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Anyone else disappointed with the S&W Governor announcement?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by 9mm+, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. 9mm+

    9mm+ Well-Known Member

    Ok, I've got to be honest here -- I was disappointed with the announcement from Smith & Wesson regarding their new Governor. Nothing against the Taurus Judge -- by any definition, the Judge has been a PHENOMENALLY successful revolver with a legion of devoted fans -- but a "me too" announcement from S&W chasing Taurus was a let down. Clearly, the success of the Judge forced S&W's hand to produce a .410/45 revolver, but even the name "Governor" smacks of a cheap rip-off. I dunno...maybe I'm just getting a bit crusty in my old age...:rolleyes:
  2. blackrussian

    blackrussian Well-Known Member

    You're not alone.
  3. 9mm+

    9mm+ Well-Known Member

    Crikey, I just read some of the threads in the S&W forum on the same topic. Geez, it seems like a lot of those people were incensed by this announcement. A lot of acrimony from S&W devotees. :(
  4. CajunBass

    CajunBass Well-Known Member

    Doesn't bother me a bit. I don't want one, but I don't blame Smith & Wesson saying, "Aparrently there is a market here. Let's grab a share."

    Yes, it's about the money. That's why they're in business.
  5. 9mm+

    9mm+ Well-Known Member

    I agree and understand S&W's decision to enter this market. I think what sticks in my craw a bit is the name. Should it have been a 6xx or 7xx model or something like that, I think I would've shrugged it off. "Governor" or "Senator" or "Congressman" or "SCOTUS"...ugh, it just seemed so desperate.
  6. forindooruseonly

    forindooruseonly Well-Known Member

    I wonder how well it will sell. It seems everyone who was fascinated by the Judge has already bought one, and those curious have seen enough reports and reviews or had enough first hand experience to either buy one or realize they don't want that.

    I have dealer friends who can't get rid of their Judges. Seems like a really late entry into a saturated market.
  7. CajunBass

    CajunBass Well-Known Member

    In that case, it won't sell well, and it will be quietly dropped. Won't be the first time.
  8. Thaddeus Jones

    Thaddeus Jones Well-Known Member

    Yes, very disappointed. But, after the last ten years, I've come to expect disappointment from the current company calling itself S&W.

    They can't produce a lock free K-frame magnum, or a scandium framed single stack TDA pistol, but they can put the famous trademark on that hideous Taurus rip off.

    S&W is simply Taurus North with a better advertising budget. TJ
  9. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member


    No one is required to buy one either.
  10. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    "No one is required to buy one either."

    You are absolutely correct. And you will not find either one in my gun safe. Unbelievably a stupid idea and ugly to boot.
  11. highorder

    highorder Well-Known Member

    A model number would have had some class.

    The name they chose was like choosing the female gov. of Alaska as VP.

    A desperate move, nothing more.
  12. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    Thaddeus just knocked it out of the park with 3 concise lines.
  13. 9mm+

    9mm+ Well-Known Member

    So, S&W = 'Taurus North'? Ay caramba! (Of course, they speak Portuguese, not Spanish, in Brazil, but I don't know the equivalent saying.)
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2011
  14. HoosierQ

    HoosierQ Well-Known Member

    Well if they were "Taurus North" I guess they'd be selling revolvers for $400 insteald of $800:eek:

    Old S&Ws are great but they cost an arm and a leg too. People talk about "get a nice used pre-lock for cheap"? Where for crying out loud? Not around here. Used S&Ws are like $600.

    I object more to their pricing than the lock or anything else. Why does a revolver have to cost $800? They are far from perfect...we're not talking triple locks here!!!

    I want to like S&W but they make it hard. I do own two and I am happy with them both (one 80% anyway) but I am hard pressed to lay out the cash for another...I'll buy an AR for what a nice new .357 costs:confused:
  15. Lucky Derby

    Lucky Derby Well-Known Member

    It doesn't bother me. They saw that Taurus has a market for them, and are trying for a piece of that pie. Frankly I think the old expression "A day late and a dollar short" kind of applies to the timing.

    Besides since the locks went onto the S&W revolvers, I really don't care anymore what they make.
  16. fireside44

    fireside44 Well-Known Member

    A once great company, whom Taurus and Rossi basically took their cues from, has become a company that is now taking their cues from Taurus and Rossi. Ironic. Reminds me of what happened to the American auto industry.
  17. JR47

    JR47 Well-Known Member

    The economy is tanked, and people need jobs. S&W is tapping into a market that has grown hugely, despite the fact that one shop cannot "get rid of theirs". Perhaps it's their pricing?

    As for "ugly and bulky", that's a matter of taste, and nothing more. If they sell anywhere as well as the Judge, it will enable S&W to keep their employees working.

    S&W made a business decision a while back to add locks to their products. It enables them to sell their products in places where others cannot. Try certifying a revolver in California without a lock, or Maryland. Other smaller municipalities have similar laws on their books.

    If you don't like the Governor, or the locks, don't buy them. They don't add or subtract anything from the guns.
  18. Coal Dragger

    Coal Dragger Well-Known Member

    Smith and Wesson can make as many as they want to, but I will still not have any use for a firearm that is both a piss poor revolver with normal bullets, and an even poorer shotgun.
  19. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    That still isn't as bad a Ruger saying they "started with a clean sheet of paper" when they copied the Kel-Tec P3AT and brought out the LCP.
    Heck, they even copied the parts list drawing from Kel-Tec.

    At least the S&W will be a somewhat different design then the Taurus.

  20. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    Which also means it will be worth a fortune in about 10 years........ :D

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