What is your favorite revolver?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by ontarget, Aug 26, 2020.

  1. crestoncowboy

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    Most would look at my collection and pick some higher end revolver. but if I were selling all my revolvers off one at at time the last man standing would be my dads old H&R 9 shot double action target model. So I guess by that metric my favorite would be my least expensive. Might be worth 100 bucks to a motivated buyer. Same for my favorite shotgun and rifle. The sentiment and story of some lower end gun would trump value or even quality of others to make my cut as keepers. CCW would be a different story entirely....

    My most grabbed and carried would be a newer 617 4 inch. Great utilitarian gun. Accurate and impossible to wear out. And nobody cares if it gets scratched or harmed. They make them every day. Awfully heavy for a little 22 though.


    Of course if I were big game hunting or using the gun for defense both of those would be pretty close the bottom of my list.

    Second most carried would be a 329pd I carry when fencing/hiking/ hunting. A 44 mag that weighs less than a light 22 is hard to beat. You won't see one with a high round count though. They won't last IME.

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    Two of the three mentioned. I guess I never took a picture of the H&R
     
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  2. TEKoken813

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    That's a tough call because I love them all. I'd say the GP100 is probably my favorite.

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  3. black mamba

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    S&W 29-2 Nickel 4 inch, Magnaported, with action work for 7½ lb. DA pull and 2½ lb. SA pull. Shown here with a Camillus fixed blade and Fight'n Rooster stockman, all three pieces manufactured in 1979.

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  4. HPCadm17

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    The only one I have, 3" sp101 357:

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  5. Jack B.

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    Have many ,but without a doubt , hands down our best and favorite. IMG_0967.JPG
     
  6. sparkyv

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    Not sure I have a favorite, but I've been fondling,dry-firing and shooting this one the most as of late. My M610. S&W610 2020080255.jpg
     
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  7. MacAR

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    I guess it'd have to be this one:

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    1976 Ruger New Model Single Six. I only bought it this month, but I've shot it a lot and it's become my new favorite pistol. For a farm gun, it can't be beat and it's been with me most every day while I'm out working. Since I've had it, I've knocked off 3 armadillos, 3 possums, and one rather agitated raccoon bent on a late-night chicken dinner, along with shooting up almost a brick of ammo at cans, shotgun hulls, and anything else I deemed suitable "plinking fodder". Dang but it shoots good! The above photo is from the seller, and I've since touched up the bluing and put a couple coats of BLO on the grips; I'm waiting on some Aluma-black to come in so I can touch up the grip frame.

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  8. Olon

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    My Ruger Super Blackhawk with the 7.5" barrel is my very favorite. If I'm going to the range, its coming with me. My other wheel guns get jealous sometimeS I think...
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  9. Sistema1927

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    My Kimber K6S has the best trigger, hands down, of any revolver that I have ever handled. I have a number of S&W revolvers with really good triggers, but that Kimber beats them all. The worst triggers, in my estimation, come on newer Ruger revolvers.

    The Speed-Six in that picture has a decent trigger, but a new Redhawk and new SP101 have terrible triggers. I am working on both of them, but it is an uphill battle.

    Getting back to the Kimber, the fit and finish are second to none. The sights are perfect for a combat revolver and these old eyes.The grips were decent (the ones shown in that picture), but I have since replaced them with some from Altamont that fill my hands better. I was first a bit disappointed that the ejector rod isn't any longer than the one on the 2" guns, but ejection has been positive with no hang-ups. It is the right size, the 3" barrel gets decent ballistics from both .357 and .38 +P, and it carries very well.
     
  10. BobWright

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    Well, for every day totin' it'd have to be one of these:

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    Both Ruger Blackhawks in .45 Colt.

    But for real distance and hittin' what I'm aiming for, one of these:

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    Ruger Super Blackhawks in .44 Magnum.

    Yep. I like the Single Action revolver.


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  11. aarondhgraham

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    That would be Stella,,,
    The "Star" of my gun cabinet.

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    S&W Model 15 Combat Masterpiece.

    In my not-so-humble opinion,,,
    The finest .38 Special revolver ever made.

    I own 12 other S&W revolvers,,,
    Ranging from .22 LR to .44 Magnum,,,
    So this choice isn't just because it's the only one I have.

    Aarond

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  12. P5 Guy

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    One or the other of these two is most always in my range bag when I go to the range to shoot handguns.
    Top is S&W model 60-4 bottom is S&W model 696.
     
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  13. Driftwood Johnson

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    Wow! I am impressed. I particularly like hammer and the sights. 1st Gen huh? Do you know when it shipped?
     
  14. RevolvingGarbage

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    That is a tough one! My collection is modest still at this point but I’ve specifically only bought things I reeeeaaally wanted to have and that makes it hard to pick one favorite. The first issue Cobra? The Perfected top break? The Webley?

    Ultimately I only have one gun that really hits all the high points to be the favorite. It has historical significance as an original WWII issued sidearm, significant utility as a personal self defense weapon in modern times, its extremely durable and reliable, and it’s even got above average accuracy and shootability.

    I’m sure the forum is sick of seeing it by now but it’s got to be my Enfield No.2 Mk.1* post-import modified snub

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    I have two favorites. My S&W Mod 63 in .22LR and my Ruger Security Six in .357 mag.
     
