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    It has become a almost regular, and very pleasant, surprise to find others that are packing single action revolvers for their CCW weapon. I had come to think of myself as kind of alone in my choice of firearm.

    In the last six months I have run across 4 other SA carrying folks here in the Gulf Coast area - 2 in Mississippi, and one each from Alabama & Florida. Of those though, only one other than myself was carrying a .45 Colt. Two were .357 Mags and one was a .44 Mag loaded with .44 Specials for street carry. All were Rugers except for the .45 which was a Colt.

    My personal carry load is a 250 grain Speer Gold Dot over 8 grains of Unique. All loaded into Starline nickle-plated brass and lit with a CCI large pistol primer. My firearm is a Ruger New Vaquero with a 4 5/8" barrel. I carry it in a pancake style bit of leather made by Simply Rugged.



    Why carry a single action? The answer is really simple: I grew up shooting the things and I'm exceedingly comfortable with the firearm and a pretty fair shot with one as well. I tried DA revolvers but when stressed I found myself thumbing the hammer back out of habit! Yeah, reloading a SA is slow compared to DA wheel guns and semi-autos. I also readily conceed that my six rounds (five in that guys Colt) may not be as impressive as the dozen plus in the mags of the automatics. However, when it comes to putting lead accurately on target at ranges from 10 feet to 200 meters I'll still reach for the single actions. I suppose everyone has their own take on the defensive gun game but when I look at theresults of gunfights it seems to me that it is the bullets that hit their targets that were the only ones that counted.

    So, is there anyone else on here that will own up to totin' old school iron?


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    The Bull wrote:
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    Why carry a single action? The answer is really simple: I grew up shooting the things and I'm exceedingly comfortable with the firearm and a pretty fair shot with one as well...
    Bravo! This is the point I make when people try to discuss the optimal pistol. It has to be something the carrier can use! Familiarity and comfort are the top reasons I choose the firearms I choose.

    I don't think this should discourage folks from learning about new guns, but those new guns will eventually have to become familiar and comfortable to the user as well. Otherwise, they will never be as useful as the manufacturer and salesman intended them to be.

    Shoot on...

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    I don't currently, but did carry a Ruger New Model .30 carbine.. blued, 7.5" and really miss it.. I visit it once in a while as a relative has it now.. (I kept visitation rights). I figure if you are good with what you got, then there is the 'tactical' advantage. Only thing I can fault on my ol Ruger was the 7.5" I had to pull..

    I have thought about another one in a 4 5/8" .45 Colt.. (fade to daydream bubble)

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    I'm like The Bull, I've messed with SA's since I was a kid. Drawing the hammer back as I draw is as natural as breathing to me.

    I carry a US Firearms "Rodeo" (Colt Clone) .45LC with 5.5" barrel, loaded with 225/250 grn CBR. I've recently started carrying it in a cross draw belt holster. Easier to get all that barrel out quick.





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    "I tried DA revolvers but when stressed I found myself thumbing the hammer back out of habit!"

    I'm familiar with that myself! Up until I bought my Ruger Alaskan over a year ago all the revolvers I'd ever used were cap and ball revolvers and I got into the same habit that you mention Bull. AndI still, out of habit, thumb the hammer on the Alaskan and the GP-100. Heck, the trigger pull is lighter and you shoot more accurately with the hammer thumbed back anyway!

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    Hcidem wrote:

    I don't think this should discourage folks from learning about new guns, but those new guns will eventually have to become familiar and comfortable to the user as well. Otherwise, they will never be as useful as the manufacturer and salesman intended them to be.

    Shoot on...
    You nailed it.

    I encourage my 14 year old son to shoot everything he is offered at the range, (which has turned out to be danged near everything made), so that he is at least familiar with any firearm he should come across. It has led to some friendly differences in our personal choices. For example, I tend toward my lever action rimfires and single action revolvers where as he prefers his semi-autos. Our points of real agreement is a love of single-shot centerfire rifles and flintlock muzzleloaders...

    ...and our love of our American Freedoms!

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    Old Man with a SA Revolver (from the hip :P) vs. Thug with a Glock (sideways, of course)


    I would bet on the old man every time!

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    ScottyT wrote:
    Old Man with a SA Revolver (from the hip :P) vs. Thug with a Glock (sideways, of course)


    I would bet on the old man every time!
    I know what your saying, but it's funny to think the old man with a revolverwould have toload 3 times, before someone with an XDM 9 had to reload just one time.

    This is why the old man doesn't win, and why today we fight with semi-auto's in War. Not with M1 Garands and Bolt Actions.

    AlthoughI love them both

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    I know what your saying, but it's funny to think the old man with a revolverwould have toload 3 times, before someone with an XDM 9 had to reload just one time.

