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    I was lucky enough to pick up a couple back when they first came in for $450 each. One is milled for Ruger rings. I would love to get the 9mm cylinder for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeG View Post
    A 4" .357 like the Ruger GP100 or the S&W 586 or 686, preferably in stainless steel. I have a Ruger Security 6 I bought in 1980 that I'm fond of.
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    Model 19 Smith & Wesson with 4” barrel.

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    I would say any 6" barreled .357 mag/.38 spcl. I like either a S&W, Ruger, or my Favorite a Colt Python. I also like a 6" or 8" barreled .44Mag, 45LC, .44-40,.454 Casull or .460 S&W. Mainly for hunting and wild animal defense (bears,mountain lion,etc.), But can be used for other purposes.

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    Already have it: Ruger Redhawk .44 magnum, stainless, 5 1/2" barrel, hogue grip. I've been carrying it when I deer hunt for years. Between .44 Special and .44 Magnum loads it'll do any job I need a handgun to do.

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    Default Fixed sights and a decent pair of grips

    I'm afraid I'm being a more traditionalist/pragmatic shooter, but my favorite and first service revolver was a model 13 S&W heavy barrel from 1977 and still is. Can't knock the sights out of alignment, and the pachmayr finger groove grips make it as controllable as any revolver I've shot.

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    Default --" shooting them was not comfortable -- they tore my thumb "--

    -- " I sold my 3Ē magnums. Although I love them,
    shooting them was not comfortable and they tore my thumb, even wearing gloves.
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    EASY to fix, Hopdevil -- if i read your Thumb-tearing issue correctly.
    Either file and/or wire wheel the hammer knurling a bit -AND/OR- Get some Auto Wire Heat Shrink Tubing, and shrink it over the hammer knurling area. trim the excess. I've done this on 6-7 revolvers, and it makes a hell of a difference when shooting a lot of single action.
    Both Taurus and S&W (possibly others also) have notoriously *BLOOD-DRAWING SHARP* hammer knurling -- great, if you have masochistic tendencies...NO TYVM.
    Hope this is helpful.

    I'll also concur with a Charter Bulldog .44 Spl. w/Pachmayr grip -- smooth action and light SA trigger. Alternates are 2 - Taurus Titanium .38's. This older semi-arthritic Phart likes alloy frames. Wish Walther would bring out a PPK/S (.22 or .380) in an alloy frame -- they're 'rumored' to have it in the works.

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    My Ultimate Stainless Python made in 88 just like me! Shoots accurate AF, and looks damn good doing it! :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidPr View Post
    -Simple reason: Its cheap. I carry one; I used to carry a 9mm that was rather pricy but, if I ever have a confrontation with a instant socialist (wants to share MY wealth) well the next person I will talk to is Mr Policeman and he is going to want to take my weapon. It has been my experience (I worked IT support for a while in a metro cop shop) that fancy guns tend to mysteriously disappear from the evidence locker. a 85 is functional, it always works. It is not collectable, it is not pretty, but it is my constant companion.
    I hear you on this point!
    A neighbor of mine had an accidental shooting incident (poor storage and even poorer choice of friends), it took 12 years to get his meager collection back from the state.
    No fatalities and he wasn't even the primary but it was his gun on his property so............
    They did not disappear but they would not release them either.
    And yes, I have heard of other, more valuable guns going missing.
    In light of this, we converted our carry pieces to generic, plain Jane models that don't cost a lot.
    If it vanishes into the bottomless storage locker we will not be crying!

    As far as the original question, I'd select a .357 with a 3 or 4 inch barrel due to versatility in ammo choicees.
    Probably a S&W but I'd be OK with a Taurus........

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    This one is easy- Ruger SP101 3" 357. Not the best at any one thing, but very good at most.

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    Follow the guys who wrote Smith and Wesson 686 in .357 as you can also shoot 38 spl in these. Superb handgun and extremely accurate. The 686 Performance Custom Shop is point and shoot....yes they are THAT accurate....if $$$$ is an issue GP100....works just fine too.

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    Really like this one. Smith & Wesson 627 Performance Center. 8 rounds, great trigger from the factory & cut for Moon Clips if you want quick load. Comes with wood grips and Hogues.

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    With the 586/686. I just have the 586 with 6 inch barrel, factory stock and the thing is insanely accurate in my hand. A personal favorite thing to do is only put one round in the cylinder and nail a pop can at 30 yards and I can do it about 90% of the time. I don't get it out that often. Just shoots smooth and naturally for me.

