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Old March 8th, 2007, 04:39 PM   #1
 
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What is your ideal wheelgun?

I've never been a big revolver guy. I've owned exactly ONE revolver (an Airweight Bodyguard). It was my grandfather's. Unfortunately it was stolen a few years ago.



I think if I was to design my ideal revolver, it would follow this outline:



S&W K or L frame

.40 S&W (yes, you read that right)

Carbon Steel

6 round cylinder

Fixed McGivern style sights (gold bead with U-notch rear)

Round Butt

3 or 4 inch barrel. No underlug

No key lock



So what is your ideal revolver?



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Old March 9th, 2007, 03:10 AM   #2
 
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My absolute favorite is the S&W Model 66.



I own a 66-1 4" and a 66-1 2.5" both are used a lot. 38/357MAG 6 shot stainless both with night sights.



Next comes the 625. I have one in 5" for USPSA revolver division and a 4" for IDPA ESR division. 45ACP full moon clip guns. Fiber optic front sights on the 5" with LPA rear sights. 4" has a choice of night sights made for me by Trijicon front and rear or LPA rear with Fiber optic front.



For steel and ICORE, I use a Performance Center 627 8 shot that is fantastic to shoot.



As you can see, I do not think there is an "Ideal" revolver. There are different revolvers for different purposes. I like the added ease of maintenance of the stainless guns having carried blued guns for a lot of years. For the area I live (salt air) stainless works better. I also like the new designs even though my 66s are old school. I can get a better action with the new designs and the lock is a non issue for me.











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Old March 9th, 2007, 08:26 AM   #3
 
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Although I have to resupply my gun fund before I can get one, my ideal revolver would be a Smith and Wesson Model 686P with a 4" barrel, .357 magnum with 7 round capacity. I'd add on night sights and crimson trace laser grips.



I've only shot one of these once, but I thought it was a really well balanced gun. The .357 caliber was just right as far as kick and will cause very significant damage. Everyone I know that has this model really likes it and I often hear that if they could only have one gun (thankfully that's not the case) that the 686P w/ 4" barrel would be the one.
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Old March 10th, 2007, 06:04 AM   #4
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for shooting or totin'?

For shooting-4 inch 686 with the best DA money can buy, fancy wooden Hogue (unlimited funds would mean Fishpaw grips) grips, front night sight. Some breed from the Performance Center might work. NO LOCK! Put my name or badge on the side plate and fill the engraving.

For carrying-I didn't even know they MADE 3 inch 66's until recently. I saw some pics on the Smith and Wesson Forum. Again, action job, bob the hammer, get rid of the DA notch, nice wood Hogue or some of the old Rogers/Safariland grips . Make it shiny...If there was a full lug under the barrel, that would be as good as it gets. NO LOCK.

I could dream about a really slick M25 or M58 too, but really, K-frames are tough to beat. I'm out of the loop on revo mods lately, there may be something else out there. I used to fantasize about a 4 inch nickel Python, until I shot one, then it became a 4 inch nickel Python...with a Smith's action.
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Old March 12th, 2007, 05:43 PM   #5
 
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I will be the odd one here but I am a hunter and just bought my first semi. I love my model 29 s&w .44 mag with the 8 3/8 barrel!! I would rather shoot it then my new M&P because it is deadly accurate with just the iron sights. I have killed a over a dozen deer with shots of 100 yards on a few. I pretty much hunt with it exclusively since I live and hunt in a shot gun or hand gun area. My friends and family call it the deer slayer.
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Old March 15th, 2007, 10:21 AM   #6
 
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Model 686 6" its my favorite.
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Old March 25th, 2007, 11:08 PM   #7
 
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This is a hard decision between my 629-3 4" Mountain Gun and my very smooth 686-4 4". :?

I am a big fan of the 629's, I have four of them and as I think about it, I am going to have to go with the 629 Mountain gun.



It is just about an even split which one I carry when I am out jeeping or hunting. The 686 being a bit more comfortable to carry because of the smaller cylinder. But if I am going to be where there may be bears, no question which one I will be carring. It will be the Mountain Gun loaded with 280 grain Beartooth hard lead bullets over a good charge of H110. :wink:
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Old March 26th, 2007, 02:31 PM   #8
 
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What is my ideal wheelgun? A Smith & Wesson, ANY Smith & Wesson! I love them all.
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Old April 1st, 2007, 12:59 AM   #9
 
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Toss Up

I have been an owner of wheelguns for more than 20 years now. All have been S&W's. My first was a 686 6" that I fell in love with. At that point it was the most accurate handgun I had fired. I then added a polished, laser engraved 627 5" that impressed me even more, but personal situation forced the selling of the 627. I replaced the 686 6" with a 4", and then eventually with a 686P 4". As comfortable and accurate as it was I was still sorry I let the 627 go and the price got higher than I wanted to spend for a handgun to be honest with you. Well, in the beginning of Febuary I was at a gunshow with a friend and found one brand new for the lowest price I seen in years and traded the 686P and cash for it. VERY PLEASED, don't get me wrong, the 686 was a fine firearm that I would have trusted my life on, but, this and my last 627 are the finest firearms I have held or shot, and being a .357 I know that should the need ever arise it will take care of business.
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Old May 17th, 2007, 08:27 PM   #10
 
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For some reason, lately I've been obsessed more than usual with this one:



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Old May 21st, 2007, 11:47 PM   #11
 
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A nice 3" model 13...just don't have one yet...
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Old August 5th, 2007, 08:23 AM   #12
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the new black 8 shot .357 S&W with the tac rail is just too sweet. however, i really wanted a 686 revolver. after going to the shop, i left with a ruger gp-100. the $200 difference in price was a huge factor. that gun is a tank.
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Old August 6th, 2007, 07:07 AM   #13
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How 'bout this one?

I don't own a wheelgun, but after watching the demo for this on Self Defense TV, I've got to say that I'm looking very positively at the Taurus 4410 "The Judge".



I'd sure like to get some opinions on this, so here's the video segment from SDTV:



http://www.taurususa.com/video/tauru...udge-video.cfm



I'm not sure about the 45 long colt ammo, but the 410 shotshells sure look like they do the trick!



Please let me know what you think!
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Old August 6th, 2007, 01:47 PM   #14
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i got an issue of rifleman, they had an article of the judge. on the first page they had a closeup of the gun looking into the cylinder. the star on the backside of the cylinder looked like someone chewed it up. i havent ever seen something like that.
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Old August 6th, 2007, 06:22 PM   #15
 
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Taurus 4410 "The Judge".



I'd sure like to get some opinions on this, so here's the video segment from SDTV:



http://www.taurususa.com/video/tauru...udge-video.cfm



I'm not sure about the 45 long colt ammo, but the 410 shotshells sure look like they do the trick!



Please let me know what you think!


First time I saw this gun was at a RMEF banquet and I fell in love with it. I like the idea of a .45 or .410. Perfect back-country backpack gun. A neat Idea. I tried like hell to win it in the raffle but no go.
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