Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by SSBN617b, Jan 23, 2022.
Model 15 Combat Masterpiece
or its cousin, the Model 67.
After that, a S&W Model 10 or
its cousin the Model 64. S&W
supposedly still offers the Model
10 in its Classic Series.
Also consider the Model 14 with
a 6" barrel but NOT the later one
with barrel lug.
If you can't find one of these out-
of-production K-frames then look
to the current K-frame offerings,
the S&W Model 19 Carry Comp
(pricey) or Model 66s. Though
.357s, you can look upon them
as .38 "only" if you wish.
And consider the newer Colt
King Cobra with 3'' or 4" barrels.
They are Colt's D-frame and only
a tad smaller than the S&W Ks.
They are .357s but really are .38
An outside chance exists one might
come across a Ruger Speed Six
or Security Six; again usually .357s
but they can be used as .38s "only."
All mentioned are very handy. Many
considered them the ideal revolver size
and were the mainstays in U.S. police
holsters until the 1990s.
Model 15 is king, followed by the model 10.
This includes their stainless Brothers as well.
Fixed or adjustable sights. Take your pick.
IMO, the Ruger GP100 is too big for a 38 Spl.
I know of one that has been remarkable. Blind squirrel found a nut that day, but once it popped a soda can on a fence post at about 50 yards like it was a scoped rifle, and another time it hit a coyote running flat out after I missed it with a 223. That was in the 60 yard range. Both times it was quickly reholstered before anybody could ask for a repeat.
There are so few Rugers and Colts at these events that they're not even on the radar!
Rugers are robust and do well in severe outdoor scenarios. Colts are pretty!
I have tried to love Rugers and Colts but have sold them to make room for more Smiths!
And they’re all great. I do not think there is a “wrong” choice among the K-frame variants.
Mine is a 4” fixed sight heavy barrel blued, aka the “Model 10.”
is the benchmark.
Having said that, I think I personally might choose an Outdoorsman over all others. People who say an N frame .38 Special is silly do have a point, but as an all-around gun for anything but CCW, a 6" 38/44 takes a lot of beating.
My bad, nightlord nailed it below. Not sure if 14 was made in 4".
The S&W Model 15 Combat Masterpiece.
Though uncommon, 14s were indeed available as a 4" - the main difference being the 14s have a thicker and heavier barrel profile and some of the later dashes were fully-lugged.
Target hammers, triggers, and grips would have been available as options as well on a 14. I dont know if the 15 could be ordered with these from the factory- though you could get a trigger stop on a 15.
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