Comanche Revolvers.....


August 10, 2007, 03:27 PM
Can anybody give me the good/bad sides of Comanche revolvers? Are they even worth looking into buying?

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Jim March
August 10, 2007, 04:01 PM
I saw a pair at the Reno NRA convention gun show. That would be...what, 3 or 4 years ago?

Anyways. These guns were for display purposes. So you figure they'd put good ones out, right?

Well these "good ones" looked like they'd been built by drunk chimpanzees. Epileptic drunk chimpanzees. Going through a heroin withdrawal...on a rollercoaster with one bad wheel. Maybe two.

With NO exaggeration, I wouldn't shoot one unless a bench vice and 100yds of string were involved.

August 10, 2007, 04:14 PM
Don't sugarcoat it now... :D


August 10, 2007, 04:50 PM didnt think that they were that bad but....ok that that answers my question

August 10, 2007, 04:55 PM
A close friend of the families used to have one, a Llama Commanche, basically looked like a Model 19 with a vented rib on the barrel. If we are talking about the same gun. It was decent enough looking but I don't remember him ever shooting it, it just got shown now and then. I guess at that rate it was a revolver that would last forever. Bill

August 10, 2007, 06:17 PM
I also own a Llama Comanche, those were actually pretty nice guns. Made in Spain I believe.
The new line of Comanches is made in Argentina by the same company that makes (made) Rexio. Those are pretty rough and the action on the one I handled (not shot) was horrible. A used Taurus might be a better choice for not much more money...

Jim March
August 10, 2007, 06:18 PM
You know how various edges of metal are supposed to line up with other edges? Like, the sideplates fr'instance (they're a pretty slavish S&W clone)?

These didn't. They looked like they'd been cut out with a hacksaw and hammered into final position.

Again: these were display models. And of Argentine origins, those would be the ones to avoid at ALL cost.

Guys, the used market is GREAT. No need to screw around with off-brand junk like these, the "Windicator" or a few other craptastic special deals out there.

Your odds of finding a used worn-out Ruger are so close to zip it's unreal :). If you do find a screwed up old Ruger it'll be obviously, catastrophically so most of the time.

August 10, 2007, 06:35 PM
I haven't laughed as hard at a post here maybe ever, drunk epileptic chimps lol.

August 10, 2007, 07:12 PM
I've handled but not fired three different specimens. I was not at all impressed. I am not a machinist but I can recognize shoddy work when I see it. I don't even remember the price being all that attractive.

August 11, 2007, 03:28 PM
I have to agree with Jim. There are too many good, used guns from S&W or Ruger for less than $400 (often less than $300) and too many NEW Tauruses for less than $400 to bother with bottom tier junk. The Comanche might be ok in the short term, but how many will you have to buy to get the service life of one Ruger or S&W?


August 11, 2007, 04:55 PM
I'm glad March's review wasn't on the radio - I'd have wrecked the car for sure.

It's bad enough my nose hurts from blowing a carbonated beverage through it. Guess I won't be putting the Commanche on lay-away.

August 11, 2007, 07:21 PM
Yeah, don't do it. They suck.
They're one of the worst I've seen. And, Jim is right about the market. There's no point in buying junk if you can have something more than adequate for a few dollars more.

August 11, 2007, 07:46 PM
I tried stocking a simple single shot Super Comanche thinking nobody can screw-up a single shot. I WAS WRONG.. fit and finish was really bad, & the SAFETY did not work. YES it fired with the SAFETY on or off. I had to box it up and return it. I shudder to think what their revolvers in .357 are like

September 2, 2007, 08:18 PM
The Comanche revolver is about the most poorly made piece of junk I've ever seen. Ordinarily one would have to abuse a revolver for many years with malice aforethought, in order to have one perform so poorly.

We purchased several of them for the gun club for use in the "NRA First Steps" program. Every one was defective. Right out of the box you could feel how bad they were. The cylinders would bind, the trigger and hammer would bind. When pulling the hammer back to fire single action, the hammer would frequently just quit going back. One bound up so badly that one of the novice shooters had it go off accidently (he was pulling the hammer back, the hammer quit going back, his finger continued its motion and let go of the hammer). Quite scary for anyone, especially a newbie.

I think they were about $170.00 a piece. That's about $150.00 too much. I won't shoot them and I won't sell them.

September 2, 2007, 08:43 PM
HAHAHAHAHHAAHHAHA LMFAO!!! LOL :neener:. Wow it just never ended with the negativity lol god that was funny hehe thanks for the laugh ;).


September 2, 2007, 10:47 PM
The Comanche I have is not the Llama revolver but the single shot Argentine break open pistol in .45 Colt/.410 bore. Performs flawlessly and the .410 patterns well at 15 feet...great snake gun. Mine is 7 years old...don't know what recent quality is like.

September 2, 2007, 11:08 PM
The new line of Comanches is made in Argentina by the same company that makes (made) Rexio
That explains much

Years ago one of the gun rags had an article calling the Rexios one of the great gun deals of the year

I ran out to check it out

These worthless pieces of crap made RGs look respectable
That gun and article is honestly the reason I stop my subscriptions to Peterson magazines

September 3, 2007, 12:15 PM
Well, even epileptic drunk chimpanzees need a job ... ;)

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