An ode to the 4" medium frame revolver...


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SaxonPig
April 21, 2012, 11:09 AM
For the beginner or the expert, good for so much. Generally available from 22 LR to 357 Magnum a medium frame DA revolver with a 4" tube is small enough to pack but big enough to get a variety of jobs done. I have more large frame revolvers than middle sized ones but I appreciate them all. Here are a couple of mine.


http://www.fototime.com/A083CA0CC4EFD5B/standard.jpg


http://www.fototime.com/650BC1D0519B79B/standard.jpg


http://www.fototime.com/7F3A908F41246EA/standard.jpg


http://www.fototime.com/20A350D3AC1D1F0/standard.jpg

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Coyote3855
April 21, 2012, 12:16 PM
Nice revolvers. 4" is the perfect compromise for carry, accuracy.

wanderinwalker
April 21, 2012, 12:54 PM
Who doesn't like 4" medium-framed revolvers. They're the perfect size for some carry, woods and general use without being overwhelming. Plus, a 4" barrel is plenty long enough for accuracy at the range, even out to 50-yds.

Yes, I like 4" medium-framed revolvers...

19-5
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y92/P-990/19RightSide.jpg

18-4
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y92/P-990/18Cocobolo.jpg

586 no dash
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y92/P-990/586Maple.jpg

MCgunner
April 21, 2012, 12:59 PM
http://i50.tinypic.com/igc6ld.jpg

scramasax
April 21, 2012, 01:11 PM
I'm partial to my N frames and to 5" barrels. But do love my m10/19/ smiths and police positives. They are the prefect size for fun and work.

Cheers,

ts

Walkalong
April 21, 2012, 06:26 PM
S&W 15-4

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=163128&stc=1&d=1335043562

W.E.G.
April 21, 2012, 08:19 PM
First in with a Security Six.

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

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd7/rkba2da/holsters/holsterandammocarrier.jpg

roaddog28
April 21, 2012, 08:27 PM
I am going to join Saxon Pigs party.

S&W M&P 38 special 4 inch. Too me defines the LE carry revolver.
http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu283/HPitt74985/DSC00001.jpg
S&W model 13 4 inch. This might be the best combat fighting revolver.
http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu283/HPitt74985/SWM13a.jpg
Model 19 4 inch. Bill Jordens dream carry revolver for LE
http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu283/HPitt74985/DSC00033.jpg
Model 66 4 inch Stainless version of Bill Jordens dream revolver.
http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu283/HPitt74985/model66-4.jpg
Ruger Police Service Six 4 inch. Rugers competition to S&W as a carry 357 magnum.
http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu283/HPitt74985/RugerServiceSix.jpg

skoro
April 21, 2012, 08:54 PM
They're just right in so many ways...

I have several. :cool:

Steve CT
April 21, 2012, 10:44 PM
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w160/sdrct/P9100027-1.jpg

Oh, So Perfect!

bikemutt
April 21, 2012, 10:47 PM
Not fair Steve CT, you put those barrels on just for the picture :)

Walkalong
April 21, 2012, 11:17 PM
S&W M10 HB

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=113394&stc=1&d=1263597316

Confederate
April 22, 2012, 12:53 AM
The 4-inchers are the perfect size for travel or nearly anything. They pack power and are great for pointability. And they're almost perfect for the .357 round. I think S&W and Ruger made horrible mistakes by phasing out their medium framed revolvers for their "hulksters" -- my term for the larger 686 and GP-100 sized guns. These companies continue to call their hulksters "medium-framed" handguns, but the 6-shot guns are borderline unsuitable for carrying on the trail or in camping. (After all, which would you rather have as a camping pistol, a S&W 13/65 or a 686?)

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh198/jriler/SW13_1.jpg

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh198/jriler/RUGERSecurity-Six4-inch_Loaded_1-1.jpg

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh198/jriler/SW66.jpg

.

