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    Revolver or Magazine for Carry?

    I am wondering if people prefer a revolver or a pistol with a magazine clip for concealed carry. Since it is kept loaded, I would think the spring in the clip would weaken over time. Also, the one with the clip should have a lighter trigger.

    I guess I am leaning toward a revolver as 7 bullets is all I should need for carry. At home the same revolver and a 12 gauge shotgun would be good in my opinion.


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    Its called a 'magazine' not a 'clip' and if you have a quality firearm and mags, keeping them loaded for an extended period of time is no big deal. But carry what you feel is comfortable. 1 bullet 2, 7, 24 whatever floats your boat.

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    Here is a visual aid for the various "magazines" and "clips"...
    No, I do not think a seven shot revolver and a twelve gauge should be considered "enough gun".





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    Quote Originally Posted by mwhals View Post
    I am wondering if people prefer a revolver or a pistol with a magazine clip for concealed carry. Since it is kept loaded, I would think the spring in the clip would weaken over time. Also, the one with the clip should have a lighter trigger.

    I guess I am leaning toward a revolver as 7 bullets is all I should need for carry. At home the same revolver and a 12 gauge shotgun would be good in my opinion.


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    Whcih you carry is personal choice. I carry an auto. Your assumption on spring wear is incorrect, though. Spring steel fatigues by being compressed and decompressed repeatedly, not by being left in a compressed state, so leaving mags loaded actually will cause less spring fatigue than unloading and reloading them over and over again.
    Trigger weight will depend more on DA or SA operation, and most firearms, both auto and revolver are DA/SA in nature. The 1911, Walther PPQ, and Ruger Vaquero are SAO exceptions and offer lighter triggers. The 1911 will require both a grip and thumb safety to carry in condition zero (cocked and locked), the Vaquero is a single action revolver, meaning you'll have to pull the hammer back to fire a shot with it, and the PPQ is a unique single-action only (SAO) striker-fired gun that keeps the firing pin/striker mechanism fully engaged when a round is chambered, allowing for an extremely light trigger and short reset. A Glock, by contrast, is DAO (double action only) and while it is also striker fired, it pulls the striker mechanism into the fully cocked position as a part of the function of pulling the trigger, so when a round chambered and no finger on the trigger, the gun is "half cocked."

    Also, please call them magazines. Clips are something completely different, and mostly only used in older rifles like an SKS or Mauser, or something used to load rounds into a magazine for a rifle like the M-16

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    Thanks! I wasn't sure on the terminology and thought they might be the same. I now know they are different.


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    Sorry I came in late with the mag vs clip image. 3 others got in while I was writing my response. haha
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    An NRA instructor locally recommends revolvers for concealed carry. That is what brought me to bring up the subject.


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    you know what they say about opinions. Truth is any gun can jam. Anything that clogs up the rotating cylinder, which is always exposed on a revolver, can prevent the gut from firing. This is especially true since in DA mode on most models, the cylinder is rotated as the trigger is pulled, so if the gun does jam, it prevents you from even shooting one round. I have also seen things like damage to the frame or trigger guard that could prevent the gun from being used. Point is just that nothing is perfect. Carry what you're comfortable with. If you're not sure, rent a few different guns at a range and see what works best for you.
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    I carry a snub nose (2") 7 shot 357 Magnum daily and I don't feel undergunned ina any way.
    David ("Feo, Fuerte y Formal")
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    Revolver or Magazine for Carry?

    A 357 is one of my favorite calibers.


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