Still in love with my old S & W revolvers


December 2, 2012, 02:48 PM
I went out shooting the other day with the kids (25-30 y.o.) and their friends. Shoot what you brung. I have decided that I still like my old K frames way better than any of the new plastic autos. After shooting several of the new autos (and looking for spent brass) I drug out a couple of Smiths and all of the kids commented on the "old vintage revolvers". I noticed that they all wanted to shoot them again and again after the first go-round. They were all impressed with the accuracy and smoothness. Does anyone else feel this way about the older Smiths? Oh, and my brass was all in the coffee can on the tailgate, not all over the landscape like their's was.
I also shot an AR15 and I will keep my old Winchester 94, thank you very much.

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December 2, 2012, 02:59 PM
Well, let me say, I am young enough to be "one of those kids" ;) up front. That out of the way, I find I vastly prefer shooting my old S&Ws (all older than me but none P&R-ed). My 586 makes me look really good at the range, I don't lose my brass and when it's empty it will make a much better club than my Glocks.

The ironic part is that I have owned and shot Glocks for a long time and hammered a lot of rounds through them but I shoot a double-action revolver better. And I shoot them pretty much exclusively in double-action too.

December 2, 2012, 03:01 PM
Oh yeah, I agree totally. That walnut and blue steel is hard to beat.

Both of these are over 75 years old and they'll shoot with the best of them.

K-22 and 38/44 Outdoorsman.

December 2, 2012, 03:16 PM
Kinda partial to my N frames. Don't own any plastic guns, tried them just didn't work for me. My first issue SWAT gear vest had the holster for a model 10 and four speed loaders. The long gun was a cut down M2 with an A1 stock.

December 2, 2012, 03:20 PM
Me too. Be sure to look at old Colt police and military types even lowly 'Commando' is quite nice.

December 2, 2012, 03:58 PM
I don't care for the Glocks, et al. Look ugly and feel like a 2x4 in my hand. Very few recent autos appeal to me.

As for wheelguns, I'm with you, brother.





December 2, 2012, 04:44 PM
Yes, I to much prefer the older S&W guns , especially the long action That Iggy and Saxonpig have in the pictures. The action is very smooth in these guns.

December 2, 2012, 04:45 PM
Sure. I carry a couple Glocks (G19 & G26) because of my work so I usually always take them to the range. But in addition I always take one or two of my S&W or Colt .38 DA revolvers.

I enjoy them and it's fun to show off to my fellow officers at the department's firing range (no false modesty here). A couple months ago when I was helping to run a range there was a half hour break so I dragged out my Colt Officer Model Target with the 6" Heavy Barrel (mfd. 1941). I then banged away at the steel plates from the forty yard line (that's as far back as our range goes for the handgun portion - long story. I was firing one handed, the gun has old Mustang target grips (which fit my hand nicely) and I was staging the trigger - so I suppose I was cheating a little. Nevertheless I pinged all six plates, not missing one. Whew. I was pleased with myself and everyone was suitably impressed.

I then did the same thing with my 4 screw S&W K-38 Heavy Target Masterpiece.

I'm relatively old for my department (45 in six weeks) and many of the younger officers were impressed. They simply had no idea that revolvers could be that accurate. Many have never even held a revolver much less fired one. However there were a couple experienced hunters among them who knew what was going one. They just grinned at me.

Yes I love my revolvers. Especially the 38 Special Target revolvers.

December 2, 2012, 05:24 PM
Now that ya mention it, I have a few more older smiths than new autoloaders.I guess I like a good looking wheel gun as well;)

Lone Star
December 2, 2012, 05:56 PM
Well, sure I prefer older S&Ws and even current Ruger DA's to most autos.

THere are a few nice autos, but I'm not into plastic frames, light rails, etc.

December 2, 2012, 05:56 PM
I like revolvers better than just about any auto, except, of course, for 1911's.

S&W on the left, Colt on the right and a few Rugers around the outside

December 2, 2012, 06:24 PM
Nice collection there highpower. You've got good taste.

December 2, 2012, 06:45 PM

December 2, 2012, 06:48 PM
I love shooting my S&Ws. While not as old (late 70s to mid 80s) as alot of ones above, the accuracy along with action is virtually impossible to beat. The only other guns I shoot are 1911s.

December 2, 2012, 06:57 PM
I love them. There is always at least one in my range bag when I go. In addition to all of the other positive attributes mentioned above...they don't make me chase my brass!

As a reloader this is one more huge benefit. I'm going to open the safe and look at a few now that we are on the topic!

December 2, 2012, 08:56 PM
I have decided that I still like my old K frames way better than any of the new plastic autos.

This is kind of how I'm still in love with Meg Ryan, but not with the new plastic women that seem to be famous.

In all seriousness, I understand. Nothing beats an old Smith, Ruger, or Colt revolver. The newer guns have their use, but they don't stir the soul for me. A 1911? Yep, that will do nicely.

December 2, 2012, 09:35 PM
sadly, the day of the revolver is over.

