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What are good "cheap" surplus or used revolvers to keep an eye out for?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by gfanikf, Sep 7, 2012.

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  1. gfanikf

    gfanikf Member

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    I'll be at the Fun Shop today and well even getting one thing I often look at picking up another. One thing I'm looking for is a basic 38spc or 357 to keep as a self defense gun in the house. I really don't want to get a semi-auto mostly because of what the price range usually limits one to. With revolvers you can do a little better.

    I did have a Charter Arms Bulldog (1970s) that I got dirt cheap. However shooting a snubnose made my hand hurt like hell and I'm a firm believer of anything you trust your life to you shoot the hell out of it. That said I paid under $200 for it (and truthfully I dumped an old shotgun so I got it for around $100) and I kind of miss it..don't think my hand does.
     
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    You did say revolvers, right? Aside from the S&W Model 10's floating around, I would also recommend the Taurus 82 police trades from South America. Rough looking externally, but internally they are in very good condition.
     
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    I was wondering about those. My local gun shop has one for about 189.
     
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    Bring a bore light and work the action with snap caps (if the LGS allows). Bring a range rod if you have one. I've had a dozen or so Taurus revolvers through the years and never had a problem with any of them (knock-on-wood). Can't say the same for the semi's, though.
     
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    You should be able to find a Model 10 or the SS Version a Model 64 with a 4" barrel reasonable. Some Model 65's in 357 Magnum floating around also as Police/Guard Trade Ins.

    I have seen a couple clean Blued 6" Ruger GP100's reasonable in the last year in my area.

    Bob
     
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    Thanks I appreciate the suggestions. I figure its a good gun to keep for self defense and simple to operate in a emergency situation and possibly good double duty for backup while hunting or hiking.
     
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    Smith and Wesson Model 10. They are very enjoyable to shoot. My favorite revolver actually. I doubt you'll ever get such great quality for under $300.
     
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    Smith Model 10, 64 and 65.
     
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    Hello friends and neighbors // In the $300 -400 dollar range there are several.

    In the last year I've picked up:
    S&W model 65 4" police trade in-- SS .357/.38;;;; Gun Broker $320 shipping and FFl included.
    Ruger Service Six 4" --SS .357/.38 like NIB;;;;; Local pawn shop $325 OTD
    S&W 586 no dash 4" -- Blued with holster wear .357/.38 ;;;; Local gun store (I visit them often) $330 plus tax so $351 OTD
    Dan Wesson (Monson) Model 14 with 2 1/2" and 6' barrels.( no tools) ;;; Local (different) pawn shop $275 plus tax so $294 OTD.

    Enjoy the search
     
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    Taurus or Rossi comes to mind real quick. My Taurus model 66 .357 35+ year old pistol is still going strong. The only part I've ever had to replace in it was the spring inside the crane.
     
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    Security Six
    Service Six
    Speed Six

    Take your pick, any of these variations will serve you well.
     
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    You'd never have seen that 586 if I'd seen it first. Great buy.

    Sent from my PB99400 using Tapatalk 2
     
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    if you want a surplus revolver you might beable to find a .38 webley for 200$, i was at an auction this weekend and saw all the webley .38's go for 125-175$ .
     
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    Check out jgsales.com. They usually have a good supply of nice S&W used revolvers.
     
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