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Old March 2, 2006, 09:34 PM   #1
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Suggestions for relativly inexpensive revolver

Hello, This is my first post on this forum after a few months of viewing it anonomously, and I have a question for the gun experts out there. I am new to the Revolver market (new to the handgun market as well) as was looking for some suggestions for a .357 Mag revolver. I would be using this mainly to "play" around with my father and his buddies, (as they like to target shoot) and want something that is not only inexpensive ($400 or so) but looks nice as well. I've been looking at Uberti, as they seem to have nice looking stuff at relativly cheap prices, but was wondering if this is a manufacturer you would prefer at this price point. Is this a good brand? Or are there others at this price point you think is better? As of right now (with no knowledge of who makes a good handgun) this catches my eye.
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This exact gun with a 5.5 inch barrel I can get brand new at Bass Pro for about $350. It is any good? Feedback is welcomed and highly appreciated.
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Old March 2, 2006, 10:45 PM   #2
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They aren't bad, but you might want to consider looking for a used Ruger blackhawk or vaquero. I bought a nice used 357 blackhawk for $275 last month and see them quite often for $300 plus or minus a little. New in the $400-500 range. They are more durable and hold their re-sale a little better if you ever decide to part with it.
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Old March 3, 2006, 12:59 AM   #3
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(Glancing at www.gunbroker.com)

I'm seeing quite a few .357 Ruger Blackhawk revolvers going for $260 or so used, and several going for as low as $320 new. Bear in mind, those are looking at the "Sold in Last 90 Days" function on the search, but it does seem to be a solid trend overall.

The Ruger Blackhawk will be a very, very solid American-made firearm, and accurate. Maybe a bit heavier than the Uberti, but far sturdier, and higher resale value.

I personally would be happier with the Ruger, at the same price.

If you buy off Gunbroker, figure $20 for shipping and $20 for FFL fee (fee paid to your local dealer to receive the shipment for you, as such a firearm can not be mailed to you personally). But this is partially balanced out by the $25 or so you'll save in sales-tax vs. buying from Bass Pro.

My vote: hang around www.gunbroker.com or www.auctionarms.com (or check the classifieds at www.gunsamerica.com) for a week or so, and odds are you'll find a good Blackhawk for the low $300s (less if used), and come out with a better revo than the Uberti for the same price.

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Old March 3, 2006, 01:22 AM   #4
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Ruger or Smith. A good, used GP100 will last you a lifetime and then some.
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Old March 3, 2006, 06:54 AM   #5
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oftentimes you can find a new Ruger in that price range
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Old March 3, 2006, 07:07 AM   #6
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Why mess with a Ruger?
You can probably pick up a used S&W for that price.
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Old March 3, 2006, 10:19 AM   #7
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Yah, the ruger blackhawk series with wooden grip looks really nice. I like that "old fashinioned" look, and somehting that will hold it's value better is nice because I'm hoping to get something that will last a few generations. Ill do a little more research, keep the suggestions flying!
BTW This Ruger seems right up my alley Caliber and look-wise.

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Old March 3, 2006, 10:46 AM   #8
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+1 Ruger

Definitely try to score a good deal on a Blackhawk. Even if you need to buy used, they're tanks, and nothing wrong with a clean used one.
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Old March 4, 2006, 07:25 PM   #9
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Ruger and S&W are both good choices. I've also seen used Colt DA revolvers in that range (Trooper Mk III mostly).
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Old March 4, 2006, 11:49 PM   #10
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Sounds like you are getting good advice here.

I am a firm believer in buying good used over cheap new.

You can buy a $600-$800 new retail gun with less than 1000 rounds for $400 and as long as it is cared for you will always have a $400 gun. A $400 new Uberti or any $400 new gun will be a $200 gun 1 minute after you buy it.

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Old March 5, 2006, 03:01 PM   #11
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Are you sure you want a single action? I'd probably go with a Double action for my first revolver. If you are set on single action, and with your price range, I'd go with a Taurus Gaucho. Good single action revolvers at good prices, plus they have a lifetime warranty. As for a double action, Ruger GP100....you just can't go wrong. I got mine new for a hair under $400!
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Old March 6, 2006, 06:17 PM   #12
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thx for the advice fellas, I went to a store, got a good feel for a ruger blackhawk, and have decided it's the gun for me. In about 3 days Ill had the permit to purchase and there's a gun show here on the 10th, so ill keep my eyes open. Thx for the feedback fellas.
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Old March 6, 2006, 06:59 PM   #13
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Sorry you live in a state that requires a "Permit to Purchase" what a joke! The average person has a higher chance of killing or damaging property with a car! Good luck with your .357, for home defense it's all you'll ever need! Works great on rabid animals too!
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Sorry you live in a state that requires a "Permit to Purchase" what a joke! The average person has a higher chance of killing or damaging property with a car! Good luck with your .357, for home defense it's all you'll ever need! Works great on rabid animals too!
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Sorry you live in a state that requires a "Permit to Purchase" what a joke! The average person has a higher chance of killing or damaging property with a car! Good luck with your .357, for home defense it's all you'll ever need! Works great on rabid animals too!
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Sorry you live in a state that requires a "Permit to Purchase" what a joke! The average person has a higher chance of killing or damaging property with a car! Good luck with your .357, for home defense it's all you'll ever need! Works great on rabid animals too!
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