Originally Posted By tommytomaso:
here is a simple equation for why an auto is better then a revolver.
if you grab a revolver by the side (like most disarm moves) it cant be fired.....same move on an auto will shoot once.(also should note most people when they have their weapon grabbed pull back which helps keep the slide locked to fire)
it dosnt take much pressure to keep the cylinder on a revolver from rotating..which in turn keeps it from firing.
Slim nines are great, i have a PPS which i love...but i moved to a compact walther P99c so i could carry one reload magazine that will give me full-size capacity, with the PPS 7+1 and backup mag with 8
the P99c is 10+1 and backup mag is 15. very little carry difference, and i carry all the time. should note revolvers are a much slower reload and require far more training.
Except when they grab your semi by the side and you go to struggling with them, since its unlikely that they grabbed it and kept it pointed at themself, if it was to begin with, and the slide will almost certainly be going in and out of battery so your auto will not neccesarily be firing either. Regardless if you let someone you need to shoot get that close you have a hell of an uphill battle.
As for immediate action drills I would love to see the failure rates of quality modern revolvers vs semi auto by however many rounds it takes to get atleast one failure from each, to include unintentional user induced failures. I've shot a lot of semis of many brands obviously not all, everybrand at some point choked on something, usually ammo or user, sometimes filth or mechanical failures, the only revolver failures I've experienced were poorly maintained guns more than 50yrs old that were slightly out of time or no longer advanced, a couple old ones with amatuer trigger jobs, and a Taurus that a screw came out of and other issues since ensued. While anything mechanical can fail I haven't seen too many S&Ws or Rugers fail.
My advice is the gun you'll carry will serve you a whole hell of a lot better than the one you left at home in the incredibly unlikely event that you find yourself in circumstances requiring one. My preference for EDC when concealment and dress collide is a .38, my wife carries a pocket 9, not in her pocket, its slimmer and more concealabe in the form fitting attire she wears. I have higher capacity handguns and if practical I'll carry one, however I understand the chances I'll need a gun are slim, and the chances I'll be in a protracted gunfight with multiple assailents away from home is quite a bit slimmer, so I don't feel undergunned with a revolver. 38s, .380s, 32s, 25s, and 22s have filled allot bags over the last century or so, are they ideal, no, personally I'd only reccomend the first one, but I'd take any of them over nothing.
Muscle memory is so near to a moot point its hardly worth mentioning, but someone always does. All handgun triggers work the same, almost all common semis have mag and slide releases in virtually identical places, the only big glaring exceptions are 1911s with their thumb safety, the Germans' mag release, and single action revolvers, I carry a 1911 sometimes, and I probably look goofy when you catch me flicking my thumb down on my Glock or LCR everytime, hope the bad guy dies laughing about it. I haven't met many folks carrying single action revolvers outside bear country. If you carry something unusual regularly just make sure your less often carried piece is simpler. Or shoot a whole lot of different handguns for thousands of rounds and you'll be amazed at just how simple almost all of them are to operate without even thinking about it.