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Old June 20, 2016, 06:17 PM   #1
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If I Handed you $300, What do you buy?

If you were handed $300 to buy a .38 special or other home/self defense revolver...could you find one you would be ok with? And what would it be?
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Old June 20, 2016, 06:31 PM   #2
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S&W model 10, no question about it.
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Old June 20, 2016, 06:38 PM   #3
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at my lgs, 300 would not get you out the door with any revolver new or used.
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Old June 20, 2016, 06:39 PM   #4
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I agree with smee78-no question about it.
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Old June 20, 2016, 06:47 PM   #5
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I agree with smee78-no question about it.


Are these a common used gun to find?
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Old June 20, 2016, 07:02 PM   #6
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I got my Model 10 used online and I think it was barely $260.

Edit: actually looking it up it was about $350. My mistake.

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Old June 20, 2016, 07:06 PM   #7
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A Taurus Model 82.

Excellent revolvers.
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Old June 20, 2016, 07:13 PM   #8
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Any used S&W or Ruger I could get for that price that checked out.
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Old June 20, 2016, 07:26 PM   #9
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Model 10 police trade in.
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Old June 20, 2016, 07:27 PM   #10
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Around my way, any revolver you can buy for only $300, you wouldn't want.
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Old June 20, 2016, 07:46 PM   #11
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Not much...

Only the heritage rough rider or an abused Taurus for that price point usually.
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Old June 20, 2016, 07:51 PM   #12
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The only revolver I've bought for less than $300 recently was a High-Standard Sentinel, 22.

I did get a Tisas 1911 in 45 for $315.00 but of course, that's not a revolver.
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Old June 20, 2016, 08:15 PM   #13
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Yes, the model 10 has been around for a good number of years and is frequently found used. I think cdnn has them for around $350 this time, I have seen them lower. Most of them are security/police trade ins, they have holster wear but most of them are still solid on the lockwork. The $350 price is still not bad if you can swing it, I like the heavy barrel models vs the thin barrels, just a preference. Also if you can find a Ruger they are also good guns to look out for.
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Old June 20, 2016, 08:23 PM   #14
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I was quick on the trigger and went ahead and bought it this past December. It is a S&W Model 10-6 (4" heavy barrel) trade-in from the Mobile, AL Police Dept. SWAT. With sales tax (10%), it came to $298.71. You can keep the change and simply send me the offered money preferable via a postal money order.

Thank you so much for your generous refund of money already out of pocket.
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Old June 20, 2016, 08:27 PM   #15
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If you were handed $300 to buy a .38 special or other home/self defense revolver...could you find one you would be ok with? And what would it be?
For that, I'd be looking at a basic Taurus 85. Or 605 if I could swing it, which I probably could not for $300.

I'm not thinking of any used guns.
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Old June 20, 2016, 08:45 PM   #16
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Used model 10 that looks bad and locks up ok.
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Old June 20, 2016, 08:50 PM   #17
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another vote for the model 10.
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Old June 20, 2016, 09:15 PM   #18
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Yeah, $300 won't go too far these days but I would look for a well used M&P Smith or a Colt OP or PPS.

Last year I bought a 5" Colt Army Special 38 from 1924 for $275 and while it looks bad it works just fine. I also bagged an M&P with a shoddy refinish but perfect function for $259.

Not easy but it can be done.
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Old June 20, 2016, 09:20 PM   #19
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You would be hard pressed to find a Model 10 for $300 in these parts. I only paid $125 for this 10-5, but that was quite a few years ago at this point.




Model 10s seem to be running around $450 - $500 in these parts these days.

Just checked on line at the biggest gun room in New England, seems there is a Model 10-6 for $400 and a 38 Military and Police for $525, but I have no idea what their condition is.

I actually only own two Model 10s, but I have a bunch of their predecessors, the 38 Military and Police.

This one is from the 1920s.





This one shipped in June of 1939. Love the round grip frame and the hard rubber grips.





This one shipped in March of 1950.





This is a pretty early one, it shipped in July of 1908.





Then there is the 38 M&P Target model, the predecessor to the K-38, and that was in turn the predecessor to the Model 14. This one shipped in February of 1917. Check out the tiny adjustment screw on the rear sight.





I'd post more but we can only attach six photos to each post.
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Old June 20, 2016, 10:24 PM   #20
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If you keep an eye out you may be able to pick up an old ruger six series... Security or service six. I picked one up for about $360 a few years ago off gunbroker. That includes shipping and transfer fee. I found a few right at the 300 mark but I was picky on barrel length, wanted a pre '78 model, etc. If you aren't picky you may be able to pick one up for right at 300.

Either that or the model 10 as has been mentioned.
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Old June 20, 2016, 10:24 PM   #21
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Eat Raman noodles for a couple weeks and get it over with.

http://www.jgsales.com/smith-wesson-....-p-84563.html

Pretty much the only deal I know of right now.
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Old June 20, 2016, 11:14 PM   #22
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Just last month I bought a Smith & Wesson 64-6 in excellent condition at J&G for $299.99. It was advertised as a gunsmith special with a timing problem, but, upon my cursory exam, the "bad timing" was being caused by gummy lube on the cylinder axle.
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Old June 20, 2016, 11:17 PM   #23
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If looks are not important, I think I can get a good quality .38 Special revolver (Colt, S&W, Ruger) for $300 and have money left for ammo. And if you are able to really look past the surface, you might just do better than that.

As an example, I recently purchased a .38 S&W (not Special) Double Action Second Model for well under $200. The nickel finish is about gone and there are areas of "patina" (spelled "rust"). But inside, that gun is almost new. Other than some light rust in a couple of chambers and dried grease on some parts, it looks like it left Springfield yesterday, not in 1882. Almost all the color case hardening is on the hammer and trigger and even the barrel shows no wear. I often warn about firing old guns, and don't retract that advice, but there are always exceptions.

I have fired a box of ammo from that gun with no sign of any problems and have no doubt that it would do what it was made to do if I needed it.

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Old June 20, 2016, 11:20 PM   #24
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I like some of the responses!
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Old June 21, 2016, 10:42 AM   #25
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I have to agree with a couple of other postings. not sure i could find a $300 revolver in my area. and if used, i'd be a bit suspect as to what kind of shape it were in.
That said, i have seen some $300 aluminum baseball bats for sale these days... Then again, i'm old school and would probably choose a wooden bat
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