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Old 02-01-2013, 12:59 PM
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I have never shot any revolvers before... I am thinking about buying one..
Especially for conceal carry purpose only.. is revolver hard to shoot?

Currently I have 4th Gen Glock 26 for off-duty carry.

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S&W 38 special does look nice
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Location? I'm east co. San Diego (near Ramona) I have a few you could try at my place . . .
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I carry a S&W 38 snubnose with a clipdraw attachment everywhere I go.
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The smaller and more lightweight the revolver is, the more felt recoil you will experience. The bigger and heavier the revolver, the less recoil you will feel.
The airweights in .357 mag are really punishing. .38+P would not be nearly as bad, but still unpleasant.
OTOH, a full size .357 mag. is very pleasant too shoot, not so nice too carry concealed.
For small .38 special or .357, compare the S&W J-Frames to Ruger LCR.
For full size .357 mag, compare Ruger GP100 to S&W 686.
I think these 4 revolvers will give you a real taste of what too expect.
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I love revolver threads. Especially from people who've never considered them. Try a Ruger SP-101. They're a little heavier but built like a tank.
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I'm in the same boat. I was going to buy a 686+ but have zero exp. w/ revolvers and maintenance of them.
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I'm in the same boat. I was going to buy a 686+ but have zero exp. w/ revolvers and maintenance of them.
What maintenance?
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Seriously though, 128 gr LCN's over Trail Boss in .38/.357 is one of the most comfortable loads I've ever shot.
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Wheelguns are my favorites. I have a Sig 1911 and all the rest are revolvers. This is my latest purchase. S&W model 27.



This year I am determined to get a S&W Model 627PC and a 29-2 if I can find one. Next week I am getting a S&W Model 60 Pro Series 3inch barrel for carry.
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I used to have a SW 686 that I bought brand new in 1990 for $375. Then I bought a Ruger GP100 around 2010.

They are good guns but I had to sell them due to financial need. I miss both of them a lot.
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i prefer the s&w airweights to the lcr personally
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The gun I regret selling the most is a Smith model 66-6 (4" barrel) that I bought brand new and promptly had a trigger job done. The trigger afterward was smooth as butter and it was fantastically accurate.

However, I caught the plastic fantastic bug where I wanted to spray rounds downrange and brass siderange like an incontinent 15-year old tomcat. So I foolishly sold off that sweet gun.

Been chasing that type of gun ever since, and have replaced it with one that I think is even better - the Smith model 620. Combines the best features of the 686+ (7-round cylinder, L-frame toughness), with the best of the 66 (half-lugged barrel is lighter and better balanced IMO). Haven't had a trigger job on it yet, but once I do I have little doubt it will be as close a facsimile to my old 66 as can be.

Revolvers are awesome. IMO theyre the perfect gun for someone who isn't a gun enthusiast. The manual of arms on them is much simpler than an auto, and maintenance is simple and straightforward. There are no safety levers to deal with, no magazines that can get lost, and if put in a sock drawer today, it will be in the same condition five years from now.

Ruger and Smith & Wesson are the Big 2 when it comes to revolvers, Smiths are generally a bit pricier, but their fit and finish is usually regarded as superior to Rugers. However, either brand builds fine, fine revolvers that will last a lifetime.
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If you're not in a hurry to get something right away keep an eye on the ads for low mileage prelock S&Ws. A lot of the older pinned and recessed revolvers are as nice as what the S&W Performance Shop turns out now.


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I have a Ruger GP100. Had a trigger job right away. It is a sweet shooter. My wife has a 1990 686 satin stainless. It is also a sweet shooter with no trigger job. They are not difficult at all. I shoot my Ruger better double action. One thing thats nice is no mag springs or recoil springs to worry about. Pull the trigger and they go bang every time. I have always been a 1911 guy, but Revolvers are peeking my interest once again
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Revolvers are like harleys, shinny and slow but nice to look at.
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Revolvers are like harleys, shinny and slow but nice to look at.
Uh...OK.

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Well yeah, super easy with a full-auto revolver.

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Well yeah, super easy with a full-auto revolver.

And hundreds of thousands of rounds of practice. Does that sentence look as weird to you as it does to me?
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I have never shot any revolvers before... I am thinking about buying one..
Especially for conceal carry purpose only.. is revolver hard to shoot?

Currently I have 4th Gen Glock 26 for off-duty carry.

