If you could only have one Revolver...


April 19, 2009, 08:47 PM
What would it be?
For me it would be the Ruger SP101 2 or 3 inch .357
Small enough to carry but enough power for almost any situation.

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April 19, 2009, 09:27 PM
Geez, why not shoot high here? How about a first generation Colt SAA in brand spanking new condition? A Colt Walker in similar condition wouldn't be a bad choice, either. :)

April 19, 2009, 09:29 PM
Smith & Wesson 340

April 19, 2009, 09:30 PM
OK, for a REALISTIC option.... :D.... and if you mean taken from the present collection then it would be a tossup between my M28 and the M19. Um.... Actually for some ill concieved reason I think I'd keep the M28 Highway Patrolman. It's just more intimadating and in a pinch it's heavy enough to drive nails to make up a new house out in the stix.

April 19, 2009, 09:54 PM
GP-100 fixed sight, 3".

April 19, 2009, 09:55 PM
Not brand-picky, as I have little experience with three-inchers, but, yeah, I'd like a three-inch DA revolver in .38+P or .357.
Or... I'd leave SD/HD to an autoloader, and get a .22LR revolver for the "fun" factor (of course, I could reverse that, and use a .22LR autoloader for that, and the wheelie for SD/HD.)

April 19, 2009, 10:32 PM
Are you buying? If so, I'll have a stainless Ruger GP 100 with the 4" half-lug barrel.

April 19, 2009, 10:45 PM
I'd say a blued S&W 581 (or 586) with a 4" bbl.

April 19, 2009, 10:57 PM
Only One? . . :uhoh: . That would be a tough call between a S&W Registered Magnum and a Colt SAA 1st Gen. early smokeless. . both in excellent condition of course. . I'd buy the Registered magnum first and then the Colt SAA. . . or maybe the other way around? .:)


April 19, 2009, 10:58 PM
I'd say a blued S&W 581 (or 586) with a 4" bbl.


April 19, 2009, 11:03 PM
The .600 nitro express revolver cast out of solid gold and encrusted with rubies(as long as I can have as many automatics as I want).

April 19, 2009, 11:42 PM
6 inch Smith Wesson 686

April 19, 2009, 11:47 PM
Hmm, I certainly understand the sentiment for the .357 revolvers but I would still probably take my 4" 610. In fact it is the only revolver that I own.

April 20, 2009, 12:03 AM
I'll have to agree w/ BCRider....I purchased an early S&W M28 a while back, and it is a sweet shooting piece. Gets my vote for the lone keeper.

April 20, 2009, 12:15 AM
The only revolver I owned for a while was a Ruger SP101, 2" barrel. Knowing what I know now I'd rather own a Smith model 60 with a 3" barrel. It would cover most of the bases: somewhat shootable, concealable on a belt, and halfway decent as a trail gun.

If I ended up moving back to Alaska, I'd amend that to either a 3" model 629 or the 329PD.

April 20, 2009, 12:30 AM
Ruger Security Six 4" .357Mag. I already have it also.


David E
April 20, 2009, 01:14 AM
For me it would be the Ruger SP101 2 or 3 inch .357
Small enough to carry but enough power for almost any situation.

How about making that one-shot kill on a deer @ 75 yds?

Since I reload, I'd choose a 6" S&W Model 29.

For carry, I pack semi-autos !


April 20, 2009, 02:14 AM
Hmmm. Once again I would starve to death at the opening of my safe trying to decide which one I had to live forever with in an "only one" thread.

April 20, 2009, 02:26 AM
I'd keep my 3-inch model 65 S&W.

April 20, 2009, 06:27 AM
If ONLY one?

A Colt Walker...

And, a spare Cylinder...

Revolver Ocelot
April 20, 2009, 06:57 AM
This is a tough one, I'd really like to have a 686 cs-1 however I happen to already have a gp100 4" that I love and would never want to part with however for practicality reasons I think I'd go with a s&w 649 no lock

April 20, 2009, 07:10 AM
No brainer, my M27 5".

