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...
I pray this is NEVER the case, but I’ll go one better. I own two Ruger Vaquero revolvers, one in .40 and my most recently acquired in 357.9mm combo. I think its possible that at some indeterminate point in the future, one might only be permitted to own SINGLE action revolvers. Personally Ive ALWAYS preferred revolvers to bottom feeders, and single actions are just plain fun. I’m a LEO and so have been forced to come to terms with semi-autos, and I own a few...but I want the ability to shoot my stash of .40 and 9mm out of a wheelie.I can't add anything new to this list except for one good reason that a lot of people don't like to think about much less discuss, that there may come a possible future time when a revolver may be the only thing you can legally own and/or carry..
This is the case in some countries today, where the only handguns one can legally own are single action revolvers and/or historic cap & ball types.I pray this is NEVER the case, but I’ll go one better. I own two Ruger Vaquero revolvers, one in .40 and my most recently acquired in 357.9mm combo. I think its possible that at some indeterminate point in the future, one might only be permitted to own SINGLE action revolvers. Personally Ive ALWAYS preferred revolvers to bottom feeders, and single actions are just plain fun. I’m a LEO and so have been forced to come to terms with semi-autos, and I own a few...but I want the ability to shoot my stash of .40 and 9mm out of a wheelie.
It depends on whether your talking about catastrophic failures or minor failures. Semi-autos have far more ammo related minor failures like failure to feed, failure to fire, failure to eject, magazine issues, etc. then do revolvers which are only "minor" as far as the gun itself is concerned, these could be MAJOR failures during a combat/defensive situation that can cost you your life if one isn't trained on how to deal with them quickly.In my experience revolvers are not more reliable than modern semiautomatics. I've had semiautomatics fail but with one exception (a Sig P220 I used to own) the problem was always ammo or magazines. The guns themselves functioned fine when using good ammo and undamaged magazines. I've also had revolvers fail and in my experience the issue was almost always mechanical failure rather than ammo. In my experience revolvers are less susceptible to failure because of crappy ammo but they are more prone to mechanical failure than semi autos are. Having said that, both designs have been extraordinarily reliable for me. These comments are based on a small sample set of my experiences but that still equates to many different handguns and tens of thousands of rounds down range.
No offense taken at all. We're just chatting, talking guns and killing time. It's all good.I would say that if you've had more revolvers fail then semi-autos due to minor issues then you either shoot your revolvers a lot more then your semi-autos or you're just unlucky as I have yet to experience this, no offense.
Well, you've owned more guns and shoot more than I do, that's for sure. Maybe if I get up to your level I'll experience some of these failures with revolvers but I hope it never happens at the wrong time, if you know what I mean.No offense taken at all. We're just chatting, talking guns and killing time. It's all good.
I would say my revolver shooting and pistol shooting are about equal. Over the years I've owned roughly 80-100 handguns split about evenly between revolver and semiauto. In all those guns I've only had a handful of mechanical failures. Most of them were with revolvers. None of them catastrophic. Broken pawls, binding cylinder, that sort of thing. The only mechanical failure I recall with a semiauto pistol was with the aforementioned Sig. It went back to Sig twice and never was quite right. Never did figure it out. We changed the barrel, springs, feed ramps, magazines, guide rods, and ammo. Everything except the slide, frame and trigger assembly. We never could get that thing to cycle consistently. It was possessed. I digress....
To be clear, I exclude bad ammo and bad magazines from my definition of mechanical failure. To me a mechanical failure is when the gun is broken in some way and will not function. I suppose the case could be made that a magazine is part of the gun and if it fails then, by default, the gun has failed. Yeah, I suppose. I won't argue that point too much but I still don't count bad magazines as a gun failure. YMMV.
Once again, my experience is a relatively small sample size and I can't draw any conclusions except to say that in my experience revolvers aren't more reliable than pistols and I don't agree with the idea that revolvers are uber reliable and semi autos are gonna 'jam'. Overall that has not been my experience. Both are extremely reliable, both fail occasionally and they both fail at approximately the same rate in my experience. I've never had a catastrophic failure in either one. YMMV
I take that back, I did have a problem with one of my revolvers, a Kimber K6S with 3" barrel. The cylinder would not open up far enough to clear all the rounds during ejection, the edge of one round would catch on the bottom of the frame if it happened to be in the wrong spot, otherwise the gun functioned normally. I send that one back to Kimber (two brand new Kimbers that had to be sent back!) and they fixed that one too.I've probably owned about as many revolvers and I've never had a single problem with any of them so far.
The problem with that, and I hope for those of you in California, they are not this smart, but a double action revolver may be considered a semi automatic firearm if the potential bill is worded a certain way.
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