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Revolver v. Pistol; which is Right for You

revolver-or-semi-automaticThere is much debate over the subject of revolver versus a pistol for the best handgun. I propose that this argument include consideration into the individual and their respective uses and needs for a handgun, after all there is no one size/type gun. Let’s begin by considering the revolver. Typically these are considered more reliable, but the down side is the limited amount of rounds, usually 5 to 6. Now compare this to the pistol which regularly wins this category with magazine capacities ranging from 6 to 15 rounds and the reliability is very good especially with quality guns. Accuracy with both type of guns can be excellent and is almost always based on the caliber and size of the gun. Carrying concealed is almost a non-issue anymore given the advancements in holster materials and configurations so concealment and comfort can be improved for both handguns by selecting the right type of holster.

One area that is often overlooked is the amount of familiarity with the firearm to be able to use it safely and effectively in a real world stressful situation. Some pistols have a safety that must be manipulated before the gun can fire and most revolvers do not. This manipulation of the gun can be extended into the ability of being able to chamber a round from the magazine. This can be problematic especially under stress. If any of you out there are like me in developing some hand pain, like arthritis, grabbing that slide to put that cartridge into the barrel can be difficult. This can be compounded by the smaller semi auto pistols as the slide does not offer a lot of surface to grab onto. If this describes you then maybe a revolver is more suiting.

My recommendation is to head to your local firearms retailer and speak with staff on what is available and let them know you want to “feel the fit” of the several types of firearms. This will make the experience more relevant and help contribute to a greater experience in the shooting sports.

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