Twin Cities Carry Forum Archive

Revolvers vs. Semiautos: the poll
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Author:  joelr [ Sat Aug 13, 2005 8:58 am ]
Post subject:  Revolvers vs. Semiautos: the poll

Take a minute and choose one, please.

Author:  Steelheart [ Sat Aug 13, 2005 9:33 am ]
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I picked "semi-auto with the nothing against revolvers" option. I don't switch off for a primary but I'm currently getting a snub 38 up to speed as a second gun. However, when I'm just sitting around the house (like now) I'm more likely to have the 38 in my pocket than the 9mm on my belt. Now if I had a snub K frame 357 and a good holster, I might be switching off for the primary. I realize that the 38 is decent but want a little more for a primary. But that's just me.


Author:  dustoff [ Sat Aug 13, 2005 9:33 am ]
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I think for most people that are new to carry and/or are worried about their reaction in a "stressful" situation, a revolver would be best. However, the question was about my preference, and I prefer semi-autos.

Author:  joelr [ Sat Aug 13, 2005 9:39 am ]
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dustoff wrote:
I think for most people that are new to carry and/or are worried about their reaction in a "stressful" situation, a revolver would be best. However, the question was about my preference, and I prefer semi-autos.
Me, too. I carry a revolver almost all the time, but I prefer semiautos.

Author:  Ramoel [ Sat Aug 13, 2005 9:59 am ]
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If I was going to be in a higher danger area (and couldn't get out of going there) I would much prefer a .45 Auto or 12 gauge. For every day carry it's almost always a .357 snub loaded with full power ammo. I do switch depending on mood and mode of dress.

Author:  Goose [ Sat Aug 13, 2005 10:17 am ]
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For carry, I always worried about exposed hammers getting caught on clothing in a needed situation.....thus I chose a semi 'hammerless' auto.

Author:  gunflint [ Sat Aug 13, 2005 7:48 pm ]
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I chose revolver because they make more sense for me. I've already used my carry gun on a problem bear. (not self-defense) and I like the power that my .41 mag has against anything I might encounter with 2 legs or 4.

Author:  JCinMN [ Sun Aug 14, 2005 8:55 pm ]
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I chose the "Semiauto. Nothing against revolvers; I just prefer them" even though I'm only carrying a revolver right now. So I chose my plan, not necessarily what I'm doing at the moment.

I think my biggest complaint, if you call it that, aginst the revolvers are the bulge from the cylinder. Some of the semiautos are more concealable. Otherwise, I'm just more interested in semiautos. Probably a newbie thing, watch - in 5 years I'll be carrying a revolver ;)

Author:  Dov [ Sun Aug 14, 2005 9:29 pm ]
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Well I carry both :?

Started out with Kel Tec P32 and P11 but way to difficult for me to shoot well (P11 bad trigger, P32 just to small to index).

Now I have a J frame 38 and a Dan Wesson 10mm. I like to have two guns when possible, one carried for easy draw from standing and one for easy draw from seated.

I prefer revolver for 5 feet and under and auto for longer range. That is why I went with 10mm in a 1911, flat trajectory and easy shooting (for a handgun).

Author:  johnalbert [ Mon Aug 15, 2005 12:34 pm ]
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I am fortunate enough to have a safe full of options of both semi-auto and revolver platforms to chose from. I have been experimenting with different kinds of guns and carry options for the last two years.

Just for my own personal research I've carried a Kimber Pro-Carry, SIG P239, and even a full size Berretta 92F once! ( Yeah ONCE! :lol:)

Now a Glock 23 and a Smitty K-Frame. Some were better than others and all were definitely "concealable", even though I found the 92F just too much of a pain in the ass to be worth it.

That being said, about 90% of the time I head out the door with the 642 airweight. It is just that darn convenient.

Of all of the firearms above, some will stay and some will go, but I'm certain the 642 has a permanent place in my choices.


Author:  nsmike [ Mon Aug 15, 2005 6:17 pm ]
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Joel, you know me I carry both a semi and a revolver all the time the semi is my primary and the revolver my bug.

Author:  Slythex [ Mon Aug 15, 2005 7:52 pm ]
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I WOULD carry my S&W 686P, but it's too damn big to conceal easily.
The thing shoots beautifully for me. And I've tried smaller snubby revolvers and I just don't care for them.

So I carry my 1911 clone.

Author:  Bartleby [ Tue Aug 16, 2005 2:19 pm ]
Post subject:  I carry...

I carry a revolver, but I prefer semi-autos. I carry the revolver because it's the most concealable weapon I have right now. Soon I'll get a small automatic and go from there.


Author:  Janitor [ Thu Aug 18, 2005 5:00 am ]
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Ok ... confession out of the way first. I don't have my CCW yet, but I applied on Monday. Soon now ...

When I carry, it will be an auto. I'm comfortable with the manual of arms, and I can hit the target. I've fired mine enough to know that it always goes boom with the ammo I've tested in it.

I like revolvers though. I fondly remember shooting a friends Python out at Oakdale years ago. Recently, I've been trying to shoot with my nephews 640 (that went through the S&W performance center). I cannot believe how badly I suck with it. I really think it's mostly an issue with grip, etc. The gun has some deep concealment grips from when it was a DEA agents bug, and I think I just don't fit them. (photo showing the grips here: )

Until I sort this revolver thing out, I'll carry an auto. But even when I do sort it all out, I may still carry an auto.

Unfortunately for me, I like both.

Author:  Airborne [ Fri Aug 19, 2005 2:21 pm ]
Post subject:  Four big advantages

to the revolver.

1. It never looks like a toy
2. If it misfires, immediate action is fire again.
3. No casings left behind.
4. Widely available frangible ammo.

S&W 637 with LG305 grips and Glaser Blue .38 Special +P 80 gr.

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