Love this post by a Brian Enos forum member CherryRiver from Illinois about what makes us shoot revolvers in competition. Revolvers are slower than their Semi-auto counterparts, they’re heavy, made with steel in this new world of light weight, high capacity polymer guns. Revolvers only hold 6-8 rounds compared to 15 to 30. So what makes a revolver so attractive to shoot?
Revolvers are the sort of machine that wears a lot of its guts on the outside. You can see the cylinder going around, you can see the sweep of the trigger powering all that whirly stuff, you can see the hammer cycling, and during the reload, you can see all kinds of important mechanical gadgets and even, all of the chambers. Not so much with autos. Get up with the modern ones with strikers and you can’t even pick up that little bit of hammer moving action. Everything seems to be going on inside, where it’s an unseen mystery.
The best analogy I’ve ever come up with is locomotives. A half-dozen brilliantly efficient EMDs can gurgle by, producing horsepower by the many thousands with calm, even effortless, slickness. They work so well we almost cease to marvel at 10,000-plus tons of freight under the sweatless control of a single operator.But let a steam locomotive clank by and crowds gather by the zillions, snapping photos and inhaling coal smoke (and getting pelted with cinders), breathless and completely in thrall by all of the motion.
The steam locomotive wears its guts on the outside, just like revolvers. The wheels are seven or more feet tall and turn like vertical merry-go-rounds. The main rods are almost the size of a man’s trunk and fly, absolutely fly, back and forth with impossible speed, seemingly ready to launch off into the sky… but they don’t. There’s fire and smoke and steam everywhere, pouring out of stacks and pop valves and slide valves and who knows how many leaks.
That’s the enchantment- mechanical activity.
So it goes for revolvers. You can see stuff happening.
Well said my friend. Time for me to go take my revolver out of my bag and admire it again.