I am looking for a revolver for occasional concealed carry mainly when backpacking, hiking, camping, staying at the family cabin, etc. It would also be used for plinking at the range and afield.
38+P (357 OK but not required. I would rather save the money if a similar revolver rated for 38+P was $100 or more less)
Blade Rear Sight - Absolute must - preferably adjustable. I cannot stand frame groove rear sights
Ramp Front Sight
J or possibly K Frame Size, preferably with a 3 inch barrel
Stainless Steel frame is nice but not required
I handled a brand new Smith and Wesson Model 60 with 3" barrel and adjustable rear sights and it really seems like it will fit my needs (and my hands), but close examination revealed the following potential issues:
Cylinder slop at full lock: Very tight at two consecutive positions, a small but noticable amount of slop at each position outside those two, and a slightly larger amount of slop at the fifth position. Is this a concern? Is there an acceptable amount of cylinder slop at full lock?
Ejector Rod: If I didn't make a concerted effort to push STRAIGHT in on the rod, there was a little bit of binding. I only really noticed this because it is not the norm for the other S&W revolvers I have fired (M66, M19, M14). Is this something that is common as a result of a leftover burr from machining? Will it disappear over time? Should I look for a different pistol in the same model?
Does anyone have any other suggestions for handgun models to look at? I want a quality handgun, would consider used in good mechanical condition, and don't want to spend over $500.
A modest amount of "cylinder slop" is not unusual on Smiths. I've never been concerned about. How much is to much is kind of subjective.
The binding on the rod could be due to dirt, or being slightly loose, or some rough machining. Chances are a good clean and lube would solve the problem.
Skip the gun if it has these problems. You can find another Smith that is perfect for the same $$.
Go to S&W Forums and put a Want to Buy ad on the Classifieds.
You'll find the perfect gun for you.