Your Perfect Revolver
Alright, lately I find myself itching for a firearm I can't currently afford. So maybe a little discussion will get this revolver thing out of my system for now. Or maybe it'll make it worse. Who knows.
The title says it all: if you had to call any revolver your own personal perfect revolver, what would it be? Does it already exist, or would you be designing it 'from scratch'? Would it be a long-barreled hunter or target model, a short-barreled snubby, or something in between? What caliber would you want it in? Do you have any preference in features, such as bobbed hammers, melted cylinders and latches, etc.? Would calibers be determined by commonality, performance, or something in between?
I think a 4" K Frame S&W in 357 Mag is a good all around revolver. Of course it depends on what will be your main purpose for having a revolver. A hunter might prefer a 44 Mag with a 6" barrel for example.
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My perfect 'everything' revolver would be a S&W M19, with a round butt and the barrel just long enough to keep the full length extractor rod and shroud. The front sight would be appropriately remounted of course. A set of Herrett Shooting Star grips and a tight high ride holster and the world is my oyster.
Depending on my mood, I might prefer the same revolver configuration, except in N frame and in caliber .45 ACP or .44 Special.
Ideally, one of each, but I think that's cheating your question.
Ok, I will say it... I like shooting .38 spc . Within my collection, I have lots of respect for my S&W 686, 4" barrel, no lock, .357/.38 It shoots like a dream, just doesn't get much 357 action and rarely gets shot in single action mode. So to me, it is just one of my "perfect" guns. A good investment of $390 on the used market. What's your perfect revolver?
I like the fixed sight Smith & Wesson Model 10 .38 Special with 4-inch barrel best. Some might want to add .357 Magnum capability which is fine. There was a K-Frame Model 13 for that.
I like the unfussy fixed sights, the size, and the fact that the .38 Special has always been a good field cartridge for me.
Ruger LCR's are very cool:hand10:
Agreed, Archie, but from personal choice, I would go with a 4inch barrel. The Herrett's are a perfect choice, none better.
Originally Posted by Archie
Alternatively, I might choose a Model 66 in the same configuration.
My old S&W Model 28 has served me well over the years, and it feels comfortable when I can carry it openly. The four inch barrel just seems to fit my needs and I like the versatility of the .357 mag/.38 special options.
One that holds 13 +1! :rofl: Sorry couldnt resist. On a serious note, I like the look of the s&w airweights.
If we are talking HD or CCW then maybe a .357 snubby in stainless steel. Even a .44 special is a good HD choice.
Now for just all out fun at the range I would like a .44 magnum :yup:
Revolvers are great..
1. They are dependable
2. Easy to clean
S&W BodyGuard Stainless Steel & Ivory Grips would make it a bit more perfect.
I'm with the 4" S&W 686; Its the perfect length for a fight if need be, you can shoot .38s through it for practice and you can get a quality pistolsmith to make the trigger absolutely superb.....
What more could anyone want out of a wheelgun??
I have to agree on the S&W Model 19 or 66 with a 4 inch barrel. It does everything.
My "grail" is an S&W Model 19 in really good condition, made during a GOOD period in S&W's production history. (There were bad times.) This would be my perfect production revolver.
If a custom project is the goal, well, I would love an SP101 with a 4" to 5" barrel, and adjustable sights as are found on the GP100, not the windage-only rear leaf sight that has been available on certain SP101s in the past. I would mount a rear sight made for the GP100 by Bowen Classic Arms. My fingers are short enough that an SP101 is actually large enough to act like a service type of sixgun in my hands.