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    I'd say S&W K38 Model-15

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibmikey View Post
    Smith and Wesson Model 19 4Ē Combat Magnum, they just donít get any better.
    + many. My choice as well, balance between punch and size/weight. Second choice, Ruger Redhawk .45 Colt, 4".
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    My Uberti 4 3/4 inch Colt .45 six shooter.

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    Years ago I owned a S&W Model 28-2 4 " with target grips ,man that was one fine revolver . I trained a lot with S&W 686's 4" version and they are great too and either is quite accurate . There are as many good choices as there are opinions , so any .357 Magnum in good condition with the S&W , Colt or Ruger name on it would be a safe bet . So the one I would have will have the best price for the condition .

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    i like Ruger's not sure but the way they look and feel in my hand, got the little hands and the GP100 i had years ago was so easy for me to shoot and put rounds where i wanted them. sadly sold it years ago too, also had the SP 101 but it was to much for my hands and lately got one of the BLUED WILEY CLAP EDITION(TALO) 3" barrel. put the black finger groove rubber grip on it and she's good to go.
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    WRustyLane --- I like your choice above. I have a pair of 4 3/4" .45 Colt Uberti's that I use in SASS shoots. I had the actions smoothed and the triggers set at a 3 pound let off. Those are neat guns to handle and fire. Hang on to your Uberti's, for the money they can't be beat.

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    Manurhin mr73 .357 magnum 6 inch barrel or Korth combat.357 magnum 6 inch barrel Pro Dio et Patria

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phill View Post
    This one is easy- Ruger SP101 3" 357. Not the best at any one thing, but very good at most.
    I would have said this hands down up to several month ago, based on two types of available ammo, suitability for CCW, it's ability to function as a trail gun, and great durability.

    now, however, it's become a very close race:

    Victory Model. They rule.
    I like the idea of one in 38 special. In comparison to the Ruger, they are not as concealable, and were made for non +P ammo in a single caliber rather than two. However, a 4" can be concealed if necessary and many say they can handle a few +P rounds (I'm not making any recommendation, just sayin'). The lanyard loop for me is a real strength. It makes them a better choice around water and in boats.

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    Ideally .5 inch 586....I couldn't pass up ..if there is a best of such?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend Mauser View Post
    I would have said this hands down up to several month ago, based on two types of available ammo, suitability for CCW, it's ability to function as a trail gun, and great durability.

    now, however, it's become a very close race:



    I like the idea of one in 38 special. In comparison to the Ruger, they are not as concealable, and were made for non +P ammo in a single caliber rather than two. However, a 4" can be concealed if necessary and many say they can handle a few +P rounds (I'm not making any recommendation, just sayin'). The lanyard loop for me is a real strength. It makes them a better choice around water and in boats.
    If you put a Houge Grip on the SP101 you can install a lanyard screw in place of the regular screw. I've had one on mine for years and never used it. The stock screw is currently installed, but the lanyard ring is in my cleaning kit ready to install if needed. The screw is not listed in their catalog or on line. When you order the grip ask the order taker about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Coulee View Post
    WRustyLane --- I like your choice above. I have a pair of 4 3/4" .45 Colt Uberti's that I use in SASS shoots. I had the actions smoothed and the triggers set at a 3 pound let off. Those are neat guns to handle and fire. Hang on to your Uberti's, for the money they can't be beat.
    Yeah, I put a set of Wolff springs in the pistol when I first got it. The spring set included a hammer spring with the center cut out which made the hammer draw much easier and it still pops a cap. After installing the Wolff spring set, I disassembled my 1860 Pietra SSA and cut the center of the hammer spring on that as well. I also thinned the trigger spring and went a little too much. Now my 1860 Army black powder pistol has a hair trigger. One of these days I'll probably change out the trigger/cylinder stop spring and not thin it as much to complete my action job.

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    Rusty ---- You made a good move to replace the springs in the Uberti making it much easier to shoot and handle. I too have a Mod. 1860 Pieta in .44 and a Mod. 1850 in .36 caliber. They are both nice pieces to shoot and are fairly accurate within 25 yds. It is sure easy to shave too much off a leaf spring and either break it in use or create a hair trigger. Keep your powder dry and keep on shooting.

