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This is a discussion on 9mm revolvers within the Wheelguns forums, part of the Armory category; I'm a bit surprised that the 9mm revolver is pretty much a non-entity. With the price of 9mm factory rounds being less than most centerfire ...


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Old October 12th, 2008, 11:17 AM   #1
 
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I'm a bit surprised that the 9mm revolver is pretty much a non-entity. With the price of 9mm factory rounds being less than most centerfire handgun rounds, I would think the 9mm revolver would fall back into favor. I've seen some used ones, but folks want a king's ransom for them.



What do you think may be the issue?
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The majority of them are considered collector's guns rather than shooters. S&W made two that I can think of - the M547 and the M940. The 547s were developed for the French Gendarmerie (I believe), and the 940s were designed as backup guns for police armed with 9x19 autos. Neither sold well, so they were dropped. Ruger made runs of their Security Six and Speed Six revolvers in 9x19; they didn't sell well either.



If there were a market for them, they'd be all over the place.
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I recently acquired a 547 with 3" barrel in almost new condition. I paid $450 for it...at a flea market of all places!!!!! It has a unique ejector system that does not require moon clips. I don't know whether to shoot it or put it up...any suggestions????
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Old November 5th, 2008, 05:37 PM   #5
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http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=115333044



Just for fun I looked up 9mm revolvers on gunbroker.



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Old November 6th, 2008, 08:07 AM   #6
 
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Originally Posted by tatters' post='168040' date='Oct 12 2008, 01:17 PM
I'm a bit surprised that the 9mm revolver is pretty much a non-entity. With the price of 9mm factory rounds being less than most centerfire handgun rounds, I would think the 9mm revolver would fall back into favor. I've seen some used ones, but folks want a king's ransom for them.



What do you think may be the issue?


I have a s&w j frame, hammerless, 5 shot in 9mm. I think its a 640. No real difference between it and my 642, but for those da**ed moon clips. Hate them. As a result, it hardly ever gets fired.
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I have a s&w j frame, hammerless, 5 shot in 9mm. I think its a 640. No real difference between it and my 642, but for those da**ed moon clips. Hate them. As a result, it hardly ever gets fired.
FWIW, it's a 940.
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Old November 7th, 2008, 06:59 AM   #8
 
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I'm a bit surprised that the 9mm revolver is pretty much a non-entity. With the price of 9mm factory rounds being less than most centerfire handgun rounds, I would think the 9mm revolver would fall back into favor. I've seen some used ones, but folks want a king's ransom for them.



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The reason why 9mm revolvers aren't popular is that you would have to use moon clips or have some kind of fancy mechanism to deal with the "rimless" design of the cartridge. Even with moonclips, it is a fairly tapered cartridge, which might also cause issues with a revolver (not sure on the second part).
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Old November 7th, 2008, 10:59 AM   #9
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Ruger would argue that their New Model Blackhawk Convertible would fit the bill quite nicely. I wouldn't mind owning one myself. Hmmm... 357 Magnum for hunting and carry and 9mm for cheaper practice.
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Old November 12th, 2008, 06:52 PM   #10
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I shot a S&W j frame in 9mm. At least for me, too much recoil to shoot it very much. OK for self defense.
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Old November 30th, 2008, 06:00 AM   #11
 
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What do you think may be the issue?
With the Ruger sp101 9mm and other models without a special ejector, moonclips were the issue -pretty much everybody hated them.

Some Smith & Wesson have a fancy ejector and do not require moon clips as mentioned before -and go for a fortune as you found out.



Also when using +P ammo the shells can expand and get stuck in the cylinder regardless. You'll have to take them out with something like a chopstick which means a quick reload might be out of question, and that can be problematic in a self defense scenario.
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Taurus makes the Model 905 in 9mm, it's a pretty good looking little revolver.
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Old December 10th, 2008, 07:19 PM   #13
 
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Interesting range report on S&W 547 9mm revolver with photos. It details the rimless extractor.
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Old December 28th, 2008, 02:03 PM   #14
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I had a Smith 940 years back, never did shoot very well, traded it off for a 640 in 38 +P.
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Old December 28th, 2008, 06:08 PM   #15
 
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I'm a bit surprised that the 9mm revolver is pretty much a non-entity. With the price of 9mm factory rounds being less than most centerfire handgun rounds, I would think the 9mm revolver would fall back into favor. I've seen some used ones, but folks want a king's ransom for them.



What do you think may be the issue?


I read in a gun mag that Charter Arms is going to be making a 9mm revolver. Released at the shot show. So we might have a chance to own a 9mm revelover at a fair price.
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