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Friday, February 19, 2010

Single Action Revolver Self-Defense


(The photo was taken from this site.)

For me, it is far from an ideal fit, but others seem determined to make a cowboy six-shooter their “always gun.”

Recently Sayuncle brought this video clip to our attention, Gunsite holding a single action revolver self defense course.

The following is a list of articles dealing with using single action revolvers for self-defense:

Click here to read Bart Skelton.
Click here to read John Taffin.
Click here to read Sheriff Jim Wilson.
Click here to read Dick Williams.
Click here to read the Gunblast review of Mernickle’s single action revolver concealed carry holster.
Click here for videos of Philip Van Cleave discussing a single action revolver self-defense shooting incident.



Arthur B. Burnett said...

Greetings from Texas,
My self defence gun used to by my .38 Smith and Wessen Model 10. When I got and made friends with the Webley Mk. VI I had it handy for late night (unwelcome) visitors. As it was a larger cartridge the model 10 fell to secondary use.
With Cowboy Action Shooting came the Single Action Armys in .45 Colt and .44 Mag. The more experience I got with them the more comfortable I got with them.
These days my trouble handgun is the 1911 but it's usually in it's holster while I carry a 12 gauge.
After getting and making friends with the 1911 it became the go to handgun, but my early training was in revolvers. In most cases you can expect a conformtation to take place at less than 10 feet, and will usually be settled with one shot.
The single action has never been my first choice for a trouble gun, but I don't feel at a disavantage with them.

James A. Zachary Jr. said...

"These days my trouble handgun is the 1911 but it's usually in it's holster while I carry a 12 gauge."

I'd have to say that combo sounds like it would be quite adequate ;)

Anonymous said...

After retiring I bought my first single-action revolver, a 3.5-inch SAA in .45 Colt. I carry it in a crossdraw rig made by Randy Bachman of Old West holsters, and find it to be an excellent choice for around my MI farm. A Bond Arms derringer back-up will fire the same ammo, though I usually keep the smaller gun loaded with #7-1/2 shot .410 rounds for snakes.
The SAA isn't my first choice for going to town, but I think it's up to any tasks I'm likely to encounter. I keep a rifle in my truck in case things really get hinky, but the short single-action Colt is the quickest and smoothest gun I own.

James A. Zachary Jr. said...

Good comments. Thanks for stopping by.

Anonymous said...

I carry a SAA in either .38WCF or .45Colt just about every day, and don't feel any more or any less protected than I do when carrying a 1911 or a Glock 22. It could be that it is because my dad taught me to shoot single actions smoothly and accurately at a very early age... The SAA is a natural pointer, so for me, accuracy came quickly... Speed came from practicing a SMOOTH drawstroke - remember: smooth is fast! Thumbcocking a SAA is just a natural part of the drawstroke, so you should be ready to fire when you come up on target, just the same as when you sweep the safety off of your 1911. The revolver is cocked again when you are recovering from recoil and coming back down on target, just as you would do in cycling the action of an 870 shotgun after having fired the first round. Reloading? Well, unless you are a poor marksman or are facing more than 5 badguys, you shouldn't have a problem... But what if? I carry 10 extra rounds on my belt. In addition to a 4.75" SAA, I also carry a 3.5" Thunderer and a Winchester 94 Trapper loaded with 10 rounds, and 10 more held in a butt cuff laced on the stock. If I have to reload after I have emptied my primary's cylinder and the 94's mag tube, I'll find some cover and reload, holding the Thunderer loaded just in case the badguys decide to rush me... Just my opinion... Your horse might have a different gait...