But at least we have the opportunity to still get the guns made with quality parts, fitted by craftsmen.

December 2, 2012, 10:13 PM
I'm wondering what a first edition ( Hogue grips) 629 Mountain Gun in MINT condition would
go for these days? There has only been 12 .44 Specials through thru it and then
tucked away under the bed. Box, Manual..everything as bought new.

It would be LNIB but I just had try those few factory .44 Specials in the gun with the
very best SA and DA action I've encountered in a revolver.

No doubt that some guys say these were/are Performance Center guns.

December 2, 2012, 10:18 PM
Let me clarify my position, I am not giving up my 1911 Springer, but I was thinking of getting a lighter carry pistol, now I have decided against it. I just don't care for any of the ones that I have shot. That day I just brought out all of the Smiths to let some of the kids shoot. I hadn't fired some of them in a while, so it was fun to shoot them again. I think one or two had never fired a full house .357 before! It was enligntening to them. I think I will look on gunbroker for another Mdl. 27 to replace the one I foolishly got rid of years ago. All this is caused by a photo I saw on here of Guillermo's collection

December 3, 2012, 01:33 AM
I like the old one too. Other than the 637, the newest is 1963 manufacture.

December 3, 2012, 01:42 AM

Here are my favorites.

December 3, 2012, 01:58 AM
Shot two old S&W's today. Both were older than me. Loved it...

December 3, 2012, 12:27 PM
Thanks to all for sharing the pictures of your fine revolvers. NICE--- Snoop

December 3, 2012, 01:24 PM
I'm almost 62, and started ( first ( & new ) handgun ) wass a S&W Model 18 K-22 Combat Masterpiece when I was 14. Most of my teen buddies at the time had less expensive .22 handguns. THe 18 was the best shooter of the bunch

I got back into shooting about 7 years ago after a 20 year hiatus Since then, I've bought a 1911 CZ 75 and 4 S&W Revolvers S&W 625 / 686, 617 and a 60 so one in each frame size. Next handgun will be a smaller carry semi-auto most likely, but after that I'll be looking for S&W blued with the pinned barrel vintage models

My shooting buddy is an ex-target competitor and has a Ruger Mk III
He shot my 617, 6' Bbl. and likes it's SA trigger very much, with the targets as good f not better than his Mk III.


December 3, 2012, 04:45 PM
Currently Christmas shopping out of town with my wife. Today of all the guns I own my 4" model 13 was chosen for carry today.

December 3, 2012, 07:45 PM
one may be able to discern my handgun preference

December 4, 2012, 05:57 AM

December 4, 2012, 06:26 AM
Number one I think that all older firearms are made better. Number two I just love my S & W mod 19. Pinned barrel and recessed rims. Target trigger, hammer and grips. There may be nicer guns but not in my humble opinion.

December 4, 2012, 07:05 AM
I do like a good revolver! Have a SW17 and a 25 in .45 Colt. Looking for a Model 19 to go with my 17...

I like shooting revolvers!



December 4, 2012, 12:33 PM
Hey G,

Is that Smith, third from the left, that new 38-44? Nice one if it is amigo!!

Ky Larry
December 4, 2012, 01:28 PM
I've "ruined" several Glock/S.I.G./H&K owners with my older S&W and Colt revolvers. It's amazing how many of them have never handled and shot older American revolvers. When they pull the trigger on an American classic it's like another world has been opened up to them. I'm not knocking modern autos (I have 7 CZ pistols) but a lot of younger shooters just don't know what they're missing.

December 4, 2012, 01:33 PM
I am with you. I love my S&W wheel guns. Always bring one to the range. When I go window shopping at my LGS it's at the wheel gun sections. The only semi auto I love more is my beloved 1911.

December 4, 2012, 02:01 PM
It is my policy to introduce as many young people, not only to guns, but to wheelguns.

Here is a fellow I took to his first IDPA match and loaned him a model 15.

But you have got to let them play with tacti-cool stuff too

Ky Larry
December 5, 2012, 08:28 AM
^^^Serious grin factor.

December 5, 2012, 10:55 AM
I grew up in the era when the revolver ruled. I flirted with semi's back in my IPSC days, then again when I first got my CHP, but revolvers were always my first love. I had a couple of dozen of them at one time. Today I've sold most of them off but have kept a few of the best around. Smith & Wesson are my favorite, but I won't turn my nose up at others.

27-2, 357

24-3, 44 Special

12-2, 38 Special (my carry gun)

The others.

Colt Python, 357

Dan Wesson 22.

The only semi around here these days, is a Ruger MK II.

December 5, 2012, 06:30 PM
Yes, I agree....

K frame - model 19's - are fine guns...

N frame ....model 27's are spectacular guns ! ....especially a very nice 27-2 4" Nickel that I picked up a year or so ago / its a gun that is hard to leave at home when I head to the range....

December 5, 2012, 07:43 PM
I am an unrepentant revolver guy. I like them all, particularly Colts and Smiths. By far the older revolvers were just better made with silky smooth actions right out of the box.

A few Smith and Wessons:

Model 29 no dash

1948 K22 Masterpiece

1950 K38 Masterpiece

Model 66 no dash

And the newest member of the tribe, a 629-4 Classic

December 5, 2012, 08:02 PM
Count me in;

1910 production M&P Mod. of 1905 Target,
1963 Mod 14-2,
1970 Mod 15,
???? Mod 19-3,

aww heck lets throw the 1892 Safety Hammerless in there too. Underpowered, inaccurate at any distance but a way cool break-top belly gun and a fine as a Swiss watch clockwork that ejects spent rounds as it breaks open.

That don't count a few old Colts and a '70s Dan Wesson. I do like my Kimber 1911 too but I think of that as "old school" by design at least. If I don't have the bug I sure don't lack for symptoms.:D

December 5, 2012, 08:13 PM
OK all I have is 3 Smith and Wesson's only one is a Wheel Gun its a 686 and it looks no different from a 29,66 whats up with most of Smith and Wesson's revolver look the same??? Or is it just me

December 5, 2012, 08:44 PM
There is something about them.
or just kinda old.
Pretty good guns for BBQs, Marryin's and Buryin's too.

December 5, 2012, 08:48 PM
OK all I have is 3 Smith and Wesson's only one is a Wheel Gun its a 686 and it looks no different from a 29,66 whats up with most of Smith and Wesson's revolver look the same??? Or is it just me

Well, a little of both. They are all pretty much the same, at least in terms of functional layout. But a model number tells you the caliber and frame size and finish of any given S&W.

Example: My Model 19 is the same as a Model 66, but blued. Both are K-frame .357 Magnums with adjustable sights. A Model 10 is the same frame size with fixed sights in .38 Special. A Model 686 is a stainless steel, .357 Magnum L-frame with adjustable sights. The 586 I posted earlier is the same revolver in blued. In S&W the basic common frame sizes are: J, K, L and N.

And they are most definitely sized different. While a Model 27 and a Model 19 look similar with 4" barrels and both chamber .357s, in the hand the difference is obvious. (The Model 27 is noticeably bigger, being based on the N-frame.)

December 5, 2012, 10:27 PM
This S&W MDL.29-2 .44 Mag. has been with me many years. The "Roper" style grips were made from an old bed that came up the Oregon Trl. to Wyoming in the 1860s.:)

Lucky Derby
December 6, 2012, 06:27 AM
My first love is S&W revolvers, and I own several, the oldest of them turned 91 this year. I have a some old Colts and Rugers too.
1911s and BHPs are the only autos I seem to care about much these days, except for a particular Sig P220 that was glued to my right hip for 12 years.
I flirted with the plastics for a while, and while they do what they are supposed to do, and do it well, they just don't move me like a quality wheelgun does.

Lucky Derby
December 6, 2012, 06:29 AM
Iggy, that 3.5" M27 is about the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.

December 6, 2012, 01:28 PM
Many have never even held a revolver much less fired one.

That's too bad.

As a range toy or for hunting, I think there is a generational prejudice for style over substance here. Wood vs. black stocks are like Your Grandpa's Oldsmobile vs. an SUV in some peoples' minds. The difference is that a good, old revolver performs more like a new BMW station wagon than a Country Squire wagon from the '70s!

December 11, 2012, 10:59 PM
I'm 61 and I don't compete as much anymore like I once did. I've always loved shooting the various classes of both revolver and auto competition but I learned through the data that I do my best shooting with revolvers.

Once I realized this years ago, I quit reading all the gun mag bs about the greatest new brass pukers. Reality is seldom what one initially thinks.

Last year I attended an area "steel" match with five courses of fire, and there were revolver classes too! I decided to take out a "new" (to me) revolver I'd bought, a S&W M&P made in 1950. I thought it might be cool trying to spank the young guys with this "obsolete" revolver. RESULTS? My aggregate times with the M&P were the fastest of any class, revolver or auto! Wasn't really that close, and I hadn't been practicing.

The second fastest aggregate times were ALSO from a wheelgun . . . a new S&W 7-shot 686 performance center gun of some sort, superbly handled by a veteran shooter in his mid-20s. Still . . . it had to hurt for him and his new 7-shot race gun to get spanked by a guy on the other side of 60 with a gun that was a year older than the shooter! However, even with the extra shot capacity, he simply couldn't miss fast enough! LOL

No, revolvers aren't obsolete. They have better triggers, are more accurate, grip and point better, etc.

Today my high capacity bottom feeders all rest in the safe. My "always" CCW gun is my Model 37 Airweight from '71, and my larger handgun nearby is a chopped barrel custom S&W 25-2 .45ACP revolver. Yep, I trust my life to these wonderful revolvers and don't feel undergunned at all vs. high cap autos. Folks, use the tool you shoot best. For me though . . . I LOVE S&W revolvers best!

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