Revolver Appreciation Thread

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  1. Winbot

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    Ruger revolvers are still foreign to me but I've been able to try other people's examples at the range. Here are my rough impressions:
    • GP100 feels just like it looks, a tank, I'd definitely get the 6" version because you won't be carrying a shorter one super concealed ... don't even bother trying! The Match and Clapp versions are supposed to both have better fitting if you're looking for a more premium offering but I've never handled either.
    • SP101 3" is the softest recoiling dedicated 38spl gun I've ever shot. Decent trigger too. I think the SP101 is my favorite Ruger revolver of all time.
    • All of their old ones are cool but I wouldn't get one that was destined for lots of range time just because of potential parts availability issues
    • Everyone's into 44mag Redhawks but I'd rather have the 8 shot 357!
    As far as the issues with Ruger revolvers go, I don't know the exact stats on that but they've sold so many over the years and I see so few firsthand accounts of problems that I think it's overstated. They feel high quality but S&W's usually have a better trigger. I wouldn't be surprised if the MIM parts in the GP's/SP's are rated factory spec while their frames can handle a moon launch reload so issues arise from over-eager guys getting crazy.

    I don't understand why the Ruger LCR exists. They were never able to compete with the 642.
     
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    Speed loaders work fine in a coat pocket but if you're in a shirt and pants only you'd want them in the "spare mag" type holsters made for the purpose. In that sense it's the same as carrying an extra mag for an auto.

    Speed strips (to me) are slower but way better than just having loose rounds jingling around in your pocket. They fit in the little watch pocket on jeans.
     
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    It really seems to me that Rugers have super strong frames, barrels, and cylinders, but then all the internals are just alright, not the same level of bombproof durability. I've yet to shoot a Ruger revolver that didn't have some kind of issue with the internals getting locked up, something backing out, or something binding. I know they were having enough problems with the Redhawks that the did a total redesign and started making the Super Redhawk
     
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    I had a Redhawk, thing was a piece of shit. The rear sight flew off and the cylinder kept binding to the point I had to have it sent in for repairs (somehow at my cost) after 50 rounds of Buffalo Bore.
     
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    Go read what happened to mine, first page. Never buying a new Ruger again
     
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    A classic treatise on the .38/.357 revolver. Definitely still appropriate today.
    http://www.chuckhawks.com/most_versatile_handgun.htm

    No other single handgun offers such a wide power range of loads or the versatility to serve as a credible target revolver, service pistol, handgun for hunting CXP2 game and revolver for protection in the field. A .357 Magnum revolver with a 6" barrel really is the most versatile handgun of them all. If I could have only one centerfire handgun (and in hard times that is exactly what I've owned), it would certainly be a .357 Magnum.

    I wholly believe this to still be true, and I expect some of the usual characters around the wondernine thread to disagree, but in the category of the "only one handgun" for all purposes, I don't think the 6" .357 can be beat.

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    Part of me would really like to own an old half-lug 4" like this. Even beat up and holster-worn, it has a lot of charm.
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    I passed up the chance to buy one of these old Victory revolvers that was going for $300 and beat to hell. The guy behind the counter said that it would be a great bedstand gun, and I said I thought it would be fun to have it sandblasted and cerakoted olive green and put a fiber optic pipe front sight on it. (I know that's making it a bubba special gun, but I'd be OK with it for that price.) These days I'm seeing them around $500, so I'm regretting not getting it.
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    It also looks like it would make people looking down the business end shit themselves.
     
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    No gun with a 6" barrel is going to be the best pick for "one handgun" because it's too cumbersome to conceal the majority of the time, which is the #1 consideration when picking a single handgun that can do everything. Now if you picked a lighter frame 357 with a 3 inch barrel, we're getting somewhere. It may not be the most fun gun to shoot full power loads out of but you can still load it with 38's, conceal it well enough, but it gives you leagues more comfort and accuracy over a snubnose.

    Pachmayr used to trick out Model 65's with this concept in mind, I'm not crazy about the bobbed hammer but I guess it's fine if they worked on the DA.

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    I need some ammo for this one, old enough to not be considered a gun

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    My Mod 60 with the bobbed hammer like that is great. I should have bought the other gun they had just like it.
     
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    What's the opinion on the Chiappa Rhino? Has the cool factor of the Mateba & GITS association. I don't know if they're sold in Cali, at least I've never seen one.
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    Very heavy trigger, the grips are awkward and it costs way more than it should. I'm in favor of the 6 o'clock barrel axis concept though! I know that guys who put rubberized grips on them and have everything smoothed out are happy with it.
     
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    Russian AEK-906, available in 9x18 or 9x19!

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    They were actually the last design the guy that designed the Matebas had a hand in before he passed. They're supposedly accurate but kind of goofy
     
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    I have the younger brother of that Mod 65.
     
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    I've never shot a top-break revolver.
     

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