Next gun: .357 Revolver


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masterofchaos
August 28, 2011, 11:16 PM
The gun I'm considering is a 2011 Taurus Tracker 627 (.357) revolver - 4" barrel. It felt good in my hands (28.8 oz). I love the idea of being able to use .38 and .357 ammo and price is $530 (Bass pro-very close to work in case i need to get work done).

It would be used for MOSTLY for target shooting, but also as protection in my car (stored in glove comp or under seat). I'm ONLY hesitant to buy the Taurus b/c I've read about quality issues with bullets getting shaved, etc.

The other considerations are Ruger SP101 (GP100 is a little too heavy for me, but what a sexy gun). The SP101 is $550 (and American made), but it's only 5 rounds vs. Taurus' 7. There's a smaller barrel on the Ruger and the Taurus is ported so I am GUESSING Taurus would handle recoil better. Weight on Ruger SP101 is close to Taurus' weight @ 27 oz. Taurus has a cool new grip. The gun felt good in my hand. I just don't know if I can trust Taurus' quality.

I also looked at a S&W Model 60 .357 Mag Revolver - 3'' Barrel ($700).very similar to Ruger's SP101 as it has 5 rounds and a smaller barrel, BUT an even saltier price. It's only 22 oz. so I would think I'd feel the recoil even more. There's a bigger S&W--a 686 for $830 and it is as weighty as the Ruger GP100.

Another alternative is the S&W M64. It's only 38 special, but it take +P so it would be a step above my Colt Cobra. I haven't held one yet to see how it feels.

Maybe I need to lift more weights so the .38 oz doesn't feel like it would tire me out after 150 rounds of practice 'cuz the Ruger GP100 and S&W 686 series are NICE!

What do you guys recommend? I'm a 41 yr. female who owns a Sig p250 9mm and colt cobra 38 special with a 1.75" barrel. I am looking for a revolver with a longer barrel, yet not too heavy that I can't commandeer it in a 150 round session. Thanks in advance.

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Nutbustd
August 29, 2011, 12:01 AM
Just bought a SP101 SS in 357 don't get me wronge but compared to Taurus there is no comparison. Ruger is better made, stronger and tends to take a lot of punishment. Yes it is a little more but I put nice set of Pachmeyers on her and has she has a really nice feel in the hand. Well balanced good natural aim point. As a personnel defense weapon what is not to like? PS: My wife likes the SP101 not to heavy but feels very solid and she liked that feeling. Just don't go crazy with the loads. Remember it is not hot load that defends you, but placement, placement, placement. Practice often and practice well.

Whacked
August 29, 2011, 12:55 AM
but also as protection in my car (stored in glove comp or under seat)
Is that even legal?

dprice3844444
August 29, 2011, 01:05 AM
model 65 4 inch hb smith

TexAg
August 29, 2011, 01:12 AM
I would seriously reconsider the GP100. Sounds like you've already got the snub nose covered with the Colt, so no real good reason to go for the SP101 or other 3" or less. That 4" plus the heft is really going to tame the recoil. I'd also take a look at other used Ruger DA revolvers, like the Security Six, and Speed Six. They will weigh a little less than the GP and will be a hair cheaper too. I take it you are looking for a good value and not looking to break the bank?

357 Terms
August 29, 2011, 04:37 AM
What Tex said^^. Buying a Taurus can sometimes be a hard lesson, so can overpaying at Bass Pro.

Old Shooter
August 29, 2011, 06:09 AM
I would go with either the Ruger SP101 or the S&W 64.

I have no personal experience with any of the Taurus revolvers, some love 'em, some don't.

If it's mostly for the range I suspect you will enjoy shooting the 150 rounds of 38 Special more friendly than an equal amount of 357's. 38+P would do fine for a glove box gun also.

I like to go to Bass Pro to look at and handle the guns but when it comes time to buy I usually shop local gun shops for better prices and sometimes some good deals on nice used guns. Situation in your area may be different.

