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Old February 14, 2011, 02:46 AM   #1
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Is there a Glock of revolvers?

I'm looking to buy a second gun for the house and I'd like it to be a revolver. Is there a model that is to revolvers as a trusty Glock is to semi-autos? Priced well ($600ish), reliable, well made? I would prefer a revolver capable of double action firing as well as something that is larger versus something compact.

I know I'm asking a lot but as a new gun owner I know very little about revolvers.

I've found the Taurus 66 and it seems to fit the bill.

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Old February 14, 2011, 02:56 AM   #2
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Taurus 66, sure if it works.

I think the Smith Model 10 (38spl) might fall into that catagory.
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Old February 14, 2011, 03:12 AM   #3
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Ruger!!!! depending on what barrel length you want look at the Ruger GP100 or Sp101. Best value in revolvers IMHO
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Old February 14, 2011, 04:46 AM   #4
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Taurus revolvers are to the revolver world,what Taurus autos are to the pistol world ,except worse.
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Old February 14, 2011, 05:02 AM   #5
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I'll second TennJed and vote for the Rugers. Either model that he mentioned should meet your stated criteria admirably. They are tank-tough, and if you shop around, you should come in well under your stated budget.
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Old February 14, 2011, 05:39 AM   #6
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In my experience with Taurus revolvers, they're not bad guns. Having said that, I'd rather have a Smith & Wesson, or a Ruger. Either a 38 or a .357.

S&W Model 10, 15, 19
Ruger Speed/Security Six

Something along those lines.
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Old February 14, 2011, 05:54 AM   #7
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The beauty of revolvers is that almost all of them have Glock reliability.

Most of them beat Glock in the looks department too.
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Old February 14, 2011, 06:21 AM   #8
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their reputations for reliability is why the only handguns i own are Glocks and pre-lock S&Ws.
lot's of S&Ws to consider, just a few
K-frame...66, 19, 4" barrel
L-frame...586, 686, 4" barrel
all are 38 sp/.357 Mag., and they can be found below your max price.

i hope you reconsider buying the Taurus, especially when considering that you and your family's lives may depend on it some day.
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Old February 14, 2011, 06:51 AM   #9
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Thanks for the input everyone. I was weary of the Taurus because of some comments I've read on here.

I'll look into the others that were pointed out.
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Old February 14, 2011, 07:10 AM   #10
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I'd look into getting a Ruger but then again, I'm partial to mine
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Old February 14, 2011, 09:20 AM   #11
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My vote goes for GP100 or SP101. If you go on youtube rugersix has a video of a full disassembly of an SP101. It shows how solid and uncomplicated the revolver is. I love my S&W but taking the side plate off and putting everything back together is a much more complicated affair. I would recommend the following:

Security or speed six etc.

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Old February 14, 2011, 09:28 AM   #12
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Best revolver for you?

As others have said, Smith & Wessson mod. 10 (.38 spcl). It is rock solid and extremely reliable. Nothing fancy, just simplicity at it's best.

However, if it was me, I would spend a few more bucks and step it up a notch. Get yourself a S&W Mod. 19.
It handles .38 specials and .357 magnum ammo. Very accurate and reliable as well and an all around perfect revolver for anybody, no matter what their experience.
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Old February 14, 2011, 09:48 AM   #13
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My pick would be the Ruger, either GP or SP. If you have any plans for shooting it at the range then the GP100 4" barrel would be my choice. New they can be had for your price out the door.

The new Taurus revolvers can get the job done but you asked for a Glock like performance and IMO Ruger is the gun for the money and has rock solid performance that you couldn`t wear out if you tried.
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Old February 14, 2011, 11:12 AM   #14
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Another vote for Ruger. If you manage to wear one out, I think you earn some bragging rights

S&W makes a fine revolver as well. However, the pricepoint is certainly higher than Ruger. I would look at S&W more like the H&K semis, well worth the $$$, but not in every one's budget. Ruger is more Glock-like, reliable and cost effective with a pretty good warranty.
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Old February 14, 2011, 11:19 AM   #15
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No, thank goodness. Never heard of anyone dropping a revolver down his sweat pants and de-nadding himself while trying to catch it.
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Old February 14, 2011, 12:01 PM   #16
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Either a Ruger or a S&W. Out of the two, while I prefer S&W, I'd call Ruger the Glock or the revolver world. They make well made, reliable revolvers at a fair price. S&Ws are typically priced higher than Rugers but equally as good. Some might even say better.

That Taurus might fit the bill for you, but they can be pretty hit or miss with their QA. On top of that, their customer service is pretty suspect as well. I'd suggest staying far away from Taurus and I say that as a former Taurus owner.
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Old February 14, 2011, 12:34 PM   #17
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You did not mention the caliber but I assume it would be 38 special or 357 magnum. In a 38 special the S&W model 10 or 15 in blued model or a model 64 or 67 in stainless. Without a doubt this are the best 38 special revolvers I have ever used. I still own two model 10 4 inch barrel revolvers.
In the 357 magnum revolvers I still feel the S&W model 19 4 inch is the finest and best handling 357 ever made. I agree with others that a person should limit the amount of 357 magnums used in the model 19 but I still feel for home defense a person can't beat a model 19. Another option is the Ruger Security Six 4 inch. A very underrated revolver. Handles close to a model 19 as far as size and weight. Lastly, if you want a heavy duty 357 magnum revolver that can handle a steady diet of 357 magnums then the Ruger GP100, S&W 686 and S&W model 27/28. Although they are heavier frame revolvers they are built to handle the 357 magnum round which is still rated near the top of the man stoppers.
I would go to the range and try some revolvers. There are so many options. Find the best one for you.

Good luck,
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Old February 14, 2011, 03:10 PM   #19
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Yes, there are a few revolvers similar to glocks.

Check out any of the plastic framed ones, like the LCR.

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Old February 14, 2011, 03:57 PM   #20
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I say Ruger also. Best bang for the buck used security six.
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Old February 14, 2011, 04:10 PM   #21
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WHen I think Glock, I think generic auto loader.

When I think ubiquitous revolver... it's the pre lock Smith Model 10. Everything you need, and nothing you don't. Can be had WELL under your price limit. There really is no other answer here IMO.
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Old February 14, 2011, 06:19 PM   #22
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Is there a Glock of revolvers?
You mean ugly and has no soul?

(if you mean reliable, S&W Model 15, or Ruger Security Six, 4" barrel)
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Old February 14, 2011, 07:11 PM   #23
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Any revolver made in America.
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Old February 14, 2011, 07:22 PM   #24
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ruger security six or GP-100
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Old February 14, 2011, 07:26 PM   #25
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I thought he was joking at first too, when he said the glock of revolvers.

But after reading the responses, he wasn't kidding at all.

These guns are beautiful and not over hyped, so they aren't exactly the glock of revolvers, but I do get what you meant.


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