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Link Posted: 5/16/2023 9:33:17 AM EDT
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it's propped up underneath with a rock.
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Originally Posted By backbencher:
Originally Posted By MRW: I decided to go with classic Mangas and a BK grip on the PC M13

@backbencher  no concrete

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Hurrah!  Thank you.


it's propped up underneath with a rock.


Or something?  
Link Posted: 5/16/2023 11:08:32 PM EDT
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Who'd you have slabside the barrel?
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Controlled Chaos Arms in Baxter Iowa.
Link Posted: 5/18/2023 12:27:22 AM EDT
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The first Taurus I’ve tried, a 586 Executive Grade .38 Special.
I think I like it. It shoots to the sights with 158 grain specials. Trigger is pretty good, too. A bit long, but still good..
Link Posted: 5/19/2023 8:30:25 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 7/5/2023 2:33:02 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By MRW:
are 3" J-frames just a mini-me of a 4" K-frame?
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Kinda.  The most obvious difference is that you get five shots in rounds like 9mm and .38/.357, six in .32 caliber cartridges and up to eight in some of the .22s.  They also have coil springs instead of flat and there are more lightweight versions of J frames too.
Link Posted: 7/13/2023 8:21:52 PM EDT
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FPNI
Link Posted: 7/13/2023 9:07:45 PM EDT
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3" 13-3 and 65-2
Link Posted: 7/13/2023 9:38:27 PM EDT
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I was excited to discover that Colt D Frame grips fit the new King Cobra. My Diamondback Pachmayr grips are my favorite. So now I need to order a second set to put them back on the Diamondback.

The set that comes with the KC are nice enough but too long for a small revolver like this. They also didn't fit my hand as well as the Pachmayrs do.
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Link Posted: 8/4/2023 1:51:07 PM EDT
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Much jealousy.
Link Posted: 8/4/2023 2:00:13 PM EDT
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Something about the .327, it just seems like a dandy little cartridge for woods walking (with a nod to Jeff Quinn ).
Link Posted: 8/6/2023 2:32:01 PM EDT
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A 3” and a 3.5”



629 and a Pre-27
Link Posted: 9/12/2023 12:42:19 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 9/12/2023 3:55:55 PM EDT
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That's well done.  How hard is it to get the bbl to line up?
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In addition to the 3" Model 13 and 65 I posted above, I just added two more to my collection: a Taurus 82 and a S&W 37. The 37 started life as a 2", but I had a 'smith swap in a 3" barrel.
Link Posted: 9/14/2023 5:51:16 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 9/14/2023 3:18:27 PM EDT
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Nice job!  I try to remember to look for 3" Model 65 barrels but they're scarce and expensive when they do show up.  I've thought about a Model 64 barrel since they seem to show up more commonly but not sure it'd work, in theory it ought to, but then it'd say .38 Special on the side.  I'd also be worried that with my luck I wouldn't be able to get it gapped properly.    The only time I've replaced a revolver barrel was while being watched by a gunsmith friend who had the proper tools, which I obviously don't have.  It was a gun he was rebuilding, I only had one or two K frame guns at the time and didn't want to change them, but I did want to learn.
Link Posted: 9/14/2023 4:14:50 PM EDT
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Are Taurus and Smith bbls threaded the same?
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Link Posted: 9/27/2023 11:08:52 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 10/19/2023 2:56:20 PM EDT
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Ironic this thread is here...  I just picked up a pair of Taurus 856 Ultra Lites with 3in barrels and orange night sights. They came with the short grips too, and no hammer lock! First 3in barreled revolver for me, everything else is 2in, 4in, or 6in.

I have a number of S&W revolvers, they're my favorite. The 66 and 69 are my favorites. The only other revolver I have is a Taurus 605 snubby, I bought it only to test out if I liked the snubby for CCW and it led me to buy a S&W 642PC. Taurus is as close to S&W as a guy can get, it is no secret Taurus used S&W as a template.  

Thanks to a great experience with the 605, I decided to buy another Taurus revolver, this one w a 3in .38 to tinker with, teach others how to shoot, toss around without worry, etc. Thanks to the price I bought two of them. Fresh out of the box they seemed gritty and clunky (typical for any new firearm), but some Break Free CLP in the right spots and they smoothed up very quick. Some actual rounds down range will help too.

Off to the range tonight, I'll report back.  

