Why should I keep my S&W Model 60?


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tnpatriot
November 22, 2010, 05:14 PM
I have an older snub-nose Model 60 in .357 and I'm thinking about selling it so I can have money to buy another semi-auto. It's my only revolver and I don't shoot it very often. Right now it rides in the car as a backup. I'm interested in getting opinions on why I should keep it or sell it.

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Olympus
November 22, 2010, 05:20 PM
Because the value of older Smiths are increasing at a pretty considerable rate. And because in 10 years or less, you'll be kicking yourself. :cuss:

But if you're gonna sell it, I might know a guy. Hint, Hint!

forindooruseonly
November 22, 2010, 07:19 PM
Because variety is the spice of life? Sell it if you want, its your gun. Someone like me will take it off your hands quickly I am sure.

Old Fuff
November 22, 2010, 08:13 PM
Nowhere is it writen that one must have both revolvers and pistols. Therefore I'd say that you should keep the model 60 - unless or until you find something in either type of handgun that you want more, and/or consider better for whatever task you have in mind.

At that point if you don't have the funds to buy your latest choice, trade in or sell the revolver.

Always - the platform should be the best match for the mission, and sometimes missions change. ;)

22-rimfire
November 22, 2010, 08:34 PM
Some people like revolvers and some like bottom feeders. Sell the revolver if you don't like it. Tastes change over time. There have been times where I didn't "need" any firearm for years on end if shooting was the dominant justification for keeping something.

Deaf Smith
November 22, 2010, 08:56 PM
I have an older snub-nose Model 60 in .357 and I'm thinking about selling it so I can have money to buy another semi-auto. It's my only revolver and I don't shoot it very often. Right now it rides in the car as a backup. I'm interested in getting opinions on why I should keep it or sell it.
You just said the reason... it rides in the car as a backup.

Just save your money for another gun. Patience! Tough times are coming and that M60 will be a very good friend to have on some lonely nights!

Deaf

W.E.G.
November 22, 2010, 09:39 PM
Don't do it!!!!

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd7/rkba2da/pistol%20pics/Model60black.jpg

ejfalvo
November 22, 2010, 10:10 PM
Because I kick myself everyday for selling mine.

gearchecker
November 22, 2010, 10:21 PM
I just went out of my way to get a Model 60. IMHO you'll regret getting rid of it shortly after you do. The M60 is one of the best CC revos available. Keep it, and save for your next addition. If nothing else you have a great BUG that won't cost you any more to keep.

bkhosken
November 22, 2010, 10:23 PM
You should sell it. Please contact me via PM to discuss my purchasing it.

wrs840
November 22, 2010, 10:30 PM
Keep it, if only because one of these days you may appreciate having at least one really good handgun that doesn't spew brass all over the place.

For a variety of reasons.

Les

Marvin KNox
November 22, 2010, 10:47 PM
Keep it because every gun guy should own a revolver.

Keep it because every handgun guy should own a .357 magnum.

Keep it because it's a great pickup glove box gun.

Keep it because it's a great night stand gun.

Keep it because your son or grandson will love it when you give it to him on his 21st birthday.

Keep it because he will cherish it even more than you can imagine if you leave it to him upon your passing away - unlike some more "modern" but oh-so-pedestrian brass puking bottom feeder.:) (Especially so if you equip it with some really nice custom wood or pearl grips.)

exdetsgt
November 22, 2010, 10:57 PM
Revolvers were the handgun of choice for most of the 20th century, not only for law enforcement (for which I count myself among those worthies), but for almost everyone else. Sure, a few folks had 1911's or BHP's, but most of us were just happy as clams with our Colts and Smiths, and it really wasn't until Glock introduced the G17 that everyone jumped on the bottom loader bandwagon.

You said you wanted to "buy another semi-auto" which implies, at least to me, that you probably already have a semi-auto. If so, why do you feel you need another?

I carry a Model 36 more than any of my other hand guns and don't feel unprotected, which seems to me to be the whole point of CCW.

Iggy
November 22, 2010, 11:10 PM
The model 60 is one of the classic guns of the last century. Can you say that of any of the current auto pistols?

RUT
November 22, 2010, 11:11 PM
>>If so, why do you feel you need another?<<

Surely you jest??

vmr357
November 22, 2010, 11:21 PM
No. Get rid of it. Contact me and I'll "dispose" of it for you. Sure I will.

Vern

PRM
November 22, 2010, 11:26 PM
Bought my first Model 60 in 1977 ~ sold it in 1982 (needed money)

Bought my second Model 60 in 1985 ~ sold it in 1986 (sold to buy another gun)

Bought my third Model 60 in 1997 ~ Still got it



It one of the guns that I have always regretted selling when I did, and always replaced it at some point. Don't think I will do it again. No collection is complete without one.

DrLaw
November 22, 2010, 11:35 PM
A TRUE Model 60 is a .38 Special, not that abomination on steroids. The 60 was the Stainless version of the Chief's Special, a gun meant for concealing.

Now, if you had a real Model 60, I would suggest keeping it as it would be a real investment as well as a classic gun.

The Doc is out now. :cool:

RUT
November 22, 2010, 11:50 PM
Plus, it was the first production stainless steel revolver ever to be made.

Deputy25
November 23, 2010, 12:04 AM
Bought my Model 60 in 1979...still have it :)

Tony50ae
November 23, 2010, 12:17 AM
I say keep it. I too thought about selling my S&W M66 2 1/2" snubbie because in retrospect I wish I bought a 4" one. But this revolver was my very first gun and I have has it since 1999. I bought it used and shoot it once in awhile. I know that if I parted with it, I would regret it later. She shoots just fine and I have no complaints except the short barrel.

