Texas CHL (Concealed Handgun License) has been renamed to Texas LTC (License to Carry)

Semi-Auto vs. Revolver

There are pluses and minuses to both the Semi-Automatic & Revolver


Choose the best for you

Some say that it is easier to learn from a revolver, while others are insist  that a semi-automatic is better.

Many seasoned shooters go back to revolvers after mastering the semi-automatic.

Try them both and then decide!

Here are the Pro’s and Con’s of each one as we see it

DoubleactionCHL recommended the semi-auto, but if a revolver is what you will carry, more power to you

The semi-automatic is our recommended pistol for CHL Concealment Carry, however, the revolver preferred by many. Here are the Pro’s and Con’s of the semi-automatic and revolver:
Semi-Automatic Pro’s:

  • Typically carry more rounds
  • Can be larger calibers (and still concealable)
  • Depending on the chassis, can be thinner than a revolver which equals slightly easier to conceal

Semi-Automatic Con’s:

  • More moving parts than revolvers, which mean slightly more difficult to operate
  • Jams are more frequent, but can be cleared easily (usually) with practice

Revolver Pro’s:

  • Easier to operate than semi-automatics
  • Less moving parts which means less jams or malfunction

Revolver Con’s:

  • Less round capacity
  • Could be a thicker or wider chassis than a single stack semi-automatic
  • Trigger pull weight tends to be higher than semi-automatics

Ultimately, we recommend semi-automatics as the better option for CHL concealment carry. However, revolvers do have their place and continue to the be what several shooters still use and carry. Shoot both, and decide for yourself which you prefer.