Gun Comparison: S&W model 12-2 vs S&W model 60 {no dash}


May 19, 2012, 08:55 PM
Hands down, I prefer everything about the model 12 over the model 60. The model 12 is only a fraction larger, actually weighs less, has an extra round and the larger grip makes it easier to shoot. It is going into the carry rotation!!!

Model 12:

All shooting done at 14 yards with 38 SPL 158 grain Magtech SJHP loads in both guns:


Model 60:


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May 19, 2012, 11:27 PM
Great report. Thank you for posting it.
My 12-3 does mostly safe duty while the 442, 60 and 64 share carry duty.
That needs a rethink, I do believe!

May 20, 2012, 10:35 AM
I always keeping my eyes open for a good deal on a 4" round butt Model 12. Loaded with the Remington 158gr LSWCHP, it would make an excellent CCW.

May 20, 2012, 02:23 PM
One of the first guns I shot as a child was a 2" M12 and they are great guns.

Did you notice that you have tendency to stage your trigger more with the M12 than with the DW M15 or M586?

May 20, 2012, 06:10 PM
I did notice, I think its because the gun was previously unfired and the trigger hasn't smoothed itself out yet. The pull was heavier than most of my other revolvers. A few hundred rounds will fix that! :D

May 20, 2012, 09:07 PM
mesinge2, I like you have owned both, at the same time, and I always preferred the M-60. No special reason but with the exception of the M-19/66 I've never cared for less than 4" barrels K frames. I'm not much of a J frame fan either but I understand their reason for being.

May 20, 2012, 11:14 PM
As a 97c in various post Nam assignments my duty weapon was officially a 2" or 4" barrel .38 revolver. Various places you got different kinds but I soon angled my self into the sexy 2" flavor meaning a square butted model 10 Miltary and Police. The issue load was 130 grain FMJ loads of no particular merit. During this time Lee Juras cooked up some "Super-Vel" 110 grain hollow points of his own making and in some forgotten little gun store in NYC of all places called Paris Theodore's I bought 2 boxes for the astronomical (a new word then) sum of $20 plus a tip for the governor and mayor.;)
Now those early Supervels were "tamped" as we used to say and blue a cone shape flame out about 18" on a 2" snub and suddenly I felt my Blaster had come into the Atomic age with the new Bianchi Speed Strips:D
Of course when I first saw an agent at Arlington Hall
:uhoh: With an issue Round Butt 2" Model 12 I just had to have one of those! I never did angle into an issue one of those all day carry dream revolver before I changed careers .
All the while this rather onerous carrying (around headquarters mostly) of a Snub K frame in a Bucheimer shoulder rig which was issue , but when the rubber hit the road it was with a Model 60 snub round butt in the side pocket-all ways !!:neener:
These days it's an OLD model 37 Airweight snub in a Mika

May 21, 2012, 02:12 AM
I owned a Model 12-2 4inch for years,and used it to qualify for my C.C.W. permit in '06, made a frowny face with it on the B-27 target.

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