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The 26-year old virgin (revolver related)...

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Cousin Mike, Aug 9, 2006.

  1. Cousin Mike

    Cousin Mike Participating Member

    Nov 27, 2005
    Columbus, Ohio
    I was 12 when I fired my first gun. A snub nose .357 Magnum that a friend of my mother had purchased. We spent most of the day firing off .38 Spl rounds, and after a little shotgunning, we broke out the .357 rounds. Although I was impressed with (and shot better with) that little snubbie, when it came time to buy my own gun 9 years later, I bought an auto... A Beretta 92FS.

    Since then I've owned, sold, traded, been given, and given back quite a few guns, all autos - with the exception of one 32 H&R Magnum revolver that I never got a chance to fire, and only had for several weeks.. I basically babysat it for my father, although it wasn't intended that way... So that time doesn't count. :rolleyes:

    For the last few years, I just didn't want a revolver. A revolver picture thread here in the revolver forum got me curious. I started looking at wheelguns when I went to gun stores, and loved the way certain grip types felt in my hand. I started wanting one, and then I found the Colt last month. Well that was it... I'm hooked.

    I lost my virginity at 26... :evil:

    I know I'm not the only 'late bloomer,' but I'd like to hear about everyone else's experience, no matter how old or young. Time for some gun-style locker-room talk :D

    Tell me about your oh-so-special - the one you'll never forget - very first revolver! :)
  2. Hammerdown

    Hammerdown member

    Feb 10, 2004
    The under rated .32 H&R Magnum, and Sought After S&W 16-4

    Hello Cousin Mike
    Man, If this .32 H&R Magnum revolver you spoke of WAS a S&W Model 16-4, You missed out one of the BEST target revolver's and hardest to FIND, and it is Indeed a S&W Model 16-4, I would Beg, Borrow, and throw a fit, to get your hands on it. I like you had a mild interest in revolver's when I was young. My love affair for the Under rated .32 H&R magnum round started off with My Father's Ruger single action revolver. I saw quickly just how potent and accurate one was, so set my feeler's out for the S&W model 16-4 that was released in 1989. Little did I know, at that time, this would be one of the toughest ones to find, and never saw a Used on at all through the years. During the time span when S&W was making this model, they sent most of them to S&W stocking dealer's. This was another problem for me, as I grew up in a small town, and my local gun shop was Not a high number stocking dealer even though he got several he ordered that model 16-4 would not show up. I lusted for one over 25 Years, until I had the chance to buy one New In Box from a friend. I am a fan of the shorter 4" barrel version's but settled for this 6" model. Several things changed through the years, and I found myself interested in hand loading ammo. This was the turning point at what was a REAL eye opener of what can be accomplished by hand loading the rather meek H&R .32 magnum. It is a known fact that Federal was the original ammo company that teamed up with H&R on the development and production of this round. It was intended for a lighter framed revolver, and maybe this was it's down fall to public acceptance as it was not ever a hot sought after cartridge with a velocity average just over 1000 FPS. Then the worse that could happen to this exciting new round, when H&R went bankrupt shortly after it's release. This placed a dark cloud on the round along with some down played Magazine articles back then that claimed the round was Not a magnum round when compared to the other's of that time like the .357, .41 & .44. I have played with this round now, for about Three full years, and worked out a load that is right up with the .357 velocity wise. this load is NO load to attempt to shoot in any revolver other than the model 16-4 that is hefty enough to digest it without shooting loose. That said, I would get hold of that 16-4 if your father still has it even if you are not a hand loader as several seem to offer this cartridge now other than federal and it is a tack driver. I hope this help's and here is a picture of mine to show what one look's like and to boost your lust to get hold of your Fathers as well.Take care, Hammerdown
  3. Eskimo Jim

    Eskimo Jim Active Member

    Jan 20, 2004
    New England
    Cousin Mike,
    My first revolver was a Ruger Blackhawk in .357magnum with a 6-1/2" barrel and stainless. It was a New Model probably made in the 1970s. I had bought it used several years ago. No matter what load I shot through it, it just wasn't quite accurate. My purchase of a S&W 66-5 meant that the RUger saw less range time. I sold the Ruger after it sat idle for too long.

    My honey of a revolver is either my S&W model 17-2 made in 1962 or my model 19-6? made in 1966. The model 19 has a 2-1/2" barrel and is absolutely incredible.

    Hammerdown, that's a great story!!


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