CH47gunner
April 22, 2012, 01:35 PM
Model 10-5
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f232/ch47gunner/model10/DSC_0776.jpg

Model 19-3
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f232/ch47gunner/newM19stuff/DSC_0342.jpg

dillardrg
April 22, 2012, 05:48 PM
Model 10 and 64s

http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz305/dillardrg/Smith%20and%20Wesson%20K%20Frames/Handguns006.jpg

MCgunner
April 22, 2012, 05:57 PM
delete...pic didn't work

Walkalong
April 22, 2012, 06:25 PM
Be sure to include all four food groups.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=163222&stc=1&d=1335129921

56hawk
April 22, 2012, 06:38 PM
Well, I don't usually do poetry, but here is my ode to four inch revolvers:

A four inch revolver
So balanced and fair
I care not what frame size you bear

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=163223&d=1335130485

Frank V
April 22, 2012, 06:58 PM
Don't ever think a 4" revolver is limited to 50 yards. I've shot them way farther than that!;)
Frank

sirsloop
April 22, 2012, 07:54 PM
http://photos.tallmanphoto.com/photos/i-BLRXB92/0/XL/i-BLRXB92-XL.jpg

686SSR (and his big brother the 8-3/8" 686, scoped)

technically medium large I guess :/

BYJO4
April 22, 2012, 08:14 PM
The 4" barrel is a good all around length and I enjoy shooting mine. However, unlike many, I still prefer the feel of my 5" and 6" revolvers more and will shoot them more frequently.

tekarra
April 23, 2012, 06:42 PM
I think the 4" is a good versatile revolver and have a few in my safe.

MrBorland
April 23, 2012, 08:16 PM
I loves me some 4" medium frame. :D

http://i415.photobucket.com/albums/pp239/becke016/GunsTargets/686pair.jpg

For carry or competition...
http://i415.photobucket.com/albums/pp239/becke016/GunsTargets/IDPAindoorNats2012.jpg

...or pressed into target duty...
http://i415.photobucket.com/albums/pp239/becke016/GunsTargets/April686.jpg

...or for just messin' around (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmy5mkjpUNI).

bannockburn
April 23, 2012, 09:57 PM
For all around versatility it's hard to beat the 4" medium frame revolver, be it a Colt, Ruger, S&W, or Dan Wesson. My all-time favorite is probably the S&W K frame though I still have a great fondness for the Ruger Security/Service/Speed Six series.

Steve CT
April 23, 2012, 10:48 PM
bikemutt, I know you're funnin' with me on this :). We know each other from DWF.

The 4" .357 is in a dead heat with the 1911 as the perfect fighting handgun, no reason it can't also be the best looking revolver there is

bikerdoc
April 23, 2012, 11:01 PM
Not pretty but proven. This was my duty weapon before we went to wonder nines.

Ruger police service six

http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg134/bikerdoc1948/Untitled.jpg

mbopp
April 23, 2012, 11:11 PM
My 19-3, bought NIB right after I got my CCW:
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/k530/starmaster1953/100_1030.jpg

Black Knight
April 24, 2012, 12:21 AM
With all the great photos I wish I had a good digital camera and knew how to post pics. I would show my 4" S&W 10-8 (38 Special) and my 4" S&W 547 (9MM) revolvers.

skidder
April 24, 2012, 12:59 AM
Service and Security Six


http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc456/exlogger/Service%20Six/service11.jpg

http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc456/exlogger/Service%20Six/six4.jpg

CajunBass
April 24, 2012, 06:46 AM
Old, refinished, "wrong" grips...it just keeps plugging along.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b292/CajunBass/handguns/100_0389.jpg

Not out to pasture yet.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b292/CajunBass/handguns/100_0374.jpg

38 Combat Masterpiece

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b292/CajunBass/handguns/100_0321.jpg

22 Combat Masterpiece

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b292/CajunBass/handguns/071211141434.jpg

10-7

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b292/CajunBass/handguns/100_0146.jpg

Red Cent
April 24, 2012, 06:14 PM
....

