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    Question to everybody , IF you must have only ONE Revolver what Revolver would you buy ?

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    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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    A Dan Wesson Pistol Pac.

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    Well a Dan Wesson Pistol Pack would be awesome but just one I would have to stick with my S&W Model 66 Combat Magnum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sigshr View Post
    A Dan Wesson Pistol Pac.
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    or a 686
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    Plain ol’ model 64 in .38 special.

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    Several good manufacturers of revolvers, so I don't think you could go wrong with any name brand. But I would definitely recommend a .357 simply because of the option of shooting .38's. Plus, and I may be mistaken here, but with moon clips you can shoot 9mm too.

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    I'd make sure I would NEVER be caught in a situation were only one handgun was available!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoots High View Post
    Several good manufacturers of revolvers, so I don't think you could go wrong with any name brand. But I would definitely recommend a .357 simply because of the option of shooting .38's. Plus, and I may be mistaken here, but with moon clips you can shoot 9mm too.
    Not usually. Special cylinder needed for 9mm.

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    Bigboy99 has the right of it! Two is one and one is none.

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    If (big if) I could only keep one revolver of the dozen or so I have, it would be a snub nose 44. Either my 3-inch 629, 3-inch 624, or most likely, the 2.5-inch fixed sight 629-6.

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    Ruger GP-100. Easy to train with (38 Special) and very controllable in real (357 Magnum) use. Great grips, good ergonomics.
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    I have a 1964 Ruger Bearcat in .22lr. It is a pain in the butt to load and unload/clear. It is single action only. It has a 4" barrel, so it isn't highly concealable. And it is grossly underpowered in a gun fight.

    It is accurate as all get out, and I can hit the pie plate at 100 feet with consistency. But still, there are far more versatile revolvers out there.

    And still more, it is the only one I would keep out of dozens. My dad passed it on to me when he died. So, it is staying in the family.


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    Victory Model. They rule.
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    Smith and Wesson Model 19 4” Combat Magnum, they just don’t get any better.
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    Mine? A Ruger Speed Six stainless .357 with a 2-3/4" barrel... I have other revolvers and pistols, but that is my "if only one" revolver.

    Yours? I'd take a look at a GP100, or a used Ruger or Smith and Wesson and see what you think.
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    My Model 625 Smith, 5 inch bbl in .45acp, s/s. Second choice would be my s/s Colt Anaconda .45lc but with a 4 inch bbl.
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    Ruger Redhawk stainless 4 inch bbl. in 45colt/45 acp. Take your choice. From 45 colt bear loads to 45 acp ball.
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ID:	3681149I have found this 686+ with Crimson Trace grips to be very handy. One more round that hasn't been mention is snake or bird shot. My kids tracked a raccoon that had just killed and dragged off one of there chickens to a tree. I was able to knock him out of the tree with one of these and not worry about a slug hitting someone a mile away and with the laser it was very easy to get in a couple of 38's in him before he could get to cover.

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    "Revolver", huh? Tonight, very late. Actually very early as just getting off chat with friend/colleague in location many time zones away. Feeling my typical such hour 'judgment impaired', humor setting in.

    Category of "Walk softly and carry a big stick." Theodore Roosevelt, "Aka Teddy speak!" Below, perhaps my 'fantasy seven chamber revolver'. Admittedly impractical. Such as ammo 'pricey' and something like seven rounds reflecting chambers, in about 0.06 seconds. Just under four thousand rounds per minute. Big, bulky, weighty, difficult to control during firing. Not CCW compatible. Pesky plethora of govt licenses/permits likely required. Not to mention nitpicking rangemasters complaints! All such said, more than well 'living up to its name "Avenger". IN 30mm Cannon... Hellishly so! And just suggesting the intimidation factor alone... Without even so much as few thousand rounds 'touched off'... My kind of 'peacekeeper'!

    Without further adieu, happy goodnight and to return tomorrow with Post in more realistic vein...
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    Redhawk 44 magnum

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    one of these, model 28 S&W in .357 mag.
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    Charter Bulldog Pug in 44 or GP100 in 38/357 its a toss up for me....

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    Quote Originally Posted by iskra View Post
    Category of "Walk softly and carry a big stick." Admittedly impractical...
    Not totally impractical:



    We think we have self-defense challenges.

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    Per the previous, the OP did not specify the intended use. I only own two revolvers, and they announce the use I intend:

    Model 38 Chiefs Special Airweight, nickel, 13 oz. and five rounds of .38 special seriousness.
    NAA .22 magnum stainless mini 1 5/8".

    I think of them as my "backpackers models." It's nice to have something you can slip in a pocket or fanny pack and mostly forget it's even there.

    Just one? Make it the Chief's - you got some oom-pah there in that .38.

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    One wheelgun only!!?? Impossible! Every gun as a purpose.
    Here are a few of my favorite .38/.357 revolvers.
    Model 66-my Florida carry gun. Also carry Freedom Arms .22 mag mini in car, bar or quick walk.
    Model 19 2 3/8- love that gun!! Feels sooooo good, great trigger, accurate.
    Model 10 HB, Aristocrat rib- serious target.
    Dan Wesson Pac- fun plinker.
    For hunting I use a Ruger Redhawk .44 mag. or Model 27 .45 Colt.
    Can't have just one (I own over 30 handguns)
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    I recently sold off some Smiths of mine. I’m left with two that I absolutely won’t part with just because they are so practical if nothing else.

