MCS 304 – Top 10 Reasons Revolver Beats Semi-Auto

MCS 304 - CCW / CQC concealed carry revolver vs auto
MCS 304 - CCW / CQC concealed carry revolver vs auto
MCS 304 – CCW / CQC concealed carry revolver vs auto

Ever read about people arguing over “9mm vs. 45?”

What about “birdshot for home defense” in a shotgun?

Or maybe…

Is the revolver obsolete for self-defense?

These are all what I thought were old, OLD arguments, the kind of gun magazine debates we used to have in the early days of Internet forums.

But you might be surprised, because…

…Some people are STILL trying to nail the coffin shut on combat revolvers, and they're still writing articles about that very topic.

There's just one problem with that:

The idea could not be more wrong!

In this week's podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival's Jeff Anderson interviews snubby revolver expert Michael de Bethencourt, who gives us his top 10 reasons why a revolver actually BEATS a semi-auto pistol for CCW self-defense!

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Here's What You'll Discover In This Week's Episode:

  • Why a revolver is actually MORE versatile than a semi-auto, not less.
  • The surprising reason most revolver shooters DON'T actually know how to clear a malfunction (and why this matters).
  • The concealed-carry scenario in which an auto could get you KILLED, but a revolver WON'T!
  • The surprising advantage a revolver can give you if you have to defend a shooting in court after the incident.
  • And much, much more!

The revolver, particularly the snubby revolver, is far from an antique that is now obsolete.

Listen to this week's podcast for many more reasons why you might just want to SWITCH to a revolver for concealed carry.

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Three Features To Look For In A Snubby Revolver!

Jeff Anderson
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There’s a little pipsqueak of the firearms world, the red-headed stepchild that’s too often overlooked by serious gun owners for its lack of size and perceived lack of power.

(By the way, I can say that because I do have red hair and I am a stepchild.)

I am, of course, talking about the snub-nose revolver.

Not as sexy as a super compact Glock, lacking the firepower of a full-sized autopistol, it is nevertheless the tried and true back-watcher of many a street cop and private detective out on the streets… and has been for decades.

So what should you look for when you buy a snubby revolver?

I could think of nobody better to answer that question than snub-nose revolver expert Michael de Bethencourt.

Here's a run-down of what he told me:

Three Features To Look For In A Snubby Revolver!

Choosing a CQC Snubby Revolver
Choosing a CQC Snubby Revolver

Michael de Bethencourt

When shopping for a snub-nose revolver, you may have different reasons for buying it.

Most likely you are purchasing it for self-defense, but you may be buying it for someone else or to supplement your home weapons complement for multiple reasons.

Because manufacturers don't know why you're buying your gun, they make firearms that come straight from the factory as generic weapons.

They are not terribly specialized.

That brings us back to what the snub-nose revolver is very well suited to do: concealed carry for self-defense.

Shopping for a snub-nose revolver presents specific issues as a result.

When buying this gun for self-defense, there are three main features to look for.

1. Buy A Snubby Revolver With An Encased Hammer

There are many brands and frame configurations of snub-nose revolvers.

The first thing you should look for is one that has an encased or shrouded hammer.

This means it either doesn’t have an external hammer you can move with your thumb, or it has a hammer that is partially hidden by the frame.

This prevents the hammer from sticking up like a spur from the back of the revolver, which in turn means you are less likely to snag the gun when you draw it from concealment.

The Achilles heel of the snub-nose revolver is the exposed hammer, you see.

If you’re trying to drag that out quickly from concealment under your clothes, the fishhook shape of an exposed hammer will catch on garments, on the edges of pockets, on your belt, etc.

In an emergency, that is absolutely the last thing you want to happen.

A shrouded or encased hammer makes this problem less likely to occur.

2. Buy A Middle-Weight Gun

Snub-nose revolvers can be had in big all-steel guns or in much lighter aluminum-framed or scandium- and titanium-framed guns.

There are even snubbies on the market with polymer frames now.

The middle-weight alloys (aluminum as opposed to scandium or titanium) generally are preferable.

They have sufficient mass to soak up recoil, but because they are made of aluminum, they are not so light to produce punishing recoil with self-defense ammunition.

3. Buy A Gun Without An Internal Lock If You Can

There is a lot of controversy involved in this subject.

The fact is that a snub-nosed revolver that incorporates an internal lock may lock up unintentionally during shooting.

(We won’t get into the legal or political reasons locks have been incorporated in snub-nose revolvers.)

Realistically, however, if there’s any chance of your gun failing you, if it isn’t completely reliable, your gun may as well be a paperweight.

When possible, buy a gun that does not incorporate those internal locks.

The snub-nose revolver is a great self-defense tool.

For it to perform best, you must buy one with the right features.

This means a middle-weight gun with an encased or shrouded hammer that, preferably, does not incorporate an internal safety locking mechanism.

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MCS Podcast #90: 5 Common Revolver Myths – BUSTED!

