Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Archangel14, Nov 14, 2021.
For CC, I prefer 2-3" where possible.
Most anything in the J Frame class is a little light in the pants for me personally as a true "go-to".
They are great for carry, though.
Second vote goes to the GP100. It is far more robust than a smith686. And can be disassembled much easier. All that's required is a screwdriver or whatever can be improvised to get the grip screw out. Then, you can use the hammer strut to pop out the trigger assembly. This needs tuning in that area so the trigger guard isn't so tight it can't be budged. You could modify the grips to take a thumb screw stud so it could be disassembled without tools.
Both, use the Bowen rough country rear sight.
Very utilitarian, plus you can't really hurt it without trying.
That pretty much describes Smith's venerable classic: the Model 66 with a 4" bbl. Get an older one, preferably a carefully used and maintained LEO gun that'll have a buttery smooth action, & without that !)$(*#($()^)$ l ock. It'll have lighter weight that will encourage you to pack it when you need to as opposed to say one of the much heavier full lugged models, and it's adequate sight radius that'll add needed precision for hunting.
In my view it's an easy choice, now get busy and find one....their out there and not as expensive as you might guess, being a revolver and not in as much demand nowadays.
Best regards, Rod....here's mine with it's stable mate, a M-19....
I do believe, as described, a 1910 to 30s
.32 S&W will fit the bill. No moon
clips of course.
Good info. Not an attack on you, but maybe the guys that did that -- they're the only ones doing that kind of thing to the gun. On the other hand, Ruger discontinued to "Six" series because it couldn't hold up to what people actually do: shoot them. After Newhall, the doctrine of shooting in practice what an officer carries came down. Many agencies went back to 38 Special +P, but the ones that started practicing with 357 Magnum shot a lot more of it. Anecdotes like "mine's shot over 75,000 rounds and is still going strong" didn't matter. Two facts: there was demand for the GP-100. There was not enough demand to keep making the Six series. The Six's were dropped well before revolvers were and it wasn't because they were too tough.
Also, I stand by my first assertion that a gun isn't useful just because it functions if it can't be used to do the job needed to be done. What job is the Six good for? Police work? IPSC, USPSA? Deer hunting? Bullseye?
What about a 1917 in 45 ACP, 2&3 round moonclips where invented for that revolver that would later evolve into the full moonclip.
My gp100 is my only 357 currently. But my wife has a 686. So I have direct comparison of the two. The GP is much more robust in the frame and crane area, and overall. The 686 is more finely finished though.
Smith and Wesson has proven itself to me since 1980 when I bought my first Model 28. Made in 1957 I have never needed any other as far as longevity.
I have bought several since including a GP100 that has been so-so comparing it to the model 28 for longevity.
Forcing cone is all burned up in the GP100 from year 2000+ but the 1957 Model 28 still looks line new.
My 686 looks even better.
I have to vote 686-4 or less.
My 4in 627 Pro (for me) meets the OP's criteria.
8 shots, enough barrel to get good 357 performance.
Easy to field carry with a good holster.
N frame strength.
Cant beat it.
I already favor the GP100, anyway, as I have since the very early Nineties, due to the perfect fit, in grip dimensions, and trigger shape and position being perfectly “natural,” for my hands. My avatar image shows my first GP100. Yes, my finger is on the trigger, as I snapped that photo, in a series, with an iPhone, to show my firing grip, to include my finger placement on the trigger.
If the user’s requirements allow a single-action weapon to be a contender, the Ruger Blackhawk has fewer things that can break, and there is no extractor “star,” under which debris can accumulate.
The only problem with a 681 is they are so hard to find.....
My first handgun. Miss it badly.
I love mine, but man is it heavy!
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