I was a Firearms Instructor 10 years before our department changed fromWhy buy a revolver?
People have asked me, "Why buy an expensive revolver when Autos are better than ever?"
I have answers, but I wonder about you wheelgunners out there. I think there is a revival in revolvers quietly going on as evidenced by: Smith, Ruger and others developing newer, lighter and innovative wheelguns; the movement to these revolvers for backup; the fun sensation of the Taurus 4510 Series, AKA the Judge, (and the new S&W shotgun/cartridge revolver). Additionally, there seems to be demand outstripping supplies in retail locations for many DA revolver products.
1.) We are bored with Glock look a likes... and we already have a 1911.
2) We want the intimidation factor of the big cylinder and big black hole...
3) We think autos might be collected up by the libs in the future...
4) The Revolver seems inherently more reliable without the magazine springs going soft in lengthy periods of storage etc.
5) Different parts of the country may be motivated a bit differently, But here in the cold North shooting outside in the winter is tough if you want to save your brass-- easy with a revolver, NOT with an auto when you are in the snow...
What do you guys think? I just need a change sometimes, AND I like 'em.
I still have a brace of Sig Sauer P226 TACOPS in 9mm, so autos are still there for me, if needed. Suppressor makes them valid, as well as 20rd MecGar magazines and day/night fiber optic/tritium suppressor sights, for things that need removal, on the quiet.
I've recently passed the 70 year mark, and have gone back to my first love- wheel guns. I've had many over the years, and Ruger has made up the majority of them. I've lovingly polished their internals, found out what fodder they liked, and cared for them, knowing that they migt be needed for defence of self, family, friends, and/or innocents. Ruger has, unlike some autos, never failed me.
Tomorrow, I'll be picking up what may be my last handguns- two Ruger Super GP100's in .357. This brace may well be buried with me, as my health is not what could be termed, "optimal." Like all of my weapons, rilfes, handguns, shotguns, and those that are edged, I've always gone top tier. I believe my latest acquisitions are no less a quality than the others. Too, right tools for the right jobs...
Revolvers, like other firearms, can be tailored to the need or mission. In the revolver vs. pistol category, ammunition is key. Light and fast 50gr. to 200gr. hard cast loads are available. I don't know of any autos that can match that capability.
Accuracy, for me, is important. To me, again this is my opinion after 62 years of shooting, the Ruger GP100 series of revolvers is unequaled. They are flat out accurate, dependable, and heavy-duty weapons. Upright pack of cigarettes on a fence post, 100 yards away? No problem.
It's very simple and easy to teach the proper use of a revolver. Under stressful situations, the revolver is much easier to use efficiently, for the neophyte. For "geezers" like me, the properly tuned GP100 is like a point and click mouse for millenials. Double action/single action, like it's ammunition, gives the shooter lots of options. Elmer Keith killed an elk at 600 yards before WWII, and others have duplicated such a feat since then...
Guess it all boils down to familiarity. As we get older, and have more time to reflect, we go back to what we liked best, what we used best, and gave us the most pleasure or comfort.
Ruger does not disappoint. Their quest for "the best," will never cease. For me, the Super GP100 will be the culmination of my search for "The Best."
I'll be picking up my brace of two Super GP100's tomorrow, and I'll be carrying them both, as my EDC from then on. Why carry two Super GP100's, or two of anything else? I shoot equally well with both hands. Have been doing so for fifty-three years. Two is one, and one is none... Old "prepper" line.
I'm no longer "fast." I am, however, able to hit what I aim at. I'll never be a "victim." Casualty, probably- but defending oneself and/or others does engender risk, and is a personal decision to do whatever is necessary.
Revolvers are looked down on, by some, due to their ignorance. Know yourself, your weapons, and your capabilities. Cultivate and utilize the warrior mindset. Overlook nothing.
Have a nice, long, productive life...