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Home defense--revolver or semi-auto

Paver1055Paver1055 MemberPosts: 38 Member
Question- would you rather use a revolver such as a .357 or use 9mm, .45, .40 for home defense? I feel comfortable with all, just looking for more input and/or suggestions. I have no real preference, but do want to have as much input before I purchase one for my wife and I. Thanks in advance.
XD .45 4"

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  • KENFU1911KENFU1911 Senior Member Posts: 1,052 Senior Member
    You feel comfortable with both....how does your wife feel?????......Important if she will also be using it......Ken
  • minnesotashooterminnesotashooter Senior Member Posts: 806 Senior Member
    Whatever you feel comfortable with and can shoot well. Same goes for the wife. Go shoot a bunch of them at the range and decide from there.
  • 104RFAST104RFAST Senior Member Posts: 1,281 Senior Member
    "For my wife and I", that changes everything. IMO its important to involve her in this process. Auto's can be functionally complicated to a newbie, however, when mastered
    they are addictive and effective. On the other hand, a 357 revolver IMO is a very
    good starting point for HD, I keep one on my night stand. Find a range that will rent
    guns and find a good instructor that can simplify some of the complexities of Auto's.
    Just remember, guns are like potato chips. Good luck !!
  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,992 Senior Member
    Opinions are like ________ , everyone has one.

    Revolvers are, in my opinion, the best choice for the casual user. If you don't practice at least once a quarter, don't get a semi auto.

    My friend, a jeweler, had a robbery last year. He reached into his drawer, pulled out his semi auto hand gun and pulled the trigger. It just went "click!" and no bang. He was so flustered he couldn't remember at the time how to operate it, and the bad guy ran out of his shop. Eddie ran after him and still beat the stuffings out of him.

    If he had a revolver he would simply have pullled the trigger a second time.

    I think for the casual user a .357 is an excellent choice.

    IMHO

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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,122 Senior Member
    Mine's a .327 when it is not a 9mm, .40, or .45
    all revolvers
  • Paver1055Paver1055 Member Posts: 38 Member
    Thanks. I've carried a 357 for years and want to update. Sounds like I may go with .357. Maybe 9mm for wife. She likes it, no kb. I do appreciate the info, nice to have others comments. Thanks again!
    XD .45 4"
  • timctimc Senior Member Posts: 6,684 Senior Member
    Make no difference to me, revolver or semi auto for a bedside gun. What I found I like best is something I don't have to fumble safeties or cock hammers, points easy and easily sits in my hand. All these things become important in low light at 02:00 am when you are startled from a dead sleep. My favorites are the Kahr CW45 or Sig P226 that I have a light mounted on.
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  • samzheresamzhere Banned Posts: 10,923 Senior Member
    Good question, paver...

    Doesn't really matter which, revolver or pistol. Whichever you're more comfy with.

    Of course, an auto holds more rounds, but in a genuine home self defense situation, 2-3 well placed shots are normally all that's needed. So a good .357 "wheelgun" (Ruger maybe) will do the job.

    That being said, most folks prefer a pistol due to its larger capacity, 10 to 16 rounds maybe.

    In the "old days" a revolver would be more reliable, but with any quality brand pistol (Glock, Springfield, Colt, etc) you'll not have feed or firing problems these days. This is of course incumbent on your having the firearm properly lubed and clean. Duh.

    You & your wife will do just fine with either, so long as you both feel that the handgun is managable and that you like the "grip" and aiming point, etc. Unless either of you have some disability (severe arthritis, etc) then you'll be able to fire most mid-to-larger caliber handguns, except maybe a .44 Magnum. But a .357 Mag is not too big a handful, nor is a .40 or .45 cal pistol.

    Myself, I'm a bit .45acp fan, but that's just me.

    I recommend you both take your time, shop around, check out the better quality brands, ask friends, and see if you can find a range that will rent guns for you to try.

    Regardless of what you choose, spend a few bucks and get a better quality brand with good workmanship, spend time learning how to shoot, and keep the gun clean and properly lubed. For ammo, choose a major brand of self defense hollow points, such as CorBon or Federal "HydraShok" for the actual self defense loads. Practice with less expensive full metal jacket "target" ammo first, so that you learn to shoot, and then always practice with the actual self defense loads, too.

    Brand names? For revolver, I'd recommend Ruger, top quality and maybe a few bucks less expensive than Smith & Wesson? For auto, Glock or Ruger or Springfield as a start, then compare brands and features.

    Good luck and let us know what you choose.
  • bobbyrlf3bobbyrlf3 Senior Member Posts: 2,587 Senior Member
    samzhere wrote: »
    Good luck and let us know what you choose.

    But don't forget to post a picture................the $5 fine for non-compliance is not to be trifled with.
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  • DanChamberlainDanChamberlain Senior Member Posts: 3,395 Senior Member
    That's easy. A semi-auto that only holds 6.

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  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 10,813 Senior Member
    BigDanS wrote: »
    Revolvers are, in my opinion, the best choice for the casual user. If you don't practice at least once a quarter, don't get a semi auto.

    This is my opinion, also.

    I find that when I'm shooting a lot, I favor my 1911 style pistol, or the CZ's with DA/SA. But when I'm not getting enough practice, and I know it, I tend to favor revolvers or striker fired pistols.
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    For me, I'd rather have a good .357 revolver like a 686.

