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Model numbers to older snubbies?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by TFin04, Nov 15, 2006.

  1. TFin04

    TFin04 Well-Known Member

    I'm looking in the used market for a snub nose, and would like to keep the price as low as possible.

    I know of the current snubbies I like, SW 6/442, Taurus 85, Ruger SP101, etc.

    However, I know these guns have been made forever and there are a lot of older, but still great shooting guns I could find at a good price. I would prefer an alloy frame (when did they start making those?), but an old steel one would be fine. This gun is going to be a carry gun for my mom. She can handle the hot loads in an alloy, but steel would be okay too.

    If I go to gunbroker.com or gunsamerica.com and search for snubbie, snub nose, etc, I get WAY too many results and nothing very refined.

    Looking to spend about $300, any recommendations?

    EDIT- Sorry, forgot to mention I would like a shrouded, bobbed or concealed hammer.
  2. GRIZ22

    GRIZ22 Well-Known Member

    If your Mom can handle the hot loads in an alloy frame steel would be better for her and the gun. Recoil is basically a function of the total ejected mass (bullet & powder) with a factor for velocity vs the weight of the gun. aA heavier gun will have less felt recoil vs a lighter one with the same load. A steel frame gun will hold up better than most alloy frames.

    A J Frame SW weights about 14 oz in alloy and a steel frame 20. The steel frame will only be about 75% the felt recoil of the alloy frame.

    I have never been bothered by carrying 6 extra ounces.

    Try local gun shops. In some areas revolvers are not as desirable resulting in lower prices. You could also probably get a new Taurus for your $300.

    SW Models 36, 40, 49, 60 are steel frames others are alloy.

    Colt Detective Special is steel Cobra, Agent are alloy.
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2006
  3. TFin04

    TFin04 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info Griz, I'll start looking into them.

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