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Posted: 3/17/2006 7:58:46 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/18/2006 12:23:24 PM EDT by PeteCO]
Gonna get up early tomorrow and grab a new sixgun. What should I get?

I like the stainless Ruger GP100 with the 3" barrel. Nothing longer than 4 inches though, since I will occasionally carry this gun.

Any suggestions? I like the look of some of the new S&W offerings, especially the exotic metals.

Can you even buy a new Colt revolver? If not, how much do used ones typically go for? I saw one years ago, and as I recall I was quite impressed with the craftsmanship.
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 8:03:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By PeteCO:
Gonna get up early tomorrow and grab a sixgun. What should I get?

I like the stainless Ruger GP100 with the 3" barrel. Nothing longer than 4 inches though, since I will occasionally carry this gun.



Smith & Wesson 686 or 66
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 8:03:39 PM EDT
S&W, nuff said.
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 8:10:26 PM EDT
Ruger makes a good wheel gun. At least you won't need high cap mags for it.
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 8:12:31 PM EDT
What about the taurus tracker .357's?
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 8:14:00 PM EDT
I like the S&W 520 but im not thrilled with the newer internal lock internal firing pin smiths

Link Posted: 3/17/2006 8:16:00 PM EDT
... Recently appropriated a Ruger SP101 "hammerless". Really like it too.

Link Posted: 3/17/2006 8:19:16 PM EDT
My wife has a GP100 and it's built like a bank vault, which is why she likes it. The S&Ws always struck me as more slick and sophisticated.
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 8:19:38 PM EDT
There was a post yesterday or the day before for barely fired used Euro import S&W 13s. 3" .357s pre-lawsuit classic S&Ws, under $300. If I had any cash to buy a gun, I'd take a hard look at that deal.
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 8:19:39 PM EDT
The bedside hand safe has 2 Ruger GP100s in it (one 3", one 4"). If 12 shots of .357 can't get me to my gun room, there is SERIOUS trouble afoot!

Woody
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 8:20:31 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ar556223:
What about the taurus tracker .357's?


One of my dream guns...Saw one in person in Bass Pro and liked it. I'd reccomend it for you PeteCO.
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 8:25:19 PM EDT
S&W Custom Shop "8" Holds 8 .357 Mag. rounds

Link : )
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 8:25:41 PM EDT
I've had a S&W 686 for many years, in fact it was my first handgun. It's one that I would never even think about getting rid of. Its stock trigger is the best of all of my handguns. If you get one, you will be very happy.
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 8:25:43 PM EDT
Sp101 with a hogue grip it will turn into your primary carry pistol, trust me.

Link Posted: 3/17/2006 8:29:24 PM EDT
I vote for a Smith & Wesson Model 66 2.5", they are sweet!
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 8:30:20 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ar556223:
What about the taurus tracker .357's?



The trigger pull sucks with a capital "s"
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 8:32:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/17/2006 9:17:17 PM EDT by txgp17]
I have a 7 shot S&W 686 and I love it.

ETA - One of the previous Nosler reloading manuals said that Ruger revolvers typically have less space between the cylinder and forcing cone than S&W's. Buy that neither came close to a Freedom Arms wheelgun, but I doubt you'll find one of those on the gun room's shelf, and you wouldn't to spring for it either.
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 8:35:49 PM EDT
GLOCK 32
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 9:00:53 PM EDT
S&W Model 65 is the same as the 66 but with fixed sights. You can pound in fence posts with those guns and it'll still drill tiny holes at combat range. I carried one for most of my LEO career and had absolute confidence in it. I liked it better than the 66 because it was foolproof to the nth degree. The 66 is nice too, just depends on whether you need to tweak the sights for some reason... I can't think of any good reason to tweak sights on a close range combat piece though.
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 9:06:18 PM EDT
Dude, I have a Ruger GP100 4" stainless I'll sell ya for $300.
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 9:07:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By txgp17:
I have a 7 shot S&W 686 and I love it.



Plus one
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 9:10:02 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Matthew_Q:
Dude, I have a Ruger GP100 4" stainless I'll sell ya for $300.



There ya go. Stainless and Ruger, ya can't go wrong.
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 9:12:07 PM EDT
+2 7 shot S&W 686 (the new 8 shot model looks tempting though, might have to trade for it)
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 9:14:21 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GoGop:

Originally Posted By Matthew_Q:
Dude, I have a Ruger GP100 4" stainless I'll sell ya for $300.



There ya go. Stainless and Ruger, ya can't go wrong.



+1
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 9:26:17 PM EDT
Sp101 - Got one from 1992 - Shot one with over 15,000 rnds through it. They will go off when you squeeze........
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 9:26:38 PM EDT
S&W 360, you can just about carry the damn thing in your sock without even knowing it! I love mine and carry it everywhere Great RECOIL too WHEEEW!!
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 10:33:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/17/2006 10:33:59 PM EDT by warlord]

Originally Posted By PeteCO:
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Any suggestions? I like the look of some of the new S&W offerings, especially the exotic metals.

Can you even buy a new Colt revolver? If not, how much do used ones typically go for? I saw one years ago, and as I recall I was quite impressed with the craftsmanship.