Good luck :)

Paladin38-40
August 29, 2011, 07:13 AM
Your taste in firearms begs for an S&W - the standard by which all others are judged. Of the guns you list as considering, the S&W model 64 gets the nod. Actually any K-frame S&W would fit your criteria well. Lots of aftermarket grip choices available to customize them to fit your hand.

Many of us have had good luck with used/discontinued models in pristine condition at reasonable (but not cheap) prices on Gunbroker http://www.gunbroker.com Take a look at S&W models 19 and 66 while you are browsing. Ruger's Service Six or Security Six are also good choices.

masterofchaos
August 29, 2011, 07:41 AM
To Whacked...I have a CCW license.

Shear_stress
August 29, 2011, 07:46 AM
My preference is generally S&W, but whatever you choose please for the love of god don't pay those prices. Do yourself a favor--take a look at budsgunshop.com and compare the shipped prices for those guns to what Bass Pro is trying to extract from you (see below). You would still need to find a transfer dealer, but I doubt there's any shortage of them in the Harrisburg area.

On the other hand, I strongly urge you to consider buying used. Doing so will generally save you considerably more money.

Taurus Tracker, $463 shipped:
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/494/products_id/31746

Ruger SP101, 3" $464 shipped:
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/76/products_id/70241

S&W Model 60, 3" barrel $584 shipped:
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/72/products_id/43699

S&W 686, $665 shipped:
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/72/products_id/26252

masterofchaos
August 29, 2011, 08:15 AM
Your input has helped. I will NOT be buying the Taurus. I will be sticking to a 4" (or 5" barrel) to balance out my collection.

I found out that there's a gun show in 2 weeks at the Farm Show Complex so I will be on the look out for a good, used S&W or Ruger or a deal on a gun that feels right.

roaddog28
August 29, 2011, 07:54 PM
Hi,
Based on what your saying look for a used S&W model 19 or 66. Natural pointer and balanced to almost perfection. And a double action trigger that is among the best. My other suggestion would be the Ruger Security/Service Six series. They are close to the model 19 in the way they point and balance in the hand. I have all the revolvers that I have mention and to me they make the best all around 357 magnums out there. I have bigger revolvers and they are fine but I shoot the model 19 and the Ruger Service Six better.
Good luck,
Howard

langenc
August 29, 2011, 08:04 PM
Best advice I recieved and can give-shoot whatever you plan on buying even if it costs . Can be $$ saving in the long run.

Back when we shot pistol on Tue night we had couple people come in and shoot members guns before buying. One guy didnt buy cause he got to shoot the same gun belonging to a member.

masterofchaos
August 29, 2011, 09:46 PM
What do you think of these M64s--very good condition+...looks like they were NYPD guns. http://www.jgsales.com/index.php/smith-wesson/revolver/cPath/16_211_431

Anybody bought these? Ya like e'm?

What's the difference between square and round butts (ok except the obvious)

Is a bobbed hammer a trimmed down hammer so it doesn't snag on clothing when CCW?

Super Sneaky Steve
August 29, 2011, 10:52 PM
Friends don't let friends buy a Taurus.

You'll be happy with any Smith or Ruger.

addedpulp
August 29, 2011, 11:19 PM
What's wrong with Taurus? I always hear people bashing them, but without any justification. Smith and Ruger don't have lifetime warranties, do they?

oldfool
August 30, 2011, 07:53 AM
There seem to be a lot of used, but good condition S&W 4" heavy barrel model 10s in the marketplace right now... might keep your eye out for those, and just see how one fits your hand, even if the sample gun is condition/price you don't buy, you can then find more/others
They will most certainly handle any 38+P load real well
I have seen some around here in real nice condition for maybe ~$350, other less nice for significantly less

S&W k-frames any/all would seem to fit your criteria
"MOSTLY for target shooting"... pick one with adjustable rear sights

PS
"is a bobbed hammer a trimmed down hammer so it doesn't snag on clothing when CCW?"
mostly it is so the guns are set up as DAO (double action only, no cock-2-shoot in SA mode)
lots of used police department guns are so modified, department policy stuff
I would suppose your Colt is traditional DA/SA

be sure you really want DAO vs DA/SA if you buy one
some do, some don't
(debated topic, you know, sometime hotly debated)

