I'm sure I'm about to ruffle some feathers on this one, and that's okay because what I'm about to say is true and that's all that really matters. There are tons of myths floating around from folks and I'd like to put one of them to rest today.
The myth in question, is that revolvers don't malfunction.
Read my lips, er, words — that's just not true.
It may not be malicious. They may just be misinformed people saying things they think to be true but aren't. Or, maybe because they've never had a malfunction with a revolver they group them all together as being the ultimate non-breaking mechanical device.
Let me be clear, I've never had a mechanical revolver malfunction, myself, and I own a few and shoot them regularly. (I say it that way, because I have had the front sight fall off a 627 PC)
But revolvers do fail.
Maybe not as often, but when they do break they usually have a catastrophic malfunction that cannot be fixed as you're using it or defending yourself against an attack with it.
Yes, they do break less often. They have less malfunctions than a semi-auto handgun does, but they DO have them.
Now, I'm not beating up on the revolver here, I do own a few of them and carry them on a semi-regular basis. I'm just trying to fix something untrue that's caught on like wildfire: the myth that revolvers never malfunction.
How can I prove it to you? It's not scientific, unfortunately. Remember I've never had a revolver malfunction myself.
However, I'm a member of a Facebook Group called Wheel Gun Fun. A question was recently posed by a member:
That person asked a very serious question in the private group, and there are hundreds of comments so far. The answers ranged from people saying that they've never experienced a revolver malfunction of any kind, to people experiencing several.
Please note that the following screen shots are from actual people in the group, though I have chosen to hide their identity because it took place in a private group.
This first comment is from someone who has had multiple revolvers fail —
And, if there were a couple of themes I feel like I noticed, it's that “hammerless” revolvers seem to have more problems, in general, than their hammered brethren.
By the way, I'm not the only one who has heard the myth that revolvers don't fail, here is someone who has heard the same thing, to the point where he yelled at everyone —
Here's another —
It is a common myth and something I've unfortunately heard many times.
This next one was a DA/SA (double action / single action) gun–a S&W 686 in 357 Mag that seemed to only want to fire single action. On one hand, at least the gun still worked.
But, I can't imagine having to defend myself with a gun that only worked each time I pulled back the hammer —
This next one lists out multiple different issues that a revolver can have, from a certified S&W armorer. While many gun failures, for both revolvers and semi-autos, are ammo or operator error, sometimes mechanical parts just break —
Then again, sometimes it's just a maintenance issue, like we see in this next screenshot —
And of course, we have ammo failures like we see here —
The point of all this is simple and not to pick on revolvers. Revolvers do malfunction. Maybe not as often as semi-autos, but they do fail. To say otherwise, to say that a mechanical thing won't or cannot break is false.
The key with all firearms is to keep them well maintained and in tip top shape, especially if your life depends on it.
The reason why I'm addressing this, is because false information can be deadly. Imagine if you will, someone new to guns buys a revolver for self-protection and one day actually has to use it. Only, for some reason it goes out of time.
The person then has to stop defending himself with a dumbfounded look thinking to him or herself, but revolvers aren't supposed to malfunction. What happened?
What happened is that well-intentioned people misinformed you.
I mentioned above that I carry a revolver on a semi-regular basis. When I do, and for a few of my semi-autos as well, I tend to carry in a JM4 Tactical Quick Click & Carry Holster. They are definitely worth checking out.