Red Cent
April 24, 2012, 06:28 PM
oth unfired. Circa 1974.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee189/redcent69/Handguns/357mags012.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee189/redcent69/Handguns/357mags005.jpg

Red Cent
April 24, 2012, 06:33 PM
Both unfired circa 1974.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee189/redcent69/Handguns/357mags004.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee189/redcent69/Handguns/357mags005.jpg

Red Cent
April 24, 2012, 06:35 PM
Ooooops! Last two guns same as two before.

Smith357
April 24, 2012, 06:58 PM
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y266/smith357/armory/Revolver/IMG_6610.jpg

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y266/smith357/armory/Revolver/IMG_6977.jpg

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y266/smith357/armory/Revolver/IMG_5045.jpg

One78Shovel
April 25, 2012, 12:19 AM
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff207/Geaux-4it/Ruger-1.jpg

ElToro
April 25, 2012, 12:26 AM
if i had to only have one gun the rest of my life, i'd hard pressed not to choose my 4inch S&W 19...

Cocked & Locked
April 25, 2012, 01:28 AM
http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6486421/383390000.jpg

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6486421/375630517.jpg

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6486421/328391449.jpg

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6486409/390236103.jpg

bbuddtec
April 25, 2012, 10:07 PM
Great photos, C&L !!!

Cocked & Locked
April 25, 2012, 11:53 PM
Thanks! :)

foghornl
April 26, 2012, 12:03 AM
The only D/A revolver I have is a {GASP!} RG .38Spl snubby. It looks sorta like a Mdl 10 knock-off.

Now, I DO have a 4-1/2" (or so) 50th Year Single-Six, a 4-5/8" 50th Year .357 Blackhawk, and a 3-3/4" Sheriff's Model Glossy Stainless Vaquero. Gotta get my digi-cam going and take a few pix...

BlackSky
April 26, 2012, 01:33 AM
http://img688.imageshack.us/img688/968/586j.jpg

NoirFan
April 26, 2012, 02:18 AM
The 4-inch medium revolver is what pops into my brain when I hear the word, "gun". It is the archetype for me. Sadly, at my local range all I ever see are snub .38s and black semiautos. The service-size revolvers are getting less and less popular it seems.

Here is my S&W 19:

http://i877.photobucket.com/albums/ab332/Inspbumstead/IMG_0016.jpg

http://i877.photobucket.com/albums/ab332/Inspbumstead/IMG_0020.jpg

Serenity
April 26, 2012, 02:53 AM
I second the "if I could only have one gun" sentiment.

Steve CT
April 26, 2012, 10:34 PM
[QUOTE=NoirFan;8126440]The 4-inch medium revolver is what pops into my brain when I hear the word, "gun". It is the archetype for me. Sadly, at my local range all I ever see are snub .38s and black semiautos. The service-size revolvers are getting less and less popular it seems.

I can guarantee you that any range where I am on the line will have a 4" .357 shot on it that day-MINE

slick6
April 27, 2012, 03:41 AM
4" Colt .357:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/shootit/colt/P1060483.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/shootit/colt/P1060477.jpg

4" Colt Lawman Mark V-this gun reminds me of the model 13 the way it feels in the hand:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/shootit/colt/P1000935.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/shootit/colt/P1000934.jpg

Cocked & Locked
April 27, 2012, 10:01 AM
http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6259764/402180620.jpg

slick6
April 27, 2012, 12:29 PM
My favorite three 4" Pythons:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/shootit/colt/P1000904.jpg

Cocked & Locked
April 27, 2012, 12:36 PM
Nice Trio! :what:

19-3Ben
April 27, 2012, 12:37 PM
Oh man I am loving this thread.

slick6
April 27, 2012, 02:15 PM
Nice Trio! :what:
1)Thanks!

