Posts Tagged ‘Revolvers’

If you are following on Facebook you probably saw a picture I posted up on Friday morning showing off a new toy I picked up.

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I have been looking for a revolver for awhile now. At first I was looking for a Smith Bodyguard or a Ruger LCP. I thought about it and realized that all the guns I really put to work are 9mm. My Dillon is set up for 9mm and is usually cranking out rounds at least one night a week to keep myself ahead of what I use during practice and classes. It became clear that I really didn’t need to add another caliber to the mix and I wanted to keep commonality across the board with my guns. Another reason I wanted a revolver was to mold myself into a more rounded shooter. I want to be able to make sure that when we get a student shooting a revolver I can help them the same as I can for a semi-auto shooter.

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Taurus 905 9mm

I ended up settling on a Taurus 905 in 9mm. The 905 is a 5 round, double single action with a 2 inch barrel. My first impression when opening the box was good. The fit and finish is what you would expect from a new gun. When I was still out searching I ran across a certain brand that actually looked like the barrel was JB Welded onto the frame. Unloaded the gun is pretty hefty. The grips fit me pretty well and the trigger is what I expected from a band new revolver. The 9mm being a rimless cartridge needs a little help staying inside the chamber. The 905 utilizes moon clips and comes from the fctory with a total of 5.

I finally got a chance to shoot it out on our farm. I put about 30 rounds through it before it got too dark. I was using some of my reloads and was pleasantly surprised at the low recoil. The loads are 115gr RN from Xtreme Bullets being pushed by 4.0gr of Titegroup. I am thinking that if these rounds are too snappy for the wife I can even hold a little back on the powder and make it even more manageable but I am doubting it will be a problem. The accuracy is pretty much what I expected for a 2 inch revolver and me behind the trigger. Like I said above I am not a great revolver shooter but I managed a decent group at 7 yards.

The one small problem I did run across was the moon clip was having a hard time hanging onto the 2011 S&B casing. It held Blazer, Federal, and 2012 S&B casing just fine. I guess there is a slight difference in the 2011 specs. I didn’t run across any other problems and was pretty happy with the way it shot.

A closer look at the moon clip

A closer look at the moon clip

I am still up in the air if I am going to carry this gun at all just yet. I can see myself carrying it as a backup gun but not a primary. I don’t want to give up the capacity the Glock offers just yet. I hope to keep practicing and getting better in the way of the revolver, and I will be sure to keep you updated if I run across any problems. As of right now I think this is going to be a great learning piece and I can’t wait to get out and spend a little more time behind it. I intend to get it all cleaned back up and squirt some Slipstream into it and see what difference that will make with the trigger.

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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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