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Revolver Ocelot
March 31, 2011, 12:32 AM
If there is one revolver that was small enough to carry but big enough to fight with that would last you a lifetime, what would it be?

If you have found it already post a picture.

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TMann
March 31, 2011, 12:36 AM
Ruger Speed Six with a 2.75" barrel.

Too big for pocket carry, obviously, but carries easily with a good belt and holster. Light enough for carry, but heavy enough to handle .357 loads. Sturdier than a comparable K-frame. :)

TMann

Not mine, but a nice stainless Speed Six with original Ruger grips:

http://i1004.photobucket.com/albums/af165/woodsltc/SpeedSix1.jpg

9mmepiphany
March 31, 2011, 01:40 AM
I agree, the Ruger Speed- Six would be mine too...I'll find one someday

I picked-up a S&W 2.5" M66-7 as a placeholder until that day...hopefully it will be back from the gunsmith soon. Here's a couple of pictures of the sight set I had them make for it

http://www.apextactical.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/DSC_0160-600x593.jpg

http://www.apextactical.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/DSC_0159-600x499.jpg

ECVMatt
March 31, 2011, 01:43 AM
Ruger SP101 with some work done by Hamilton Bowen:

http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n431/ECVMatt/SP.jpg

RevolvingGarbage
March 31, 2011, 02:03 AM
Its lasted about 1.25 lifetimes before I ever even touched it, so im thinking its got atleast one more in it?

http://i51.tinypic.com/34sh6j6.jpg
I.J S.A Hammerless .38S&W

mnrivrat
March 31, 2011, 02:14 AM
I like the:

Model 19 or 66 S&W 357 Mag. - 3"

Ruger Sp101 357 Mag - 3"

& I am working with a Rossi Model 720 3" gun in 44Spl which seems
to be a very decent revolver so far. About K-frame size & the only Rossi Model that has ever empressed me.

Revolver Ocelot
March 31, 2011, 02:27 AM
I still want to get my hands on a ruger speed six with a 4" heavy barrel and get some work done on it including chopping the barrel to 3", I saw a six series with a heavy barrel that got chopped to such a length and it looked very nice.

mauiglide
March 31, 2011, 02:47 AM
First revolver I feel in love and still have is my S&W model 686P 4" (7 shot). It's a great shooter, very accurate when I do my part, and will definitely outlast me. It's not a pocket gun but still easy to wield in and out of my holster. Can't wait to shoot is again next open day at the range.

Auto426
March 31, 2011, 03:23 AM
For such a purpose I would choose my 3" SP101. It's probably the most versatile little gun I own. It feels great in the hand and has a near perfect balance. It's not really a pocket gun, but it carries nicely IWB and the extra heft makes shooting it more pleasant than a comparable J frame.

The Sixes were nice guns, and their K frame handling characteristics are certainly wonderful, but they are starting to climb in price and parts are getting scare. I would love to see Ruger re-introduce them, as I think they would be hot sellers, but I doubt that is ever going to happen.

Stainz
March 31, 2011, 09:07 AM
No doubt, my pocket holstered 642 is a 24/7 EDC CCW. I know it will have a decently long life - but still, it's got an Al frame - SS would be better for continued use - over a lifetime. So, I thought a 60 would be better - I opted for the current 3" 60 Pro, SKU #178013.

http://s171.photobucket.com/albums/u307/Stainz_2007/IMG_4578.jpg

I need a holster - an OWB pancake. May as well tote a 2 5/8" PC627 UDR, now sporting a different grip than shown. At least I have a holster on order for it... and it will serve as a decent plinker, too! Eight shots, too.

http://s171.photobucket.com/albums/u307/Stainz_2007/IMG_4546.jpg

Stainz

MrBorland
March 31, 2011, 09:22 AM
My 3" S&W Model 65. For "lifetime" use, the only thing better would be the Lady Smith variant, which has the ejector rod protected with a barrel shroud.

