Which .357 for Son?


January 18, 2011, 08:41 PM
My 22yr-old son wants a .357 but I haven't owned one for years. Loved my GP-100 and I know they're still available but what other makes/models should I investigate for him? (Thinking 4" or 6" bbl, stainless). Thx!

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January 18, 2011, 08:45 PM
The Ruger GP 100 is one of the best revolvers built, its little brother the SP101 is also a great revolver buy what you want but thats where i stopped !;)

Phoenix 6.0
January 18, 2011, 08:55 PM
I love my GP100 6" stainless, absolutely no regrets about it. overbuilt, full lug, beauty.

January 18, 2011, 08:58 PM
Yeah, a GP-100 would be my first choice for him, but it's *his* revolver and I want him to pick the best one from what's currently available.

January 18, 2011, 09:04 PM
but what other makes/models should I investigate for him? (Thinking 4" or 6" bbl, stainless)
SS .357 besides a GP-100? S&W 686 Colt King, Cobra. Blue really opens up the options.

January 18, 2011, 09:05 PM
Gp100 6".

January 18, 2011, 09:06 PM
my dad did the same thing for me, when i turned 21 he bought me a ruger gp 100 in a 4in. because i could ccw and hunt as well as defend my home with it, you cant go wrong with it and i love mine, ive shot everything to mind 38 specials to 180 bear loads and it just keeps on truckin. its a great gun and resonably priced.

January 18, 2011, 09:07 PM
GP100 6" all the way

January 18, 2011, 09:13 PM
Hello friends and neighbors // If you like the versatility of a carry .357 or a hunting .357 go with the Dan Wesson Pistol pack holding 2,4,6 and 8" barrels. You can always get longer barrels like this 15" if you wish. Around $1000.00 + -

If you like Ruger and are budget wise go for one of the Sixes.134393
A Security Six with adjustable sights or a Service Six (no pic yet)with fixed sights are still top notch. I found one of each last year for $325.00ea still sharp on all edges. I'm still looking for a Speed Six at the right price.

If you are looking for Rolls Royce go for a Colt Python, around here $1250 -$1500 used no box $1500+ with box and extras.(no pic yet)

If you want a tank go with a S&W model 28 Highway Patrol (no pic yet)

That said my favorite is a 1983 S&W model 586 Distingushed Combat Magnum 6". great for Hunting, SD, HD and Target.134394

As you can see I am fond of .357s and have little brand loyalty.:D

January 18, 2011, 09:21 PM
If you like Ruger and are budget wise go for one of the SixesI knew I was forgetting one. Yes, absolutely a Security Six (http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=125880&d=1281659636). Super option.

January 18, 2011, 09:24 PM
Dan Wessons are regularly available on GunBroker for $375.00 to $550.00 depending on the condition and if it has extra barrels. If you just get the gun with one barrel you can add others later. They swap out in minutes. Very accurate and strong revolver.

January 19, 2011, 04:27 AM
Dan Wessons are sleepers. Excellent guns for the money. CZ USA will be manufacturing the Dan Wesson .357 revolver in near future if you want new. They will be expensive though. Used Dans are strong and probably the most accurate regular production double action revolvers ever made.

January 19, 2011, 05:04 AM
Yeah, I have a Dan Wesson 357 made in Monson. Great revolver.
Laser like accuracy, and a lot of the Smith K frame accessories (holster) fit it fine.
I'm pretty sure you'd need to pry it out of my fingers to get it, at this point.

As for a brand new weapon: Content made a great post above ^

If you're considering a single action as well, definitely look into a Colt. :)

A good general purpose 357 is a great gift.

January 19, 2011, 05:34 AM
IMO you can't go wrong with either the Ruger GP100 or S&W M686 in a 6" barrel if your primary use will be the range. If it will double as a home defense revolver you might want to buy the 4" model.

I own a 4" M686 and would not want to be without it!!

January 19, 2011, 10:38 AM
While I can't argue with a GP100 or a S&W 686, I can recommend a Colt King Cobra. Sure, you'll have to search out a used one, but they aren't hard to find. Sure, they may cost a little more up front, but appreciate quicker than all the rest. They are stout, accurate guns. I have one that I have put around 20k rounds thru and it's still as tight as it was new.

With all that said, don't over look the Colt Trooper's. They are great guns as well and can be had for less than the KC.

January 19, 2011, 12:05 PM
don't rule out the ruger blackhawk, bisley or vacquero in single action. if possible, have him shoot the thing before you put down your money. congraduations on the addition of another member of the shooting fraternity.


