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I think I may be in love with revolvers

Postby Weetabix » Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:31 pm

I recently bought a S&W 686, SS, 4" barrel. Got to shoot it on Saturday.

First, an aside: A friend set up 4 railroad tie plates hanging from a frame.* 7 yard line, 14 yard line, 21 yard line. You get 9 rounds. 4 from the first 2 lines, 4 from the second, 1 from the 21. If you get 4 hits on the first line, you move back. 4 hits from the second, you move back. 1 pt for a hit from 1; 2 pts for a hit from 14; 5 pts for a hit from 21. He was timing it to break score ties. Everyone was shooting 9mm semiautos. I was the only one to get 9 hits. That was a lot of fun.

After we were done I got out the 686. It was great fun. The plates really danced when 357 hit them. And something about the revolver action made it even better. Maybe the fact that slide wasn't operating made it easier to control? 6 shots as fast as I could acquire the next plate moving down the row and back, and one miss. I need to play with this a bit.

Anybody else have thoughts on why the revolver was so much more fun? Fire away!

*Don't shoot tie plates, at least from 7 yards. Some splash back got me in the nose. From my reading afterwards, you want smooth AR500 from at least 10 yds. I believe even more firmly now in eye protection. We all had eyes and ears.
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Re: I think I may be in love with revolvers

Postby randy » Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:17 pm

No real opinion except that revolvers feel and shoot different than autos. I shoot autos better, so have more of a sense of accomplishment when doing well with a revolver.

One thought on the plates, where the mounted straight up (90° to the ground) or angled. One range I trained on had the plates angled forward to that round reflected into the dirt and not back towards the line. IIRC we were able to shoot at 7 yards safely, but no closer.
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Postby Weetabix » Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:29 pm

Angled forward. Though right after, we went to look and two of them had the wires that had held them at an angle shot off. Might have been one of those.
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Re: I think I may be in love with revolvers

Postby skb12172 » Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:18 pm

For me it's a matter of ergonomics. A revolver just seems to fit my hand like a glove in a way that no semi auto ever has. I have both and carry both but there's no question that I prefer a revolver . I know you sacrifice a lot regarding capacity but there's also something to be said for comfort.
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Re: I think I may be in love with revolvers

Postby Darrell » Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:22 pm

I can shoot my GP100 and S&W Model 19 better than any semi-auto. I took a friend shooting a while back, offering to sell him a 686+. He owns only semi-autos. He was shooting the revolver quite high; the gun always shot spot on for me. At one point I asked if he needed a new target, then said, "Oh, wait, you haven't hit that one yet, have you?" LOL He didn't think it was funny. :lol:
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Re: I think I may be in love with revolvers

Postby BDK » Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:33 am

You love revolvers because you are a man of taste.

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Re: I think I may be in love with revolvers

Postby Jered » Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:57 am

I got a Ruger Redhawk, 4". If I had more ammo, I may have been able to splat some prairie dogs from 100 yards.

I don't know why Rugers get such a bad rap compared to Smiths, either. I'd take a new production Ruger over a new production Smith any day of the week.
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Re: I think I may be in love with revolvers

Postby randy » Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:08 am

I just had to leave this here:

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Re: I think I may be in love with revolvers

Postby Darrell » Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:24 am

randy wrote:I just had to leave this here:

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I had those Pachmayr grips on my GP100. I replaced them fairly recently with their new Diamond Pro grips. I like them a lot.
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Re: I think I may be in love with revolvers

Postby Greg » Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:27 am

Nice! First gun I ever bought was a 4" 686. Well, followed very closely by a 4" 617 (10 shot steel cylinder). I like them very much.

I prefer the balance of the 4". With the 6" the full lug is too much, makes it a little too muzzle heavy. I'm more accurate with either revolver than I am with any semis I've shot.
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Re: I think I may be in love with revolvers

Postby rightisright » Thu Jul 06, 2017 2:28 am

Greg wrote: Well, followed very closely by a 4" 617 (10 shot steel cylinder). I like them very much.