"What's the difference between square and round butts (ok except the obvious)"
not much, it's the shape of the steel butt frame, oft pretty much hidden from view by the grips ...
some say the round butt is "better" re: a tad more straight back recoil , but you couldn't prove it by me, I have both
lots and lots of aftermarket grips out there for either

pazz
August 30, 2011, 09:57 AM
If your going to spend $500 on a Taurus revolver why not just get their Rossi? It's made by the same company and is basically the same gun.

http://www.rossiusa.com/images/imagesMain/R97104.jpg

This 3 inch .357 retails for about $350 new

addedpulp
August 30, 2011, 11:54 AM
If your going to spend $500 on a Taurus revolver why not just get their Rossi? It's made by the same company and is basically the same gun.

http://www.rossiusa.com/images/imagesMain/R97104.jpg

This 3 inch .357 retails for about $350 new

Does Rossi have a lifetime warranty? Why prefer Rossi over Taurus if they're the same company?

Cosmoline
August 30, 2011, 12:22 PM
A 3" Sp 101 is a very nice revolver.

You should also look into used Security Sixes which are the best DA revolvers Ruger made.

A Model 19 S&W or other K frame are pretty easy to find used and aren't as bulky as other magnums. Very nice triggers on the old ones, too.

atlantis
August 30, 2011, 12:27 PM
Anybody bought these? Ya like e'm?

What's the difference between square and round butts (ok except the obvious)

Is a bobbed hammer a trimmed down hammer so it doesn't snag on clothing when CCW?

The 64 is an outstanding weapon but in your case I'd look for a 357 mag. It's much more versatile with no extra weight. (Assuming you're considering a 64 vs a 65.)

The round butt weapons allow for greater concealability. However, with the right grips, the point is moot. I have two model 66s. One is round butt. The other square. Both wear Pachmayrs. Either gun will conceal just fine.

A bobbed hammer is where the hammer spur has been removed. That makes it "double action" only. It's fine for a conceal carry piece but limited for target work.

If your going to spend $500 on a Taurus revolver why not just get their Rossi?

No offence, but I'd stay away from Rossi. It's lower quality compared to Smith or Ruger.

Lucky Derby
August 31, 2011, 01:35 AM
Is that even legal?
In most parts of the US, yes it is. Some places may require a permit.

Lucky Derby
August 31, 2011, 01:48 AM
What's wrong with Taurus? I always hear people bashing them, but without any justification. Smith and Ruger don't have lifetime warranties, do they?
S&W does have a lifetime warranty-but only for the original purchaser, where as Taurus warranty covers all owners, whether the first or 100th. Ruger has no written warranty, but they have a known history of taking care of any issues that arise. They chose not to have a written warranty so they didn't have to worry about it being compliant with all laws in all 50 states.
Now the problem with Taurus, and if you hang out here, and on other gun forums you will see the trend, is that quality from the factory is very good on some guns, and very bad on others. Some Taurus owners have no problems. Others have problem after problem. The guns go back under warranty and are often gone for months. When they come back, it's a crap shoot as to whether or not the problem is solved. Often times people wind up sending the gun back multiple times for the same problem. With either S&W or Ruger, the problem is generally solved the first time, although I am sure there are exceptions. Also the likelyhood of it needing to go back for service is much less.

Cranky CJ
August 31, 2011, 02:21 AM
At least find and handle a Ruger Security Six. If you think the GP100 is "sexy" you may just go gaga over a Sec Six in stainless with the right grips....

aHFo3
August 31, 2011, 02:49 AM
Just to add to your list...I'm sure you've already noticed, but some will have target/adjustable sights and some will have fixed/service sights.
S&W 10 & 64, 13 & 65 are service sights while the 15 & 67, 19 & 66 are adjustable. There are more, but those 8 are the more common K frame S&W 38 & 357's. Either sight option has its pros and cons.

