Thoughts on the top-break revolver.....
On a TV show called "Top Guns" last night some of the arms featured were British top break revolvers, the Enfield and Webleys.
The thumb operated stirrup latch of the Webley was about the most ridgid and most intuitive to use. And the auto ejecting action made reloading very fast. Surely the top break revolver could not hold its own in modern practical pistol shooting, but in real-life usage it has served the British very well in actual war time conditions, and its still in use in many former English colony countries.
To be sure, a top-break is no competition to a Model 29 .44 Magnum, nor a Super Blackhawk, for that matter. But slicked up to American tastes, and maybe in .45 ACP, or even .45 S&W, looks to me like many police departments would do well to junk their plastic bottom-feeders and revert to the revolver once again. Lord knows, too many departments have adopted the "spray and pray" technique today.
And, with the hinged frame, there is the built in barrel interchangability even easier than the Dan Wesson guns.
The arguement that the hinged frame cannot stand heavy use is disputed by the long-serving Webleys. To be sure, short moderate pressure ammunition is dictated for use in these guns instead of heavy magnum pressure cartridges throwing nearly an ounce of lead, but sure seems to me a good Americanized top-break could hold its own in today's shooting world.
How say you?
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Personally I like the elegance of the top-break revolvers,,,
But historically they weren't the strongest revolver frames out there.
Yes the Webleys have had a long life,,,
But that was with a comparatively weak cartridge,,,
Even the S&W Schofield (sp?) never used a powerful cartridge.
I've had several gunsmiths tell me that,,,
"Break-Tops are easy to design but difficult to design strong."
I don't know if that's true or not,,,
But I've seen a lot of old ones and rarely a tight one.
Now in a .22 revolver like the H&R revolvers,,,
They were a joy to shoot,,,
Easy to reload,,,
As a kid I never owned one but two of my friends did,,,
I can't recall them ever having any problems,,,
And they were as accurate as my Colt.
But I would expect that from a .22 that isn't stressing the frame too much.
If I ever find an H&R 999 Sportsman for a decent price,,,
I'll snag that sucker and enjoy shooting it.
But as for a centerfire cartridge,,,
I don't see any advantage over a rigid frame gun.
It would definitely have a cool factor,,,
But it would bring no real practicality to the table.
Just my humble opinion,,,
Your mileage may vary.