Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by rs525, Apr 14, 2022.
Cheating? No way! Made me stop dead in my tracks! Man, that is a sweet model 27. Very nice.
32 REVOLVERS?!?! No wonder they're so hard to find these days!
Don't worry, the majority of those were "catch-and-release" and are back in circulation.
I did a lot of horse trading. If something came along a local buy/sell board at below market value and I was even mildly interested in it, I'd pick it up, try it out and if I didn't love it, move it on down the road for the next thing.
A byproduct of that is that I now know what I like, want and need. That, and the ones I kept are keepers, maybe not all are rare variants, but particularly nice executions nonetheless.
I think my grand total of firearms is somewhere in the low 70's. I'll have to check my notes.
Update: after checking my notes, it's been an even 80.
I ended up with my 3" nickel M36 because the shorter barreled 36/60's were in high demand and disappeared off display shelves virtually as quickly as they'd arrive. I spent months browsing the usual cop and retail shops in those days (early 80's), waiting for a 36/60 to show up, and finally stumbled upon the 3" nickel J, which I grabbed as a last resort. Glad I did, as that RB 3" J handled and shot almost as well as my issued K-frame and Rugers. Just enough extra barrel length to hopefully offer some more potential for the soft LSWCHP's of the day to expand, compared to the slightly lower velocities realized in the inch shorter snub barrels. Still seemed like a coin toss for the jacketed JHPs of the day.
I later found and bought a nifty 649 Bodyguard .38SPL, which had an appeal of its own.
I still occasionally carry that 3" nickel 36, in an original black basketweave paddle holster.
Wish I still had an older 2 1/2" K, and a couple of the older Ruger snub Security & Speed-Sixes, too. I let too many find revolvers slip through my hands as a younger cop, not stopping to realize that they may not remain in production forever. Sigh.
However, my M65 3" is a fine example of the short concealment 6-shot snubs of yesteryear, too.
Theyre not the best for everything, but they’re good for so many things that they rate very highly with me.
I have a 6th if you count a 3-1/4” Model 51 22 Mag.
I find the 2” to 3” J-frame guns a useful barrel size, the K to N frame short barrel guns not so much.
I much prefer 4” and longer barrels in the mid to large frame revolvers.
But, I understand if one wants a large frame 3” barrel revolver.
I am a fan of three inch revolvers. Primarily for concealed carry, but I carried a three inch 685 for several years in the early 1990s as a uniform gun. It served well.
Three inch is the minimum barrel length for a positive ejection of spend cartridges from the cylinder. Neither a J or K frame revolver has even close to a full extractor throw. (I've never seen a two inch N frame, but I'm young yet.) I do not feel any difficulty with accuracy under twenty-five yards, and in reality, longer distances are quite rare.
Apparently they work well for storing your red lip stick tubes…. LOL. Nice powder coated bullets.
Gotta love ACME bullets .
Yep. And they were definitely preferred by woman officers. I can only recall one male officer I worked with who had a 3” revolver. Guys used to bust his chops about it.
Now, they’re wanted by collectors, and gun manufacturers aren’t going to make guns for the very small collector niche that exists today. No profit in it. Revolvers themselves aren’t big sellers anymore, other than the small snubbies and the big boy magnums.
I only owned one, and I was extremely stupid to have sold it. A 3” Model 65.
I'm here all week.
When I questioned why NYCPD wanted special contract 3" Ruger Speed Sixes made when 2 3/4" were already available I was told NYCPD would allow 3" as a service weapon provided you could qualify with it. It makes sense, not sure if it's true.
It is true. There is a poster on youtube named JPI. He is a retired sergeant from the NYPD. His first duty weapon was a 3" Service Six, because he figured it would double as a good off duty. He soon realized it was too big for that and he didn't like the loss of velocity in a 3" barrel, so he bought a S&W 64 NY1 in 4".
You continue to be a wealth of information on the NYCPD revolvers. Thanks for the confirmation on what I read somewhere. It may have been one of your posts.
At one time in the past, lots of people carried guns illegally and were most concerned with concealability so that they wouldn't be discovered. A few of my great uncles would never go anywhere without a 38 revolver in their pockets, but it wasn't legal at the time so they all chose 2" barrels to keep them hidden.
You can get Stainless Steel Blackener 370 from Caswell Plating (www.caswellplating.com) which does a nice job. I've used it to touch up several pistols for customers and used it to create a "three-tone" 1911 for myself. (https://caswellplating.com/stainless-steel-blackener-1-pint.html)
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