April 20, 2009, 07:57 AM
Colt Python, 4" blue

Thomas Garrett
April 20, 2009, 08:13 AM
Colt OMM. 6", .38 Special. Love the Classics.

April 20, 2009, 08:23 AM
Only ONE revolver??
It would certainly be my vintage K-38 Full Target.
When I got it I was as poor as a Churchmouse and ONLY thru some wheeler dealing was I able to get it.
The piece has served me well over the years.

Duke of Doubt
April 20, 2009, 09:36 AM
Smith & Wesson Model 29, .44 Magnum, 5 7/8, nickel finish, Hogue grip. The revolver man's revolver, and my personal HD main battery.


April 20, 2009, 11:30 AM
One of these three:

S&W 642/442 .38 +P
S&W M28 6" .357
Ruger GP100 - 4" or 6" .357

April 20, 2009, 11:55 AM
S&w 610

April 20, 2009, 01:16 PM
Any K Frame S&W...

...but model 19 would be the ONE


April 20, 2009, 07:41 PM
My S&W 65 with 4" barrel with round butt.

April 20, 2009, 07:55 PM
It would rather be like choosing between your children, but if I absolutely had to go down to just one it would be the Ruger Police Service-Six.

April 20, 2009, 08:14 PM
Model 65 S&W pre-lock in a 3 inch barrel,....357 of course,....

deputy tom
April 20, 2009, 09:37 PM
+1 on the S&W 65 with 4" barrel with round butt.tom.:D

April 20, 2009, 09:40 PM
S&W 686-1 w/ a 4 inch barrel.

April 20, 2009, 09:54 PM
Fortunatly, I don't have to make that dission right now. But if I did, it would be between my 45 lc custom flattop by John Gallagher or my box stock s&w 3 1/2" round but 696 44 spl.

April 20, 2009, 09:54 PM
What, no pictures of your "keeper" revolvers? If I could have or keep only one, it would be this one, a 3.5" 27.

If I were on a tighter budget and going to buy one, I'd get a 4" Model 28 or a 4" 686.


April 20, 2009, 10:12 PM
Out of what I have, my Ruger New Vaquero .45 colt.


Out of what I wish I had...an 1861 Colt Navy.

April 20, 2009, 10:25 PM
A tie.

6" Colt Python, Nickel, #1 factory tune.

4" S&W M66.

Brian Williams
April 20, 2009, 10:44 PM
S&W 581 round butted, moonclipped, cut to 3" Gold bead front sight.

Buck Snort
April 20, 2009, 11:41 PM
I've got the revolver in my safe that fills the bill. Its a 6" 44 mag. Colt Anaconda. I can load it HOT, I can load it COLD, I can load it anywhere in between. It'll shoot better groups than my old eyes can produce and its as solid as a battle tank. It and the 4" 629 will be mine until the day I crap out and then some lucky kids in the family will end up with them. Great guns.

April 20, 2009, 11:52 PM
I was going to dream something up, including the revolvers of some famous individuals, like General J.E.B. Stuart's LeMat, or the like...

But, seeing as I have only one revolver, and I bought it because I didn't have one, and consider it to be the quintessential modern sixgun..

6" Smith & Wesson 686-3, factory gonalco alves grips, late 80's production.

April 21, 2009, 12:08 AM
66 no dash

April 21, 2009, 12:10 AM
S&W 10-5 that was "used" by the Australian police force. By "used" I mean it was sent there, apparently never fired and sent back to be re-sold. For me its the perfect balance and weight, just a perfect fit.

Nobody picked the Buntline?

April 21, 2009, 12:27 AM
This one:
Belongs to Bullet, IIRC.

I think a model 649, with a 3" model 60 barrel, and an unfluted cylinder.

It's a thing of beauty, and would suffice for darn near all purposes I would have for a good revolver--with only a swap of the grips needed for the different purposes.

