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Think revolvers are "outdated" and gone for good?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Think revolvers are "outdated" and gone for good?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It's often said by most people, cop and civilian alike, that revolvers are "outdated" and are "a thing of the past" Most of these people don't realize that the Double Action Revolver Pistol and the Semi Automatic Pistol are not too far apart in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 If an idea is over 20 years old, it's "outdated".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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The revolver has earned itself a place in history taming the wild West. It should at least be remembered for that if nothing else. I read a saying that said "For most people History begins the day they were born." Our younger generations are no longer taught history the way we were and don't have an appreciation for how we got to where we are today.

When something new comes along like the semi-auto it doesn't necessarily mean that it is better. It means that a company has created a new niche in the market place to bring in more revenue. The company has created a need where there wasn't one necessarily. We have to be the most gullible of all of God's creatures. I laugh every time I see a pickup truck made by Cadillac or Lincoln pass me on the road. Haven't seen one yet with the back filled with rock or dirt.

Except for what will be a few collectibles the revolver will eventually fade away. The semi-auto's will also fade away although the replacement has yet to be invented. Everything dies sooner or later and is destined to be forgotten because "for most people history begins the day they were born."

One thing I believe the revolver holds over the semi-auto is the grip. The somewhat oval shaped grip on a revolver is the same shape your hand makes when you make a fist. I don't think the grip on a semi is as natural.

Just adding my two cents to the jar.
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