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revolver for a lifetime

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Revolver Ocelot, Mar 30, 2011.

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  1. Revolver Ocelot

    Revolver Ocelot Member

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    If there is one revolver that was small enough to carry but big enough to fight with that would last you a lifetime, what would it be?

    If you have found it already post a picture.
     
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  2. TMann

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    Ruger Speed Six with a 2.75" barrel.

    Too big for pocket carry, obviously, but carries easily with a good belt and holster. Light enough for carry, but heavy enough to handle .357 loads. Sturdier than a comparable K-frame. :)

    TMann

    Not mine, but a nice stainless Speed Six with original Ruger grips:

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  3. 9mmepiphany

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    I agree, the Ruger Speed- Six would be mine too...I'll find one someday

    I picked-up a S&W 2.5" M66-7 as a placeholder until that day...hopefully it will be back from the gunsmith soon. Here's a couple of pictures of the sight set I had them make for it

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  4. ECVMatt

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    Ruger SP101 with some work done by Hamilton Bowen:

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  5. RevolvingGarbage

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    Its lasted about 1.25 lifetimes before I ever even touched it, so im thinking its got atleast one more in it?

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    I.J S.A Hammerless .38S&W
     
  6. mnrivrat

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    I like the:

    Model 19 or 66 S&W 357 Mag. - 3"

    Ruger Sp101 357 Mag - 3"

    & I am working with a Rossi Model 720 3" gun in 44Spl which seems
    to be a very decent revolver so far. About K-frame size & the only Rossi Model that has ever empressed me.
     
  7. Revolver Ocelot

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    I still want to get my hands on a ruger speed six with a 4" heavy barrel and get some work done on it including chopping the barrel to 3", I saw a six series with a heavy barrel that got chopped to such a length and it looked very nice.
     
  8. mauiglide

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    First revolver I feel in love and still have is my S&W model 686P 4" (7 shot). It's a great shooter, very accurate when I do my part, and will definitely outlast me. It's not a pocket gun but still easy to wield in and out of my holster. Can't wait to shoot is again next open day at the range.
     
  9. Auto426

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    For such a purpose I would choose my 3" SP101. It's probably the most versatile little gun I own. It feels great in the hand and has a near perfect balance. It's not really a pocket gun, but it carries nicely IWB and the extra heft makes shooting it more pleasant than a comparable J frame.

    The Sixes were nice guns, and their K frame handling characteristics are certainly wonderful, but they are starting to climb in price and parts are getting scare. I would love to see Ruger re-introduce them, as I think they would be hot sellers, but I doubt that is ever going to happen.
     
  10. Stainz

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    No doubt, my pocket holstered 642 is a 24/7 EDC CCW. I know it will have a decently long life - but still, it's got an Al frame - SS would be better for continued use - over a lifetime. So, I thought a 60 would be better - I opted for the current 3" 60 Pro, SKU #178013.

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    I need a holster - an OWB pancake. May as well tote a 2 5/8" PC627 UDR, now sporting a different grip than shown. At least I have a holster on order for it... and it will serve as a decent plinker, too! Eight shots, too.

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    Stainz
     
  11. MrBorland

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    My 3" S&W Model 65. For "lifetime" use, the only thing better would be the Lady Smith variant, which has the ejector rod protected with a barrel shroud.

    Just curious, 9mm, is that your 66 pictured? Looks like a 2-piece barrel, but 66s were discontinued before their introduction. :confused: The "Apex" tag suggests it's one of their guns. I'm gonna guess a 620.
     
  12. Smaug

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    I'd pick my SP-101. I took it apart and smoothed up the action; polished the appropriate parts. It's pretty good now. 3" barrel is a good compromise. Weight is a good compromise. I've got a set of CT laser grips on the way now to make up for the short sight radius and lack of night sights.

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  13. ColtPythonElite

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    A SP is tough to beat.
     
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  14. kingcheese

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    nagant revolver for a cheap option, first made in 1885, and still going strong, that makes it 116 years old? and they still work, but i wouldnt count on it if you needed to take more then 8 shots in a day, it really takes for ever to reload it, but if you get one of the older ones, you can end up with a tack driver

    i was shooting off hand, around 30-35meters and was shooting at a target with no point of refrence to aim at(bullseye) and my group had 13 rounds in an area maybe around 6 inches, not bad under the circumstances, my 14 shot failed to fire twice, thats what i get for buying cheap ammo
     
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    Ruger is too heavy for concealed carry. A better carry revolver would be the old S&W model 12 with a roundbutt.
     
  16. Stainz

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    Mr.Borland,

    The 66-6's had MIM parts and the IL; the 66-7's had the two-piece barrels, too. I have only seen the 4" 66-7, however - I know it was the last of the 66's. The 619 & 620 were only made in the 4" size - basically, the 620 is a 686+ 7-shooter frame with a two-piece partially lugged 4" barrel.

    Stainz
     
  17. Revolver Ocelot

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    mr. borland, you'll notice in 9mm's post he says that is just a picture of the sights he is having made for it, the gun in the picture belong's to apex and is just modeling the sights so to speak.
     
  18. Slamfire

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    Colt Detective Special.

    This one has been through several lifetimes already.

    Just not mine, yet. ;)

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  19. 19-3Ben

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    I'm gonna go with the Ruger Speed Six 2.75" bbl or the Ruger Sp101 3".
    Either will last a life time, pack easily enough, and shoot well.
     
  20. 9mmepiphany

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    Actually that is my M66 modeling on their blog...that rear sight is one of their new revolver offerings.

    Yes it does have a 2 piece barrel...shoots very well too, even before it went to Apex Tactical
     
  21. BossHogg

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    This is my do everything gun. Model 60 3 inch .357.

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  22. KevininPa

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    Good for a....

    ......couple of lifetimes:

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    Actually the blued one will be going to the stepson. The wife and I will keep the stainless.
     
  23. Remo223

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    nice!
     
  24. Taroman

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    Been carrying this Model 60 since 1974. Not a lifetime, but getting close:
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  25. Brian Williams

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    I have a few but the top one is my S&W 13 with a 3" barrel and round grip.
     
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