Far be it for me to assume shooting 50 rounds through a Ruger GP100 qualifies me to pronounce judgement on the future of the 2nd Amendment in America.
So instead i’ll rely on human nature for my factual basis.
Even though we live in the Age of the 20 Round Semiauto Pistol, this young dude thinks there’s a relevant place for the revolver in the modern collection.
Two major reasons.
While I don’t subscribe to the “Doom + Gloom” prognostications attached to Hillary Clinton’s potential election , I do believe -regardless of who the POTUS is- that gun control regulation is in the offing at the Federal level long-term.
Why do I say that in an era of never-before-in-recent-memory expansion of gun rights across the country?
Nearly all of the legislative changes on that front have happened on a localized state-by-state level. The Feds have mostly stood by as states have modified and expanded their carry privlidges. This offers the Federal government an opprotunity to “do something” if national public opinion turns against firearms ownership.
The exact circumstances of how that’ll happen are beyond my limited powers of prophecy. Perhaps a terroist attack using legally purchased arms will be the catalyst. Maybe it’ll be a publically horrid act of negligence. Maybe an opprotunistic internet media intern trips over the wrong James Yeager youtube video.
No matter the cause , the response will be predictable enough -no more legal AR15s, no more high capacity anything. A repeat of the AWB will be likely, with stringent reinforcements of the details Version 1.0 got wrong such as the features type.
Insofar as carry guns goes, this’ll have an impact in two ways. With high capacity handguns restricted , revolvers will take center stage as the only uncontroversial form of personal defense. When the 20 round XDm 9 becomes both illegal to carry outside the home AND economically valuable ( as Class III arms did after 1986) suddenly the Smith .357 transitions from ancient collector piece to defensive tool.
The second impact will be economic. Demand goes up, supply ( in the short term) being constant equals increase in prices of both weapons and ammo. Those who already have a staple of 6 shooters naturally are in a better position then those without.
I don’t believe that scenario is liable to happen overnight. 10 years from now, though-different story.
The other reason isn’t dependent on future speculation. Revolvers have historical character no Glock will ever match. They hail from a different time in the American experience. They come from a culture where someone stood on their merits and not on their socioeconomic category. I won’t paint a rosy picture of the past, but when a person had to depend on 6 shots for their own survival it put a premium on personal skill at arms. “Combat Accurate” doesn’t fly when you only get six chances to come out on top. Either you hit who was trying to kill you-or they got you first.
Every press of the trigger on an old school, six pot revolver is a shot against the encroaching culture of mediocrity. It may not count much to anyone else, but that matters to me.
Make of that what you will.