Revolvers vs semi-autos for CCW

Which is better, revolvers vs semi-auto for CCW? Today’s video takes a look at this question and finds an answer…right at the end. But if you’re asking yourself the question, revolvers vs semi-auto for CCW, how do you know what the right answer is?

It turns out that the answer for something like is situational. Obviously in the video I’m being humorous, and pointing out common tropes that revolver fans like to bring up. I don’t actually believe any of that, especially because most of those tropes are based on old information. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some niches that revolvers can be really successful for. As I’ve discussed in my u-shaped utility curve video, for certain users in certain circumstances, a revolver is absolutely the right choice.

However, for the vast majority of shooters, a revolver isn’t really the right choice. They’re harder to shoot well and don’t hold a lot of rounds. If you’re a moderately talented shooter, something like a Glock 43 or an M&P Shield 9mm makes a lot more sense than a little .38 Special revolver. If you’re seriously looking at revolvers vs semi-auto for CCW, you need to take into account the very much real world advantages of a semi-auto. Really, the only advantage a revolver has is that it’s difficult to negligently discharge, and that’s only useful for the most novice of gun owners.

For most people, the answer to revolver vs semi-auto for concealed carry is going to be the semi-auto. We are fortunate that we live in the golden age of reliable, concealedable semi-automatic pistols. HK, Walther, Glock, Sig, Beretta, and Smith & Wesson are all making affordable, quality semi-automatics that will last for your entire lifetime. You could toss all of their striker fired polymer framed guns in a bag, and grab one at random, and you’d be set.

Caleb Giddings
Caleb Giddings is a scotch enthusiast with a writing problem, which is apparently common for writers. He also shoots some guns or something, and is a Master Class shooter in IDPA and NRA Action Pistol. You should definitely follow him on instagram