The Hunt For A New Revolver

Posted: April 24, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Since acquiring my NRA instructor title I have decided that I want to make myself a more rounded shooter. I am pretty handy with a semi-auto, especially a Glock, but when it comes to a revolver I feel I am lacking. I can still make good hits but it is the manipulation that I feel is going to get me. I honestly can’t be too upset about it since I know there are lots of guys out there who have never tried to reload their revolver quickly let alone under stress. To me, it is essential to be able to perform something before I feel I can teach it. I obviously expect the same from any instructor that I would pay money to learn from and want to give my students nothing less.

I have leaned towards the .357 caliber and intend to shoot .38s out of it for practice. I like the idea of caliber diversity especially in times like now where you can only shoot what you can find. I briefly considered .327 as my caliber of choice but I didn’t want to step too far out of the mainstream calibers.

Now for the contenders…..

First up, there is the Ruger LCR. This choice I have spent more time with. A friend owns one and I have shot it and handled it more than once. The Hogue grip fits me very nicely and the trigger is very smooth.

Next, we have the odd ball. I said I wanted to keep it in the .357 caliber but this is the exception. The Bodyguard 38 caught my eye right off the bat and I cannot write it off my list. The grip doesn’t fit me as well as the Hogue on the LCR but it isn’t a deal breaker. The biggest attraction I have with the Bodyguard is the ambidextrous cylinder release. Being a lefty has its draw backs and I like the fact that Smith & Wesson remembered us. Another plus for the Bodyguard is it is the lightest of all my picks.

Lastly, on my short list is the Chiappa Rhino. Lets face it, it is ugly as sin but it is innovative and I like that about it. Overall length is on par with the others at 6.5″ but where this has its biggest drawback is the weight. The Rhino weighs in at a whopping 2.5 pounds. Compare that to the 14 ounces of the Bodyguard and you can see it is a huge difference.

There you have it, three revolvers at the top of my list. All three have a their pros and cons to them but I am still undecided. As soon as I make a decision I will be letting everyone know what direction I’m headed. Until then, if you feel there is one I might have overlooked and think I should check it out feel free to let me know. You can find all the ways to contact me at the top of the page under the contact tab. I love to hear from my readers.

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