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Old December 18, 2012, 09:24 AM   #26
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Any one of my dan wesson revolvers over a sw or ruger. Also a old taurus 85 over todays J frames
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Old December 18, 2012, 09:34 AM   #27
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That would be my model 19-2 4 inch or my model 66-4 4 inch.
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Old December 18, 2012, 09:42 AM   #28
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I have a 6" silhouette model (the one with the four position front sight) 686 that's had an action job and the front of the trigger guard stippled. It is by far and away the best centerfire pistol I've ever owned or fired.

The best rimfire revolver I've ever fired was my buddy's 4" blue S&W Kit Gun. It was a sad day when his truck was broken into and that gun stolen. Close second is my 5 1/2" blue Single Six.
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Old December 18, 2012, 09:43 AM   #29
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"Best" is such a subjective term,,,

Out of my 34 handguns,,,
It's not so much an individual gun,,,
But a small group of K-frame S&W's I like best.

My Models 15 & 67 are very accurate for me,,,
The K-frame guns fit my hand perfectly,,,
Maybe that's the secret right there.

My Model 12 is an absolute joy to shoot,,,
My Model 18 is my favorite plinker.

I have 22's, .25's, 38 Specials, 9mm's, 357 magnums, 44 Magnums,,,
Probably for me then the best one is my Model 67,,,
It's identical to my Model 15,,,
Just easier to clean.

The Model 15 is my favorite handgun,,,
But the stainless model 67 is so much easier to maintain.


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Old December 18, 2012, 10:01 AM   #30
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I recently got this S&W 14-3. A real, real dog. The bluing is gone in several spots, an it really looks like it was handled-a lot- with strawberry jam soiled hands. And put away wet. Not satisfied, the previous owner decided he didn't like the way the stocks fitted him, and he smeared the things with plastic wood. A lot of it. Still not happy with the jam/plastic wood combo, he apparently put the gun away, 'cause it seemed to be almost unfired by the time I liberated it, despite the extremely ugly exterior.

Then I took it to the range, and my ugliest gun suddenly turned into the most beautiful! Cloverleaf groups form as if for themselves- this revolver forgives all my sloppiness. Crisp, crisp, crisp trigger. The only other revo I enjoy that much is my six inch Python, but the Colt looks the part. So the ugly 14-3 gets my vote.

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Old December 18, 2012, 10:28 AM   #31
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That is hard to answer with only one to pick out.

The ones I have owned over the last 40 years that I can think of:

3" S&W 24
4" S&W 25-2 Custom by Fraunfeltner
3" S&W 66-2 Custom By ??? UNK
4" S&W 610 ND Power Custom Combat
3" S&W 625-3 Power Custom Combat
4" S&W 686-1 Power Custom Combat
4" S&W 686-5 Power Custom Combat My second SSR Revolver
4" S&W 64-2 Power Custom Combat My first SSR Revolver
4" S&W 617-2
2" S&W 442 Pro Moon Clip
2" S&W 15-4
6" S&W 25-2
6.5" S&W 25-2
5" S&W 625
2.5" S&W 315 Night Guard
2.5" S&W 310 Night Guard
2" S&W 49
2" S&W 649
4" S&W 29
4" S&W 586
4" S&W 629 ND
8-3/8" S&W 629 ND
6" S&W 29-2
6" S&W 629-1
4" S&W 15
4" S&W 66
4" S&W 67
4" S&W 28
4" S&W 10 (4 Screw)
2" S&W 638
9" Ruger 480 Ruger Super RedHawk Current Hunting Revolver
7.5" Ruger 480 Ruger Super RedHawk
7.5" Ruger 44 Magnum Super Redhawk Custom Wilson Combat Buddys Hunting Revolver now.
7.5" Ruger 44 magnum Super RedHawk
2" Ruger SP101 9mm
2" Ruger LCR-22 Snub Practice Revolver
2" Ruger LCR-357
4" Ruger Security Six Ex Wifes Current House Gun

I have probably owned a few others over the years that I have forgotten about. All had something about them that I liked at the time. Most on the list were traded for another revolver on the list I liked better at the time, that was also traded for another that I liked better.

For an Airweight J Frame size Concealed Carry Revolver: S&W 442 Pro Moon Clip is on the Top of my List.

