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Old June 9, 2013, 03:38 PM   #26
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I like a Colt Python, but also a S&W Model 586.(long underlug)

I like a S&W Model 27,and a Colt Trooper.(short underlug)

I like the Colt Detective Special,but also like my S&W Model 66 2 1/2"snubnose

So....I gotta say I like them both equally.
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Old June 9, 2013, 03:41 PM   #27
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Colt.

I like the Mark III Trooper better than the Python, though- call me Crazy.
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Old June 9, 2013, 03:46 PM   #28
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I think you have to be more specific. To me, a traditional N-frame with a tapered barrel like the 1950 Target is vastly better looking than any Trooper but a nice New Service Target is a work of art compared to a plain vanilla 686. For the most part, I think older S&W's are better looking. I think the Python and Diamondback are handsome revolvers but far from the top of my list.

The Single Action Army, 1851 and 1860 out-look all of them.
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Old June 9, 2013, 03:57 PM   #29
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Da guns, i like the smith.
,I had a trooper, and a python.
Just never liked them.

Now, single action wheel guns, colt design.

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Old June 9, 2013, 04:44 PM   #30
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I shot a Colt King Cobra a few times, it was OK, did not set my world on fire.

I handled a Colt Python once, it didn't give me the giggles either.

I own three K frames and one J frame, they suit me the best.

I shot a Ruger GP-100 a few times, they are heavy!

I shot a Ruger Super Blackhawk a few times, and it was a hoot!

I think, in my opinion, that Colts are nice looking and well finished pieces, but the Colts don't do it for me. Rugers are heavy and overbuilt. (good thing)

My personal choice is S&W all day long for the DA revolver, and when I feel like working with a single action it will be a Ruger.
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Old June 9, 2013, 08:10 PM   #31
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Cylinder latch is the biggest thing for me

I far prefer S&W. The prettiest gun ever made has to be the Combat Masterpiece/Model 15. Pure simplicity in the most finely balanced combat handgun ever.
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Old June 9, 2013, 08:14 PM   #32
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i would take a colt any day over a s&w
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Old June 10, 2013, 06:08 AM   #33
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Revolvers are like woman. The prettiest one, is always the one thats not in your hand. I own a few S&W, love the Colts.
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Old June 10, 2013, 09:00 AM   #34
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S&W For my aesthetic tastes,,,

S&W For my aesthetic tastes,,,
I never thought much of the Colt designs.

Especially the Pythons,,,
I never did like a vent ribbed revolver.

But that's just me,,,

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Old June 10, 2013, 09:00 AM   #35
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It depends on the model. The blue Python is the prettiest, I'd rather shoot the S&W.
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Old June 10, 2013, 07:00 PM   #36
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I have a different perspective. I don't much care for either S&W or Colt DA revolvers with round butts or exposed ejector rods. I like both brands when they have square butts (with nice, checkered wood stocks), a shrouded ejector, and a nice, deep blue finish.
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Old June 10, 2013, 08:02 PM   #37
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Funny thing about love of a firearm design and lately I have been thinking about this more and more. Aesthetics have always had a huge influence on my gun choices. 40 something years ago I was absolutely ga-ga about a vent rib barrel. I had eyes for nothing else. I bought a brand spankin' new 4 inch Diamondback back then and still have it today. But as I read through this thread, one thought kept popping up in my mind and I didn't see anyone else mention this (so maybe it's just me !). As the decades rolled by, my taste changed. I found myself becoming infatuated with more of a plain barrel, such as a Colt Official Police or a Smith model 10. One thing never changed though, I still love a 3 or 4 inch barrel. But I think what happened to me over a period of time is that I have come to love the Smith's and the Colt's equally, rib or no rib. I pick them up and they hold many memories and I find myself admiring their fine quality.
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Old June 10, 2013, 09:11 PM   #38
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Also Smith & Wesson by leaps and bounds.

