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Old November 20, 2013, 08:21 AM   #26
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S&W 686, and any .22 caliber from S&W.
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Old November 20, 2013, 09:15 AM   #27
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I don't think a fellow could go wrong with a S/S Ruger GP100 w/ a 4" barrel. I admit that it's not as pretty as the Smiths and Colts. I do, however, think it's an exceptional value and with some trigger work, a very acceptable shooter.
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Old November 20, 2013, 10:10 AM   #28
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Smith & Wesson's Combat Masterpiece

Otherwise known as the Model 15(or 67 in stainless). The marriage of easy to manage .38 spl to a superbly balanced revolver is the last word on a combat revolver. I don't have one, but my best friend does and I've been trying to pry it out of his hands for over a decade.
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Old November 20, 2013, 10:58 AM   #29
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Old November 20, 2013, 11:36 AM   #30
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+1 for a Ruger Security Six.
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Old November 20, 2013, 12:36 PM   #31
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Must haves?? Shooting or Collecting? The ones I personally want to own eventually include:

S&W Model 10
S&W Model 15
S&W Model 17 or K-22
S&W Model 19
S&W Model 686 or better yet, 586
S&W Model 25
S&W Model 34
S&W Model 27
S&W Model 29
S&W Model 57
(or if you like, the stainless versions)

Colt DA's under $1000
Ruger GP-100
Ruger Blackhawk
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Old November 20, 2013, 01:48 PM   #32
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Is it me or does the model 27 look a lot like model 19?
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Old November 20, 2013, 02:32 PM   #33
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Is it me or does the model 27 look a lot like model 19?
In real life Model 27 is N-Frame based and Model 19 is K-Frame based. Which means Model 27 is bigger and heavier. You can't confuse them in real life as Model 27 is substantially bigger and has a completely different fill in your hand. But on pictures yes - they look almost the same.
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Old November 20, 2013, 02:36 PM   #34
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There's lots of great guns mentioned here. But for me, the first revolver (first gun, actually - regardless of platform) I think of is the S&W 686.
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Old November 20, 2013, 03:56 PM   #35
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I like most revolvers and S&W's in particular. It looks underrepresented on this thread but the only one I can not live without is a S&W mod. 28. Yes I like it better than the 27 even though it is almost the same gun.
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Seams like once we the people give what, at the time, seams like a reasonable inch and "they" take the unreasonable mile we can only get that mile back one inch at a time.

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Old November 20, 2013, 04:20 PM   #36
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Would someone please take the time to explain what the N or K based guns means size wise? what do the letters mean?
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Old November 20, 2013, 04:33 PM   #37
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J = small frame
K = smaller medium frame
L = larger medium frame
N = large frame
X = extra large frame
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Old November 20, 2013, 05:38 PM   #38
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Thank You MrBorland. Now it makes sense for this sick Viper who went from a pistol fever straight into a revolver fever.
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Old November 21, 2013, 04:51 AM   #39
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The K-frames are no longer made, except for the current Model 617. Everyone should have a classic K-frame or two. The best ones are the K-22 and K-38 Masterpiece and Combat Masterpiece which in 1957 became the models 17 & 18 in .22lr and the Models 14 and 15 in .38 Special. But even a beat-up $200 Model 10 will allow you to experience the wonderful balance and inherent accuracy of a K-frame.
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Old November 21, 2013, 07:03 AM   #40
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There are a lot of great revolvers out there but I think everyone needs a snub nose and a full sized .357.

To me, a S&W Airweight is the perfect snub and a 6" S&W 686 is the best .357 available.

With that said, Ruger makes some fine guns like the SP and GP that deserve a look as well.
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Old November 21, 2013, 11:00 PM   #41
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IMHO, a S&W 22 revolver and a 686 will cover a lot of shooting, either target or small game. Personally, I've went with the Ruger Super Redhawk for 44 Mag, although there are a lot of nice 44's out there. My 686 and Rossi 721 have the nicest triggers of the bunch.
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Old November 22, 2013, 04:09 AM   #42
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Any older N frame smith and wessons.
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Old November 22, 2013, 06:11 AM   #43
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For me Colt - Diamondback, Cobra and Detective Special.
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Old November 22, 2013, 12:04 PM   #44
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Obambulate said

"I would consider the Chief Special to be another iconic and excellent revolver. That's the Model 36 in blued steel and the Model 60 in stainless steel. These are small, rugged, 5-shot revolvers in .38 Special. The no-dash M60 is a classic, IMO."

For my continued education, what does the no-dash means?

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Old November 22, 2013, 01:58 PM   #45
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The dash numbers, such as 28-2, generally denote the modifications from the original 28 "no dash". Wikipedia has lists for a lot of what the dash number changes were.
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Old November 22, 2013, 02:00 PM   #46
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"No dash" means it is the first edition of a given model. When small changes are introduced, S&W usually designates the new version with a dashed number, so you would have the 14 no dash, then the 14-1, 14-2, etc.

One exception would be the 36-1, in which the -1 does not mean a design change, but a 36 with a three inch heavy barrel.
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Old November 22, 2013, 02:05 PM   #47
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Thank You Chaz88 and micromontenegro for your explanations.
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Old November 22, 2013, 04:45 PM   #48
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A GP100 and a Red hawk........I like Smith and Wesson but the rugers are cheaper and I can do some very inexpensive things to it to make it feel like a Smith and wesson.
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Old November 22, 2013, 04:50 PM   #49
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For me, I need a Ruger Super Blackhawk and any K frame S&W. I currently have a Model 64.
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Old November 22, 2013, 05:00 PM   #50
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S&W M10 4" heavy barrel.

Ruger Redhawk 44 Magnum 5.5".
Ruger Redhawk 357 Magnum 7.5".

S&W M38 Airweight Bodyguard.
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