…there is a lot to be said about revolvers. According to one of my mentors and instructor, Massad Ayoob, the revolver offers the shooter a “guaranteed five, six or seven rounds”, as opposed to the semi-auto shooter who has a “maybe” 8 to 19 rounds to shoot. “Maybe”, because if the semiautomatic malfunctions, for whatever reason, the shooter could “maybe” get off a few rounds, then have to clear the stoppage or service the gun to get it up and running again, which takes precious time. The failsafe revolver, on the other hand, is a machine that should be examined by most new shooters and experienced alike. Revolvers don’t jam, that said, revolvers that have been neglected, abused and not well cared for, can malfunction to unserviceable levels in the field, which could be interpreted to be a “jam”, but not technically.
The simplicity and function of the revolver is fool proof, yet, as with any newly learned skill, it takes practice to achieve both confidence and proficiency.
For the new shooter, and seasoned alike, buying a new gun offers new excitement. For many, this new sport can inundate and overwhelm someone with information. Owners manuals come with the purchase of new guns. Someone who inherits a gun and is not furnished with the owners manual can go online to the manufacturer and request or download a manual, free of charge. Reading the owners manual is a common sense approach to responsible gun ownership. Combine the understanding of every aspect of handgun use and understanding the basic function of the machine is a great way to start.