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CLena88
07-16-2011, 17:31
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?

bac1023
07-16-2011, 17:32
Some sort of 357 mag, possibly a Ruger GP100 or SP101.

Gregg702
07-16-2011, 17:39
Some sort of 357 mag, possibly a Ruger GP100 or SP101.

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.

pennlineman
07-16-2011, 17:44
S&W K frames. Look for a model 19, 66, 10, 13, 64, 65, 15. Good guns to learn on. Lots of different configurations.

Zombie Steve
07-16-2011, 17:46
Another vote for Smith 686 with a 4" barrel.

malleable
07-16-2011, 17:54
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

CLena88
07-16-2011, 17:57
It would probably be a primarily home defense/range gun, if I were to carry, it would be a belt or shoulder holster.

malleable
07-16-2011, 18:00
It would probably be a primarily home defense/range gun, if I were to carry, it would be a belt or shoulder holster.

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.

SuperSleuth
07-16-2011, 18:03
S&W K frames. Look for a model 19, 66, 10, 13, 64, 65, 15. Good guns to learn on. Lots of different configurations.

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.

CLena88
07-16-2011, 18:07
Thanks for all suggestions so far, really liking the looks of both the GP 100 and the 686

Highspeedlane
07-16-2011, 18:10
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.

Fedor
07-16-2011, 18:10
I like the Ruger LCR .357 and the Ruger SP 101 .357

JK-linux
07-16-2011, 18:11
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Bruce M
07-16-2011, 18:12
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.

cowboy1964
07-16-2011, 18:14
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!

2740dmx
07-16-2011, 19:14
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.

SuperSleuth
07-16-2011, 19:48
Thanks for all suggestions so far, really liking the looks of both the GP 100 and the 686

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.

CLena88
07-16-2011, 20:08
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.

RYT 2BER
07-16-2011, 20:11
Another vote for a gp100.... one of these days I WILL buy one :supergrin:

Nestor
07-16-2011, 20:45
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.

CLena88
07-16-2011, 20:47
I'll have to check that one out, see if I can find one in my area I can give a try. Thanks for the input, keep it coming, it's all appreciated.

JackMac
07-16-2011, 20:57
S&W Model 10 heavy barrel

Bren
07-16-2011, 21:01
If you're going to go, go all the way to S&W. I started carrying revolvers back in the 80's, when most people carried revolvers. Back then we made fun of people who carried Rugers, like the one guy on my department who was too cheap to buy a S&W. Now, people seem to have lost touch with revolvers to the point where newer shooters think Rugers are fine. I still don't. I have only owned Smith and Colt revolvers and that's all I intend to own.

gjk5
07-16-2011, 21:18
to dip into wheelguns and see if you like them I suggest Security or Service Six or Smith M: 10/19/64/65/66/15 etc. You can find smoking deals on these all the time.

Bill Keith
07-16-2011, 21:26
S&W Model 10 heavy barrel

JACKMAC, NESTOR & PENNLINEMAN ARE RIGHT:wavey:

tdfirearms
07-16-2011, 21:27
My wife has a S&W 638 and really likes it. It has a concealled hammer (not hammerless), so you can shoot it Single Action or Double Action. It is titanium (very light weight) and in .38 Special +P.

Nestor
07-16-2011, 21:48
My wife has a S&W 638 and really likes it. It has a concealled hammer (not hammerless), so you can shoot it Single Action or Double Action. It is titanium (very light weight) and in .38 Special +P.

With all due respect this is not a good option for the first revolver.
First time owner will need a lot of practice to master the heavy (but butter smooth) trigger.
Having a lot of the range time with very light weight revolver firing even regular .38 round can be painful and discouraging as the shorter barrel is more difficult to master than the standard 4".

