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Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by ROK'N THUNDER, May 21, 2020.

  1. ROK'N THUNDER

    ROK'N THUNDER Member

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    Took my first look at a S&W model 60 PRO I bought online. What a neat little revolver. I may have to wait 20 days on a 10 day waiting period to fire it because of the panicdemic. pix071410164[1].jpg
     
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  3. tightgroup tiger

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    Boy, that sucks!
    That is a beautiful little revolver.

    How long have they been engraving the S&W emblem in the grips instead of using the medallion?
     
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  4. whm1974

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    What caliber?
     
  5. Milt1

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    That's sweet and a great looking grip!
     
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  6. Pat Riot
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    The S&W 60 Pro is a 5 shot .357 Magnum.
     
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  7. Pat Riot
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    ROK’N THUNDER,
    I live in SoCal as well. My recent Ruger New Vaquero purchase took 13 days to clear, but that was when there were lines out the door of every gun store a month ago.
     
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  8. WestKentucky

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    Only on some models. Kinda like the JM guns get the JM specific grips which I think are made by Altamont. I suspect that grip style will likely be more popular as time goes on.
     
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  9. don quixote

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    I have a 686SSR which looks an awful lot like that including the tapered underlug (6 shot). Love it.
     
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  10. Pat Riot
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    I bought mine in 2017 and it had those grips on it. They are nice looking grips but a little too slick for me so I removed them and installed a Hogue Monogrip. Besides, I didn’t want to scratch them up shooting the gun. Here is what it looks like with the Monogrip. I like that grip. It ain’t pretty but it works.

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    ROK’N THUNDER,
    One thing I found on my 60 Pro that kind of surprised me was that Tritium front sight only has a 0.050” wide Tritium vial inserted into the all black serrated front sight. In the dark it was darn hard to see. I sent the gun back to S&W and they changed the front sight. Made no difference at all. It’s just a small night sight vial. The sight is only 0.125” wide, if memory serves, so there is not a lot of room for anything larger.
    Regardless, I don’t believe I would be relying on that night sight anyway if I needed the gun in play in a dark room.

    I really hope you enjoy that revolver. Mine needs to go back to S&W as the barrel is just ever so slightly canted left so the rear sight is nearly all the way to the left to hit centered on target.

    If you decide to shoot .357 Magnum you will find that a 23oz revolver is quite invigorating when pulling the trigger. I have put a lot of .357 through this gun looking for the most accurate load. For accuracy mine likes Hornady American Gunner in .38 and, of all things, Remington UMC .357 Magnum 125gr JSP is the most accurate .357 ammo in my gun. It’s accurate with many different factory loads but the 2 I mentioned above are the most accurate in mine.

    Here is my favorite OWB holster.

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  11. bannockburn

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    ROK'N THUNDER

    Congrats on your new S&W! I always liked the feel and balance of a J frame with a 3" barrel.
     
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  12. bikerdoc

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    Enjoy it like I do mine!
     
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  13. ROK'N THUNDER

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    There is something about wood stocks on a revolver. I like S&W medallions! Your grips look more comfortable for firing 357 though. I am thinking of a leather OWB cross draw holster.
     
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  14. Reinz

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    Hope you get it in your hands quick, enjoy!
     
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  15. GEM

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    Those SS hammered J frames are awesome guns. Congrats! I have a 632 - a 327 magnum. Love it. The size fits my hand better than the K frames.
     
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    This is confusing to me. Tritium sights are made with a dot of weak radioactive material on a flat sight leaf, that emits a light even in the dark. It is very weak and only last a two or three years before the luminescence starts to dissipate, due to the half life of the Tritium. If they would use Radium like used on the old Radium glow in the dark wrist watch dials, from 40 years ago, they would still be bright after 40 years, but you would probably either have radiation poisoning in your wrist or cancer by then.

    The only sights that I am aware of that use a vial are fiber optic sights and they don't glow in the dark. They just gather and concentrate light when it's present.
    I think you had a fiber optic front sight and yes. they are as hard to see in the complete darkness as standard blued sights are.
     
  17. General Geoff

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    Tritium is an isotope of hydrogen. It is a gas at earthly temperatures, thus it must be contained within a glass vial which is coated on the inside with phosphor that emits light when bombarded with beta particles from the tritium gas. Tritium has a half-life of ~12 years, which means it will be half as bright after 12 years as it was when new, 1/4 as bright after 24 years, 1/8 as bright after 36 years, etc.

    Tritium cannot be painted on like radium paint.
     
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  18. Pat Riot
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    It is a vial inserted into the sight.

    Check this out:
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tritium_radioluminescence

    Tritium’s half life is actually just over 12 years. After 12 years a night sight would be much dimmer, according to discussions I have had with S&W CS, Tru-Glo CS and various LGS counter staff.

    By the way, if you ever buy Tritium night sights that are dove tail mounted to the slide or barrel Do Not use a hammer and punch to install the sight. You may break the glass vial(s) in the sight and render them useless. Use a sight installation tool” or have your gunsmith install them.
     
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  19. J-Bar

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    If this is your first S&W I suspect it will not be your last. Enjoy the madness.

    ;)
     
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    Really nice gun. Have always liked the tapered underlug on the Smiths.
     
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  21. Buckeye63

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    Beautiful revolver....
     
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  22. tightgroup tiger

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    Boy, I was under the wrong perception of what Tritium sights were. I had them confused with the phosphorescent glow in the dark paint.
    Thanks for correcting me.
     
  23. chicharrones

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    IMO, tritium sights are for younger eyes, or people with an eye prescription for handgun sights to be in focus. I've had to move away from tritium sights as the dots are small and blurry thanks to my middle aged eyes.
     
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  24. chicharrones

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    A very nice revolver. Congrats! :thumbup:
     
  25. Pat Riot
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    That very well may be my problem with the 60 Pro’s front sight. I am 59 and have always worn glasses.

    Side Note:
    I have found that the Tru-Glo TFX sights with fiber optics and Tritium night sights works very well for me. Problem is they aren’t made for revolvers.
     
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