I know revolvers get a bad rap as a personal defense weapon.
According to a lot of tactical super-ninja black-bag operators out there, if you don't carry a Glock or some other whizbang, gee-golly automatic, you're behind the curve and you might as well be driving a Flintstones car.
Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE my Glock 19!
But the fact is that the revolver is (arguably) PERFECT for the life-saving tactics I and two other combat-experienced gun trainers show you in our extreme close-combat shooting manual.
In fact, here are…
5 Reasons Revolvers DON'T Suck For A Real Gunfight
1. Revolvers Are Much Simpler To Use
In a real gunfight, complicated tactics (and gun functions) are harder to pull off.
That means drawing… chambering a round… and flipping off a manual safety.
Now as we say in our CQC Shooting guide, you can overcome these challenges with correct “pre-fight staging”.
But revolvers already have much of this figured out and are pretty much a true “point and shoot” weapon… with no external safeties to fuss over… and a round is always “chambered”.
2. It's Hard To Jam A Revolver
A lot can cause an automatic to stop running and during a real gunfight, that's the last thing you want to happen.
Oftentimes that's NOT because of the firearm itself, but rather a magazine malfunction.
Revolvers don't use a magazine and their function is simple and reliable.
3. Revolver Grips Offer Better Concealment
The revolver grips are usually smooth and “round” so there aren't any angles or corners to hang up on clothing.
Also, you can get a shrouded hammer or a hammerless model with even fewer ways to catch the gun on your clothes as you're drawing from concealment.
4. You Get A More Aggressive Grip When Drawing
If you've never held a revolver before, then you'll know exactly what I mean when you do for the first time.
Their grips just fit nice and comfy in your hand because the grip only has to be… well… a “grip”… since the bullets aren't in the handle itself.
Also, in a real gunfight, you can get a better “combat hold” because the cylinder pushes the gun out away from your body just enough to firmly pocket the handle in the web of your hand.
5. Revolvers Excel At “Contact Shots”
Contact shots (shooting with the firearm in direct contact with your attacker's body) can be extremely devastating!
But only if your weapon is functional.
An automatic may jam with a contact shot or if the slide hangs up on your attacker's clothing.
However, a revolver will keep shooting as long as the cylinder is free to spin.
Now There IS One Indisputable Argument For The Automatic…
… the “firepower capacity” factor!
While a revolver will only carry 5-6 rounds, the auto can carry up to like 15 or 16.
And stats show that even in super close-range attacks, more than 75% of your bullets won't even hit your attacker (because of the “adrenaline dump”, physical struggle at close range, shooting while moving, etc.)
That means that with a wheelgun revolver, the average gun-owner will only land 1 or 2 “hits” – and that may not be enough to stop an attacker.
But that's why you DON'T want to be a “gun-owner”.
You want to be a “gun-FIGHTER” – someone who knows how to stop an attacker even in an extreme close-range ambush.
That's the way you're most likely to be attacked.
Unfortunately most of the so-called “tactical training” out there doesn't do much to prepare you for this type of threat (or they train you the wrong way).
For that, you need extreme close-combat shooting tactics that are specifically developed for when an attacker is already up in your face or has ambushed you from behind.
That's way different than your typical range training or marksmanship training that most instructors offer.
But make no mistake – if you don't master this type of training, you're at a huge disadvantage against a violent criminal who's not going to let you get your gun out and draw on him like you've practiced at one of those fancy gun courses.
Sorry. Not gonna happen amigo.
Better you learn that now… and survive later.