I picked-up a S&W 2.5" M66-7 as a placeholder until that day

Just curious, 9mm, is that your 66 pictured? Looks like a 2-piece barrel, but 66s were discontinued before their introduction. :confused: The "Apex" tag suggests it's one of their guns. I'm gonna guess a 620.

Smaug
March 31, 2011, 09:54 AM
I'd pick my SP-101. I took it apart and smoothed up the action; polished the appropriate parts. It's pretty good now. 3" barrel is a good compromise. Weight is a good compromise. I've got a set of CT laser grips on the way now to make up for the short sight radius and lack of night sights.

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q112/jzorns/Guns/IMGP3149s.jpg

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q112/jzorns/Guns/IMGP3152s.jpg

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q112/jzorns/Guns/2008-10-24SP-101_1.jpg

ColtPythonElite
March 31, 2011, 10:09 AM
A SP is tough to beat.

kingcheese
March 31, 2011, 10:32 AM
nagant revolver for a cheap option, first made in 1885, and still going strong, that makes it 116 years old? and they still work, but i wouldnt count on it if you needed to take more then 8 shots in a day, it really takes for ever to reload it, but if you get one of the older ones, you can end up with a tack driver

i was shooting off hand, around 30-35meters and was shooting at a target with no point of refrence to aim at(bullseye) and my group had 13 rounds in an area maybe around 6 inches, not bad under the circumstances, my 14 shot failed to fire twice, thats what i get for buying cheap ammo

Remo223
March 31, 2011, 10:35 AM
Ruger is too heavy for concealed carry. A better carry revolver would be the old S&W model 12 with a roundbutt.

Stainz
March 31, 2011, 10:49 AM
Mr.Borland,

The 66-6's had MIM parts and the IL; the 66-7's had the two-piece barrels, too. I have only seen the 4" 66-7, however - I know it was the last of the 66's. The 619 & 620 were only made in the 4" size - basically, the 620 is a 686+ 7-shooter frame with a two-piece partially lugged 4" barrel.

Stainz

Revolver Ocelot
March 31, 2011, 10:56 AM
mr. borland, you'll notice in 9mm's post he says that is just a picture of the sights he is having made for it, the gun in the picture belong's to apex and is just modeling the sights so to speak.

SlamFire1
March 31, 2011, 11:09 AM
Colt Detective Special.

This one has been through several lifetimes already.

Just not mine, yet. ;)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v479/SlamFire/Pistols%20various/ColtDS454730leftside.jpg

19-3Ben
March 31, 2011, 11:34 AM
I'm gonna go with the Ruger Speed Six 2.75" bbl or the Ruger Sp101 3".
Either will last a life time, pack easily enough, and shoot well.

9mmepiphany
March 31, 2011, 12:50 PM
mr. borland, you'll notice in 9mm's post he says that is just a picture of the sights he is having made for it, the gun in the picture belong's to apex and is just modeling the sights so to speak.
Actually that is my M66 modeling on their blog...that rear sight is one of their new revolver offerings.

Yes it does have a 2 piece barrel...shoots very well too, even before it went to Apex Tactical

BossHogg
March 31, 2011, 01:26 PM
This is my do everything gun. Model 60 3 inch .357.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3103/3145038472_659ee05597_z.jpg

KevininPa
March 31, 2011, 01:38 PM
......couple of lifetimes:

http://i862.photobucket.com/albums/ab186/kevininpa/100_1201.jpg


Actually the blued one will be going to the stepson. The wife and I will keep the stainless.

Remo223
March 31, 2011, 02:44 PM
Colt Detective Special.

This one has been through several lifetimes already.

Just not mine, yet. ;)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v479/SlamFire/Pistols%20various/ColtDS454730leftside.jpg
nice!

Taroman
March 31, 2011, 03:22 PM
Been carrying this Model 60 since 1974. Not a lifetime, but getting close:
http://www.hverovhe.com/m60.jpg

Brian Williams
March 31, 2011, 04:16 PM
I have a few but the top one is my S&W 13 with a 3" barrel and round grip.