Bill Keith
07-16-2011, 21:55
here is a good gun, check this out:

http://www.summitgunbroker.com/S_W_15-3.html

MLittle
07-16-2011, 22:02
I favor the Ruger revolvers and love them for their ruggedness and durability. I have the LCR (38+P), SP101 (357), GP-100 (4in), Vaquero (45 Colt) and shoot them all on a regular basis along with my Glocks. There is definately a trade-off between weight and recoil. I would not consider the GP-100 or Vaquero for carry although I know there are folks that do carry them. They are just too large and heavy. Don't get me wrong, these two revolvers are pure joy to shoot. If I were going to pick one revolver to be my FIRST revolver for the range and for carry, I would choose the SP101 with 2 1/8in. barrel with the enclosed hammer. This was the first revolver I got. The LCR is fine and fun to shoot, but to me it was harder to be accurate due to its light weight and small size. It has quite a lot of recoil. I think the SP101 is the perfect size for concealed carry and it also makes a great range gun. In stainless, it is easy to clean, there are a lot of holster options for you and you can shoot full bore 357 mags for self defense (if you can handle the recoil).

fnfalman
07-16-2011, 23:48
It's damn hard to beat a Smith&Wesson 4" K-frame in .357 Magnum. Model 19 and Model 66 are all over the place. Practice with .38 Special and load up with .357 Magnum. Hell, even practice a bit here and there with the .357 Magnum. It ain't gonna break the gun. However, the K-frame is fairly light and practical for general purpose and smallish enough to carry.

Not everybody has the budget to buy multiple wheelguns for multiple scenarios.

If the K-frame Smith&Wesson isn't your thing, then find a Ruger GP100 in 3" barrel. It's a lot handier than the 4", or at least get the one without the heavy barrel lugs. Full lugs on top and bottom of the barrel are "cool" looking and handy for bullseye shooting, but they really hamper maneuverability.

Here's my 6" M19 compared to the 5" M686P with the heavy lugged barrel

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f308/fnfalman/Guns/M19M1911Loaded013.jpg
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f308/fnfalman/Guns/M19M1911Loaded012.jpg

cowboy1964
07-17-2011, 00:32
If you're going to go, go all the way to S&W. I started carrying revolvers back in the 80's, when most people carried revolvers. Back then we made fun of people who carried Rugers, like the one guy on my department who was too cheap to buy a S&W. Now, people seem to have lost touch with revolvers to the point where newer shooters think Rugers are fine. I still don't. I have only owned Smith and Colt revolvers and that's all I intend to own.

So tell us, as someone who has never owned a Ruger, what is wrong with them? Besides the fact that they are less expensive.

Back then we made fun of people who carried Rugers, like the one guy on my department who was too cheap to buy a S&W.

Kind of how like HK and Sig owners make fun of Glock owners?

Nestor
07-17-2011, 00:48
Nothing wrong with Ruger GP100 FOR SURE.
I think that S&W model 10 is just the better starting gun with much better trigger and lower price tag on it. Hard to ignore the service history as well.

HotRoderX
07-17-2011, 00:54
I vote 686 if your looking for a range gun and something to open carry. I like the Rugers also but the triggers are not as nice but they are built like tank's.

fnfalman
07-17-2011, 03:04
So tell us, as someone who has never owned a Ruger, what is wrong with them? Besides the fact that they are less expensive.

Other than the suck ass trigger? Nothing is wrong with them. Well, there's the niggling quality control of fit and finish here and there. Three of my Ruger wheelguns out of six had to go back to the factory.

They're also cumbersome, ungainly and not aesthetically pleasing unless one favors the industrial look.

However, the design of the revolver itself is ingenious and is a lot better than Colt or SW. It's modular, more solid frame design, trigger group can be removed as a unit, coil spring instead of leaf spring for main spring.

I don't even mind the industrial aesthetics, and I can have the trigger slicked up to the point of acceptability though never to the point of sweetness. However, I am weary of the quality control. Yes, Ruger will fix whatever the problem is, but it doesn't need to be that way.



Kind of how like HK and Sig owners make fun of Glock owners?

