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Best gun for best man?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Seattleimport, Feb 26, 2010.

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  1. Seattleimport

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    I'm getting married, and one of my groomsmen is a fellow (if new) gun enthusiast. He's mentioned a few times that he's always wanted a revolver, but I know his next purchase is going to be a black rifle. I figure this is an excellent opportunity to buy him that dream gun, as a groomsmen gift.

    My question to this forum: what should I get?

    Some guidance:

    Price is a factor, as usual. I'd like to keep this gift under $500, ideally *well* under $500.
    Presentation is important. Gun's got to look good. Where does one get pistol boxes?
    I'm a fan of cowboy guns, but he's never been into them. He's more into modern revolvers: rubber grips and all.
    The gun has to be engrave-able. Ideally, at the time of placing the order, since I wouldn't know where to take a gun to get engraved.

    So, any ideas?
     
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    Is there any caliber preference?
     
  4. Seattleimport

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    Now that you mention it, I recall him admiring the .357 for its versatility. 357 for power, 38 for inexpensive target shooting.

    Also, I'm pretty sure he wants a gun that will fill his hand, as opposed to a CCW / snub gun. Say, 3" to 5" barrel.
     
  5. Phydeaux642

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    Ruger SP101. It should come in at less than five bills and the stainless should be easily engraved.
     
  6. Seattleimport

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    This looks like either of there will do the trick: http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/31456 or http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/80038

    But I wonder where I'd have to go in order to get it engraved?

    The whole idea for this, by the way, comes from the original purpose of the Best Man / Groomsmen: either to protect and escort the bride to the wedding, or to join in the attack as the groom raids a neighboring village/homestead to capture a wife. Either role requires weapons, which is why I'm getting my groomsmen a revolver (for the gun guy), an antique katana (for the japanese guy), and a lightsaber (for the sci-fi nerd).
     
  7. armoredman

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    I gave my best man a Smith 19 3 inch, can't beat it. You'd have to buy used for that price, though.
     
  8. Cocked & Locked

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    How about a S&W model 66?

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  9. Seattleimport

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    Gorgeous gun, C&L. Likely a bit out of my range, though. :)
     
  10. 44-henry

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    A lot depends on how much engraving you are talking about. I would suggest a simple inscription engraved on the backstrap. It would be a more economical to work with a stainless gun as was previously mentioned and avoid the expense of reblueing. One possible alternative would be to get yourself a nice gun new or used and have a presentation plate inlayed into the grips or into the lid of a presentation case. You can save yourself some money by having the plate engraved either by hand or machine at a jeweler.
     
  11. jackslayer

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    I'd suggest a Ruger GP 100. Tough as nails, easy on the eyes and in your price range
     
  12. Cocked & Locked

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    Perhaps not if you look around. Got this one yesterday for $400.
     
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    Ruger SBH 44 mag a mans gun!
     
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    Look for a 3" Ruger SP101 Special Edition. May be a touch over your budget, but the engraving is incredible! I would guess it is done on a cnc machine, but looks very nice. If you don't want to spend the extra dough, go with a 3" SP101 with some fancy grips/grip inserts.
     
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    GP100 all the way.
     
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    In sticking with the 357 in you budget range, I would go ruger. Yes Smiths are very nice, but I think a Ruger sounds more in tune with what you looking for. A new GP or SP would work but I'd look for a Security Six. I did the same thing for my brother when he got married. But it was a Black Hawk in 45lc.
    Good luck...
     
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    I agree with all the above ref Ruger......even though you could get a nice S&W 642 or 442 .38 +P for under $500...maybe even under $400 at BudsGunShop.com.......but still over your price range....

    Therefore, go with the Ruger......357........can't go wrong!
     
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    Ruger SP 357 in stainless
     
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    By the way



    If you should ever need a Best man in the future send me a PM and I'll get you whats on my short list :D
     
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    I got mine a black powder revolver. I think Colt New Army .44. Got it from Cabelas for about $199 at the time, probably more now as that was 20 years ago! It was the kit model, so it had all the little tools he needed, a few balls, patches, etc.

    I got a presentation box for it for like $50.

    We don't see each other very often anymore. But when we do, that pistol is always discussed. He has had much fun with it over the years.
     
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    I would get him a 3" or 4" Ruger GP100 (357 mag). My alternative would be a air weight Smith revolver in 38spl probably. If I were going to do the gift thing, I would buy him something "good" otherwise I would choose a different gift. The black powder choice is not a bad althernative. The other might simply be a regular black powder rifle in 50 cal; Thompson would be my choice, but if you are in a state that is primitive hunting only (flintlock etc), then I would get a Hawkins design. You can buy those for less than the handguns and still get a very high quality rifle.
     
  23. Guillermo

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    Smith model 66 is a very versitile gun. I have a police trade in that I am picking up for 400 bucks.
     
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    4 inch S & W Mod 28-2. None could be better, imho
     
  25. MovedWest

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    This would undoubtedly be a show of class, appreciation, and friendship. A 44mag is as versatile a caliber as you can get and the SBH's are a classic design.

    Careful though... get him too nice of a gun and he might try to steal you from your wife! :neener:

    -MW
     
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