2)Btw, I love those grips on your nice Python! Are those yellow areas on the grips actually look yellow in person or more of a lighter tan color?

Cocked & Locked
April 27, 2012, 02:26 PM
They are yellowish ... more so on the right panel.

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6259764/402180621.jpg

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6259764/402180622.jpg

slick6
April 27, 2012, 03:49 PM
I bought those same grips in Coco Bolo with a little different wood graining-but, in the pictures of these grips the lighter areas looked to be yellow-but, turned out to be lighter tan instead! This was disappointing.

SaxonPig
April 27, 2012, 10:44 PM
Hmmm... To me the I frame Colt is not a medium frame since it is designated as "41 caliber" size, but hey, it's all in fun, anyway.


http://www.fototime.com/084B41586F35B94/standard.jpg


http://www.fototime.com/E95DA3ABABF6EB1/standard.jpg


And these really are mid-size revolvers.


http://www.fototime.com/CBE465089E97BF3/standard.jpg

robctwo
April 28, 2012, 02:24 AM
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e186/robctwo/DSCN0623.jpg
10-6

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e186/robctwo/DSCN0114.jpg
15-1

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e186/robctwo/photo5.jpg
15-2

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e186/robctwo/IMG_0546.jpg
15-3

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e186/robctwo/DSCN2353.jpg
15-4

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e186/robctwo/DSCN2362.jpg
620

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e186/robctwo/DSCN2356.jpg
18-3

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e186/robctwo/DSCN2337.jpg
19-3

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e186/robctwo/DSCN2314.jpg
617

Walkalong
April 28, 2012, 03:09 PM
My favorite three (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/shootit/colt/P1000904.jpg) 4" Pythons:
Oh to have just one 4" Python. Very nice. :)

kayak-man
April 29, 2012, 06:27 PM
my term for the larger 686 and GP-100 sized guns. These companies continue to call their hulksters "medium-framed" handguns, but the 6-shot guns are borderline unsuitable for carrying on the trail or in camping.

I thought that GP100 at the LGS felt a little big in my hands. So, if the 686 and GP100 are no longer true "medium frame" revolvers, the Six Serries and Python are no longer made, what are the current production options available to shooters?

Chris "the Kayak-Man" Johnson

steveo452
April 29, 2012, 08:18 PM
I bought this M 10-7 from a guy that live's down the street from me about a year ago. I paid him what he ask for It, $150.00 It's about 98%.
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i225/fritzy1911/DSCN0165.jpg
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i225/fritzy1911/DSCN0166.jpg

Walkalong
April 29, 2012, 08:45 PM
This thread needs a 4" GP-100. Kind of wish I still had it sometimes.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=126340&d=1282482078

spaniel
April 29, 2012, 09:54 PM
4" 5-shot 41 Magnum Titanium = near perfection....

wlewisiii
April 30, 2012, 01:46 AM
There are few things as good as the 4" service revolver. I regret, deeply, that I do not have one right now. There is a part of me that would trade, even, my Blackhawk in .45 colt for a nice enough Model 10 or Model 13.

PM me if you want! ;)

easyg
April 30, 2012, 02:46 PM
This thread needs a 4" GP-100. Kind of wish I still had it sometimes.
Yes indeed!

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n165/allenXdog/HPIM7181.jpg

OurSafeHome.net
April 30, 2012, 05:06 PM
Nothing finer!

ghitch75
May 1, 2012, 01:45 PM
slipped in a couple N-frames....

King Cobra..
http://i56.tinypic.com/w14h36.jpg

Trooper MKIII
http://i55.tinypic.com/aoriw9.jpg

Lawman MKIII
http://i42.tinypic.com/1231x1v.jpg

625JM
http://i56.tinypic.com/2emo8qf.jpg

22-4 Thunder Ranch
http://i55.tinypic.com/w7n34g.jpg

silverking
May 1, 2012, 07:01 PM
I'm in

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