Need Advice on purchase


May 17, 2007, 06:22 PM
Hi all. My boss is looking at the following as a possible purchase. Would like any opinions on them. Good or bad.

She has only shot my taurus Mod 94 a 22lr. A S&W Mod 10, And my Glock 26.

She liked the S&W 10 a lot.

She wants it to get her CCW. She does want a revolver as her first gun.

By the way. She shot my Mod 10 real well.

Shes likes the following from going through the taurus catalog. I'll take her to the gun store to look them over. But she seems to be set on one of these.

Thanks for any advice.

Do the grips have any chipping or breaking problems on this one?

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May 17, 2007, 06:29 PM
Tell her that the S&W 642/442 is the gun she's looking for. That of a lady smith. The 442/642 is slightly lighter and better for CCW. You can tell her about the 642 Club Thread that has 500 members and 3150+ posts. Depeding on budget she may want both like shoes she can wear the one that matches her outfit.

May 17, 2007, 08:11 PM
If she liked the model 10, why change? The 642/442 models are more difficult to shoot and have more recoil ( at least user unfriendly). The 4 inch 10 is a little heavy for CCW but there are lots of 2 inch models around. If those are too much, try a Colt snubby.:D

May 17, 2007, 09:45 PM
My wife LOVED her S&W 442 UNTIL she shot it. Now its mine. The light weight revolvers are wounderful to carry but the heavier guns will be a lot easier to shoot.

May 17, 2007, 09:48 PM
J frame S&W. I prefer the 638 Bodyguard as it provides a full hammer shroud and lets you thumb cock it for more accurate fire, but any J frame S&W is a fine choice.

May 17, 2007, 10:03 PM
She liked the S&W 10 a lot. By the way. She shot my Mod 10 real well.She does want a revolver as her first gun.

I'm confused why she is looking at a lightweight Taurus'???

Get a Model 10.

May 17, 2007, 10:50 PM

I agree with Walkalong. If she likes the Model 10 and shoots well with the Model 10, she should get a Model 10. There is no reason for her to get anything else.

It does come in a 3 incher (hard to find), a 2 inch snubbie, and also nickel, so she has a few choices. The Model 10 is a great firearm, and can still be had used for under $250. The Model 10 pictured above cost me $179.

May 17, 2007, 11:09 PM
Although those two Model 85's are a bit gaudy for my tastes, the 85 is one sweet little revolver.
I've owned 4 over the years. I still own one (a Multi Alloy) which is my go any where gun. I prefer to carry a glock, but this little revolver goes most frequently.
I will say this...if she buys the 85, put about 200-300 rounds through it ASAP. If the gun has a problem, she'll find out pretty quickly. She may also prefer the bobbed hammer DAO version. Less chance to snag when drawing.
IMHO, the Taurus 85 is as good as any S&W or Colt ever made (never had a Ruger, so no comments there)

May 17, 2007, 11:13 PM
Can't go wrong with a model 10. I'm a sucker for K frames.

May 17, 2007, 11:21 PM
Another vote for the short barrel M10 since she like the model.

May 18, 2007, 02:21 AM
I think walkalong summed it up well.

I'll add that you can look for some other K frames which will handle the same if you can't find a model 10 specifically. The model 13, basically a .357 Mag version of the M10; model 15, just like the 10 but with ramp front and adjustable rear sights; the model 19, basically a 357 Mag version of the model 15; model 64, basically a stainless model 10; model 65, basically stainless model 13; model 66, basically a stainless model 19; and lastly a model 67, basically a stainless model 15. Any of those should do the trick.

May 18, 2007, 02:57 AM
As many are already telling you, if she likes the Model 10 and shot it well, get a Model 10. Problem is, a 4" Model 10 is a big carry and if she wants to buy new there are no current 2" or 3" Model 10's. There is a 3" Model 64 available new from S&W though. You get six rounds of .38 +P instead of five with the Taurus or S&W J frame. It might be just what she's looking for!

May 18, 2007, 03:44 AM
Thanks for all the replies. I think the main reason she wants to look at these two are.

1. They are pretty. I know, I know.

2. She wants to buy new.

3. Shes on a budget. The one with MOP grips can be had for $350 plus tax but has to be ordered. The one with rosewood grips is in stock and on sale for $299.

When I go with her to the gun stroe I'm going to encourage her to look at lots of guns. But I think she has her mind made up.

So any advice on reliablity etc of these two is appreciated.

May 18, 2007, 02:07 PM
It seems that she does not desire assistance, but rather affirmation of the choice she has already made.

A gun should not be chosen because it is pretty. It should be chosen because it works. Her life will depend on whether the gun works, not whether it is pretty.

Buying a great gun used is often preferable to buying a mediocre gun new. Great guns last a long long time.

Many people own and are happy with Taurus revolvers. I've never owned one myself.

I recommend Pax's website, The Cornered Cat (

May 18, 2007, 02:25 PM

Is there a range near you that rents "shootin' irons"? Or do you have some other shooting buds that have different .38/.357 models to try out before buying?

Not trying to discourage the buy of a new Taurus, just suggesting that you test out all options. A used M10 is good condition can be frequently found for under $275 with a bit of looking. (See Jim March's excellent revolver checkout thread here on THR).

Got an almost non-shooter coverted a few years back by putting some .38 "Cowboy Loads" in my .357 Vaquero. He had only shot one of those Ultra-Light-Tanium S&W's with some real superduty zombie-monster-butt-stomper .357Mag rounds

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