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    Autoloaders versus revolvers

    Which do you prefer and why? I prefer autoloaders for various reasons, but I'd like to hear what the rest of you have to say.

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    Depends on the purpose.

    Revolvers

    hunting because of the availability of large calibers such as .500 S&W or .454 Casull
    .38 snubbie backup weapon as they do not jam
    house gun so I don't have to worry about wife limp wristing
    DA revolver best for learning to avoid trigger anticipation

    Auto

    IDPA, IPSC... fast reloads
    rangework... reloading a hot revolver is unpleasant
    primary ccw... flat shape and melt for a smoother draw
    carrying spare rounds in mags is easier CC than speedloaders

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    Autos. I've had revolvers in the past, they were carried in vehicle only and never carried one on my person. I guess I've depended on the semi-auto pistol since I shot my first qualifying in the USMC at the age of 17. The 1911 of course. I don't hunt with handguns, and I don't feel the need to own a revolver of any type any more. Personally I don't think either is more prone to problems, or more maintenance friendly than the other. A plus for the auto is larger ammo capacity, and maybe a slight reduction in recoil.

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    Depends on what I'm doing, In most defensive situations I would opt for an autoloader. But if I'm hunting I would lean towards a revolver due to their ability to handle larger calibers more suitable for hunting with ease.

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    I agree with the above posts. It depends. I have both and use both. I hunt and target practice with the Revolver, and Carry and target practice with the Auto. My house gun is my CCW. I do like to have a loaded shotgun close at night.

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    P97 nailed it. With exception, I carry revolver or semi. Seems that 638 likes to ride, or go shopping. Semi's like road trips. 638 doesn't like to left home.

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    Autos for me. It is a toss up between ergonomics and capacity. I can't shoot small revolver to save my life. It is truly embarrassing how badly I shoot a snubby. I do shoot larger revolvers ok, but I just prefer autos all the way around.

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    revolver for hunting, or initial gun in .22 for learning, or if wife can't rack the slide on the auto for HD

    rest - semi-autos of all various sizes and calibers

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    Interesting thread, I always like reading the responses to this old conversation.

    snubbie/ hammerless .357 mangum goes everywhere(IWB), beretta 92 goes to the range and on trips, fullsize 7rnd .357 magnum protects the house.

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    Auto because i have a rifle to hunt with and if there are more then two people attacking you the extra ammo is a big plus. And autos are prettier

    Quote Originally Posted by astrogus View Post
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    snubbie/ hammerless .357 mangum goes everywhere(IWB), beretta 92 goes to the range and on trips, fullsize 7rnd .357 magnum protects the house.
    Why such a large high power caliber for in home defense? I always thought it would be better to keep my projectiles out of my neighbors houses if at all possible lol.

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    I prefer autoloaders to the point where I don't even own a revolver anymore, but my only interest in handguns is for defense, where good modern autoloaders are simply more efficient tools.

    Revolvers are superior for some shooting activities, as has been mentioned above, but I do not participate in those activities, so I have no personal use for a revolver.

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew_Rami_P View Post
    Why such a large high power caliber for in home defense? I always thought it would be better to keep my projectiles out of my neighbors houses if at all possible lol.
    Any handgun round suitable for service/defensive use will go through 3-4 walls - including 9mm, .40 and .45 - so there seems to be little reason not to choose a .357 if that's what you like. Any round powerful enough to put down a bad guy will also go through walls. There's no free lunch. The key is to hit the bad guy, because a miss with almost anything is an "overpenetration" hazard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Barham View Post
    Any handgun round suitable for service/defensive use will go through 3-4 walls - including 9mm, .40 and .45 - so there seems to be little reason not to choose a .357 if that's what you like. Any round powerful enough to put down a bad guy will also go through walls. There's no free lunch. The key is to hit the bad guy, because a miss with almost anything is an "overpenetration" hazard.
    Know anything about how an exterior wall will hold up to these calibers, as they are generally more reinforced? i.e, what are the chances a shot could actually leave your house/building provided that it does not hit a window? Just curious...

