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Opinions on the following trade..?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by jimbombo, Oct 3, 2012.

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  1. jimbombo

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    Hello. Just recently picked up a excellent used single six convertible 5 1/2 in stainless, with both cylinders, felt bag, and original manual. I really like it, but did some fishing just to see what offers I would get. Got the following 2 offers, and would like your opinions to trade or to keep it...

    1. Ruger blackhawk, .357 stainless, 4 5/8 inch barrel, in excellent condition, doesn't appear to have been fired much at all, no box or manual.

    2. S&W Model 15, 4 inch barrel, no dash in VG to excellent shape, almost no turn ring, no box or manual.

    Opinions please..?
     
  2. solidsnake

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    I vote trade for the M15!
     
  3. Zebraranger

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    Since I'm a Ruger fan and prefer stainless steel handguns over blued, I'd most likely go for the S/A Blackhawk myself. Another deciding factor is whats already in my small collection.
     
  4. Guillermo

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    Model 15 is a great revolver. You cannot buy a gun like that anymore.

    You can buy Rugers every day of the week.

    Go for "no longer made" instead of "can buy anywhere"
     
  5. beeenbag

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    Go for model 15.

    If you dont like it I'm sure you could trade back into another ruger real quick like with it.
     
  6. wanderinwalker

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    Somebody is willing to trade you a nice S&W M-15 straight across for a run-of-the-mill Ruger Single-Six? This should be a "see what I just traded for" thread! ;)

    (My vote, get the S&W. Rugers are good but medium frame S&Ws in .38 Special and .357 Magnum are great.)
     
  7. dgroff85

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    S&W Model 15....If I had to pick
     
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    I'm a dyed in the wool Ruger nut, but I prefer DA revolvers. The 15 is a fine weapon.
     
  9. Old Dog

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    A used Single Six for a clean Model 15? Where do you guys find these suckers for your trades? I'd suggest the Model 15 can do more than a Single Six ... effective self-defense (I carried one as an MP a long time ago), fun gun at the range, good plinker out in the woods ... The Single Six has its niche, but well ... not so collectible, and boy those old Smiths have such great finishes. You may have guessed I'd trade for the M 15 in a heartbeat if it was my trade ...
     
  10. BCRider

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    I'd say that either one is equal or better by some amount than what you have now.

    If it were me and knowing how much I enjoy my Single Six as well as my .38's I'd likely want to just keep the SS and buy the 15.

    The Blackhawk is a darn nice gun as well. In the end I think it comes down to which of the three you'd shoot the most and get regular smiles from. Or which fills a need in your day to day use or hole in your collection.
     
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    Single six is on my want list - I still regret trading mine ten years ago.
    Model 15 is on my want list -I need a companion to my Model 18.
    I've no love for the Blackhawk. YMMV.

    The decider is this: A Model 15 no dash means a 1957-1959 built gun. You will probably never find another one of those in near new condition.
    You are also looking at a time when American manufacturing was the best in the world and S&Ws staff would have included people who had produced 1.5 million K frames in the previous 18 years. That much output will eventually give you 'the touch'. So there is a good chance it will be the equivalent of 'gunsmith hand fitted' in a gun produced today, for a dollar value that is a quarter of the price of a performance center gun.

    Model 15 Combat Masterpiece, there will be plenty of other Rugers to choose from.
     
  12. highpower

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    I will add to the chorus and say get the M15. They are quite simply one of the best .38 special revolvers out there. I had one years ago and sold it like the idiot that I am and have been looking for another for many years.

    The Single Six's are nice enough guns, but are as common as dirt and not at all hard to find. The four screw S&W's are, on the other hand, very hard to find due to their limited period of production. Add to that the fact that they are superbly made and you would be foolish to let it slip through your fingers. You can always find another .22 revolver.
     
  13. Guillermo

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    Jimbo,

    If you stick with Rugers please PM me. I will buy a single six to trade the guy for the 15.
     
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    I would also go with the Model 15 straight up for your Super Single Six. The Blackhawk is nice,as is the Super Single Six, but they are still also readily available versus finding such a well preserved Model 15.
     
  15. just for fun

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    Any day of the week that you can trade a ruger for a Smith, your way ahead of the game. On the same note, don't do people you consider friends this way.
     
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    Go with the model 15. I have the model 15 with 4" barrel and nickle finish and they are a fine revolver. You will not be disappointed.
     
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    I'd trade for that M15 in a heartbeat, one can find those Rugers at any gun show! Wish I knew where that guy was, trade would be history!! ..... and who needs a box?
     
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    I'd keep the Ruger. Smith M10s are a dime a dozen and I prefer the 10 with no ADJUSTABLE sights, anyway. Actually, I have both, though my Ruger is a blued 6.5" model. I shoot it a lot more than I do the M10. The 15 is a neat model, perhaps buy it and keep both? I don't like trading a good handgun, myself. I've done it and kicked myself later.
     
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    The guy with the Smith may not understand that he has a near collector model 15. As said before the Rugers turn up much more frequently for decent prices. However if you are a Ruger fan and want the Blackhawk it's more than a fair trade for you as well.
     
  20. Hoppes Love Potion

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    Model 15 for sure. There's a reason they call it the Combat Masterpiece.
     
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    Can't wrong with either, I have both and the Blackhawk gets shot more, but that just me.
     
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    I love my Ruger SAs, but I would snap up that M15 in a blurry second.
     
  23. jimbombo

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    i actually took everyones advice! here it is!

    Model 15. Conservatively excellent shape, looks never fired except for slightest turn line!
    Was thinking of trading for my dream 9mm, a CZ P-01, but now I am having second thought! The 15 is Beautiful, I am limited with my budget, I really want the CZ, but should I wait, hold onto the 15 and get the CZ some other time? I guess what I am asking is how hard is it to get one of these smith's in this shape?
     
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    Here it is.
     

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    I don't think everyone advised the M15 for its overwhelming value over your rugers. I think it was more along the lines of, these are hard to get in great shape. The older ones like this one in great shape is about as rare as hens teeth.

    I am gonna stick with my guns, (pun intended) and say keep the 15 and save for a cz.
     
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