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blume357

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I personally would not carry a Single Action Revolver for protection, unless it was all I had, but with that said I have no problem with someone else making that choice.... I think reloading is an issue because it would be slower... but you know I once saw a mention by some gun trainer that when reloading a Single Action Revolver you can actually return to the gun fight before finishing the reload. Think about it. I may be wrong here but with proper training there is probably not a handgun more accurate or reliable than a good single action revolver. On top of that, they sure look good in a leather holster.
 

Jon406

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I don't feel hampered if I carry my SA .45 Colt or my DA Ruger GP100, as the average gunfight includes three rounds fired over three seconds from a distance of 3 yards. But many want to carry a hi capacity semi auto with that John Wick mentality.... nope I'm not John Wick, but I shoot my revolvers very well. I'm with Bob Wright on his carry selection.... of course I live in NW Montana and many of us still carry a SA and don't feel hampered one bit.
 

warren5421

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A SAA works for me. I carried a 1911 from 8 years old to 70 years old but my go to gun has always been the SAA. At 14 dad got a Colt .44 New Frontier and I put more rounds down range with it than with the Remington-Rand which would jam. If you need more than 3-4 rounds down range at a bad guy you are in a fire fight and should have platoon of Navy Seals with you. The six shooter will teach you shot discipline. Just remember every round you send towards a bad guy you own and if it misses you own what ever it does. A six gun you only own 5-6 misses that wonder auto you can own 23-4 misses.
 

Biggfoot44

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Even back in the day , the " average gunfight is 2.7 rounds " was a bit of statistical manipulation . The under. 3 rounds fired numbers also included accidental discharges , putting down injured animals , and officer suicides . Limited to actual engagements with actual opponents fighting back is more like +/- 5 rounds .

The above out of the way :

Whenever carry SA Revolver , I will also have something else more quickly reloadable , if only a .38 J Frame with a cpl reloads . If/ once the 5 rounds are expended from .45 Sheriffs , It gets dropped , and I proceed from there with Gun B .
 

37fed

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You are my hero Bob. I’ve been trying a Single Seven in a shoulder holster. Not fast but comfortable and hid under jacket. Did You sell me a T/C Renegade with Hawken hardware on another forum?
 
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Biggfoot44 said:
Even back in the day , the " average gunfight is 2.7 rounds " was a bit of statistical manipulation . The under. 3 rounds fired numbers also included accidental discharges , putting down injured animals , and officer suicides . Limited to actual engagements with actual opponents fighting back is more like +/- 5 rounds .

. . . except for when the boyz in the 'hood settle disagreements and we see the police marking the several dozen spent cases lying on the street. :roll:

I avoid the 'hood. :wink:
 

Jeepnik

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There’s no “hood”. They invented this thing called the automobile over a hundred years ago.

Criminals traveling to wealthier areas is common.
 

37fed

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I don’t want Mr. wright shooting at me. Lots of experience with that gun.
 

kmoore

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I need to clarify, Although it makes no difference at this time. We called the rule mentioned above the 3x3x3 rule to leave out decimal points. That was put together many, many years ago by the FBI using police shooting data. It's now obsolete. CDC firearms deaths, who did listed deaths with firearms to tell the public how many are killed by guns. That is a misuse of data. The public believes that's how many are shot by police or gangsters. That data includes all deaths by accident and suicides.
The FBI used to put together all kinds of data and send it out to police. Firearms stuff was published on yellow paper and mailed to PDs. As an instructor I had a file binder of many things they published. Most of that would be boring to many. As I recall in the early 2000s the rounds fired went to 4.2 the other data not changed much.
The 3x3x3 rule was the average shots fired in a police shoot out was 3, the average range was about 3 yards, average time for a officer to shoot 3 rounds was 3 seconds. Prior police spend a lot of time shooting longer distances at their ranges. It was important to change police handgun qualifications to reflect on the 3x3x3 data. In Oregon the quarterly Qual went from 18 rounds fired at 25 yards to 6. Still shooting a course of 50 rds but faster and closer to match the real police shooting data.
 

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