This is a discussion on Why Single Actions? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Fitch I carry this one when I'm deer hunting. I also have my rifle, but one of these years a deer will ...
As has been said, there are two reasons for having a Single Action Revolver; a heavy caliber, reliable, accurate handgun or a retro 'cowboy' gun.
I also find the short barreled Ruger three screw .357 Magnum I have is pretty quick on target for reactive or defensive shooting. As long as I'm not besat upon by a reinforced squad of Hell's Angels and I don't plan on missing a lot, it would do for self defense.
To be honest, I also have a four inch S&W M19 that would serve better. But I wouldn't be naked and defenseless with the Blackhawk.
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As posted originally.Why Single Actions?
Glad I read this b/c I didn't know about the pros. With that being said, I still have no desire to have one. Its not to trash on the guys that like them and or want one, it just doesn't strike my fancy for the moment.
I cannot beat the accuracy of my Ruger Super Blackhawk .44. Like a previous person said above, look and shoot and it hits where you are thinking. I'm so used to the single action draw, I don't mind the extra work. One key drawback, not good for combat reloading like my .357 wheel gun with speed loaders.
Over the course of my shooting experience I have acquired two single action revolvers, both Rugers with long barrels shown below. I think the main influence on me was my childhood experience watching Western movies and my feeling that single action revolvers just look good.
Once I had them and shot them, I found that these revolvers also shoot very well. I think it is the combination of the heavy weight, light triggers and long barrels. They are also chambered for some very significant calibers. Perhaps they aren't well suited for concealed carry or self defense - double action revolvers are certainly more concealable and faster to fire or reload. But the single actions have a certain nostalgic charm.
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There is a 'cowboy' feel when you pick up a sa revolver. I still love to go to the range and plink with my ruger single six .22. first gun I ever owned (gift from dad)
Why single actions? Because their just plain COOL!
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I love the single action! I inherited a Ruger Blackhawk .357 and my cousin inherited it's larger counterpart, the Super Blackhawk in .44 Magnum. Both are great shooters, beautiful lookers and bring up fond memories of my grandfather when shooting them.
I love revolvers in general, but there is something about reloading that thing methodically and cocking that hammer back that are just...right
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They're just cool... I guess I watched too many black and white cowboy movies as a kid!
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i miss my old blackhawk 44. I inherited one of the original models and I loved that thing. I carried it hunting for years, took many a deer with it as well, more than with my dad's rifle (darn scope was no good for running shots). For a couple of years I carried it concealed in a shoulder rig. I was an idiot and sold it. I will get me another (or two) as soon as I can. Maybe not in .44 I am leaning toward a 45lc and a .22/22 mag convertible. The first because it will lessen the ammo variety burden as the same ammo will work in my Judge. The other becuase my wife wants one....
I have a stainless Blackhawk chambered in the newer .327 Federal Magnum. 5.5" barrel and I can hit broken claybird pieces at 50 yards shooting two handed. I carry this piece in a chest holster during the fall turkey season, and being in the big woods with a SA just feels right.
I don't have one but, one day I will. Love revolvers. Thanks for posting all the photos, there all great!!
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