JoelSteinbach
March 31, 2011, 05:45 PM
Colt Detective Special, or any reliable 38Spec

GEM
March 31, 2011, 06:01 PM
MY SW 19, Colt Cobra Snubby or SW 632

content
March 31, 2011, 06:06 PM
Hello friends and neighbors // As stated the Ruger sixes are great in this roll. I'd prefer the Security Six of those three.

Another option, that has been carried daily by many, is the S&W Model 28-Highway Patrol-139594 (1976)
Heavy but it will get the job done, over and over and...well you understand.

gordy
March 31, 2011, 07:37 PM
I agree that the rugers are a very good firearm and will last a long time.
But they are heavy, My choice is a S&W m642.
You can't find to many 38 that will come close to a S&W 642.
Lots of k frame S&W are out there if you want some weight in your pocket.
I like the S&W m65 3 inch heavy barrel with a round but.

Deaf Smith
March 31, 2011, 08:49 PM
Either of these will do for a life time!

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=129168&d=1287341282

And yes they are mine. I got the 66 about 20 years or so ago. The Security Six about 12 years ago.

Deaf

Wolfeye
March 31, 2011, 09:09 PM
I have a DAO SP101 that I bought when their quality seemed a little better, and it may very well stick around for the rest of my life. I haven't even stuck on fancy grips, so I haven't gotten around to taking a picture yet.

If I didn't have that, a 3" model 60 or a Charter Police Undercover would fit the bill for me. So long as it works well, is American, and shoots .38+p, I'd be happy.

waidmann
March 31, 2011, 09:35 PM
Another 3" S&W Model 60 weighing in.

336A
March 31, 2011, 09:45 PM
S&W M10, they have served folks well since 1899 with a lot of older ones still kicking about.

earlthegoat2
March 31, 2011, 10:16 PM
Ruger Speed Six with a 2.75" barrel.


This 'un.

woad_yurt
April 1, 2011, 12:37 PM
This is a tough thing to say for a die-hard S&W fan but, if I had to choose a revolver for any occasion, I'd go with an old Colt Police Positive Special. The things are very accurate, point well and have a great trigger pull. And, .38 SPL is just fine for me. For most purposes, I'd use the home-altered K-frame Pachmayr but if I had to carry all the time, I'd put the original grips back on. It weighs a good 10 ounces less than a 4" Model 10 so it'd be fine for carry.

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee150/woad_yurt/ColtPPSwithK-framePachmayrgriprt.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee150/woad_yurt/ColtPPS01.jpg

clang
April 1, 2011, 05:26 PM
"Last a lifetime" points me towards something all steel, probably stainless for ease of maintenance and feeling better about using it in nasty weather (going to happen at least a couple of times in a lifetime). For carry, you want as small as possible. Price should not be too much of an issue as it is a lifetime gun. Here is my short list:

S&W (Pre-lock & pre-MIM preferred for all)
Model 60 - .357 Mag, 2" or 3" barrel.
Model 65 - 3" barrel
Model 66 - 2.5" or 3" (rare) barrel.
Model 686 - 2.5" or 3" (rare) barrel.

Ruger (stainless steel versions where applicable)
SP101 - .357 Mag, 2.75" barrel
Speed Six - .357 Mag
GP100 - 3" barrel (might be too big...)

Colt (stainless steel versions where applicable)
SFVI or DSII - .38 special
Magnum Carry - rare
Lawman
Python (expensive & heavy)
King Cobra

md7
April 1, 2011, 05:50 PM
A 3"er for a lifetime huh? I'm gonna have to say either the Ruger GP100, SP101, or a SW 66/19.

If forced to pick one of these, I guess I would go with the GP!

Bula
April 1, 2011, 07:58 PM
Please stop posting pics of that 3" Mod 60 perf center! Man that is an awesome revo.

Remllez
April 1, 2011, 08:05 PM
I'm not sure the Rugers mentioned in this thread are too heavy to carry?? Rugers are darn good fighting guns in that size plus they will handle all the .357's you want to shoot!
You don't see em shot loose very often and their stainless will last as long as any Smith or Colt given the same care.

