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CURRENT Production Ruger and S&W

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by InkEd, Jan 23, 2011.


Are CURRENT Rugers as good as CURRENT S&Ws?

Poll closed Jan 30, 2011.
  1. Yes

    85 vote(s)
  2. No

    26 vote(s)
  1. InkEd

    InkEd Well-Known Member

    Do you think that the CURRENT production Ruger revolvers are as good as (or better than) the CURRENT production Smith&Wesson revolvers?
  2. klcmschlesinger

    klcmschlesinger Well-Known Member

    Hard to vote for me

    I didn't vote but I really like both. I am a revolver guy and own double revolvers for both. Love them both. You will get some answers about quality over the years, and that is true, at certain times quality does fail, but today, to me, both are pretty damn good.
  3. chicharrones

    chicharrones Well-Known Member

    I was hoping for a "both" vote option as well. :D
  4. nofishbob

    nofishbob Well-Known Member

    I think your poll is slanted towards S&W...why no option for "Ruger is better"?

    My small sample (one of each) shows Ruger quality far ahead of even S&W's Performance Center products.

  5. klcmschlesinger

    klcmschlesinger Well-Known Member

    Thanks Chich

    Thanks for the support chich. With that stance I usually get bashed bad and real quick.
  6. HelterSkelter

    HelterSkelter Well-Known Member

    ruger > smith and wesson therefore, yes ruger is as good as smith and wesson.

    that's like asking is a mercedes as good as a lexus?
  7. InkEd

    InkEd Well-Known Member

    If you answer YES than you think Ruger IS as good (or better) than S&W.

    If you answer NO than you think Ruger IS NOT as good (or better) than S&W.

    Also, We are talking ONLY about the CURRENT production revolvers.

    Hope that clears up an confusion about the voting options.
  8. 788Ham

    788Ham Well-Known Member

    Reading a lot of the comments on the threads on here, I'm going to have to lean toward the Ruger. With S&W having some problems, fit and finish, this is my reasoning. I've had both, currently own just a Smith, but it was purchased NIB 26 years ago, never had any problems with it. I never had any problems with the Ruger either, other than my ex sold it without my knowledge, and I couldn't get it back, the Ruger, not her!:cuss: The Rugers have always been beefier on the top strap than the Smith, Smith hasn't ever corrected this, JMHO.
  9. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    They are at least as good. S&W used to exhibit much better fit & finish but unfortunately it no longer holds true. I'll buy new Rugers all day long but the only new S&W that appeals to me is their AR. Of which I already have one.
  10. BlayGlock

    BlayGlock Well-Known Member

    Better trigger on both GP and LCR than on 686 and J-Frames. Similar build quality with edge going to Ruger IMO.
  11. dashootist

    dashootist Well-Known Member

    I have a hard time liking Ruger's progressive trigger pull.
  12. dallascj

    dallascj Well-Known Member

    The trigger pull on my S&W's and my Tauruses are better than my Rugers. The finish on the Rugers is also rougher than the other brands. I have lots of tool marks on both of my SP101's. Ruger is a solid dependable gun, but not as refined as my others, IMHO.
  13. Thaddeus Jones

    Thaddeus Jones Well-Known Member

    I voted "yes" as that was the only choice you provided that was close to the truth.

    New Rugers are actually BETTER than current production S&W's, IMO.

    With Ruger, for a reasonable, affordable price, you get a revolver without internal locks, two piece barrels or any of the other idiotic cost -cutting "innovations" from S&W.

    Ruger revolvers can be used for serious purpose. I would not consider a S&W IL revolver for ANY serious purpose. TJ
  14. InkEd

    InkEd Well-Known Member

    It clearly states "or better" in the OP.

    HGUNHNTR Well-Known Member

    I wish we could combine "old style" triggers and craftsmanship with modern metallurgy, regardless of brand.
    I just purchased a couple older Smith revolvers, the differences are remarkable.

    ADKWOODSMAN Well-Known Member

    Having purchased from both, a Mod 57 4" .41 Mag from Smith and a pair of Vaquero Bisleys .357 from Ruger, they seem as good as any of my older read 60's guns.
  17. roaddog28

    roaddog28 Well-Known Member

    Today a new Ruger is a better value than a new Smith in my opinion. For example. A new Ruger GP100 4 inch stainless steel can be bought in California for around $559. A new S&W 686P 4 inch goes for $759. The difference is $200. Compare the revolvers side by side and most people would agree there is not $200 worth of difference. The triggers on both revolvers are good. At one time Smith had the better trigger. Not anymore. Some people will say the finish is better on the Smith but I don't see that much difference. I guess paying more for a internal lock hole on the side of the revolver is worth extra money but I don't. So, for $200 more a person gets one extra round and a internal lock. No thanks for me. I would buy the GP100 everytime.
  18. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    Ummm, just a note, Rugers also have internal locks. BUT, they were smart enough to hide them!
  19. Waywatcher

    Waywatcher Well-Known Member

    Some do, some don't.

    GP100s, & SP101s do not have any ILS.

    New Vaqueros, LCR, & LCR .357 do have ILS.

    Other models I'm not sure of, but I think most of the 'older' products do not, like the _____hawk revolvers SA and DA.
  20. Thaddeus Jones

    Thaddeus Jones Well-Known Member

    The brand new GP100 and brand new SP101 I examined this past Saturday did not have any internal locks - hidden or otherwise. TJ

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