Ky Larry
August 31, 2011, 07:33 AM
As a rule, gunshows are notorious for having a lot of junk and overpriced guns. However, it will give you a chance to compare different models and see how they fit your hand. When you decide what you want, then you can begin shopping. Personally, I'd choose a Smith or Ruger over a Taurus. You might get lucky and get a very good Taurus. Or, you might not.I have a S&W Model-19 with Hogue grips that my wife shoots very comfortably. Good luck.

Victor69
August 31, 2011, 12:16 PM
Nobody mentions Colt anymore for a .357 why not ?http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz95/VictorCastle/KingCobraII.jpg

230therapy
August 31, 2011, 12:24 PM
Nobody mentions Colt because their guns are no longer in production. They're collectible. I'm sure they're fine for the purpose, but trashing one over a decade of carry and training seems...wrong.


What's wrong with Taurus? I always hear people bashing them, but without any justification. Smith and Ruger don't have lifetime warranties, do they?


The answer to that question is here:

http://www.grantcunningham.com/blog_files/no_taurus_work.html

He just blogged about them:

http://grantcunningham.com/blog_files/035961be06caea23dd321d083bcb45fe-896.html


Case in point: for a long time I've held an opinion about Taurus revolvers that is now evolving, based on their increasing levels of quality. Am I ready to put them on the same level as the market leaders - S&W and Ruger? Not quite, but I am willing to admit that perhaps they are making headway in product quality. I'm revisiting my opinions in response to what's going on around me, and I look forward to the day when I can say I've changed my mind about them.

jhudock
August 31, 2011, 02:51 PM
I am considering the S&W model 627. 8 rounds of .357. It looks like a very nice weapon.

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/53549

~%650-700.

230therapy
August 31, 2011, 03:30 PM
S&W Model 627

They are VERY nice. Get good moonclips and a 5Star Firearms speedloader. Send it to S&W for a carry package...it's reasonably priced.

You can even make it nicer by removing the storage lock and plugging the hole with a plug (see S&W Forum for the vendor who makes those).

valnar
August 31, 2011, 03:44 PM
Or do what I do. Buy a rarely used safe queen off one of the gun auction sites or here on THR. Even for the SAME price, I'd rather own the exact older S&W I want, down to the revision...and pre-lock. The only new Smith I ever bought was a 625-8 Performance Center. Expensive, but man was that worth it.

oldbear
August 31, 2011, 08:02 PM
It would be used for MOSTLY for target shooting, but also as protection in my car (stored in glove comp or under seat)

A 4" anything very well be a little large for most glove boxes in today's cars. Unless you have some way to attach it storing a gun under the seat is a no go, as you never know were it will be when you need it.
Most of the prices you have quoted seem a little high to me, shop around some and hopefully you can save a few dollars.
The S&W J frame with .357 Magnum ammo is not a lot of fun to shoot, and it's not a target gun either.

So unless you just have to have a new revolver stick with what you all ready have or go with the 2 1/2" Ruger.

foghornl
August 31, 2011, 08:19 PM
If you run into 6 bad guys, but only have the 5-round SP-101, the Ruger makes a MUCH better bludgeon.... :evil: :evil: :D :evil: :evil:

Just joking...the Ruger SP-101 is a very tough handgun, and at a reasonable price

masterofchaos
September 1, 2011, 09:10 AM
I love all the feedback--keep it coming.

Victor your King Cobra photo makes me drool! :)

I have removed the need for a .357 and replaced it with +P (my '69 Colt is aluminum frame). I want a stainless 4" barrel (give me extra inches for target shooting). I also don't want a heavy gun--to me heavy is over 36oz. So while the 627 is very nice--it'll be too much for 150+ rounds of play.

I have an SUV--glove compartment is big (but I am looking at how I can rig it under my dash as a friend in the military pointed out how he has his hid).

