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Rickram
07-09-2008, 1:41 PM
Your thoughts...

ivanimal
07-09-2008, 1:46 PM
Not at my house.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/ivanimal/smallguns034.jpg

There are a few here and 4 more in the safe.:cool:

Saigon1965
07-09-2008, 1:48 PM
Damm, Ivan.

And, heck no. Snubnose are cool.

MotoGuy
07-09-2008, 1:48 PM
Not at my house.


Yeah, but they are out numbered.

ivanimal
07-09-2008, 1:50 PM
Yeah, but they are out numbered.

Or hidden all over the house because they are so damned reliable..........;)

Rickram
07-09-2008, 1:53 PM
Great picture!

Equalizer2
07-09-2008, 2:06 PM
Not at my house.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/ivanimal/smallguns034.jpg

There are a few here and 4 more in the safe.:cool:

Ivan, would you marry me, or adopt me, please? :p

dfletcher
07-09-2008, 2:07 PM
What - no Detonics?

Off the top of my head I have an early model Cobra, a 640, a 49, a 3" 37 and a 1917 with tastefully done a 2.5" bbl & rounded butt.

I'm sure there's more, but I think the snub nosed revolvers are alive & well.

BigKevLA
07-09-2008, 2:16 PM
Snubs are perfect for biz protection guns. I carry my snubby everyday.

ivanimal
07-09-2008, 2:16 PM
Ivan, would you marry me, or adopt me, please? :p

What does your collection look like anything is possible.:p:D:43:

oddjob
07-09-2008, 2:23 PM
Not at my place.....I think I have five.........The 640 is my backup gun & off duty gun. One other is a house gun for my wife........The others sit in the safe. I'll take/buy a decent snubnose anytime.

jazman
07-09-2008, 2:53 PM
Alive and well! They really are the perfect gun for self protection, and I think a case could be made they are a bit more of a defensive gun than a high cap auto loader. Sights are a non factor, but if you shoot anyone who is very far away from you you had better have a good reason why.

dasmi
07-09-2008, 2:55 PM
Snubs are just plain classy.

bug_eyedmonster
07-09-2008, 2:57 PM
I've always had a soft spot for snub nose revolvers, but could never shoot them accurately. I guess it's all a matter of preference, I was trying to shoot them at 25 yards with a .357 mag. I'm still shopping for them though, can never have enough of any kind of gun...

Jerry

Slayer
07-09-2008, 2:57 PM
If I ever get a CCW permit, I'll carry a 2" .357. Talk about WIN

RedDawn
07-09-2008, 2:59 PM
I've always had a soft spot for snub nose revolvers, but could never shoot them accurately. I guess it's all a matter of preference, I was trying to shoot them at 25 yards with a .357 mag. I'm still shopping for them though, can never have enough of any kind of gun...

Jerry

I'm the same way.
I'm lousy with a snub. I sold my .357 mag.
Maybe I should give it another try though.

ldivinag
07-09-2008, 3:03 PM
would a 2.75" barrel on a .500S&W be a snubnose????? ;)

Moonclip
07-09-2008, 3:10 PM
Not at my house.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/ivanimal/smallguns034.jpg

There are a few here and 4 more in the safe.:cool:

Aw thats only like 7-8 of them! If anything the snub revolver is probably the most popular and best selling type of revolver out there these days. I have off the top of my head these, I usually think of a snub revolver as a sub 3" barreled .38 or .357 but anyhow here we go...

2x .22mag NAA mini revolvers
1x .22lr NAA mini revolver
3" Charter Arms Pathfinder .22lr
2 5/8" High Standard Sentinel .22lr
3" High Standard Sentinel .22mag MKIV
2x Taurus mod 85 2" .38spl's
2" S&W mod 10-5
2 3/4" Ruger Security Six .357mag ss
2 3/4" Ruger Speed Six 9x19
S&W mod 940 2" 9x19
2 1/16" Ruger SP101 .357mag
S&W mod 442 2"
H&R model 922 2 1/2" .22lr

grammaton76
07-09-2008, 3:15 PM
Heh, on my 30th bday I got to shoot a 500S&W snub-nose.

The target was one of those 1970s-looking villain pictures sticking halfway out from a wall. I put most of the shots into the guy's body, then made a point of shooting the last one into about where his heart woulda been, behind the wall.

One of the guys at my party observed that I was scoring all lethal hits, until the last shot.

I pointed out that 500S&W turns cover into concealment, and yep that last one was a kill too. ;)

Miltiades
07-09-2008, 3:17 PM
A dying breed? I suppose that revolvers in general have been losing market share to semiautos for a long time - maybe 50 years or more. The police used to all carry revolvers, and now they all carry semiautos. The same goes for many civilians. And the decline of revolvers probably includes a decline in snubbies, as a percent of total handgun sales.

On the other hand, there are many devoted revolver fans out there, and companies like S&W, Ruger and Taurus still sell a lot of new revolvers every year. Most of the older revolvers from Colt and S&W have become definite collectors' items.

I personally have four snubby revolvers and some longer barrel versions as well. I will probably buy more in the future. So snubbies are not a dying breed with me.

liketoshoot
07-09-2008, 3:21 PM
I'll chime in and admit to having 3 snubs myself, great "anyplace" gun and reliable too.