    S&W model 57 no dash 6 1/2” and S&W model 686-3 4”.

    Gun to my head the 686. Ammo is more abundant and it’s a tad more handy. The 57 though is in the stable forever.

    I sold my 3” magnums. Although I love them, shooting them was not comfortable and they tore my thumb, even wearing gloves.


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    I love my S&W 586.

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    586 smith..killed 4# of my pythons At the range ..it’s the keeper only 357 I own.
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    586 smith..killed 4# of my pythons At the range ..it’s the keeper only 357 I own.
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    A Smith and Wesson 686+ (7 chambers) with a 4" barrel. In my opinion it is the most size-efficient and versatile of the revolvers out there.

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    Time was I had the L-frame Smith and Wesson Moel 619 7-shot .357 with a 4" HB. Just too danged big, didn't fit my hands even with grips for small hands leaving the rear back strap uncovered... Great revolver, just not the right size, at least for me. I've seen some mighty fancy shooting with the 686 and 686+!
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    I believe I'd stick with the revolver I already have and that is my stainless steel Ruger Vaquero in .45 Colt caliber with 5 1/2" barrel. I load my own ammo for this piece. The revolver is capable of pretty warm hand loads for larger game, mild hand loads for small game and target work and shot hand loads for rabbits and such small game, even such game as sitting ducks or grouse / wild turkey. My intent for a situation where only "one revolver" would be available for my use would be a survival or defense and / or feeding myself and family arm, not intended for "fancy shooting".

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    A four inch GP100 .357 would be my choice.

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    I’d be happy to grab any .357 in my safe: a 6” 3-5-7, a 4” Trooper, a 6” 27-2, a 4” 27-2 SS and a 6” 19-3. All smooth as silk and worthy.

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    In no particular order: 1. Colt Python 1956-1971 2. S&W Pre-war Registered Magnum 3. S&W Pre-29 5 screw 4. Korth any .357 they make 5. Korth any .44 Magnum they make

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    Only ONE?!?!?!

    686+ 4" Barrel. Look for a pre-lock.

    It'll do everything well.

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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 ?
    -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.

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    You can tell by my name what I would pick. 5” S&W model 27-2.

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    Any of the following:
    S&W 586/686 (pre-lock ONLY).
    S&W 19/66
    Ruger Security Six

    Barrel length according to intended use - 6" for field or target shooting, 4" for defense. I prefer a blued gun, but stainless is just fine too. I would not want a newer Smith with the Mickey Mouse lock. I currently own versions of all three of the above: a 586 with an 8-3/8" barrel and a 4x Leupold, a Model 19 6" with 3T's, and a stainless Security Six 4" with the rare heavier barrel as built for the Border Patrol. I like them all, but the 19 is the most enjoyable to shoot and I'd say the 4" Security Six is the most versatile.

    The replies so far are interesting. Overwhelmingly double-action .357 Magnums, with Smith & Wesson the most popular by quite a bit. Not a single vote for a .44 Magnum. Few votes for Colt. I had a Python once, didn't like it at all. Felt clumsy compared to a Smith, and I didn't care for the double-action pull at all.

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    Your query invites the "Well, it depends." But I think I know what you're drivin' at, so...
    I agree with just about all the other replies. I'm not familiar with the Dan Wesson, and this will tell you why. If I were in a remote location in the lower 48 and I had a situation that required a gun repair, I'd be very glad I had a S&W. And if I could have only one it'd be my S&W 19-5, 2.5 bbl, .357. I regret selling my 686s, and Colt Pythons. But I know that any gunsmith within 50 miles of a law enforcement agency will have most S&W parts.
    Same reason I only have one truck. A Ford. I'd change to another 686, 3in bbl, if I could afford it. Stainless is more forgiving in certain climates and I just seem to try to protect the blue finished 19 too much. So...IMO...the "one" revolver you asked about is the S&W 686 in your choice of barrel.
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    The best, French Manurhin MR73 .357 mag. Once you shoot one, you will not want to shoot any other. Ok or at least I didn’t...

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    martin08 ---- My wife has the exact twin to your Ruger Bearcat. I bought it for her in 1959 for a grand price of $29.95. She still has the original Ruger box with instruction manual and sales slip still in the box. There hasn't been a bullet travel down its barrel in 60 years. It is almost unfired and retains 100% of its original finish. She has been offered out landish prices for it but she has told them thanks but no thanks. I bought a Bearcat holster for the piece but I believe the piece has never been in the holster. Both the Bearcat and holster are family heirlooms that will go to the kids or grandkids one day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FF&F View Post
    The best, French Manurhin MR73 .357 mag. Once you shoot one, you will not want to shoot any other. Ok or at least I didn’t...
    I'd add that one to my list of possibilities. I've sort of had my eye out for one, but they are very expensive and seldom seen at gun shows, at least in my part of the country.

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    A Colt Trooper Mk3 .357. Not quite the show pony as a python. The kind of pistol you can keep in a holster for months and not worry about. Crazy accurate

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