Best gun for best man?


February 26, 2010, 07:54 PM
I'm getting married, and one of my groomsmen is a fellow (if new) gun enthusiast. He's mentioned a few times that he's always wanted a revolver, but I know his next purchase is going to be a black rifle. I figure this is an excellent opportunity to buy him that dream gun, as a groomsmen gift.

My question to this forum: what should I get?

Some guidance:

Price is a factor, as usual. I'd like to keep this gift under $500, ideally *well* under $500.
Presentation is important. Gun's got to look good. Where does one get pistol boxes?
I'm a fan of cowboy guns, but he's never been into them. He's more into modern revolvers: rubber grips and all.
The gun has to be engrave-able. Ideally, at the time of placing the order, since I wouldn't know where to take a gun to get engraved.

So, any ideas?

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February 26, 2010, 08:19 PM
Here's a thought -

February 26, 2010, 08:32 PM
Is there any caliber preference?

February 26, 2010, 08:39 PM
Now that you mention it, I recall him admiring the .357 for its versatility. 357 for power, 38 for inexpensive target shooting.

Also, I'm pretty sure he wants a gun that will fill his hand, as opposed to a CCW / snub gun. Say, 3" to 5" barrel.

February 26, 2010, 08:43 PM
Now that you mention it, I recall him admiring the .357 for its versatility. 357 for power, 38 for inexpensive target shooting.

Ruger SP101. It should come in at less than five bills and the stainless should be easily engraved.

February 26, 2010, 08:47 PM
This looks like either of there will do the trick: or

But I wonder where I'd have to go in order to get it engraved?

The whole idea for this, by the way, comes from the original purpose of the Best Man / Groomsmen: either to protect and escort the bride to the wedding, or to join in the attack as the groom raids a neighboring village/homestead to capture a wife. Either role requires weapons, which is why I'm getting my groomsmen a revolver (for the gun guy), an antique katana (for the japanese guy), and a lightsaber (for the sci-fi nerd).

February 26, 2010, 08:48 PM
I gave my best man a Smith 19 3 inch, can't beat it. You'd have to buy used for that price, though.

Cocked & Locked
February 26, 2010, 08:53 PM
How about a S&W model 66?

February 26, 2010, 09:03 PM
Gorgeous gun, C&L. Likely a bit out of my range, though. :)

February 26, 2010, 09:10 PM
A lot depends on how much engraving you are talking about. I would suggest a simple inscription engraved on the backstrap. It would be a more economical to work with a stainless gun as was previously mentioned and avoid the expense of reblueing. One possible alternative would be to get yourself a nice gun new or used and have a presentation plate inlayed into the grips or into the lid of a presentation case. You can save yourself some money by having the plate engraved either by hand or machine at a jeweler.

February 26, 2010, 09:42 PM
I'd suggest a Ruger GP 100. Tough as nails, easy on the eyes and in your price range

Cocked & Locked
February 26, 2010, 09:42 PM
Gorgeous gun, C&L. Likely a bit out of my range, though.

Perhaps not if you look around. Got this one yesterday for $400.

February 26, 2010, 10:17 PM
Look here:

Merry Christmas.

They're DAO, but that's fixable. Blued or stainless, your call, and both are engravable; google it and you should come up with some decent results.

February 26, 2010, 10:21 PM
Ruger SBH 44 mag a mans gun!

February 26, 2010, 10:45 PM
Look for a 3" Ruger SP101 Special Edition. May be a touch over your budget, but the engraving is incredible! I would guess it is done on a cnc machine, but looks very nice. If you don't want to spend the extra dough, go with a 3" SP101 with some fancy grips/grip inserts.

Arkansas Paul
February 26, 2010, 11:15 PM
GP100 all the way.

February 26, 2010, 11:25 PM
In sticking with the 357 in you budget range, I would go ruger. Yes Smiths are very nice, but I think a Ruger sounds more in tune with what you looking for. A new GP or SP would work but I'd look for a Security Six. I did the same thing for my brother when he got married. But it was a Black Hawk in 45lc.
Good luck...

February 26, 2010, 11:50 PM
I agree with all the above ref Ruger......even though you could get a nice S&W 642 or 442 .38 +P for under $500...maybe even under $400 at still over your price range....

Therefore, go with the Ruger......357........can't go wrong!

February 26, 2010, 11:53 PM
Ruger SP 357 in stainless

February 27, 2010, 10:56 PM
If you should ever need a Best man in the future send me a PM and I'll get you whats on my short list :D

Gun Geezer
February 28, 2010, 08:23 AM
I got mine a black powder revolver. I think Colt New Army .44. Got it from Cabelas for about $199 at the time, probably more now as that was 20 years ago! It was the kit model, so it had all the little tools he needed, a few balls, patches, etc.

I got a presentation box for it for like $50.

