Lets keep this nice. Who prefers what and why. Wheel Guns or Semi Auto?
Im a semi auto guy. Ive owned a few wheelguns thru the years and just dont like the heavy trigger pull. Now maybe if i tried a S&W performance center or something of the likes id change my mind
Also the capacity disadvantage is another reason why i carry a semi auto
YES! Semi auto? Easy. Not sure if it’s revolvers I like or just .357 Magnum. My first was a department issued Smith & Wesson Model 66 which I shot the hell out of. My first semi auto was a gen 1 Glock .45 which my brother owns💥
Semi-auto here. That’s what I mainly grew up shooting, carried in the military, etc. I do have a few revolvers and fire them occasionally. I do enjoy them, too, for a totally different shooting experience. I don’t practice enough with them,so I can’t hit for crap, especially on a double action trigger.
I don’t feel one is better than the other. I feel it’s more a case of which you shoot more accurately and have total confidence in.
1 wheelie, 4 semi. 2 are Glock.
I like the way @A-Argh15 approached. If they came to get my guns,there are two that’d get removed from my cold, dead hands.
- Dan Wesson Silverback 10mm
- Dan Wesson 715 Pistol Pack (made in Monson)
Now, truthfully, I’d be dual weilding 1911s and guarding the 715.
I have 5 wheel guns and 8 autoloaders.
I carried both during my years with the PD, both in uniform and in the Detective division. The reason we all transitioned to semi-autos is because it made tactical sense. Faster reloads, higher capacity, less felt recoil. But, there is still something old school cool about a good revolver. In fact, my retirement tattoo is my badge with my first and last guns I carried. Above the badge is a S&W mod 15 38spec. and below is a Glock mod. 27 40cal. Between those two I also carried a S&W Mod 36 Chief’s Special 38cal. snubnose, then a S&W mod. 19 357cal in 2 1/2 in. followed by a S&W mod 6906 9mm. It was interesting to have worked in LE during a time of such changes, revolvers to semi-autos, pump shotguns to AR-15’s. And contrary to what some of my younger buddies think, I did not start out in LE with blackpowder, nor did I ride a horse.
I like both. I feel like learning to shoot double action made me a better shooter. There is just something about the mechanics of a nice revolver. I don’t mind slowing down my rate of fire at the range.
SD /HD GLOCK 17L and glock 19. Light easy to shoot well and lots of capacity.
LOL…A good shotgun still must KSG .
No but someone said in here they started LE in revolvers and ended in semi-autos. I started AND ended in revolvers. My dept. issued S&W Model 66 was considered a great enhancement over the Model 19 it replaced. After several long term layoffs, I separated from the field and set my sights to being a Rockstar instead.
I’ve used both as well. US Army have me a 1911, carried that pistol until the 92 came out. I liked the 1911. When I ETS and started at my home county’s S.O. I w ent with the 1911 for about 15 years with a Cold Mustang backup. I had been trained on that system and trust it. Shot some revolvers as well. In those days men carried both revolvers and semi autos. As a firearms instructor i felt I needed to be proficient with both. I found I like revolvers in calibers that begin with 4. I said I’d never carry a plastic gun, don’t ever say never. Now it’s a Glock 23
everyday, even went to the armour school when the Glock became standard issue. But I still like a large caliber revolver in the woods.
Colt Mustang, dang spellchecker
When I was growing up my father, who was also LE, had a sizeable collection of guns including a lot of military ones. In addition to the US issue 1911 45 semi-auto, he had a US issue 1917 Colt 45 revolver. Talk about a heavy double-action trigger pull. I had the privilege of shooting both by age 10. I too have a preference for the “40’s”. My last duty, and current carry is a Glock 27. Also occasionally carry my Sig 1911 Nightmare Fastback 45. I agree with big bullets for the woods, my deer hunting pistol is a S&W mod.29 44mag. I believe a solid background in revolvers makes you a better shot with semi autos. Less rounds and a double action makes you focus harder on the basics of marksmanship. I saw too many “youngsters” in LE using the “spray and pray” method with their high capacity semi autos.
Dred glad to find another Dan Wesson wheel gun fan, I am also affected. As for wheelguns or simi autos I do not think I could choose one over the other. R S Remembering Warren Center who happen to prefer single shot pistol.
Both. I think there is something special about both. While a semi-auto may have more capacity in most cases, and a faster rate of fire (maybe), there is something about a revolver that can’t be beat.
I have to say that I am a semi auto guy now. But I still have a special place in my life for wheel guns. My Colt King Cobra 357 magnum, and the newest one the S&W 442 airweight.
I started out on the road in LE carrying a S&W mod 15 in 38 spec. w/ 4 in. barrel. When I got promoted to the investigative division, I carried a S&W mod. 36 Chief’s spec. also in 38 spec with a 2in. barrel and a 5 shot capacity. I was the first officer on my Dept to earn an expert marksmanship medal, and did it with both of those guns. Later, I was issued a S&W mod.19 in 357mag with a 2 1/2 in. barrel, a 6 shot. I was involved in our Dept’s testing when we transitioned to semi autos, first to a S&W mod 6906 in 9mm and eventually to Glock 40 cal. My Glock was the mod. 27. My life and that of others depended on all of those weapons over a 30+ yr career. I have great respect for all of them, and had confidence in each to get the job done. Still have most of them and still shoot them.
I started with revolvers, as a young man in the 80s and 90s you could get the LE turn-ins dirt cheap. (Great when you are on a budget!)
Back then I was a bullseye shooter and a good revolver with 6" of barrel length just can’t be beat!
But time and my use of a pistol has changed me. It simply is just more difficult to carry a revolver all day long. Plus for competitive tactical shooting you simply cannot beat the polymer semiautomatic.
I still love the .357 magnum, but I only carry a 9mm PPQ!
work/play, simiauto, but hunting, its either a large cal revolver (44 mag) or the singleshot contender
(depends on the rifle im carrying, contender matches in cal, usually 45/70)
Im growing accustomed to the poly guns, But old hands, just seem to prefer steel guns. I like the feel, the weight.
1911 and M92, dont have to look, can tell by the feel how many rounds ect. like holding a old friend. favorite wheel gun? my old model 29/2 smith. almost done with a refurb on it, waiting on parts to come back now, with a satin refinish.
I ttend to be more accurate with a wheel gun tight pattern, simiauto, I got more rounds, pattern is a lil bit larger,
Both have a purpose in your tool box…
Semi for conceal carry - I have three depending on weather SR9C, Caniktp9SA, and my fav a FNX-45. But I keep a 5 shot snubby in a holster under my bed table for defending around my bed at night. The snubby is a Taurus 605 that I did an action job on. Perfect for immediate short range defense, But I won’t carry it. Then there is the JMpro 12 gauge in the bedroom closet. Basically I have 5 setup around the house for defense. Rest are in the gun safe…Oh almost forgot my wife keeps her CZ SP01 tactical in her bed table. One of the pistols I bought for myself, did a trigger job on, then she shot it…Never saw it again.