January 19, 2011, 10:48 PM
I picked up a s&w 27 last weekend. Have loved it so far. Took a long look at gp-100 though. For the price it is hard to beat.

January 19, 2011, 11:02 PM
357 SIG. Glock.

January 20, 2011, 01:02 AM
if it's his first gun i would recommend the gp 100 in the 6 inch barrel. it's a gun that is as beautiful as it is well built. with it he's sure to have a working gun for as long as he keeps it. you can spend more on a dan wesson or a smith and wesson but your pretty much just buying looks. guns don't get much better built than rugers.

January 20, 2011, 01:18 AM
Unless he plans to hunt with it I'd say a 4 inch barrel might be handier than a 6 inch. YMMV. Can't really go wrong with a GP 100.

January 20, 2011, 01:18 AM
When my daughter turned 15 I gave her a Smith model 19, blue, 4 inch, pinned and recessed.

In my opinion a 4 inch 357 is the most versatile handgun that you can own.

And the S&W 19 is among the best handling revolvers made.

After all, if it was good enough for Skeeter Skelton, it is good enough for anyone.

January 20, 2011, 12:36 PM
The Ruger is obviously the finer choice by far and
will last a lifetime.

If you don't want to spend quite so much there is the
Rossi model 972 Its Stainless with the 6 inch barrel. Retails
for about $377 at budsgunshop.

January 20, 2011, 08:24 PM
I just got a GP100 in 4" and love it! I had a S&W 686 in 6" for many years and it was outstanding gun too. You would probably find the Ruger much cheaper and it is very well built!

January 20, 2011, 08:44 PM
i Have a stainless 6" gp100, a 2.25" Sp101 and a colt trooper mark1 with a 6" barrel. i love them all. the gp100 is a great all around gun but its a little heavy some time. the trooper is more or less comparable, but the stainless guns are a little more durable, the gp100 is stronger and a little more accurate but the well worn trooper has a smoother action thanks to alot of use and its lighter if im going to carry it on my hip all day. the sp101 is a very different piece all together but as all the others but it is a very good gun in its own right.

January 20, 2011, 09:38 PM
A Ruger SP101 with a bobbed hammer and hogue grips is my all-time favorite revolver.

January 20, 2011, 11:15 PM
For what it's worth- I'm 23 and purchased my first handgun a few months back. I was torn between the s&w 686 and the gp100, but after a couple trips to the gun store I opted for a 6 inch gp100. The finish on the smith was a little nicer,the double action a little smoother, and the single a bit crisper, but imho it wasn't enough to justify the price difference. Especially considering that the ruger is undeniably more robust, something that appealed to me greatly as a novice handloader. And now, after putting hundreds of rounds through it, dry-firing it countless times, and even doing a little bit of action work on it with my dad, I have to say that the double action is quite nice. Additionally the gp100 styling seems to appeal to my generation.

However, I soon discovered that I really wanted a .44. And as such, I couldn't help but feel that having a long barreled .357 and a long barreled .44 was somewhat redundant (and having a long .357 and a short .44 offends my sensibilities). So I'd recommend a 4 inch gp100, or smaller, maybe even an sp101, depending on what your son wants next. But YMMV.

And not to hijack your thread, but...
CZ USA will be manufacturing the Dan Wesson .357 revolver in near future if you want new

please tell me more.

January 21, 2011, 10:51 AM
i have a gp100 in SS with 6" full lug with williams firesights added (old age thing)
love this gun a little large for a ccw.
but i deal with that, its extra weight may help
keep the barrel down, if he is not a real experinced shooter
i am not biased on mfg i love all handguns

January 21, 2011, 11:19 AM
Stainless = yes ... can be refinished and he will not freak out if the finish has a scratch.

Ruger = can't go wrong with it. GP100 4 inch for versatility.

January 21, 2011, 11:29 AM
GP100 or 686 S&W, you can't go wrong. I have a 4" GP100 abd a 6" Smith, they both are fantastic pistols.

January 21, 2011, 08:18 PM
I am proud to say my 1st handgun purchase was a new stainless GP 100, 6", full shroud, adjustable sights

Bought it brand new for $369 plus tax back in the summer of 1997. I love this gun and strongly recommend it.

