View Full Version : What is your favorite vintage revolver and why?

08-12-2012, 8:50 PM
What is your favorite vintage revolver, caliber, barrel length, etc and why? You know a firearm that has a soul none of this striker fired ploymer souless, everyone is exactly the same type of gun. For me personally it is a toss up between my Colt Officers Model in 22 caliber with 6" barrel and my Smith & Wesson 5 screw Model 28 with 6" barrel. Both are capable of 1" groups at 25 yards. The actions are smooth as glass with 2 lb trigger pulls. When I shoot game animals, I never miss. They are like old friends in my hand. Just an extension of my hand. So what are your favorites?

Dark Mod
08-12-2012, 8:56 PM
any Blue smith with WOOD grips in .357 Mag. Bonus for 4" Barrell

08-12-2012, 8:57 PM
How vintage is vintage? For revolvers, I love the single action cowboy guns a ton. The one & only revolver I own is this bad boy & I love it:


That thing has soul :)

08-12-2012, 8:59 PM
Four inch S&W model 66. Hard to beat a K-frame.

08-12-2012, 11:17 PM
i am a fan of the pre lock S&W and Colt revolvers.

IVth Horseman
08-12-2012, 11:40 PM
Call me boring, but I can't get enough of the Colt police positive in 38 special 4" barrel.

08-12-2012, 11:50 PM
Early S&W Model 29/pre-29's with 6.5" barrels .44 Magnum
Early S&W Model 27/pre-27's with 5" barrels .357 Magnum
S&W Model 25-2 with 6.5" barrels .45acp
Early S&W Model 17/pre-17's with 6" barrels .22LR
Colt Pythons with 4" barrels (blued) .357 Magnum
Colt Detective Specials (later models with shrouded ejector rod) .38 Special

08-12-2012, 11:58 PM
1905 S&W revolver - 38 spl, 4" barrel. Verified it's from roughly 1926 and was owned by an NYPD officer. Didn't cost a lot, but is very cool (to me).

I also enjoy shooting Beretta Stampede 45LC, 5.5" barrel, but it's not 'vintage'.


08-13-2012, 12:22 AM
Colt Cobra, first handgun. And I carried it as a backseater (EWO) when I was Air Crew out of Thailand.

08-13-2012, 3:07 AM
How old is considered vintage?

08-13-2012, 3:10 AM
6" Colt nickel python

08-13-2012, 6:02 AM

08-13-2012, 6:14 AM
Remington New Army conversion

08-13-2012, 6:49 AM
I've allways liked the 1860 Army Colt.

08-13-2012, 6:59 AM
I love the Ruger 3 screw model Blackhawks in .357, S&W 586 from early 1980 and a S&W model 66 in 2.5 inch from the 1980's.

08-13-2012, 8:18 AM
My two favorite are my k22 with a three digit serial number. It is just so much fun at the range. Still shoots lights out and has a great double/single action trigger. I have other 17's but none of them give me the same feel.
The other has to be my registered magnum. It is the greatest revolver ever made after all. The craftsmanship far superior to any othe smith I own. The trigger is special. It is great feeling shooting something so special at the range. No one has ever noticed it while I am shooting or when the gun is checked for clear by the range staff.

08-13-2012, 8:21 AM
Colt SAA, feels so natural in the hand.

08-13-2012, 8:26 AM
Lousy picture I know, but this is mine and an overall favorite of anything else I own.

Beautiful craftsmanship and shoots where you put it. 1957 S&W .357 pre "model" numbers.


08-13-2012, 9:41 AM
Blue Smith & Wesson Model 19 .357 Magnum 4 inch barrel.

08-13-2012, 9:47 AM
I've always thought the Smith and Wesson Model 3 Russian was pretty cool.

http://www.neaca.com/images/Smith%20and%20Wesson%20engraved%20Schofield%20Mc%2 0Nelley%201%20.JPG

08-13-2012, 3:23 PM
+1 for the S&W 66 4 inch. By far my favorite revolver.

08-13-2012, 3:43 PM
Remington New Army conversion

Your dog is awesome!!

