Why Choose Concealed Carry Revolvers?
Despite the invention of the striker-fire pistol – fast, responsive, and usually an extremely light trigger pull – there are a lot of concealed carriers who love their revolvers. Whether it's a Smith & Wesson J frame or a Ruger, these weapons have shown themselves to be reliable cornerstones of the handgun market.
But what's the obsession? Shouldn't ccw revolvers go the way of the dodo now that there are bigger, better, more technologically advanced handguns out there?
Surprisingly, that's not at all the case. Here's a couple reasons:
Revolvers Meet Magazine Restrictions
For states like California, New York, Maryland and others that heavily restrict the number of rounds a handgun can carry, revolvers are virtually unscathed. While smaller concealed carry models typically hold 5, the maximum commonly found is 6-8. This is all well under the legal limit, meaning those that carry revolvers don't have to worry about shopping around for magazines.
A Revolver Can Last A Lifetime
Most people don't purchase firearms they expect to last a lifetime. They purchase something new, something shiny (or matte), and they fire it for awhile until they get bored. For an everyday carrier of a revolver, there's more of a lifelong expectation involved. Revolvers, if properly cared for, can serve for the entire healthy lifetime of the carrier.
Fewer Parts Break, Fewer Things To Fix
When a round fails to fire, a pistol owner will likely eject the round and attempt the next one. If that next one fails, they may eject the magazine and re-insert it with the upper reciever racked back. And if that fails, they hopefully in a safe enough environment to insert a new magazine. Most gun owners get very superstitious when their firearm fails to fire. And while gun smiths used to be the place to take a malfunctioning firearm, most gun owners now just seem to sell it off and get a new one.
With revolvers, the process of repair is much simpler. There are fewer parts that can go wrong. When they do, it usually means the firearm will be out of commission until it's taken to a gunsmith. That said, when compared to the complexity of a Sig Sauer P229 or a Glock 42, it's a veritable walk in the park to repair.
Deft Precision And Accuracy
People who shoot revolvers enjoy good marksmanship. While pistols are great for performing at a high rate of fire and easy reloading, a good revolver virtually guarantees that first shot goes precisely where the shooter intends. Especially for SA/DA revolvers, that first shot can be lined up and sent further, faster, and more reliably. That second shot may suffer slightly in speed but as all gun owners know – it's the shots that hit that count.
Revolvers are true Icons
Old style Smith & Wessons have a tried and true appearance which a lot of gun owners appreciate. There are plenty more revolver manufacturers out there than S&W, but the iconic look is somewhat appealing for some concealed carriers. And something that's that good never goes out of style.
About The Author
James England (@sir_jim_england) is the contributing editor for Alien Gear Holsters. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and private defense contracting in Afghanistan.