Revolver topic, but a little off the current trac:

Are the Longwitz S.L. Variant speedloaders still being made? If so, anyone have a source? Bobby Mac's has been out of stock for over a year, and still say "awaiting shipment". The company website appears to be dead. I have one for the j frame but would like several more. I'm unwilling to pay the e gay prices. If they are no more, I may sell my one and just use jetloaders. I've seen  prices on the S.L.s at 100 bucks.

Location: North Carolina

CWM11B posted:

Revolver topic, but a little off the current trac:

Are the Longwitz S.L. Variant speedloaders still being made? If so, anyone have a source? Bobby Mac's has been out of stock for over a year, and still say "awaiting shipment". The company website appears to be dead. I have one for the j frame but would like several more. I'm unwilling to pay the e gay prices. If they are no more, I may sell my one and just use jetloaders. I've seen  prices on the S.L.s at 100 bucks.

I was following an auction on eBay, and yesterday a pair sold for $260...... 

I do have one, that was a gift from a very kind friend.  I treat it very gently, but to make a point of practicing with it.  I know the odds of running across one and needed to use it are exceedingly slim.  But it pays to know as many systems as one can.

Good little bit of data from tacticalprofessor today.

Revolvers are passé

At least to the general public…

The 2017 BATF production statistics, Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Export Report (AFMER), https://www.atf.gov/file/133476/download have been released. There are some interesting facts about market trends in it. The snub nose .38, which was a long time standard for Personal Protection, has clearly been replaced in popularity by compact .380 ACP autoloaders. This continues a trend that has been building for a decade.

All manufacturers

Total .38 revolver – 177,956

Total .380 autoloader – 848,425

Americans blithely continued to disregard the cognoscenti who say .380s will get them ‘kilt in da streetz.’ The last year in which .38/.357 revolver production was close to .380 production was 2008.

In fact, .380 production exceeds the combined total of both .22 revolvers and .22 autoloaders. That surprised me. The .380 is the second most popular caliber in the Nation, after 9mm.

Ruger’s production statistics are interesting. It produced 12 times as many .380s as LCRs. In fact, .380 production for 2017, 376,304 units, was 80 percent greater than all their other centerfire autoloaders combined. Over the past ten years, Ruger’s production of the LCP has averaged 227,220 units annually. Production of the LCP as of Year End 2017 has been 2,272,204 pistols, making it one of the most popular pistols in America.

Other notable (>10,000 units) manufacturers of .380s were:

  • Taurus – 60,172 units
  • Glock (US manufacture) – 73,646 units
  • Smith & Wesson – 113,246 units
  • Remington – 15,045 units
  • Sig Sauer – 66,586 units
  • Jimenez Arms – 11,586 units
  • Kimber – 27,608 units
  • Hi Point – 14,805 units
  • Beretta – 20,810 units
  • Browning – 19,472 units
  • Cobra – 11,475 units
  • Walther – 13,604 units

S&W produced over 7 times as many 9/40/45 autoloaders as they did .38s. They produced nearly as many .380 Bodyguards as they did J Frame revolvers. Its 2017 production of 9mm autoloaders alone was 606,732 units, in contrast to 207,384 total revolvers produced.

Aficionados might be experiencing a ‘revolver resurgence,’ but the general public just isn’t interested.

The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first, the love of soft living and the get rich quick theory of life. – Theodore Roosevelt

 

Joined: 19NOV2004   Location: Mission, Kansas

Got my S&W Model 19-4 back from Frank Glenn- he figured out my leading issue was due to lead build-up in the forcing cone and shooting crappy SWCHP ammo through it and gave it a good cleaning. I should have known better but I'm a revolver noob and it's a whole different learning curve. On the plus side, it gave me the opportunity to get a duty action job from him and now I have a beautiful that handles like a dream. 

Thanks for the heads up on Ahrends Grips from this thread, huge improvement over the factory stocks.

PRAISE THE FALLEN

SSG Kevin Roberts KIA 7-May-08         SPC Peter Courcy KIA 10-Feb-09

1Lt Nick Dewhirst KIA 20-July-08          PFC Jason Watson KIA 10-Feb-09

CPL Charles Gaffney KIA 24-Dec-08

 

Joined: 2/21/04          Location: Seattle,  WA

That is one sweet looking blaster. It’s almost sacrilegious to call it a “Blaster”. We need a better term for a gun like this that we all would be proud to own.  Revolver guy or not.  

Mojo/Mark
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Joined: 9/30/09
Location: Northern Nevada (Reno/Sparks)

Beautiful wheel gun. Looks like my first duty gun: a personal Model 19 with goncalo alves wooden combat grips. Wish I still had it.

if you want a man to keep his head when the crisis comes you must give him some training before it comes. - Seneca

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