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Comanche .357 Magnum?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Magnum.35744, Jan 29, 2008.

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  1. Magnum.35744

    Magnum.35744 Member

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    Hello everyone:),

    Now I know that this particular will get some negative feedback from other users on this thread. And I just wanted to point out in advance that I am somewhat aware of its poor quality, and other aspects. I was just here to clarify if this would be a decent choice for a cheap truck gun. Or even when walking through the swamps and not being afraid to loose this horrid pistol behind. As I would my other prized pieces. It's fairly cheap and could come in handy for a woods bumming gun. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Here's the gun in mind...

    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=91070058 :eek:...:p

    P.S. Remember that I'm only looking for a very cheap and low cost gun. Nothing fancy so I'm not so self conscious or would loose nights of sleep over the lost of this revolver;).

    Take care:D.
     
  2. BlkHawk73

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    Only one I've ever hand first-hand experience with failed. Locked up tight and required a good amount of work to get it back in operation again. Unless you're carrying it with no intentions or expectations of ever requiring it to be used defensively go for it. Otherwise, do yourself a favor and find something better. If you DO need it and it fails...was it worth skimping on?
    A decent quality gun, even used is a better option. For a little bit mor you can buy a decent holster that'll hold the gun securely. heck even a lanyard isn't a bad idea if you're worried about losing it.
    Losing it...that can come back to haunt you too. Suppose it is dropped and picked up by someone less than lawful...

    Looking at the auction...$300? You CAN buy a MUCH better gun for that price that'll serve you much better.
     
  3. Shawnee

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    $300 will get you a used Ruger Blackhawk so, if there is some logic in spending the same $300 on this Commanche, it sure eludes me.
    Am always willing to be enlightened though !

    :cool:
     
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    +1

    I wouldn't buy it just because that seller sounds like a jerk: "PLEASE DO NOT BID UNLESS YOU ALREADY HAVE A SIGNED FFL..." But if you really want one, here's one for less.
     
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    Many more and better options out there for 300 bucks.Used ruger revolvers,and even some 'smiths.
    By the time you pay shipping and transfer fees it's a bad deal all the way around,imho.
     
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    +1.

    Used Taurus would even be better if your sole criteria is that it must be cheap.
     
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    I paid $250 for one brand new from a shop. While it works just fine I wish I had spent more and bought something else...
     
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    Dont have any first hand experience with them, but the Rossi's are relatively cheap. And if im not mistaken taurus is making some/all of their models now. So at least its backed by the Taurus warranty. But personally, i would not by a cheap gun period, know matter what its intended purpose. If i only had $300 i would find something used from a reliable manufacturer like ruger or s&w, or save money until i had enough to get one. Good luck.
     
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    I bought my stainless 4" GP100 used for $300. It was a police trainer, so it was probably kicked around a lot, but it's still rock solid.
    Hit some gun shows. See what you can find in name brand before committing to something you're not sure about.
     
  10. Jim March

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    Utter. Total. Junk. Period.

    Search for posts by me on the Comanche for a much funnier re-statement of the same thing.
     
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    I bought a Llama Comanche III .357 new in 1985, for $179. I used it for years and then sold it to my brother. He still has it. It's a good gun; or, at least the one I/we had/have was.
     
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    CDNN likewise had all sorts of used S&Ws in .38 Special and .357 Mag from $299 to $349.
     
  14. Magnum.35744

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    Thanks everyone for the replies :). To be honest with you all I never did take a peek at the price :eek:. Just thought to myself hey aren’t those cheap guns:p? Only to my demise it is 300 bucks:what:. I think you’re all right and I'll find me a nice Ruger. And save up. Thanks again, take care;)!
     
  15. Moonclip

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    I believe the Llama Commanche III is a different gun. I bought one used in 2006 for $160 to keep my Llama .44mag company and it has been fine.
     
  16. Jim March

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    The European Comanches were low-grade guns but usually work.

    The current Argentine Comanches are vaguely gun-like objects carved out of blown-up British motorcycle cylinders by trained monkeys being weaned from their sad methamphetamine addictions while on roller coasters. "Ghastly" only begins to describe the horror of these objects.

    You couldn't pay me to light one off unless said test involved a bench vice and 100yds of 30lb test fishing line. That strength would be needed to overcome the trigger pull.
     
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    Well I am going to chime in here and give a different experence. I picked up a Llama Comanche .357 on Saturday for $100. At that price I felt comfortable give the gun a chance. It was in great condition but looked like it had be shot farily ofter and not cleaned regularlly.

    Took it to the range Saturday evening and to much suprise it fired and functioned flawlessly. Infact, this is a great shooting gun. Very accurate and fun to shoot. Now when I say it was accurate, what I mean is that it shot better than the knot heads in the lanes on either side of me who were doing good to get consecutive shots on paper much less in one general area.

    So for me the Llama Comanche ranks up there with the Hi-Point Carbine as one of those guns that are getting more of a bad rap than they deserve just because some gun snob thinks that everyone should drink their coolaid and fall into line with only the major manufactures.

    In fact I have had good experiences with several "low budget" guns:

    Hi-Point
    Heritage (Rough Rider)
    NEF/H&R
    Rossi (rifles and pistols)
    Star
    and now LLama

    These are all guns that alot of gun experts would not touch.
     
  18. Jamesmb

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    Yes you will find ALOT of MISINFORMATION on the highroad by very OPINIONATED so called EXPERTS. It abounds.
     
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    How does that statement constitute sounding like a jerk?

    I have had some experience with these revolvers. Better to buy a proven USED gun than an unknown of lesser quality. Let's just leave it at that.
    :evil:
     
  20. Jim March

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    I handled several at the Reno NRA gunshow a few years back. You'd think they'd have brought good ones to that sort of venue. The ones I saw were flat-out ghastly, both cosmetically and as shooters - endshake was present and over the top, alignment was poor, trigger feel was junk.

    Again: that was their best effort, I would assume?
     
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    Of the few FFLs I use for transfers none will provide you with a ream of signed copies of their license on the chance that you'll find a deal.

    The FFL is faxed to a specific dealer on specific request. Asking for something that a good number of people simply can't get would push the jerk-meter to the right of center.

    There are a few surefire methods to insure I'll not bid on a given seller's auctions. FFL in hand tops the list.
     
  22. wheelgunfan

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    I have asked around at the Gun Show this weekend in Florida...verdict-JUNK
     
  23. rlt7272

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    Well the one that I have is far from junk, it may not be as pretty as a Colt or as widely used as a Smith, but I am satisfied with it.
     
  24. Magnum.35744

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    What About Their 22's?

    Hey just one more thing. I was looking at some auction sites and they had the same gun only in .22 LR:eek:? I know you guys think their crap and junk, but hey what do you think about a cheap .22? Kind of like a Saturday night special:eek:?
     
  25. Moonclip

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    J.March, not trying to flame but I am actually curious. Do you consider the EURO Commanches "low-grade" due to personal experience from firing and owning one?

    On my .357 for example, the ejector rod, when pushing it in and out feels glass smooth. The adj. sights are nicely rounded off and it also has some interesting engineering,note how the hammer rises and falls while cocking/decocking one slowly, it's an interesting safety feature.

    I did know someone howeve that blew up a .44mag Llama Super Commanche firing Ruger only reloads out of it! I'd expect the same in a S&W too though.
     
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