More like M1911 and Hi-Power owners making fun of Glock owners. HK and SIG pistols are as good or better than Glock pistols.

blownhemi
07-17-2011, 04:06
I only just bought my first revolver, I went with the Ruger... and love it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2opm8SuKgc

DustyJacket
07-17-2011, 07:08
I used a S&W M10 Heavy BBL on duty in the 1970s. (And plainclothes).

I am now looking for one with a round butt that that I tried out in the mid 80s.

Otherwise look at a 868, or even an M65 which is a stainless M10 type that shoots .357.

BobTorre
07-17-2011, 07:12
sw625 JM. Install the JM spring kit for a smoother trigger pull and you are welcome.

86brick
07-17-2011, 15:47
If you're gonna do it, do it right and get yourself a nice high quality revolver like the S&W 686! I really wanted a Colt Python, but couldn't find one in my price range so here's my first revolver that I purchased a couple years back, S&W 686 SSR~

Jade Falcon
07-17-2011, 17:45
I just shot my new GP100 a couple days ago, and loved it. Built like a tank, which helps tame recoil. You can't go wrong with this gun. I paid $595.10 for mine; I'll take that over a side-lock S&W with a removable side-plate any day of the week (no offense to S&W lovers/owners).

turbodieseli4i6
02-26-2012, 14:34
Full disclosure here, I know nothingaboutrevolvers. I want one because I've always been intrigued bythem, andI'm curious. Would like to look into something that isn'ttiny, butcould be carried if I wanted to. What should I be looking atandwhy?

I have two S.S. GP100's a 6 and a 4.2''. I carry my 4.2'' with a Simply Rugged Sourdough Pancakeholster with inside the wasteband straps.

It hides very well with my shirt un-tucked.

http://www.simplyrugged.com/sourdough-pancake/ (http://www.simplyrugged.com/sourdough-pancake/)

I thought it would be uncomfortable,but its not. I shoot these 357's very accurately,

More so than semi's.

I know this is an old post, but thought I would give these holsters a plug.

They are very comfortable and very tough.

GlockFish
02-26-2012, 14:56
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!

686 Plus - Has a lock. This equals an ugly hole in the side of the gun.

GP100 - No lock.

I vote for no lock.

TN.Frank
02-26-2012, 16:00
Rugers are built like tanks but S&Ws have a nice trigger after you slick it up IMHO. You can get into a LEO turn in M10 or M64 for $269+ FFL Fees at a number of places, just google it. Don't be afraid to get into a Taurus revolver if you can get it for a decent price. While I think they're semi-autos aren't up to snuff I do think they make a pretty decent revolver. 38Spl/357Mag will probably be the most common calibers but 44Spl/44Mag can be fun too. Also, the little 327 Federal Mag is a pretty neat ctg. that'll give you ballistics that are hot on the heals of the 357Mag and it'll also shoot 32 H&R Mag and 32 S&W Long too. Lots of choices, just pick one and enjoy.

hogship
02-26-2012, 16:15
If you're going to go, go all the way to S&W. I started carrying revolvers back in the 80's, when most people carried revolvers. Back then we made fun of people who carried Rugers, like the one guy on my department who was too cheap to buy a S&W. Now, people seem to have lost touch with revolvers to the point where newer shooters think Rugers are fine. I still don't. I have only owned Smith and Colt revolvers and that's all I intend to own.

A little bit harsh here, Bren........:supergrin:

Back in the 70s and 80s, I thought the same thing......only Smith for me. Then I finally got a Blackhawk sometime in the mid 80s.........handling, shooting, and owning a Ruger changed my mind about how good they are. Still, Smith and Colt are more refined, but if we're talking about pure utility.....well, Rugers are fine revolvers.