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    Smith&Wesson 44 mag for me,357 Colt Pythons are over rated ,talked to a gunsmith collector, he says S&Ws are MUCH better revolvers.JMO Or ask Dirty Harry.
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    After the Dan Wesson, an S&W N frame .357-a 6" M-28 in my case. That heavy frame will take the stress of magnum loads, firing target loads is like firing 22s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bursa View Post
    Question to everybody , IF you must have only ONE Revolver what Revolver would you buy ?
    bursa,

    You pose an interesting question that really is ONLY applicable to residents of the Peoples' Republiks of Massachusetts, New York or New Jersey. In what state do you reside?

    I am a retired LEO and I cannot answer a question of: Which One? The reason being there is NO Good answer any more than: "How Many Angels Can Dance on the Head of a Pin?" In my 75 years on this Earth, I never found ONE revolver to "do it all" that is why I own many.

    Be Well and own many revolvers to cover ALL your needs.

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    24-3 44sp SW..IS ANOTHER ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Webley One View Post
    bursa,

    You pose an interesting question that really is ONLY applicable to residents of the Peoples' Republiks of Massachusetts, New York or New Jersey. In what state do you reside?

    I am a retired LEO and I cannot answer a question of: Which One? The reason being there is NO Good answer any more than: "How Many Angels Can Dance on the Head of a Pin?" In my 75 years on this Earth, I never found ONE revolver to "do it all" that is why I own many.Be Well and own many revolvers to cover ALL your needs.

    Webley
    Well, obviously. BUT some do about anything a reasonable man is likely to have to do, and can be reasonable to carry. Bill Jordan's choice - the S&W Model 19 Combat Magnum 4" - is one that will take care of that bidness. NOT "JMO".

    Now - like you I have a number of revolvers, single actions, double actions, Rugers, S&Ws, Colts, Tauri, etc.. - but the Model 19 remains a "go to" piece, though I am getting right fond of my Taurus .44 Spl 5-shooter.
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    Totally depends on what you plan to use it for.

    I have found an S&W model 10 to be about all the revolver I “need,” for self defense or target work. But I imagine if you’re a big game handgun hunter out West, nothing less than a 44 magnum would be sufficient.

    I have been thinking a .44spl might do just about everything, including being handloaded almost up to .44 mag in a pinch.

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    I have returned! And thinking 'outside the 30mm Cannon box'! A lot of interesting reads accumulating here and interesting points as well. Reference to one in particular above. I'm also, among careers, retired LEO. Pushing 80. Disagreeing 'no good answer' in context of question suggesting 'best' response in my personal context. Our biggest impediment here perhaps more than casual shooters/collectors/hunters; gathered here. Such backgrounds/proclivities; inherent gun interests. Easy to 'get wrapped around the axle', with 'all types, styles, scenarios; add details. Agreeing, difficult with many 'pro enhanced' consideratons. But both in 'spirit of this Thread' as well as simple practicality... Which to keep beyond gun safe. If in most essential 'selection' for most of us; "so many women, so little time"... To pick 'the one'. Ability to do that, should be able to with damned gun!

    For me with 'Thread requisite of "revolver"... Smith & Wesson collector and personal proclivity. That giving 'due' to such as Colts, Rugers and other quality wheelguns. Chambering an important consideration. No big bears/beasties in my 'burbs'. More a matter of readily available chambering. 'No-sweat' ammo availability & less than $$$ delivered in plushlined boxes six! Wiht the .38 Spl/357 Mag inclusive handguns, maxing availability with versatility.

    Maybe important to contemplate "adequate power" balanced with shot penetration. "Perp", target intended, but perhaps not family sheltering in other bedroom(s). In my 'home protection' context, .38 power seeming more than adequate! Next, balancing ergonomic factors of given handy access/maneuvering/handling & handhold potential. Four inch barrel my personal versatility 'sweetspot' in such environs.

    In Smiths, Combat Magnum "K" frame Model 66; fitting such bill for me. Pix below.

    Prejudices: Collecting "big N frame" Smiths; Colt "New Service" wheelguns; latter close seconds though much fewer owned! Chambering, re principal collecting interests; 44 Special as hands down! My 'close second' re Thread parameters here, Colt NS .357, but for 6" therabouts barrel situation.

    So 'it goes'. Question asked; personally answered and for most of us, 'eyes on ball' such possible. More of 'tech experts', can appreciate difficulty. Not achieving "expert" at much of anything, avoiding pesky clowding of issue... with facts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phill View Post
    If you put a Houge Grip on the SP101 you can install a lanyard screw in place of the regular screw. I've had one on mine for years and never used it. The stock screw is currently installed, but the lanyard ring is in my cleaning kit ready to install if needed. The screw is not listed in their catalog or on line. When you order the grip ask the order taker about it.
    Yes, I'm aware of that lanyard screw option. It's something I've considered but I've so far kept the standard grips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clyde View Post
    Well, obviously. BUT some do about anything a reasonable man is likely to have to do, and can be reasonable to carry. Bill Jordan's choice - the S&W Model 19 Combat Magnum 4" - is one that will take care of that bidness. NOT "JMO".