  16. Driftwood Johnson

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    As for me, tough choice.

    Would it be my S&W Model 19-3 that I bought brand-spanky new in 1975?

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    Or maybe my Model 17-3 I bought the same year?

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    Or perhaps this fabulous Model 14-3 I lucked into a few years ago?

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    Maybe something a little bit older like this 38 Military and Police 1st Model (Model of 1899), which shipped in 1899?

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    Or this well worn Triple Lock which shipped in 1907?

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    This New Model Number Three, which shipped in 1882 and was refinished at the factory in 1965 is certainly my favorite S&W Top Break.

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    But I have to say my favorite Smith and Wesson is this well worn K-22 Outdoorsman that shipped in 1932.

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    But my favorite revolver of all? Maybe this Merwin Hulbert Pocket Army?

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    Or maybe this 38-40 Bisley Colt that shipped in 1909?

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    Nope, the winner is this very beat up Second Gen Colt which shipped in 1968. I wandered into a local shop about 20 years ago and it was sitting on the shelf. Some clown had completely stripped all the blue off in an effort to make it look like an antique. The shop owner was honest and told me it was a 'parts gun' because some of the parts were not original. $680 out the door and it was mine. The grips were very worn, but I was able to find a nice new set of 2nd Gen grips to put on it. Yup, somebody brazed a little bit of extra metal onto the top of the front sight at some point too. The clown did not manage to remove quite all the colors of the Case Hardened frame, there is still a tiny hint of the colors left, particularly in the protected areas around the barrel. Since there is no finish left on it, the barrel and ejector rod housing have taken on an antique looking patina of rust, and the cylinder has gotten pretty blackened too. This is because I have been shooting nothing Black Powder 45 Colt cartridges in it for the last 20 years, and sometimes it gets put away a little bit sooty before I clean it off. It goes to almost every CAS match with me, so it probably gets shot more than any of my other revolvers.

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    There you have it, my favorite revolver.

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  17. BobWright

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    Driftwood, et al:

    Every time i see that open top Pocket Army MH it sort or brings back a memory of one of my early gun bucks. It showed such a revolver, engraved, and the caption read that it was taken from the body of outlaw Juaquin Murietta.

    That outlaw was killed maybe thirty years prior to the Merwin Hulbert revolver production! Think he was killed around 1848 or so.

    Bob Wright
     
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  18. Rodfac

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    My choice for "favorite" varies considerably over time...currently it's this 3-screw Ruger in .41 Magnum which I restocked in spalted poplar garnered from some 4-board horse fencing here on our farm.

    The dark lines are bacteria within the wood which need to be killed before it can be used. 200 degrees in the oven does it nicely without hurting the wood. The finish is 6 coats of tung oil.

    I make all my Single Action grips slightly oversize to better handle the recoil. This .41 is exceptionally accurate for a 1966 vintage revolver. It sports a 4-digit serial number and was in almost new condition when I found it.

    The 2nd, a SS Ruger FT in .44 Special is a close 2nd place. This one is restocked in black & white ebony. With suitable loads of the old Skelton favorite, it's as accurate as the .41, and the cartridge has been a long time favorite of mine for over forty years. Best regards, Rod

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  19. Vern Humphrey

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    My favorite is a Colt New Service in .45 Colt.
     
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    Absolutely beautiful! Good job!:)
     
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  21. Gary W. Strange

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    I would be very sad if I could just have one revolver. I would be hard pressed between one in .44 Special and .22 long Rifle. The .44 Special because I grew up reading Elmer Keith and Skitter Skelton, and because the revolvers chambered for .44 Special are just plain neat, and because it can handle about any task form target shooting, self defense and can be loaded up a bit hotter and heavier and be a fine hunting round. The .44 Special does it with out the weight or the recoil or muzzle blast of a magnum. The .22 because they are so much fun and the older revolvers chambered for it, are works of art.

    A Freedom Arms model 97 .44 Special
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    A 1940 Smith & Wesson .22/32 hand ejector
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    A Smith & Wesson 1958 model 18 no dash, with Culina English Walnut Grips
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    A 1986 Smith & Wesson Model 624, with Culina Black and White Ebony Grips
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  22. Pat Riot
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    Out of my modest collection of revolvers, actually of all my guns, my favorite is my Smith & Wesson 327 Night Guard. Here it is with my favorite autoloader.

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    I really need to take some better photos of my guns, especially my favorites. If course, they are all favorites for one reason or another. :cool:
     
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  23. v8stang289

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    If I have to pick one, its got to be my 625JM

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  24. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    No idea which handgun is my favorite. I have quite a few and shoot most of them regularly.
    Not even sure what my favorite caliber is or even if my favorite style is DA or SA.
    What I do know is I have handguns in just about every caliber from .22LR to .44Magnum and shoot them.
    My favorite is probably the one I am shooting at any particular moment.
     
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  25. Rio Laxas

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    S&W 4th Model Hand Ejector of 1950 in .44 Special.

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    While I love the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Model Hand Ejectors in .44 Special, the most fun to shoot is the 4th Model with its patridge front sight.
     
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