Is a revolver enough for home defense? (2024)

Is a revolver enough for home defense?

If you are familiar with the loading and shooting process, both pistols and revolvers can be safely used for home or self-defense. The revolver, however, is often easier to use in high-stress situations due to its simple design. Furthermore, a revolver hardly ever jams, which is not always the case with handguns.

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Do revolvers have any advantage over pistols?

Revolvers also are inherently more accurate than most semi-automatic pistols because the barrels are affixed to the frame. Most semi-autos have barrels that are in motion during the firing cycle but “locked” into place at the point of firing.

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Why do people still carry revolvers?

Revolvers have been around since the early 1800s and carrying them can give people a blast from the past. If you are concealed carrying you most likely want a gun that is easy to conceal. Since revolvers don't have magazines they have a smaller grip making them easier to conceal.

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Is it better to carry a revolver or pistol?

In the revolver vs pistol debate, the primary advantage of the pistol is capacity. Most revolvers have a cartridge capacity of between five and seven rounds. Some wheelguns have cylinders holding eight or nine rounds, but these are comparatively uncommon.

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Is 38 special enough for self-defense?

Is 38 Special A Good Self Defense Round? The gist of . 38 Special is that it's a medium bullet at medium velocity. It can be effective for personal defense but ammunition selection (and placement!) is important, especially if your gun has a shorter barrel length.

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What are the disadvantages of a revolver?

Revolvers Tend to Have a Long, Heavy Trigger Pull:

You have to deliberately pull the trigger in order to fire your shots. This is also a negative for people who have hand strength that's below average. It can be hard for some people with weaker finger strength to put accurate shots on a target with a double-action gun.

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Do revolvers hit harder than pistols?

Yes. A revolver can utilize a much more powerful cartridge before becoming too big and to heavy for practical use. It's also not constrained with the size of the handgrip. Desert Eagle is about the most powerful semiauto you can buy, yet it's arguably nothing but a curiosity / range toy.

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Why carry a .38 special?

Known for its accuracy and manageable recoil, the . 38 Special remains one of the most popular revolver cartridges in the world more than a century after its introduction. It is used for recreational target shooting, formal target competition, personal defense, and small-game hunting.

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Is it practical to carry a revolver?

revolvers are simple and reliable, clearing malfunctions is as simple as pulling the trigger again. the only drawbacks to concealed carry is the width of the cylinder, and to some extent ammo capacity.

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Why a revolver is best for self-defense?

If you are familiar with the loading and shooting process, both pistols and revolvers can be safely used for home or self-defense. The revolver, however, is often easier to use in high-stress situations due to its simple design. Furthermore, a revolver hardly ever jams, which is not always the case with handguns.

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Why not carry a revolver?

Revolvers are thick and can be difficult to conceal

If you carry IWB (inside the waistband) you're going to notice that thickness. Even if you pocket carry, that bulky cylinder might stand out like a sore thumb, depending on your choice of clothing and pocket holster.

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Do revolvers jam less?

I have experienced or witnessed five different types of revolver malfunctions in my decades of gun handling. The big difference between “jams” in revolvers and semi-automatic pistols is that most pistol malfunctions can be cleared fairly quickly.

Is a revolver enough for home defense? (2024)
Should you carry a revolver fully loaded?

The single-action is a hunting and recreational revolver these days, so this isn't a problem. Many modern revolvers feature a transfer-bar system. The transfer bar makes carrying six rounds safe. If you own several types of single-action revolvers, you may as well just load them all with five rounds and rest easy.

Does a 38 kick harder than a 9mm?

38mm Special offers low recoil when compared to the 9mm Luger. Bothe these cartridges have lesser recoil as compared to other cartridges like .

Is a .38 or 9mm better for concealed carry?

38 Special is taller than 9mm and has a larger case capacity. Both calibers are popular for self defense and perform well in ballistic gel tests. . 38 Special concealed carry revolvers typically have 5-round capacity; 9mm concealed carry pistols typically have a 7-round+ capacity.

What is the best revolver caliber for self-defense?

357 Magnum is considered one of the best revolver calibers for self-defense due to its high muzzle energy and terminal effectiveness. . 357 Magnum carries a high potential for one-shot stops during self-defense encounters.

Are revolvers or pistols safer?

Misfires can present safety risks when you need to have the ability to quickly fire. For situations like this, revolvers can be considered safer, since all you'll have to do if a misfire occurs is rotate to the next chamber. With a pistol, the defective cartridge needs to be ejected first.

Why are revolvers not pistols?

A revolver contains a revolving cylinder in which bullets are loaded. Revolvers usually hold six shots. The ATF defines a pistol as any handgun that does not contain its ammunition in a revolving cylinder. Most pistols have a removable magazine into which bullets are loaded.

Are revolvers really more reliable?

But all things being equal, yes, it's more unlikely to have a function problem with a revolver than a semi-auto. Semi-autos are more reliant on ammo quality and dirt. However,if you use quality ammo, and properly maintain the semi-auto ,it will be just as reliable as a revolver.

Why did tunnel rats use revolvers?

45's loud report could often leave one temporarily deaf when fired in a confined space. Consequently, some preferred to clear tunnels armed with a . 38 Special revolver equipped with a sound suppressor and other non-standard weapons.

Why do revolvers cost more?

Typically, a revolver is manufactured from steel, or a combination of steel and aluminum, scandium, titanium, or other expensive element. I own two . 45ACP 1911s. One has a polymer frame and cost about half of the other, which is all stainless steel.

Why are pistols cheaper than revolvers?

Why are pistols cheaper than revolvers? The more expensive materials used to make them, the precision machining, and the assembly required to make a revolver makes them cost more.

Who still carries a revolver?

Many police also still use revolvers as their duty weapon due to their relative mechanical simplicity and ease of use.

Is 38 Special a girl gun?

(“Hammerless” revolver still has the hammer that works to fire the round, but it is shrouded within the gun) The . 38 Special and . 357 models are very popular with women. The larger the caliber, generally the larger the recoil.

Will a 38 Special stop an attacker?

No problem whatsoever. As long as you are a good shot, close enough, which you most certainly would be, and use soft point or jacketed hollow point bullets. Maybe, as is true for almost all handguns. Most 38 Special handguns will provide you with 5 or 6 shots (chances) to stop an attacker.

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