Great thread. Lots of good info.
Link Posted: 10/19/2023 3:08:27 PM EDT
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Things I didn't know until recently,
1) Rossi is back

2) They make this 3in one

Link Posted: 10/27/2023 4:01:17 PM EDT
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Like the looks of that Rossi and the price is right. Anyone got some hands on experience with it?
Link Posted: 10/28/2023 4:35:17 PM EDT
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Picked up this 19 carry comp today

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Link Posted: 11/20/2023 12:49:58 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 11/20/2023 1:18:30 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By CanvasBack:
Picked up this 19 carry comp today

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That is jealousy inducing.
Link Posted: 11/21/2023 8:49:36 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By 1168RGR:

That is jealousy inducing.
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I'm loving it so far.
Link Posted: 11/21/2023 11:02:19 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By CanvasBack:
Picked up this 19 carry comp today

https://www.ar15.com/media/mediaFiles/91637/20231028_151409_jpg-3007624.JPG
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Got a local FFL to me that has had a used one in the counter for a year now.  Depending on what my bonus is this year I might just see what he'll take for it.  I need it like I need another hole in my head.......  
Link Posted: 11/21/2023 7:40:52 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By MRW:
I want to cut a 4" model 10 S&W to 3". Who could do that and add a front sight dovetail?
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Throne Arms in Trinidad, Colorado. Tell Lewis Chris referred you. Super nice guy and reasonable prices. He did exactly what you want to an M10 I had and it turned out nice. Pics on his webpage too.
Link Posted: 11/23/2023 10:21:21 AM EDT
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Picked-up this one yesterday.


Link Posted: 11/23/2023 10:57:17 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By dump1567:
Picked-up this one yesterday.

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@dump1567

686-4?
Link Posted: 11/23/2023 11:03:14 AM EDT
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686-4?
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60-13.
Link Posted: 11/23/2023 11:45:13 AM EDT
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Very nice!
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I'm loving it so far.
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That is jealousy inducing.


I'm loving it so far.

I was super impressed with the comp

I didn't think it'd help that much

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I've sold this one to acquaintance after getting some cutting at the muzzle he thought he could fix/mitigate.  Only on soft lead, but I shoot a lot of lead rounds

My current carry 3" is much less attractive but I really like it

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Link Posted: 11/25/2023 1:37:30 AM EDT
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My fishing carry gun is a 3" Ruger Super Blackhawk in 44 mag worn cross draw.



Link Posted: 11/29/2023 8:19:37 PM EDT
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Finally found a reasonable price on one of my grail guns. 686+ with a 3” barrel and nonfluted cylinder. Picked it up today, hopefully I’ll get a chance to shoot it tomorrow.  It came with the factory 3-5-7 grips and a set of the Hogue Bantams.  I think I’ll keep the Bantam on it.

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Link Posted: 11/29/2023 8:52:45 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Detn8r-Red2:  Finally found a reasonable price on one of my grail guns. 686+ with a 3” barrel and nonfluted cylinder. Picked it up today, hopefully I’ll get a chance to shoot it tomorrow.  It came with the factory 3-5-7 grips and a set of the Hogue Bantams.  I think I’ll keep the Bantam on it.

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Nice gat, but why did you want the unfluted cylinder?
Link Posted: 11/29/2023 9:05:39 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By backbencher:


Nice gat, but why did you want the unfluted cylinder?
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Aesthetics mostly.  I like the way it looks, and and it's a little less common.
Link Posted: 11/29/2023 9:24:03 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Detn8r-Red2:


Aesthetics mostly.  I like the way it looks, and and it's a little less common.
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Originally Posted By backbencher:


Nice gat, but why did you want the unfluted cylinder?


Aesthetics mostly.  I like the way it looks, and and it's a little less common.


I think it looks great
Link Posted: 11/29/2023 9:25:28 PM EDT
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(not mine)

In case guys didn't know, they make a 3in python, IIRC they were vaporware back in the day.
Sure it's heavy, but I bet it shoots pretty well for a 3in gun
Link Posted: 11/29/2023 10:05:44 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Detn8r-Red2:


Aesthetics mostly.  I like the way it looks, and and it's a little less common.
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Originally Posted By backbencher:


Nice gat, but why did you want the unfluted cylinder?


Aesthetics mostly.  I like the way it looks, and and it's a little less common.


