Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by GZOh, Nov 29, 2015.
You've convinced me to go the 'quality' route...
Will be patient and start looking for a snub 2-3" S&W (with hammer) used.
I understand that Charter had some problems under the previous owner about 15 years ago, but the current models seem to work well.
You, apparently, cannot shoot worth a toot. Most any good shooter can keep a 2" .38, Smith and Wesson, Taurus, Rossi, Ruger at least, into 3" at 25 yards off the bench. I used to belong to a gun club before I moved several years ago. We had 8" falling plates at 25 yards and, DA, with my 2" M85SSUL, I could down 5 of 5 from 25 yards and I could ring a 14" gong at 100 yards from roll over prone once I got the elevation hold right.
I had a .357 Ruger SP101 for a while, 2", that I could keep into 2" off a rest at 25 yards. These guns are accurate, but not all shooters are.
Used S&W Crowd...
Count me in on a used S&W...Probably Model 10..
They can be had for OP's price point, and to ME are a much better value than MOST of the NIB imports...Bill.
That all depends on mechanical integrity of the gun. You could be buying other people's worn out junk. Best to look it over real close, but that's true even of a new gun, just more true for an old, used one that doesn't have a warranty. I have an old M10 and mine's perfect, but I inherited it from my grandpa.
Me, for a gun I'm going to rely on, I'd rather buy new. A new Smith and Wesson, now days, isn't too great either on the QC thing. Check 'em out closely before you spend the money regardless of brand.
You'll thank us later. There are some really nice revolvers to be had for pretty cheap with a little shopping and patience.
Just to pile on, This one set me back $229 this summer. I bought it at the urging of folks here, and it's a great gun, and amazing value.
^^^ This will help on the inspection process.
You are also correct on SOME of the QC problems now with the NEW S&W's.
For ME--None of my Smiths have the "Safety Hole" on the left side...Bill.
I still have my taurus and Rossi. Both of them shoot as nice as my $600 sp101. They don't look as nice. But they function just fine and do the job. Get either of them and you should be happy.
I had a newer charter arms as well but I sold it to save for one of their h&r 32 magnum revolvers. The charter arms was a good shooter but lacked decent fit and finish.
I've had two older Rossi Model 68's (sold both), and have a Charter .38 Undercover. I also have two S&W Model 10's (that's what I sold the Rossi's for), and a 642. The Charter is and the Rossi's were well made with tight lockup, but their triggers aren't/weren't nearly as nice as the Smiths. I like pretty much any gun, but the S&W revolvers (along with Rugers which I haven't owned yet) are rugged, well finished, high quality revolvers that will last several lifetimes if well maintained.
Do some reading on what to check on a used revolver, though. Abuse and neglect can ruin any gun.
S&W 642-2 Airweight 38sp $400 2007
Colt Cobra .............. 38sp $425 1957
Colt Official Police..... 38sp $350 1948
Colt Army Special.... .38sp $400 1908
But, if it were my $300, I'd try and find a used S&W Model 10 or Model 64. You can find those, especially 64s, as police trade in guns and they superb. Maybe some holster wear, but very little actual shooting wear. I've got a S&W Model 64 DAO Brinks security company trade in gun that I got from J&G Sales last year for $299 and it sits on my nightstand every night. Wonderful gun!
I carry the 642 every day and the 442 is a backup in case the 642 needs to go back for service (a pin slipped out once and the crane detent came out...didn't affect function, but I wanted to get it fixed).
When it did have to go back, S&W payed shipping both ways and had my gun fixed correctly in short order. That is the true measure of value.
Finding any revolver for under $300.00 is a real challenge especially since the terrorist attack in California. People are realizing the need for self-defense and are driving demand and prices up.
Be wary of buying well used guns online. Those Model 10's such as J&G had are well worn guns. I have ran into timing problems with some of them. The good news is there are plenty of parts available and repairing (and replacing parts as needed) probably run around $100.00 +/-. So now you end up with $400.00 in it which places you in the price range of a gun in nicer condition.
Taurus has a well deserved reputation for inconsistent quality control. So does Smith & Wesson. I posted a lengthy report about the problems I ran into with a new M941 I brought. However Taurus replaced the gun in less than 2 weeks without any b.s. I carry a Taurus M-85 at least five days a week. It is a excellent quality reliable gun. I would not hesitate to buy another M-85.
The Alfa Proj 830 can be had for $265 + shipping (when in stock). The SAR SR-38 (.357 magnum), was going for $258.00 when they were last here.
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