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6 years 22 weeks ago, 6:06 PM

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Now I just added the home defense cause I know it will come up.

But for the longest time I've been trying to find the perfect auto for my carry... and I discarded 1911's a long time ago too because of capacity... but I'm going to the side of comfort in concealment, and I'll admit that a 1911 or revolver would be more comfortable than a Glock, XD or HK in my personal preference.

So question is, revolvers... good carry?

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6 years 22 weeks ago, 6:28 PM

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Revolvers have been around for a very long time, and have killed a lot of people on both sides of the law. I will not make the comment that revolvers are more reliable than autos, as that is simply not the case with today's autos. But the revolver is a very good choice. It is strange, though, that you discarded the 1911 for low capacity yet are asking about revolvers. Most suitable carry revolvers in decent caliber (38spl and up) only hold five or six rounds and are typically slower to reload than autos. If you have to go with 1911 or revolver (I can't figure out why you would do that to yourself), I would definitely go with a 1911, but I wouldn't feel vulnerable with a quality revolver in my pocket.

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6 years 22 weeks ago, 7:08 PM

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Yea I orginal discarded the 1911 for low capacity, but I am rethinking the choice. I'm just trying to conjugate all the thoughts for a carry... i'm trying to strive for the perfection before i go out and buy. But my revolver knowledge is just so lax I wouldn't know what would be good or what caliber.

Any suggestions on models or caliber suggestions.

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6 years 22 weeks ago, 8:12 PM

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.357 magnum

good power and you can also use the .38 special ammo for target practice.

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6 years 22 weeks ago, 8:20 PM

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.357 ammo

something with a SWC style bullet works well.(SWC=semi wad cutter)a swc 150-160 grain works good on deer so it should do well on the 2 legged variety or try the hornady leverevolution 357 ammo.

6 years 22 weeks ago, 8:26 PM

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I know I haven't given this enough time... so if we're going with .357mag what are the suggestions for a good quality revolvers

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6 years 22 weeks ago, 8:30 PM

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i was looking

smith and wesson, ruger, colt.........colts are cool but expensive......smith and wesson very cool less expensive.......ruger's are great revolvers..and taurus and rossi are cheap but pretty good guns.

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6 years 22 weeks ago, 8:49 PM

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revolver

single or double action is the next pertinent question.well?

6 years 21 weeks ago, 11:20 PM

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Agree with ebear

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single or double action is the next pertinent question.well?

I agree with ebear double action for self defense

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6 years 22 weeks ago, 8:56 PM

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gotta go

double action......don'tcha think?

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6 years 21 weeks ago, 9:33 PM

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Ruger has some quality revolvers that are inexpensive. I like the blackhawk but.....too many guns as it is.

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6 years 21 weeks ago, 9:43 PM

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yeah

I was thinking the GP 100 .357

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6 years 21 weeks ago, 9:57 PM

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Ruger or Taurus

S&W makes some very fine revolvers, and if you have the money, They are the top of the line. However, Ruger SP101 and GP100 are excellent guns that wull last a long time. Taurus makes some very good revolvers as well. I had a Taurus model 606 .357 with 2 1/8" factory ported barrel in double action only. I have not been able to find this model since I sold mine, and I wish I never had. A snubby .357 with 6 shot cylinder. It was wonderful. The porting, combined with the short barrel, made it feel like the world was coming to an end when firing the 158 gr Federal Hydra Shok loads, but it was plenty accurate. As for greasy's advice on the Leverevolution loads, I must respectfully disagree. Those loads are designed for hunting with a rifle or long-barrel pistol and I doubt you'll get the velocity needed for reliable expansion out of a revolver with 4" barrel or shorter. If you can find it, Winchester used to have a .38 spl +P+ 110 gr SJHP (Semi Jacketed Hollow Point) that they marketed as "law enforcement only". They may still have it, but my wife won't let me have a revolver in the house due to a family tragedy involving one, so I've been out of that loop for a bit now. I know it may seem like "overkill", but don't overlook the .41 or .44 mags. The .44 mag is sorta like the .357 in that you can use a reduced-power load (the .44 spl) for practice. The .44 mag, to me, is a cold weather gun, as the shortest barrel I would want is 4" and it is really only concealable under a decent sized coat unless you're greasy's size or bigger. If my wife ever gets over her aversion to revolvers, I'm getting a S&W 29-8 with 4" barrel. Beautiful gun. But I digress. Taurus or Ruger each deserve close consideration.

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6 years 21 weeks ago, 11:23 PM

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Not too cold

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The .44 mag, to me, is a cold weather gun

Well I live in texas so cold weather not tooo much of a problem, however I am up in PA visting family and it's 60 here, but my friends in TX say it's in the 30s

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6 years 21 weeks ago, 11:24 PM

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But Just out of curiousity why do you consider the 44 to be a cold weather gun.

