Working Man Revolver

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  1. Mr. Mosin

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    None, and I don't plan on owning any. Far better things to do than spend $1500 on a .357 Magnum with a shotgun rib and well known timing issues.
     
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  2. chicharrones

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    Looking at my old records, I bought my 6" blued Ruger GP100 brand new in 1993 for $315.00.

    That meant I was a 28 year old machine operator making maybe $400 gross pay per week, if I wasn't working overtime.

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    One of my neighbor friends from across the street was a couple years younger than me and he bought a Ruger SP101 in .357 magnum at about the same time. He was an up and coming salesman manager and he had a wife and kid to protect. His brother and friend rented rooms from me in my first house during that time as I was an "evil landlord" to help pay my first mortgage.
     
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  3. ColtPythonElite

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    I paid $335 for my King Cobra in 1990. I was making about $6.50 an hour then.
     
  4. chicharrones

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    Looking at my old 1994 Guns and Ammo Annual, retail for a GP100 was $397 to $446.50 and a King Cobra retailed for $409.95 to $469.95. Depending on blued, stainless, and barrel length, of course.

    Same book has the S&W 19 retail price range from $388 to $447.

    :)
     
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  5. ColtPythonElite

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    I paid the extra 30 bucks for the bright finish stainless over the matte
     
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    If the working man has to buy new, definitely a GP100, SP101, or a 586/686.

    If used is an option, the same models also apply (plus maybe some nicer models picked up at good used prices). It also opens up the Security/Speed/Service six series from Ruger. Decent revolvers. The first revolver I bought was a 6” Security Six. Built like a tank but the trigger isn’t superb.

    If .38 only is acceptable, early model 10s and pre 10s are still available at decent prices. I just picked one up for $360. It has a good bit of holster wear on the finish, but it’s a shooter. I dumped 4 cylinders today at a target at 10 yards and got one ragged 2.5” hole with 3 flyers less than an inch from the edge of that hole. Also Colt Official Police models can be picked up occasionally in the same sub $400 price range.

    Those are my ideas of a working mans revolver. The snake guns from colt, as much respect as I have for them, are just too high priced to be a working mans gun.
     
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    GP100, Taurus 66, 627, 692, or Smith 686, would be my choices. Im REALLY happy with both my GP.44 special and Taurus 692 9mm/38/357mag.
    I honestly think the GPs a big bloody revolver for a .357, but I'm sure it would be a really smooth shooter.
     
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    Working man or woman,
    Retired man or woman,
    Leisure man or woman,
    Trust fund man or woman?
    Looking for a utility revolver ?
    Echo comments from others to consider a S&W M10?
    Pragmatic choice, very shootable.
     
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    Give me one with a 3" barrel in a holster at 4:00 and i'll be set. Maybe toss a slim set of grips on it to hide the profile if you need to conceal.
     
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    Find an earlier halved lug GP:

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    Carries and handles better and easier, about as well as a Single Six and will last a lifetime of full house magnums. Rugged reliable fixed sights for durability in the field.
     
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    Peter Gunn carried a Chiefs Special. His father, Pop Gunn, carried a Metropolitan Police and his eldest boy, Sonofa Gunn, carried a Model 27.
    ;)
     
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    IF I was going to lug a full sized 357 around with me all day, (I don't) it would be my S&W Model 19-9. I know...I know...It's got all the dreaded features. MIM parts, two piece barrel, frame mounted firing pin, and (gasp) "the lock" :what:. In spite of those things, it's a fine revolver that can take as much pounding as I'd ever even imagine giving it. I love the old guns, but while there might be such a things as a "beater" Model 19, I haven't seen one in, I don't know how long. Every one I see (and I own three of them, and have owned a dozen others) are too nice for me to stick in a holster and bang around with. The old girls get a place of honor in the safe and taken out pretty much to get waxed and such. I shoot the -9. It's tough as nails, and if something does happen to it, I can send it back to S&W and get it fixed. An old one...not so much.

    I think it looks pretty darn good too.

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    and for those who say "Nobody ever shows the side with the lock."