Plus they are less expensive and I believe they are better built than the newer Smiths....
Worth taking a long hard look at to be sure.

gwnorth
April 1, 2011, 09:29 PM
Either of these would do (or the 4" Service Sixes kid brother, my 3" Service Six).

http://www.mbblack.com/pictures/new_members.jpg

LouisianaMan
April 1, 2011, 10:14 PM
OK, just for fun, I'll toss in a 32-1 (2" bbl.) or 33-1 (4" bbl.) in .38 S&W. . .depending on how big my pocket is :-) I'd load 'em up with 158g LSWC for the 4", which shoots pretty much to point of aim, and the 200g slugs for the snubbie--a close-range defense proposition.

http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab287/batonrougeman/38SWcartridgeand150gbulletphotos20MAR10004.jpg

http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab287/batonrougeman/38SWcartridgeandbulletphotos21FEB10004.jpg

http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/ab287/batonrougeman/38SWcartridgeandbulletphotos21FEB10003.jpg

bbuddtec
April 1, 2011, 10:53 PM
I'm with cpelite (#13)

extremely nice.

what do I know, lol

Spec ops Grunt
April 1, 2011, 11:06 PM
I've got a 4 inch Speed six, sure it will last me a lifetime, 4 inches isn't two much to Conceal.

yhtomit
April 1, 2011, 11:20 PM
Given these constraints (what a fun game it is to play, too), I'd choose one of the Ruger .357s in stainless, and happily plan to shoot nothing but .38sp out of it except once in a while for function check and fun ;) Money saved over certain of the other options would go toward ammo / reloading gear.

timothy

timothy

PabloJ
April 1, 2011, 11:34 PM
Talking strictly centerfire weapons it would be S&W 329 'Night Guard' in caliber .44Mag. Anyone care to guess why?

LafayetteLA
April 1, 2011, 11:43 PM
Ruger Speed Six with a 2.75" barrel.

Too big for pocket carry, obviously, but carries easily with a good belt and holster. Light enough for carry, but heavy enough to handle .357 loads. Sturdier than a comparable K-frame. :)

TMann

Not mine, but a nice stainless Speed Six with original Ruger grips:

http://i1004.photobucket.com/albums/af165/woodsltc/SpeedSix1.jpg
Looks just like mine. Great gun!!

dwo357
April 3, 2011, 12:48 PM
Ruger Security Six. Had it for years and love it.

Grunt Medic TXARNG
April 3, 2011, 01:27 PM
I'm an autoloader pistol guy - but my nightstand gun is a mid-1970's vintage S&W 10-5 M&P in .38. No safety to mess with, no worry if a round is chambered - and dead-on reliable. Although carry is an option with this, I probably never will. Sorry for the whiting out from the flash reflecting off of the bluing - I'm a shooter, not a photographer. :D

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii221/trentonSA/Guns/Smith10-5MandP2inchMid-70s.jpg

bearbait
April 3, 2011, 04:26 PM
My Dan Wesson 15-2 is a tank of a pistol for toughness, and it is incredibly smooth & accurate. Plus, I can swap the 4" for a 2" for carry. Every DW I have ever handled has been consistently smooth and accurate.

samurai
April 3, 2011, 04:37 PM
Either my Sp101 2.25" 357 or SP101 3" 9mm.

Miata Mike
April 3, 2011, 05:45 PM
I was thinking my S&W Model 19 in 4", but the carry part and life time would lead me to vote for a purty stainless 3" Ruger SP101 in .357 Magnum.

dprice3844444
April 3, 2011, 05:52 PM
s&w model 65 3 inch hb round butt.

