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Geez guys, one little misspeeled word and look what happens.
"The pistol, learn it well, carry it always ..." ~ Jeff Cooper
"Terrorists: They hated you yesterday, they hate you today, and they will hate you tomorrow.
End the cycle of hatred, donít give them a tomorrow."
... and a hi-capacity 9mm for carry. The semi-autos are comforting for two reasons - their flatter profile makes for easier waistband carry, and the Hi-capacity is very reassuring.
When I was in the police academy, we studied a California Highway Patrol shootout that took place in 1970 in the town of Newhall. Two bad guys murdered four officers in a 4 and 1/2 minute shootout. The four revolver armed officers hit one suspect once.
When its dark and I'm bleary eyed with sleep, I want the simplicity of a revolver. When I'm alert and on the street, I want a semi-auto. My CZ-75B has 17 rounds available before a mag change.
Revolvers make you practice harder when you have to get everyone with five shots.
I like revolvers, but I don't own any myself. I surely wouldn't mind picking up a S&W M19, though. There's enough fine history with that gun to make up for that crazy spinning part.
Besides, you can't shoot snakeshot out of a semi-auto... well, not more than one at a time.
All having 5 rounds means is that you have 5 rounds. You would hope it would equate to a lot of training, but it certainly is no guarantee. Mindset, time, money, et cetera will determine how much and how hard you practice: I would posit that the SAS trains "harder" than most of us, and their normal sidearm holds 15+1 or 13+1.
A man fires a rifle for many years, and he goes to war. And afterward he turns the rifle in at the armory, and he believes he's finished with the rifle. But no matter what else he might do with his hands - love a woman, build a house, change his son's diaper - his hands remember the rifle.
I am the opposite. Twenty years ago I was born on a Colt .45 in the Marine Corps and have owned Glocks and other Semi Autos since then. Having (what I think) mastered the Semi Auto, I have turned my attention to the revolver and picked up a 442 after attending a class at S&W.
Maybe it's just a phase, but boy did I miss out. I wish I bought one sooner. On duty it's still a Glock but off duty it's pocket carry that is now my favorite carry.
I love my 642 and can shoot it over and over with no problem. I shoot with some friends and when I ask them if they want to shoot the 642, they always pass. They say its "too much". I can hit well with it and the recoil doesnt bother me..