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Old March 11, 2009, 06:06 PM   #1
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Recommend me a good, cheap reliable revolver

for ccw/home defense. I prefer .357 or .44....go!
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Old March 11, 2009, 06:09 PM   #2
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One of these doesn't belong.


A 4" Ruger GP100 satisfies 2 out of 3 of your criteria. A Security or Single Six would work, too, if you can find one.
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Old March 11, 2009, 06:17 PM   #3
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Pick two.
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Old March 11, 2009, 06:26 PM   #4
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That isn't true by a long shot. Maybe it depends what you're idea of cheap is but in todays world, cheap is $200+. Let's face it, even the rimfire Heritage and the rimfire pheonix arms are getting close to $200. Betting if he looked around he could find a carried lots, shot little .38 or .357 from Ruger or S&W for around $200.

If he isn't stuck on a revolver he can get a 9mm Marakov for around $150.

Some people still thinks it takes a $500+ Smith to go bang everytime.
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Old March 11, 2009, 06:44 PM   #5
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Some people still thinks it takes a $500+ Smith to go bang everytime.
I don't believe that but realistically, the $300 S&W of five years ago is today's "$500+ Smith". I've bought a bunch of great Smiths for around $300 or less. The last one was only three years ago but those days are long gone.

Good and cheap are two characteristics that seldom go together. However, you should still be able to find a good used S&W or Ruger for $300 or less. I reckon it depends on your definition of "cheap".

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Old March 11, 2009, 06:51 PM   #6
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Ive heard only good things about the NAA Derringer style .22 mag revolvers. But If i were you I would shop gun shows and and gun shops for a used ruger or S&W .38 or .357
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Old March 11, 2009, 06:58 PM   #7
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there arnt alotta cheap reliable revovlers out there... the windicator is cheap but there are many mixed reports... rossi models seems to fair pretty well but again its all about who you ask... if i was you i would try to find a used... taurus.. ruger... or smith ... but i wouldnt pass up a good deal on a rossi either... in todays market no gun is cheap... not really.... my true suggestion would be pass on the revolver and find a used remington 870 or a norinco 982/interstate 982/nef parder pump protector all are extemely reliable and have ease of use under pressure...
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Old March 11, 2009, 07:28 PM   #8
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yea , they have the herratige 22lr/22wmr at outdoor world for $179, but I'd still rather spend $400 and get the Ruger.
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Old March 11, 2009, 07:50 PM   #9
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Ruger GP 100
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Old March 11, 2009, 08:30 PM   #10
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Betting if he looked around he could find a carried lots, shot little .38 or .357 from Ruger or S&W for around $200.
Haven't priced any used revolvers in the past few months, have we?
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Old March 11, 2009, 08:37 PM   #11
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inexpensive comparatively

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Old March 11, 2009, 08:45 PM   #12
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I just posted this on another thread about carrying a snubie.This a Rossi m677 .357 that i found in a pawn shop for $125.00 lnib a while back and i love it but now my wife carries it.
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Old March 11, 2009, 09:30 PM   #13
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Pick Two.

Fail.

I have had a few .357 mags that would meet the criteria. Ruger SP-101 with a 3" barrel is near perfect if you had to have just one gun for ccw and home defense. Personally I keep a shotgun in the house for that. Im not sure what you mean by cheap but you can get these nib under $500 and used under $400 currently.

Another pick in .357 would be a Taurus 605. You can find them NIB for around $350 where I am, and they are reliable and easily concealed.
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Old March 11, 2009, 09:58 PM   #14
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There's a saying in the hot rod industry:
Fast, Cheap, Reliable--Pick any two.
Kind of makes sense when you think about it.

Good, cheap, and reliable would seem to fall into the same category--pick any two.

