Does the revolver have any use for CCW??????
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June 12th, 2010 02:59 AM
Just as mere carrying of a handgun does not equal safety the mere carrying of a hi cap semi auto does not mean you will hit what you aim at and neutralize the threat.
Depending on your ability with a handgun a revolver will handle whatever needs you have, but you have to be able to hit and neutralize your target with one or two rounds and not waste ammo. Reloading must be practiced for it to become engrained enough for it to be become useful.
I carry both when I am home and dont feel undergunned with either.
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June 12th, 2010 03:04 AM
Of course revolvers have a place in CCW.
If they don't then a lot of people are making big mistakes and have been for decades.
Seen the rates of sales of snubs lately?
If feel comfortable carrying a revolver. Most SD shootings are a couple shots of on average. Multiple attackers don't usually hang around after the "victim" fires a shot at one of them.
The stats on ever needing a gun once in life, period, are overwhelmingly against the need. God knows what the further unlikelihood would be of needing more than 6 shots. Your emergency brakes on your car could fail also - after your regular brakes do so. This is not a concern of mine because the chances are so remote. Neither is needing more than 6 shots in an SD shooting.
June 12th, 2010 03:17 AM
bruce21b... I love your posts and have a great deal of respect for you.
The bottom line is, revolvers have worked for ccw for well over 150 years.
Can you get into a situation where the limited ammo capacity and slower reload of a revolver be a bad combination for the situation facing you? Absolutely!
However, I have trusted my life to a good revolver in the past and still do so from time to time.
However, I usually carry two guns. At times they have both been revolvers, (one 6 shot and one 5 shot) and at times I've carried one 5 shot snubby.
However, you have a valid point and concern about facing multiple opponents and the problem of limited capacity and slower reloading with the revolver.
I have the same concerns and it is for that reason that now days, I usually carry two hi-capacity auto loaders. A G-23 as my primary and an XD9sc for my BUG, and at least one reload for each. Often times I throw in a mousy LCP for good measure simply because it's so small, light weight so, why not?
Still I think it's going to be a very long time before revolvers fall out of the mix. I am fond of them, I shoot them well, I think stainless Ruger Revolvers are pretty, and I still rely on them from time to time to save my life. My wife still carries her SP-101 as her primary gun and her new Ruger LCP as her BUG.
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June 12th, 2010 09:55 AM
+1 at least a shotgun, if not a rifle!
Originally Posted by Guantes
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June 12th, 2010 10:00 AM
Right! Try that when a hoodie comes up to you in a dimly lit parking lot with gun in hand demanding yo money. Might as well pull out the cowboy revolver and "fan it."
Originally Posted by Guantes
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June 12th, 2010 11:22 AM
June 12th, 2010 11:47 AM
That was in response to a side issue subject, not suggseted as a tactic.
Originally Posted by OldVet
June 12th, 2010 11:52 AM
I haven't seen this being talked about yet. What about the legal aspect of a self defense shooting, if the police find 2-3 spare magazines on you? Do you think it would give the appearance that you went "looking" for a fight? Also on the active shooter scenario..Have you ever been in combat, are you prepared for an all out firefight? What is your plan if you are involved, are you firing to cover your (and loved ones) escape or are you planning on suppressing/taking the fight to the bad guys?
So does it really matter if it's a revolver or an auto as long as it sends rounds down range? personally I carry a full sized sig 9mm, and my wife prefers a .38 revolver.
June 12th, 2010 11:55 AM
You auto guys leave the poor revolvers alone
June 12th, 2010 01:17 PM
I think revolvers definitely have there place in the CCW world.
I highly recommend them to a "completely" inexperienced newbie who is NOT interested in practicing regularly or pursuing continued training. I also think they are well suited as a "bug" or 2nd gun.
(If you need to enlist help from someone in a confrontational or detainment situation, revolvers are easy enough for almost anyone to use.)
June 12th, 2010 03:48 PM
I too feel that revolvers are a great asset and have done plenty in the realm of self defense. But for me, it's my "backup".
My primary is an XD .45. At (13+1), I feel more comfortable knowing I may not need it, but those "extra rounds" are there. (plus another mag of 10)
My Taurus 605, .357 revolver is the "backup" to THAT, with another speedclip (5x2).
And then there's the Keltec .380 as well.
I'd rather have a semi-auto, but I doooooo love my .357 wheelgun!
Stop acting like we're fightin' for "freedom". We are ALREADY....free.
June 12th, 2010 05:29 PM
revolvers are still a worthy CCW carry
My CCW is a Taurus 650 .357 revolver. I NEVER feel like I am underarmed.
Last edited by hogdoc357; June 12th, 2010 at 05:31 PM.
June 12th, 2010 06:58 PM
Well, I'm sorry, I don't know of any safehaven place anymore where I shouldn't be in the first place if it takes more then 5 or 6 shots. I've heard that worn out statement once to many times (no disrespect meant towards anyone), but there is no safehaven, wherever I am is where I am meant to be, want to be or need to be.
Is the revolver still a good CCW weapon, yes I think it is since I carry one, not all revolvers are 5 shots as I saw someone mention a 5 shot on here (don't know if they meant only 5 shot revolvers), but they now have the 7 shot revolver out, no different then some of the the 1911's. Sure, I'm not saying a good auto wouldn't suit some purposes better, but for me, revolvers have worked for almost 30 years, they'll work for another 20 years, by then I'll be like Clint in Gran Torino.
"I dislike death, however, there are some things I dislike more than death. Therefore, there are times when I will not avoid danger" Mencius"
June 13th, 2010 12:00 AM
I have four semi-autos and one revolver. That one revolver is a Ruger GP100 .357 Magnum. I love my semi-autos, but the one gun that is closest to being "guaranteed" of going "bang" every time is the GP100. Have you ever used speed loaders? With a little practice you can get the reloading drill down to a second or two.
But I strictly carry semi-autos for the capacity, slimmer profile, and less weight.
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June 13th, 2010 02:29 PM
I've had more experience with revolvers over the years and carry a 649 Bodyguard daily. I've always felt confident in my ability. I've read and heard many times that is is more the demonstrated intent or willingness of a person to defend themselves that deters most criminals rather than the type of gun in use. With that said, looking down the business end of a .45 would be more intimidating than a .22 but I think most low life's would move on to an easier target rather than risk getting shot with any kind of firearm.
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