Anyone have thoughts about buying old police guns? I saw some M64s and M67s. Price is right--they all have some holster wear. Are there things to lookout for?

kludge
September 1, 2011, 01:25 PM
I have a 2.25" Ruger SP101 and I love it. I have a 4" S&W Model 19-3 and I love it. I have a Ruger Service Six, and if it had adjustable sight I would love it more.

I suggest looking for a nice used 4" Ruger Security Six (comes in Stainless too) which you can get for ~$350-$450 or a S&W model 19, which might be a bit more.

Either one over a Taurus.

4" is the right length, IMO.

pazz
September 1, 2011, 04:13 PM
Does Rossi have a lifetime warranty? Why prefer Rossi over Taurus if they're the same company?

They only have a one year warranty I believe.

The Rossi in a .357 is going to be cheaper to buy than
the Taurus, that was my reasoning. They are basically
the same gun.

valnar
September 1, 2011, 04:37 PM
I'd recommend against a Rossi or Taurus. Get a S&W or Ruger.

NoirFan
September 1, 2011, 04:50 PM
At least find and handle a Ruger Security Six. If you think the GP100 is "sexy" you may just go gaga over a Sec Six in stainless with the right grips....
You should also look into used Security Sixes which are the best DA revolvers Ruger made.
I suggest looking for a nice used 4" Ruger Security Six (comes in Stainless too) which you can get for ~$350-$450 or a S&W model 19, which might be a bit more.


I agree with all the recommendations for a Security Six. If I were to start over with just one .357 handgun, it would be the 4" barrel Ruger. It's as handy as the K-frames and as strong (maybe stronger?) as the L-frames.

M3stuart
September 1, 2011, 05:54 PM
Taurus Tracker is ok for what you're going to do.

If you're big on .357, stay away from all those smaller guns you listed; M60, SP101, etc. you won't enjoy shooting .357 out of any of them.

Stay with the Tracker (taurus), GP100 (Ruger), 686 (S&W).

Be sure to rent, and shoot, whatever you're thinking about BEFORE you drop your hard earned cash on a firearm!

just my .02.

DTesch357
September 1, 2011, 11:17 PM
There really is no point to buying a 4" 38 special revolver - you really won't experience any difference in weight between, say, a S&W Model 65 and a S&W Model 64. You will appreciate the versatility later.

I hereby vote for the following 4" revolvers, because they are all awesome.

S&W Model 65 or 66. 65 is the fixed sight version, 66 is adjustable. Both are K Frames.

GP-100. If you look around the auction sites, you can find the older 4" GP100's with the half-lug barrels - these are noticeably lighter than their current production, full underlug bretheren. You can also find some old GP100 4" models that have fixed sights and a bobbed hammer - they are double action only, 4" 357 Magnum revolvers that were a special run from Ruger for some police forces in Canada. I recently picked up one of these fine specimens on Gunbroker.com for only 295 dollars. EXCELLENT purchase. It was clearly carried a good bit, buy barely ever shot.

Another advantage to the GP100 is the 'grip peg' design - this allows for significantly smaller grips to be placed on the gun. This is also the reason why my fiance stole my GP100 and I barely ever get to shoot it any more. Eagle Grips makes excellent 'Secret Service' style boot grips for the Ruger GP-100.

Security/Service six. Excellent, older revolvers by Ruger. They have a full grip frame, similar to the S&W revolvers. They were made to compete with the S&W K-Frames of the days of yore, but they have one distinct advantage - they are stronger. K-Frames have issues with some magnum loads - noteably hot 125 grain loads. These bullets can slam into the forcing cone and crack it. Then you have a paperweight.

oldfool
September 2, 2011, 05:19 AM
While I admire all the Ruger variants mentioned, I wouldn't lose any sleep worrying about 357 mag in K-frames 19/64/65/66. I own a pair of 6 inch 66s. Only reason I back off to 38+P is that I don't see 357 as a good choice for me "in-home". 357 is extreme loud in enclosed spaces, and awesome muzzle flash in low light. Been there, done that.

