Colt Detective Special vs. S&W 60?

Colt Detective Special vs. S&W 60?

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    Colt Detective Special vs. S&W 60?

    I was poking around a LGS yesterday and saw they had a used DS and a used S&W 60-15 (I think it was 15) in the case. Each listed at $375. The DS has an ejector shroud and rubber grips. There appears to be a bit of bluing wear on the front of the cylinder, but otherwise looks to be in good shape. The S&W is a 3" model for .357 with an adjustable rear sight and doesn't seem to have any appreciable wear.

    I hadn't been planning to buy anything, but the price on these got me thinking that one or the other might be a good deal that perhaps I shouldn't pass up. I'd probably lean more towards the DS for CC, but I've always thought a .357 would be nice to have, though this one with a 3" barrel would not be for pocket carry.

    Any opinions about whether either of these is a good deal for the money or which one to take if I would buy one? Lastly, does anyone know the weight of the DS? THe S&W is listed at 24 oz. on their web site and the DS feels heavier than that.

    Thanks for any responses!


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    $375.00 is a good selling price for both revolvers, but the Colt is a better value for that price, plus the advantage of six rounds as opposed to the 5 round capacity of the Smith.

    The Colt is rated for +P .38 Special, which is entirely adequate for most purposes, without the muzzle blast and recoil of .357 Magnum ammo in the Smith.

    The nominal unloaded weight of the Colt is 21 ounces, add a couple of ounces for the shrouded ejector rod.

    No question in my mind. Invest in the Colt Detective Special.


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    If you don't mind it being a .38 6>5

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    Personally either is a wonderful option. It boils down to do you prefer wheel guns to semi's
    I know not what this "overkill" means.

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    I have a Colt Detecitive Special second series from 1961, the one with the shrouded ejector would be either third or fourth, I say buy, if I came across one for that price I'd jump at it, be able to have a new york reload.

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    I don't have any Smith & Wesson J-Frame .357 Magnums but do have J-Frame .38s. My Detective Special is much easier to shoot well than my J-Frames. Both brands conceal about the same.

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    Thumbs up Detective Special

    The six shot Detective Special is only one hundred thousandths of an inch thicker in width (cylinder).

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    well i have owned my .38 det spec in nickel since i got my permit 1979 its been tried and true, along the way owned many others, taurus pt-99 , h&k p7m10 among others but still carry the little pony daily for 30 years

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    I'd go with the Dick Special.
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    S&W Model 60

    That is a great price for the S&W Model 60! The Model 60 is a great gun, with the advantage of shooting .357 Magnum.

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    I'd grab the Dick Special for that price. It's a great revolver and they ain't makin' no more!
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    Get the Colt.... Mdl 60's can be found anywhere, you don't run across to many DS's anymore....
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    The DS is a great little gun for CC, but know that there's no laser grips (Crimson Trace) available for that model.

    Also, Safariland Co. claims that they no longer make a speedloader that will fit the Colt DS... That said, their Comp-2 (J-K2C) works perfectly.

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    I would go with the Colt......you can always get a J Frame, anytime anywhere, but a good old Colt....not so lucky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRogue View Post
    The DS is a great little gun for CC, but know that there's no laser grips (Crimson Trace) available for that model.

    Also, Safariland Co. claims that they no longer make a speedloader that will fit the Colt DS... That said, their Comp-2 (J-K2C) works perfectly.
    Safariland may not, but HKS still makes them for the Detective special, I bought one last winter.

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