We don't see each other very often anymore. But when we do, that pistol is always discussed. He has had much fun with it over the years.

February 28, 2010, 09:49 AM
I would get him a 3" or 4" Ruger GP100 (357 mag). My alternative would be a air weight Smith revolver in 38spl probably. If I were going to do the gift thing, I would buy him something "good" otherwise I would choose a different gift. The black powder choice is not a bad althernative. The other might simply be a regular black powder rifle in 50 cal; Thompson would be my choice, but if you are in a state that is primitive hunting only (flintlock etc), then I would get a Hawkins design. You can buy those for less than the handguns and still get a very high quality rifle.

February 28, 2010, 09:59 AM
Smith model 66 is a very versitile gun. I have a police trade in that I am picking up for 400 bucks.

February 28, 2010, 03:15 PM
4 inch S & W Mod 28-2. None could be better, imho

February 28, 2010, 05:02 PM
Ruger SBH 44 mag a mans gun!

This would undoubtedly be a show of class, appreciation, and friendship. A 44mag is as versatile a caliber as you can get and the SBH's are a classic design.

Careful though... get him too nice of a gun and he might try to steal you from your wife! :neener:


February 28, 2010, 10:38 PM
Slightly off topic, but if you're in Seattle (as your name implies) I would go browse at Ben's Loan in Renton. They have good prices on most items (provided they're used; new is generally MSRP) and don't fall into the EBR category. I've made two used purchases from there and from all appearances, they could have been new - but half the price.

Pretty big selection too.

March 1, 2010, 12:30 AM
Here's an idea, if you have enough time (before you get murd... I mean married).

Get one of the S&W Model 64's from J&G Sales. Have it engraved locally. Send it to S&W to have it reworked to SA/DA again. And have them refiish the blueing while it's there. You'll end up with a practically new S&W, engraved, for less than the cost of a new S&W. And about the same cost of a new Ruger.

But then again... I'm partial to blued Smiths, with the high lustre finish. (Like a 27 or 29.)

So what day and time do I need to be there for the rehersal? I'll volunteer to be number 4.:D And you already know what would make me happy...:evil:


March 1, 2010, 12:33 AM
Ruger SP. I have shot quite a few 357s and it is IMO the best deal for the money.

Zak Smith
March 1, 2010, 12:39 AM (

Relatively cheap, no paperwork.

March 1, 2010, 02:45 PM
Paperwork? Crap, I'd forgotten about that part. So, black powder has no paperwork requirements?

Also: someone above mentioned grip plate engraving. Does anyone have any recommendations for a site that provides this service?

March 1, 2010, 02:51 PM
In quite a few states you can just give the gun as a gift with out going through all the transfer process. Of coarse you will have to initially fill it out in your name.

Zak Smith
March 1, 2010, 02:55 PM
In quite a few states you can just give the gun as a gift with out going through all the transfer process. Of coarse you will have to initially fill it out in your name.
Gifting firearms is legitimate in most stages, provided the recipient is a resident of the same state as the original purchaser. Remember that interstate firearms transfers must go through an FFL in the destination state.

Blackpowder firearms have no FFL/transfer requirements, though.

March 1, 2010, 02:56 PM
While it is only a .22 rimfire a Ruger Single Six is a fun little gun to shoot and it is durable. No it isn't winning awards in the powrehouse dept, but it is a nice little revolver and a friend really won't care what you get him if anything.

Just One Shot
March 1, 2010, 04:13 PM
Since money is an object I would echo what some others have said. Get a Ruger! If you buy used for less than $400.00 you can get him a real nice .357 stainless.

Bass Ackwardz
March 1, 2010, 04:24 PM
How about a nice Colt Trooper Mk III in .357. I am looking at picking one up and have seen them right around the $400 range. Most haven't been fired much if at all.


March 1, 2010, 06:02 PM
For .357:
Ruger SP101 or 3" S&W Jframe (mod60 maybe?). Ruger for pricerange, for sure.
With a set of Hogues on any S&Wsnubby, it can be made to fit a larger hand...yet still have the option of easy CCW at a later date...(even with a 3" barrel).

For .38special: I REALLY like my S&W442 (+P) with a set of larger hogues. Decent pricerange also.

March 1, 2010, 06:38 PM
The Ruger SP101 with the 3-inch barrel is a good choice. Not only does it handle both .357 Magnum, .38 Special and .38 Special +P, it will also conceal nicely tucked behind a cummerbund.

Engraving is likely to blow your budget. You might check under "engraving" in your local yellow pages to see if there is someone locally who could engrave some initials for you.

Personally, I'd save the engraving money and buy a IWB holster for your best man.

March 1, 2010, 06:42 PM (

Relatively cheap, no paperwork.

Quite dashing! And what did the bride and her maids of honor carry? :D

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