Survival and The Semi-Auto vs. Revolver Decision:
OH, You walk into that gun store and there it is all nice and clean, shiny and deadly looking as all get out. 15 rounds in each magazine so you can
just duck your head and spray bullets at your adversary… The heck with any innocent people that may be in the way, or downrange from your
While the words may not be spoken, this is often the sentiment when I broach this subject to Police Officers or civilians in the classes I teach. I
NEED MORE BULLETS…
One attacker, one bullet, end of aggression….
More importantly, let’s discuss reliability. I have heard hundreds if not thousands of times; (I’ve been teaching firearms now for over 20 years)
Revolvers are more reliable because they have fewer moving parts. NOT TRUE.. (Generally speaking) Revolvers have more parts than Semi-Autos… Yet, it
is true that revolvers are more reliable than Semi’s.. Why?
Well the most glaring example is this… A bad bullet…. Yes they happen from time to time, bad primers, misplaced primer, wet powder etc.. Not
often, but let us not forget Murphy’s Law shall we? If something bad, (Bad bullet) is going to happen, it will happen when you need the firearm the
Now let us suppose you get a bad bullet in your Semi; what to do, what to do, hmmmm
Slap, Tap Bang?
Slap, Tap, Rack, Bang?
Slap, Rack, Bang?
All valid methods of clearing a jam or replacing a bad bullet in a Semi. BUT….
Can you do it in an emergency, or while being shot at?
NO YOU CAN NOT.. I really don’t care what you say, unless you are an experienced Combat Vet, and I don’t mean one time under fire, you cannot
function like that under fire. No need to argue, you will never convince me and as long as you never accept your limitations, you will never improve
your chances of surviving an altercation with a firearm. Even if you do get it cleared, what is the “Bad Guy” doing while you are fumbling around
there in the dark? HMMMM
Oh yeah.. Killing you..
Now, if you get a “Bad Bullet” in a Revolver what do you do?
Oh yeah.. You pull the trigger again…. Does not take much advanced training to teach that.. So… More reliable? YES and YES again…
Now, even with the fastest of us, speed loading is about the same as changing mags, in other words fairly slow.. So again.. What to do, what to do..
Now to the real, hard hitting point to this dissertation.. TRAINING.. TRAINING.. TRAINING…. If you are not willing to train regularly, at least once
every other month, do not, I repeat.. DO NOT bet your life on a firearm. YOU WILL LOSE and worse yet, you may kill me or some other innocent person in
I carry a Semi on duty, a Glock 22, 40cal.. I usually grab a Sig Sauer GSR, C3, 1911 style Semi when I leave the house as I am intimately familiar
with the 1911 single action weapon from my time in the Marines and the fact I have always owned one and shoot them all the time.
Lying next to my bed is a Dan Wesson 357mag Revolver.. ALWAYS… Because when I wake up as someone kicks my door in, I will be groggy and even with my
decades of practice, (And I practice at least once each month) I am not 100 percent confident in being able to clear a Semi jam in that condition. Oh
yeah, I’m an experienced Combat Vet too…
See for me, I don’t care about what is sexy, what is popular or even what other people think of me when it comes to this issue. The facts are clear
and impossible to refute. All I want to do is to survive any altercation I may get myself into, and at certain times, the Revolver is the best choice
for me. It should be for you too.
I will gladly answer any questions you may have and I encourage new gun owners, or inexperienced gun owners, to ask those questions. I do work a full
time job, so I may be a day or so answering if you have a question.