But, since Bullet probably wouldn't give up the thing.....probably my S&W 620, as it was a pseudo-custom deal for me, built 2 days before my birthday one year. My first handgun, too. I don't have a real good picture of it, unfortunately.

April 21, 2009, 03:52 AM
Like several others here I would use my K frame S&W model 66 with a round butt and 3" barrel.

I would love a 3" early model 686 or 586 too.

Go figure.


April 21, 2009, 03:59 AM
Only one a S&W 629 5" barrel stainless .44 mag.

April 21, 2009, 05:53 AM
I guess, if I really could have but one - it'd be my 625-7 MG - my first ever S&W. My wife bought that new for me 8/02. My ~3k homebrew .45 Colt rounds for it would help, especially if, in the perceptual one-gun world, I could still reload for it. It, and my then other .45 Colts, were why I started reloading.

You know, so many rationales should be considered... my 642 & 296 make far better choices - they are CCWs. My 617 - or that 627 Pro from last year - much more frugal to plink with than a .45 Colt - and accessible ammo, too. My 6" 629 is a fine plinker with .44 Russians & Specials; scoped and with Magnums, it's a hunter. Nope... one revolver, that 625MG would be it - sentimental.

I don't like this.


April 21, 2009, 06:26 AM
Either a 4 inch 686, GP100, or 625 MG.

I had the opportunity to pick up a .45 Colt 625 MG a couple years ago but didnt jump on it. Havent seen one since. Such a beautiful weapon.

April 21, 2009, 06:36 AM
they don't make the one, which is why I keep buying others.
3.5" N-frame Smith, chambered in .44Spec/Mag, and with fixed sights, and round butt.
One day I'll have to make it myself, since looking around has gotten me nowhere.
Of the ones I have?

April 21, 2009, 07:21 AM


April 21, 2009, 01:44 PM
only one?!

well, make mine a 4" stainless GP100!
a SW 686 would be my second pick.

April 21, 2009, 01:53 PM
Tough, tough, TOUGH call... :scrutiny:

I guess for me, it would come down to a primal scream-choice between my S&W Pro-60 .357 with 3" barrel, or my S&W 63 .22 kit gun with 4" barrel.

Harve Curry
April 21, 2009, 01:57 PM
COLT SAA 44spl. with the front sight squared and having the gold lines inlayed for elevation. Like the one I have.

April 21, 2009, 08:38 PM
Good question. Probably a Taurus Raging Bull in .44 Magnum.

www.taurusarmed.net www.gunnerforum.com

April 21, 2009, 08:39 PM
Good question. Probably a Taurus Raging Bull in .44 Magnum.

www.taurusarmed.net www.gunnerforum.com

April 21, 2009, 08:41 PM
My S&W Model 625 Mountain Gun in 45LC, no-lock.

April 21, 2009, 08:42 PM
Good question. Probably a Taurus Raging Bull in .44 Magnum.

www.taurusarmed.net www.gunnerforum.com

April 21, 2009, 08:44 PM
Sorry about the triple post, I experienced a glitch on my end.

April 21, 2009, 09:52 PM
S&W 629 with 3" barrel.

April 21, 2009, 10:48 PM
Ruger Security-Six 4-incher stainless.

(Still, I'd also love a vintage S&W 27 in nickel.)


April 21, 2009, 11:18 PM
Easy, my inheritance revolver, Smith 10-8 4 inch, my stepfathers sidearm I bought for him 15 years before he died. Best shooting wheelgun I have ever owned. .38Spl may not be a barn burner of a round, but it will do the job, in my humble opinon.

April 22, 2009, 12:04 AM
Ruger Alaskan .44 mag. It's the only one I have left, but it's by far my favorite handgun I own period.

April 22, 2009, 12:05 AM
A blackhawk. any blackhawk.

April 22, 2009, 09:02 AM
A Smith j-frame, probably an airweight bodyguard.

April 22, 2009, 10:04 AM

S&W 627 Performance Center

April 22, 2009, 11:29 AM
Im drooling over that photo of that 627 Smith

April 22, 2009, 11:32 AM
Dan Wesson, Model 15-2 Pistol pac w/carry grips.

