Why Every Prepper Should Own A Revolver

The usefulness of shotguns, rifles, and semi-auto pistols is indisputable. But the humble revolver deserves a place in your gun safe, for several compelling reasons.

1. Reliability

A well-made revolver is ultra-reliable. Load the firearm, throw it in a gun safe. Even if you never touch the gun for years at a time, you can pull it out and it will fire. A semi-auto pistol has springs in the magazine, which will lose strength as time passes. And if the springs are too light, the gun will malfunction. A revolver has no springs that are under constant tension.

Now suppose, for some reason, one of the rounds in your revolver is bad. You pull the trigger: click, no bang. Just pull the trigger again, the revolver cylinder turns to offer the next round: bang. If the same situation occurs in a semi-auto pistol, the bad round stays in the chamber until it is cleared. That’s not as good.

A revolver has fewer moving parts than a semi-auto pistol. And simple usually equals reliable.

2. Accuracy

You can buy a very expensive, very accurate “race gun” semi-auto pistol. But you lose reliability as you gain accuracy. Somewhere in that trade-off, there is a sweet spot, where the pistol is relatively accurate and generally reliable. But a decent revolver with at least a 4″ barrel is highly accurate. The barrel doesn’t move when the gun fires. A fixed barrel eliminates one of the causes of inaccuracy (barrel movement).

3. Simplicity

A double-action revolver is point and shoot. No external safety. No magazine release or take-down lever. No cycling the action to chamber or remove a round. When you are using a gun under duress, simpler is better.

4. Multiple Calibers

Some revolvers will shoot two different calibers of ammunition. The most useful example of this is the .357 magnum revolver, which will also shoot .38 special ammo. The former gives you plenty of bad guy stopping power, but also a large amount of recoil, noise, and muzzle blast. The .357 is not for every shooter. The .38 special round is somewhat less powerful than a 9mm, and a lot less powerful than the .357. Yet is has enough stopping power for self-defense. Can’t decide between the two? No problem. Buy one gun and both types of ammo. You can change your mind along the way.

Be advised that some revolvers that shoot .38 special ammo will NOT also shoot .357 magnum ammo. The revolver needs to be designed for the .357, in order to also shoot the .38 round.

My suggestion: get a .357 magnum revolver with at least a 4″ barrel. Snub-nose revolvers are less accurate, have lower muzzle velocity, and greater muzzle flash. And the .357 revolver will also shoot .38 special. Get both types of ammo.

Now, if you don’t mind spending a little extra money, you can also get a crimson trace red laser sight for your revolver. It goes on the grip of the gun, and gives you an easy way to aim the gun at an assailant. Put the red laser dot on the bad guy’s chest. That alone may be enough intimidation to cause him to think better of his plan and run away.

– Thoreau

One Response to Why Every Prepper Should Own A Revolver

  1. While revolvers are generally considered more reliable than pistols they can, and do, jam. This is more likely to happen in high power revolvers or in the revolvers that take .41o shot shells.

    I had a pistol that I kept loaded for over five years straight. I unloaded it for a couple of weeks while I moved and then left it loaded for another twenty-five years straight never being fired. The next time I moved I decided to test fire the pistol. All rounds fired without a problem. Keeping a magazine loaded does not hurt the spring. It is now cleaned, reloaded, and hidden in a handy spot waiting for the day we all hope never comes.

    A .357 will fire more than two rounds, the .38 S&W is just one. With moon clips it will fire some pistol rounds as well.

    +1 on the lasers. If Crimson Trace makes one for your model of pistol or revolver I highly recommend one. If you ever need to use your gun there is an 80% chance it will be in a low light situation and getting a sight picture will be difficult with iron sights. If nothing else the laser will be faster to aim and the instinctive on feature of Crimson Trace makes it even better.