Revolver reliability vs semi autos
Gentlemen, as i often tell my daughters, the truth doesn't matter anymore, only what you choose to believe as truth matters. I love all my different guns both revolvers and semi autos. I used to constantly carry my Glock 22 40. Caliber S&W as my primary concealed carry weapon. I love that gun. However bly sweat and small of the back sweat made me constantly have to.clean it and even sandpaper some small rust spots off. So i started double packing and also carrying my SW 627 8 shot revolver in stainless steel. It never got any rust spots. So i switched to a stainless 45 ACP which is very formidable. Yet it was harder to conceal. Both semi autos required routine cleaning due to lint , belly sweat etc. as a concealed carry weapon. I used them all often. Yet the 8 shot 357 mag never rusted , always shot 8 and never had a hiccup, yet was deadly accurate, reliable, no matter the ammo or situation. It has plenty of.stopping power. As much as any semi auto. Yet i still preferred the semi autos. However my backup mags always stayed loaded as extra mags. I would just continually load the one magazine. After much use the number one magazine springs became worn and would occasionally cause stovepipes and jams even in factory ammo. So i switched to the backup mags which turns out also had worn springs from being compressed and unused causing jams and stovepipes. So i bought all new mags for both semi autos. Still occasional stovepipes and jams so i got the springs redone in the semi autos slides. Once again they functioned flawlessly with factory ammo. What i learned was that i had to put a lot more time and money into regular use and maintenance on my semi autos to keep them working awlessly and they are high quality guns. The revolvers never ever have not functioned perfectly every time in condition or circumstance, including lint, body sweat, ammo type etc. Stainless steel revolvers were best. The 8 shot sw 627 357 mag got me closer to semi auto capacity. I now only carry my 8 shot revolver for concealed carry. Reliabity and low maintenance are my priorities followed by one shot stops. The revolver won my heart. But.i believe you go with wht youike and believe best suits you. For me, I always got 8 for sure every time without question. These 8 are high one shot stop probabilities as good as a 45 acp or better in semi auto. I have ultimate confidence in my SW 627 SS 357 mag snubnose and i swear by it now. Im sure others have a different opinion, but that is my experience. For open.carry i prefer the 45 acp. But concealed i go.with my revo. Always eight and straight.
How much more reliable have your revolvers been than your semi-autos?
If you buy top of the line for either platform (S&W or Ruger for revolvers, same two plus Glock for the other) it'll be almost equal. I've carried and owned both before but switched solely to semis, specifically Glocks.
Are revolvers more reliable? Maybe. Until you forget to fully depress the trigger to reset and it trips up the cylinder action. Or when you have to reload (a very real possibility with only 5 shots) under pressure or if the cylinder binds on a bad round (no tap and rack drill to clear that one).
Will semis malfunction more? By it's very nature of relying on recoil to work it's action, yes. Bad rounds, incompatible ammo, limp wristing, and other factors can cause issues. To answer your OP, I've experienced zero malfunctions on my former revolvers aside from short stroking the trigger or fumbling a speed strip reload. But semi autos do trip up. A big majority of my Glocks have been flawless but my former G36 and my current G30S had "break in periods". Other lesser brands of semi auto pistol have been spotty to downright useless. And I've owned quite a variety!
On the other hand semis offer high capacity, very quick follow up shots, lower recoil and lightning quick reloads that's possible under pressure.
It comes down to 5 rounds (revolver) or 33 rounds (Glock 19) at your disposal. Buy a proven semi auto and reliability will go way up.
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