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6 years 21 weeks ago, 11:41 PM

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I agree with above,

I agree with above, revolvers are good, reliable and usually not badly priced. I too would suggest the ruger GP100, I used one on duty and loved it. However, if a 1911 was rulled out because of capacity, a revolver has even less. the usual 1911 has 7+1, and a revolver has usually 6. Also, I dont remember what it was called, but I fired a revolver one time that could fit in the palm of your hand, and I believe it was a .44 special, maybe a .357. Al I remember is it had an atomic symbol on the side. It was light weight and would be great for CCW.

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6 years 21 weeks ago, 11:45 PM

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I wish I could change that when originally thinking about carry guns I placed a high emphasis on capacity, i'm just covering all the bases, and really i'm just thinking about the pros vs. cons of revolvers.

Since I keep getting suggestions for the SP100 and GP100 from ruger, could i get some specs on it, barrel length, sa/da, frame style, etc.

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6 years 21 weeks ago, 11:48 PM

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there are several barrel lengths to choose from as well as calibers. The main thin I liked about the GP100 was the trigger pull, the hammer was very easy to stage and the gun itself was very accurate and reliable. the grip didnt fit my hand at all, but after a little adjustment and getting used to, it worked out great

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6 years 21 weeks ago, 11:55 PM

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Cold weather gun

I call it that because an average or even slightly above average size man would need a decent sized jacket to truly conceal an N-frame Smith with 4" barrel. And scud, that revolver with the atomic symbol is a smith &wesson. I think they're scandium frames, but I'm not sure. Like I said, I have been out of the revolver loop for quite some time, but I still look. Just tonight, I found the S&W 629 classic 44 mag in stainless with 4" barrel for under 700 bucks new at bud's gun shop. That's a great deal, as retail price is just under a grand. I'm really hoping my wife will let me get a revolver again some time. I suppose I should put my gun fund toward reloading supplies, but "just one more gun" is on a never ending loop in my brain. Tac, it's easiest for you to go to the ruger website to find out about the guns, but I think the SP series is designed for carry with things like fixed sights and smaller frames and the GP series is geared more towards full size service revolvers. I'm probably wrong, but if I am right, then I look like I'm really gun-smart, right? I hate myself.

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6 years 21 weeks ago, 11:58 PM

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to go on that, the gp was a good SERVICE pistol, never tried to conceal it

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6 years 21 weeks ago, 12:04 AM

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Speaking of fixed sights really quickly, i heard a rumor that fixed sights were illegal now, compared to adjustables... the source I heard it from isn't very up to date with gun laws so i don't trust it.

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6 years 21 weeks ago, 12:08 AM

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fixed sights illegal??? i do believe that is bullshit. that would almost be like outlawing manual locks on a car or something

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6 years 21 weeks ago, 1:25 AM

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right that's what i said, it was from someone who's only involvment with fire arms is once a year with deer season... i didn't trust it in the first place but wanted to check on here so back to revolvers

i thing with the reputation i hear about smith, it'll be my first choice, what kinda frames do you guys recommend from smith, and could you explain the differences in the frames?

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6 years 21 weeks ago, 1:30 AM

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S&W revolver for a CCW, check this out:
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=119043856

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6 years 21 weeks ago, 1:32 AM

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here's

here's another:
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=119414389

just for an idea

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6 years 21 weeks ago, 1:49 AM

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I like the S&W 340PD .357 mag. Its a light, strong little piece, but comes with a price tag.

Why would fixed sights be illegal??? First time I've heard that one. lol

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6 years 21 weeks ago, 2:03 AM

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S&W 340

cheapest one i found on gunbroker is $660, but would be a good CCW, compact size and no hammer to snag your pocket, or love handle during the draw

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6 years 21 weeks ago, 5:52 PM

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Forget Gunbroker

Try budsgunshop.com. Hands down the best prices on new guns I've found online.

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6 years 21 weeks ago, 6:04 PM

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Or try

Cheaperthandirt.com

6 years 21 weeks ago, 6:13 PM

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or try

GUNSAMERICA.COM

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6 years 21 weeks ago, 6:15 PM

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didn't have anything in stock. I just checked it out. Real good prices though. I wasn't looking at any handguns though.

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6 years 21 weeks ago, 6:28 PM

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I looked at Bud's last night and they really were out of a lot. They are usually very well stocked, but I'm sure the combination of Obama's election and Christmas wiped out their inventory like it did a lot of places around here.

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6 years 21 weeks ago, 6:31 PM

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YUP

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6 years 20 weeks ago, 9:13 PM

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Do you guys know how

Do you guys know how available a ruger Security-six would be... I saw one in a 6" 357mag. But i'm looking for a 4"... are they easy to find?

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