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I think it's time I got into handguns again...

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by bogie, Jan 20, 2003.

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  1. bogie

    bogie Member

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    Okay - my bud has FINALLY agreed to sell me back my 1911...

    But... I'm also thinking that the thing is a tad bit large to drag around on a regular basis. So, I'm leaning toward getting a small 5-shot .38 or .357 bobbed hammer revolver.

    The question is which one? I'm no snob, don't care about looks, and I suspect that it'll get a few scratches, etc... I guess the choice is a tossup between Taurus and Ruger - any other suggestions?
     
  2. Marko Kloos

    Marko Kloos Moderator Emeritus

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    The Taurus small-frame revolvers are pretty close to the S&W J-frames, to the point where you can use leather intended for S&Ws. I've had good luck with all the Taurus wheelguns I've bought in the last few years...they are well-made, and reasonably priced.

    The Rugers are built like tanks, but they ar not quite as small and light as the small-frame Tauri. Even the SP101 is a porker compared to one of the Taurus Ultralite or Total Ti snubbies.
     
  3. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

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    Ruger. Tough like a Russian tank and outlasts the Taurus.
     
  4. 10-Ring

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    For durability, you can't beat the RUgers
     
  5. dairycreek

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    Ruger over Taurus any day!

    Good shooting:)
     
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    Used model 10 with a 2" bbl.

    helped a student get one, normal wear, mechanically sound, changed the grips...$ 175, she needed a gun the fellow needed money. Cash & be patient;)
     
  7. garrettwc

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    Another vote for the Ruger. Their SP101 is a great little .357 blaster.
     
  8. Blackhawk

    Blackhawk Member In Memoriam

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    bogie,

    Just lean the other way toward small autos, or have you already excluded them?

    Not that they're better or worse, it's just that there are so many choices! :D
     
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    I like Ruger revolvers, too. But they always seem a little [or a lot] too heavy for a given caliber.

    A used S&W J-frame would be my first choice, although I've had really good luck with Tauri, too. If you don't want to be worried about maintenance, a choice in stainless like the Model 60 would be a good starting point.

    The Taurus 85CH or Ultralite is strong and dependable if you can't find a good used Smith...
     
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    you cant lose with either,taurus has a lifetime warranty and is cheaper,the ruger has been around for a while.how about both :)
     
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    Taurus 605c .357.

    I like how Taurus shoot better then Ruger.
     
  12. bogie

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    Well, I'm primarily concerned here with reliability and ease of carry, in a semi-major caliber. Yeah, the little autos are smaller, but if the first one goes "click" then life suddenly becomes far more interesting.

    If I was going for an auto, it'd probably be an AMT .45.

    Does the finish on the little titanium dojiggers get screwed up easily? Or can I treat it like a stainless gun?
     
  13. Omaha-BeenGlockin

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    Get the Ruger.


    AMT ?!?!?!---YIKES!!!-----might want to reconsider that one.
     
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    Ruger sp-101.;)
     
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