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Old February 6, 2014, 07:49 AM   #1
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Fellow six gunners might find this amusing!

Recently I took my ten yr old son shooting for the first time. I took my xd45 and I rented a walther 22 for him. The gun kept jamming and having failures to feed. Now I suspect it was due to it being a range gun that was heavily used, maybe not cleaned real great, and probably some limp wristing by my son. However he wants us to shoot revolvers next time cuz 'they won't jam'!! That there boy iz smart!!
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Old February 6, 2014, 09:46 AM   #2
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Out of the mouths of babes?
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Old February 6, 2014, 09:53 AM   #3
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My daughter also prefers revolvers. : )
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Old February 6, 2014, 09:59 AM   #4
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The revolver works.
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Old February 6, 2014, 10:24 AM   #5
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My wife's husband also prefers revolvers.

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Old February 6, 2014, 10:47 AM   #6
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Yep he is wise beyond his years!
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Old February 6, 2014, 11:05 AM   #7
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My 11 year old daughter is the opposite. She says she doesn't want to shoot one of those "old fashioned" guns.
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Old February 6, 2014, 11:22 AM   #8
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Kids do say the funniest things. ....
Once during one of our M/L class, while going through the loading steps, there was a young girl that raised her hand and asked;

"Isn't that a whole lot of trouble to go through, just to get off "one" shot ??

Now that is one smart kid !! .....

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Old February 6, 2014, 01:56 PM   #9
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Pahoo, THAT is a Mensa candidate there!!
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Old February 6, 2014, 02:38 PM   #10
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Smart boy!

I was amused by the story . . . 50 + years ago my Dad took us shooting with a friend and he took his Hi Standard "Sport King" along - the friend had a 22 revolver. Dad had MAYBE shot the Sport King once and he really wasn't an accomplished pistol shooter. It kept jamming and then jamming more - feeding problems. I remember we were all frustrated! My Dad's friend let me shoot his revolver and pretty much taught me all of the safety to go with it. The Sport King resided in my Dad's sock drawer for the next 30 + years - after my Dad's death, I took it as my brother doesn't like pistols. Nothing had changed . . it still was a "problem gun" and I quickly traded it off on a .22 revolver (the Sport King had no sentimental value at all). I doubt if that old Sport King had more than a box of shells run through it . . the revolver I traded it for has had probably 50 boxes through it. There's just something about a good "wheel gun" . . . . :roll eyes:

I love hearing about Dad's taking their kids shooting. You are creating some really nice memories for them that they'll treasure years from now. Not every child is so fortunate! My Dad has been gone for twenty years and I still miss him . . . but those memories of doing things with him sure help to put a smile on my face.
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Old February 6, 2014, 04:37 PM   #11
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Facepalm.

It's just not true, no matter how many hundreds of billions of times it continues to get trotted out as fact. And for most, it'll take a revolver stopping (typically, with absolutely NO CHANCE of rectifying it quickly) to alter this skewed perception of reality on a person-by-person basis.

To the subject, I agree... terrific tale of a young shooter that sees (what seems to be) obvious, and I love that a young kid wants to explore all the facetsof handgunning and that TV and movies hasn't corrupted him too far so that he finds a revolver undesirable. I'm absolutely on board with all of that and I love that you're relaying the tale.

But to the core of the FAR too often held idea that revolvers are simple and never jam and semi-autos fail so often? Arrrrgh. We may as well teach everyone new to guns that the simple racking sound of an empty 12-gauge pump shotgun makes all the bad people run, 30 mph, in a straight line, away from their planned attack. It's... umm..... crap. It's like Joe Biden kinda crap.
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Old February 6, 2014, 04:43 PM   #12
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^^^^^^^^
What he said!
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Old February 6, 2014, 06:36 PM   #13
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As a lover of BOTH style of firearms I DID explain to him why the gun was probably malfunctioning so much and he understood. I fully plan on teaching him that BOTH have merit.
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Old February 6, 2014, 08:11 PM   #14
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My 8 year old grandson likes my Ruger Blackhawk w/ 4-5/8 barrel in 357/9mm. He told one of his friends it was his or at least it might as well be because he shoots it so much.
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Old February 8, 2014, 11:44 AM   #15
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Geeze . . . how did a thread about a father taking his sone shooting and the remark he made end up as a "revolver versus semi-auto thing".

Most of the folks my age grew up with Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Gabby Hayes and The Cisco Kid. That's probably one of the reasons we look on the revolver with fondness. After all . . . if you remember . . . they could ride their horses while shooting and NEVER have to reload . . not to mention some pretty terrific shots at long distances. (Hmmm . . . were they shooting "double stack" revolvers?)

I don't think anyone was really saying one was better than the other - any experienced shooter knows that both wheel guns and semis can have problems. If you can't see the humor in an innocent remark made by a young man then maybe you shouldn't have that extra cup of coffee in the morning . . . you're wound way too tight.
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Old February 8, 2014, 12:08 PM   #16
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Load up my GP100 with 38spl and in the hands of my 11 year old, it's more accurate than anything. She even enjoys shooting a few cylinders of .357 too.

She's not a fan of my semi's. Doesn't care for the manual of arms.
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Old February 9, 2014, 10:05 AM   #17
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Folks, .22 revolvers are more reliable than .22 semis. I own 3 semis and 2 revolvers. Any of the 3 semis malfunction more than both revolvers. Fact.
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Old February 9, 2014, 02:32 PM   #18
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It would have been priceless to get your son's expression on video the first time the semi jammed.

I'd probably have paid for a poster of that look on his face as he fought to get the gun to run right.
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Old February 9, 2014, 08:48 PM   #19
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I own an aged Ruger single 6 and a relatively new Neos for my wife, and she prefers the Ruger, because of the problems with the Neos, So both my wife and I prefer the wheel guns for dependability, at least for 22's. I have a M9 that has fired flawlessly for several hundred rounds, and my son's H&K 45 has had many rounds through it with no problems.
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Old February 10, 2014, 09:53 AM   #20
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Most centerfire autos are almost as reliable as revolvers. The 22s are another story.
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Old February 10, 2014, 11:27 AM   #21
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For new shooters the revolver is perfect

Fewer bells and whistles. NO safety. That stresses the importance of muzzle control.
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Old February 10, 2014, 12:22 PM   #22
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Humor and romance. Back in the 80's, when my daughter was first dating her husband, (who was a LEO, then an attorney, now one of our diplomats) they went to a private club range. Now he knew she had a small 22 semi-auto, and he asked if she had brought her "little gun". She replied no, but I have this and pulled out her Taurus 66, 4inch 357mag, and told him her daddy gave it to her. He believes that was the moment he fell in love.
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Old February 11, 2014, 04:17 AM   #23
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I have the Walther P22 jam o matic. have well over 500 rounds through it. Still waiting for it to "break in". Not all Semi auto's jam, not all revolvers are 100% reliable.
I have a 40 S&W revolver that uses moon clips. if the bullet is not set correctly in the clip it will jam the cylinder. I have also had a jam in a revolver caused by a primer sticking out a bit too far.

I have a Ruger SP101, in 357Mag, but usually carry a Ruger SR9c.
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Old February 11, 2014, 07:44 AM   #24
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DannyB1954, when you load your revolver, if you will ease the hammer back just enough to free the cylinder to rotate, then spin it to make sure it spins freely, you will never have the problems you describe. The problems you describe are not jams, they are out of spec cartridges and should be detected before, not after, the revolver is put into action.

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Old February 11, 2014, 10:25 AM   #25
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If you use sub standard ammo even a revolver can have problems.
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