What is everyone's favorite brand of revolvers ?


January 8, 2003, 12:42 AM
For me it is without a doubt S&W . I think they are about the nicest looking revolvers around imho . And are very durable ,
when i was growing up my Dad had a 586 that we used to shoot
as a range gun , and it held up to around 30,000 rounds and many of those rounds were +P reloads . I think S&W revolvers
are great guns :)

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January 8, 2003, 12:48 AM
I really like S&W mostly for how nice their triggers & accuracy can be :scrutiny:

Mike Irwin
January 8, 2003, 01:10 AM
Older Smith & Wesson.

January 8, 2003, 01:14 AM
Older Smith &Wesson

Desert Dog
January 8, 2003, 01:37 AM
One vote for Ruger single-actions...

January 8, 2003, 02:20 AM
For general use, it's gotta be S&W.

January 8, 2003, 02:53 AM
Ruger. They shoot better for me than any Smith except one, a Brazilian contract model 1917 that puts all six rounds through one hole.
Generally though, the Ruger sights are easier for my eyes to pick up and the guns incredibly strong. I have used them for just about everything and they have never let me down.

January 8, 2003, 02:55 AM
I like my Colts.

Colt 357
Colt Official Police
Colt Detective Special
Colt Cobra

January 8, 2003, 04:05 AM
Rugr GP's.

Kahr carrier
January 8, 2003, 06:27 AM
Older S&W and Rugers.:)

Ala Dan
January 8, 2003, 06:45 AM
First choice = Smith & Wesson
Second choice = Ruger
Third choice = Colt

Always looking for older Smith's or Colt's; but I
have two new Smith's (686-5 .357 magnum and a
629-5 "Classic" .44 magnum) that ain't half-bad too!

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

Marko Kloos
January 8, 2003, 06:54 AM
Older S&W.

Kentucky Rifle
January 8, 2003, 07:23 AM
I was just wiping a late 70's Chief's Special down with a Rig-Rag yesterday and, on a whim, checked it for lock-up and end-shake. It was still perfect after 25 years. I'm a little proud of these old guys.


January 8, 2003, 07:47 AM
Smith &Wesson

January 8, 2003, 07:59 AM
Smith and wessons with the hammer mounted firing pin and no lock.Any ruger except the 101,i didn't have much luck with the 3 i owned.

January 8, 2003, 09:13 AM
Mine has to be the Ruger Bisley Blackhawk. Traditional style, great looks, good function, and easy on the hand.

William Ashbless
January 8, 2003, 09:19 AM
Over engineered to a fault, but you can do things with handloads that boggle the mind. They also make the basic platform for a wide variety of guns that never were. The work of Linebaugh comes to mind. Thanks to Bill Ruger for allowing the .475, .480 and .500 to be born!

January 8, 2003, 09:23 AM

Flash Hole
January 8, 2003, 09:24 AM
Smith & Wesson

January 8, 2003, 09:28 AM
S&W. Can't beat the quality.

January 8, 2003, 10:33 AM
I have to go with Freedom Arms. You pay for what you get, and with Freedom Arms you are getting the best production revolver made.
Second choice would go to Ruger. Tough revolvers at bargain prices. :)

Neal Bloom
January 8, 2003, 10:34 AM
DA - Older S&W
SA - Ruger

January 8, 2003, 11:10 AM
1st - Newer S&W 1990ish --> 2001
2nd - Older S&W
3rd - Ruger S/A

Pappy John
January 8, 2003, 11:27 AM
.44 spec. and under S&W
.44 mag and up Ruger

January 8, 2003, 03:00 PM
Rugers........stronger made than S&W, and just as accurate.....

4v50 Gary
January 8, 2003, 03:15 PM
For smooth action, Python.
For durability & ruggedness, Ruger.
For everything else, Smith.

January 8, 2003, 03:19 PM
I only have had experience with DA revolvers. In that category my choice would be S & W hands down.

January 8, 2003, 03:37 PM
S&W, COLT, AND RUGER. In that order. Older Smiths of course.

January 8, 2003, 03:43 PM
Rugers for the most part.
Although I do love the Snake series of Colts...


January 8, 2003, 04:26 PM
It depends on the use which the revolver is to have.

I do like S&W's, If the product was produced prior to 1955 I'll generally wait until I locate one of these older revolvers rather than purchase new. I do have some rather recently made S&W's M 48, M 53, M 57, and M16-4.

I have more Colt revolvers than S&W's, again I prefer older production. The only post war Colts I have are a pair of Pythons, an OMS, an OMM, and a brace of Anacondas.

If you've never had the privilege of firing a Webley M 1896, you've never used what is arguably the smoothest D.A. (or as the Brits would have it, Trigger Action) revolver ever made.

Last, but not least, is a Remington M 1863. Useless when loaded with ball (POI is about a foot off @25 yards), it is a surprisingly good shooter when loaded with "conicals".


