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S&W new model 3

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by GunsBeerFreedom, Jan 30, 2010.

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  1. GunsBeerFreedom

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    Anyone know where to find one? I've been enamored with them since watching 3:10 to Yuma. Price range? Known issues? Pics?
     
  2. Oro

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    They were a one-off production in 2000 I think. They are hard to find. I saw a few around $1200 a year or two back when I was toying with the idea (gosh, didn't you just love those "Hand of God" grips? ;) on his imitation Peacemaker (it was not a Colt)). I saw one recently somewhere for near $2k, which I thought was out of the reasonable range.

    I would keep an eye out at Gunbroker and the smith-wessonforum.com. They are called the Schofield and are only in .45 S&W, not .45LC. Beretta/Uberti makes a very nice copy, too, called the Laramie. It is in both .38 Special and .45LC. i saw a gorgeous ANIB nickel one for only $650 recently, but it was in .38 special and I just had no interest in that. These are big, heavy guns (if you've never handled one), and toting that much iron to only through little .38s doesn't appeal to me. OTOH, the design isn't terribly robust because of the break-top, so full-power .45LC's aren't a good idea. So really, .45 S&W or light .45LC loads are about as much as you can routinely shoot out of them, no matter who the maker is.
     
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  3. GunsBeerFreedom

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    Laramie eh? Then I shall keep my eye out for them too.
     
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    Uberti? I don't know if they make the Model 3 that you're specifically after but they do make a couple of variations on the Model 3.

    I've handled and shot a cylinder through one and they are nicely finished. Not cheap but given their relative rarity the cost isn't bad and the finish is up to snuff.
     
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  6. GunsBeerFreedom

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    Thanks. Looks like I'll have to wait till they're cheaper or I'm wealthier. But know I know how what to look for at gun shows.
     
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    My local gun shop has a S&W real Mccoy...it's about $3499 :-(

    Beautiful gun though!

    Cheers
     
  9. ManOfManyGuns

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    I used to own a model 3, and after a short while I grew to hate the grip angle. I sold it after 2 trips to the range.

    Then I fired a friends model 3 russian a few months ago, and found the grip angle to be much nicer, and much more comfortable for me. I fired it using and not using the trigger guard spur, and prefer to not use it.

    I also prefer the release latch on the model 3 russian.
     
  10. Oro

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    That is outstanding. Thanks for pointing that out.
     
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