I've wanted one of these for awhile, so I was quite pleased when a pair of used, 3" model 36s turned up in a local shop. Each looked to be in great shape and sported rubber grips: Uncle Mike's on one and Pachmayr on the other. The shop let me shoot both before choosing which one I wanted and I found both shot POA/POI at ten yards with 158 gr. loads. I went with the one that had the Pachmayr grips on it. I've since replaced the Pachmayr's(though they are quite comfortable) with a set of slightly modified Herrett Shooting Stars. I'm a happy camper:)
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April 21, 2012, 03:18 PM
Very nice! I aspire to a 3" Model 60 some day.
April 21, 2012, 03:36 PM
I am a big fan of the 3" heavy barrel 36-1 myself. Heavy enough, and with enough sight radius, to be fun to shoot; light enough and small enough for EDC. The 3" tube does good things for the old FBI load (in this case Remington's, below) IMHO:
The 3 inch models are such fine revolvers, that extra 1 1/8th inch really sets them off and does wonders for the ballistics and sight radius. gb6491, ya should've bought the other one for a matched set! Heck it's not that hard to spend your money....LOL.....:)
April 21, 2012, 05:02 PM
That is a sweet looking 3 incher I have to and love them both. If I could only find one in stainless a mod 60:D
April 21, 2012, 05:24 PM
One of these days I'd like to add a 3" m60 to compliment my 5" "kit gun"
Mine is similar, but with the stock magna grips. One of my favorite pieces.
April 22, 2012, 09:13 PM
I like your Herrett Shooting Stars. I pud a pair on my first center fire handgun a Ruger Secuiry 6 back in '75. They wouldn't allow for use of HKS speed loaders but where nice grips. Sold that gun many years ago though.
Here is a picture of a 3" 35 I picked up at a Police auction years aco. Replaced the pach compac's with the Gripper type show. They are a good hand filling grip that gives the gun a natural point for me.
Nice find, and they had two. I love the 3 inch J-frames, just a fun little gun. I think the size weight and balance is perfect on these guns. Enjoy.
Hoppes Love Potion
April 26, 2012, 12:17 PM
A 3" J-frame is like a 4" K-frame, but shrunk to 3/4 size.
April 26, 2012, 12:39 PM
Ol.P. Great looking 36 thanks for posting the pic with the Herretts.
I've wanted Herretts for my 60-15 3" Bbl. it has the W&E adj, rear sight great shooter but I think those Herretts would make .357 Mag a
more comfortable experience.
April 26, 2012, 02:18 PM
I've got three Model 60s and all have Herrett "Shooting Ace" grips, my favorite grip configuration for J-frame revolvers.
April 26, 2012, 04:24 PM
Some years ago before I obtained my CCW, I dropped into a local gun store to look at what was on the shelves. I ended up buying a stainless 3" J Magnum with a full lug and adjustable rear sight. Grips are like the ones on the 5" model shown in a prior post.
I soon found that obtaining a proper holster involved more than looking at the rack at Cabelas. For that reason, and for the reason that my CCW instructor characterized an exposed hammer as a "hook" designed to snag on garments, the revolver was assigned to bedroom and RV duty. I bought a Model 642 for carry, and later supplemented it with a couple of semiautos.
By that time I had learned to order good holsters that fit the gun and that can be reholstered one handed--and good belts.
Today, I decided to acquire the facility to carry the Model 60 should the need arise. The Milt Sparks VM-2 is my favorite semi-auto holster, and I have a Com-Tac for an M&P 9c, but I decided to look around a bit.
I came upon an outfit called Bell Charter Oak in upstate NY. They make a model for the Model 60 3"; "Lefty", to whom I spoke, has one. I ordered one with a reinforced mouth.
Will report back in six to eight weeks.
April 26, 2012, 04:44 PM
My holster is a bell charter oak m&pIII ordered for a Taurus 445
I didn't like the way the larger framed Taurus fit in it but that 60 and the 905 I now carry fit in this holster like a hand in a glove. Ironically much better than the gun this holster was ordered for.
May 15, 2012, 09:43 PM
Great looking 3" J frames y'all have.......Here is mine: