A Nurse with a Gun

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

The Revolver as a Carry Weapon

Model 649, Model 49, Model 38, Model 38 Click to enlarge
In a world of flashy crunch-n-tickers with plastic muscles and fins, the revolver is still a viable defensive tool for the well armed citizen. Syd presents an excellent piece by Gabe Suarez on chosing the right wheelgun for self protection.
Go read.


Blogger OldCop said...

Wow! I’m not alone. Actually it just depends on the mood I’m in that day. My selections for off duty guns range from Kahr MK9’s to Colt Python’s to J or K frame S&W’s to various 1911’s of different sizes, shapes and configurations. I’ve even got a refurbished HK P7 PSP and an Alessi Bodyguard holster for it. You gotta keep your options open.

12:58 PM  
Anonymous Shannon said...

When husband was deployed to Iraq the second time, I decided to buy a .44 Charter Arms Bulldog. Years ago when I first got my concealed carry permit in my home state of AL, I'd purchased a S&W Model 915. My step-father gave me his Bulldog to carry as a backup. I liked the fact that it's small and easier for someone my size (5'2' 120 lbs) to conceal. However, what I liked most about the Bulldog was what my step-father had to say about the weapon when he gave it to me. He said that S&W was a great gun, no doubt. However, if I ever got knocked down with an attacker on top of me, pulling the trigger of that 44 will knock them off of me so I can get away.

So, I always preferred to carry the .44 on me and have my 9mm within reach. This article explains the problem I have with my new .44 though:

"Remember, most combat revolver shooting will be done in double action, so a trigger that allows easy double action work is preferred. There is little that the individual can do in order to alter the actual weight of the trigger press. This is the realm of the revolver-gunsmith."

My step-father's old Bulldog was a dream...I could fire it with one hand never having to worry about the hammer. My new one though, the trigger is way too heavy for me. I HAVE to pull the hammer back to fire the darn thing.

I went back to where I purchased the gun and asked if they knew a gunsmith who could lighten the trigger for me. He said no gunsmith in my current state would probably touch it for legal reasons - as in being afraid some twit would sue them if they had a negligent/accidental discharge.

So, when I go home to visit this summer, I'll be taking my .44 with me so I can take it to our family's gunsmith and get him to fix that trigger for me. Until then, I depend more on my 9mm because I haven't been able to practice enough with that .44 to be confident that in a stressed state, I'd remember to pull that hammer back. It may be with the adrenalin, I'd have no problem pulling the trigger, but I don't want to take that chance.

The nearest gun range is over an hour and a half from the house, so I don't practice as much as I should. To go, it's truly an all day affair. Add to that it being an outdoor range and our winters including a lot of freezing weather and snow...I just don't go as often as I'd like, much less as often as I need to go.

Sorry to rambe... Thanks for the link to a great article!

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ehh, a .44 Magnum won't knock anyone off of you. Think equal-and-opposite-reaction -- it'd have to fairly break your wrist to accomplish that.

Not trying to pick nits, but it's good to have realistic expectations about what you can and can't accomplish in that kind of a situation.

4:36 PM  
Anonymous 2yellowdogs said...

Great article. Thanks for the link. Crystallized a lot of things I'd been thinking about for a while now.

I'd love to find a good 3" model 10 for just this purpose.

4:48 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

I have a copy of that article in eReader on my iPhone, along with many other pro-revolver articles (thanks, Marko).

10:35 PM  
Anonymous Shannon said...

Anon, at my age, I'm realistic unfortunately lol. Which might explain my bad mood ROTFL :).

I know what size hole the 44 will leave when loaded with hollow points. Growing up with access to farm land where we often went to shoot every weekend, you get to shoot all sorts of neat stuff to see what each gun can do. And I'm confident in the job that little bulldog will do.

I guess I should have explained the conversation better, but figured folks would get the point. I promise I don't think the 44 will pick up a grown man and toss him off of a victim and through a window LMAO. But I'm confident if an attacker is shot at point-blank range with this particular weapon, chances are he's going to be more worried about the large hole in his body than keeping their victim penned. The momentum from being shot and the normal reaction of the general population to reach for their wound would be the few seconds a victim would need to get away. And, if the attacker didn't react like the majority of folks would, you'd still have four more rounds to get results from :).

8:41 AM  

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