    A .38 Spl like a model 10 is fine too. Can't beat the simplicity of a good revolver. Loaded with the right SD ammo they (revolvers) will serve you well.

    If I so happen to have one of my 44 Spl revolvers loaded, they will work too.

    In fact, I'm most likely to use anything I can get my hands on, like a .22 Ruger MKII with 10 quick shots, Walther .32 ACP with 8 Silvertips, CZ 82/P-64 9X18 MAK caliber, .45 ACP 1911 or a Mossberg 500 Mariner 12 ga shotgun Cyl bore or even a Marlin model 60 in .22 LR with 14 shots.


    Some guns are more suited to HD chores, but know how use all of them you own and accept the chance to shoot a variety of guns when offered on the range or by friends while out shooting. You just never know when that knowledge on how to load/handle/fire/clear will come in handy.
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  • samzheresamzhere Banned Posts: 10,923 Senior Member
    Chief is right. There are plenty of choices out there. If we keep on, we'll probably list half the available handguns.

    Tell you what --- you & wife do some shopping, make up a short list, say, a nice .357 mag revolver, and 2 or 3 pistols, like a Glock, Springfield, Kahr maybe, 9mm or 40 cal or 45 cal. Guns that you both take an interest in, and then list them here, and get some feedback.
  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    "Some guns are more suited to HD chores, but know how use all of them you own and accept the chance to shoot a variety of guns when offered on the range or by friends while out shooting."

    When I was in training, (various times) there were not many choices, it was issued and it was what it was, I don't really like the try and see method so much, pretty much I go with a common available 9mm and what is in common usage by LE everywhere, the Glock.

    As Big Slug is fond of saying, 9mm performs well and is easy to control for most everyone, the ammo can be had cheap enough to make regular range practice financially realistic.
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  • mkk41mkk41 Banned Posts: 1,932 Senior Member
    I have several autos and revolvers and feel equally comfortable with any of them. The last handgun that went to the range (or last one I bought) is often the one I keep out/loaded/ready , till I pick out something else to play with. I like to think I don't own a firearm I wouldn't stake my life of.
  • Paver1055Paver1055 Member Posts: 38 Member
    I am leaning towards the Springfield xd in .45. Any thoughts?
    XD .45 4"
  • saxdsaxd Member Posts: 40 Member
    cpj wrote: »
    I have an xd9 and love it. Only issue with the. 45 is going to be ammo cost. Its twice as high as 9mm.

    +1

    I 100% agree. I have an XD9 as well.
    I believe your HD, EDC, or primary gun should be one you practice and shoot with the most.
    I hope this makes sense, but I think you should be so familiar with your gun that it no longer is this metal and possibly polymer object that goes boom and shoots bullets each time you pull the trigger, but rather an extension of your hand that shoots deadly projectiles.
    Basically, you should be so comfortable with your weapon, you don't have to think about grip, stance, etc.. Its all part of muscle memory.
    I think to do this you should practice a lot. For me it means about 300 rounds a month through my gun. Thats about $75 bucks a month. I am not sure I could afford that with .45
    Not saying you have to shoot 300 rounds a month either...just saying its less expensive however much you shoot.
  • bobbyrlf3bobbyrlf3 Senior Member Posts: 2,587 Senior Member
    Paver1055 wrote: »
    I am leaning towards the Springfield xd in .45. Any thoughts?

    I used to own the 5" model - it was completely reliable, 100% accurate, and precision just got better with time. As others have said, though, she's a thirsty beast and the ammo is more expensive than others. Worth it, IMHO.
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  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 10,813 Senior Member
    Paver1055 wrote: »
    I am leaning towards the Springfield xd in .45. Any thoughts?

    The XD45 Service model was my main SD handgun for quite a while. I swapped it for a Kahr K-40 because it was a good trade, and I had already acquired an XD45 Compact, which is easier to conceal. Both pistols are outstanding shooters, have a pretty good trigger for a striker fired pistol, and were 100% reliable through thousands of rounds.

    Personally, I'm very interested in the new XDs single stack model .45, but haven't got to fondle one yet.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,122 Senior Member
    Since I got that XDm9, I, also, would like to see the XDs.
  • DanChamberlainDanChamberlain Senior Member Posts: 3,395 Senior Member
    Photos of the XDs should arrive here on Tuesday!
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  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 12,573 Senior Member
    I'd rather use an auto. My wife preferred a revolver, and kept one under her side of the bed. She didn't practice, but knew how to pull a trigger. My daugher also prefers a revolver. Neither shot very much and found an auto complicated compared to a revolver.

    So it depends. If your wife is a shooter, an auto pistol would be fine. If (typically) she doesn't shoot much, the simplicity of a revolver has its advantages.
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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,423 Senior Member
    Gene L wrote: »
    So it depends. If your wife is a shooter, an auto pistol would be fine. If (typically) she doesn't shoot much, the simplicity of a revolver has its advantages.


    Spot on Gene. The only thing I have to add is that if it's someone of marginal strength, it may be hard for them to pull back a slide. While a revolver had no such issues. Revolvers to me are much easier to teach a novice than an autoloader. No safeties (usually), no slides to pull back or teach them about 'one in the chamber'. The original point and click interface.

    Adding to that, you can also tailor the loads for practice and SD. Autos on the other hand have a small window between too much and not enough power. Easy to start someone on a 38 special with wadcutters and have them shooting magnums in short order.
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