Too big revolvers?


Lord Grey Boots
July 18, 2003, 06:44 PM
Is it just me or do folks find that some revolvers just are too big?

I find the L frame Smiths to be at the upper end of what I can shoot double action. N frame Smiths and old Colt New Service revolvers leave me unable to properly get my finger on the trigger. Just can't reach it.

I'd like to get an old WW1 era 1917 .45ACP revolver. But I don't think I would be able to shoot it.

I have average sized hands.

Is it my grip, or am I losing my grip, or are they really too big?

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July 18, 2003, 07:29 PM
They are big, and the reach might be too much for your hands, but if you have not first I'd try some aftermarket grips. S/W's old standard "target stocks" look pretty on the gun, but are way too big for most folks and not really all that well designed to begin with.

July 18, 2003, 07:43 PM
If you think an L frame is big,check out the new S&W 500 X frame.It should come with a set of wheels.My model 29s look like toys next to it.

Old Fuff
July 18, 2003, 08:06 PM
The late Bill Jordon was a friend of mine. He had very large hands, but prefered "K" frame revolvers for fast double-action work. Ed McGivern, the original double-action shooter of note back in the 1930's also used S&W Military & Police Target revolvers as his "weapons' of choice." If you find the mid-frames to be better for double-action shooting they're is a reason.

July 18, 2003, 08:07 PM
My hands are medium sized at best, I have a hard time getting a "proper" grip on the Glock 17 I must carry at work. A Government Model is just almost perfect, and I don't have problems with N frame Smiths. Yes, I shoot them double action, even in slow, deliberate fire.

I suggest you investigate good aftermarket grips. Herretts are real good, and there are many others to peruse.

July 18, 2003, 09:06 PM
If you find the mid-frames to be better for double-action shooting they're is a reason.

Feller by the name of Jerry Miculek might disagree with you on that ;) Though at least from pictures it appears his N frame grips are very thin...

July 18, 2003, 10:08 PM
Try this which I picked up today!!!

I am fortunate perhaps . I have large hands . and the M27-2 Smith N frame i have (and love!) .. is a good fit. This .454 is large altogether but actually still very ''holdable''.

I guess in the end it is a case of ''what works for you''.

Standing Wolf
July 18, 2003, 10:37 PM
It's all in the stocks. I've never bought a Smith & Wesson or Colt revolver whose stocks I actually used longer than it took to find after-market stocks that fit my hand.


Chris Pinkleton
July 18, 2003, 10:41 PM
Heck, even an N-frame seems a bit small to me -- and my hands aren't all that huge. For some reason, I have to contort my index finger to avoid using my first joint to make contact with the trigger on nearly every firearm I pick up. If only I could afford an X-frame... :)

4v50 Gary
July 19, 2003, 02:04 PM
With my small hands I can still handle the N frame. Now, the new 50 is a different story and I've yet to even see one.

July 19, 2003, 03:03 PM
The grips on the Smith 500 are the same as the L frame. They have yet to make a DA revolver too big for me.


July 20, 2003, 06:25 AM
I finally put my hands on a new S&W .500 this past week. Glad I did before I ordered one - the grip is fine, but the revolver is too front heavy for my tastes - it is just too big. I find the S&W N frame and Ruger RH to be the upper limit as far as the weight I enjoy handling in a sixgun. Odessa

July 20, 2003, 11:09 PM
Well there are 1917s and there are 1917's.

The Smith has a LOT less reach than the Colt.

Many New Service shooters pick up a Tyler's t-grip. I started to get one, but I didn't like the way it looked on the big veteran. It does help fill the wide gap behind the trigger guard.

George Frye
July 23, 2003, 07:25 PM
I agree with Only1asterisk on this one. I have a 500 S&W on order, i am 3rd on the list at my store now, i will give all a range report when i get it.

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July 23, 2003, 08:49 PM
I've got an N-frame (629 Classic, 8 3/8, scoped), but the DA capability is wasted on me; I always shoot it SA.:uhoh:

George Frye
July 23, 2003, 09:12 PM
HD1, i know what you mean, i allways shoot my DAs in the single action mode.

Cav Soldier....................ALLONS

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