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Revolver or Semi-Auto?

Postby Moozician » Mon Aug 31, 2015 9:07 am

I have owned both but have personal preferences for home defense and carry weapons.
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Re: Revolver or Semi-Auto?

Postby Teitan » Mon Aug 31, 2015 9:09 am

I'm a semi-auto striker fired fan.
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Re: Revolver or Semi-Auto?

Postby Buc2 » Mon Aug 31, 2015 9:23 am

In home protection, revolver. Less chance of a malfunction I think.
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Re: Revolver or Semi-Auto?

Postby acaton » Mon Aug 31, 2015 9:28 am

Single action semi for me.
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Short, fat and slow often does the trick...45ACP
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Re: Revolver or Semi-Auto?

Postby Rocker » Mon Aug 31, 2015 11:59 am

Buc2 wrote:In home protection, revolver. Less chance of a malfunction I think.



Yup. And the Mrs. feels less intimidated by the thought of having to use a revolver.
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Re: Revolver or Semi-Auto?

Postby Teitan » Mon Aug 31, 2015 12:57 pm

Personally I find the shotgun to be the ultimate in home defense.
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Re: Revolver or Semi-Auto?

Postby Rocker » Mon Aug 31, 2015 2:11 pm

Great if you get to meet the intruder at the door. Not so good for running down a narrow hallway and a tight stairway to get to said door when you're woken up to the sound of forced entry.
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Re: Revolver or Semi-Auto?

Postby Buc2 » Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:52 am

Rocker wrote:Great if you get to meet the intruder at the door. Not so good for running down a narrow hallway and a tight stairway to get to said door when you're woken up to the sound of forced entry.


Plus the choices in the OP didn't include a shotgun.
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Re: Revolver or Semi-Auto?

Postby Ken Carson » Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:56 pm

But think of how cool the cocking of the shotgun will sound.
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Re: Revolver or Semi-Auto?

Postby PrimeMinister » Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:23 am

Semi-auto 15+1 for my household.
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Re: Revolver or Semi-Auto?

Postby Nano » Wed Sep 02, 2015 10:41 am

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Re: Revolver or Semi-Auto?

Postby RedLeader » Wed Sep 02, 2015 10:51 am

Ken Carson wrote:But think of how cool the cocking of the shotgun will sound.


A most excellent deterrent.
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Re: Revolver or Semi-Auto?

Postby mdb1958 » Thu Sep 03, 2015 5:54 am

I know reloads jam easier in a semi-auto. Any secrets to limiting jams?
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Re: Revolver or Semi-Auto?

Postby The Outsider » Thu Sep 03, 2015 1:00 pm

mdb1958 wrote:I know reloads jam easier in a semi-auto. Any secrets to limiting jams?


Keep your mag and slide clean. Use quality casings/shells with your reloads.

Edit: I'll have to lean revolver here. But I'll side with Teitan on the shotgun. Someone mentioned a lack of manuverability, well, I don't plan on rushing in to confront the intruder, I'd rather set up in a hallway or any other place that gives me a long field of view and limits the directions in which said intruder could approach me. For this reason I prefer the shotgun over a side arm for home defense.
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Re: Revolver or Semi-Auto?

Postby Mountaineer Buc » Thu Sep 03, 2015 1:47 pm

RedLeader wrote:
Ken Carson wrote:But think of how cool the cocking of the shotgun will sound.


A most excellent deterrent.


It matters not what language you speak or where you grew up. You know that sound and you know what it means.
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Re: Revolver or Semi-Auto?

Postby Moozician » Thu Sep 03, 2015 2:43 pm

I agree that overall, a pump shotgun is a formidable weapon for home defense. I didn't include it in the choices, because the purpose of the thread is to garner opinions on handguns alone.

Some people prefer revolvers, due to the ease of use, especially with double-action. Believe it or not, that's my problem with them. Pick it up, aim, point it, pull the trigger. It fires. This is better for most women. Most women don't have the strength to rack the slide on a semi-auto weapon.