    This is why the old man doesn't win, and why today we fight with semi-auto's in War. Not with M1 Garands and Bolt Actions.
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    My old man would say he doesn't have to reload if he doesn't miss his target.

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    Hcidem wrote:
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    I know what your saying, but it's funny to think the old man with a revolverwould have toload 3 times, before someone with an XDM 9 had to reload just one time.

    This is why the old man doesn't win, and why today we fight with semi-auto's in War. Not with M1 Garands and Bolt Actions.
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    My old man would say he doesn't have to reload if he doesn't miss his target.
    That's just what I was a thinkin'. LOL If I can place my .45 rounds on target against one, two, or three BG's I shouldn't have to reload.

    I carry a Makarov 9mm sometimes, too. I've got a M1 Carbine in case the SHTF.

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    I've OC'd a Ruger Super Blackhawk in .44 mag before. I've also OC'd a Ruger Blackhawk in .357 mag.

    I do prefer to carry a double-action revolver like a J-frame, K-frame, or Redhawk variant because they're a bit safer to quickly fire under stress, but I have OC'd SA stuff.

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    This Ruger with 3 3/4 inch barrell in 45 cal. will my next carry gun.



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    YEEEEHAAAAAAAAAAA



    If I tote a wheelgun, this is it, but ya gotta love them SA totin' Pistoleros



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    I'm pretty much a regular carrier of my Ruger Super Blackhawk in .44mag most often. It just has the classic look in a side holster, when OC. But in other circumstances I will still carry my XD40 at night because of the excellent sights in low light conditions. Unless of course I am in a heavy predator area (bear, coyotes, wolves even the DNR jokers say they don't exist where I live) then it is the Ruger all the way.

    In my opinion I'd rather have a couple of bullets actually reach their target than a dozen thrown in the general direction of it. It seems to do more good that way. Plus I was raised shooting a single shot with the direction that I either make the one shot count or don't shoot at all. It still works for me.
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    Ruger Blackhawk 44 Magnum, that is next on my list! It will go anywhere with a purpose!

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    I love my Super Blackhawk in 44mag. It's the Stainless model and came with those fake ivory grips when I bought it, but I found some Ruger grips to put on and find it to be one sexy sidearm! Now if I had a nice plain leather holster for my 1911, that would be another beautiful choice. But then again, I just have a thing for fully metal pistols.
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    I love my Super Blackhawk in 44mag. It's the Stainless model and came with those fake ivory grips when I bought it, but I found some Ruger grips to put on and find it to be one sexy sidearm! Now if I had a nice plain leather holster for my 1911, that would be another beautiful choice. But then again, I just have a thing for fully metal pistols.
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    I love my Super Blackhawk in 44mag. It's the Stainless model and came with those fake ivory grips when I bought it, but I found some Ruger grips to put on and find it to be one sexy sidearm! Now if I had a nice plain leather holster for my 1911, that would be another beautiful choice. But then again, I just have a thing for fully metal pistols.
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    I own a Ruger Vaquero .45LC, but (as much as I like it) for self defense I carry a 1911-A1 .45acp. Contrary to 'the book' (at least recently) I prefer to carry that on 1/2 cock 'cause my instincts are to thumb the hammer.

    I b'leive that's what it was designed for... and the slide lock (thumb safety) only exists to safe the weapon when yer inna hurry (or nervous). That's the way those WWII vets taught me back when... 'n that's whatI do. I carry it cross draw as well (gunbelt).

    There are times when you need volume and rapidity when /if faced with an armed adversary. I don't carry for a fashion statement... 'n I'd no sooner bet my life on an SAA thanI would take a Model T out on to I-10 inna 75 mph zone.



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    The 1911 has some accessories...



    That some peoople might find... questionable w/o the complete configuration :what:

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    Sonora Rebel wrote:
    The 1911 has some accessories...
    I am not sure-- and it aint like I am a copper-- but I think you have a SBR there and are in violation of Federal law--



    unless it is registered as an SBR- -or if it is just a random picture you found online...





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    I've OCed this Ruger Redhawk in 44. It turns heads.

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    This one is new to me and I haven't OCed it yet. Colt SAA Peacemaker copy (American Western Arms) in 45 LC. By far the most accurate handgun of any I have ever shot.



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    tju1973 wrote:
    Sonora Rebel wrote:
    The 1911 has some accessories...
    I am not sure-- and it aint like I am a copper-- but I think you have a SBR there and are in violation of Federal law--



    unless it is registered as an SBR- -or if it is just a random picture you found online...



    It also has a long barrel which makes it a carbine. The stock is detachable. It's my daily 'carry' pistol otherwise.

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    Revolvers are pretty neat. Definitely not useless for SD either.

    If I move out west to a 'cowboyish' area I may get a BP revolver and matching clothes just for fun :P

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