January 21, 2011, 09:21 PM
a lot of great choices named, but many be hard to find and or pricey

ArchAngel and G already hit my 3 top suggestions
but if S&W blue ain't his favorite color, a S&W k-66 will do (or k-sixty something, depending on preferred barrel length)
but blue is tuff to beat in the old Ruger "sixes" as well, even Skeeter would approve

actually it's pretty hard to go real bad wrong with any Colt, S&W, Dan Wesson, or Ruger with 357 imprinted on the barrel

January 21, 2011, 09:38 PM
May I recommend a 4" Gp100? Gave my eldest his as a graduation / commissioning gift. Seems to have worked out very well for him

January 22, 2011, 01:47 AM
I'm only 23 and fwiw my first was a 2 3/4" Taurus model 66, I love it, still carry it every day almost, very accurate, potent, smooth, not too much recoil

I know half the people on this thread are going eeew Taurus but I haven't had a single hiccup out of it, ever

January 22, 2011, 09:22 AM
My first 357 which I purchased is a SP101 2" in stainless. This can be compared to the Beauty and the Beast all in one. Its size means that you will carry it a lot more often which is what you probably want for him. Longer barrels are nice for home and range but for carry I highly recommend the SP101 snub in 2". Just my 02 cents.

January 22, 2011, 01:08 PM
I have a few SP's and think they're excellent revolvers but someone wanting a .357 presuming it is his 1st centerfire, I'd go with the GP100 4". Will handle recoil more comfortably allowing him to practice more than the smaller SPs would. Not playing down the SPs, just saying the larger GP is more pleasant to shoot.

January 22, 2011, 01:42 PM
GP-100, used Security Six in good shape, or the SP-101. I really like the Ruger .357's.

January 22, 2011, 02:06 PM
Several Security Sixes have passed through my hands over the decades and I still miss them as they were one of my favorite revolvers. I carried one on duty for years. With maybe three exceptions all my revolvers are from the 1950s to the 1970s. I do not plan to ever buy another as I have all uses covered.

For a general "good for everything" revolver I highly recommend a six inch barrel. A perusal through the used gun counter will turn up excellent older guns for a decent price. Stainless is worth a premium but not a LARGE premium. I have a 26 year old S&W 686, 6" bbl with which I've deer hunted with for years. I treasure that good revolver. I've used it more than many of my much older revolvers. A Ruger is never a mistake as are Colts.

January 22, 2011, 02:07 PM
gp100 or sp101

January 22, 2011, 02:10 PM
He's enjoying a friend's GP-100 so while he hasn't made up his mind yet, he's leaning towards a 6" stainless GP-100.

January 22, 2011, 03:20 PM
GP100 stainless 4 inches. IMO, the best all-around 357 revolver available, bar none. The 6 incher is nice too, but not really as versatile as the 4 incher.

January 22, 2011, 03:35 PM
I bought my son a GP-100 for his 21st, so I endorse that.
Guierrmo, a Model 19 at fifteen, nice Daddy!
Her wedding will be pretty impressive.

January 22, 2011, 06:12 PM
Guierrmo, a Model 19 at fifteen, nice Daddy!
Her wedding will be pretty impressive.

She is about to graduate with a 4.3 from a really good college preparatory school. She wants a 1911.

I am shopping now...happily :D

January 22, 2011, 09:45 PM
I thought young people are only interested in autos.

January 22, 2011, 10:10 PM
I thought young people are only interested in autos

mine loves all guns

once upon a time a Remington 11 (looks like a Browning auto) was stored in her room. I sold it and went to get it. She said "awwww, it is sooo pretty"

and she asked me to leave the Colts (Python, Diamondback, Cobra, DS) for her.

of course I intend to leave them all for her.

January 23, 2011, 12:12 PM
sounds to me like the girl was raised right, G
a lot to be proud of, on both counts

Phil W
January 23, 2011, 04:40 PM
The GP100 would be a pefect 1st revolver. I gave my son my 1980's 686 and missed so much I bought the Ruger. As fine a handgun it is, I still missed my Smith. So I ended up trading the Ruger for a 686. I also owned a 1980's Python which I sold 'cause I was just weaned on S&W. Enough babbling.....I would go for the Ruger....for now.

January 23, 2011, 10:08 PM
The GP100 would be a pefect 1st revolver

Ruger makes perfectly fine revolvers. They are like a Toyota Camry. Cheap, dependable and plentiful.

I would have loved a Camry for my first car. And looked forward to moving up.

January 24, 2011, 12:11 AM
Depends on whether you want a single action or a double action.
If you want a SA, go with the Ruger.
If you want a DA, go with the Ruger.

January 24, 2011, 12:28 AM
According the rep at the Shot show the new Dan Wesson 357 should be available in June or July.

Phil W
January 24, 2011, 11:05 AM
I recall the old Dan Wessons.....interchangable barrels and always worked. Like to see them produced again. CZ makes an excellent semiautomatic, but I hope any revolvers are American made.

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