Arizonagunrunner
April 13, 2011, 12:17 PM
For me, i would have to pick two weapons. My 1st would be my Ruger Speed Six. 2.75 SS weapon. Best gun out there to carry. My opinion. But it will bring the heat when and if needed. The other is my Taurus 431. 3in blued 44 spec.
It has great balance, super reliable, and throws the big lead. Hits like a freight train if you are on the recieving end. Either one will last a lifetime, and both are great for defense, and for the camp.:)

Lucky Derby
April 13, 2011, 03:38 PM
While there are others that I prefer for this or that, I would have to say a 3" .357 Magnum SP101 would be the best all around revolver for my uses.

oldbear
April 13, 2011, 08:28 PM
First please understand I don’t believe there is one perfect or even best answer to your question. So here is my answer, today. If I had to pick only one revolver to meet your criteria it would be the Smith and Wesson M-19/66 4” fitted with “magna” not target style grips. The K frame is light enough to carry all day and there is little difference between a 2” and 4” barrel when it comes to concealing a weapon. Yet at 32 ounces the K frame is heavy enough to help absorbed recoil when shooting Magnum ammo. Last but FAR from least is the range of ammo the can be used in the .357 Magnum K frame.

frank c
April 13, 2011, 08:33 PM
Ruger Speed Six with a 2.75" barrel.

Too big for pocket carry, obviously, but carries easily with a good belt and holster. Light enough for carry, but heavy enough to handle .357 loads. Sturdier than a comparable K-frame. :)

TMann

Not mine, but a nice stainless Speed Six with original Ruger grips:

http://i1004.photobucket.com/albums/af165/woodsltc/SpeedSix1.jpg
First choice my ruger speed six in 9mm great revolver,second choice S&W model 642 38 cal.

sixguns4fighting
April 14, 2011, 01:44 AM
Consider the Dan Wesson pistol pack.

Go with the short barrel for CCW, then change to a long barrel for hunting season.

Barkoff
April 14, 2011, 02:01 AM
I'd probablly go with this sweetheart, S&W 66. At a tad under 30oz it can carry nice. Pinned, recessed, no locks. 38+p for HD or the Buffalo Bore 180's, which can turn her into a trail beast.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c256/mikemarkca/CombatCommander.jpg

22-rimfire
April 14, 2011, 05:51 PM
I would have to say a good old used 2.5" Colt Diamondback or Detective Special in 38spl.

Dirty Bob
April 15, 2011, 02:30 PM
I have to add another vote for the 3" SP101 in .357 Mag. Mine's a pussycat with 38+P defensive loads, and very pleasant with standard pressure .38 loads. In a Kholster Crescent, it's comfortable and disappears under a t-shirt or Hawaiian shirt.

All my best,
Dirty Bob

Sm627pro
April 15, 2011, 06:36 PM
Here's my choice. S&W 627 pro. Awesome gun.

NMGonzo
April 16, 2011, 05:21 PM
Sp101 in 3 inch.

My "most of the time carry and the gun I need"

Now ... WANT is a different story :D

leftymachinist
April 16, 2011, 10:30 PM
So many great pics and choices, you folks got it together. A .357 is still hard to beat, especially with ammo useability. That is probably the direction I'd take with a 4 to 6 inch barrel.

Drail
April 16, 2011, 10:45 PM
S&W 696 from 1996. I carry it every day and have 100% confidence in it. It's a little heavy for some people but it is very potent for it's size. With a good belt and holster it's really not bad. (for those unfamiliar with the model it is a 5 shot .44 Spl. on the same frame as a 686.)

Dirty Bob
April 17, 2011, 12:29 AM
So many great pics and choices, you folks got it together. A .357 is still hard to beat, especially with ammo useability. That is probably the direction I'd take with a 4 to 6 inch barrel.

A .357 with a 3- or 4-inch barrel can literally vanish under even a light shirt, if a proper belt and holster are used. I went with the SP101 because it's lighter than K-frames, but probably sturdier than S&W J-frames. If I'd run across a great deal on a K-frame before I found my Ruger, I would have grabbed it and not looked back. A Smith K-frame, in my experience, can have one of the best DA triggers available in a concealable handgun, and a round-butt K-frame just isn't real hard to carry concealed.

Of all the "service" handguns out there, the K-frames from Smith & Wesson -- as well as some of the similar offerings from Colt -- offer a very high degree of reliability, safety, and practical accuracy. They are outstanding firearms and should last most users a lifetime, at least.

Edited to add: How on Earth could I forget the Ruger -Six series? The Security Six, Service Six and Speed Six are all great choices, despite being out of production.

All my best,
Dirty Bob

S&Wfan
April 17, 2011, 12:50 AM
A three inch S&W K-frame in .357 can do it all!

http://216.77.188.54/coDataImages/p/Groups/415/415871/folders/305468/244924665-3.jpg

Diamondback
April 17, 2011, 02:17 AM
....any of the Ruger Six series or the S&W K frames would be my choice.

- regards

dprice3844444
April 17, 2011, 12:25 PM
smith model 65 3 inch heavy barrel round butt

4v50 Gary
April 17, 2011, 02:10 PM
4" Ruger DA revolver with bigger, aftermarket grips.

Photoman
April 17, 2011, 04:01 PM
Early Model 640 in .38 Special.

http://images41.fotki.com/v1346/photos/1/1065456/6748947/IMG_0776a-vi.jpg

Guillermo
April 17, 2011, 04:10 PM
Diamondback snub carries well and is easy to shoot well.

http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/tt82/BillLoeb/IMGP1079.jpg

Hondo 60
April 17, 2011, 04:34 PM
For carrying, my SP101 is too heavy.
I'd like a 3" S&W Model 66 (P&R of course) ;)

WebHobbit
April 17, 2011, 05:48 PM
My 2 remaining handguns:

Ruger SP101 2&1/4 snub
&
S&W 686 4 inch

http://lrpctech.com/pics/ngunpix/small/ssp101.jpg

http://lrpctech.com/pics/ngunpix/small/s686_4.jpg



I am considering adding a fixed site 3 inch GP100 to the battery in a couple of months.

Doug Add
April 17, 2011, 09:13 PM
My lineup is very similar to WebHobbit's, and I would have a hard time choosing between them: 2.25" SP101 and 4" 586. If I outlive my father-in-law (no guarantee of that!), I will also have a 4" Police Service Six to complicate the decision.

I think if forced to choose one, I may go with the Police Service Six, because it carries a bit better than the 586. Even though it is the oldest of the three (1976, whereas the 586 is from 1985 and the SP101 from 1995) it has the lowest round count, not that I think I would ever wear any of them out.

I do not have a photo of my father-in-law's Ruger, but it looks just like this one (http://forums.1911forum.com/showpost.php?p=2790805&postcount=829) caltx01 posted on the 1911 forum last summer. Below are the two .357s I currently own. The 586 just got back from a factory reblue by S&W:

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p48/DougAdd/357s.jpg

PcolaDawg
April 17, 2011, 10:48 PM
Well, this ain't exactly small, but since I actually HAVE conceal/carried this thing, this would be my choice - and it should last a lifetime, or two. A Smith 625 JM. :cool:

http://inlinethumb59.webshots.com/43386/2794898830102497756S600x600Q85.jpg

george29
April 18, 2011, 03:11 PM
S&W M13-1

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l15/avisamuel/SW13-3682x52.jpg

Ratshooter
April 18, 2011, 05:03 PM
Here is a link to a Ruger revolver I just won off Gunbroker that should be a long lived gun. I have a 6" GP100 and several S&W guns that should last as long as I have left to live. Plus several Ruger single actions.

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=225263349

$325.23 to get it shipped and $20 for the dealer on my end. I still plan on getting an SP101 I just can't decide between the 2" or the 3". And getting both is not an option. I know how some of you guys think.:neener:

PRM
April 18, 2011, 05:18 PM
I like revolvers.

My Model 60 S&W probably meets my needs as far as size and caliber more than any other.

Some days I like a 4 inch and my Colt Police Positive comes out.