I have young grandchildren, all boys. Their mother often buys them toy guns. Two of the kids are not well-disciplined, and will pick up a weapon. Given that revolvers not not have a manual safety, I absolutely will NOT have a revolver in that circumstance.

I carry a Sig-Sauer P229N (9mm version). When I am carrying, I will have one in the chamber with the hammer de-cocked. When I am home and put the weapon on the nightstand, I drop the mag, and eject the cartridge. I put the cartridge in the mag, and place it back in the weapon. The slide spring is too stiff for a child to operate. My girlfriend can't pull it back.

Democrats will tell you "You need a trigger lock!". Really?

By the way, any women reading this and agrees with the inability to slide a semi-auto, try out a Walther PK380. The slide spring isn't too stiff.
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Re: Revolver or Semi-Auto?

Postby PrimeMinister » Thu Sep 03, 2015 7:17 pm

I have a Sig Sauer SP2022 9MM that my wife can handle. The slide and extended slide release are easier to manipulate. Many other handguns were too difficult for her.
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Re: Revolver or Semi-Auto?

Postby Nano » Thu Sep 03, 2015 9:25 pm

mdb1958 wrote:I know reloads jam easier in a semi-auto. Any secrets to limiting jams?

Rotating the chamber to keep the bullets fresh?
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Re: Revolver or Semi-Auto?

Postby Teitan » Thu Sep 03, 2015 9:29 pm

The Outsider wrote:
mdb1958 wrote:I know reloads jam easier in a semi-auto. Any secrets to limiting jams?


Keep your mag and slide clean. Use quality casings/shells with your reloads.

Edit: I'll have to lean revolver here. But I'll side with Teitan on the shotgun. Someone mentioned a lack of manuverability, well, I don't plan on rushing in to confront the intruder, I'd rather set up in a hallway or any other place that gives me a long field of view and limits the directions in which said intruder could approach me. For this reason I prefer the shotgun over a side arm for home defense.



Yeah, the only reason you should be rushing through halls and downstairs like a Bourne movie is if there is immediate threat to a loved one. Otherwise you let them walk into your field of fire. Not the other way around.


Also, mdb, your grip can cause jams. Hold it firm you pansy!
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Re: Revolver or Semi-Auto?

Postby terrytate » Thu Sep 03, 2015 9:32 pm

Buc2 wrote:
Rocker wrote:Great if you get to meet the intruder at the door. Not so good for running down a narrow hallway and a tight stairway to get to said door when you're woken up to the sound of forced entry.


Plus the choices in the OP didn't include a shotgun.



The OP never specified pistol and semi-auto shotguns do exist.

IMO, the best weapon is the one you practice with and feel most comfortable with. If you are ever called on to use your weapon to defend your home, adrenaline and nerves will be a factor. You want the weapon you feel automatic with. After all, the deadliest weapon is the one you hit with.
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Re: Revolver or Semi-Auto?

Postby Moozician » Fri Sep 04, 2015 7:52 am

Lots of good stuff in this thread!

I think the best thing you can do is practice, practice, practice. A lot of people are inherently intimidated by firearms. It ain't so much the recoil, but the noise. Go to the range as often as you can afford to. Take your wife/husband as well. Range rounds or cheap reloads are good for this. If you are using cheap ammo at the range, you'll experience jams, stovepipes, squib loads and learn how to respond to them. CLEAN your weapons after use!

Load a magazine with "premium" rounds.. not reloads or Walmart brand ammo. Load with something like "Tactical Defense". This will be your "carry" ammunition as well.
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Re: Revolver or Semi-Auto?