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S&W 38 special does look nice
Go for the S&W 640. .357 Rem magnum, have clocked 180 gr Rem soft points out of this at 1,000 fps. Kick ***.

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Personally not a fan of revolvers, the lcr saw to that.
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op - i find a snub nose revolver with a tiny handle very difficult to shoot. ie the worst recoil (in terms of controlling it) i've experienced from a handgun was a .38spl lady smith revolver - i had a harder time shooting that than a full power 44 mag load before it b/c i had nothing to hold on to with such a small revolver.

as for revolvers - for general shooting and use, i chose an old dan wesson over the models from all the below companies that i've tried. although yes, id like a smith (med or med/large frame 357), ruger (probably blackhawk in 44), freedom arms (.454 casull b/c muurrrica), and colt saa (collectors item to put in a display case on my desk or the wall) someday.
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that's one guy , not what the rest of us are gonna be capable of doing , i have seen guys fire 1911's so fast they look like they are full auto that doesn't mean the rest of us with normal nervous systems are gonna be capable of doing that.
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I used to have a SW 686 that I bought brand new in 1990 for $375. Then I bought a Ruger GP100 around 2010.

They are good guns but I had to sell them due to financial need. I miss both of them a lot.
I got a used 686 6" about the same time. Hardly any mileage on it. Absolutely sweetest shooter I ever had. Could ring plates at 100yds no problem. Butter smooth trigger. Traded my dad for his 70 series 45. So the 686 is still in the family. Damn did I love shooting that gun. Too big to conceal though .
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I am in the market for my First Revolver as well. I have shot .38 Special, .357, .44 Magnum, .460/.454/45Colt, but havn't shot the .500 yet =(

I am starting to gradually learn how to reload so a nice wheelgun is ideal at the moment. I am personally looking at a S&W Model 29 or Model 27 "can't decide". This is going to be my Range/Camping piece since I do not carry.
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that's one guy , not what the rest of us are gonna be capable of doing , i have seen guys fire 1911's so fast they look like they are full auto that doesn't mean the rest of us with normal nervous systems are gonna be capable of doing that.
Sheesh, lighten up. It was for humor. I was just showing its all about practice.
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The S&W Airweights will take some getting used to. I don't care for much for them myself. The J-frames conceal well, but leave much to be desired in the "pleasure to shoot" department and consider you'll likely spend a lot of time practicing with it if it's going to be used for off-duty carry. Be sure to shoot one before you commit to buying.
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Love them!! Super Easy to shoot. No slide to rack or magazines to play with. Just point and shoot.
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Getting a snub nose in .357 magnumm will ruin it for you if it's your first and only revolver. Get something to practice with in a larger steel frame with a longer barrel and work your way up (down?) to a .38 special. airweight snubnose.

Airweights in .357 magnum are NOT fun to shoot.
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Getting a snub nose in .357 magnum will ruin it for you if it's your first and only revolver. Get something to practice with in a larger steel frame with a longer barrel and work your way up (down?) to a .38 special. airweight snubnose.

Airweights in .357 magnum are NOT fun to shoot.
Yup.

Try a 686 4" or 6" (or equivalent in Ruger - sorry I don't know the number).
I have a revolver thing going on, have 38 spl gun (early Smith), 357 - a few later model Smiths, 44 magnum - nasty, but FUN Ruger Super Blackhawk and my (and my daughter's) favorite gun - a Beretta/Uberti Stampede (Colt SAA Cowboy gun) in .45LC.

And yes I have plenty of semi-autos, but gosh, revolvers are SOMETHING ELSE.

I do not do work on them. Semi-autos, no problem, but revolvers, no.
Ammo is expensive as heck, but considering (esp the SAA's) it takes forever to unload and reload, not so bad.

You can blindly shoot 300 rounds of 9/.40/.45 in a semi, but it's a big deal to get over 50 rounds at the range with a revolver.

And you'll love every minute of it.

I still have a semi as my go to gun, but for fun range time and for helping new shooters learn safety at the range, a revolver cannot be beat.

