For people who follow this blog you know I favor the revolver. With that being said you could probably guess that when I carry its a revolver.
I have always liked the Smith and Wesson 686. I can remember when they first came out (yes, I’m that old). I read all about the new revolver in the gun magazines. I can vividly remember the first time I saw one up close. It was 1982, I was at the local shooting range when an off-duty sheriff’s deputy came by to try out his new service revolver. When he pulled his 4″ 686 out I could not take my eyes off it. It seemed like the perfect gun to me; .357 magnum, stainless steel, beautiful wood grips, adjustable sights, and underlug barrel. The deputy did not let me shoot it; he didn’t even let me touch it! That day I told myself one day I would have one.
This the is the gun I decided would make the perfect (for me) carry gun. Its a full sized revolver so its on the heavy side. Weight doesn’t bother me. I prefer a heavier gun because it keeps felt recoil down. Though not designed for target precision shooting, I also like the adjustable sights so I can set the sights to my hand loads.
When I carry I have never felt under gunned by having a revolver. I have six heavy loaded .357 magnum rounds. The power and velocity of a heavy .357 can not even be approached by a 9mm. Yes, I know, if the zombies come I won’t have a million rounds in high capacity magazines. Let’s face it, the zombie hordes are not coming. I will never need 50 rounds at my immediate disposal. I will not be clearing rooms or facing angry mobs. Be realistic! Six rounds from a double action revolver is plenty for my needs.
If I am ever in a situation where I might need a reload I have several options. I can carry spare rounds loose in my pocket. I can carry a speed loader or two either in a pocket or in a holder on my belt. Or, I can put rounds in a belt slide like most cops did back in the 80s. In a self-defense scenario, there has never been an instance of an armed defender needing a reload.
Like I said earlier, the short barrel 686 is perfect for me. I like the double action. No safeties to worry about. If there is ever a mis-fire I just pull the trigger again. The cylinder rotates and the hammer comes down on a new round. There are no jams to clear with a revolver. I’d rather have a revolver mostly because I am very familiar with them. In a moment of panic I know I can operate the revolver without any real thought. Just point and squeeze and it goes bang. I believe carry what you want just know how to use it.