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View Poll Results: Favorite Revolver Manufacturer
Smith&Wesson 84 42.42%
Ruger 68 34.34%
Taurus 6 3.03%
Colt 23 11.62%
Other 17 8.59%
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Old November 14, 2009, 02:55 PM   #1
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Old November 14, 2009, 03:01 PM   #2
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Old November 14, 2009, 03:16 PM   #3
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I love my Rugers!
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Old November 14, 2009, 03:19 PM   #4
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So far S&W is way ahead. I wonder how many nostalgia votes Colt will bring to the table?
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Old November 14, 2009, 03:31 PM   #5
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Ruger and S&W are almost different animals. I think that both companies make an excellent revolver but Rugers are big, tough guns. Smiths are maybe more refined and graceful with a better trigger. Anyways, I chose S&W!
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Old November 14, 2009, 03:39 PM   #6
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It was a hard choice. I went with S&W because of their continuing and consistent production of great products. I do love Colt revolvers.
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Old November 14, 2009, 03:47 PM   #7
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I've got Smiths, but Ruger SA have my heart. I just love the Blackhawks. Simple, Rugged, Reliable.
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Old November 14, 2009, 04:00 PM   #8
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Freedom arms? No love

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Old November 14, 2009, 04:01 PM   #9
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Since Colt isn't making revolvers any more, I think that this is clearly a two-horse race between S&W and Ruger -- two good companies with different strengths. Taurus is a distant third and nobody else is in the race at all.

I own an S&W, but that happened mostly because there were no Ruger SP101s available for purchase last spring when I was looking. So I bought an S&W Model 60. I think that, for me, this was a fortunate "accident" -- I am not interested in pushing the platform by shooting overpowered ammunition and (having shot both of these guns repeatedly) like the slightly lighter, more refined S&W model. I shoot better with it, and don't think that's simply a function of familiarity.

Somebody else -- say somebody who is a reloader who wants to try +P+ loads -- might look at the same two models and choose differently. :-) The Ruger isn't as refined, and you have to do a trigger job on it or shoot a couple thousand rounds through it to get the trigger pulling smoothly. It's also a bit heavier. But the thing is a tank and will shoot almost anything you can feed it.
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Old November 14, 2009, 04:19 PM   #10
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I agree that Smith has been amazing over the last 60 years or so. But it's hard to find fault with Colt, maker of the gun that tamed the West. So, I went with Colt. Mostly because I've had more Colts than I have S&Ws.
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Old November 14, 2009, 04:23 PM   #11
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Colt still ships Single Action Armys, my mom still carries her Python and I recently saw a Colt Cobra that I really want
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Old November 14, 2009, 04:39 PM   #12
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It really is sad how colt has no real interest in making guns for civilians anymore. The guns I've shot made by them were always nice. I guess uncle sam's money is better than our money? Oh wait. It is our money!
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Old November 14, 2009, 04:50 PM   #13
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Old November 14, 2009, 05:44 PM   #14
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I voted for Smith but I like my Rugers too.
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Old November 14, 2009, 06:01 PM   #15
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I would probably have voted S&W, but they don't make single actions.

So I own mostly Rugers, with a few S&W's mixed in for variation.

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Old November 14, 2009, 06:02 PM   #16
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I like rugers but they tend to neglect the finer details that often the end user would be responsible for smoothing out.
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Old November 14, 2009, 06:20 PM   #17
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Since I can't afford a Freedom Arms, Rugers are the only revolvers I'll own.
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Old November 14, 2009, 06:22 PM   #18
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Rugers because they are tanks and just feel right in my hands.
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Old November 14, 2009, 06:34 PM   #19
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Well, I realize Colt gave up the revolver business, but I still liked them the best. I can't begin to count the good deals I passed up back in the early 80's.
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Old November 14, 2009, 08:36 PM   #20
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Old November 14, 2009, 08:40 PM   #21
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Rugers because they are tanks
That statement gets repeated a lot, but I would imagine a Ferrari to be more fun than a tank.

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Old November 14, 2009, 08:41 PM   #22
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Rugers because they are tanks and just feel right in my hands.
It was a close call, but I passed up a new 6" GP100 just like yours for a used 686 that was $100 less. I think I made the right call. However, my second purchase was a Ruger (semi-auto)
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Old November 14, 2009, 08:45 PM   #23
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Old November 14, 2009, 08:49 PM   #24
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Ruger...
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Old November 14, 2009, 08:50 PM   #25
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Ruger's are rugged and their service dept. can't be beat.

I've cracked a cylinder on a SBH and a reciever on a Mini, all my fault and the turnaround was inside of two weeks. THAT's commendable.
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