Rookie at Revolvers

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    Rookie at Revolvers

    Hello my fellow DCers,

    I am considering purchasing a revolver, but I do not have too much experience with them. I've shot a revolver once with my girlfriend's dad. The main problem I had was trying to position my hands for a good grip. Keep in mind I've been shooting semi-auto every since I started shooting.

    I really want to know about some of the revolvers you guys own, to aid me in my research. Thank you all
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    Wheelguns are real guns!

    I've been shooting for more than 30 years. I started with revolvers, "graduated" to semi's and the "re-graduated" to revolvers yet again. On paper, my scores are better (IPSC, IDPA) with my semi's, but I've always been more comfortable and confident with my wheelguns. In fact my EDC is a Ruger SP101.
    My personal collection includes most of the major food groups and consists of Smith, Ruger, Colt, Dan Wesson, and others.
    What should you get? What are you going to use it for? A J is great for CC. An L for ISPC and general target shooting. A Smith .500 for deer hunting.
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    Good thinking on a revolver. You can't call yourself a gun guy if you can't run a wheelgun.

    I think the gold standard is the S&W Airweight J frames. If you're not recoil sensitive it is controllable, as well as very concealable and affordable. I run a S&W 442 with Eagle Secret Service grips for a lower profile. I shoot it a little and carry it a lot in either a Kramer pocket or a Galco ankle glove.

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    IMO, you can't do better for carrying than a Smith J-Frame! Small, easy to conceal, but great power/quality.




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    Try a nice pre lock S&W K-frame.

    If cleaning and maintaining a blue revolver does not appeal to you, try the stainless pre lock model 66. Fine looking, superbly accurate, naturally pointing revolvers.

    But I'm predjudiced. Good luck! Regards 18DAI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 18DAI View Post
    Try a nice pre lock S&W K-frame.

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    +1 on that. I'm in love with my 4" 15-5.

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    A Ruger sp 101 is a great gun alittle heavier but great quality

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    A lot depends on the purpose of the gun, range and HD I'd go with a Ruger GP-100. If buying as a CC weapon I'd look at the Ruger SP-101 or Taurus M-85 or 605.
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    Quote Originally Posted by archer51 View Post
    A lot depends on the purpose of the gun, range and HD I'd go with a Ruger GP-100. If buying as a CC weapon I'd look at the Ruger SP-101 or Taurus M-85 or 605.
    I want to be able to use it at the range as well as a back-up gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Natureboypkr View Post
    I want to be able to use it at the range as well as a back-up gun.
    A BUG? Does that mean you will be carrying something else as your primary?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GunnyBunny View Post
    A BUG? Does that mean you will be carrying something else as your primary?
    Yes I have 4 primary guns I alternate between.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Natureboypkr View Post
    Yes I have 4 primary guns I alternate between.
    In that case, another vote for a J frame. Just don't put too much heavy stuff through it on a regular basis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GunnyBunny View Post
    In that case, another vote for a J frame. Just don't put too much heavy stuff through it on a regular basis.
    Is there a particular reason why I shouldn't, and what grains do you suggest I stick with?
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    I have a Taurus Model 85 Ultra lite. I like it quite a bit. More than 25 rounds at the range can smart a little. It is very light in weight.

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    Lots of good advice in the above posts. All depends on what you intend to use it for. +1 on a SW J frame for carry. Second choice, due to its weight, Ruger SP101.

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