Helping a friend choose a revolver

Helping a friend choose a revolver

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    A few months back My wife's friend asked me if Id let her shoot a few guns. She was thinking she would like to learn to shoot. She's 60ish, And had never before held a gun. I brought out a selection of handguns, shotguns, and rifles. She did not care for the shotguns but really liked the rifles, and Single action revolvers. She liked best my single shot Buffalo gun in 45 70. Its got a 30" barrel and weighs about 12 lbs, this tames the recoil pretty well. She also liked the Marlin lever action in 45 colt, And the SAA Colts.

    Its now been a few months and she wanted to try again. So I brought a few different guns and this time brought mostly semi autos. She did not seem to enjoy the semis as much. So we went back to the revolvers. Now She tells my wife that her mother has offered to buy her any gun she wants for Christmas, and would like me to help her out in finding one for her. Shes thinking she would want after some training to get licensed to carry, so it will need to do HD, and EDC duty.

    I'm going to take her to a rental range and have her try a few double action revolvers in 2 to 4" barrels. I'm thinking shes going to be happiest with a full sized gun. So if you could pick any current revolvers what would you pick? I don't think her mom is wealthy but I'm guessing $500 to $1500 wouldn't be out of the question. She has shot my Ruger single six in 22lr, Colt SAA, Ruger Beisley in 45 colt and Ruger Black hawlk in 44 mag, and liked all of them. Thanks DR


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    EDC of a SA centerfire revolver is certainly an unconventional, yet undeniably effective, approach. Yet a new, inexperienced shooter in her 60s isn't exactly mainstream either. IMHO, let her get some well-respected, professional training (not from you unless you're both experienced & certified) and let her hear, learn & follow some guidance from that instruction. IMHO, too many folks get the gun BEFORE they're informed. Doesn't it make more sense to gain as much knowledge as possible BEFORE the firearm purchase? If I'm gonna' plant a garden, I'm gonna' go talk with a gardener BEFORE I go buy the shovel.
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    I went with the Ruger SP-101 because I wanted a midsize firearm for home and camping. .357 was the best caliber option for me as it gave me the power I wanted and the ammo options help adapt it to to almost any situation.

    We went for a .357 Ruger LCR for my wife. It's DAO, but the trigger is awesome.

    Depends what her intended use is, but I'm very pleased with both. If she wants bigger, perhaps look at the GP100's?

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    She's 60 and her mom is buying her a gun? Am I reading this right? Lol if she wants a snubbie I think that a Taurus model 85 is a nice revolver and very affordable. Or maybe a lady smith? In 6-10 years will she be able to handle a huge 44 mag? Is she going to just shoot for sport or for self defense as well? I'm sure you a very knowledgable about handguns but I would ask her what she really wants out if the gun before spending over 500 dollars for a handgun that doesn't fit her needs.

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    The rental range in her home town has a good training program. I'm experienced but not an instructor. They have open training and what seems to be a very popular ladies only program.[ they seem to have a waiting list] So Ill be introducing her to the instructors while we are there. This range also has a pistol league that she might be interested in also. At first she thought she might be interested in trap but I wasn't able to find a shotgun that fit her well. We may revisit that again later. I'm trying to get my wife to shoot trap with me also. She[ my wife] used to be good at it, But that was 30 years ago. This friend is very competitive, So shooting sports may appeal to her. DR

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    I'm thinking shes going to be happiest with a full sized gun. So if you could pick any current revolvers what would you pick?



    A S&W Model 10 in 38 Special might work if her hands aren't too small. With the right holster it can work okay for EDC.
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    Gp100 4"
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    If she could put the full $1500 to use I would reccomend my first 2 guns. S&W 686+ 4 inch and Marlin 1894c lever action. The 686 is a breaze to shoot with .38 specials and the 1894 is easily managed in .357. Just one type of ammo to store and highly effective.

    For home use that's 17 rounds of one shot stoppers ready to go. The 686 is a bit much for EDC but it might work depending upon how and when she was going to carry.

    Anyway we all know there will be more guns comming after the present. I know where my tax return in going.

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    'Revolver' or 'Wheel Gun'???? Where did you last use your speed loader?

    My espousa has 3 speed loaders of .357 for her 7 shot wheel gun...... :-) god I love that woman!

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    S&W model 66

    You mentioned that this revolver would be used by the lady for carry and home defense. So size and concealability is important, along with a good DA trigger and enough weight to handle recoil. Although these are now out of production, the best carry revolver I have found is the S&W model 66 snubby with 2.5 inch barrel. It is all steel and weighs 32 ounces, but conceals like a smaller gun because of its rounded shape and short barrel. The DA trigger is excellent, giving you confidence that you can hit your target in that mode of fire.

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    Helping a friend choose a revolver

    you said she'd like a full size revolver and upper limit about $1k? then I'd try to find a S&W Performance Center M327. 8 rounds, 5", awesome trigger.
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    Alot of good suggestions.

    IMO, there are only two choices that are the very best. A M10 with a 3-4 inch barrel, or, a model 686 3 inch barrel model. These are cream of the crop handguns in the revolver variety.
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    S&W Model 60, Ruger SP-101 38/357 shooting 38s, either one with a 3" barrel.

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    Here's the wife [ shooting ] and her friend in the background.



    Here's Deb with her first target, from the hole sizes Id say it was the 45 Colt.



    My brother has a S&W 66 with a 3" barrel, Ill be sure its in the mix the next time out. DR

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    Smith and Wesson with a 4" barrel in .38 special.

    Easy to shoot - cheap ammo - a couple of centermass shots will make Anybody stop and think.
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