08-13-2012, 5:40 PM
Colt Detective Special

Don't know why buy it calls to me as if it were my soul mate.... Hope i can get one someday :(

08-13-2012, 5:45 PM
I always had a soft spot for old colt revolvers. Colt Walker is one of them.

08-13-2012, 10:37 PM
The S&W Model 19 that I purchased from my department when they transitioned to those "soulless" polymer pistols. It's ridden in other deputies' holsters for years before I got hold of it. If I had to sell guns, it would be almost the last to go (the last would be the Ruger Mk 1 that was my first handgun).

08-13-2012, 10:46 PM
Do you mean ones we actually own or ones we'd give our left nut for? ;)

The Registered Magnum is the grail for just about any S&W nut. Barring a lotto win it's unlikely I'll ever own one. :(

I guess my '52 vintage .45ACP Model of 1950 Target is my favorite by default. It'll do.;)


No one has ever noticed it while I am shooting or when the gun is checked for clear by the range staff.

That beauty wouldn't get by me, my friend! ;)

08-13-2012, 10:57 PM
Your dog is awesome!!

Thanks, he is a beast. He dominates our 120 pound Rott/German shepherd mix.

08-13-2012, 11:01 PM
this is my fav and only vintage wheel gun its a model 1901 forehand hopkins and allens .32 s^W revolver made between 1901 -1910 and why its so special to me is because my grandpa who died when I was 5 left it to me ill never sell it RIP Grandpa Walt I miss you

08-14-2012, 9:10 AM
this is my fav and only vintage wheel gun its a model 1901 forehand hopkins and allens .32 s^W revolver made between 1901 -1910 and why its so special to me is because my grandpa who died when I was 5 left it to me ill never sell it RIP Grandpa Walt I miss you

^^ looks a lot like the pocket revolver my granddad owned. Unfortunately my aunt has it now. I keep telling her that when she is done with it, I want it if her daughters don't. Time will tell if it'll ever be mine.

08-14-2012, 9:23 AM
4" Colt Python
4 3/4" Colt Single Action Army

08-14-2012, 5:40 PM
My Colt New Service 455 that I was given about 40 years or so ago. DOB 1913, very little usage before I got it. Only downside is the cost of the ammunition. The one I shoot the most is my S&W Model 28 and it"s smooooth and accurate

08-14-2012, 6:37 PM
Mine was a S&W Model 28-2 ( Highway Patrolman) that I bought in the late 60's.

Sadly in the late 70's it was stolen and never recovered.

08-14-2012, 6:46 PM
well the oldest i got is a .357 Blue blackhawk... old model... 3 screws.. pretty cool ..

08-14-2012, 7:10 PM
Smith or Colt 1917.


Colt Three Five Seven.


08-14-2012, 10:31 PM
Vintage, eh? My two would be my old orig Ruger Flattops---one in 44 mag, the other in 357 mag. Both have barrels 0f 4 3/4" (the 44 was shortned to this length before I got it). The 44 is one of the very last ones made and is in a good 97% condition but has been carried in an old Ruger flap holster. The 357 is in 99+% condition and has an older set of stag grips (not factory). I shoot it a little but don't put in a holster because it is so pretty. Actually, I shoot the 44 quite a lot with what I call my 44 Special +P reloads---7.5 grains Unique under a 240 grain LSWC---about 960 FPS. So not a mag load, but still a lot of steam---accurate too! I would pay good money for a Colt Officers Model Match in 22lr (later versions)---does not have to be mint, but must be nice.

08-14-2012, 11:06 PM
1878 SAA blue
1881 SAA nickel
1970's M27 5 inch 357 S&W
1970's Monson 22 revolver pack

08-14-2012, 11:13 PM
Colt Paterson

08-15-2012, 12:50 PM
Without a doubt, my (made in 1951, and thus C&R) S&W K-22 Masterpiece with 6-inch barrel and Nill grips:


08-16-2012, 1:30 AM
Ruger Super Blackhawk .44 Magnum

Dragoon style trigger guard, single action, 7 1/2" barrel.



08-16-2012, 3:11 AM
how about a 1982 stainless Security six, .357 mag, six inch barrel..............................Would that be "vintage" enough???:confused:

08-16-2012, 8:08 AM
My '82 S&W 629