And, there are those occasions where I like the big 44 Special. My custom built Colt Bisley rides high on those days.

I also like elephant ivory as my choice of ultimate upgrade.

Dirty Bob
April 19, 2011, 12:44 AM
PRM:

Those are sweet, and the grips are gorgeous! I especially love the Police Positive. I've often thought that that was the best .38 carry revolver ever made. They look so cool, and feel great in the hand. It's surprising how light the PP is, too.

The Bisley and S&W 60 were great, too.

Thank you very much for sharing!

Dirty Bob

Scipio Africanus
July 11, 2011, 12:37 AM
Ruger Redhawk in .45 Colt.

Mick_W
July 11, 2011, 02:51 AM
Ruger Sp101 2.25" I can pocket carry mine, specially with the stock grip.

Mine with hogue grips that lets me get a extra finger on the grips:
http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z1/mikku00/100_0566.jpg

YumaKid
July 11, 2011, 03:25 AM
Have owned a Colt Python, Rugers, S&W's and now spend a lot of time with a couple of Eye-tal-yen Remington NA copies; but it's no contest.

S&W K-frame .357, round butt, 3" barrel, preferably with an ejector shroud. 19,65,66,60, yeah whatever.
And I'd pay whatever it takes to make the action as smooth as the 13-3 (square butt 4"bbl) that I bought and my wife "took over" because she likes it so much.
Want the shroud underlug because the arthritis in my wrists progresses daily and that little bit of extra weight is a good thing. Want the K-frame because, compared to our particular Model 13, the actions on most Combat Masterpieces feel "a little rough" and the Python I owned (again, comparing to this particular M13) felt like the 4-speed transmission on a 1947 Ford F-1 farm truck that had been "rode hard and put away wet" too many times.
Blasphemy, maybe (if you're a die-hard Colt fanatic); honesty, YES!

Oh, and..... stainless would be good, too.

While I'm at it... anybody that complains about the weight of an SP101, GP101 or Security Six should try carrying around a 5-1/2" Pietta " '58 Remington" clone for a while. And I'm being generous - the other BP revolver I own is the same critter with a 7-1/2" barrel. Try to conceal THAT!

TexasBill
July 11, 2011, 05:58 AM
S&W Model 60-15, interlock, MIM parts and all. Added grips from the Model 60 Pro. This would be my choice. It's concealable, packs a punch, can handle all sorts of loads from snake shot to Magnums and came with a sweet trigger pull right out of the box.
http://i560.photobucket.com/albums/ss44/TexasBillC/SWM60-15small.jpg

S&W Model 637-2 - My New York reload, also with Model 60 Pro grips.
http://i560.photobucket.com/albums/ss44/TexasBillC/M637-2.jpg

Hoppes Love Potion
July 11, 2011, 09:40 AM
A Dan Wesson .357 with 6", 4", and 2.5" barrels.

If that ^ is cheating, then I'd take a S&W 640 in .38sp.

clang
July 11, 2011, 12:37 PM
How about a S&W CS-1 (special 686 run for the Customs Service) with 3" barrel:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v641/clang444/SW686SP-1Left.jpg

If too heavy, maybe a S&W Model 65 with 3" barrel:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v641/clang444/SW65withBootGrips001.jpg

If still too heavy, Colt made the SF-VI and Detective Special II in Stainless Steel for a couple of years:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v641/clang444/ColtSF-VI.jpg

Don't have pics, but I also like my 3" Model 60 in .357 Magnum and 2.75" Speed Six in 9mm.

If you are big and into old school bad-a**, how about a 3.5" pre-27 or two:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v641/clang444/Spyvs.Spy.jpg

wlewisiii
July 11, 2011, 07:01 PM
Smith & Wesson Model 64, 4" loaded with FBI load.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-genPMIbBvzk/S6GU7PI80DI/AAAAAAAAC-E/tnNhV5TfnfI/s640/IMG_0709.JPG

Elm Creek Smith
July 11, 2011, 09:12 PM
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y124/elm_creek_smith/SandWModel13/SWM13005.jpg

Smith & Wesson Model 13-3 .357 Magnum Bianchi Lightning grips by Pachmayr.

