This is something that hasn't been discussed lately. What do y'all think about a single action revolver for survival carry? I know it isn't a great spray and pray weapon even though it would surprise you in that area. I know it isn't modern and an exciting weapon. What it IS though is a very simple and massively tough and dependable weapon that tames high power loads better than other handguns. Because of the plow handle grip and the distance above the hand that the barrel is, it tends to turn the recoil into more of a rotation and upward motion than straight back motion. When shooting lighter rounds this isn't as beneficial but it is the reason that truly powerful automatics have never been a success. It seems that the 45ACP is near the max that most people are comfortable with. The 10mm Auto, the early more powerful 40mm rounds and the 41 mags all were not successful because of the recoil and gun wear issues. Honestly, a single action makes the recoil not much of an issue once you get used to the muzzle jump. For me, the muzzle jump didn't slow down my shots much versus a double action revolver. By the time I came down and back on target, I had the hammer cocked. You could indeed get off two or three shots faster with a double action but I proved many times that all that meant was that you rushed and only put the first bullet on target and then two flyers that might be anywhere while my slightly slower fire put all three rounds in the target area. Basically, most automatics shoot lighted slower rounds really fast while the single action offers you heavier more powerful shots that are more likely to be on target. Part of the reason for this is that 4" is about the max barrel length for most automatics. The shorter barrels makes for a shorter less accurate sight picture for precision shooting. Single action revolvers are often made with 6" or longer barrels and have much better long distance accuracy. For purely up close defensive use that longer barrel is no advantage and that is why even in a single action the shorter barrels were usually more of a gunfighters choice than a practical use choice. A single action with a 6" to 8" barrel is a bit of a compromise between a pistol and a rifle. The longer barrel helps with the revolving recoil and makes that handgun a realistic hunting weapon. I could hit the ram at 300 yards with my Ruger Blackhawk with a 7 1/2" barrel. With hot loads and heavy bullets, a 357 in good for whitetail deer and the bigger magnums are good for most anything other than the African big game. I never felt under gunned when I carried a single action. I think that in some ways it is like learning to hunt with single shot guns. When you know that you only have one shot you tend to aim and make that shot count. If you KNOW that you can quickly hit a playing card with one shot every time out to 25 yards it does a lot for your confidence. The Ruger single action guns are TOUGH. If you occasionally wipe them off and clean and oil them they will never fail you. The LIKE hot loads that would quickly wear out most revolvers. their mechanism is simple, straight forward and rather simple to work on. A little pill bottle with a couple of pats will keep it going for generations. They don't jam, don't care what sort of ammo you are shooting, if you hit a dud round, you cock and get a new round under the hammer. The longer barrels make much better use of the powder charge and give you better bullet velosity. What they don't offer is a very fast reload. I can reload fairly fast and it is still slow as the itch compared to slapping in a magazine or even a speed loader into a double action. If you expect to be in extensive long gunfights and want to do it with a handgun it probably isn't the best choice. If on the other hand, you want something that will let you hunt some and will take down a target or two with single shots to the body and keep their heads down until you can bring your long gun into play it works ok. Where it will shine is in that it is conservative of your ammo, less likely to fail you and wear out fast and is a simple easily repaired tool.