Inexpensive Revolvers


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GunLvrNLearner
September 1, 2008, 03:13 AM
If you were(because i might) get a inexpensive new revolver would you get a

Charter Arms?
Rossi?
Taurus?

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Rmac58
September 1, 2008, 06:43 AM
Nagant.

peyton
September 1, 2008, 07:44 AM
You can find used S&W .38's everywhere and that is what I recommend. I think cheap up front new is out weighed by quality used. Look around, look at the THR handguns for sale. You did not mention price range or barrel length you are looking for. Plus the hunt for it is fun.

rollback88
September 1, 2008, 08:58 AM
If you are looking for a target shooter, Peyton is right on.

But, if you are looking for a snubbie, any of them are fine. I'm on my second Rossi, which I prefer to the others because you can get a 6-shot .357 vs. 5 with the others. However, Charter has the option of 44spl.

I only have 2 non-S&W handguns, the old Rossi 88 and a Kimber 1911. From a shooting stand point, my Rossi 88 (and the 461 I had previously) are just as "bad" at the range as the S&W j-frame snubs I've shot. I don't see any need in spending the extra $$ on the name.

my .02

woad_yurt
September 1, 2008, 09:57 AM
Centerfire SYstems sells and Armscor .38 SPL snubbie for $179. Of course, you need to figure in s/h and transfer fees but I think they're ok guns. My friend has one; I've shot it and it's a perfectly fine, reliable shooter.

http://www.centerfiresystems.com/AC-M206.aspx

bluetopper
September 1, 2008, 10:11 AM
EAA, both double and single actions.

German made quality.

lee n. field
September 1, 2008, 10:30 AM
If you were(because i might) get a inexpensive new revolver would you get a

Charter Arms?
Rossi?
Taurus?

Yes. Preference is in reverse order to your list.

CZ.22
September 1, 2008, 10:41 AM
You can find used S&W .38's everywhere and that is what I recommend.
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no!

In my area (Raleigh/Durham NC) I have never even seen a S&W K-frame for under $350.

Loomis
September 1, 2008, 10:44 AM
the cheapest revolver I've ever seen that was of seemingly good quality was an Astra. It was used, but like new condition. Under $100.

Good luck finding one though. I think I've only seen 3 in my entire life.

CajunBass
September 1, 2008, 10:52 AM
I have never seen ANY used K frame Smith & Wesson's for less than $300.00 either, and I don't care what kind of shape they're in. I saw one last evening that looked like it had been dragged behind a truck and they wanted $299.99. (Ok, technically that's under $300.00.) What could you get it for? I have no idea. They were asking $299.99.

Of the three you mentioned, I've owned three Taurus revolvers. They all three shot just fine. I've never shot a Rossi but I've been tempted to get one just to see what they're like. I've seen then for less than $200.00 NIB. I've never even seen a Charter Arms revolver so I can't comment on them.

Loomis
September 1, 2008, 11:16 AM
CDNN has used stainless cop revolvers on sale for $289.99, iirc. They are S&W 357 model 65 with 4" bbl.

I bought one. They aren't in "like new" condition by any means. They are well used. But it's still a great price. I only had it 3 days and I was already getting people asking if I would sell it to them.

DrDeFab
September 1, 2008, 11:44 AM
In my area (Raleigh/Durham NC) I have never even seen a S&W K-frame for under $350.

+1. Cheaper and easier to buy a new SP101 than an old S&W around here.

22-rimfire
September 1, 2008, 11:46 AM
Smith Model 10's are around at modest prices. You just have to keep your eyes open and your wallet full of money ready.

Shade00
September 1, 2008, 11:53 AM
Try buying one online. I misplaced their recent print ad, but Southern Ohio Gun had used Model 10s at $179 for the standard barrel and $189 for the heavy barrel. Model 15s were $229. They also had NEW GP-100 .38s (a canceled contract order) for $325, if I recall correctly.

jdc1244
September 1, 2008, 11:58 AM
I guess it depends on what you consider inexpensive.

I recently got a new GP 100 for $440. Perhaps not inexpensive but I consider it reasonable considering the quality. I recommend the OP save for a while longer and do the same.

MachIVshooter
September 1, 2008, 12:37 PM
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no!

In my area (Raleigh/Durham NC) I have never even seen a S&W K-frame for under $350.

Wow. That sucks. Here in CO, I got a:

-S&W 19-4 good condition for $199

-S&W 65-3 excellent condition for $279

-S&W 37 airweight NIB for $260

-S&W 586-4 4" NIB for $325

-S&W 686 6" good condition for $300


Keep your eyes open, Gunlvr. You can find nice used Smiths for what you'd pay on a new Taurus or Rossi.

Old Grump
September 1, 2008, 02:22 PM
What are you going to use it for? What caliber do you prefer?

wnycollector
September 1, 2008, 02:29 PM
over the last 2 years I picked up 4 revolvers for less than $300.

S&W 28-2 4" - $250
S&W 36 2"- $225
S&W M&P 2nd change 4"- $150
Ruger SS Security Six - $275

If I had to choose one of the revolvers listed by the OP, I would go with a older interarms SS rossi 3" (model 68??). I have seen a few in the sub $200 range and all I have been seen were decent quality with OK triggers!