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Yep, the recoil on an airweight .357 is ludicrous. After 5 shots I was finished.
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My dad gave me his old Rossi 38 special that needed alot of work. I put 50 rounds through it and it misfired a few times but was smooth like butter when it did fire. I was going to trade it in but I wasn't going to get more than $40 or so for it. Thankfully there was a gun buy back program in San Mateo recently and I got $100 for it

I'm going to use that money to go to a S&W 686. I need something to break the semi-auto monotony!
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Everyone should own a wheel gun.
It is what you should start out with because when you get old and frail and can’t pull back the slide back because of arthritis it is the only one that will work as old age sets in. Push, or pull in some cases, the cylinder release. Load the cylinder and close it. Then all you have to do is point and shoot. Pocket lint, a little beach sand, or drop it in the stream while fishing. They still go bang when needed. In double action they can usually put the shot on target better than any auto.
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Guess February is revolver month. I'm looking at revolvers as well. The 686 was mentioned to me but I'm not a fan of shiny things so I was looking at the 586, which is just the blued version, right? If not that then something from Ruger, like the Sp100 (I think it's that one). I want to have 6 "chambers?" and a 6" barrel...
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I snagged a 586 last year (1988 vintage - almost unused), but man, they are hard to find. It's the only gun I don't shoot routinely...

Like a properly priced Colt Python. (let the ruckus begin). I shot a Python 2 weeks ago next to my 686 and close your eyes and you can't tell.

The DA in the Smith is better, the SA in the Colt might be better... but I can buy 3 Smiths for the price of the Colt. (blasphemy, I know, but truth...)

Here is a horrible picture of it... (note to self - get a better pic) - Who's THUMB is in the upper left of this picture????



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For me revolvers are easier than Pistols. Stick your hand out and cup it, that is the grip you will have on a revolver. Very natural. You will be happy
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I hate you, lol. Yeah I noticed they're harder to find. I might go with a Ruger GP 100 then. Maybe I'll allow THIS gun to be a color other than blued/black, as it will be my only revolver unless they start a buy one get one free Python promotion or something.

QUESTION: Has the panic nonsense affected the price of revolvers also? For example, the 586/686's and the GP 100 are around $600-800 on gunbroker.com, so are these relatively normal prices for them, or can I wait for the panic-season to subside and see these revolvers at even lower prices? I can afford to wait it out if necessary, as the revolver I get will be a novelty item at best...
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I snagged a 586 last year (1988 vintage - almost unused), but man, they are hard to find. It's the only gun I don't shoot routinely...

Like a properly priced Colt Python. (let the ruckus begin). I shot a Python 2 weeks ago next to my 686 and close your eyes and you can't tell.

The DA in the Smith is better, the SA in the Colt might be better... but I can buy 3 Smiths for the price of the Colt. (blasphemy, I know, but truth...)

Here is a horrible picture of it... (note to self - get a better pic) - Who's THUMB is in the upper left of this picture????



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Canít beat that older S&W Bluing for look. My Brother scored a 586-1 late last year. Shoot I almost flew to So Cal so I could buy it. He needed it though. I got a great model 27-2 myself. Looking to getting together with him probably over Easter so we can shoot them side by side. I purchased my model 27-2 from the original owner who had a trigger job done on it. It is about 1 and a-half pound in single action and as smooth as butter.
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I snagged a 586 last year (1988 vintage - almost unused), but man, they are hard to find. It's the only gun I don't shoot routinely...

Like a properly priced Colt Python. (let the ruckus begin). I shot a Python 2 weeks ago next to my 686 and close your eyes and you can't tell.

The DA in the Smith is better, the SA in the Colt might be better... but I can buy 3 Smiths for the price of the Colt. (blasphemy, I know, but truth...)

Here is a horrible picture of it... (note to self - get a better pic) - Who's THUMB is in the upper left of this picture????



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Oh that gun is gorgeous.

Friend of mine went and placated her brother in law's requests that she go shoot. He has a Python.

Set her up on a table with the little stands. Dainty lady. I was afraid she was going to drop it when it went off lol. Scared the bejeezus out of her.

I reckon thats whats going to happen when I go to shoot my partner's Dad's .460 mag. "It's too expensive to shoot! Ammo costs too much!" "Do I look like I care? I just want to say I shot the damned thing!"
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Nancies complain about recoil. LOL. No hard feelings gents, I joke, I joke.

I carried a Taurus 357/38 with 2in barrel and it was cash money to 25yds. With practice & powder burnt, I marched that out to 50 yet the groups weren't all too pretty.

I'm a definite wheel gun fan. Unfortunately, I'm down to my grandfathers single six 22lr.

Anyone else desperate to get that Ruger that fires 38/357 and comes with a second cylinder that fires 9mm / 380, I believe?

One wheel gun, four calibers. That just makes me quite peachy
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