Understanding the difference between revolvers and pistols is helpful in making the choice of which type to favor as a concealed carry gun for women.
An article on PBS.org describes the differences as follows: “Both are handguns. A revolver contains a revolving cylinder in which bullets are loaded. Revolvers usually hold six shots. The ATF defines a pistol as any handgun that does not contain its ammunition in a revolving cylinder. Most pistols have a removable magazine into which bullets are loaded. The magazine is then inserted into the hollow hand grip of the gun.”
This article deals briefly with why some women prefer revolvers over pistols. Just as with men, the reasons vary as to why some prefer one over the other, and some women do have a definite preference for pistols, but, Michael DeBethencourt, in his “25 reasons why revolvers beat automatic pistols for self defense,” shares why he believes that revolvers are the best choice for both women and men.
Revolvers are safer and simpler to use than pistols
Reasons why some women prefer revolvers as carry guns:
- With revolvers, just pull the trigger on most (some require the simple action of pulling the hammer back and then pulling the trigger). With pistols, bullets must be chambered before the guns will shoot. This often requires more hand and arm strength than some women possess. And also, some are hesitant to carry a pistol with a round already chambered as opposed to chambering the round when ready to shoot
- Pistols can jam due to weak wrist movement during shots. If this happens during a threatening situation, it could prove fatal for the woman holding the jammed pistol
- Revolver cylinders are fast and easy for women to load
- Revolvers are easier to clean as compared to pistols
- There is less chance of accidental discharge with a revolver
Women who are researching which type of carry gun to would best for them, should look to other women with experience in this area as well as to men, keeping in mind that men often recommend pistols without realizing the pitfalls they might hold for some women. That being said, Babes With Bullets holds gun training camps where women are trained to use all gun types.
If a woman understands the differences between revolvers and pistols, and has handled and shot both, then she is ready to choose the carry gun that is best suited to her. And that is what really matters.