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D/A Revolver for SD

Discussion in 'GATE Self-Defense Forum' started by TacDad, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. TacDad


    Aug 2, 2011
    Hi Mas,

    I have always been told not to use a double action revolver in single action for self defense . Why is that ?

    BTW.... I love your articles in Backwoods Home Magazine are you still writing for them ?
  2. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

    Nov 6, 2005
    TacDad, it's because self-defense is an extremely stressful thing. Vasoconstriction tends to occur, stealing dexterity and sense of touch, and hands are likely to be shaking. History has taught us that a cocked revolver is much more likely to go off before intended in these circumstances, with tragic results. Remember, most DGUs ("defensive gun usages") end up in gunpoint situations that don't warrant actually shooting the suspect.

    Hence, the emphasis on double action shooting, and the trend toward double action only revolvers.

    Yup, still writing for Backwoods Home, available online at, and also doing a blog for them,