Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Dlowe167, Jul 25, 2013.
S&W 19 or 66 in 2.5" will come in under that price. Well built, concealable, powerful. Maybe the best cc gun ever made. "I rarely carry, but when I do, it's [strike]Dos Equis[/strike] a S&W 2.5" 19."
Here you go .357
From the top going right:
Ruger SP-101 DAO .357
S&W 66-2 2 1/2 Combat Magnum .357
Ruger GP-100 3 inch .357
S&W 60 Chiefs .38
S&W 686 2 1/2 .357
S&W 64 2 inch .38
Ruger Speed Six 2 3/4 inch .357
S&W 640 2 inch .38
Ruger Security Six 2 3/4 .357
S&W 65 'LadySmith' 3 inch .357
Yep, all are mine and such as these can be found at below $650.
I would buy either a S&W M640 or M649 in .357 Magnum. both are very good revolvers and weigh enough to make them shootable with magnum ammo.
Notice the size of the SP101's to the S&W J frames.
All four of these are 357s and all are steel, no aluminum or polymer.
And all mine.
And two S&Ws... one a .38 and the other .357.
The .38 was my first carry gun and I still use it alot!
Secret Service grips are on the .38 and VX grips on the .357.
And some more, some are K frames and Ruger Speed/Security Six/GP100:
The SP101 will work, but it has problems. It really should hold six shots. It's heavy. The crane is short and grip interferes with reloads (replace them). The internals are a great advantage and you can easily work on it yourself. The front sight is pinned so you can add a night sight.
I tote a 3" Taurus 66, older gun I bought used at a gun show for cheap and it's a GREAT shooter. I've really come to like this revolver. It's a little heavy, over 30 ounces, but carries well. It hides well OWB with a long shirt over it even in hot weather. I like to carry it in a Hume JIT. I don't carry it 24/7, have a few pocket guns for that chore, but they don't make a .357 Revolver that I'd personally stoke with .357s for carry. The 12 ounce wonderguns ain't so wonderful when I pull the trigger. I can take some recoil, like .45-70 in a Contender, but that 12 ounce 340 Smith is ridiculous. The heft of my Taurus makes it easy to shoot well. I can say the same thing about the SP101 I had, but if I get another one, it'll be a 3"er. If you get a J frame, get a steel one. 24 ounces is kinda rough in the caliber, but it's one HECK of a lot better than 12 ounces! 3" K frames are sorta rare and expensive, but you can find the 2.5"er around. It was a quest for a 3"er that led me to the Taurus 66, a K frame sized 6 shooter. Price was right and the gun, even though it's old and has been carried and shot a lot just judging by the cosmetic wear and the wear on the back side of the Pachmeyr Gripper it had on it (from recoil), but it's a solid gun that times perfectly and has very little end shake. I'm quite happy with it. Taurus doesn't have the 3" as a 66 option anymore, don't believe. Why were there so few 3" K frames made? Of course, Smith only makes the m10 anymore. I found a nice stainless 66 Smith some time back with a 2.5" barrel I probably should have put on my credit card, but I prefer the 3" barrels even to 2.5".
For pocket carry I'd suggest a J frame sized gun: LCR or S&W variant; you can get away with an SP101 in a decent pocket holster. For holster carry, I'd look K or L frame S&W or Security/Speed/Service Six.
With that said here are my choices, they are all 357s:
2.25" Ruger SP101:
2.125" S&W model 649:
2.5" S&W model 19-4:
3" Dan Wesson model 15FB:
2.75" Security Six:
2.75" Speed Six:
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