January 8, 2003, 05:20 PM
S & W Good shooting:)

January 8, 2003, 05:25 PM
Never met a revolver I didn't want to spend more time with! LOL :D

Jason Demond
January 8, 2003, 05:28 PM
S&W's! I just love old N-Frames, and most any S&W that is P&R.

January 8, 2003, 05:29 PM
I prefer older S&W revolvers, mainly because they seem to be built better, and partially due to what I consider unacceptable changes in recent manufacturing quality and some political issues.

January 8, 2003, 05:37 PM
Smith and Wesson

Felonious Monk
January 8, 2003, 05:37 PM

s-n-w? nimby. Not In My Back Yard!:mad: :fire: :banghead:

January 8, 2003, 05:39 PM

Though I've never had a Python or an SAA.

Love my Vaquero. (cheap way to get a cowboy gun).

Never had a Smith. Shot many of them, they just don't have the mystique of the Colts.

January 8, 2003, 06:01 PM
My favorite is the only one I own. S&W 686+. I wonder if she gets lonely being surrounded by autos.

January 8, 2003, 06:15 PM

Come on, Rugers suck.

January 8, 2003, 07:31 PM
For Single Action, Freedom Arms are miles ahead of the competition.
If you buy the best you will rarely be dissapointed.
For Double Action I would say the older S&W guns.
That being said I probably own more Ruger revolvers than any other. The Rugers are built tough and if you know what you are doing can be given a smooth action. The Ruger revolvers represent an excellent value.

January 8, 2003, 07:46 PM
Smith & Wesson. Unconditionally.

January 8, 2003, 07:56 PM
I have to say S&W is my first choose with Colt a distance 2nd.

January 8, 2003, 07:57 PM
Add another vote for Ruger single actions.

Desert Dog
January 8, 2003, 07:57 PM

If Rugers suck so much, let me give you some handloads that my Ruger LOVES, and see what your S&W thinks of them... :what:

On the other hand, no, you can't have them, my lawyeritis is flaring up again... :rolleyes:

My Blackhawk has the sweetest trigger I have EVER pulled on a handgun...


January 8, 2003, 08:24 PM
Desert Dog,

I was wondering how long it was gonna take for someone to call me on that!

Rugers dont really suck, unless you are comparing them to S&W's.

I have never been inclined to stick unnecessarily stiff ammo in my guns.

If a plain old 357 mag won't do the job, then I will just use a 44 mag, and if 44 mag won't do, then I just get a rifle.

January 8, 2003, 08:32 PM
S&W for engineering and looks .........

But ... for sheer strength .. Ruger.

January 8, 2003, 09:08 PM

Sean Smith
January 8, 2003, 09:09 PM
Generally, S&W N-frames
Dream revolver, nice old Python :cool:

January 8, 2003, 09:21 PM
Smith & Wesson, S&W and Smith....mikey357

January 8, 2003, 10:00 PM
No doubt about it...Smith & Wesson.

January 8, 2003, 10:53 PM
Older & some newer!!

January 9, 2003, 12:21 AM
Old S&W K-Frames are my favorite, then post-war Colts.

January 9, 2003, 12:25 AM

January 9, 2003, 12:29 AM
My Blackhawk has the sweetest trigger I have EVER pulled on a handgun...

Heck, even Tauruses and Colts have good SA triggers. Real revolvers have nice DA pulls... ;)

January 9, 2003, 01:44 AM

January 9, 2003, 02:04 AM
Ruger - GP's, Vaqueros, and Blackhawks.....
but I absolutely will not knock S&W - I still have one of 'em.

Tony Z
January 9, 2003, 10:07 AM
Colts, Rugers, Freedom Arms, S&W's Tauruses. I have a favorite model From each Brand.

Tony Z

Sean Smith
January 9, 2003, 11:37 AM
Gotta agree with Tamara... DA trigger matters. :D

The absolute, no question, nicest DA trigger of any sort I've *ever* used was on a old, box-stock Python. Slick. Like olive oil on Teflon-coated black ice slick. On the other hand, sub-par Python triggers are just plain strange. Not outright crap like a Ruger Redhawk, but just WRONG in some different way.

S&W seems the most consistently good of the bunch.

January 9, 2003, 12:16 PM
Ruger (w/ a little smoothing of the action). Although I mostly smooth the action by shooting the pi$$ out of "em. :D


happy old sailor
January 9, 2003, 01:34 PM
i do admire the Smiths, my 657 being my all time favorite.

when i want to raise dust and cause leaves to fall, i use my Rugers.

that said, i appreciate any well made firearm in any caliber. it does not need to be pretty. functional and accurate. simple criteria.

just like em. am i sick. do i need treatment. could be.

Neil Casper
January 9, 2003, 01:53 PM
13, 18, 19, 34, 66, 617, 625, 940.

All Others

Desert Dog
January 9, 2003, 02:17 PM

You have a conversion kit laying around for my Blackhawk DA trigger pull? It is really lousy... :rolleyes:

January 9, 2003, 03:49 PM
Another vote for older S&W

January 9, 2003, 04:57 PM
I know I am in the minority but I really like Ruger revolvers for full size. S&W J-frames rule however.