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I don't believe that but realistically, the $300 S&W of five years ago is today's "$500+ Smith". I've bought a bunch of great Smiths for around $300 or less. The last one was only three years ago but those days are long gone.
There is a guy, rabbi something or other, that posted recently. He had acquired a whole bunch of M10s and was selling at very reasonable prices.....ah, there it is.

http://www.thehighroad.us/showthread.php?t=405416

I've been reading and hearing of $200 M-10s for a while now...thought they were a myth. Not exactly plentiful, but they are still out there if you are willing to look. Might even be one or two left. No, I didn't grab one, but I sure was tempted

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Old March 11, 2009, 10:11 PM   #15
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Get a used Taurus. lots of people swear by them.
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Old March 11, 2009, 10:20 PM   #16
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Old March 12, 2009, 12:38 AM   #17
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I have always found that money in hand and patience is the only way to find a good cheap reliable revolver. No way to predict the brand.
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Old March 12, 2009, 01:05 AM   #18
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Betting if he looked around he could find a carried lots, shot little .38 or .357 from Ruger or S&W for around $200.

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I've been reading and hearing of $200 M-10s for a while now...thought they were a myth. Not exactly plentiful, but they are still out there if you are willing to look.

Where ARE these $200 S&W K-frames? I sure haven't seen one.
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Old March 12, 2009, 01:30 AM   #19
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The BEST deal is to find a good, name-brand gun (likely blue) that's got finish wear issues from being holster-carried a lot, but is otherwise sound.

You use "the checkout" (stickied post this subforum) and some searching to find one.

The Ruger Security/Service/Speed Six series is worth looking for. This is Ruger's older series DAs that are actually more finely finished inside than the newer ones. Not quite as strong, but still stronger than an S&W K-Frame 357...they're sort of in-between the S&W K and L series in terms of strength, whereas the GP100 is at or slightly above L-frame strength and is otherwise beefier than the Security/Service/Speed series.

The Speed Six is my favorite: fixed sights, rounded gripframe. In the common 2.5" setup, I can make a very good case that's it's still one of the best carry snubbies ever made.

Others to look at: the K-Frame S&Ws are very good guns too. Vintage specimens with the firing pin mounted on the hammer will have very sweet triggers. They came in both 38Spl (model 10 and 64 the most common, or adjustable sight in the model 14) and 357 (models 19, 65, 66, others). The model 10 in particular was a very common police and security guard gun back in the day and can be found in good shape with holster wear in decent numbers.
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Old March 12, 2009, 07:44 AM   #20
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Those K-frames that Orionengr posted the link to look like a great deal. Carried a lot but only used a little.

Hard to beat.
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Old March 12, 2009, 09:25 AM   #21
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When it comes to handguns not sure cheap and reliable go together. What is you idea of cheap?
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Old March 12, 2009, 09:45 AM   #22
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Taurus seems to be hit or miss. If you could buy one from someone you knew or meet someone at the range and shoot it a little and get a good idea for whether it was one of their hit or misses that would be about the only way i can think of getting all three of those.

Taurus seems to have an abnormal number of NIB guns that are problematic, go back to the factory and still are not quite right when returned to owner.

They also seem to have a good number of guns that work flawlessly.

I personally have not had the opportunity to buy a Taurus I have experience with, so I have always decided it was better to spend the extra money on the Ruger and be sure(S&W would work fine also if you are a girlie man
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Old March 12, 2009, 09:50 AM   #23
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cheap reliable

Don't know if there is any cheap handguns anymore. I checked out a blue 38 S & W snub nose last night at the Pawn shop. Almost fainted when was asking $595.

Find you a retired Police model 10
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Old March 12, 2009, 10:02 AM   #24
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Taurus seems to be hit or miss.

While this seems to be true there is one model that you almost never hear complaints about. The Model 605. Search the web and you will see by and large this is a reliable .357 snub. I have one, I really like it, and have never had a problem with it. I also bought it for $320 NIB.
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Old March 12, 2009, 11:14 AM   #25
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I have a Security-Six with 4" barrel and I love it. Paid $395 at a gun shop back in January, which was a little high. It's not my first choice for home defense though. I'd be deaf and blind after the first shot, if I had to shoot it in the house at night.
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