Because then I'd have 4 revolvers for everything from hunting to carry.

April 22, 2009, 11:32 AM
Pignose! :)

collector rob
April 22, 2009, 01:01 PM
Blackhawk .357/ 9mm convertible would be my choice

April 22, 2009, 01:09 PM
It's interesting how few Rugers are showing up here...

April 22, 2009, 01:20 PM
For me it'd have to be the Ruger SP101.. Versatile, concealable, reliable, & powerful.

April 22, 2009, 03:14 PM
Having pondered this, I am tossing between sentiment/nostalgia and realism. For the former, there is my first-ever S&W - my 625-7 MG (top, below) in .45 Colt. It is shown with the LN -6 I later obtained (bottom, below) - which is my wood's stomper/plinker these days.


I know things may one day change - and home reloading may become '... a thing of the past'. In that case, a more sane approach - for continued plinking enjoyment - and a modicum of home protection - then a .38/.357M or .22 may be a more intelligent choice. Then, one of the below choices, my 4" 617 or 4" 627 Pro, both bought last year, may be a better choice. I guess the constraints might be important... ie, will plinkers, only, be allowed? Is homebrew ammo to continue?


I have a few other choices. I hate to see my other 'children' languishing in exile somewhere. This is tough. It is 'Earth Day'... perhaps I'll go downstairs and make more ammo... This selection process is difficult. (TIC) I have it on good authority that some old growth tropical hardwoods were clearcut by child labor to produce those grips - and I chose seal skin for the holster - with a polar bear fur liner, of course. Note the mildew my deck has grown since winter - my contribution to 'green' Earth for the day.


April 22, 2009, 03:27 PM
Only the one?
Colt 6" Python in Royal blue with Hogue Goncalo Alves Monogrips.

Maybe in Ultimate Stainless for a BBQ arm, though.

April 22, 2009, 03:27 PM


Old Model Super Blackhawk.

I've had it since it was new and it's the very
last firearm I would part with. My fingers
would be cold at that point and I wouldn't
need it any longer.



April 22, 2009, 06:46 PM
There is not much my 5" S&W 629 Classic won't do from small to medium game and self defense. It don't fit in the pocket though.

April 23, 2009, 03:50 AM
It's interesting how few Rugers are showing up here...

Just did a quick count and Ruger is mentioned as a pick 15 times so far. Not a bad showing...


April 23, 2009, 04:06 AM
Page 4.

I'd keep my 3-inch model 65 S&W.Copy that.

If not the 65, then a 3" 686.

April 23, 2009, 10:26 AM
I'd take a Ruger GP100 with 3" barrel as well.

April 23, 2009, 12:09 PM
Just did a quick count and Ruger is mentioned as a pick 15 times so far. Not a bad showing...
What's interesting is that when you look at most generic "GP100 or 686" type threads Ruger gets close to 50% or more. When the question changes to "Only one revolver" Ruger is getting barely 20%.

April 23, 2009, 12:38 PM
Dan Wesson 15VH Pistol Pack.. Four guns in one. Eight if you count .38 Special vs. .357 Magnum.

April 23, 2009, 01:05 PM
Geez, why not shoot high here? How about a first generation Colt SAA in brand spanking new condition?

Have to agree with seasrcher on this one. I'll take SN #1.


April 23, 2009, 01:07 PM
I love my K-22 masterpiece so much I will leave it in its unfired state. Beautiful gun.

April 23, 2009, 01:19 PM
I think the disparity between the "only one revolver" question and the "GP-100 vs. 686" is that S&W has a lot of other options. I think the GP and 686 are very comparable, but Ruger only now is getting into the lightweight pocket revolver market with the LCR. And at the opposite end, I think most preffer the 29 or 629 to a Redhawk or Super Redhawk.

If you are looking only at a mid sized .357, ruger competes well. If it is opened to everyone's subjective choice of what needs to fill with only one revolver, S&W has more models to fill each niche.