Revolver myths for personal defense

Revolver myths for personal defense

Are you a revolver lover?

Would you admit to it if you were?

“Wheel guns” certainly have their following, but there's still a whole lotta holdouts who have been sucked into believing the myths, misinformation, and lies spread around the gun industry about the revolver's second-class status.

But this week's guest, snubbie guru Michael deBethencourt, has a little something to say about that as he busts the 5 most common revolver myths wide open.

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Here's what you'll find in this week's episode…

  • Myth #1:  “Revolvers are just for old cops and women!”
  • Myth #2:  “Wheel guns are harder to conceal and more difficult to access in a real gunfight!”
  • Myth #3:  “Revolvers just don't carry enough ammo for a real gunfight!”

  • Myth #4:   “Snubbies don't have enough stopping power to defeat a violent attacker!”

  • Myth #5:  “You can't shoot as accurately with a clunky wheel gun as you can with a slick, sleek,semi-auto!”

Any of these arguments sound familiar?

Get ready to see them busted… and you may become a convert yourself!

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3 Reasons Why The Snub-Nose Revolver Isn’t Just For Crusty Old Cops Anymore…

Jeff Anderson=== From The Editor===

Plenty of movies and entertainment today even make fun of the “old guy with the revolver,” a notable example of which can be found in the megahit “Lethal Weapon” (which is itself now quite an old film ).

As every gun owner knows, the snub-nose revolver, or “wheel-gun,” gives up ammunition capacity compared to most automatics.

So why would you choose to carry a “snubbie” revolver over an automatic?

It turns out there are some very compelling reasons – and no one is a bigger friend of converting hardcore gun-owners on the benefits of a snub-nose than expert shooter Michael de Bethencourt who has some very interesting reasons for…

Why The Snub-Nose Revolver Isn't Just For Crusty Old Cops Anymore…


While we say that the snub-nose revolver gives up ammo capacity, we could just as easily say that automatics give up concealability for greater firepower.

A larger weapon has more rounds but a smaller weapon is easier to hide.

The revolver offers concealability with exceptional power.

You can take literally any shooter and start them off on a wheelgun, using the rounds that recoil least, and work them all the way up to something amazingly powerful like an ultralight .357 Magnum snubby.

No other weapon offers that kind of versatility in that size package with that potential level of power.

The snub-nose revolver is thus extremely flexible while retaining concealability thanks to its small size.

The Snubby is Very Accessible

Another advantage of small revolvers is their accessibility.

It’s true that you can hide a pistol nearly anywhere, but there are more places you can conceal and rapidly access a small wheelgun.

You can put it in an overcoat pocket, in the front of a pair of jeans, or even in small bags that you hold in your hand.

You can’t put a full-size or even some of the more compact semiautomatic pistol in these places where a snubby fits.

The Snub-Nose Revolver Is Simple

Last, but certainly not least, is the weapon's simplicity.

Most shooters imagine that the gun they can handle is the gun that everyone should handle.

They think of themselves as epitomizing the average or even the above-average shooter.

The problem is that from person to person, this is simply not the case.

If you’re a married man with adult children, you may have a wife who’s never going to be a shooter with the skill level that you possess.

As an adult your own parents may also apply here, and your grown children might never have the ability that you, who probably taught them, possess.

Everyone is different and across a family, skill levels can vary wildly from none or almost none to near-professional or even competition.

You can’t be everywhere with your family all the time.

The Snub-Nose Revolver Will NOT Get You Killed

A compact revolver provides a self-defense tool that is simple enough that a wider range of shooters, across a spectrum of ability levels, can shoot it and shoot it effectively.

For concealability, accessibility, and simplicity, the snubby revolver is the way to go.

It is the best compromise among multiple factors. It is the weapon that can protect your entire family.

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MCS Podcast 23: Snub-Nose Secrets With Michael de Bethencourt

Snub Nose Revolver Training With Michael DeBethencourt

Snub Nose Revolver Training With Michael DeBethencourt

If you're a “bigger is better” class of gun-owner, then you may be missing out on the big stopping power available in probably the most overlooked weapon you should consider adding to your personal defense arsenal…

… the snubbie!

Fortunately, snubs have a vocal advocate in my good friend, Michael de Bethencourt, who has made it his mission to convert responsibly-armed citizens to the serious life-saving potential these little pipsqueeks can offer you.

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Here's what you'll discover in this week's broadcast:

  • Why the snub-nose revolver has a distinct advantage (yes… ADVANTAGE!) over many other personal defense firearms.
  • The 3 most important features to look for when choosing a snubbie for concealed carry!
  • Critical factors in doing a rapid re-load of your wheelgun in the middle of an adrenalized gunfight!
  • How to maximize the snub-nose revolver's stopping power with the right ammunition!
  • Close-quarters gunfighting! Real-world tactics for putting the snubbie into action during an ambush attack!

You're almost guaranteed to become a “snubbie convert” after listening to Michael's brain-spanking logic and strategies!

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