Is your primary CCW a Revolver or Semi Auto?

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    I can now truthfully answer "revolver" in the poll, and just did so; I am glad I waited to vote. My new-to-me S&W Model 19-5, that the previous owner kept in mint condition, now usually goes with me where I used to carry a P229, and an SP101 is virtually always with me, including as a "back-up" on duty at work. Sometimes, it is two SP101s. I never stopped using a 4" to 6" GP100 as a woods/field carry gun.

    One reason the P229 held on for quite a while as my main CCW piece was the factory night front sight and non-tritium rear sight. I always liked the bar-dot pattern more than three-dot, anyway, for colored sight inserts, but lately, even the tritium front is so fuzzy, I may as well be point shooting, and I point-shoot 4" revolvers quite a bit better than any autopistol. (My 3.06" SP101 seems to balance for me like a 4" K-frame, but I need some more range sessions to confirm if it will indeed point-shoot for me as well as a 4" S&W.) Yes, I can indeed wear visual aids, but what it they are knocked off in a fight, or fog up when I step out of a car or building into a humid night, or a fight starts as soon as I awaken? At least until laser surgery happens, I am back to revolvers for everything except the duty holster.

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    S&W 642 in Nemesis in right front pocket or a S&W 640 in Galco "FBI" OWB (depends on weather /mode of dress.) Soon to be 67 years old, I second the notion that as you get older, the revolver is more appealing. I used to carry Glock 23 in IWB.
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    It is odd that semi-autos poll so well. More than one gun shop has informed me in the last two years that snubs are the most common CC firearm. Maybe it is just my area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thanis View Post
    It is odd that semi-autos poll so well. More than one gun shop has informed me in the last two years that snubs are the most common CC firearm. Maybe it is just my area.
    It could be that the types of folks who frequent internet firearms forums are not the same demographic that buys all of those snubbies. Most snubby buyers don't know what they don't know, and will not be on an internet forum to learn anything about firearms, and will not see this poll to vote on this issue.

    Please do understand I am not anti-snubby! I am just saying that many folks buy snubbies when they should be buying something bigger, with which to learn the fundamentals, and then choose a snubby later.

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    "Most snubby buyers don't know what they don't know, and will not be on an internet forum to learn anything about firearms, and will not see this poll to vote on this issue. "

    I am 67 years old. I served 30 years active duty in USMC. I was a qualified armorer and competed on Base pistol teams for most of those active duty years. I have been carrying with a permit/license for about 15 years. I didn't choose to carry a snubby out of ignorance about guns. I carry a J-Frame because it fits my living style and mode of dress. If I were to pick guns that are bought by people who don't really know much about guns (from experiences at ranges in the recent past) I would say the majority of them buy BERSA or KELTECs, pretty little semi-autos in .380ACP. I have nothing against those weapons but I think they are more prevalent among the "unknowledgeable" than are J-Frames.
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    semi auto with G26 and G19 taking turns for CCW, depending on the weather, clothes, etc.

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    The average revolver toter is most likely a little more elderly than the average semi-auto toter here.
    Wow - how wrong can a person be.

    I've always been a revolver owner and favored snubbies. After some extensive range drills, I switched to a semi-auto. After carrying this for a while, I'm getting ready to switch back to a snubbie for EDC.

    The semi-auto is a good choice when you are headed into rough territory. For daily tasks and trips, the snubbie is an easier carry. This is why there's no "correct" answer to the question. Rather, you have to plan out your carry based on your circumstances.
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    I am a wheelgunner. Primary is a snubby 357 Mag, BUG is a 357 Mag, BUG#2 is a 38 Special. Use what you are comfortable with and shoot the best, for me it's a revolver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wjh2657 View Post
    "Most snubby buyers don't know what they don't know, and will not be on an internet forum to learn anything about firearms, and will not see this poll to vote on this issue. "

    I am 67 years old. I served 30 years active duty in USMC. I was a qualified armorer and competed on Base pistol teams for most of those active duty years. I have been carrying with a permit/license for about 15 years. I didn't choose to carry a snubby out of ignorance about guns. I carry a J-Frame because it fits my living style and mode of dress. If I were to pick guns that are bought by people who don't really know much about guns (from experiences at ranges in the recent past) I would say the majority of them buy BERSA or KELTECs, pretty little semi-autos in .380ACP. I have nothing against those weapons but I think they are more prevalent among the "unknowledgeable" than are J-Frames.
    Sir, don't forget the second paragraph of my above post! I am pro-snubby, and use them daily. You are the type of person who should use snubbies, and will use them effectively. You and I carry snubbies for the right reasons, and have experience with other weapons upon which to have built snubby skills. I have only met one beginner who did well right away with snubbies; she was a strongly-built girl, but had small hands that perfectly matched J-frames' grips. The short reach from backstrap to trigger face was perfect for her hands.

    Those of us with larger hands usually learn best with K-frame-sized weapons, made of steel to absorb recoil, and a longer sight radius doesn't hurt anything. I have started several beginners with my K-frame .22 LR S&W Model 17. With thin-enough grip panels, it works for folks with quite small hands. I keep several grip sizes around to fit different folks.

    I know many beginners these days want the tiny pocket autos, but quite a few still want snubbies, too, if the questions folks have asked of me are any indication. My badge and blue uniform make me a virtual walking/rolling information booth. Many beginners ask me what I think about snubbies they have purchased, or ammo to feed same; some total beginners have bought the Airlites that hurt my skinny, bony hands even with mere .38 +P.

    wjh2657, I think we are mostly on the same page regarding snubbies. Thank you for your service!

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    Semi Auto, but I pack a wheel gun pretty often too.
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    1911 & 2 extra mags OWB daily unless I have to wear a dress...then it's a snubby in my purse (which I prefer not to do these days -- 5 rounds just doesn't seem prepared to m e)...so I avoid dresses on most occasions and try to stick to skirts with belt loops for church. ;-)
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