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Ready to add a new revolver

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by herrwalther, May 1, 2013.

  1. herrwalther

    herrwalther Well-Known Member

    I have been looking around for a revolver to add to my weapon collection as a backup gun some days and IWB carry on other days. I came across Taurus 617 with snub length barrel on the "internets" and wondered if anyone here has this model? I have owned several Taurus pistols in the past so I am aware of their hit or miss quality.
  2. gtmtnbiker98

    gtmtnbiker98 Well-Known Member

    S&W or Ruger, no others need apply.
  3. KCAce

    KCAce Active Member

    Ditto on s&w and ruger. I really like the sp 101 and especially the lcr. Lcr is a great carry gun with a pretty decent trigger.
  4. ArkieVol

    ArkieVol Well-Known Member


    As a "former" Charter and Taurus owner...

    +1 - "S&W or Ruger, no others need apply."

    Case closed,
  5. osteodoc08

    osteodoc08 Well-Known Member

    Sorry to burst your bubble. Smith or ruger. If you can't afford it, save until you can. Or find a used ruger or smith
  6. Hokkmike

    Hokkmike Well-Known Member

    I can buy the S&W or Ruger argument, but Taurus, by my recollection, used to be a GOOD gun.

    What has happened?
  7. 460Shooter

    460Shooter Well-Known Member

    I'm not going to start on a rant. I think the price point has increased demand drastically for their guns, and their QC is unable to keep up, so guns get shipped out that shouldn't.

    That's just a guess because I hear the same thing. They used to make great guns. Many of the guns they make are still great. I just hear that they are hit or miss. For me, I've seen 4 out of 4 misses. So I will never own one. I've also heard a lot of bad things about their CS. I just won't risk it. I'd rather save longer and give my money to an American company. Not saying Ruger and Smith don't have problems too. They do. I just prefer to do business with them.
  8. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    My all-time favorites in snubbies would be a S&W J frame like a Model 649 or a Model 638.
  9. YJake

    YJake Well-Known Member

    S&W or a Rugler.

    Model 60 Series in a Smith (60, 640, 649) In Aluminum (442/642)

    SP101 in a Rugler is about your only choice but a good one.

  10. hariph creek

    hariph creek Well-Known Member

    I have a couple friends that love their Tauri.
    Me, not so much.

    Colt's are amazing but, price, parts and service, are not so amazing.

    Smith's are great. Classy, nice actions, hold there value.

    Ruger's are near-great. But, if you really want to use MAGNUM loads? They're great.
    Plus, they are easily improved, even by amateurs. I think the Ruger double action is THE logical progression, to date.

    If I could only have one handgun to do EVERYTHING? 3" Ruger SP101 in .357 mag, no question.

    Buy used!
  11. Jim NE

    Jim NE Well-Known Member

    Well, I have a sp101 Ruger that I could probably sell the OP. I'll probably use the money to buy a Taurus, though not a revolver.

    I'm thinking I should send my Taurus guns back to the factory for repair. They're not malfunctioning like everyone says they're supposed to....I guess there's something wrong with them.
  12. hAkron

    hAkron Well-Known Member

    Keep an eye out for a used Dan Wesson revolver. Some of the most under appreciated, best engineered modern revolvers.
  13. asia331

    asia331 Well-Known Member

    May I suggest you take a serious look at an SP101?
  14. herrwalther

    herrwalther Well-Known Member

    Already have a Smith 386 XL. Not exactly a good ankle or backup weapon. Great range toy or if I ever decide to hog hunt without a rifle. Otherwise a safe queen. I had a Taurus M327 and that was a great little firearm for carry. Great reliability and recoil was very manageable. Just didn't see .327 Mag being as popular as its big brother so it got traded for a Savage.

    SP101 is definitely on the firearm bucket list.
  15. CarbineWilliams

    CarbineWilliams Active Member

    I'm a Ruger fan, but I've always liked the Colt Detective Special.
  16. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Only thing I can think of is, your memory is failing.

    Taurus used to be a bottom of the barrel bottom feeder.
    More lately, the quality is hit or miss.

    But I cannot recall a time in the last 50 years when they were ever considered good, compared to a S&W, Colt, or Ruger.

  17. rikman

    rikman Well-Known Member

    Ditto ...just save and buy once cry once....imho
  18. mrmom61

    mrmom61 Well-Known Member

    I have a 817. No complaints.
  19. Byrd666

    Byrd666 Well-Known Member

    Never had, seen, or shot that particular model. But, I do own Taurus mod. 66B4, a .357 mag/.38 special, that is a great revolver. Not any kind of problem with it in well over two thousand rounds of various manufacturers and weights.

    Just my pennies tossed in
  20. TennJed

    TennJed Well-Known Member

    I have 7 Ruger revolvers (4 SA and 3 DA)
    I have 2 S&W revolvers
    I have one Colt revolver

    I have a Taurus 617. The 617 is a great gun. 7 shot snub 357 for under $400. If Ruger or S&W made the exact same gun for the exact same price, I would go with Ruger based on QC rep, but since they do not, I got the Taurus and have been impressed. Great trigger BTW

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