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I want to want a Smith & Wesson

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by WrongHanded, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. gotboostvr

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    They did recently release a 3" barrel K6S, still DAO. So they're expanding the line-up at least some which is promising. A 3-4" DA/SA might be around the corner.
     
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    I doubt S&W made any money on their original production of knives that were designed by Blackie Collins. Incredibly well made (for a factory knife), and very reasonably priced. I still kick myself for not buying more of them when they were first available (especially the Bowie knife and the Folding Hunter).
     
  3. NIGHTLORD40K

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    Yep, current production Smith revolvers are really no more than replicas of their namesakes. IMO, the no dash L frames were their last great hurrah. Find an old Smith, love it, cherish it, never let it go.....:) 1502544837030-406490753.jpg
     
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  4. kBob

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    I just wish you could carry a K frame and have it magically turn into a N frame when it clears the holser. Unfortunately I do not live in a Movie.

    ....and don't say L frame!

    -kBob
     
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  6. gotboostvr

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    You mean one of these? :rofl:
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  7. NIGHTLORD40K

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    Bought my first handgun the day I turned 21; a 681. Only sold it cuz the family was hungry in '08.
    They will bury me with my 686.
     
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  8. gotboostvr

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    I had a 681-2 that had an equally sweet trigger. I only sold it because I missed the rear target sight. I picked up this 686-0 as my "Ultimate duty revolver".
     
  9. WrongHanded

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    But can you disable/remove the lock and still have S&W service the gun under warranty? I have no idea, but it seems unlikely that they would. Thoughts?
     
  10. gotboostvr

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    You can just as easily revert it to factory original condition before sending it back in.
     
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  11. Jim NE

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    I agree. My 586 has a lock and all the things it's not supposed to have, according to conventional wisdom, and it out performs many of my vintage Smith and Wessons in many ways. I had a vintage L frame no dash from the 1980's that's supposed to be superior to new guns, but it wasn't. Had a few problems so I sold it. Some other examples of old S&W guns I have from the 1950's or 60's are great though. Tim Sundles at Buffalo Bore says he gets generally higher velocities out of new post lock barrels than early vintage S&W barrels (presumably in similar condition.) FWIW.

    The moral of the story: Don't turn what maybe a valid rule of thumb into an oft invalidated precept.
     
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    Looks like we share the same fine tastes in old S&Ws.

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    The current S&W classics line up includes only a couple K frames. The only ones i'm seeing are the model 10 and model 17. The model 10 is the fixed sight version of the model 15 and the model 17 is a 6" barrel 22lr with adjustable sights. Both are fine guns but not what your looking for.

    The new model 66 is basically a .357, stainless steel version of the model 15. That's what I would get if I was in your shoes and required to buy new . Of course there are literally millions of used K frame S&W's floating around in the market. Finding in good working order shouldn't be too hard.

    And then there's they 586's if you want a blue gun and don't mind the slightly larger frame size.
     
  14. WrongHanded

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    I have no problems with either of those things. As I currently have no medium frame revolver with both adjustable sights and can barrel less than 6 inches, I'm looking. So if I do buy a Smith, it will likely take a range trip at least every other week (thanks to my recent plunge into the reloading world), and I'm intending to load on the hotter side. So as much as I like the idea of a .357 K frame, it doesn't seem practical from a durability stand point, though perhaps I'm wrong about that.

    I'm sure part of the smoothness of that old Model 15 I had was due to the relatively compact cylinder, making the DA pull so light and fluid. But I'd like to think an L frame could be close to that. Or at least closer to that than to a GP100. I do really like my GPs btw, but the triggers always seem just a little clunky, even after honing the action (though I've never had it done professionally).
     
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    Older Kframes can't handle lots of hot 357 they tend to crack the forcing cone. If you are Ganna load hot I would look at a 686 or a ruger.
     
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    Not to go on a tangent, but have you looked into a Dan Wesson? I love my ugly-and-indestructible SP101, but I recently shot an (old) Dan Wesson and it was basically one of those scenes from a movie where the clouds part and light comes through the stained glass in a cathedral and the choir begins to sing.
     
  17. WrongHanded

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    I'm pretty sure I've seen only one, ever. And it was in a glass case with a high price tag. But that was years ago.
     
  18. kBob

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    Yeah those Dan Wessons are SO rare there are only 112 on GunBroker this morning including a few with no bids starting at $350.

    They are a neat design and I enjoyed shooting them. I was not able to reload one near as fast as a S&W or Colt because of the way the cylinder release is set in such a way you must use the off hand to release the thing.

    Also not as many accessories available easily.

    A joy to shoot though.

    -kBob
     
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    With all the different barrels one could almost argue they have more accessories!
     
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    Quite a few years ago I went shooting with some buddies to test out a new dueling tree. To make it fun we decided to use revolvers. My best friend and I both used our Ruger GP100s and another friend brought out a revolver his grandfather had recently left him, a Model 27. Now I love my GP100 but wow, that 27 felt so nice and smooth. That's the only Smith that made me feel that way. I have stuck with the Ruger since.
     
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    I have a 67-1 (stainless version of your old 15) and it is a great shooter. It was also my first gun and I was worried at the time my choice was already past the glory days but all I really wanted was a good shooter. Many people suggested I save up a bit more for one of the more "Classic" Smith & Wesson revolvers or at least hold out for a .357. Lo and behold all I had to do was wait a few years. The value has gone up, there's more appreciation for the .38 special models, it doesn't have an ugly two piece barrel, and it was made before the internal lock era. All of a sudden this model 67 is feeling pretty classic! I have Rugers for .357 but if I was just trying to scratch the old school S&W itch I'd probably seek out the nicest model 10 I could find at a fair price and be done with it.
     
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    Nice looking Victory Model! I had a whole Arms Room footlocker full of those that were mediocore shooters at best, however. Even the few Colts in there only got me a Sharpshooter with the revolvers, instead of Expert. (I did that with the 1911 and later, M9)

    I want to want a Smith& Wesson, but almost every time when confronted with the choice, I picked Colt. Ironically, the one revolver I own right now is an S&W-Bodyguard 38. At least it spins the right way.....:p

    Seriously, I do like S&W's; Very nice selection of S&W's, Driftwood! :cool:
     
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  23. CoalTrain49

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    You sold a model 15? :what:

    You should be horse whipped.

    Seriously, I was just looking for a 14 or 15 the other day to use of the mountain of 38 cases I have.
     
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    I have a newer one and two old ones. Two 19's and a 625-8. The quality difference would make you cry. They gave up on building a better revolver around 1990. Not buying another new one.
     
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  25. WrongHanded

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    More like I traded it to a friend in need, and then gave the trade (a .30 carbine Blackhawk) back to him later. But when I bought that 15, I only paid $275 for it. I thought it was just some gun at the time.
     

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