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Chad504boy
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re: Good home defense revolver?
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Having to operate the slide and disengage the safety is easy


my wife will have to do neither for my semi and has 20 shots ready to roll.


DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Good home defense revolver?
I don’t share that confidence in semi autos. Mechanically, I trust them. What if the first shot is with the gun jammed in the dudes gut? What if the first shot is limp wrist? What if she drops it on the floor barrel down and knocks it out of battery? It might go from a 20 shooter to a 0 or 1 shooter.

I’ve seen semi autos jam a good bit. I’ve only seen one revolver jam, and it was with a .44 mag shooting big shite with rat shot in the cylinder. Are semis reliable? Yes. Are revolvers more reliable and simpler to use? Yes. Not debatable in any way.


Chad504boy
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re: Good home defense revolver?
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What if the first shot is with the gun jammed in the dudes gut? What if the first shot is limp wrist? What if she drops it on the floor barrel down and knocks it out of battery?


this post is highly sexist. because they are female, you assume all the possibilities of failure yet you would have no hesitation of your own using a semi auto for your own defense.

And how about this guys, how about the woman actually become trained with the gun in the house. its like bc we say they are woman, they get a free pass on having to not train and learn how to use a gun no matter what it is. How about if the woman is walking around w revolver and hits the cylinder release thinking its a safety button and drops all her bullets... what if what if what if.


biggsc
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re: Good home defense revolver?
Get a 9mm


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jdavid1
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re: Good home defense revolver?
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Only one of these are correct. Having to operate the slide and disengage the safety is easy, but not as easy as simply pulling the trigger. Many woman have trouble racking the slide. I've also seen plenty of semi's jam in my day.


Most people keep a round in the chamber so racking is not necessary, and most of the popular semi autos out there don't even have a safety. I tell you what. You have two guns on a table. Both are in condition 0.

Glock 19 - 16 rounds of 9mm critical defense
S&W .357 - 6 rounds of .38 special defense

You have to defend your life with only one. Which are you going to grab?


Chad504boy
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re: Good home defense revolver?
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You have to defend your life with only one. Which are you going to grab?



keep in mind, home defense situation, you seldom know how many attackers there may or may not be.


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Good home defense revolver?
I don’t use a semi auto for the same reasons I posted. I don’t have combat training or experience and I don’t expect myself to be able to deal with those scenarios while someone is trying to kill me. I highly doubt that the majority of people do. I’ve had some trouble clearing my M9 before.

Props to those and their wives who will put the time in to be able to instinctively deal with those types of failures.


Chad504boy
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re: Good home defense revolver?
and i'm not against a revolver completely... but with anything in life, more is better. Whether that be more shot capacity or more gun capacity. Hell, ideal would be to have both in house. Hell, depending upon everyone's crib set up, and where your kids may be sleeping or where you are in house at the time of trouble, the more guns and options in house the better. My kids rooms and my master are on oppo sides of house. I keep a gun in my son's closet so that i never have to make a choice in spur of the moment, do i run to my kids or run for my gun of there was an entry in house.


DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Good home defense revolver?
Yea and I’m not against a semi at all. There’s no doubt that more ammo is more better in a fight. I’m always surprised at how long I feel like I’m shooting for when I put a whole mag through my 9mm. I just know I would probably have a hard time getting past a malfunction in a fight and I’ve had too many malfunctions to trust it to not happen. I just don’t trust the semi autos enough.


keakar
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re: Good home defense revolver?
S&W M&P


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biggsc
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re: Good home defense revolver?
Sale on pistols
LINK


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choupiquesushi
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re: Good home defense revolver?
ruger super red hawk .41 mag


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TigerOnThe Hill
Springhill, LA
Member since Sep 2008
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re: Good home defense revolver?
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With full power loads out of a full size gun .357 mag is generally regarded to be the best one-shot bad guy stopper.

Agreed. You don't need "versatility."
A full size 357 Mag will do you fine. I'd lean towards a longer 6" barrel to dampen both muzzle flash and recoil. No need for a home defense gun to be compact. As long as it's not too heavy for her to handle, heavier is better. Either the aforementioned S&W or Ruger would be fine, but I generally prefer Rugers.


TU Rob
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re: Good home defense revolver?
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A bit to my surprise, they ladies much preferred the semis. They didn't mind the slide once shown how to operate it. None of the revolvers made their top picks list.


The only thing my wife didn't like about an old 9mm I bought was the slide. Said it felt like the gun was jumping in her small hands because of the cycling. But she has a lightweight .38 that she is great with. I've tried a few different semi autos but it is always the same thing. Even my XDs with smaller grips, she will shoot it, but prefers the revolver. I would have sold the thing years ago but I want her to at least have one she is comfortable using.

That being said, for home defense, she will grab my sweet sixteen if something happened.


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Clames
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re: Good home defense revolver?
I have a GP100 Match Champion and recoil is a non-issue, even with hot .357 Mag loads. 4" or so barrel in a steel frame revolver and there is plenty of mass to soak up recoil. I could put box after box of them at the range and not feel as worked over as with my Glock 26 before I put G19 mags in it. Only reason the 26 sits on the bedside table is that if I had to use it and then had to hand it over to the cops for a while I'm not really going to miss it. It's only a Glock afterall.


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bbvdd
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Member since Jun 2009
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re: Good home defense revolver?
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Having to operate the slide and disengage the safety


What safety?

there are just as many semis on the market without a safety as there are with. Maybe more without.

And whomever suggested an airweight? That is a terrible decision.


LEASTBAY
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re: Good home defense revolver?
just another point, my wife is 5' 115lbs or so, she cannot pull the trigger on a revolver unless the hammer is pulled back. I would definitely want my shotgun in her hands instead of any revolver.


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bbvdd
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re: Good home defense revolver?
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I’ve had too many malfunctions to trust it to not happen


In all seriousness, what kind of guns (semis) are you shooting?

I've put 1500+ rounds thru my Glock 19 without a single failure. 1000 thru Sig P320 not one jam, H&K USP 45 3000+ not one. 2 P226. Maybe one in no telling how many rounds

The only ones I have had failures are a couple of 1911s with semi wad-cutters. One will not shoot them, the other will but isn't that big of a fan, it will have a FTL ever 3-4 mag.
.22lr, all the time with cheap ammo.


TU Rob
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Member since Nov 2008
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re: Good home defense revolver?
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In all seriousness, what kind of guns (semis) are you shooting?


For real. The only malfunction I have ever had in thousands of rounds through semis was with a bulk box of Remington UMC in an XD40 I used to have. 250 round box and I had a FTF maybe 5-6 times. I was just plinking at the range, and it would always happen near the bottom of the magazine. Just some weak loads. Every other manufacturer I have shot, in all different calibers and bullet weights, never had an issue.


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Good home defense revolver?
Beretta M9 mostly. I had a shield that jammed once and I sold it because I couldn’t hit shite with it. The M9 has never jammed with +p ammo which is what I put in it but I’ve shot far less of it than regular ammo. The shield jammed with gold dot +p.

Idk how many rounds I’ve put through the M9 but it’s been a bunch. Probably a thousand I guess. It doesn’t jam much by any stretch, but it has done it.


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