Covert Actions And The Humble Revolver

I stumbled across an article on The Loadout Room website last week and I thought I would share.

According to the article (read it in full here), it is an excerpt from the notebook an intelligence asset with a great track record in super-secret, Ninja squirrel types of endeavors. I don’t know enough about the website, it’s authors or super-secret, ninja squirrel stuff to know how factual it is…

But, since it deals with revolvers and more specifically snub-nosed revolvers it caught my attention and I thought I would share it with you.  For those too busy or devoted to check out the original, here is a synopsis:

Super-secret, Ninja squirrel operative received extensive training on the preferred handgun for “embedded human intel assets,” the snub-nosed revolver chambered in 9mm.

The reasons (paraphrased):

9mm is the most common handgun round in the world

9mm is effective

A revolver is extremely reliable, especially in very close and nasty encounters

A revolver doesn’t eject brass to be left behind as evidence

It is small and easily concealed

Makes a fine clubif need be

Sounds logical and reasonable to me.

Now what I want to know is, what make and model was used? Was it a steel frame or alloy? Can I buy one of the revolvers? Can I sign up for that training without having to become a super-secret, Ninja squirrel?

God bless

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7 thoughts on “Covert Actions And The Humble Revolver

  1. Reblogged this on and commented:
    9mm ammo will require moon clips for use in a revolver, as does the .45 acp. I had a S&W Model-1952, with a 5″ pencil barrel, an N-frame. It was okay, but I did not like the moon clips, the half-moon clips, or the 2×2 clip sections. 1911 was the way to go. N-frame is much better in .44 Magnum or .44 Special. I would say as guessing, that a J-frame S&W would be best in .38 Special, a proven commodity, and a K-frame is better in either .38 Special or .357 Magnum, over a 9mm, because moon clips are involved. Maybe competition, but for street fighting, I personally would not care for the 9mm.

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  2. I have thought long and hard about getting the Ruger LCR in 9mm to replace my S&W 642 in .38 special, however, the thought of moon clips has given me great pause. If I were going to the range to shoot the 9mm revolver, it would be great. All the loaded moon clips would be in a box or sum such, ready to use. If shooting the 9mm in a defensive situation though, after shooting the first 5 shots in that loaded moon clip, I would then have to reload. How would I carry that reload. Moon clips seem to be somewhat flimsy and bend easily. A bent moon clip would tend to bind up the action of the revolver rendering it to “club” status. Thus, I am staying with my 642 as my back up weapon for now.

    Joe

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  3. The first revolver I ever purchased was a 9mm LCR. I bought it because it gave me a revolver (at the time we appeared to be months away from Obama outlawing semi-autos) that used the same caliber I had already invested in. I REALLY wanted to like it but…
    It weighed the same as a .357 LCR but without the extra power of the .357 magnum round. The moon clips were never a problem for me. They were cheap so I bought quite a few. The gun did have a tendency to shave rounds even after a trip back to Ruger. Later on I discovered it was issue with some (common) ammo and had to do with the rounds being out of spec rather than a problem with the revolver. I had to carry the rounds like I would .38s or .357s in a speedloader which is kind of bulky. With pre-loaded moon clips the reloads were way faster than with loose rounds or speed strips but no faster than with a good speedloader. Bent moon clips are definitely a consideration even not making sure all the rounds were fully seated by running a finger around the cylinder could cause a reliability issue.
    The 9mm LCR is gone. replaced with an LCR in .38 Special. It’s siting in my pocket right now as a matter of fact.
    God Bless

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  4. In the U.S. you might do better with 38 Special. Similar performance to 9mm. I carry a S&W 642 with a Crimson Trace laser built into the grips. Great little gun, and with the laser easy to shoot accurately in any light.

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    1. I love shooting my 442 but carry a Ruger LCR most everyday. The smoother, lighter trigger and better sights on the Ruger keep it on me despite my preference for the Smith. Because the LCR front sight is pinned I can change them easily and relatively cheaply. Currently I have a Trijicon night sight installed. I am thinking about buying a CT laser grip for either the 442 or the LCR but haven’t taken the plunge yet.
      Is it a red or green laser? How visible is it in bright sun?
      God Bless

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