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    Aside from the obvious requirements of reliability and accuracy, the principle consideration is concealability. I can practice and train to be comfortable, confident and effective with just about anything, but if I can't conceal it without making wardrobe changes and accommodations, it's the wrong gun. Concealability isn't everything, it's the only thing.

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    For me, concealability is a fluid concept. I have made, and will make adjustments,

    depending on the situation. Some folks are highly resistant to multiple hits,

    with smaller, less powerful calibers, don't ya know.

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    I have been shooting revolvers since 1971 and still like them. I carry both revolvers and semi autos, but only from Glock, Colt, Ruger, Sig or HK. I have revolvers in .22 mag to .44 mag and inbetween including a .327 Federal Magnum Ruger LCR and 11 oz. S&W 340PD, both with CT Laser grips. Once you learn trigger control on a revolver and how to handle the recoil of a .357 magnum or .44 mag., you can shoot anything put into your hands. Most guys I know cannot shoot revolvers and will complain about Glock and similar triggers. I find those too light and put heavier triggers in to prevent firing before I am ready to. They feel like hair triggers to me. :)

    When I buy a revolver I will carry it before I shoot it. I do not need to practice with it as I have shot many models and types over the last 47 years. I do not have to buy magazines or spent $200 to buy 200 rounds of practice and 100 rounds of carry ammo to test reliability. Most times I have to buy different brands to find the one my gun likes. Add some extra mags that need to be tested and it can get expensive. What is worse is when your semi jams on the next to last break in round so you have to start all over again. :)

    With a revolver I do not have to test which ammo works in my gun without jamming. No magazines to buy and if I put one away and then carry it 5 years later it will work. Not so much with a semi whose lubrication or grease has hardened or evaporated. Both types of guns have their place but the main issue with a revolver is capacity but my S&W 686 snub nose holds 7 rounds and my Ruger .327 mag holds six which is the same as my Glock 43 with one in the chamber. My snub nose .44 mag loaded with .44 spl holds six rounds so I am fine with that. In fact, I was trained for years to engage multiple targets with a revolver and to make my shots count rather than spray and pray. However, I fought with a 1911 and find them comforting. So what I carry depends on my mood and circumstances. Both have their place and most would be surprised to know that up to a few years ago, at least, their 642 snubbie outsold all their other handguns combined. Even today the number of people buying snub nose revolvers is very large. Just that many do not want to admit to carrying them. :)
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    I carry a S+W SHIELD chambered with 9mm but I do have a 38 Chief Special revolver. Right now prefer the 9mm, has never malfunctioned on me but it is a consideration if I need to pull it out and start shooting. The revolver surely has little to no worry about miss fires unless bad ammo I suppose. I find it harder to conceal as a woman but both are great for me. It has been a conversation for many a year, revolver vs semi auto.

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    When im hunting i carry my 44 mag as a side arm. For daily carry a semi-auto.

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    I have carried both. For the last Five years I have strictly carried Snub Revolvers. I just like Revolvers. I've handled them enough to become comfortable carrying, reloading, and shooting them.
    Two Snubs every day

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    Quote Originally Posted by deputy View Post
    good read...........but i will add my personal bias and opinion on another point............which might be out of date......but still a consideration at least for me......and that is simply one-hand shooting.

    a semi.....one handed unsupported......under duress is more likely to malfunction....a matter of improper grip or limp wrist'ing. A matter of a hasty and hurried draw and position which might not be the best..... Not so with the revolver as it does not require such a firm proper grip for function.

    on the other hand, a semi like the 1911 is sure a heck of a lot easier to shoot accurately with one hand compared to a DA revolver and that long heavy trigger pull............

    that is just opinion.......which is why i like my revolvers for backup as that is most likely going to be up close, one-handed.....and the weak hand at that.......proposition.
    Very good points. In most cases a self defense shot will be fired one handed and with no time to think of proper grip. It is real easy to line up a nice two handed proper grip at the range but the target isn't shooting back or charging you with a knife/bat/club.
    To say that guns kill people is to say automobiles drive drunk and matches commit arson.

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    I come from the era of revolvers and still carry one. Currently I have a Ruger LCR in .327 Federal Magnum. It hits hard and I like that revolver trigger control. On occasion I will carry a semi-auto but not often. Six shots and a speed loader seems like enough for me.

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