The so oft cited issues stem from the olden days when 125 gr JHP SuperVel was loaded hotter than your typical off-the-shelf 357 stuff is today, and it wasn't really about 'slamming' into the forcing cone per se; more about heat/flame stresses on the flattened non-concentric bottom of forcing cone with extra hot/fast loads. Unless you are hand loading hot or buying extra hot boutique ammo, no big deal, and if you stick with heavier than 125 gr (158 gr is real popular), no worries at all.

Choice of k-frame vs Ruger Six vs GP vs etc. really ought be about how well it fits and balances in your hand. They are all plenty rugged enough. The point in buying a 38+P revolver vs 357 revolver is all about balance of weight, feel, and fit.. which is not something any of us can pick for someone else anyway, it's a very individual thing.

kludge
September 2, 2011, 04:38 PM
I'm with oldfool.

.38+P in my .357's for home defense. Recoil wise though, in my hand, .357 Magnum ammo in my SP101 feels about the same as .38 SPL in a S&W Airweight.

Choice of k-frame vs Ruger Six vs GP vs etc. really ought be about how well it fits and balances in your hand. They are all plenty rugged enough.

Grips can make or break a revolver too. If it's not quite right, ask the dealer if he has any other grips to try in stock.

I don't own any .38's. They are all .357's -- I appreciate the versatility they offer, even though most of the rounds that go through the guns are standard pressure .38 SPL. If I were a competetive target shooter, then I would probably get a dedicated .38 Special revolver, otherwise, no.

rfwobbly
September 2, 2011, 08:42 PM
The GP100 comes 2 ways: with and without the full length under-barrel lug. If the weight was too much, maybe you hefted a full-length lug version. If you're going to shoot target loads, the GP100 was designed to shoot an unlimited number of 357 loads. That might come in handy.

asm19
September 2, 2011, 10:39 PM
Get a Ruger GP100 and you'll never look back. It's arguably the strongest DA out there and it's the best looking. I'm no Smith hater, I just think they're overpriced.
When I bought my 4" stainless GP100, my wife fell in love. And previously she couldn't care less about revolvers. She loves loading it with 38 wadcutters and punching holes in paper. I love loading it with hot 357's and...well...punching holes in paper. It's the one gun in our collection that will never be sold or traded.

Hondo 60
September 3, 2011, 01:29 AM
Is that even legal?

Depends on your state laws.


+1 on the Ruger suggestions.
I've handled a few Taurii and I'm sorry, but I wouldn't buy one.
I would strongly recommend a Ruger Sp101 if you're looking for a 2 or 3 inch barrel,
or a GP100 for a 3, 4 or 6" barrel.

Another option would be to buy a Smith & Wesson 686.
There's a lot of them available.

masterofchaos
September 3, 2011, 09:25 AM
The GP100 comes 2 ways: with and without the full length under-barrel lug. If the weight was too much, maybe you hefted a full-length lug version. If you're going to shoot target loads, the GP100 was designed to shoot an unlimited number of 357 loads. That might come in handy.
I looked at Ruger's site http://www.ruger.com/products/gp100/models.html and don't see any half-lugs. Were they only avail. in previous years or am I missing something??

I can tell you the Ruger I held was a 40 oz Gp-141--too heavy. Yesterday I held a S&W Model 66...mmmmm nice!

My short list so far is:
Used S&W 64, 65, 66, 67 & Ruger Security Six as they all offer 4" stainless .38+p (and some .357) and are in a price range of approx. $400-500...although it's tough finding a 65 or 66 at all...so I have a hunch I could be paying more for those.

BullfrogKen
September 3, 2011, 10:01 AM
Tell you what . . .

Why don't you come out to West Shore Sportsmen's here in Lewisberry one evening or weekend. I'll bring my revolvers out. I'll ask a few of the other guys to bring theirs out, and we'll let you get a feel for what you like for yourself. It really is the best way to approach buying a new gun.

I'm usually there every Thursday evening for informal IDPA practices.


