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Is 5 shot enough? 5 shots of what? I carry my 5 shot 357 mag when I can't carry anything else due to size limitations in an NPE. I have been known to carry a 5 shot 44 magnum. Personally, after been in and around social engagements unless it is a 357 or 44 magnum loaded appropriately I want more ammo available. It is gonna be near impossible to reload a small revolver while in a physical scuffle. The most important aspect though is what can you do with the 5 shots.
Yep. Above all I want something I can practice with ALOT and hit with every time.
 

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I would suggest that if you go with a revolver, by far the most critical skill requiring a lot of practice is reloading. Even with speed loaders, it is a two handed job that is tough to master when you're loaded with adrenaline.

It goes without saying that you'll need quite a few SnapCaps to do any proper practice.
 

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Is 5 rounds enough?


If theirs just one or two BGs after me, then ya. If theirs three or four BGs after me, maybe, maybe not. More than 4 BGs and I'll hope they scatter like roaches after they see the fire ball coming out of the end of my hand cannon.

I carry a 357 magnum, so that ups the odds imo. But of course, as everyone knows, it's all about shot placement. No sprayin and prayin for this cowboy.
 

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There’s not a defensive scenario that we couldn’t second guess, so I think there comes a point where one just has to choose what they are comfortable with, ignore the forum speak, and live life within whatever reasonable bounds they see fit...and stop second guessing their decision.

I honestly believe if I hadn’t ever stumbled onto the Internet twenty something years ago, I would have been content to buy one 38 Special revolver, and never looked back, or thought twice about it, or felt like I was living dangerously.


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We should also consider that there are situations in our world right now where you may need to "save a bullet for yourself."
 

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Wow that was fun to watch! 😃

Bunch of 10yo little girls is what it sounded like.
 

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My EDC has been an LCP in a pocket along with a G19 when able which is about 80% of the time.
The last 3 weeks I've been carrying the S&W 36 due to some back issues. I'm quite comfortable with the 5 shot revolver that I carried for over 20 years.
Are there guns I would rather have if I am forced to defend myself? Yep, but I'll deal with what I have at the time. I am never truly unarmed. Just sometimes I'm better armed than others.

Next week I get to go to the U of M down town Minneapolis. The hospital campus is a gun free zone and if caught you will be escorted off the property. I kind of need to see my Dr's, so the sidearm stays secured in the vehicle parked in the underground parking ramp.I
It is accessible on the way in and out of town. Am thinking the AR may go with this time. Will be inbound about 6a.m. and the last appointment is at 5:30p.m. No telling what kind of mess it may be.

After Philando Castile(sp?) was killed I had my Daughter there during the protests. They blocked I-35 the day we were there and an in-bound ambulance got stuck in the traffic jam. Thankfully it wasn't a life threatening situation, but listening to the health care people, they had nothing but contempt for the protestesters. They take the care of their patients very seriously. Especially the children. They treat them like royalty.
 

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I honestly believe if I hadn’t ever stumbled onto the Internet twenty something years ago, I would have been content to buy one 38 Special revolver, and never looked back, or thought twice about it, or felt like I was living dangerously.
But was that an informed decision or one made in a vacuum?

I was an inner city cop in the 1980's. I saw so many failures with the 38 Special I will never carry one. They do make nice range guns though.
 

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There’s not a defensive scenario that we couldn’t second guess, so I think there comes a point where one just has to choose what they are comfortable with, ignore the forum speak, and live life within whatever reasonable bounds they see fit...and stop second guessing their decision.

I honestly believe if I hadn’t ever stumbled onto the Internet twenty something years ago, I would have been content to buy one 38 Special revolver, and never looked back, or thought twice about it, or felt like I was living dangerously.


