Revolver or semi style pistol your favourite?

Semi automatic and single shot handguns, revolvers and other pistols

Re: Revolver or semi style pistol your favourite?

Post by bigrich » 04 Oct 2018, 5:53 pm

i bin thinking of getting my pistol liscence , classic revolver for me thanks. was just thinking a black powder civil war "horse pistol" (colt navy ? ) just for kicks. :thumbsup:
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Post by Gaznazdiak » 04 Oct 2018, 6:18 pm

Considering that the only way for me to get a pistol permit is to join the local pistol club, run by some really "special" people who would make excellent chum, I put that dream in a box and buried it long ago.
Given the choice though, mmmmm M1911A1.
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Post by gunnnie » 04 Oct 2018, 7:08 pm

Like both, no preference or one over the other. I like my Ruger Single Sixes, great fun plinking & possible of excellant accuracy. I sometimes carry a pistol for work, a auto 9mm, so I own a few autos in 22 & a 9mm. These I use to help improve my ability with a sidearm for work use.

Would like a single shot bolt for specialist LR handgun work.
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Post by Gaznazdiak » 04 Oct 2018, 7:26 pm

gunnnie wrote:Like both, no preference or one over the other. I like my Ruger Single Sixes, great fun plinking & possible of excellant accuracy. I sometimes carry a pistol for work, a auto 9mm, so I own a few autos in 22 & a 9mm. These I use to help improve my ability with a sidearm for work use.

Would like a single shot bolt for specialist LR handgun work.


In my brief sojourn into pistol shooting I had the opportunity to fire a Thompson Contender, chambered in 30-30, what a beast that was. I wasn't anticipating the recoil and the bloody thing tried to take a bite out of my forehead.
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Post by gunnnie » 04 Oct 2018, 9:08 pm

Not an unusual occurrence Gaz. Some folk don't correctly assess the possible outcomes in such situations. Have fired a 460S&W & a Desert Eagle in 50cal, both would no doubt be considered as hand cannons to be careful of. The Eagle was the heavier of the two & I figured it would be the more controllable of the two.

The 460 was the nastier of the two & left a numb sensation in my right hand for an hour or so.

In a single shot I'd be interested to test either a 30Herret, 32-20, 25-223 or 22Hornet.
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Post by Rod_outbak » 04 Oct 2018, 9:10 pm

I had a bloke here once with a BFR in .30-30.
What a freaking monster that was!
Initially, I assumed he was running some reduced-load made up for the revolver.
Nope; off-the-shelf 150Gn RN factory loads.
Faaaarrrrrrkkkk!!!
Of course; had to take a couple of shots with it.
Surprisingly controllable; pretty mild recoil, considering the side of the cartridges.
Fairly accurate, too! I remember I was hitting a target ~60 metres away, that would have been plenty good enough to nail a small pig.
[Probably would have done better if I'd moved past the shock & awe...]
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Post by Cryptic » 04 Oct 2018, 9:39 pm

I want to get one of the 460s at some point. Will probably load 45lc for the indoor local and some form of 454 or 460 for outdoor fun and silhouette.
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Post by Gaznazdiak » 04 Oct 2018, 9:41 pm

Rod_outbak wrote:I had a bloke here once with a BFR in .30-30.
What a freaking monster that was!
Initially, I assumed he was running some reduced-load made up for the revolver.
Nope; off-the-shelf 150Gn RN factory loads.
Faaaarrrrrrkkkk!!!
Of course; had to take a couple of shots with it.
Surprisingly controllable; pretty mild recoil, considering the side of the cartridges.
Fairly accurate, too! I remember I was hitting a target ~60 metres away, that would have been plenty good enough to nail a small pig.
[Probably would have done better if I'd moved past the shock & awe...]


The Thompson twisted as hard as it bucked, damn near broke my wrist. The web of my thumb was swollen and sore for several days after, made me feel like a right girly-boy considering Old Mate who owned it would fire 40 or 50 rounds at at time. Mind you, Old Mate had hands like legs of ham.

