the Glock Crowd asking as to who is firing the 'Artillery'. :D
I always get someone to walk over and see what I am firing.

I have gotten to know quite a few of the members of the Glock Club...Good guys actually.
They have been trying to get me and my best friend to join in on the competition.
It is not for me but, my friend just bought a Glock 17 and so he is learning from those guys and I am pushing him to join their competition and their club.
He got a real good deal on that gun plus all the 'extras' with it.
A Top of the Line Rail Light/Laser and what I call a 'Zombie Mag'. (33 round mag)
It is a nice set up and I have been a lot more accurate with it then he has...hahaha!

Now the captain of that club offered me a Glock in .45 caliber that he barely has used knowing I am interested in a .45 cal.
Tempting offer because I know I can trust this man and any gun that he owns.
I seriously cannot afford it right now and when and I do get a .45 cal handgun I am looking toward a Blackhawk....

Yes, another revolver.

They are just that much fun for me.

EDIT: What really ANNOYS me about Semi-Autos (at the range) is getting peppered with casings.
I really hate that. We have barriers up but, there is about an inch gap and they always get through and hit me.
So I try to get the #1 Lane (far left one) so I am not getting hit with spent casings....
Revolvers do not make a mess and I am not stepping on revolver spent casings that are all over the floor.
 

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EDIT: What really ANNOYS me about Semi-Autos (at the range) is getting peppered with casings.
I really hate that. We have barriers up but, there is about an inch gap and they always get through and hit me.
So I try to get the #1 Lane (far left one) so I am not getting hit with spent casings....
Revolvers do not make a mess and I am not stepping on revolver spent casings that are all over the floor.
I feel your pain...literally. Those 45 cases have smacked me in the head more times than one and I've went home wondering how I got a spent brass in my shirt pocket. A gal at the range yesterday showed me a burn mark on her bosom(can you believe that) where a 40 S&W case burned fell down her blouse. I also love the fact I don't have to continually bend over to pick up brass and have to go home and put Sports Cream on my lower back.
 

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@ColColt...

Yes, PAIN! haha! :D I forgot to mention the pain part. ;)
I was hit last week by a .45 casing that was hot and hit me right in the eye (above my glasses) and that hurt.
It also made me fire my .44 before I was ready.
I had my finger on the trigger, concentrating on the target and slowly squeezing when I was hit...and..Ka-Boom!
I fired and hit the metal bracket that holds the target.
 

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I do lament the loss of my 4" S&W Model 13. It had the slickest double action trigger of any revolver I've ever owned, I let a lot of begginers shoot that gun, it was very easy to become proficient with. Sadly one day some Goblin broke into my apartment and stole it.
 

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I like to shoot revolvers more. They are more...ergonomic?...organically shaped?...elegant?...intuitive? It's easier for me to shoot semi-autos accurately, but I still like shooting wheel guns better.

I like the versatility of revolvers. You can load light for fun target and even beginners. For self defense you can get loads tailored to your ability and/or scenario. And for outdoors use you can have proper loads for anything with 2 or 4 legs, even no legs.

Revolvers handle heavy duty cartridges, in a reasonable sized platform. Most semi-autos don't.
10mm is pretty good, but really kind of entry level, as far as real power is concerned.
There is also the Desert Eagle, but it is to big for most people. And it's reliability is questionable.

Revolvers are easier to hand load for, and more forgiving. And yes brass is easy to save.

My first duty weapon was a S&W .38, i guess I sort of 'cut my teeth' on them. I feel a quality semi-auto is a superior platform for combat and/or law enforcement.

I do want a decent 10mm 1911 though. But they are just so expensive.

As far as tired magazine springs go. If you're worried that leaving your mags loaded and sitting for too long is going to ruin the springs...Then you're not shooting enough! Especially if the gun is for protection.
From what I understand about metal fatigue, repeated flexing relaxing will wear out steel long before long term compression.
Either way shoot more!
 

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I like revolvers because of their fixed barrels. I believe a fixed barrel handgun is inherently more accurate. When I want to do some serious target shooting, I use my revolvers. That's not to say auto pistols are not accurate, but there's just something about the tack-driving ability of a five inch (or longer) .357 Magnum revolver...or a .45 Colt Blackhawk, for that matter!
 
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