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Think revolvers are "outdated" and gone for good? Or will they make a big comeback

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Think revolvers are "outdated" and gone for good? Or will they make a big comeback

It's often said by most people, cop and civilian alike, that revolvers are "outdated" and are "a thing of the past" Most of these people don't realize that the Double Action Revolver Pistol and the Semi Automatic Pistol are not too far apart in terms of age. Furthermore, many of these same people will respond by saying "well we have high capacity guns now" not realizing also that high capacity guns have been around since 1935 with the Browning Hi Power (and it didn't even have any kind of market in the US until the 1950s and didn't gain any kind of real following until the 1980s). They'll then say "well criminals are better armed now" forgetting that criminals have been armed to the teeth in the past with gangsters like John Dillinger, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow and mobsters with Al Capone and other mafia thugs armed with BARs, Tommy Guns and 1911 pistols. Much more than I can say for the average crackhead of today.

All things considered, nothing has REALLY changed in terms of weapons technological effectiveness (although bullet designs have in some ways improved....but then the "old school" FBI Load in .38 Special still reigns king compared to "modern" .38 hollowpoint bullets). The only thing, as I see it, that has really changed is the culture. This mindset of "more means better" and that the style needs to look "new" and we take our model off of what we see and experience in movies and television. If an idea is over 20 years old, it's "outdated". Doesn't matter if it's right, just that it's "old".

Well, one day the world I think will swing back the other way and realize that speed kills, old people are wiser, history has more to teach than we think and revolvers means Six for Sure and the polymer semi-automatic fad will die out or at least retract into moderation.
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It is hard to pronounce the revolver outdated just because of fluctuating interest in it. I think that revolvers are more popular today than they were a dozen years ago. If you look at the prices of used S&W pre-lock revolvers - and their accessories - you will most likely agree with me.

Revolvers like Colt and S&W pre-locks are high quality weapons that are more expensive to manufacture than semi automatic pistols made out of polymer resin, so the bulk of new gun purchases will fall into the huge offering of moderately priced semi auto pistols for the occasional gun owner, they will probably also pass the 1911.

We are probably all gun enthusiasts here and are expecting more from our guns than the average gun owner, quality and performance wise.

I learnt shooting with a club owned rimfire Colt OMM about 30some years ago and I can shoot my S&W M14-2 just as well as my SIG P210 and a bit better than any polymer framed pistol that I have shot and I own a bunch of them, too.
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