John Wayne
November 23, 2010, 12:18 AM
Because S&W is offering a $50 rebate on all new J-frame revolvers right now, and it makes yours worth less money?

If you are going to sell it, at least wait until they stop doing the rebate.

Big_John1961
November 23, 2010, 12:46 AM
Keep the 60.

msb45
November 23, 2010, 01:12 AM
Keep the 60 for all the reasons above PLUS if the SHTF you'll be glad to have a gun that will work with .38 or .357 as they're still pretty common calibers.

That 60 will work as well as it does today in a 100 years. I sold one years ago and have three other j frames, still miss the one I sold.

BCRider
November 23, 2010, 05:38 AM
Two posts, eh? If this isn't a troll'ish post just to watch the pot stir then I'd have to say that it's your gun and your decision.

Obviously you've shot it and found that it just didn't do it for you so now it sits in the car as a backup. If it's been a long time and you just don't want to use it where you actually smile about the idea of taking your other guns to the range then I guess the love is gone. In that case sure, sell it.

As you can see there's lots of folks here that like them so they think you're crazy. But that won't stop them from waiting for it to hit the for sale section with drool coming out the corners of their mouths and money in hand.

19-3Ben
November 23, 2010, 09:01 AM
The model 60 is one of the classic guns of the last century. Can you say that of any of the current auto pistols?

Yeah. I think there was one that came out around 1911 or so that would probably fit that description.:neener:

I'd also say the BHP, S&W 59, and Beretta 92/96 fit in there as well.

But I do agree. you shouldn't get rid of it.

Look, you came to a revolver forum to ask us if you should get rid of a revolver. I think that should tell you something about what your heart really wants.

JohnD13
November 23, 2010, 10:30 AM
Keep the 60. You'd regret selling it. But go ahead and by the other gun, just save the money for it first.

loadedround
November 23, 2010, 11:14 AM
I own a original Model 60 with the 2'' barrel and it was my first SS firearm I had owned. I have quite a sentimental attachment for it established over years and the two of us have a lot of tales that could be told. Let's just say that mine will never be sold and if you sell yours, I suggest you know how to spell r-e-m-o-r-s-e because you will using that word quite a bit.

earplug
November 23, 2010, 11:24 AM
I have a M-60 in 38spl. It just sits around the property.
My alloy J frames go places.

tnpatriot
November 23, 2010, 11:29 AM
...for getting my head straight. I think that I'll keep it for many of the reasons that were offered by everyone. I'm easily distracted by all of the new plastic wonder guns and thought that I needed another. Sometimes I wish it had a longer barrel but I actually do pretty well with the snub.

Old Fuff
November 23, 2010, 01:52 PM
Nowhere is it written that you can't sell or trade a snubby to get a revolver with a longer barrel. On more then one occasion I've done exactly that. Because of the short barrel length the utility of any snubby is limited, and about the only advantage is relative to issues concerning concealment.

But then on the other hand there is the "cool factor..." ;)

engineer88
November 23, 2010, 02:12 PM
Yes, a revolver makes a horriboe car or nightstand gun since they have reltively no springs under constant tension, do not have to be spotlessly clean, etc. /sarcasm off

Now it is just me, but that would be on my hip. I only put el cheapo but reliable guns in the car. Nothing over $200.00 but that is just me. Hurts less if it is stolen. Right now my $180 Feg is my car gun. It has been utterly reliable, but is also easily replaced. A model 60 not so much.

BlindJustice
November 23, 2010, 04:51 PM
I've got the 60 with a 3" Bbl. adj. rear sight and I enjoy shooting it at the range - I find I shoot it almost 75% of the time Double Action NIce handling - and if I were ever to teach someone handgun shooting
after a .22 the 60 in a mild 38 SPecial would be the first step up to
centerfire. centerfire As well as if I needed to had it off to a person
with lesser experience, like a Significatn other I'd and probably they
would be more confoortable than with a Semi-auto in oeperatiing it

Besides when I got it I said it was for my 1 month old Grand daughter
and now she's 3 2/3rds so gee I'm stuck with it for 14+ years or so....

Randall

jad0110
November 23, 2010, 09:44 PM
Sometimes I wish it had a longer barrel but I actually do pretty well with the snub.

That's why S&W made the 6" Model 14 ... you need to get you one of these! :evil:


http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q139/jad0110/Smith%20and%20Wesson%20Model%2014%2038%20Special/IMG_1596.jpg

19-3Ben
November 24, 2010, 09:10 PM
Longer barrel? The 4" is really nice in a K-frame y'know....

http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii131/geminifan/Other/Sepiasmith.jpg

jglcolosprgs
November 24, 2010, 09:57 PM
You should sell it. Please contact me via PM to discuss my purchasing it.

You should sell - to me... I guess I'm about number twenty seven in line.

exdetsgt
November 24, 2010, 10:07 PM
Hey, 19-3Ben, I've got the same gun - looks like a Combat Masterpiece, but mine has the slimmer rubberized Hogue grips (I don't have big hands). It's an ex-Arizona Highway Patrol piece, the bluing is mostly worn off. Having said that, at 25 yards it shoots smaller groups than my two Glocks!

19-3Ben
November 24, 2010, 10:21 PM
Yeah. My 19-3 is scary accurate. Amazing gun.

S&W-Keeper
November 25, 2010, 11:51 AM
Better keep it the pre-lock 60's are getting kinda scarce.Just my opinion.

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