    Now - like you I have a number of revolvers, single actions, double actions, Rugers, S&Ws, Colts, Tauri, etc.. - but the Model 19 remains a "go to" piece, though I am getting right fond of my Taurus .44 Spl 5-shooter.
    Clyde,

    The OP NEVER responded to my question in my Post #73. Therefore this is merely a rhetorical question! As a working farmer on my 60 acres, the OP Question of "If Only One Revolver" is as ILLOGICAL as asking a farmer, "If you could only have ONE wrench or ONE Screwdriver? Where do these Keyboard "Experts" come up with such useless questions? Why respond? Who works on a farm, or For a Living???

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    Wembley people come here to get an opinion....or advice or a problem sovled.....or just tell a win win story.....that's all. It's ok to be helpful even if your riding a horse and typing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunsmoke View Post
    Wembley people come here to get an opinion....or advice or a problem sovled.....or just tell a win win story.....that's all. It's ok to be helpful even if your riding a horse and typing.
    Gunsmoke,

    So WHAT is your Question? I was riding my favorite Quarter Horse today, BUT I was not typing while in the saddle. Must I only have one horse as well as only One Revolver?

    How many acres, revolvers, horses do you own? I do question your reading comprehension.

    Be Well.

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    I didn't ask a question I made a statement, and being to the point....please stop trolling, obviously your saddle is on backwards....stick to the topic. Your one too many falls to the head from that quarterhorse.....we ride bareback ....acreage is unlimited Kemosabe.

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    Probably my first - a classic Smith & Wesson model 10. Simple, reliable, perfect action, probably last forever.

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    Smith & Wesson model 27-2 with 3 1/2" barrel.

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    A hard decision, but I'll play the game. Probably, after a lot of thought, my 3" model 65. It's MY most versatile revolver, but likely not THE most in the world; it's the one I have. However, I reserve the right to change my mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gene l View Post
    A hard decision, but I'll play the game. Probably, after a lot of thought, my 3" model 65. It's MY most versatile revolver, but likely not THE most in the world; it's the one I have. However, I reserve the right to change my mind.
    Gene I,

    Very Good Choice. In 1982 I was fortunate to go to S&Ws Armorers' School and built 5 Model 65s and was allowed to buy one for a low price. It was my duty gun until I retired and is now in my vault. I carry my M65 often in a strong side pancake holster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Webley One View Post
    Gene I,

    Very Good Choice. In 1982 I was fortunate to go to S&Ws Armorers' School and built 5 Model 65s and was allowed to buy one for a low price. It was my duty gun until I retired and is now in my vault. I carry my M65 often in a strong side pancake holster.

    Webley
    Several of my fellow LEO employees went to the S&W armorers school back when we were carrying revolvers. One of them went to the S&W gunsmith school about 10 years ago, assembling autos. He said there were warehouses of revolver making sitting covered up with tarps and not being used. Almost no handwork on the autos, it's putting them together out of a bucket of parts. My 65 was a "First Retirement" gift back in 1987 or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gene l View Post
    Not usually. Special cylinder needed for 9mm.

    My first revolver was a Blackhawk in .357. The 9mm cylinder performance really sucked & it wrecked 9mm brass so it couldn't be reloaded for pistol use. I returned it and got the Security Six - no need for any other DA revolver beyond the Security Sixes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZshooter View Post
    My first revolver was a Blackhawk in .357. The 9mm cylinder performance really sucked & it wrecked 9mm brass so it couldn't be reloaded for pistol use. I returned it and got the Security Six - no need for any other DA revolver beyond the Security Sixes.
    I've got one of those and like it. My first one got stolen by a guy who was doing some renovations to my apartment. I got lucky with the replacement and found a Border Patrol special with a 4" heavy barrel. I've had it since the 1980's and it's as good as new. It needed a Wolf spring kit and some smoothing of the action, but that was all. Definitely a keeper.

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    I thought about picking a S&W 44 magnum like the 69 or 629, but if I knew it was only one revolver for the rest of my life, I'd have to go with a 4" S&W 686.

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