January 9, 2003, 05:48 PM
For the range: Smith & Wesson
For hunting: Ruger

Have both;)

January 9, 2003, 06:15 PM
Smith & Wesson Revolvers are my favorites. I especialy love N-Frames!

January 10, 2003, 03:19 AM
Dan Wesson(s)

............and one Taurus that is my primary go-to gun when not in the woods

January 10, 2003, 02:05 PM
Dan Wessons and older Smith & Wessons.

Also a Colt SAA slicked up by Bob Munden was very impressive. You can't imagine how smooth that action and trigger are...

January 10, 2003, 04:16 PM

January 10, 2003, 04:38 PM
Take one guess!
:) -Kframe

January 20, 2007, 08:55 AM

Black Knight
January 20, 2007, 09:14 AM
While I like my S&W's and would put my life on the line with them, I love my Colts ( 2 Pythons, 1 Gov't Model Series 70 MK IV, 1 AR-15 SP1).

January 20, 2007, 10:17 AM
Any revolver that shoots reliably, make doesn't matter!!!

I know, my signature line might lead you to believe that I'm a brand snob. Though I admit a preference for Smiths old and new (gotta love that entirely predictable 2-stage DA pull), I've got nothing against the other makes and would like to add others in the future, like a 2.75" Ruger Security Six, a Cimarron Model P or Uberti 1873 Cattleman in 45 Colt, and maybe a Colt Det Special one day. I used to own a Heritage Rough Rider and a Taurus M66 that were both excellent guns, but did not fit my needs so they were sold. I do miss the Heritage, selling it was stoopid.

I should probably add a 1911 of some kind while I'm at it :D .

January 20, 2007, 12:49 PM
Older S&W

January 20, 2007, 02:33 PM
Ruger GP's

January 20, 2007, 09:09 PM
Remington, Smith, Colt by Uberti/Cimarron that is. I prefer their history, elegance, and nostalgia to anything made.

January 21, 2007, 05:11 PM
Smith and Wesson. Quality revolvers, new or used, they are all finely built.

I also have a couple of United States Firearms (USFA) Single Action revolvers that I am very happy with.

January 21, 2007, 05:37 PM
I don't have a big brand preference, but I do have a type preference. My favorite revolver is the Ruger Blackhawk. I could live with an SSM for self defense if I HAD to, but I just like Blackhawks, like carrying 'em afield, like shooting 'em, like reloading for 'em, and love the POWER I can get out of 'em. :evil: I have owned a variety of DAs and can't say I had one I didn't like, but hand over fist, the blackhawk is my favorite revolver.

January 21, 2007, 06:02 PM
Ruger, and yes I've tried everything else and owned most of them.

January 21, 2007, 08:46 PM
S&W. I have three. I can't imagine buying another brand for pure self-defense; maybe a Colt SAA for collecting or something. Second place is Ruger, such as the GP100, Blackhawk or Single Six .22.

January 21, 2007, 09:39 PM
Smith & Wesson!

January 21, 2007, 09:44 PM
I have to say....my favorite is Ruger. Built like a tank, reliable....need I say more.


January 22, 2007, 08:54 AM
Pre-agreement, pre-lock, blued S&Ws. I've got a safe full of them, including a couple of Model 29s.

I've got ONE stainless steel firearm, a 3" Smith Model 65. I don't like stainless, but I absolutely could not find a Model 13 anywhere in the Cleveland/Akron/Canton area. So I settled for a 65 when CDNN had them for $299. It was a great deal.

I will NEVER own an S&W revolver with a lock.

Phil DeGraves
January 22, 2007, 09:00 AM
Single Action Colts and Double Action Smiths.

January 22, 2007, 05:47 PM
Amazing, this thread is 4 years old!

For me:

1. Ruger
2. Colt
3. S&W
4. Dan Wesson
5. Charter Arms - Stratford, Conn. (MFG)


January 22, 2007, 05:57 PM

Danus ex
January 22, 2007, 07:36 PM
Colt definitely.

January 22, 2007, 07:41 PM
Since S&W have gone nuts with internal locks and have somewhat dropped in quality compared to their older models, I'm going to have to go with Ruger. Their new stuff has been top notch, and I'm backing them 100% with all my new revolver purchases. If I see older pre-lock Smiths in pawn shops or for sale by private sellers I snatch them up but for anything new it's always Ruger.

January 22, 2007, 08:37 PM

January 23, 2007, 01:22 PM
I also love my Ruger Security-Six. I don't own one, but the Colt Python was one of the best revolvers ever made. Certainly the best double action trigger of all.

January 24, 2007, 07:43 PM
I prefer Smith & Wesson.

highlander 5
January 24, 2007, 08:01 PM
If you count SA and DA I got 4 DA and 3 SA all RUGERS next in line S&W 625 adn 617

January 24, 2007, 08:42 PM
Model 1895 Nagant. It's hard to beat something that has been part of every conflict since the Russo-Japanese War of 1905.

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