By the way, I own only one revolver. a 6 in GP-100.

April 23, 2009, 01:56 PM
If you are looking only at a mid sized .357, ruger competes well. If it is opened to everyone's subjective choice of what needs to fill with only one revolver, S&W has more models to fill each niche.
Excellent point. It also seems that this question calls into thought other features than pure utility more than model v. model discussions. Things like historical value and aesthetic appeal come to mind more quickly. And Ruger loses out there. Hence all the First Gen SAA type responses.

Disclosure: I own 2 revolvers. A 5" Ruger GP-100 and a 5.5" Ruger Stainless Bisley Convertible.

April 23, 2009, 03:52 PM
Smith &Wesson M29, blued, 6 1/2 bbl.

April 24, 2009, 08:43 AM
I hang on to this one and let the others go...


April 24, 2009, 11:13 AM
Probably a 4" Colt Diamondback in 22LR.

April 24, 2009, 11:45 AM
I've got a SS 5 1/2" Ruger Red Hawk that I really like. A superb 4" Colt Diamondback... Hmm...? I'd really like a SS Ruger GP100.

To own one revolver.. Hmm...? early production 6" SS Colt Python?

This one is .357 Mag, but I'd like one in .445 SuperMag. Very versital revolver.



April 24, 2009, 05:20 PM
Probably a S&W Mdl. 27 (.357) with a 4" bbl., however I have been looking at a 4" Ruger Redhawk (.44 mag). There are advantages to both depending on where I am and what I am doing. The only problem with the "one gun" scenario is I prefer a wheelgun as my CCW piece and the two guns I mentioned are large. With that in mind and forced to make a decision I would probably choose a S&W Mdl. 13 (.357) 3" or a Ruger GP-100 (.357) 3".

April 24, 2009, 06:09 PM
madcratebuilder wrote:
No brainer, my M27 5".


April 24, 2009, 06:50 PM
Of the 25 revolvers I have, which consist of a variety of calibers of DA and SA, I would have to say the one revolver I cannot live without would be my 625 Mountain Gun in 45 Colt.

April 24, 2009, 08:50 PM
If I could have only one revolver, it would be a 4" GP100, with adjustable sights and the fully-lugged barrel, and more specifically, one from fairly early production, with grunge grooves under the extractor. I have two like this. One was my duty sixgun for a while.

I really like my SP101s, but for serious longer-range work, a bit more than 3" of barrel is necessary, IMHO. If Ruger would make a 4" to 5" SP101 in .357, it would REALLY get my attention. Presently, they don't, therefore my answer in the preceding paragraph.

April 25, 2009, 07:49 PM
S&W 686 with 4" barrel.

April 25, 2009, 08:28 PM
It's funny... your answers can change over time depending on your perceived needs of the moment and also learning new things.

I started out with a .38 snub being my "do it all" gun, with little to go on but gun rag reading and only with urban self defense in mind. Went on to get a 3" .357, basically with the same "do it all" mindset for that one.

That works for me - don't get to do much woods bummin' so it's 'enough gun'. Haven't bought anything in about 10 years. But I was starting to get bit by the .44 Special bug about a year ago - a nice 3" model would be cool to have, but it's more of a wishlist thing. And again - I think it could "do it all" also.

41 magnum fan
April 26, 2009, 08:57 PM
My choice would be one of my S&W 657 Mountain Guns in 41 magnum.

April 26, 2009, 09:19 PM
If you could only have one Revolver...

A lot depends on how this question is interpreted.

From a complete fantasy perspective, I think my choice is pretty easy, an original Colt Patterson.

From a little more realistic perspective I would choose either a S&W Registered Magnum or a 6" Colt Python. These would likely be save queens.

Realistically, I would chose a 6" S&W 686. This is assuming that I can also have other semi-auto handguns.

