When choosing a handgun, there are several different factors that should be considered when deciding what will work the best in your set of circumstances. All the advantages and disadvantages should be carefully considered before making a decision about whether to purchase a revolver for defensive purposes.
Disadvantages of Revolvers
The main disadvantage of a revolver involves the fact that they normally don’t have a manual safety that you can simply switch off and on. The safe operation of a revolver was based on two main factors: competent training of the user and familiarity with the revolver’s operation. Revolvers generally don’t have external or manual safeties that are usually found on most semi-automatic pistols. The revolver is a well established design that has been around for a long time before the semi-automatic pistol. In the case of most double action revolvers, when you pull the trigger the gun will fire if loaded. In the case of single action revolvers, it is necessary to cock the hammer first and is a very simple type of safety measure. Additionally some modern single action pistols incorporate a hammer block mechanism or a disabling feature if the cartridge loading gate is open.
The safe use of revolvers was based on a very simple principle. If you didn’t want the pistol to fire, don’t pull the trigger. You need to realize that the main safety feature for a revolver has been and continues to be the skill and knowledge of the user for safe operation.
A second disadvantage of revolvers is due mainly to their construction. Due to generally heavier frames and longer barrel lengths (with the exception of short barrel, i.e. snub-nose models), they do not make the best weapons for concealed carry purposes. Their protruding cylinders and longer barrels make them somewhat more difficult to conceal. Their additional weight can also be a burden to those persons of smaller stature. If concealed carry is going to be the primary purpose of your handgun, a semi-automatic pistol may be a better choice in your circumstance.
A third disadvantage of revolvers is the limitation on the number of rounds that a revolver is generally designed to hold. While most revolvers have a six round capacity, this can vary depending upon the type of revolver and the caliber being used. Although they can be reloaded fairly quickly with the aid of speedloaders, it is important to remember that speedloaders are an additional piece of gear that can become lost or misplaced.
Another disadvantage of revolvers involves the repair of the handgun should it become necessary. Although their design makes them very reliable and sturdy, handguns will break or need repair at some point. It is at this point you will need a skilled and competent gunsmith. Most revolvers are not user friendly when it comes to being repaired. You will most likely have to seek the services of a competent professional for any needed repairs in the majority of cases.
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Proper training in the use and care of your handgun is also a very important factor. Like any tool, you will need to have the proper training and knowledge to operate a handgun safely, effectively and with confidence in your abilities. Your knowledge, skill and training will ultimately influence the effectiveness of any handgun choice you may make. Learn and follow ALL safety guidelines at ALL times when using a handgun.
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