ECS

Jeb21
July 11, 2011, 09:57 PM
Any all steel Smith J-frame would do just fine.

bannockburn
July 12, 2011, 10:49 AM
1) Ruger Speed Six-Stainless with 2.75" barrel.

2) S&W Model 65-Stainless with 3" barrel.

3) Ruger SP101-Stainless with 3" barrel.

InkEd
July 12, 2011, 11:16 AM
I think a 3" j-frame airweight.

Rexster
July 12, 2011, 11:17 PM
To my mind, "lifetime" = Ruger.

"Big enough to fight with" = SP101.

Indeed, my recent purchase of a 3.06" SP101 was with my retirement years in mind. I already owned, and still do have, shorter-barreled examples of the same, but they were often backing-up a larger weapon. I always liked the concept of the 3" small-frame, and deeply regretted parting with a 3" S&W Model heavy-barrel that I had let get away from me years go. I would still pick a bigger sixgun if I knew I was going to have to fight, and could not grab a long gun, but the 3" SP101 seems "big enough."

In the true "fill-your-hand" category, I love a GP100. The original, pre-Hogue GP100 factory grip is
absolute perfection for my hands; I doubt a true custom grip maker could beat it. If I knew I had to get onto a fight, involving guns, and could not lay hands on a long gun, THIS is my choice.

I am not stuck on Ruger; I just think, based on reserch on the 'net and in written literature, plus handling many pre-owned sixguns, and owning a few, that an S&W is more likely to need to be rebuilt to stay tight and in time. I own some S&W sixguns, including a 19-5 that I recently purchased, and which I sometimes carry. I shoot a good 4"+ K-frame about as well as a GP100, and find the 19 a bit more packable that the slightly heavier GP100.

I would not want to be without all three of these revolvers, with each perfect for a certain niche.

Snubshooter
July 13, 2011, 03:33 PM
An SP101 or a 3" fixed sight GP100. No timing issues and good carry size.

kentucky_smith
July 14, 2011, 09:17 AM
L frame Smith 4"

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Og9g8DOe1nw/TgOEmCvaqVI/AAAAAAAAAVw/C25iODv-3c8/s800/2011-06-23%25252014.19.14.jpg

stiletto raggio
July 14, 2011, 09:37 AM
Any 2.5" or 3" .357 with adjustable sights would fit my bill. Adjustable sights are essential for a revolver that can shoot bullets from 110 to 200 grains. My two top choices currently would be the Night Guard 386 (2.5" barrel at 24 ounces) or the Talo 3-5-7 special (3" barrel in the mid-thirties). The former would be a little easier to carry, the latter a little easier to shoot. Either would do very well as the "one gun."

Smaug
July 14, 2011, 11:08 AM
Since my first post in this thread, #12 on pg. 1, I got the CTCs. CTC makes two sets of grips for this gun; one with a full grip, and one for a two-fingered grip. Now my pinky fits comfortably and it looks proportionally like I think a 3" DA revolver should.

The laser has made it a lot more accurate. (infinite sight radius, but still with the short barrel)

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q112/jzorns/Guns/b03bdb5a.jpg

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q112/jzorns/Guns/96e2335d.jpg

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q112/jzorns/Guns/950b3c06.jpg

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q112/jzorns/Guns/4b20aa7b.jpg

I've done some trigger work to it, and this is a great little gun.

Smaug
July 14, 2011, 11:14 AM
I just think, based on reserch on the 'net and in written literature, plus handling many pre-owned sixguns, and owning a few, that an S&W is more likely to need to be rebuilt to stay tight and in time.

I know one retired gunsmith (http://rugerforum.net/ruger-double-action/10057-iowegans-opinions-colt-s-w-designs-compared-rugers.html) who will agree with you. The active ones may not be so quick to agree, because they make (or made) so much money working on S&Ws.

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