If I were restricted to just one handgun (as opposed to just one revolver) I would choose either an S&W 686SSR (4") or an S&W 620 (4"). If I were to include out of production guns, I would consider a 4" S&W 66.


April 26, 2009, 11:14 PM
...or, an S & W Model 58...

April 27, 2009, 06:34 AM
Ruger speed six in 2.75 barrel.

April 27, 2009, 12:23 PM
There are others I'd probably rather have, but out of what I have I'd keep my Bisley. Being able to shoot .45 Colt and .45ACP can come in very handy.

April 27, 2009, 12:26 PM
They don't make it. Or is it didn't make it?

I'd like a Colt New Service in 44 Magnum.

April 27, 2009, 07:56 PM
if I had just a model 27 and a python with a 4 inch barrel I don't know which one I would sell.

May 20, 2009, 12:34 PM
5 inch ruger redhawk 44mah for hunting loaded with hot 44 spl for defence

May 20, 2009, 12:44 PM
If Colt would make just one more
production run on Pythons and KC's
I would clear out a 401k buying them up

May 20, 2009, 01:01 PM
Mine would have to be an S&W K-22 Masterpiece or a 5.5" Freedom Arms 97 in .22 LR. I have owned the former and own the latter, and I cannot think of any revolvers that produce a bigger grin.

May 20, 2009, 01:45 PM
I think I'll die before I could make that choice.

May 20, 2009, 03:13 PM
Colt Python, .357mag, 6" barrel, satin stainless.

May 20, 2009, 06:11 PM
S&W 586 with the 4" barrel.

May 20, 2009, 06:26 PM
I would love to have a.44 Magnum Smith and Wesson Model 629 4 inch Barrel V-Comp


May 20, 2009, 06:55 PM
I think I'd have to go with a Freedom Arms Model 97 in .45 Colt, 5 1/2" barrel.
I'm surprised how few Freedom Arms have been brought up in this thread...no love for single actions I guess :)

May 20, 2009, 10:01 PM
I definitely love single actions, but I guess the cost gets in my way even though this is a wish list. . . . lol . . . . . I have never felt poorly armed with my Super Blackhawk.

May 20, 2009, 11:28 PM
S&W M67. Stainless, 4" bbl, .38 +P capable, obscenely accurate. Don't need any more than that.

May 20, 2009, 11:46 PM
smith and wesson .357 mag four or six inch

May 21, 2009, 12:51 AM
Stainless or nickel Schofield .45 with pearl grips would be nice. X

May 21, 2009, 06:51 AM
These "if you could only have one" don't really serve any real funtion except they are fun which sometimes in life that all you need. For me in my present situration I would keep my 642 as my only revolver since it what I use off duty all the time. But I read a long time ago and tend to agree with is that the best all around revolver with the exception of concealed carry is a 4" 357/38 but I think I would perfer a 3" that might fill the conceald carry duty a little better. Now if it was only one handgun it would be a 3" .357/.38 more then not the ruger sp 101.

be safe

May 21, 2009, 10:12 AM
I never play by the rules on these "just one threads" but I do like to play along.

So one of these below, all but one .357, in order of desire:

S&W 642 (.38 spl +P)
S&W M&P R8
S&W Model 28 6"
S&W 686 6", 7-rounder
Ruger GP-100 6"
S&W 686 4"
Ruger GP-100 4"
Colt Trooper 6"

You will see a dicotomy here.

My first choice is the 642 because it is small, light, pocketable, and could work in just about every situation to some extent. It fits very well into life in an urban environment where nearly all of us live.

The others are are all conspicously large and heavy...what I would call "outdoor guns". The 4" models would be usable for CC in an urban environment with the right clothes.

If I were hanging out in the deep woods or the desert I'd want one of the big ones.

That was fun.

May 21, 2009, 10:16 AM
If I could only keep one it would be my K22 Outdoorsman, made in 1938, and shoots like a dream.

May 21, 2009, 10:50 AM
my 29-2, 6 1/2"

May 21, 2009, 06:19 PM
Colt Python with 4" barrel.

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