Revolver vs Single Stack Auto which is better?

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    Revolver vs Single Stack Auto which is better?

    Revolver verses Single Stack Auto which is better? I just purchased a Ruger LCR with Crimson Trace Laser Grips, I have had S&W 642, 649 and LCR 357 Snubbies in the past.

    As far as Single Stack Autos I have had XDS 45, Kahr Pm9 and a Sig P938 9mm all of which I sold for different reasons.

    What I have found is the Single Stack 9s and the XDS45 where to big for most pocket carry, they each required long break in periods 200 rounds plus, they all ended up carried AIWB. That they all ended up AIWB they did not carry that much easier than my Glock 26, which has 10+1 capacity, easier to shoot, easier follow up shots, more reliable, no break in period. I fill the roll of AIWB with the G26 and sold the Single Stack Auto's.

    Pocket carry goes to the LCR, which is lighter, I shoot it as we'll as the Single Stack Auto's, it is reliable, not fussy about ammo, required no break in period and is easier to conceal.

    One common thing in all my carry guns is that they have no safeties to flip no levers to grip, just draw and fire, I like simple, just point and shoot.

    Right now I am down to three carry guns Glock 26 AIWB, LCR pocket carry and LCP pocket carry. And yes I carry reloads for the gun I am carrying.

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    Sounds like you have quite a background of pistols and carrying... enough that you should know the answer to your own question haha.

    Revolvers are reliable 100%. Semi-Auto's aren't.

    Which to carry? Preference. Can't be answered by others. Some carry both. Semi-auto primary and a revolver backup. Some carry revolvers exclusively, others just semi-autos.


    I would check into a shield 9/40.


    Glock 26 AIWB sounds like the setup I would prefer though.

    I carry an M&P9c.

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    In my book, in that size range, revolvers beat autos. More reliable, less ammo-sensitive, more power for the size, more options for good grips, better for shooting from inside a coat pocket, and better for muzzle-contact shots. Ammo capacity is a downside, which can be mitigated by speed loaders or speed strips, and the thickness of the cylinder is a downside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drgnfly View Post
    ...Revolvers are reliable 100%. Semi-Auto's aren't...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drgnfly View Post
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    Revolvers are reliable 100%. Semi-Auto's aren't.

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    FAIL. Go sit in the corner.
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    My current carries are a G30 and a 6906, but if I had a j-frame I'd carry it too. It's really a moot question of what's "best."
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    The problem IMO arises when you define "better" what IS better to me , may not be for you... and vice versa

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxwell97 View Post
    In my book, in that size range, revolvers beat autos. More reliable, less ammo-sensitive, more power for the size, more options for good grips, better for shooting from inside a coat pocket, and better for muzzle-contact shots. Ammo capacity is a downside, which can be mitigated by speed loaders or speed strips, and the thickness of the cylinder is a downside.
    What if I carry this?

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    I carry either because I'm a gun geek. Carry a quality firearm that you're proficient with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drgnfly View Post
    Sounds like you have quite a background of pistols and carrying... enough that you should know the answer to your own question haha.

    Revolvers are reliable 100%. Semi-Auto's aren't.

    Which to carry? Preference. Can't be answered by others. Some carry both. Semi-auto primary and a revolver backup. Some carry revolvers exclusively, others just semi-autos.


    I would check into a shield 9/40.


    Glock 26 AIWB sounds like the setup I would prefer though.

    I carry an M&P9c.
    I realize what you mean, but no mechanical device is ever going to be 100% reliable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PEF View Post
    What if I carry this?

    300px-Webley-Fosbery_1837.jpg
    Combines most all of the disadvantages of a revolver AND a semi-auto into a single firearm!
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    Here's a revolver that at least doesn't give up anything in terms of capacity, compared to most semi-auto's:
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHEC724 View Post
    FAIL. Go sit in the corner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichSteve View Post
    Revolver verses Single Stack Auto which is better? I just purchased a Ruger LCR with Crimson Trace Laser Grips, I have had S&W 642, 649 and LCR 357 Snubbies in the past.

    As far as Single Stack Autos I have had XDS 45, Kahr Pm9 and a Sig P938 9mm all of which I sold for different reasons.

    What I have found is the Single Stack 9s and the XDS45 where to big for most pocket carry, they each required long break in periods 200 rounds plus, they all ended up carried AIWB. That they all ended up AIWB they did not carry that much easier than my Glock 26, which has 10+1 capacity, easier to shoot, easier follow up shots, more reliable, no break in period. I fill the roll of AIWB with the G26 and sold the Single Stack Auto's.

    Pocket carry goes to the LCR, which is lighter, I shoot it as we'll as the Single Stack Auto's, it is reliable, not fussy about ammo, required no break in period and is easier to conceal.

    One common thing in all my carry guns is that they have no safeties to flip no levers to grip, just draw and fire, I like simple, just point and shoot.

    Right now I am down to three carry guns Glock 26 AIWB, LCR pocket carry and LCP pocket carry. And yes I carry reloads for the gun I am carrying.
    Whatever you like more; big differences far as mechanics, personal preference far as use.
    Last edited by detective; June 2nd, 2013 at 07:06 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kilowatt3 View Post
    Here's a revolver that at least doesn't give up anything in terms of capacity, compared to most semi-auto's:
    revo.jpg
    IWB would be a real problem...
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