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6 Things To Know About Revolvers

There are many myths about revolvers and even more half-truths. Here are a few important details to keep in mind if you want to keep your descriptions and discussions of revolvers accurate and believable.

1. You can’t silence a revolver. With one rare exception, the sealed-cylinder, Russian Nagant m1895.

2. Revolvers do not use “clips” or “magazines” unless they are watching YouTube or reading the latest issue of Guns and Ammo. You reload a modern, double-action revolver in one of three ways:

With loose ammo. We all know how that works. Pop the cylinder, eject the spent shells, and start putting new ones in, one at a time, maybe two or three if you’re good.

Or you can reload using a speedloader.

And if your gun is cut for it, moon clips.

Don’t be fooled, if you know how, you can reload and shoot a revolver fast.

Don’t blink.

3. Revolvers can be chambered in more powerful cartridges then their semi-automatic brethren. Ain’t no automatics in .500 S&W Magnum, last time I checked. Give it time, of course. Revolvers can even be chambered for multiple rounds. Like the Taurus Raging Judge, which will fire .45 Long Colt, .454 Casull, or .410 shotgun shells.

4. Revolvers are not necessarily more simple than a semi-automatic. They have very intricate internal workings. However, a mechanically sound revolver is less likely to malfunction because of external factors such as sand, grit, water, etc…

5. A revolver is more accepting of variations in ammo. As long as it is the right kind of cartridge, a revolver will probably fire it. This is because the mechanisms run the same whether empty or loaded. In contrast, semi-autos rely on the recoil of the bullet to cycle.

6. Not all revolvers hold six shells. Most do, mind you. But not all. Five-shot revolvers are common. Small, concealable models often hold five rounds. Then there are the big guns, like the .500 Smith & Wesson Magnum. The large X-Frame revolver holds five monster shells. Some, chambered for smaller diameter cartridges can hold more than six, up to ten in the case of the Ruger Single 10. An eight-shot .357 is a very nice and not uncommon pistol, so be careful, just because your hero counted six shots, doesn’t mean the gun is empty.

Writing Wrongs: Ground Zero

Hello and welcome to Writing-Wrongs.com. I’m your host, Audra Brown. If you’re looking for a rambling, ranting, random blog, this is not it. (Try my personal author blog, Tough Target. There are no rules over there and if there were, I’d do my dangdest to break them.)

Here, it’s all about good information and interesting things. There are no topics that are off limits, but here’s where we’re going to start: Guns, Martial Arts, Muscle Cars, and the real world of Farming and Ranching. Why these things? Simple. Because I love and know these topics and all too often, I read or see such ridiculous misinformation about them.

And where is this coming from? Well, here’s a short version of me:

I grew up working. I farmed, ranched, and whatever else I had time for.  But, I wanted to be a Power Ranger… (Don’t laugh, Tommy was awesome.) So, I started Taekwon-Do.

Fifteen plus years in and I’ve racked up four world championship medals, including two golds in 2010, when I won women’s power breaking.

2010 ITF World Championships in Cheonju, South Korea

I’m a expert level black belt (4th degree), and I’m still at it. I’ve been overseas and around the country because of the martial arts, so I know how to kick, how to punch, and even how to break concrete with my hands. I don’t know it all yet, but I like to think I’ve got a pretty good start in Taekwondo.

In more recent years, I have developed the ability to

Stage 12 – 2012 Double Tap Championships in Wichita Fall, TX

bore anyone by talking about guns. I shoot because it’s a good idea out here in the boonies and because it’s a lot of fun. Naturally, I’m now into competitive shooting such as USPSA/IPSC, bullseye at the Melrose Turkey Shoot (you win a frozen turkey, no birds get shot), and anything else I can find.

What kinds of guns? All types of guns! But, my favorites are .44 Remington Magnums. Dirty Harry ain’t got nothing on me.

Handgun Hunting

If you want to know something about a Desert Eagle or any other big gun, I should be able to help.

I was homeschooled until I started taking college classes at sixteen. I graduated Summa Cum Laude with degrees in Math and Computer Science with minors in English and Ancient Greek.

I also have invested and embarked upon an adventure with my brother involving quite a few old cars. A 68 Mustang Coupe is the only project I can drive around,

The 68 ‘Stang

but a stable of awesome potential is under the shed, and out behind the house, in the barn, and a few other places… The lineup includes a 68 GTO, 69 Roadrunner, 68 Roadrunner, 69 GTX, and a 1954 Hudson Hornet. Muscle car restoration is time-consuming, but worth it.

I do all this somewhere on the Texas-Arizona Border.

I’ll start with what I think is useful info that I hope will help you write with more expertise in these areas or just amuse you. Maybe I’ll pick up a story someday and the main character will refrain from silencing his revolver or cutting his cotton field.

Please comment if you have a question or see a problem. Blogging is like a well of crude, and feedback is the refinery.

So here’s to setting the record a bit straighter. Onward!