Smith and Wesson revolver choice


April 17, 2009, 05:05 PM
What should be my first revolver? Either a s&w model 27 or 29 is what i was thinking, what about you?

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April 17, 2009, 05:09 PM
I would recommend the 27 as the .357 is cheaper/easier to shoot.

Duke of Doubt
April 17, 2009, 05:23 PM
Model 29 is a classic piece of art.

But ... your first revolvers? Dang, man; get a Colt Army Special or Smith Model 10 first.

Rio Laxas
April 17, 2009, 05:30 PM
My 5" 27-2 is my favorie firearm and it's fun to shoot.

April 17, 2009, 06:10 PM
First get the 27 ... then as soon as you can, go get that 29 (.44mag is just a HOOT!)

April 17, 2009, 06:14 PM
Your first revolver? Dang, son, I'd take the money and buy two lesser expensive revolvers. Like, a model 19 and a model 17. The 19 lets you shoot 38 special and 357 and the 17, which is 22, is cheap to shoot.

If you buy a 44 mag and don't reload, you'll have to take out a loan every time you go to the range.

April 17, 2009, 06:49 PM
What Harmonic said.

April 17, 2009, 07:04 PM
Don't know where you shop, but I can't get an M-17 and an M-19 for the price of an M-27.

My M-17 cost me $450 (since sold and replaced with an M-18 for $400).
My M-19 cost me $450.
My first (6") M-27 cost me $450 (since sold).
My second M-27 (5") cost me $600 (within the last eight months).

If you can get a nice M-27 in a barrel length that appeals to you, I'd grab it now--they are neither plentiful nor cheap. You can shoot as many hot .357s as you want through it, or shoot light .38 loads (which is not necessarily true of the M-19).

I'd look for the .22 next, and shoot the daylights out of it. If you can find a nice M-19 later on, great. Can't see any advantage to the M-19 unless you're going to carry it (slightly smaller/lighter), and mine's too pretty to carry. I have a 586 for that :)

April 17, 2009, 07:15 PM
Since he mentioned the two he's looking at the 27 is a much better choice in my opinion. I agree with JustinL.

April 17, 2009, 07:41 PM
I had a Model 29 before I had a 27. Now I've got two of each.

Loyalist Dave
April 17, 2009, 07:45 PM
I like the model 13 myself for a first revolver, or a 65. I like to recommend fixed sights for new shooters is all I'm saying. The other variations, 19, 27 etc are also very good.


April 17, 2009, 07:52 PM
I vote with Harmonic, I think--but the real issue would be whether or not the N frame (27, 29) is a good fit for your hand.

Be sure to try gripping the different frame sizes.

Jim H.

April 17, 2009, 08:24 PM
I love the M29, but if its your first S&W I'd go for the M27.

April 17, 2009, 10:07 PM
My first revolver was a model 27. I purchased it in 1974. It was beautiful and shot like a dream. I had an 8 3/8" bbl. which was a mistake when I got a holster for it. Someone stole it from my truck while I was at work. I have a model 29 and it's about as good as revolvers get - it was made by real craftsmen in a time when they were made right. It wasn't cheap.

April 17, 2009, 10:54 PM
I voted M-27. But shop the used market, and when you find one (either model) that speaks to you, at a price you're willing to pay, get it. Keep shopping around for the other.


April 17, 2009, 11:57 PM

.38 and .357 are unmitigated fun to shoot.

.44 is only fun for X rounds, depending on the rounds and the gun. Also, if you don't handload or plan to start, .44 has gotten far too expensive for most of us to play with a lot.:(

With any centerfire handgun, reloading is the next step if you really want to enjoy it (both dramatically lower cost and a much larger variety of loads, combined with really getting to know your gun well, lead to far greater enjoyment for the handloader IMO).

April 18, 2009, 03:17 AM
I've found that my hand is good for about one cylinder worth of .44Mag. Meanwhile I could shoot a whole box of .357 without any issue.

I wouldn't turn up my nose at a nice tight and good looking Model 28 either. Granted it's a plain jane version but when you're peering over the sights and squeezing off a round the 27 and 28 look and feel the same.

April 18, 2009, 04:10 AM
What is it for?

Just going to the range and secondly as an SD option....then the .357 for sure, with out a doubt.

If you intend to use it for more out doorsy type camping hiking backpacking activities then the .44 MIGHT be a better option depending on where you are.

.44 ammo is $$$$$. You will shoot way more with .38's

April 18, 2009, 05:39 AM
I'd get the .357 and use .38spl rounds for most of the shooting.

April 18, 2009, 06:44 AM
Everyone's first revolver should be a .357. And everyone's second revolver should be a reloading press and components to load 5 or 10 or 20 thousand rounds of .38.

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