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    Can you kindly post the weight of that beautiful revolver as it is carried? The catalog weights are sometimes not listed accurately.

    Thank you.

    Kevin
     
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    Sometime around 1990ish this working man bought this Taurus 669 to use during Illinois antlerless only 'late season'. 20160824_094605.jpg
    Wow, there were many hunting stories that came from the 'handgun only late season'
    This 669 was an excellent shooter with the best factory trigger i ever felt. I bought it new.
    I had another Taurus that was no good, but this one was a good one.
     
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    3" is my idea of a working man's revolver. Short enough to conceal...long enough to shoot accurately. IMG_20190724_163855236.jpg
     
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    First thing that popped into my mind after reading the @SUBJ was was the first handgun that I ever bought, a few months after my 21st birthday (1973): 4" blue .357 Ruger Security Six.

    Solidly engineered & built, accurate, reliable, decent sights, comfortable and tough.
     
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    I prefer this S&W PC 357.
    It shoots well and being ported, recoil is manageable
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  18. chicharrones

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    I can't recall anyone developing a flinch while shooting my GP100. :D

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    In the present day whatever 4"-6" double-action revolver in .38/.357 he finds used locally that's in good working shape. This will almost certainly be a S&W or Ruger, but he might come across something else. Good working shape is the critical factor here.

    My first guns were bought on a security guard's wages so price was *always* a primary consideration. I never bought junk, but I didn't buy new very often. Got lucky with my Model 28 back in the day. Decent price, great gun. I guess N-frames weren't popular just then. Wish I had bought a Model 10 back when they were more common on the used market as well.
     
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    Well, I guess it really depends on what the man works at. Beat cop, detective - private or municipal, mercenary, Wichita Lineman, Starbucks barista... ???

    I'm an office worker. My employer forbids weapons in the workplace, permit or no. I can't carry concealed 90% of my waking hours during the week and don't bother the rest of the time - at home you can't turn around without being in arm's reach of a revolver or shotgun. I do carry a "pocket knife" around with me typically and I'm pretty good with it. When I'm outside - which is where I am when NOT at work - I'm carrying a belt knife and sometimes a side-arm, typically a single-action .357 of some flavor. Solid, reliable, easy to operate, accurate, powerful. Not much to complain about.

    So the question is: What's your work and what kinds of dangers are you preparing for? :)
     
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    Not sure what "working man" means. I don't know anybody with money who didn't work for it. For me, a mid frame .357 is never my first choice. Much prefer a moderately loaded big bore over anything possible in the .357.

    However, there's still a few in the stable. The Old Model Blackhawk was the original "working man's gun", according to Bill Ruger.
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    Or the Super Blackhawk.
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    This is the Carryhawk but something like a basic blued .45 Blackhawk convertible is affordable, lightweight, versatile and potent.
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    A short barreled Bisley Vaquero .44Mag is mighty fine too.
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    Or a factory New Model .44 Special.
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    Nothing wrong with an SAA replica either, like these Cimarron .44 Specials.
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    Another .44 Special option.
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    I was making a whopping $10/hr when I had my first custom built, over 20yrs ago.
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    We all have our priorities.
     
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    Every time I see a pic of a 7-shooter cylinder like that, it triggers a brief brain-pausing double-take in me.

    ... but I like both the look and, especially, the i-de-a of such 7-shooters. :)
     
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    Gp100. Easier to service, costs less. Sold by a company that will actually provide cs if needed. Ruger is king of common folks guns. Sw is like a European car, slick, smooth and good looking but kind of dainty , harder to service and I doubt many would call them robust - I don't.
    Depends on your plans though . I'm hard on everything and don't baby my gear. SW guns did poorly for me, ymmv
     
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    Big Ugly here has been through some stuff since 1917 and is still on the job.
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    I really like the feel of the Ruger Dragoon grip. It looks good on that shorter-barreled Super. Typically only see it on the 7.5" and longer.

    .38 vs. 44 is an old debate and comes down to personal taste. My answer is: all of the above.
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