BlackDrop50
07-09-2008, 3:35 PM
I'll never sell mine. My girlfriend probably won't let me anyways, she kinda took it over. Girls seem to love snubnoses.

bohoki
07-09-2008, 3:42 PM
wow that pic looks like the standard pic they use for gun buy backs

neat raven by the way

dfletcher
07-09-2008, 4:30 PM
Please let me know if that Colt Lawman is ever left behind at the SJGE. :drool5:

tonelar
07-09-2008, 4:35 PM
Snubbies suck... sell 'em all to me.
http://img56.imageshack.us/img56/871/txhldmrz7.jpg
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i202/tonelar/guns/29_3.jpg

rkt88edmo
07-09-2008, 4:45 PM
Haha - I have a hammerless snubby and Ivan doesn't have one (in the picture)

As long as men own firearms for self defense there will always be a place for the snubby revo.

GuyW
07-09-2008, 5:11 PM
(Assuming you have a CCW etc)

Snubbies with covered hammers etc are great for being held in your hand in your jacket pocket - a semiauto will never take its place here...

Stanze
07-09-2008, 5:17 PM
Heck no! Snubbies loaded with Mag-Safes are perfect for non-permit CCW. No spent shell casings with your fingerprints littering the scene, none of that pesky ballistic evidence.

Just sayin'.:whistling:

postal
07-09-2008, 5:36 PM
I think a big issue is the price.

If I can buy a quality semi auto for less than a decent revolver, for many people the semi becomes the logical choice.

I would very much like to see decent quality inexpensive revolvers on the market.

HowardW56
07-09-2008, 6:18 PM
Your thoughts...

Maybe, but I'll keep tbuying the old ones.... Blued J frames are great...

drclark
07-09-2008, 6:24 PM
I suspect we might see a resurgence in popularity of the revolver if the microstamping law ever gets implemented.

drc

tonelar
07-09-2008, 7:04 PM
I'll never sell mine. My girlfriend probably won't let me anyways, she kinda took it over. Girls seem to love snubnoses.

My stainless .38 resided with a girl I know...
http://img61.imageshack.us/img61/5503/38swsnubaf4.jpg
This is cropped from a self portrait she took.

kurac
07-09-2008, 7:14 PM
would this be considered a snub nose or does it have to be less than two inches?

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b197/KuracBoban/27-2outside002.jpg

LAK Supply
07-09-2008, 7:19 PM
Snubbies have their place. I own a S&W Airweight 442 for CCW (although I don't carry it much since my wife confiscated it for her purse) and for shot shells while hiking in snake country.

Five rounds of 38+P will put away any threats as long as the shooter is reasonably doing their part. It's also nice to carry snake shot in a second gun that I know will cycle with it, and keep my primary sidearm (G20) free of BB's for the big stuff.

Jeff P
07-09-2008, 7:29 PM
How cool is a Snubby, .44 mag., do you really need a speed loader? It's just a small hand cannon.

SnWnMe
07-09-2008, 7:31 PM
I don't even know how the question can be asked given that Smith and Wesson alone offers 30 or so snubnose models.

kalibear
07-09-2008, 7:39 PM
Snubbies are sexy

I like Smith L frame snubs myself

tonelar
07-09-2008, 7:42 PM
would this be considered a snub nose or does it have to be less than two inches?

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b197/KuracBoban/th_27-2outside002.jpg



I've always thought of SNUBBIES as under standard length. Since 4 3/4" is one of the standard lengths, I guess you might consider 4" or 3 1/2" a snub nose.

However, I think 3" and under is probably more like it. If you considered a 3 1/2" a snub. How about this old break top. It has a 3 1/4" barrel.

http://img92.imageshack.us/img92/7030/oldnnewtp3.jpg

Would this be considered a snubbie? I don't think so...

Andruski
07-09-2008, 8:05 PM
Maybe they are not as popular as they once were, but I think they have their place for the reasons already mentioned. I have a stainless Ruger Security Six in .357. It was my first handgun. I bought it used just over 20 years ago. It is a pleasure to shoot. Not one malfunction ever. For a 2 3/4 inch barrel, I'm amazed how accurate it is.

Mr. Beretta
07-09-2008, 9:05 PM
Your thoughts...


Never!

Class never goes out of style!

X-NewYawker
07-09-2008, 9:25 PM
in LA city they are -- because they're illegal!

ricknadine1111
07-09-2008, 9:37 PM
The subnosed police special from the 50,60's is the classest pistol around.

bruceflinch
07-09-2008, 9:44 PM
25% of my revolvers are snubbies...:)

Moonclip
07-09-2008, 11:28 PM
I forgot to add I have a .44spl Charter Arms Bulldog 3" as well. I need to dig in my safes and see if I have any more snubs.

ZOMBIEHUNTER
07-10-2008, 4:42 PM
not at my house i got my bulldog 44 close by

atavuss
07-10-2008, 6:24 PM
my snubby in .454 Casull:
http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-9/400648/229L.jpg

pTa
07-10-2008, 7:24 PM
nothing wrong with likking short barrel revolvers, boyz
But I like standard to longer barrels cause they kick less

ch47gunner
07-10-2008, 8:06 PM
Snubbies are not dead.

Have 3 so far -
S&W Model 60 no dash w/ 2" barrel.
S&W Model 624 no dash w/ 3" barrel.
S&W Model 19-6 w/ 2 1/2" barrel (in California waiting jail).

Until I purchased my first Snub (M60), I actually thought there was no sporting purpose for a snubnose gun.

Bruce

Riodog
07-10-2008, 8:54 PM
my snubby in .454 Casull:
http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-9/400648/229L.jpg

SIR, you are either 1 sick puppy or 7'8". Hope you're not a "bad guy".
Rio
Got it, bet you like whips and chains too!:D:D