Originally Posted by TXplt
A revolver is fine. I often use a revolver as a CCW and figure if I can`t solve the problem as Joe Citizen in 5 or 6 shots I`m not only guilty of poor shooting but need more practice and might be acting irresponsibly. I do usually carry one reload just in case.
Txplt I like you. So don't be selling yourself short or pre setting yourself up for failure with statements like that
1. No one has ever wished they had LESS bullets in a gun fight or a defensive situation.
2. For every defensive situation (and gunfight in general) where shots are fired and someone is shot, there are several more were there was a gunfight and no one was shot because everyone missed. Even up close.
Go take a force on force class with actual role players and where you use simmunitions. And they act out and put you in real life scenarios where you may or may not have to draw and shoot someone. Time and time again, even great shooters who practice a lot shooting center mass etc will miss ALOT or end up making lots of shots on arms, legs, thighs, or even on the bad guys weapon (if they have one) because that is where you look often times when confronted. Lot's of times it's an "Oh sh_t" moment and suddenly both you AND the bad guy(s) are moving around, side stepping, twisting/turning, moving forward or backwards, etc. It is a lot harder than shooting at that nice silhouette that stands still and presents a big broad target to you at the range
3. Being somewhat aware of how many rounds you fired is extremely difficult for even someone who trains constantly. And even well trained cops who ARE "gun guys" will believe after the fact that they shot 2-3 times when in fact they shot off 5-8 etc. even in a close quarters defensive situation. It all has to do with the sudden stress situation.
Has anyone seen that security camera video when the two men tried to rob the jewelry store at gunpoint? The store owner shoots back with his snubby, shoots one attacker, the other one flees and then the store owner stands there holding one at gunpoint until the police came. Lucky for him the bad guy never noticed that the store owners gun was shot empty. (Store owner never realized it either.)
Judging by the NYC FOP9 study which is the documentation of all the shootings over the past several decades and by FBI crime report statistics I can say two things.
52-54% of armed attackers were committed by more than one bad guy and the average number of shots fired by any individual before the gunfight/confrontation ended where either someone was dead, they ran away, or they were shot and incapacitated was 7 (not 2-3).
The old 2-3 shots myth comes from when some statistician looked at the total number of the NYC shootings in the FOP9 study and simply divided by total shots fired and never thought to take in consideration that that total number of shootings also included things like suicides, and accidental discharges which drastically lowered the average.
As it relates to the Glock 19 and the LCR I can say this, Because I own and carry both regularly.
I only carry the LCR when I can't carry the glock or my Sig like when I am out running in my gym shorts etc. Very little times elsewhere.
Your going from 16 rounds of 9mm down to 5 shots of .357/.38spl
Your also going from a longer sight radius and a full all finger grip on the Glock to a much shorter sight radius and 2 finger grip on the LCR.
Much much slower reloads with the LCR. Heck even if you are the person who does not carry a spare magazine when they CCW, by defaut the Glock gives you the same amount of ammo +1 that the LCR gives you plus having to reload two times.
LCR plus .357 is very snappy and very loud and flashy with all that unburnt powder flying out of the barrel.
I wont get into reliability because both guns are ultra reliable.
Jut my thoughts. YMMV