Oh, one other thing, there are better places to buy something than at Bass Pro. They're a bit over-priced there. I'll point you to a few local places my wife and I have gone for 15 years now for our FFL needs. Good people, good selections, and a much wider range of used handguns than you'll find at the chain stores.

ColtPythonElite
September 3, 2011, 10:12 AM
Nobody mentions Colt anymore for a .357 why not ?



I mention Colt all the time...:D... The King Cobra such as you posted is a fine choice. Sure, it will cost a little more upfront, but unless the gun is stolen or lost the buyer's money is safer than in a bank....Another plus is the King Cobra has been said to have the strongest mid-framed actions made....I wouldn't trade my most used one for 3 of most of the other guns that have been suggested in this thread.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=141985&d=1305073930

Guillermo
September 3, 2011, 10:49 AM
CPE apparently has a nose for Colts.

I have been looking for a KC and can't find one for less that Python price.

oldfool
September 3, 2011, 10:55 AM
I cannot argue with a Colt guy, CPE...
but you offering the lady a 4" Colt for <$500 ? :D

I wouldn't pass up that offer from Bullfrog, ma'm
He know revolvers like I only think I do !


but it surprises me not a tad she liked the 66.... and they balance even better with one in each hand, you know !

mavracer
September 3, 2011, 11:08 AM
Anyone have thoughts about buying old police guns? I saw some M64s and M67s. Price is right--they all have some holster wear. Are there things to lookout for?
That's a great way to get a fantastiic gun at a good price check out Jim March's sticky at the top of the revolver forum

masterofchaos
September 17, 2011, 09:47 PM
1978 Ruger Security Six...came with Hogue grips (no box). $480 shipped/insured. This piece was shot, but barely--especially for its age. Very tight, very clean. I bought it off Gunsamerica through SBD Enterprises (Georgia Gun & Loan). I shot about 50 .38 special rounds and the gun didn't show any weaknesses or problems. I had a smile on my face the size of Texas on my first shot...remember my other .38 is a Colt Cobra snub (great gun, but not so fun on the range). Anyway, thanks for your input. You guys rock with your knowledge.

Tony_the_tiger
September 17, 2011, 09:54 PM
Excellent choice, sir.

Ruger is to firearms what grey poupon is to mustards.

357 Terms
September 17, 2011, 10:06 PM
Pics? I do love the Ruger sixes.

GRIZ22
September 17, 2011, 10:37 PM
I have good experiences with Taurus revolvers and have no issues buying more (I own 3) if it was something that met my needs. However at the price you are paying a little more can get you a GP100 which would meet the needs you have for such a gun.

A 4" 357 is about the best all around handgun you can buy and a GP100 is my first choice.

TexAg
September 17, 2011, 11:22 PM
Excellent choice Ma'am!

oldfool
September 18, 2011, 07:36 AM
oh well, there is still a k-frame waiting somewhere for your "the-one-after" ;)

just kidding there, the RSS is a top gun on any revolver fan's wish list, great pick
congratulations, Ma'am, enjoy !

PS
but for anyone who already owns a fine Colt and a fine Ruger... it's really only a matter of time
full size 38/357s are just too addictive, that Sig is soon going to start feeling unloved

shoot a box of 38+P thru that RSS next trip out, and be ready to giggle a lot, it's that much fun

masterofchaos
September 19, 2011, 01:10 PM
My Security Six...:cool:

Josh45
September 19, 2011, 01:19 PM
That's a beauty. She will serve you well. I have a Ruger GP-100 3' with the half lug and love that gun. All stainless with the Letts grips.

I don't think Im ever gonna sell it :D. Your gonna love yours. Shoot some .38 and then the .357. There is a huge recoil difference. And it is fun :D

Hope you reload. ;) Congrats on such a nice piece.

230therapy
September 21, 2011, 11:21 AM
YAY! Another gun purchased because of The High Road!

We really should compile the retail value of guns sold under intense peer pressure...er...because of "solid recommendations based upon centuries of collective experience with firearms".

antiquus
September 21, 2011, 12:18 PM
Doh never mind she bought, and did good.

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