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I bought a 5 shot 2" stainless Rossi 38 revolver in 1994. Carried it and only it for over 16 years. Became really proficient as I shot a cylinder or two at least 4 times a week. Never even considered another handgun.
Then I found internet forums and all was lost. Well, not all, just a ton of money. I own 6 handguns now but, I still carry that same Rossi at times.
I don't think I did myself any huge favors by all that switching back and forth except to get to know different guns and loose my proficiancy with the snub.
 

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I carry two 5 shot 38 Specials daily along with speed loaders and speedstrips. I have never felt underfunded. I am VERY PROFICIENT and COMPETENT with my two revolvers. I have to evaluate my defensive capabilities as much as I am able. I am 70 years old, disabled, and walk with a cane. I cannot run and must stand my ground. That doesn't give me license to go where angels fear to tread. I use common sense when I am out and about and operate in condition yellow. Use, shoot, and carry what works best for YOU! I DO!
 

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But was that an informed decision or one made in a vacuum?

I was an inner city cop in the 1980's. I saw so many failures with the 38 Special I will never carry one. They do make nice range guns though.
Did the 38 not have enough velocity to penetrate heavy clothing or get deflected too easily by bone?
 

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Is 5 rounds enough?


If theirs just one or two BGs after me, then ya. If theirs three or four BGs after me, maybe, maybe not. More than 4 BGs and I'll hope they scatter like roaches after they see the fire ball coming out of the end of my hand cannon.

I carry a 357 magnum, so that ups the odds imo. But of course, as everyone knows, it's all about shot placement. No sprayin and prayin for this cowboy.
If you are on the recieving end of 4 determined attackes you have your hands full armed with sub machinegun.
 

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But was that an informed decision or one made in a vacuum?

I was an inner city cop in the 1980's. I saw so many failures with the 38 Special I will never carry one. They do make nice range guns though.
Unfortunately mine was based on advertising, and materialism....as enjoyable of a process as it was.

For most the 38 Special has served admirably for more than a century..


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I bought a 5 shot 2" stainless Rossi 38 revolver in 1994. Carried it and only it for over 16 years. Became really proficient as I shot a cylinder or two at least 4 times a week. Never even considered another handgun.
Then I found internet forums and all was lost. Well, not all, just a ton of money. I own 6 handguns now but, I still carry that same Rossi at times.
I don't think I did myself any huge favors by all that switching back and forth except to get to know different guns and loose my proficiancy with the snub.
That’s pretty much my experience too.


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I wouldn't bother to learn to speed reload a revolver. Why? Because if you feel the need to carry a revolver, and feel the need to carry spare ammo for it, the proper container for that ammo isn't a speed loader or speed strip, it's another revolver. Just practice your draw from backup position.

I would suggest that if you go with a revolver, by far the most critical skill requiring a lot of practice is reloading. Even with speed loaders, it is a two handed job that is tough to master when you're loaded with adrenaline.

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Unfortunately mine was based on advertising, and materialism....as enjoyable of a process as it was.

For most the 38 Special has served admirably for more than a century..


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Actually it hasn't. It was all that we would not have had the 38/44 and then the 357 magnum. Fired from a 6" barrel the 38 Special is not too bad, but from a 2.5" barrel it is dismal. Add to that the LRN of yore and no, it sucked.

My Grandfather was a cop in the 1920's and 1930's in Milwaukee, WI. He was issued a 38 Special. He soon turned it in and carried a 45 Colt, having no use for the 38 after several shootings.

Fast forward 50 years and I was an inner city cop. I saw the 38 fail miserably with target wadcutters as well as +P JHP's fired from BG's and cops alike. The 357 put them down.

You can wax nostalgic if you like but for SD against people the 38 Special sucks.
 

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I wouldn't bother to learn to speed reload a revolver. Why? Because if you feel the need to carry a revolver, and feel the need to carry spare ammo for it, the proper container for that ammo isn't a speed loader or speed strip, it's another revolver. Just practice your draw from backup position.
Really? Why is that? I carry 3 reloads with a revolver. If the revolver you are using hits hard enough, you will have plenty of time to reload, if you don't miss.
 
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