Shade00
September 1, 2008, 02:35 PM
My last couple of purchases were all under $300 - a S&W 681 4" for $250, and a stainless Ruger Speed Six for $250. It can certainly be done locally - you just have to keep your eyes open.

weregunner
September 1, 2008, 02:46 PM
If you want a new revolver under lifetime warranty the Rossi and Taurus are up for grabs.
Here's the scoop on them.
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=247.0
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=3639.0
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=5405.0
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=1816.0
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=6201.0
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=1187.0
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=8478.0
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=7361.0
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=1801.0

That out of the way even the Charter Arms seems to be not a bad pick. At least from what the actual owners are saying and the printed media seem to like them and showed that they were well made.

These were considered functional and decent guns.

I have personal experience with the older Taurus 85CH which is know 20+ years old and still going strong.

Aquired a Rossi 462 recently in the last few months and it's functioning and accuracy are what one would expect from a good quality snub revolver.

The used S&Ws are not bad picks either as others have already stated.

Virginian
September 1, 2008, 03:02 PM
I have had almost every common brand of double action revolver you can think of, and I used to sell guns. I am down to two centerfire double actions. A Taurus 431 stainless 44 Special. Had it for 20 years. absolutely no issues. I just got a Taurus 605 357, and so far I really like it too.
There is nothing wrong with a lot of different brands. When there is an issue, although you may have some hassle, I have yet to see one of the major players not make things right, if eventually.
I have these two because I like the feel, calibers performance, and in the case of the 605, price and features, I could not get elsewhere.
If you can check out a used handgun, and can see a lot in person, that's one thing, but buying long distance can be tricky.

wnycollector
September 1, 2008, 03:46 PM
Virginian, the 431 is one of the BEST big bore snubs out there! My fav is the SS 2.5" round butt!

Elvishead
September 1, 2008, 11:36 PM
Of the three, Taurus hands down.

The new Charter's just scare me.

AnaxImperator
September 2, 2008, 02:07 AM
A Rossi, I just wish they had more caliber & cylinder capacity options. But if I could find a used S&W (without the new internal lock) that was affordable, I'd get that.

Tamren
September 2, 2008, 02:38 AM
Wow. That sucks. Here in CO, I got a:

-S&W 19-4 good condition for $199

-S&W 65-3 excellent condition for $279

-S&W 37 airweight NIB for $260

-S&W 586-4 4" NIB for $325

-S&W 686 6" good condition for $300


:what: Where in CO? I've more or less decided I want a .357 as my next boomstick.

Edit- Now how does that quote thingy work...got it!

The_Antibubba
September 2, 2008, 04:32 AM
S&W Model 10, 4" barrel, nickel-plated, but with some of it worn off in places. Five screw.

Seventy Five Dollars, as is. In a gunshop. In California.

The timing was a little off, so a gunsmith fixed it up and cleaned it real pretty for $100.

$175. And it shoots like a dream.




:neener:

Nathanael_Greene
September 2, 2008, 08:38 AM
Still, if someone is a new shooter and unfamiliar with how to evaluate a used revolver, being able to get a Taurus or Rossi with a lifetime warranty can be a good option.

I agree with an earlier poster that the order of preference is Taurus, Rossi, and Charter.

It would help us, though, if we had an idea of your preference for caliber, size, budget, and your location.

General Geoff
September 2, 2008, 08:44 AM
I picked up these two revolvers (http://www.shadowflareindustries.com/images/revolvers.jpg) (Smith model 19, top, and model 10, bottom) for $200 total, including the case.

Colt Smith
September 3, 2008, 06:24 PM
General Geoff,

I checked it and then I checked again and it is now official....I'm jealous. Where did you find those two for $200? That is a bargain and then some. Nice find. I just picked up a model 10 with some honest use and a minty model 15. They are still at the shop awaiting the paperwork.

General Geoff
September 3, 2008, 10:06 PM
My friend's father passed away, and left him all his guns. He needed to find them good homes (he didn't have the room for all of 'em), so I stumbled upon them as a great deal. Excellent timing, as it happened the month after I turned 21. His dad carried the model 10 for many years (it came with a holster).

I passed on the wealth and sold the model 19 for $150 to my roommate who will shoot it much more than I would, and sold the model 10 to another friend for $100 since he was pining over it. They say charity is a virtue, but sometimes it hurts. :(

Phydeaux642
September 3, 2008, 10:25 PM
In my area (Raleigh/Durham NC) I have never even seen a S&W K-frame for under $350.


Sometimes, if you wait, you can find some decent deals. This year I have picked up a 4" nickle S&W 19-5 K-frame with the box for $300, a 4" S&W 13-4 K-frame for $325, a 4" S&W 520 N-frame for $360 and a 5" S&W 38-44 HD for $270.:D Granted, I don't live in Raleigh/Durham NC either.

fireflyfather
September 5, 2008, 01:55 AM
get an Astra .38 or .357. I know someone who picked up a .357 for $100. Good gun.

jojosdad
September 5, 2008, 03:49 AM
Seventy Five Dollars, as is. In a gunshop. In California.
And here I thought I was doing good by getting a minty nickle Model 49 for $275. :cool:

KiltedClaymore
September 5, 2008, 08:43 AM
Nagant. or a Titan Tiger with the 4inch ribbed barrel. oh wait, already got one.

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