3" Barrel Revolver Love (pic warning)

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  1. jad0110

    jad0110 Member

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    I confess, I am a raging revolverhaulic :p . Ever since the summer of 2006 when a friendly stranger let me shoot some .357s out of his 6" S&W Model 66 I've been hooked. Though I like my semi autos and do carry them now and then (the extra rounds are nice), I always come back to my trusty wheel guns.

    The brands I own include Taurus, Ruger, Harrington & Richardson, Cimmaron, Heritage and my personal favorite, S&W. Of all the configurations, 3" barrel guns hit a real sweet spot for me. With boot grips installed, they look symmetrical and feel superbly balanced. And with a 3" barrel, you get a short, handy package that is still easy to shoot while retaining a full length ejector rod. My new favorite carry gun is a 3" S&W 686 Plus (7 shot) with a round butt frame. With boot grips installed, you have a highly concealable package that packs plenty of punch and is exceedingly easy to shoot. What can I say, I'm hooked, so much so that I just picked up a 3" 629 for carry, particularly when I go hiking in black bear / wild hog country (the 686 serves in that role well too). Though they aren't the most common barrel length that I own, they are my favorite.

    Anyway, time to share some picks. Please share your favorite 3 inchers ...


    S&W Model 13 .357 Magnum:


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    S&W Model 36 .38 Special:


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    S&W Model 629 .44 Magnum (Talo edition):


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    S&W Model 686 Plus .357 Magnum:


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    Taurus Model 431 .44 Special:


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  2. C0untZer0

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    I think the 3" barreled S&W Model 19 is the most beautiful revolver ever created, but that's just my opinion.
     
  3. kBob

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    Those are all nice.....but that Model 13 with the tyler t grip just does something for me the rest don't. That's the very definition of simple is good.

    I'd have a hard time getting rid of that if I owned it.

    -kBob
     
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  5. red rick

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    Nice collection of 3" revolvers . I really like the 13 and your 36 is a beauty .

    I carry this one a lot .
     

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  6. bannockburn

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    Some very nice 3" revolvers to look at. My weakness has always been for 3" J frames with the round butt configuration and the non-tapered barrel.
     
  7. MikeJackmin

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    The cheap repro holster is too tight to fit my Victory model, but it holds the little M60 very comfortably.
     
  8. edmo01

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    Three inches?? I've got some of that...

    Edmo

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  9. Elm Creek Smith

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    How does your Ruger LCRx shoot? Been thinking about a lightweight backpacking/survival/kit gun.
     
  10. Confederate

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    This Ruger Speed-Six was originally a .38Spc, but was reamed out and is now a .357.

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    And this is my Rossi .38 Spc. Both guns are 3-inchers.
     
  11. edmo01

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    It shoots well...

    Recoil is well managed, even with +P, and the extra sight radius allows for easier accuracy. It is easy to hit with.

    One thing I've noticed is the grip angle is different than the J frames I own. When I aim the 3" LCR it points low. Nothing bad, just a fact.

    It combines light weight for carry with accuracy and an effective round.

    Edmo
     
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    I'm not a particular fan of 3" revolvers, but I've got one, a Taurus 431, in 44 Special.

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    Good shooter and a nice handling gun.
     
  13. 460Shooter

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    My favorite trail gun. 686+

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    Libby is one of my all-time favorites,,,

    I found this 3" Model 36 languishing in a pawn shop,,,
    She was wearing white "Mother-of-toilet-seat" pearl grips,,,
    And had some very big rub spots on the side plate and top strap.

    The proverbial "rode hard and put up wet" scenario.

    I cleaned her up as well as I could,,,
    Bought a set of wooden grips,,,
    And applied some cold blue.

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    She still won't win any beauty contests,,,
    But she sure performs well for me.

    I named her after Libby Thompson.

    This is the one I let a close friend buy from me,,,
    I had picked it up on gunbroker for a mere $325 after shipping.

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    A terrible picture of a beautiful gun,,,
    She is a 3" Model 36 Ladysmith.

    I let my friend shoot it one time,,,
    She put 5 rounds in the 10-ring at 7 yards,,,
    Then begged for me to sell it to her as she shot it so well.

    It's all good though,,,
    She actually carries it daily,,,
    I would have probably just made it a safe queen.

    Bottom line is,,,
    3" J-frames and 4" K-frames,,,
    Are quite possible the perfect revolvers.

    Aarond

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  15. Stephanie B

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    My one 3" revolver: A S&W 696.

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  17. Desertrat357

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    I definitely have become very fond of my Wiley Clapp GP100. Just an all around great revolver. I will be keeping this revolver for a long time.

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    I would also include my Talo Super Blackhawk, except the barrel is closer to 4" rather than 3"...
     
  18. RainDodger

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    I inherited this one last March. Unfired, in the original blue box with matching, serialized grips. 3" Model 36. :)

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  20. CH47gunner

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    Only two 3" I own -

    S&W Model 624 LHS
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    S&W Model 629-4
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  21. Dframe

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    I've been hooked on 3 inch revolvers for a long time. I own mostly Colt, a few S&Ws, and one High Standard. As you say they seem to hit a sweet spot and I find the balance nearly perfect. I love'em!
     
  22. lowercase

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    My collection of 3" revolvers has been steadily growing.

    I need to get some more pics, but here are a couple 3-inch guns that I really like.

    A model 65-3 and a Charter Bulldog.

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  23. Tallball

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    Terrible picture of a great revolver. The Rossi 720 is often described as the best Rossi ever made. I LOVE me some 44 special! :)

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  24. R.W.Dale

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    Yours looks like mine sans fluting. I just wish there were more grip options ImageUploadedByTapatalk1444168167.985688.jpg
     
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    Ruger gp100 1753 and 1708 x 2
     

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