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Which .357 for Son?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Tomac, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. Tomac

    Tomac Well-Known Member

    My 22yr-old son wants a .357 but I haven't owned one for years. Loved my GP-100 and I know they're still available but what other makes/models should I investigate for him? (Thinking 4" or 6" bbl, stainless). Thx!
  2. frankiestoys

    frankiestoys Well-Known Member

    The Ruger GP 100 is one of the best revolvers built, its little brother the SP101 is also a great revolver buy what you want but thats where i stopped !;)
  3. Phoenix 6.0

    Phoenix 6.0 Active Member

    I love my GP100 6" stainless, absolutely no regrets about it. overbuilt, full lug, beauty.
  4. Tomac

    Tomac Well-Known Member

    Yeah, a GP-100 would be my first choice for him, but it's *his* revolver and I want him to pick the best one from what's currently available.
  5. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    SS .357 besides a GP-100? S&W 686 Colt King, Cobra. Blue really opens up the options.
  6. RNB65

    RNB65 Well-Known Member

    Gp100 6".
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2011

    BIGBANG Well-Known Member

    my dad did the same thing for me, when i turned 21 he bought me a ruger gp 100 in a 4in. because i could ccw and hunt as well as defend my home with it, you cant go wrong with it and i love mine, ive shot everything to mind 38 specials to 180 bear loads and it just keeps on truckin. its a great gun and resonably priced.
  8. drew2500

    drew2500 Active Member

    GP100 6" all the way
  9. content

    content Well-Known Member

    Hello friends and neighbors // If you like the versatility of a carry .357 or a hunting .357 go with the Dan Wesson Pistol pack holding 2,4,6 and 8" barrels. You can always get longer barrels like this 15" if you wish. Around $1000.00 + -
    DWpp 032.jpg

    If you like Ruger and are budget wise go for one of the Sixes. secsix.jpg
    A Security Six with adjustable sights or a Service Six (no pic yet)with fixed sights are still top notch. I found one of each last year for $325.00ea still sharp on all edges. I'm still looking for a Speed Six at the right price.

    If you are looking for Rolls Royce go for a Colt Python, around here $1250 -$1500 used no box $1500+ with box and extras.(no pic yet)

    If you want a tank go with a S&W model 28 Highway Patrol (no pic yet)

    That said my favorite is a 1983 S&W model 586 Distingushed Combat Magnum 6". great for Hunting, SD, HD and Target. 586dcr.jpg

    As you can see I am fond of .357s and have little brand loyalty.:D
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2011
  10. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    I knew I was forgetting one. Yes, absolutely a Security Six. Super option.
  11. jbowserk

    jbowserk Member

    Dan Wesson

    Dan Wessons are regularly available on GunBroker for $375.00 to $550.00 depending on the condition and if it has extra barrels. If you just get the gun with one barrel you can add others later. They swap out in minutes. Very accurate and strong revolver.
  12. warnerwh

    warnerwh Well-Known Member

    Dan Wessons are sleepers. Excellent guns for the money. CZ USA will be manufacturing the Dan Wesson .357 revolver in near future if you want new. They will be expensive though. Used Dans are strong and probably the most accurate regular production double action revolvers ever made.
  13. wheelgunslinger

    wheelgunslinger Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I have a Dan Wesson 357 made in Monson. Great revolver.
    Laser like accuracy, and a lot of the Smith K frame accessories (holster) fit it fine.
    I'm pretty sure you'd need to pry it out of my fingers to get it, at this point.

    As for a brand new weapon: Content made a great post above ^

    If you're considering a single action as well, definitely look into a Colt. :)

    A good general purpose 357 is a great gift.
  14. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    IMO you can't go wrong with either the Ruger GP100 or S&W M686 in a 6" barrel if your primary use will be the range. If it will double as a home defense revolver you might want to buy the 4" model.

    I own a 4" M686 and would not want to be without it!!
  15. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    While I can't argue with a GP100 or a S&W 686, I can recommend a Colt King Cobra. Sure, you'll have to search out a used one, but they aren't hard to find. Sure, they may cost a little more up front, but appreciate quicker than all the rest. They are stout, accurate guns. I have one that I have put around 20k rounds thru and it's still as tight as it was new.

    With all that said, don't over look the Colt Trooper's. They are great guns as well and can be had for less than the KC.

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  16. murf

    murf Well-Known Member

    don't rule out the ruger blackhawk, bisley or vacquero in single action. if possible, have him shoot the thing before you put down your money. congraduations on the addition of another member of the shooting fraternity.

  17. shillito4

    shillito4 Member

    I picked up a s&w 27 last weekend. Have loved it so far. Took a long look at gp-100 though. For the price it is hard to beat.
  18. 1stmarine

    1stmarine Well-Known Member

    357 SIG. Glock.
  19. HelterSkelter

    HelterSkelter Well-Known Member

    if it's his first gun i would recommend the gp 100 in the 6 inch barrel. it's a gun that is as beautiful as it is well built. with it he's sure to have a working gun for as long as he keeps it. you can spend more on a dan wesson or a smith and wesson but your pretty much just buying looks. guns don't get much better built than rugers.
  20. madwell

    madwell Well-Known Member

    Unless he plans to hunt with it I'd say a 4 inch barrel might be handier than a 6 inch. YMMV. Can't really go wrong with a GP 100.

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