Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by dom1104, Apr 9, 2012.
4" s&w m19
My 4" S&W Model 686-no dash.
If only one, it would be the Detective Special since I shoot it well and don't mind carrying it. I love the .357 Magnum, but prefer carrying semiauto type handguns for more powerful output than the .38 Special.
It's not very practical but it would have to be my New Vaquero. I can't think of any .357 (I've owned a few) that I like shooting more than the Ruger.
Sorry, is that cheating?
You can't have just one 357. As far as favorite to take to the range and practical use it would have to be the M&P 360. It's super accurate, small and light.
If one...and "only" one...
Then I'd take the Ruger Blackhawk convertible.
It will shoot 357 mag, 38 spl "and" 9mm all out of one gun.
True it's a single-action six-shooter...but I already have high-cap auto pistols anyways.
But for a survival gun or whatnot, I want this one and am shopping for it right now actually.
Back when you could actually go into a gun shop and buy a factory fresh Python, I broke the firing pin on one dry firing it. That kinda put me off of Pythons.
The one 357 do-all for me is the new SP101 4". Long enough in the barrel for hunting (either as a stand alone or backup), while being just small enough for CC.
GP-100 4 inch
686 4 inch
Why 4 inch? Because I get 1305 fps out of it with a 158 gr LSWC and slight less with a 185 gr Beartooth Bullet.
Only one? I suppose the 66.
I have the one I'd keep: S&W model 65-3 RB 3".
I became a Python owner by an unlikely twist of fate. Of the 5 .357's that I own......
Man, I didn't think of that..... and the sad thing is I have one! Gotta give out an +100 even though this is the revolver page.
A S&W Registered Magnum or it's successor the Model 27...
IMO that was the peak of revolver manufacturing... (although the Python was extremely close)
When it comes to revolvers I got to admit partiality to a 4" GP100
S&w 686+ 4"
I don't have one, but if I only coould have one it would be a 4" Ruger Security Six
Well for me I would be happy with a S&W 13 with a 3" barrel or a S&W 27 with a 3.5" barrel or a S&W 686 with a 3" barrel, I don't know if S&W made a 3" 586 as that would be preferred. I guess I am just a dreamin
Colt King Cobra in bright finish stainless.
Colt 4" King Cobra for me too.
Second would be a 66 no-dash.
if you had said 357 ("only") grail gun, as in out-of-production collectible class
I suspect there would be a lot more votes for the Colt Python or a S&W model 27 or pre-27, or maybe a classic Dan Wesson
but for me, 6" barrel S&W 19/66 is '"it", in 38/357
Like a lot of folks, I don't run a high round count of 357s thru my pair of 66s
They do see a lot of 38 sp range fodder, and I think of them as pert near perfect 38+P revolvers
(perhaps like someone else above, I mostly reserve my 357 ammo supply for lever action carbines)
I picked up a 4" barrel S&W model 66. It has excellent weight and balance. With a set of aftermarket grips, it fits like a glove.
It depends if I get to have guns in other calibers if it's my one and only I'd want my 2 3/4" Speed Six although my 2 1/2" 19 or 2" SP101 would work too. If I get to have a dedicated 38 also I'd opt for my 686ssr, while I could make due with a Colt trooper/python or Ruger GP/security or any Smith K,L or N frame.
If I were to recommend a 38 Special it would either be a S&W M14 or the S&W M15. If I were to recommend a 357, I am not sure what I would say as I get all the fun I need from the 36 caliber bore with the 38 Special.
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