Although some aspects of Colts have been growing on me lately, to the point where I now own three...
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Old June 11, 2013, 05:59 AM   #39
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I prefer the Smiths, but it's close. I think the Colts look good, too.
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Old June 11, 2013, 08:38 PM   #40
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Colt Pythons, Anacondas, New Service Targets, and Smith & Wesson N and K frames, my head explodes. I love them all.
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Old June 13, 2013, 06:01 PM   #41
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I think all revolvers have their own specific qualities... This is a tough one. I like Genre guns. Colts are awsome film noir guns... The hard boiled Dick with a butt hanging from the side of his mouth, holding a colt detective special, cracking wise to the villian. And of course the uniformed cop chasing down a bad guy pulling a Colt official police out of a flap holster... Or the storekeeper defending his store pulls a colt police positive special from under the counter. I cant remember the name of the Bogart movie where he has a hidden compartment in his car with two guns... A detective special, and a police positive special.

On the other hand I like the S&W line too... The police detective with the chief special in a cross draw holster... The old cop pulling the 5" military and police from a swivel holster, the private dick wearing an old lawrence shoulder holster with a round butt model 10.

OK so I like movie guns... I think both lines have individual qualities. The Colts have classic flowing lines, while the Smiths look dangerous, and intimidating.

I own both... I like Smiths better... but thats personal.
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Old June 13, 2013, 06:34 PM   #42
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six/half dozen. How's that for ambiguity?

Maybe an RG to round it out? LOL
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Old June 13, 2013, 07:20 PM   #43
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Smith & Wesson Or Colt - Which Is More Aesthetically Pleasing To You?

Did someone say Half DOZEN?

Why do you need to choose? Pick them all...like I did. One is not in the pic, a S&W Pro Series Model 627.

Python in 4", 6", 8"
Ruger GP100 in 6"
S&W Performance Center 586 L-Comp
S&W Performance Center 627










My favorite is a 4" Colt Python because of the size, the styling of the ribbed barrel and finish.



Then again, this is a beautiful sight, too (8rounds of 357):

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Old June 13, 2013, 07:56 PM   #44
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Smith & Wesson Or Colt - Which Is More Aesthetically Pleasing To You?

I do like the old colt double actions. Still, I'd have to say most S&W revolvers have no peers aesthetically, although some of the more recent designs ---------well, it will take something special to supplant the S&W's, looks wise for me.
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Old June 13, 2013, 09:31 PM   #45
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Smith & Wesson Or Colt - Which Is More Aesthetically Pleasing To You?

Some may disagree, but I consider the Ruger Six series the best looking DAs of all time. Had a strong but sexy look to it
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Old June 14, 2013, 09:52 AM   #46
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CDR Glock:

A couple of your Colts have what I think are Hogue wooden grips. Beautiful. Can you tell us what kind of wood? Pau Ferro? Gonco Alves?

And any comments about how you like the fit of the highly sculpted grips to your hand/fingers?


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Old June 14, 2013, 04:54 PM   #47
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I do not care for the colt guns prior to the python. The python and similar, latter detective specials and the magnum carry are very attractive to my eyes.

Early i.e. 30's / 40's DA guns I really have always thought the Smiths looked better than the Colts.

If I had to rationalize it I would say I find the frame of the colt less attractive than the smith, putting some nicer details on it and the nicer barrel as on the python makes it look better. From a shooters perspective I still think the 686-4 is about as good as it gets looks wise, and shooting wise.
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Old June 14, 2013, 05:07 PM   #48
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Smith & Wesson Or Colt - Which Is More Aesthetically Pleasing To You?

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CDR Glock:

A couple of your Colts have what I think are Hogue wooden grips. Beautiful. Can you tell us what kind of wood? Pau Ferro? Gonco Alves?

And any comments about how you like the fit of the highly sculpted grips to your hand/fingers?


Thanks -


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Pau Ferro. I like the feel. To me, I prefer the tapered instead of flared grips. The pistol is easier to handle for me, even with longer fingers.
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Old June 14, 2013, 08:13 PM   #49
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SA- Colt all the way
Early DA- slight edge to Colt
Once Colt went to barrel ribs and shrouded barrels they lost it for me. They look too much like Rugers. Its S&W all the way.
Newer guns. They all suck. Wouldn't have any of them.
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Old June 30, 2013, 05:39 PM   #50
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Counter Clockwise for me, 2" S&W Chief & 29 8 3/8 44 Mag. Very smooth action revolvers
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