First Shot is the Most Important; Right?

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    Question First Shot is the Most Important; Right?

    I have been thinking about this for awhile. I have been busy weighing the pros and cons of the whole revolver vs semi-auto debate.

    Here is the hangup I have. My shooting accuracy with a revolver is amazing compared to a semi automatic... Which begs the question, if my accuracy is that much better with the revolver, and my point shooting is even better with a revolver compared to the semi, would that be my logical choice for ccw be a revolver?

    A large part of me says, "If you can shoot that accurate, you wont need that much ammo" and the other side of my logic kicks in and says, "how do you know you are going to be that accurate if somebody else is pointing a gun at you?"

    So while trying to avoid the full on revolver vs semi automatic debate, my question is; if my revolver accuracy is that much better (I cannot stress how impressed I am up with my first shot accuracy ) should that be my sidearm of choice?

    Once again, thanks in advance.
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    Carry what you shoot, can handle and are the most comfortable with! this seems as the revo win's in your case. No problem with that at all.


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    Hey, do whatever works for you. For you, apparenlty, the wheelgun works best.

    Go with it and never look back.

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    As long as follow up shots are as accurate., go with the revolver.
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    Well... I'd say my follow up shots are accurate, but after watching that show in History channel yesterday, I will won't call my shooting accurate for along time.

    But seriously, yes, they are quite accurate. :)
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    Here is my rating for carry guns in order of importance:

    Reliablity (Do you trust it to go BANG when you pull the trigger?)
    Accuracy ( YMMV on group size)
    Confidence (Do you know your abilities with the gun?)
    Comfort (shooting and carrying)
    Capacity
    Aftermarket accessories (sights, holsters)

    With that said, I think EVERY shot is just as important as the one before it and the one after it, as every shot is a chance to live a little longer. Don't focus on making one or two good shots. With my 10mm, I focus on making 18 good shots, with my 45 I focus on making 11 good shots.

    When I train I use tiny targets. My "torsos" are only 8" high and 5" wide. I train out to 50 yards with them. If I can keep all my shots in an 8x5 area in training, I shouldn't have a problem doing so when an attacker is trying to kill me. I expect groups to at least double when I am under real stress. That means a 16"x10" zone, plenty of room to place shots. Even tripling the size gives me 24"x15", between the shoulders and in the chest.

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    Its what ever you feel comfortable with more comfortable with a wheelie then carry it

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    Quote Originally Posted by freakshow10mm
    Slow is smooth and smooth is fast.
    I've applied that towards motorcycle riding and have found it to apply to almost everything else in life. Quite right indeed!
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    Slow is smooth and smooth is fast.
    Unless its a slow smooth and a smooth fast. Then the slow loses to the fast.
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    As most have said - it has to be IMO down to what you operate best - and if that is revo by far then seems logical to use that for carry.

    Even 5 shots from your increased accuracy potential may well exceed the effectiveness of twice as many from a semi you find way less accurate - for you.
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    If you are standing still in a lethal encounter...it wont matter....you will be shot/stabbed/bludgeoned.

    Bullseye accuracy in a weaver stance is pipe dream at best in such an encounter.

    YOU should train to move and shoot...and be as accurate as possible in that situation. And practice, practice, practice....you may be accurate standing still with no bullets flying your general direction, but dont count on it unless you practice from concealment, and while moving and engaging multiple targets...

    Guys, dont fool yourself into thinking a crack shot will get you thru...there are many more perameters involved in survivng a lethal force encounter. Get training....and practice.

    If you dont think what Im saying is true....just watch LEO shooting footage and see how few times they hit....

    stay safe
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    AZG23,
    From what I've read on numerous forums, written by LEO's about some LEO's, its a wonder that they hit at all.. Lack of practice, poor maintance, or poor training. (static, no movement, shooting like they are in a bullseye match) I agree with you. You need to train like you may have to fight.
    As far as shooting a wheelie better, go for it. But think about carrying a BUG just in case 5 or 6 don't do the trick...
    Take care, CraigJS

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    From what I read and hear---most gun fights occur with less than five rounds fired by each party. No stats to back that up---but I have heard it various times by various sources. By that alone, if you should best with a six shooter than stick with it for CCW. Semi autos offer higher capacity, ease of mag swap, slim design, and quicker follow up shots with rapid fire platforms....but if you are not comfortable with them none of that is any good. Bottom line is you want to be confident with your weapon and feel that it is truely an extention of your body.
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    My shooting accuracy with a revolver is amazing compared to a semi automatic... Which begs the question, if my accuracy is that much better with the revolver, and my point shooting is even better with a revolver compared to the semi, would that be my logical choice for ccw be a revolver?
    Absolutely pick what you're comfortable with. But, I would recommend selecting based on the whole package: what you shoot well; what you are familiar handling safely; what you can reload quickly; what you can bring to bear effectively; what has sufficient capacity given your lifestyle. Everyone has the right "mix" that is most comfortable. For me, I can tolerate the slower reloads of a revolver that I'm completely accurate and safe using. On the other hand, if greater firepower is needed (situation), I'm much more comfortable carrying the 9mm. YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WJP9
    Semi autos offer higher capacity, ease of mag swap, slim design, and quicker follow up shots with rapid fire platforms
    Just don't tell Mr. Miculek that!
    If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good. ~ Thomas J. Watson, Jr.

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