Revolvers and semi-auto pistols
- November 23, 2017 at 10:01 pm #16028MinarchistParticipant
Revolvers and semi-auto pistols have their various advantages and disadvantages. Right now we are fortunate in that good quality factory produced ammunition is as close to 100% reliable as it is possible for humans to make. As long as that type of ammunition is available, most of the concerns that I will mention will be academic in nature only. However, if things really do get weird for a prolonged period of time then people may end up being forced to scrounge for ammunition of uncertain manufacture/reliability. They may end up having to do their own reloading using home made black powder and improvised primers.
If that last situation becomes a reality, then semi-automatic pistols would be at a severe disadvantage. They simply could not function reliably using black powder loads. Revolvers, on the other hand, should be relatively unaffected by that. Granted that their performance will go down relative to what they could do with modern smokeless powders, but they should still remain viable.
Thus my advice, for whatever anybody here thinks it might be worth, is that one should have at least two pistols chambered in “reasonable” defensive calibers. One revolver and one semi-automatic. Currently I have a semi-auto chambered in .45 ACP and a Smith & Wesson Governor. The Governor is a little pricey but it is easy to keep fed. Ruger makes several different single action revolver models that have interchangeable cylinders permitting you to shoot either .357 Magnum, .38 Special and 9mm Parabellum ammo by simply swapping the cylinder out. Likewise for .45 ACP and .45 Colt.
This is something that I think people should take a good, long look at. Whatever one decides to do and what investments in gear they make should both make sense to them, be comfortable for them, be able to fill their immediate reasonable needs and also be useful for a long time down a very dark road with no modern infrastructure.November 24, 2017 at 2:27 pm #16030TN HomesteaderModerator
Minarchist– Concur with concept of having both semi and revolver stile firearm. Whether it be ammunition quality or mechanical issues, having a simpler, less moving parts back up is certainly a wise idea; “2 is 1, 1 is none”.
Along the same line of thinking, caliber consolidation is a good concept to address ammunition quantity, quality, and cost. That is one nice point about the Governor or Judge “hand cannon” models, ability for deal with .45 and 410 shells.
If one is looking for first or additional firearms, do consider the points made by Minarchist and also the cross platform capabilities of the caliber(s) employed particularly if looking to have compact concealed carry in addition to full sized firearms. Both concepts will help in cost as well as many other aspects of your “means of defense” preps.
November 26, 2017 at 10:42 pm #16040Hank4Participant
- This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by TN Homesteader.
Lets be honest, if you are worried about marauders I would suggest semi auto for the hi capacity of rounds and faster reloads. If you want to have something that kinda works all around with defense and hunting than maybe a revolver would work for you. Regardless of your choice, have plenty of ammo and PRACTICE with it.November 27, 2017 at 12:22 pm #16043TN HomesteaderModerator
Hank4 – certainly the need to defend against multiple perps at one time is best done with a semi-automatic firearm. No doubt about that need to send volume down range cannot be accomplished with a limited number of rounds option as a revolver. However, the ability to have a simpler mechanism device does have its benefits and certainly and option for some. Of course, for typical nonSHTF CC, a small frame revolver affords decent caliber with good enough volume, thinking of something like a 2″ barrel, 38+P which is a good “in purse” size with stopping power at close range, which is most life critical encounters. But in the end, options are always good.
Where I wholeheartedly agree is on the subject of practice. Particularly reloading under stress as that would be necessary regardless of firearm type, model, or caliber. One needs to build the muscle memory in order to have that compensate for the mental stress of a firefight or “street encounter” in nonSHTF. Definitely critical for revolver types as it takes a fast loader or really good dexterity to deal with individual rounds if reloading should be required.
Being cross-dominant (left eye, right hand), I have been shooting using a left handed draw and firing stance. Recently, learned a new technique which is way more comfortable but requires a new hand and body position thus PRACTICE to develop new memory and maintain grouping, particularly when moving.
Semper Paratus Hank!
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