Long before the Glock 19 there was already a legendary firearm named the Model 19. The first Registered Magnum or Combat Masterpiece to be later designated the Model 19 was a wheel gun. Revolvers have been in the background from the end of the 80’s till now, but being in the background isn’t always a bad thing.
The ubiquitous polymer and mass produced low end high capacity pistols found a footing with people looking for cheap alternatives to the forged and hand fitted firearms of the time. These plastic fantastic guns offered low cost coupled with higher capacity making it easier to get into shooting (also not a bad thing). Profits from lower cost production techniques meant that manufacturers shifted focus and marketing to increase that bottom line. Potential shooters that were previously excluded because of cost could now afford the latest striker fired pistols and the ammo they shot.
Wheel guns seemed to be at the end of their reign and relegated to the back of gun shops or Grandpa’s closet. Serious shooters and collectors kept on buying them but the geezer crowd seemed to get smaller and smaller as the years clicked by.
Things have been changing over the last 5 years with more and more young shooters buying revolvers for home protection, fun, power and accuracy. All things wheel guns excel at as it turns out! The media and advertising still push the plastic fantastic, it drives profits for both, but reality of shooting scenarios bear a different metric.
Everyone has a cousin or knows a vet that will be the expert of everything gun related, and who’s opinion is the only one that matters. The guy in that T.V. show I watch on youtube.com about everyday office work comes to mind here. The guys all think they are John Wick but If a revolver feels right for you then get a revolver.
Seeing the younger people asking for wheel guns these days makes me think there’s hope for the future yet. Having fun with wheel guns is an activity everyone can enjoy and they’ll teach you to be a better pistol shooter.
Don’t miss out because that old revolver isn’t in the latest installment of comic hero movie number 3, get some ammo and have some fun.
You’ll be glad you did!