Revolvers are a good weapon option for a survival cache since, at their very core, they are simple and reliable. Manipulate a cylinder latch and load the chambers. There are no magazines to lose, slides to rack or other controls to operate. An untrained user can operate a revolver with minimal training, which is no excuse for not practicing and training, but a plus when you and your family may need to move fast or perform other tasks to which they are unaccustomed. Natural and man-made disasters tend to force us to learn new skill sets with no ramp-up time.

Some revolver calibers are cross compatible. For instance, a revolver chambered in .357 Magnum will also fire .38 Special rounds, and the .44 Special will fire in a .44 Magnum revolver. This adds a versatility to revolvers that can’t be matched. Common calibers like .22 LR, .38 Special, .357 Magnum and 9mm are adequate, but if you find yourself up against larger foes, then .44 Magnum and .500 S&W are better choices.

Revolvers are not fussy about bullet types, either. Where some semi-automatic pistols choke on hollow-point ammo, revolvers keep on shooting. With an automatic, a non-firing round requires a series of steps to get the pistol back on line. If you pull the trigger on a revolver and nothing happens, just pull the trigger again. Here are 15 go-to revolvers that can protect you and yours as well as hunt in the event of unfortunate natural or man-made disasters.

For More Information

Charter Arms
charterfirearms.com; 203-922-1652

Rossi
rossiusa.com; 305-474-0401

Ruger
ruger.com

Smith & Wesson
smith-wesson.com; 800-331-0852

Taurus
taurususa.com; 800-327-3776

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