Postby 0-26 Survivor » Sun Sep 13, 2015 8:51 pm

At home, first thing I can get my hands on, which is usually my Sig P220.
But my recommendation is a revolver. My lady friend has my Model 60 with Hydra shocks at her place.
Shotguns are great if not in close quarters and you don't mind the clean up and redecorating afterwards. A friend always had a 12 ga. Double barrel next to the nightstand.
Nothing wrong with semi autos if you have clean ones and good ammo.
But like I said, I recommend revolvers.
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Re: Revolver or Semi-Auto?

Postby The Outsider » Mon Sep 14, 2015 7:59 pm

0-26 Survivor wrote: At home, first thing I can get my hands on, which is usually my Sig P220.
But my recommendation is a revolver. My lady friend has my Model 60 with Hydra shocks at her place.
Shotguns are great if not in close quarters and you don't mind the clean up and redecorating afterwards. A friend always had a 12 ga. Double barrel next to the nightstand.
Nothing wrong with semi autos if you have clean ones and good ammo.
But like I said, I recommend revolvers.



To be fair, one of the last things I'm concerned about in a home invasion scenario is blowing a hole or two in a wall or furniture.
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Re: Revolver or Semi-Auto?

Postby Alpha » Thu Sep 24, 2015 12:54 am

Ken Carson wrote:But think of how cool the cocking of the shotgun will sound.


Racking a shotgun = better than ADP.

For home protection, I have a SW .45. Just my preference.

There are "better" handguns.
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Re: Revolver or Semi-Auto?

Postby Alpha » Thu Sep 24, 2015 12:57 am

I've been shooting them since I was 13 years old.

Comfortability...means the most to me...
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Re: Revolver or Semi-Auto?

Postby Alpha » Thu Sep 24, 2015 1:01 am

0-26 Survivor wrote: At home, first thing I can get my hands on, which is usually my Sig P220.
But my recommendation is a revolver.


A S/S is probably the finest manufacturer around. I'm just not as familiar with their guns as I am with Smith & Wesson.
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Re: Revolver or Semi-Auto?

Postby PrimeMinister » Thu Sep 24, 2015 8:51 am

Alpha wrote:
0-26 Survivor wrote: At home, first thing I can get my hands on, which is usually my Sig P220.
But my recommendation is a revolver.


A S/S is probably the finest manufacturer around. I'm just not as familiar with their guns as I am with Smith & Wesson.


There could be debates for days of who is the best manufacturer. That being said I own a S/S and love it.

Why do you think S/S is the best manufacturer?
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Re: Revolver or Semi-Auto?

Postby Alpha » Thu Oct 01, 2015 12:42 am

PrimeMinister wrote:
Alpha wrote:
A S/S is probably the finest manufacturer around. I'm just not as familiar with their guns as I am with Smith & Wesson.


There could be debates for days of who is the best manufacturer. That being said I own a S/S and love it.

Why do you think S/S is the best manufacturer?



Because they're German.

They do EVERYTHING better (and the Japs).

Cars...guns...efficient motherfuckers.

What they do, they always do WELL.
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Re: Revolver or Semi-Auto?

Postby Alpha » Thu Oct 01, 2015 12:53 am

And when it comes to handguns...it's in the eye of the beholder.

The action is very similar between similar handguns nowadays. It really is. Despite the manufacturer. A .45 is a .45. I might not be selective enough...or have a defined enough "palate"...but I've fired many different brands of .45's...and they're all similar to ME.

To me personally...it's what I grew up with and am more comfortable with.

I remember shooting a Glock...back in the 80's...when you could first get ahold of them in this country. HATED THEM. I APPRECIATED them for what they were...but again...so very different from what I grew up with...I just never got comfortable with the weight.

Fire enough handguns...and we ALL come up with preferences.


To answer the question posed...I guess I would say the balance. I just like the way it settles after firing. It just FEELS better to me than others...
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Re: Revolver or Semi-Auto?

Postby RedLeader » Fri Oct 02, 2015 11:42 pm

I always find the sound of the pin separating from a grenade will also get their attention.

But again, clean up is a motherfucker.
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