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Still in love with my old S & W revolvers

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by witchhunter, Dec 2, 2012.

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  1. witchhunter

    witchhunter Member

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    I went out shooting the other day with the kids (25-30 y.o.) and their friends. Shoot what you brung. I have decided that I still like my old K frames way better than any of the new plastic autos. After shooting several of the new autos (and looking for spent brass) I drug out a couple of Smiths and all of the kids commented on the "old vintage revolvers". I noticed that they all wanted to shoot them again and again after the first go-round. They were all impressed with the accuracy and smoothness. Does anyone else feel this way about the older Smiths? Oh, and my brass was all in the coffee can on the tailgate, not all over the landscape like their's was.
    I also shot an AR15 and I will keep my old Winchester 94, thank you very much.
     
  2. wanderinwalker

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    Well, let me say, I am young enough to be "one of those kids" ;) up front. That out of the way, I find I vastly prefer shooting my old S&Ws (all older than me but none P&R-ed). My 586 makes me look really good at the range, I don't lose my brass and when it's empty it will make a much better club than my Glocks.

    The ironic part is that I have owned and shot Glocks for a long time and hammered a lot of rounds through them but I shoot a double-action revolver better. And I shoot them pretty much exclusively in double-action too.
     
  3. Iggy

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    Oh yeah, I agree totally. That walnut and blue steel is hard to beat.

    Both of these are over 75 years old and they'll shoot with the best of them.
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    K-22 and 38/44 Outdoorsman.
     
  4. scramasax

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    Kinda partial to my N frames. Don't own any plastic guns, tried them just didn't work for me. My first issue SWAT gear vest had the holster for a model 10 and four speed loaders. The long gun was a cut down M2 with an A1 stock.
     
  5. PabloJ

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    Me too. Be sure to look at old Colt police and military types even lowly 'Commando' is quite nice.
     
  6. SaxonPig

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    I don't care for the Glocks, et al. Look ugly and feel like a 2x4 in my hand. Very few recent autos appeal to me.

    As for wheelguns, I'm with you, brother.


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  7. snooperman

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    Yes, I to much prefer the older S&W guns , especially the long action That Iggy and Saxonpig have in the pictures. The action is very smooth in these guns.
     
  8. Checkman

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    Sure. I carry a couple Glocks (G19 & G26) because of my work so I usually always take them to the range. But in addition I always take one or two of my S&W or Colt .38 DA revolvers.

    I enjoy them and it's fun to show off to my fellow officers at the department's firing range (no false modesty here). A couple months ago when I was helping to run a range there was a half hour break so I dragged out my Colt Officer Model Target with the 6" Heavy Barrel (mfd. 1941). I then banged away at the steel plates from the forty yard line (that's as far back as our range goes for the handgun portion - long story. I was firing one handed, the gun has old Mustang target grips (which fit my hand nicely) and I was staging the trigger - so I suppose I was cheating a little. Nevertheless I pinged all six plates, not missing one. Whew. I was pleased with myself and everyone was suitably impressed.

    I then did the same thing with my 4 screw S&W K-38 Heavy Target Masterpiece.

    I'm relatively old for my department (45 in six weeks) and many of the younger officers were impressed. They simply had no idea that revolvers could be that accurate. Many have never even held a revolver much less fired one. However there were a couple experienced hunters among them who knew what was going one. They just grinned at me.

    Yes I love my revolvers. Especially the 38 Special Target revolvers.
     
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  9. BP44

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    Now that ya mention it, I have a few more older smiths than new autoloaders.I guess I like a good looking wheel gun as well;)
     
  10. Lone Star

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    Well, sure I prefer older S&Ws and even current Ruger DA's to most autos.

    THere are a few nice autos, but I'm not into plastic frames, light rails, etc.
     
  11. highpower

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    I like revolvers better than just about any auto, except, of course, for 1911's.

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    S&W on the left, Colt on the right and a few Rugers around the outside
     
  12. Iggy

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    Nice collection there highpower. You've got good taste.
     
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    I love shooting my S&Ws. While not as old (late 70s to mid 80s) as alot of ones above, the accuracy along with action is virtually impossible to beat. The only other guns I shoot are 1911s.
     
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    I love them. There is always at least one in my range bag when I go. In addition to all of the other positive attributes mentioned above...they don't make me chase my brass!

    As a reloader this is one more huge benefit. I'm going to open the safe and look at a few now that we are on the topic!
     
  16. 460Shooter

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    This is kind of how I'm still in love with Meg Ryan, but not with the new plastic women that seem to be famous.

    In all seriousness, I understand. Nothing beats an old Smith, Ruger, or Colt revolver. The newer guns have their use, but they don't stir the soul for me. A 1911? Yep, that will do nicely.
     
  17. Guillermo

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    sadly, the day of the revolver is over.

    But at least we have the opportunity to still get the guns made with quality parts, fitted by craftsmen.
     
  18. CZF

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    I'm wondering what a first edition ( Hogue grips) 629 Mountain Gun in MINT condition would
    go for these days? There has only been 12 .44 Specials through thru it and then
    tucked away under the bed. Box, Manual..everything as bought new.

    It would be LNIB but I just had try those few factory .44 Specials in the gun with the
    very best SA and DA action I've encountered in a revolver.

    No doubt that some guys say these were/are Performance Center guns.
     
  19. witchhunter

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    Let me clarify my position, I am not giving up my 1911 Springer, but I was thinking of getting a lighter carry pistol, now I have decided against it. I just don't care for any of the ones that I have shot. That day I just brought out all of the Smiths to let some of the kids shoot. I hadn't fired some of them in a while, so it was fun to shoot them again. I think one or two had never fired a full house .357 before! It was enligntening to them. I think I will look on gunbroker for another Mdl. 27 to replace the one I foolishly got rid of years ago. All this is caused by a photo I saw on here of Guillermo's collection
     
  20. Twiki357

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    I like the old one too. Other than the 637, the newest is 1963 manufacture.
     

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  22. MountainBear

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    Shot two old S&W's today. Both were older than me. Loved it...
     
  23. snooperman

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    Thanks to all for sharing the pictures of your fine revolvers. NICE--- Snoop
     
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    I'm almost 62, and started ( first ( & new ) handgun ) wass a S&W Model 18 K-22 Combat Masterpiece when I was 14. Most of my teen buddies at the time had less expensive .22 handguns. THe 18 was the best shooter of the bunch

    I got back into shooting about 7 years ago after a 20 year hiatus Since then, I've bought a 1911 CZ 75 and 4 S&W Revolvers S&W 625 / 686, 617 and a 60 so one in each frame size. Next handgun will be a smaller carry semi-auto most likely, but after that I'll be looking for S&W blued with the pinned barrel vintage models

    My shooting buddy is an ex-target competitor and has a Ruger Mk III
    He shot my 617, 6' Bbl. and likes it's SA trigger very much, with the targets as good f not better than his Mk III.

    R-
     
  25. camsdaddy

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    Currently Christmas shopping out of town with my wife. Today of all the guns I own my 4" model 13 was chosen for carry today.
     
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