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Preferably with a 4" barrel. I want to spend about $500, $800 at the most. I don't want a piece of junk and I don't want a used firearm. This will not be for carrying. Please give me your suggestions.
Check out the S&W686
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If you are willing to go around the $800 mark, I can't find anything wrong with Smith and Wesson. Nothing wrong with used though, saves a few bucks and still can find great quality. Best of luck in your search.
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2 suggestions are going to be obvious: S&W 686 and Ruger GP100.
Last edited by wmhawth; April 17th, 2010 at 01:51 AM.
Shame you won't go used, the Model 27's are my favorite .357 ever produced. If you change your mind check them out, they're built like a tank and will take the wings off a gnat.
Otherwise I'll have to sound like a broken record and suggest the 686.
Go used, and search dilligently for a Colt Python. Smooth action, great trigger, adjustable sights fully weighted barrel. Very little snap and comes back on target cleanly especially if it has combat grips. I own one and wouldn't part with it for twice what it's worth on the open market.
Yes a Python is also a very nice wheel gun.
I know people are a bit hesitant when buying a semi-auto, there's a lot that could go wrong. But as long as the barrel is true and the timing is solid there's virtually nothing you need to worry about with revolvers.
Still I do understand the desire for a new gun, go to a range and try out the 686 it's a pretty popular gun, shouldn't be to hard to find a range with one.
If you are "firm" $$$ wise then the Ruger GP-100 or step down to the Taurus 66
If you can "expand" the $$$ then the S&W 686.
Note I am BIASED. I have carried S&W .357 mag.s for over 50 years ( Mil, LE & civilian ) Mdle 19s ( still own ) & currently CC a 4" 66. Use a 686 for Range & Field ( 4" & 6") Always very accurate, smooth & reliable. ( even the old 30 & 40 yr. 19s.)
model 19 s&w is the way to go.
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An other vote for the GP100, Ruger did well with that one!
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4" .357 in the $500-800 range. I'd definitely go with the Ruger GP100. Ruger revolvers are built like tanks. They'll take everything you can throw at it and ask for more.
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+1 for the GP100. Wonderful gun. Built like a tank.
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GP100.....built like a tank, if you plan to carry it...carries like a tank also!
Look into finding a S&W 66, K frame revo...I have one in 2 1/2" barrel that has the smoothest trigger of any revolver I have ever handled.....can be had for $500 - 600....AND if you choose to carry, it is the right size for all day comfort.
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I agree with the Used S&W model 19
Or my favorite,
the best of the best,
A Dan Wesson 15-2
I have one exactly as pictured with te 6 in. heavy vent.
I bought it in 1983 for $200 and I was questioning my own intelligence,,,Until I shot it.
They can be had in an array of finishes,Heavy and or vented barrels, and in the pistol pack my brother just saw on G broker, was had for $750 I believe, with 4 barrels, and IMHO are the best shooters out of the box, for revolvers
Here is a link to G broker DW page
Last edited by oneshot; April 17th, 2010 at 05:32 PM.
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