The Single Action Revolver: A practical addition? What do you think?

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    The Single Action Revolver: A practical addition? What do you think?

    I recently gained an interested in revolvers, in particular Ruger double actions. That got me thinking about one of the first .22's I've ever fired, and of of the funnest guns, my fathers .22 single action.

    Recently I started looking at the ruger single six and the blackhawk. I used to consider of these just range guns. Then I got thinking, why do I consider these single action revolvers JUST range guns? I wouldn't consider a bolt action rifle to be just a range piece because of an "antiquated, slow firing design".

    I think my previous opinion of single actions being only valuable for range use and interesting for their classic looks and history is putting an incredibly low expectation on a very reliable and durable revolver. Now I'm of the mindset that a durable single action revolver could make a great camp, truck, and hunting gun.

    So what do you guys think? Where does a single action revolver fall in your gun collection? Do you see it as a practical tool or just an interesting addition?

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    SA makes a Great hunting revolver
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    ^^ That. Plus a great addition to any collection. I shot my Blackhawk better than I ever shoot my semis.
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    One of my Ruger Blackhawk's is near to hand all the time when I am working around the farm.
    I have hunted with single action revolvers for years. Everything from rabbits to black bear. great gun and ultra reliable. IMHO

    Do a quick search here on DC and you will find a number of threads devoted to single action revolvers.
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    There is nothing more smile inducing than shooting a 22 lr SA revolver,,, except having one in each hand cowboy style
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    I love my single actions. Don't forget to checkout the Ruger Bearcat.
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    Go for it. I think a handgunner's collection is incomplete without some SA entries. My Single Six is a great shooter, and a .357 or .44 Blackhawk is high on the wish list.

    I find the Single Six is a great training tool for new shooters. Perfect for simple trigger and sight work, the manual cocking slows the beginning shooter down so each shot is (or should be) deliberate, and just six shots before reloading.
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    They are great additions to any collection. Fun to shoot! I love the 45LC.
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    None in my collection...yet. The only semi auto I have any interest in adding to my collection is a 1911. Beyond that the last five guns I have bought were all revolvers. I'm not done with semi autos, just really have low interest in adding more and my semi auto stable covers my needs from full size, compact, subcompact, 22LR plinker etc.

    I'm not sure if I want to add SA revolvers to my lineup. With the cost of ammo I can barely afford to feed the guns already in my collection. But there is something about the nostalgia of a SA revolver.

    If and when I get one it will be a Ruger Blackhawk Convertible or Ruger Single Six or Single Ten.
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    A single-action revolver is way more practical than current conventional wisdom would have us believe. A single-action revolver is a repeating handgun, capable of easy and rapid shot-to-shot manipulation. A single-action revolver can utilize a wide range of powerful cartridges and is capable of accurately applying bullets on target.

    I occasionally carry one in a belt holster when I hike on our place. While not my first choice for personal self-defense, I wouldn't feel especially cheated to have to press my single-action revolver into use if needed. It's fairly elderly, but still offers adequate power, accuracy, and has always been mechanically sound and trouble-free for the 30 years I've owned it.

    The fun factor has to count for something too. Shooting single-action revolvers offers pleasant amusement on a fine afternoon. Shooting single-actions is instructive too, offering practice in trigger control, sight alignment, proper hold, and pacing oneself. Guns would be entirely boring if one could only take them seriously at all times.
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    Ruger Bearcat. Best SA 22 there is. Guaranteed to make the shooter smile.

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    With all of the guns being sold out, my LGS has plenty of these to choose from.
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    While they might not be the "best" option for defense, you would be very well protected with a brace of SA revolvers, a coach gun, and a lever action rifle. They worked then, and they still work now. And as a bonus, they are much more "PC" as well.
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    I think .45 long Colt is the ONLY handgun ammo consistently in stock at Wally World anymore.
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