Be careful if you're going get the S&W scandium/titanium revolvers. I have a S&W Centennial Al frames and Ti cylinders 2 1/8" 342PD 38spl and a 292 44spl, and when shooting factory ammo the recoil is "very smart." I would try a few cylinder fulls before pluncking down your hard-earned greenbacks.

At one time, you can order a brand new Pythons from the Colt Custom Shop for something like $1,100, way too expensive for the ordinary, mortal soul.
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 10:35:52 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/17/2006 10:43:32 PM EDT by BillofRights]

Originally Posted By PeteCO:


Any suggestions? I like the look of some of the new S&W offerings, especially the exotic metals.





If you are going to carry it, and can afford it, you already answered your question. It will become your primary carry.



eta- The .38+P in the "airweight" is not at all unpleasant. I guess it's a matter of opinion, but I can't see the .357 in the Ti being unmanagable.
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 10:41:28 PM EDT
I just gotta say it. Get a Colt Python. Stainless or blued, even if it's used, if it's got a 4" barrel, get it.
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 10:53:58 PM EDT
Smith and Wesson Model 19 Combat Magnum
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 10:54:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Mike_Mills:
I just gotta say it. Get a Colt Python. Stainless or blued, even if it's used, if it's got a 4" barrel, get it.


I have a brushed 6" SS Python, and it is good. But $1,000+ for a new one, is a bit of a reach.
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 11:13:22 PM EDT
ruger gp100, security six, or sp101

or a taurus 627, but then again its a 7-shot

all have served me very well!
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 11:17:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By PeteCO:
Gonna get up early tomorrow and grab a new sixgun. What should I get?

I like the stainless Ruger GP100 with the 3" barrel. Nothing longer than 4 inches though, since I will occasionally carry this gun.

Any suggestions? I like the look of some of the new S&W offerings, especially the exotic metals.

Can you even buy a new Colt revolver? If not, how much do used ones typically go for? I saw one years ago, and as I recall I was quite impressed with the craftsmanship.




No wheelgun. Glock 31
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 11:37:46 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/17/2006 11:38:00 PM EDT by JL7]
Smith & Wesson 686
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 12:16:36 AM EDT

get a 7 shot S&W 686 or an 8 shot S&W 627
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 12:25:17 AM EDT
I'd go for one that allows you to conceal carry while placing your dick on someone's cheek.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 2:53:36 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/18/2006 2:59:18 AM EDT by mattja]
I went with the 7-shot 686P with 6" barrel.



I also went with the SP101 in 3 1/8" barrel.



It's a nice little gun, but full-power .357 mag loads are like taking a full-power shot from squatdog. I often find my knuckles bleeding after just a couple of boxes.

Link Posted: 3/18/2006 3:52:52 AM EDT
S&W 686 with a 4 inch barrel. I have three now and love these guns. You can find a used one at a good price if you look.

I would not go the exotic metal route with S&W.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 4:41:03 AM EDT
I've got a 686 with 4" and a 686 (7shot) 6".
Stopping by a shop that has used (former LEO) 65s and 66s for $235.I bought the 7 shot there,new for $360 a few years ago!
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 4:43:30 AM EDT
S&W My dad has one. You ever see the movie snatch the gun that doesn't work my dad has that one. But his gun works.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 5:16:24 AM EDT
Smith and Wesson Model 19 with a four inch barrel was standard for the FBI and gun guru Bill Jordan was mighty fond of them. If you can swing it, the newer model K-comp is supposed to be the best thing since sliced bread in a revolver.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 5:29:10 AM EDT
Fuck dat shit bro, you needs a Deagle

Link Posted: 3/18/2006 5:29:12 AM EDT

Originally Posted By walrus:
I'd go for one that allows you to conceal carry while placing your dick on someone's cheek.






He is never going to live that down.



As long as it is S&W you will be OK!
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 5:32:04 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/18/2006 5:37:00 AM EDT by five2one]

This is the .357 I covet the most:

S&W 627 PC




whoops, I just reread your original post and you didn't want anything over 4inches. Sorry, this is five.
I don't know if they make it in 4.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 5:36:33 AM EDT
It is hard to go wrong with any of hte S&Ws. They are are about perfect. I have an older 686 that has a dream of a trigger that can put shot after shot into the same hole at 25 yards (when I'm having a good day).

The Ruger and Taurus guns are well built, but don't shoot as well as the S&W -- mainly because their triggers are not as smooth.

My .02.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 5:49:44 AM EDT
If you don't mind me asking - what good is a .357?

For bummin' around the woods or hunting a .44 or .454 is better.

For self/home defense a 1911 is better.

I've been wondering about the usefulness of a .357 revolver, someone please enlighten me!

Link Posted: 3/18/2006 5:58:27 AM EDT
Just make the short drive to GA and I'll make you a special deal on a Colt Garter (or some snake, not Python) .357 NIB SS 4".
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 6:03:06 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 6:04:06 AM EDT
I'll pile-on here:

S&W 686 or 66.

Nice fit and finish, very smooth triggers. Plenty accurate. Many accessories available.

M66, 2.5" to 4" for carry; M686, 6" for heavy magnum loads.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 6:04:14 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 6:05:59 AM EDT
S&W 686
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