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Smith and Wesson TR8, 327,

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by full metal, Jul 25, 2009.

  1. full metal

    full metal Well-Known Member

    I love that Smith and Wesson TR8, is that the same model as the 327? well anyway the more I look at that gun the more I want it. The only thing holding me back is the $1200 dollar price tag on it. My question is, is this gun really worth the money? whats so special about this revolver other than its looks, full moon clips, 8 shot capacity, front gold bead sight, it's all good but how's the trigger. how accurate is it, Man I am willing to pay the $1200 bucks for it but thats a lot of money to be spending on just looks.

  2. jad0110

    jad0110 Well-Known Member

    Well, you are really the only person who can answer that question. Is it worth it to you? Sounds like you are sitting on the fence.

    I know, not the answer you wanted to hear.

    Also, that sounds like a full retail price you are quoting. NIB TR8s should be priced at under $1000. Used ones should sell for significantly less, though there are probably not many used ones around yet.

    If it were me, I wouldn't buy it, even if it were $100. You know what they say about beauty being in the eyes of the beholder ... well, what may look great to you is butt freakin' ugly to others ;).

    I'd rather have an early S&W Model 27 and a 3" Model 19 for the same price, but that's just me. Or 3 to 5 Model 10s of varying barrel lengths. Or maybe a WWII era M1 Garand for the same price.

    I guess that is one way to look at it: opportunity cost. What could you buy, guns or otherwise, for over a grand?
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2009
  3. vuldricr

    vuldricr New Member

    Awesome Choice

    Hey Full Metal,

    Recently I just purchased the M&P R8 and I will have to say that it could have been the best decision for a all round non CC handgun. When you first take the gun into your hands you notice that it is light. The frame is a scadium alloy. Although light he gun to me is perfectly balanced. The weight lies in the barrel and the cylinder when its packed with 8 rounds of fury. The next step for me was to release th cylinder which easily breaks free of the frame and spins just the same. The action or trigger pull is smooth light and crisp. Not buttery smooth like a Python but is short smooth and to the point. Not yet fired it though

    I understand that one of the target audiences for the gun was for shield carriers in police forces. But firing a magnum in one hand is not very wise. Too much time to reaquire taget from recoil. Which leads me to my next point for the tac rail. Having a flash light attached the gun is a good thing because of previous statement.
    GTG Now but will finish critique later tonight.
  4. pps

    pps Well-Known Member

    I have the 627, which is the stainless steel, non-tactical big brother of the 327. Is it worth $1200? I like mine, the trigger is as smooth as butter and the gun is a tack driver...so for me...yes. If it had meant my kids going without food..then the answer would have been no.

    I would bet the trr8 trigger would be just as smooth. The recoil on the trr8/327 might be more snappy than with the 627. Either should be tack drivers.

  5. vuldricr

    vuldricr New Member

    As I was saying the tac rail system is a plus in a tactical situation. Dont count out hunting either. The gun from what i have seen gets some pretty heavy criticism as one even called it a mall ninjas dream cannon or whatever. But this gun looks to be the answer for tactical effecincy with revolver reliabiltiy and power. For more info on shoothing it http://www.woodscustomrifles.com/id34.html take care.
  6. pps

    pps Well-Known Member

    Oh, forgot to mention. Get rid of the lock immediately. It can engage and lock up the action at the most inopportune times.
  7. Tim L

    Tim L Well-Known Member

    Keep your eye's open, I stumbled onto a barely used (maybe 100 rds) Thunder Ranch 325 for less than $700. As nice as the 325 is I'll be looking for a 327 or TR8 in the future.
  8. kanewpadle

    kanewpadle Well-Known Member

    That's what I did. Found one at a pawn shop barely used. Paid $750 for it. Your chances of finding one is probably slim but it can't hurt to look.

    The gun is a tack driver. I don't shoot well DA but with this gun it's a little easier for me. SA is a breeze.

    Yes it's a bit ugly but it grows on you. It's not as pretty as a Colt Python or Smith 686 etc.... But it does carry 8 rounds in a nice light package. Full power 357 loads are not bad but you do notice the recoil. But every once in a while a like the load obnoxious bang followed by stiff recoil. When I get tired of it I shoot 38 spl or another gun.

    To be honest I'm not sure if I would pay $1200 for a new one. I saw this one and jumped because I may never see one again at that price. And I've always wanted a Performance Center 357. Are there nicer one's out there? Yeah. Just like the other pic. But can you find one?

    Only you know my friend. Think and choose wisely.

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