This one I bought only a couple years ago......Police Service Six, slightly used for $275.......such a deal! It's now in a combination lock box, and pulling "full time" home defense duty protecting me and the family........

ooc

http://pic50.picturetrail.com/VOL431/781008/1425902/392970698.jpg

CBennett
02-26-2012, 16:46
I think I like your thinking lol....Look at a 3"(not too big ,not too small but still able for CC or Home duties) like the GP or SP series.
GP 3" .357
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/70265

SP 3" .357
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/70241

http://www.thegunsource.com/item/7943_Ruger_Hand_Guns_Pistols_SP101_38SPEC_+P_3-1_16_SS.aspx

Jameson4all
02-26-2012, 20:47
I was always neutral regarding revolvers and now its what I have been buying most lately. I love the Smith revolver triggers, unbelievably smooth. Lately I've been wanting a pocket carry revolver, a Smith 442 or 637 or something.

BFN
02-26-2012, 21:46
My vote for the best all-around revolver is the S&W 686 4". Carryable, accurate, smooth trigger DA, light SA, not too expensive. Get the 686+ if you want 7 rounds. Its an easy revolver to shoot full power 357 mag, and 38sp for target are loads of fun.

Gotta have at least one revolver. Trouble is, they are kinda like Lay's potato chips.

Bren
02-27-2012, 05:47
Other than the suck ass trigger? Nothing is wrong with them. Well, there's the niggling quality control of fit and finish here and there. Three of my Ruger wheelguns out of six had to go back to the factory.

They're also cumbersome, ungainly and not aesthetically pleasing unless one favors the industrial look.

However, the design of the revolver itself is ingenious and is a lot better than Colt or SW. It's modular, more solid frame design, trigger group can be removed as a unit, coil spring instead of leaf spring for main spring.

I don't even mind the industrial aesthetics, and I can have the trigger slicked up to the point of acceptability though never to the point of sweetness. However, I am weary of the quality control. Yes, Ruger will fix whatever the problem is, but it doesn't need to be that way.

More like M1911 and Hi-Power owners making fun of Glock owners. HK and SIG pistols are as good or better than Glock pistols.


Not to mention, back when we all carried revolvers to work, everybody made fun of that one non-gun-guy who bought a GP 100 or other Ruger because it was cheap. I once had to go through 2 weeks of instructor training using Ruger products and it only confirmed that they suck - just being bigger and heavier doesn't really make them stronger. I went through 2-3 revolvers and 3-4 rifles during the classs, due to breakage. I like their cylinder release - that's about all.

Bren
02-27-2012, 05:48
My vote for the best all-around revolver is the S&W 686 4". Carryable, accurate, smooth trigger DA, light SA, not too expensive. Get the 686+ if you want 7 rounds. Its an easy revolver to shoot full power 357 mag, and 38sp for target are loads of fun.

Gotta have at least one revolver. Trouble is, they are kinda like Lay's potato chips.

If you only own 1 revolver, that or a J frame are good starts.

L Pete
02-27-2012, 09:04
You fellers keep leaving out my most favorite Smith.......the Model 67. Adjustable sights, 4 inch barrel, and stainless. What's not to love. K frame Smiths are among my most favorite thing.

pmwglock19
02-28-2012, 20:43
My first gun was a 4" 686 plus, 7 shot 357. It is my HD small arm weapon with 7 speer gold dot 357 rounds. I also have 5 speed loaders loaded in case a reload is needed.

I love this gun. If you shoot 357 than go to 38 spcl, it feels like shooting a 22lr.

Berto
02-28-2012, 21:06
S&W K frames. Look for a model 19, 66, 10, 13, 64, 65, 15. Good guns to learn on. Lots of different configurations.


+1

Timeless classic guns, lots of choices, great shooters and solid defense weapons.

GEN3
02-28-2012, 23:09
I'm probably going to pick up a J frame in the next week or so. I want something that is easier to pocket carry than my G27 in the summer. If I was going to get a revolver to carry on my waist I'd go with a SP101 or S&W model 60.

barth
02-29-2012, 18:01
Both S&W and Ruger make a bunch of models to choose from.
I'd go down to the range, rent a few and pick out one you like.

You're not going to lose, whatever you pick.

Good place to start?
S&W 640 and 686
Ruger SP101 and GP100
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