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Think revolvers are "outdated" and gone for good?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Think revolvers are "outdated" and gone for good?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It's often said by most people, cop and civilian alike, that revolvers are "outdated" and are "a thing of the past" Most of these people don't realize that the Double Action Revolver Pistol and the Semi Automatic Pistol are not too far apart in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 If an idea is over 20 years old, it's "outdated".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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I am the Instructor at our range known as "The Dinosaur".In the whole Revolver -VS- Semi Auto debate I am up front in saying when I carry 95% of the time is my Detective Special or Cobra riding with me. I will say with the exception of Security and Law Enforcement you need not worry about having 17 and 1 in the pipe.If you can't handle a defensive situation in 5 or 6 rounds and one tactical reload you need a SWAT team. Another point my instructor made that I found to be true is if you can shoot a DA Revolver well you can pick up any Semi Auto and shoot it well. Police may never go back to the sixgun but I am observing that a large percentage of new shooters are gravitating to the revolver. For the students who ask me about buying a decent revolver I tell them to get a older Model 10 or D.S. and stay away from the new ones.My Model 36 was a replacement for Model 640 Barrel launcher #2 and the barrel was twisting to the right.It took 3 trips to S+W before they replaced the defective barrel.the "Classic" Model 36 has a 720 dollar price. A decent D.S. can be had for less and you have the quality.:cool:
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IMHO revolvers are here to stay although in smaller numbers than the "Tactical Tupperware" crowd. In regard to my experiences with "New" production revolvers I have had 2 MOdel 640 S+W revolvers blow up on me after never seeing cartridge 1 of 357 Mag and the replacement "Classic " Model 36 revolver they sent me had to go back 4 times for a torqued to the right barrel.On return #4 I called and was informed"They replaced the barrel". 4th time was the charm but I tell my students to get a used S+W revolver because the quality control just isn't there or a used D/A Colt......Mike
I am and always will be a revolver guy. It is far more enjoyable to shoot my 2 inch snubbies and I always hear the words of my instructor "Carry what you shoot and shoot what you carry."
Forget that myth of the D/A Revolvers return for Colt in this or any year. I have taken the attitude of "Believe it when I see it'>
I am the happy dinosaur revolver guy at the range.This being said I will give a balanced presentation of revolver -vs- Semi Auto in my Pistol Safety Course but tell the class I am biased toward revolvers and the reasons why.It seems that 75% of the class will buy Tactical Tupperware and 25% will go revolver.There will always be a market for the revolver as a CCW.As a side note my teaching partner and I came from opposite tracks when we became instructors.He got me into Semi Autos and I got him into revolvers.When he was asked if he had any regrets he said that he wished he had started with revolvers first.
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