And there was me all impressed at firing hot loads from the 1911. :crazy:
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Post by Urastus » 05 Oct 2018, 1:26 pm

There's also a hole in the centre for 20 meters or so caused by the plastic wad. You can clearly see this in the video link I gave: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38a7L60SLJs. I can remember using rat shot on rats as a kid out of .22 single shot. I just thought the rifling thing was interesting, and it makes sense, but for sure still goes a way before the effect really starts to jump in. I don't think it would be any good duck shooting though :D As a side note re the rifled shotguns; there are states in the US where there is some strange rule that you can only use straight walled cartridges - presumably being pistol rounds. So people are hunting with exotic stuff like .450 bushmaster and single slug shot guns. I guess it's to limit the range of the fired round for safety reasons.
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Post by Urastus » 05 Oct 2018, 8:19 pm

I was set on a ruger mkiv stainless .22 hunter, and then something like a cz shadow 2 for doing those events (you know, all the double tapping stuff from different stations etc). That was based on logic and research; not my heart. Now I think I want a .22 revolver and a .357 revolver, probably both ruger. I really like the look of korf revolvers, but don't see any distributors / sellers in Aus; and they look way out of my price range. I like the look of GP100 in both .22 and .357. The 1757 in .22 (5.5" barrel, 10 rounds) and the 1707 in .357 (6" barrel, 6 rounds). I see there's a revolver class in ipsc, no size limits. Only thing is at my club I'm guessing they'll only have auto (small club)
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Post by Gaznazdiak » 05 Oct 2018, 8:28 pm

Korth are nice looking weapons, but the prices, my eyes are still watering just from looking at the ad.

That's $US too.

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/787211585
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Post by Urastus » 05 Oct 2018, 8:48 pm

Here Gaznazdiak, some more korth porn :) https://kortharms.com/en/national-standard-6-zoll.html
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Post by Gaznazdiak » 05 Oct 2018, 8:52 pm

Urastus wrote:Here, some korth porn :) https://kortharms.com/en/national-standard-6-zoll.html


I got all inappropriate over that.

That's pure filth eh?

But the 1911 is the one that stirs the wood for me :oops:
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Re: Revolver or semi style pistol your favourite?

Post by Urastus » 05 Oct 2018, 11:06 pm

Something for everyone :) I do like the look of the grip, that trigger which I assume stays vertical as it is squeezed? And the external hammer.
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Post by Cryptic » 06 Oct 2018, 12:16 pm

Urastus if you are looking at revolver and IPSC look into ICORE it is dedicated to revolvers and much like IPSC.
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Post by Urastus » 06 Oct 2018, 5:32 pm

Thanks Cryptic. I'm going to the club tomorrow; I'll ask what they do there. There's another club nearby too (we've moved recently) where I did my course - I'll ask there as well. They're not big clubs, and it seems everything is geared to 9mm autos, all because of the fateful day in America, which is kind of bs because apparently the real issue was that none of those fbi agents could hit anything (.38 special to 9mm to 10mm to .40 s&w and now back to 9mm); and we follow suit because of economics I suppose (sigh). It's a comical story similar to the cane toad story here in Australia :)
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Post by bladeracer » 07 Oct 2018, 2:53 pm

Urastus wrote:Thanks Cryptic. I'm going to the club tomorrow; I'll ask what they do there. There's another club nearby too (we've moved recently) where I did my course - I'll ask there as well. They're not big clubs, and it seems everything is geared to 9mm autos, all because of the fateful day in America, which is kind of bs because apparently the real issue was that none of those fbi agents could hit anything (.38 special to 9mm to 10mm to .40 s&w and now back to 9mm); and we follow suit because of economics I suppose (sigh). It's a comical story similar to the cane toad story here in Australia :)


The reason for moving back to 9mm is the newer bullet designs make them far more capable than they were thirty years ago. The reason we can't use bigger than 9mm/.38 in IPSC anymore is purely bureaucratic, not economic.
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Post by Urastus » 08 Oct 2018, 10:26 am

9mm is really quite good, it seems. I also came across .327, which looks awesome for a flatter shooting round, but not enough market commitment. 9mm is mostly driven by the US; their whole emphasis on handgun ownership seems to be self defense, so they want something that makes a bigger hole, manageable muzzle flip for follow up shots etc. I don't really need something that makes a big hole :D I'd probably like something that shoots flat to 100m - maybe even a .22wmr? But that wouldn't satisfy the events I'm interested in. I don't know if you've come across this dude blade, he seems no bs; he used to train marines in marksmanship. This is an interesting story if you're into handguns (the 2nd link goes into the story) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTTDgZZZFa0

and this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iv8cByaVyNQ
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