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Think revolvers are "outdated" and gone for good?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Think revolvers are "outdated" and gone for good?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It's often said by most people, cop and civilian alike, that revolvers are "outdated" and are "a thing of the past" Most of these people don't realize that the Double Action Revolver Pistol and the Semi Automatic Pistol are not too far apart in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 If an idea is over 20 years old, it's "outdated".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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Sorry to most of you, but I am a true revolver man. I wonder why we dont recommend revolvers to novices for home defense? They sure as heck wont shoot themselves in the foot by mistake, and if you need more than six in a home defense situation, you should have brought a pump shotgun!
I do if they are new to firearms or physically unable to operate a semi.

Due to my "advanced age" I now carry a Colt Lightweight Govt. on duty. Off duty it has been the same but I find I have gone back to what I started with, A WHEELGUN! In my almost 40 years I have never needed more than those 6.
The revolver was good enough in the "old west" because it was up against other revolvers. Not 15-18 round semi-autos.

I started as a cop in 1975 when all we had were revolvers. In my years with one there were many times our officers needed to reload. So please, we did need more than six.
Now we face criminals with money to buy better guns than our depts. can supply us with. It used to be shooting a cop was unthinkable. Now its a badge of honor to them. Off duty yes, on duty it is still a semi-auto. Sorry, and I am a died in the wool revolver guy.
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