I would love a pre-lock, 3", round butt, 6-shot, 686 with an unfluted cylinder.
Link Posted: 11/30/2023 12:55:14 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By SiVisPacem:


I would love a pre-lock, 3", round butt, 6-shot, 686 with an unfluted cylinder.
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Originally Posted By Detn8r-Red2:
Originally Posted By backbencher:


Nice gat, but why did you want the unfluted cylinder?


Aesthetics mostly.  I like the way it looks, and and it's a little less common.


I would love a pre-lock, 3", round butt, 6-shot, 686 with an unfluted cylinder.


Did they make pre-locks without unfluted cylinders?  Or would you have to build your own?
Link Posted: 11/30/2023 1:32:03 AM EDT
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Why the love for the unfluted cylinder?  You're adding rotating mass to the DA trigger pull w/o adding strength to the cylinder, for higher cost while reducing machining time for the manufacturer.  Better to pistol whip someone w/?
Link Posted: 11/30/2023 1:39:03 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Detn8r-Red2:


Did they make pre-locks without unfluted cylinders?  Or would you have to build your own?
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Originally Posted By backbencher:


Nice gat, but why did you want the unfluted cylinder?


Aesthetics mostly.  I like the way it looks, and and it's a little less common.


I would love a pre-lock, 3", round butt, 6-shot, 686 with an unfluted cylinder.


Did they make pre-locks without unfluted cylinders?  Or would you have to build your own?


I'm fairly sure it would have to be custom built.

For starters, you'd have to find a pre-lock round butt frame, which means a -4 or -5 (not all -4 were round butt, but some were). Then, you'd have to get the unfluted 6-shot cylinder, which Midway actually sells. Then, you would have to find a 3" barrel somewhere and have a gunsmith swap the cylinder and barrel. The gun would cost at least $1200, the cylinder would be $150-200, and no telling what the barrel and 'smith work would cost. All in, it'd likely be at least $2k gun by the time you're done.
Link Posted: 11/30/2023 1:40:44 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By backbencher:
Why the love for the unfluted cylinder?  You're adding rotating mass to the DA trigger pull w/o adding strength to the cylinder, for higher cost while reducing machining time for the manufacturer.  Better to pistol whip someone w/?
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Because it looks unique and that's a good enough reason sometimes. Why do people spend the money to have a pistol engraved? It doesn't do anything to enhance the gun's performance.
Link Posted: 11/30/2023 2:10:29 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By SiVisPacem:


I'm fairly sure it would have to be custom built.

For starters, you'd have to find a pre-lock round butt frame, which means a -4 or -5 (not all -4 were round butt, but some were). Then, you'd have to get the unfluted 6-shot cylinder, which Midway actually sells. Then, you would have to find a 3" barrel somewhere and have a gunsmith swap the cylinder and barrel. The gun would cost at least $1200, the cylinder would be $150-200, and no telling what the barrel and 'smith work would cost. All in, it'd likely be at least $2k gun by the time you're done.
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Originally Posted By SiVisPacem:
Originally Posted By Detn8r-Red2:
Originally Posted By backbencher:


Nice gat, but why did you want the unfluted cylinder?


Aesthetics mostly.  I like the way it looks, and and it's a little less common.


I would love a pre-lock, 3", round butt, 6-shot, 686 with an unfluted cylinder.


Did they make pre-locks without unfluted cylinders?  Or would you have to build your own?


I'm fairly sure it would have to be custom built.

For starters, you'd have to find a pre-lock round butt frame, which means a -4 or -5 (not all -4 were round butt, but some were). Then, you'd have to get the unfluted 6-shot cylinder, which Midway actually sells. Then, you would have to find a 3" barrel somewhere and have a gunsmith swap the cylinder and barrel. The gun would cost at least $1200, the cylinder would be $150-200, and no telling what the barrel and 'smith work would cost. All in, it'd likely be at least $2k gun by the time you're done.



Good luck finding a 3" L frame barrel, they're even more scarce than K frame 3" barrels.  I wanted to rebarrel my 2.5" to a 3" to get the longer ejector but never found one for anything approaching a reasonable price- like I could buy another gun for what it was going to cost for the barrel then to have a gunsmith install it.  

The Model 65 Lady Smith is still one of the top guns I most regret not buying when they were available.  I hated the script on the side but it had a different profile than the other 3" K frames that I really like, and a 3" K frame is about the ideal carry revolver.
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