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    Autoloader for me..It's mostly a capacity issue. I carry an auto and that's what I like to range shoot with more. I still have one revolver and I do get it out now and then but for the most part I target shoot with my carry pistol or ones a lot like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CardRED View Post
    Know anything about how an exterior wall will hold up to these calibers, as they are generally more reinforced? i.e, what are the chances a shot could actually leave your house/building provided that it does not hit a window? Just curious...
    I think lot of it depends on the method of construction. Obviously a brick or stone building will stop a bullet better than a sheetrock-and-stucco house. Still, I'd be willing to bet that since most handgun rounds will sail right through several pieces of plywood, they will also go through the exterior walls of most modern homes. If, on the other hand, they encounter 2-3 interior walls before hitting the exterior wall, they will very likely be contained in the structure.

    The results of one test I saw (on a house set for demolition) actually found the .45ACP Winchester Silvertip the safest service round in terms of completely exiting a house, but it was a very limited test, and not really conducted in a scientific manner.

    I can tell you from first-hand experience that a 110gr SuperVel .38 Special will stop in an exterior wall when fired at a steep angle.
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    As mentioned, each gun type has its role.

    I prefer the auto-laoder, but I feel the revolver has a specific role.

    I would think of a revolver as a set-it and forget it gun. I am not up to speed on revolver cleaning or lube, but I bet it does not need lube at all to shoot off all 5-7 rounds.

    I like that. I also like that there is no slide that violently gets cycled every round. That slide makes it impossible to shoot the gun while in your pocket. Sure, the first round will fire, but you may hurt yourself with the moving slide, and there will probably be a failure to feed and the slide will probably get jammed by the clothing.

    A hammerless revolver (even one with a hammer) can probably be shot pretty easily in more awkward positions successfully.

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    More ammo capacity.

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    I prefer a semi-auto for the range and for ccw, However I do keep a Ruger sp101 revolver in my nightstand for home defense because it is easier for my wife or kids to use if God forbid an intruder comes when I am not there. I have trained them on this gun because of its simplicity of use-no safety or slide, Just point and pull the trigger.

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    I have both. My interest is focused on auto's now but my .357 S&W 586 is just to pretty and accurate to part with and my old S&W 38 special belonged to my grandmother so it ain't goin anywere. She use to conceal carry with it in her Bra....4" barrel too!

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    Probability of malfunction:
    3 main causes:

    1)misfiring of rounds: a function of rounds not guns

    2)Breakage of gun's parts (springs, pins adn so on): I have no data, let's assume it's the same for semiautos and revolvers, although someone may not agree

    3)Jamming: usually when springs get weak, then extractors go out of tune, when ammo is not 100% perfect, when they get a little dirty, when the wrong lube is used in cold weather, when the user has mucked with it ...

    So many causes of jamming for autoloaders which do not exist in revolvers.

    Have you noticed that imperfect ammo may cause jamming, whereas imperfect ammo in revolvers often will result in misfire but next round in the chamber if OK will be fired.

    Qualitatively speaking, it would appear that semiautos have significantly higher probability of malfunction than revolvers. However good may the gun be and wide the magazine be, a jam makes it all useless. Everyone would just hate a jam in a critical situation,
    Revolvers have less fire power, but a more reliable firepower it is!!!

    I've heard people speaking about carrying a rev plus a semiauto for that reason.

    And please, do not tell me Berettas never jam. They sure do from the info I received.

    It would be interesting to have numbers. as far as Isaw, probability o fjamming runs from 1% in some 1911's to 0.5% in beretta's.

    Do you accept that? When your life is at stake? I agree that carrying two semiautos would reduce the Prob of malf nearly to zero.

    If you have hard and reliable data-numbers on mlfunction, I'll be very happy to reconsider the above...

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    What is funny to me is that Police, Servicemen, and others that use them daily for self defense don't know which is best. I'll go with the tried and proven instead of opinions.

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