I've been carrying a revolver for over twenty years now, and it has evolved into a Ruger Blackhawk, 4 5/8" barrel, in .45 Colt. I didn't just jump into this without some though and practice.
First of all, I've shot the Single Action revolver for most of my sixty-odd years as a handgunner. I can handle a Single Action instinctively, and in my hands, I'm much faster with it than any other type of handgun. I chose the Ruger Blackhawk because of its transfer bar safety which allows six rounds to be carried. That is not the main reason for my choice, though. The situation just might arise where I might not get off a shot and have to ease the hammer down. I highly doubt that it will happen, but it doesn't hurt to be prepared.
First of all what circumstances am I most likely to be confronted by criminals? I don't go out among folks too much, and I'm savvy enough to avoid what appears to be a gang ready to pounce. Walking from my parked vehicle across the parking lot to a store, and filling my Jeep with gas are two areas I am vulnerable.
Tennessee is an open carry state, but I prefer to conceal my gun, sort of my ace-in-the-hole. In the winter, a light jacket or coat long enough to cover is fine, summer its a western cut vest. Any outer garment is open so that my elbow brushes the covering garment back to grab my revolver. Since its covered, I want no thong or safety strap to prevent my hand from naturally falling on the gun butt. My hand just naturally grasps the butt, thumb on the hammer. The hammer is cocked as I draw and I press the trigger as the gun comes level.
These are holsters I've used:
Here is carry position:
Daily, with a vest, in summer time. (O.K. The neckerchief was added for Western Days at our church)
Post by magnumwheelman on Jul 24, 2019 6:04:41 GMT -5
I'm a single action carry guy myself... I do use a thong to retain, but as I've posted before, I prefer a shorter barrel for everyday carry, & I'm a pretty busy, active guy & that works best for my lifestyle... in my case, one end of the thong is tucked under the belt, so a firm grasp & tug on the grip, & the lil snubbie is freed, yet it stays in place for all my other out of position activities... 45 Colt is also my caliber of choice & my Vaquero Montado is also safe with 6
I'm on my 3rd carry permit, so I've also been doing this for a long time... earlier on, holsters were my big issue... my 1st carry gun, a S&W Air Lite J frame in 32 H&R... locally I could not find a holster, that the gun would stay in, it dropped to the ground about 3 times, getting into or out of my truck, before I threw away that uncle mikes nylon holster... several years later, when I turned 50, I took up roller blading... I'll admit, I wasn't very good at it, & fell occasionally... I bought a Taurus 380, because it was small, thin, cheap, functioned well, & if I fell & broke it, it was no big deal... well one day I fell, picked myself up & kept going... only to notice a ways down the trail, that the gun was missing... that 1/4 mile or so, back to where I fell, I was sweating that some kid would come along, find the gun, & pull the trigger, & in my luck, kill someone or himself... that really got me thinking more about safety... I carry always, yet shoot hopefully never... well as luck would have it, after sweating out 50 lbs of worry, I found the gun, back where I had fallen... but swore if I was carrying something, it would not be something that the trigger could be just pulled to fire... the rest of the time I carried that lil 380, I did so with an empty chamber, so the slide would have to be racked in able to fire it... after that, back to the revolvers... hmmm... that leaves out double actions, as they can be fired by just pulling the trigger... I've always shot single actions better, & for me they offer that little bit of a margin of safety, that they require cocking to fire, & of which has become 2nd nature to me
IN TOWN I CARRY CONCEALED, A RUGER LCR 327 IN MY RIGHT POCKET. NEITHER MY WORK NOR THE SOUTH TEXAS WEATHER MAKE "SEMI-CONCEALED" OPEN CARRY PRACTICAL. BUT WHEN IN THE FIELD, RANCH, DEER LEASE, MY SHOOTING RANGE IN "NO MAN'S LAND" BETWEEN THE BORDER FENCE AND THE RIO GRANDE, 90% PLUS OF THE TIME I WILL BE OPEN CARRYING WITH A 5 1/2 INCH RUGER 45 COLT BISLEY LOADED WITH 250gr OTBC RNFP's OVER 21.5grs OR SO OF VVN-110, DOING CLOSE TO 1,300fps, WORKS FOR ME, AND HAS DONE SO FOR ABOUT THE PAST 15 YEARS.
Post by coldtriggerfinger on Aug 1, 2019 15:44:17 GMT -5
My problem with single action revolvers is the extra steps involved in having a gun instantly ready. I like the G20SF as my carry gun but have found the mag release gets pushed sometimes when under a truck. If I wear it strong side. Verticle shoulder holster carry is a viable option that I have used. It works with my build. I am planning on trying a GP100 in 10mm as strong side it wouldn't be too obtrusive and shoulder carry .
My problem with single action revolvers is the extra steps involved in having a gun instantly ready. ........................
Extra steps? What extra steps? The hammer is cocked during the draw so all that is necessary is to press the trigger as the gun comes level. Nothing is any faster to me. As you grab the gun butt, the thumb just naturally falls on the hammer spur and as soon as the gun is lifted begin cocking the hammer, as it comes level, press the trigger.
If you are cocking with the off hand, you're doing it wrong.
Post by coldtriggerfinger on Aug 2, 2019 11:22:47 GMT -5
But what about the 90% of the time when a shot is not required Or wanted. ?? Then there is a cocked single action that Needs to be decocker all the while covering the friend or enemy that was on the other side of the door, holding onto a lunging sled dog, ect. Ect.ect. Really difficult to clear a house or building with a cocked handgun. And the process of cocking gives anyone less than a firm handheld on the gun. With a striker fired auto or double action revolver or auto. All it takes is a pull of the trigger. And if no shot is called for and the situation is resolved the gun goes back in the holster noiselessly. All a person needs to do is keep their finger off the trigger for the whole evolution
The other thing a modern autoloaders provides is a place to put a light. So a door can be opened ect AND the situation can be illuminated. Sure beats a shot in the dark !
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I have only recently gotten reacquainted with the single action revolver ! I Shoot my 5.5 inch .45 Black hawk pretty well, But not long ago i met a guy in field to talk about a gun swap. He had a nice old colt Double action .3-5-7. And we agreed that we would try out each others guns, and then decide if we wanted to trade, then we would. He hung about a 6 inch gong at about .35 yards. I tried this old colt and shooting single action, i missed 4 out of 6. I pulled out the gun i was considering trading, it was a custom Commander caspian frame, colt slide and barrel, match bushing, custom sights. I drilled that gong 7 out of 8 rounds, dropped in another mag, and did 6 out of 8. In the forest, i will take a revolver, in the City, and compared to when i was kid portland is getting rough ! I will pack a quality 1911, in .45 10mm or .38 super, No right answer on cary guns , but carry what you shoot best !
I have carried a .45 Colt Blackhawk concealed on occasion. Depending on the circumstances, such a gun would probably be more than adequate. Right up until I had to reload. While I'm no Jerry Miculek, I can reload either a DA revolver or a semi-auto handgun much, much faster than a SA revolver.
Unfortunately, I seem to spend more of my time in urban areas than I do rural ones. Hence, an encounter with multiple assailants might be more frequent than for some others. IMHO, that mandates a handgun that has a capacity of greater than six rounds, and can be reloaded quickly. That pretty well rules out a SA revolver, at least for me.