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Thinking about a revolver

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by CLena88, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. CLena88

    CLena88

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    Full disclosure here, I know nothing about revolvers. I want one because I've always been intrigued by them, and I'm curious. Would like to look into something that isn't tiny, but could be carried if I wanted to. What should I be looking at and why?
     
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    Some sort of 357 mag, possibly a Ruger GP100 or SP101.
     

  3. Gregg702

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    These are both great choices, also the 686 is good, but a bit more pricey. The 642 or 638 are both great pocket pistols, but take a bit of practice to master.
     
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    S&W K frames. Look for a model 19, 66, 10, 13, 64, 65, 15. Good guns to learn on. Lots of different configurations.
     
  5. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    Another vote for Smith 686 with a 4" barrel.
     
  6. malleable

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    How would you prefer to carry, pocket or belt holster? For a primarily pocket CCW gun I'd look at the Ruger LCR, If it's primarily for home defense and sometimes carried either a 3" Ruger GP100 OR SP101
     
  7. CLena88

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    It would probably be a primarily home defense/range gun, if I were to carry, it would be a belt or shoulder holster.
     
  8. malleable

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    OK, then I personally would look for the best price on either a Ruger GP100 3" or Ruger SP101 both will work well, have good re-sale and won't break the bank.
     
  9. SuperSleuth

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    Seconded. I would look for a 3" or 4" barrel in stainless steel for easier maintenance (64/65/66). They're large enough to be shot without too much difficulty but small and light enough to be carried concealed with a good holster/belt combination should you decide to go that route. They're good guns for general all-around use.
     
  10. CLena88

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    Thanks for all suggestions so far, really liking the looks of both the GP 100 and the 686
     
  11. Highspeedlane

    Highspeedlane NRA Life Member

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    I'm on board with recommending something in .357

    Even if you don't reload you have the option of fairly mild (.38 Spl target) or upper end, full house .357, in a mid sized frame.
     
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    I like the Ruger LCR .357 and the Ruger SP 101 .357
     
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    A version from Ruger before the GP100, the Security Six can sometimes be found at a decent price. I prefer an early Model 27 or 28 to one of the Smith K frames, but they are getting up there in price and probably not the best choice for concealed use.
     
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    I'm trying to decide between a GP100 and a 686 Plus. I already have a J-frame.

    Realistically I can't see really ever carrying a big revolver unless that were all that was legally available. They are a blast to shoot though. Even loading the cylnder up one round at a time is fun!
     
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    I carry a Ruger SP101 snub, with an IWB holster, either from Crossbreed (qwikclip model) or an AKJ Concealco leather.

    The rounded shape of the revolver works great for me, carrying just behind the hip, and the Badger grips that I installed (wood) make for snag-free carry.

    Mine has 2.5" barrel, but the three inch would be good for at home, on the range, and carry.

    Ruger has tight lockup and easy to field-strip, unlike most any other revolver.
     
  17. SuperSleuth

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    You should check around and see if you can find either a rental range or someone you know who has either or both of those guns to try out and see if one appeals to you more than the other.

    I don't think you can go wrong with either.
     
  18. CLena88

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    Yeah, there's a local range that does rentals, I think I'm gonna go check them both out and save up for whatever one feels best to shoot.
     
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    Another vote for a gp100.... one of these days I WILL buy one :supergrin:
     
  20. Nestor

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    Since it's going to be your first revolver, being You I would stay away from anything expensive. Reason: You may not like it, trigger pull is heavy and it has limited capacity. Reload is a bit slower than with the auto (for a well trained shooter...mind it, but for a newbie it may be a bit more difficult - side note: practice! practice! practice!)
    There is one gun that is in constant production for 110 years or so.
    It's called S&W model 10. You will be very hard pressed to find more tested and popular model in history. It can be acquired for very reasonable amount of money. Buy a used one (but in excellent condition - it's easy to find one) - S&W model 10 with 4" heavy barrel. Fixed sights, wonderful balance and accuracy. If You prefer a stainless version - it's out there as well. It's called model 64 and You are looking for exactly the same configuration. This is truly a fighting handgun, so don't expect to see any wonders on it, except for quality of parts. Good luck.
     
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