Where's the jealous icon? One of those is on my short list.

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Re: I think I may be in love with revolvers

Postby Greg » Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:16 am

rightisright wrote:
Greg wrote: Well, followed very closely by a 4" 617 (10 shot steel cylinder). I like them very much.


Where's the jealous icon? One of those is on my short list.


Hah. My collection is still pretty small, glad I can still be up on you somewhere. ;)
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Re: I think I may be in love with revolvers

Postby Rich Jordan » Fri Jul 07, 2017 4:08 am

My revolvers hold on to my precious brass, and return it nicely to my hand for reuse. I love my semi autos, but they fling brass carelessly around like an animal. This is particularly trying with expensive 10mm brass...

The S&W Victory is just so very sweet to shoot.

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Re: I think I may be in love with revolvers

Postby NVGdude » Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:39 pm

I find revolvers incredibly difficult to shoot well, especially compared to a normal self-loader like a 1911. And of course, a nice flat auto is much more comfortable to carry and conceal than a lumpy wheel gun.

I can shoot this one fairly well though:

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Postby Old Grafton » Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:53 am

Personal preference is all subjective; that's why it's personal. :lol: I grew up shooting revolvers and 1911's and High Standard and Colt .22 semi's. I prefer any handgun that shoots where I point. Grips/grip angle is all important. Babies learn to point at what they want with their index finger, and any combo of grip/handgun that duplicates my index finger in pointing is what I prefer. Smith's with target grips do that, 1911''s do that; SOME Colt revolvers do that, High Standards both slant grip and military grip do that, Ruger .22's both gripstyles do that. Experimentation is the way to find out and also a huge amount of the fun. I think mindset to point shoot is most important (to me). YMMV but what the hell it's all fun!
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Re: I think I may be in love with revolvers

Postby blackeagle603 » Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:09 pm

The more I shoot my semi-autos, the more I want to shoot a revolver and the less I shoot a semi-auto. Go figure. Personal preferences are what they are.
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Re: I think I may be in love with revolvers

Postby Steamforger » Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:42 pm

I've had 2.

One was a S&W Chief's Special that had been used in the heat of the moment by the previous owner (NOPD). He just wanted to be rid of the 36 for some reason. I got it for $150 and eventually used it as a trade in on something else. It shot well, but it really just wasn't my thing.

The other is in Louisiana still. It's a Taurus knockoff of a S&W Model 15. My Granddad gave it to my Dad when he and my Mom got married. That one is staying in the family. I rarely shoot it, but it does shoot fine.

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Re: I think I may be in love with revolvers

Postby randy » Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:40 am

I like my S&W Model 19 4". I just can't shoot it as well double action (i.e. defense/combat mode) as my Hi-powers or Glocks. Single action is great. I use it as a house gun and would use it for low threat environment non-CCW hiking, camping, hunting and such due to it's ammo versatility.

My J frame is not fun to shoot. I don't try much over 7 yards with it as I consider my gun I bring to a knife fight. I primarily use it for quick run out of the house or around the yard(usually in a pocket holster) when I don't want to gear up. I also carry it in the winter in an outside pocket of my parka to use as a delaying action until I can get to my primary carry piece.
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Re: I think I may be in love with revolvers

Postby arctictom » Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:16 pm

Yup feel your pain brother I have multiple revolvers a 460 smith , a Smith Governor with a Crimson trace site, a 44 Colt Anaconda, a 44 Tracker a 357 tracker etc etc , love revolvers
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Re: I think I may be in love with revolvers

Postby Rich Jordan » Sat Aug 26, 2017 6:06 pm

I still want to add a 10mm revolver to the collection. I'm debating letting go of a S&W Model 16 (later model 6" .32H&R) to help pay for it because I've pretty much stopped shooting it in favor of a S&W Victory and a surprisingly fun Colt 1917.

I still prefer semi autos but again, losing that brass sucks.


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