Inexpensive Self Defense Revolver?


July 18, 2008, 11:44 AM
Just wondering what would be a good self defense revolver, new or used, at about 5 1/2 inch barrel. I am building a list of "guns to buy" for myself and a self-defense revolver needs to be on that list. It can be single action or double action, and it does not have to be shiny or "cool" just reliable.



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Vern Humphrey
July 18, 2008, 11:55 AM
A used Smith & Wesson Model 10 in .38 Special.

July 18, 2008, 11:57 AM
Used Ruger Blackhawk in .357

July 18, 2008, 12:02 PM
If you're willing to "jump the list" and seize this deal now, SOG is currently offering both bull and tapered 4" barrel S&W model 10's in VG condition for the fair sum of $179 or so. Jump on it while you can!

That's about what I paid for a new Armscor 4" .38special. Nothing against the Armscor as it's reliable and decently accurate... but it's no Smith & Wesson.

July 18, 2008, 12:08 PM
Taurus makes a number of inexpensive revolvers that are of reasonable quality and reliability.

July 18, 2008, 12:08 PM
might sound like a idiot, but what is SOG?

Deer Hunter
July 18, 2008, 12:09 PM
Any police trade-in S&W revolver.

July 18, 2008, 12:56 PM
SOG = Southern Ohio Gun (

Mark K. C.
July 18, 2008, 01:05 PM
The Taurus Tracker is a 7 round .357 mag. It's a good gun and priced right. I own one and am very pleased with it.

July 18, 2008, 01:44 PM
Thanks, I will keep my eyes peeled for a inexpensive used revolver from S&W, Ruger, or Taurus in .38 special or .357 Mag.

July 18, 2008, 02:29 PM
A 4" 10 is a fine revolver for home defense. It is the original 'Military & Police' .38 S&W Special. A fairly decent police/security trade-in locally runs $225-$300 now. I jumped on the LNIB 64 below, actually made 5/05, from a local gunstore (They had several.) - for $309. It came with Uncle Mike's Combat grips, not the Ahrends cocobolo stocks it has below. It was literally new - and is a great and dependable revolver.


July 18, 2008, 02:36 PM
SOG Doesn't have those model 10's per an email today.

July 18, 2008, 03:12 PM
What do you quantify as inexpensive? Regardless, I hear of many people being extremely satisfied with the Ruger GP100. They can be had for cheap.

July 18, 2008, 03:13 PM
Rossi makes the lowest priced revolvers on the market that I consider high enough quality to trust with my life. I have a nice 3" M68, but you'd want a M971, likely. I caution not to buy a used gun sight unseen. I did that once with a "very good" 1917 Smith. :rolleyes: I did manage to have a smith get it shootable.

July 18, 2008, 03:19 PM
Rossi 46202 .357 Magnum.

2" barrel, nice solid little gun. I was absolutely amazed by the accuracy of this little bugger.

July 19, 2008, 10:17 AM
A used Smith & Wesson Model 10 in .38 Special.

The Model 10 is an excellent handgun. They're available for low prices on websites like and if you're not concerned about cosmetics. The Model 13 is less available, but it's the same mid-size revolver, but chambered for .357 magnum if you feel the need for additional kick. But, in all probability, a Model 10 loaded with .38 spl +P rounds will handle anything you're likely to encounter, unless you live in grizzly country. ;)

July 19, 2008, 10:20 AM
none of the below cost more than $400.00

July 19, 2008, 10:47 AM
Consider what you are betting that that gun will work when you desperately need it to and spend accordingly. A clean, used S&W. Colt or Ruger of modern manufacture in .38 special or better is a good choice. If it is to be carried concealed on your person, a more compact revolver that you can shoot well might be a thought. I was issued S&W 10's and 64's in my police years and carried them concealed off duty most of the time in a IWB holster and they worked well for me...Good luck

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
July 19, 2008, 10:52 AM
Depends. How inexpensive is "inexpensive"? $100, $150, $200, $250, $300, $350, $400???

July 19, 2008, 10:57 AM
Definitely the S&W Mod 10. You don't need a 5.5 barrel for a H/D revolver!!!:)

July 19, 2008, 11:02 AM
As you did not mention concealability I will assume that such is not an issue. I would also suggest that you forget about single actions. While they can be cheaper and effective, they require more training to become as effective as a double action.

The main thing which you will have to decide, is what caliber. If you are confident in .38, your options are wider.

Then you have to decide if you want a used gun or something new.

You will get lots of folks telling you how good their taurus/rossi/charter revolver is.

The other option is to buy an old smith/ruger.

While I wish all of the taurus/rossi/charter people well, I have not had good luck with their preferred brands.

This is all to explain the logic behind my advice to buy an old Smith.

July 19, 2008, 11:35 AM
I would rather have one "quality" firearm than a collection of cheap guns.
The adage "Beware of the man with only one gun" can still apply.

My 72 year old father, who has been quite frugal in the past, recently reminded me that the satisfaction of low price generally is forgotten after the first day, but good quality isn't.

July 19, 2008, 08:01 PM
Thanks for the input all,

I went to a large gunstore and looked over many handguns, both revolvers and autoloaders, and in the end I decided that I was willing to spend more money on a self-defense firearm, as it potentally my life we are talking about, and I bought (well buying) a Browning Hi Power over a CZ compact and a Taurus Model 65 in .357. Thank you all for your imput, I will keep it in mind if I buy a wheelgun. Concel carry is not a issue as I cannot do that at my work (work in a courthouse)

Vern Humphrey
July 19, 2008, 08:21 PM
You made a good choice.

July 19, 2008, 10:04 PM
If you're willing to "jump the list" and seize this deal now, SOG is currently offering both bull and tapered 4" barrel S&W model 10's in VG condition for the fair sum of $179 or so. Jump on it while you can!

How do I find this deal? I'll take a used Model 10 any 4" bull barrel any day of the week. I love that gun.

Guns and more
July 19, 2008, 10:10 PM
My first HD gun was a S&W model 65 revolver with a 4" brl. It is a .357 but I shot .38's at the range. Non-adjustable sights, stainless, I still have it. Longer barrels are easier for someone to grab and pull it away from you. Shorter barrels aren't as accurate. Remember, it's a HD gun not a carry gun. I think it will last forever, and although it's not as sexy as an auto, it's very, very practical.

July 19, 2008, 11:17 PM
If you can find an old Ruger Security Six, they tend to be cheap (because they are uggg-ly) but they are tough as nails. I used to find them for less than $200 all the time. It seems that S&W's are the new Ferraris, cause the prices are crazy- even for used.:banghead:

July 19, 2008, 11:31 PM
don't kill me, but, titan tiger .38 special. *cringes* DONT HIT ME! i got mine for like $100 and i love it. shoots well, deff. inexpencive.

Harry Paget Flashman
July 19, 2008, 11:44 PM
Century has some real nice used Astra Mdl 960 .38Spcl revolvers for $159. I just bought one and am happy with it.

B yond
July 21, 2008, 10:50 PM


Thought I'd cover both ends of the spectrum.

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