For a Mid Size Concealed Carry revolver: 3" 66-2 would be first, followed my my 315 Night Guard.

For Heavy Duty Concealed Carry: 3" S&W 625, and 2.5" 310 NG

For IDPA SSR: My 686-5 Power Custom Combat

For Steel Challange: My 4" 610 No Dash Power Custom Combat

Wifes House Gun: 686-1 Power Custom Combat with Clark Moon Clip Conversion.

Practice Revolvers Mid-Size: 4" 617

Practice Revolver J Frame Size: LCR-22

The ones I have let go that I wished I had back: My Custom 4" Red Ramp S&W 25-2, and my 3" S&W 24

Never owned, but wish I did list: 3" S&W 686-4 6-Shooter

Hard to pick only one when you Conceal Carry, Shoot Steel & IDPA, Plink, Hunt with a revolver, and just like Nice Revolvers in General.

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Old December 18, 2012, 11:26 AM   #32
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Of over 50 handguns I've owned, my Ruger Blackhawk .357mag 6 1/2" barrel is the best, even off-hand.
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Old December 18, 2012, 04:32 PM   #33
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Colt Diamondback .38 spl. 4" bbl. Hands down.
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Old December 18, 2012, 04:42 PM   #34
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2006: Ruger GPNY, surplus .38spl 4" revolver(DA only)....

In the summer of 2006, I purchased a Ruger GPNY revolver from . It was brand new, unfired.
I paid around $425.00 USD for it. The revolver was DA only & had no spur. It was a .38spl & could not fire .357magnum.
I used it often on armed security posts. I put a after market Hogue Tamer rubber grip on it.
The GPNY was produced by Ruger in 1991. It came with the first yellow Ruger box & NYPD(GPNY) printed owner's manual. The good ole boy & FFL holder in AL told me he cleaned out a old locker/storage area & found a few unsold firearms.
The fixed sight GPNY was a great sidearm & a value. I used the revolver for about 3 years, then sold it due to $$$ problems.

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Old December 18, 2012, 04:53 PM   #35
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Without a doubt it is my Ruger blued .45 Flattop convertible. Internals were worked over by the late Bob Munden and it shoots like a dream. The medium size frame is just right for .45 Colt. Hardly ever leave for the range without it.
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Old December 18, 2012, 05:03 PM   #36
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For fun at the range, my New Vaquero. For carry, my S&W 637.
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Old December 18, 2012, 05:32 PM   #37
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Old December 18, 2012, 06:33 PM   #38
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My Best = My S&W 19-4 w/6" barrel, square butt frame and stock target grips.

W/that gun in hand, if I can see it, I can hit it.
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Old December 18, 2012, 06:56 PM   #39
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Hands down a Ruger 4 inch security six da. Bought new my late ex father in law was a excellent gun smith who worked over the trigger sights basically custom fitted the gun to me as he watched me shoot over about a two day visit.
Best shooting most accurate gun I have ever had the pleasure of owning. Wish I still had it.
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Old December 18, 2012, 07:12 PM   #40
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All of my Ruger single actions. .22, .32, .357, & .44 mag.
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Old December 18, 2012, 07:17 PM   #41
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S&W 627 Pro Series ; if a revolver is highly accurate , comfortable to shoot , and has a very decent trigger & can you not love it !
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Old December 18, 2012, 07:25 PM   #42
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Either of my two 657-4 Mountain Guns.
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Old December 18, 2012, 07:28 PM   #43
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I have 2 matching Colt SAA. .45 Colt, 5 1/2" barrel, blued, lightly tuned. I won the top shooter in South Texas with'm. I open carry them when that is appropriate.
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Old December 18, 2012, 07:32 PM   #44
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I guess I have about 25 revolvers in my safe now...( almost all S&W ) ....but the top 4 revolvers I own are ...:

a. Freedom Arms, 4 3/4" octagonal barrel, large frame, 5 shot in .357 mag

b. S&W Model 27-2 Nickel 4" revolver ( .357 mag )

c. S&W Model 27-2 Blued 6" revolver ( .357 mag )

d. S&W model 29-1 Nickel 8 3/8" revolver ( .44 mag )

I love them all ....but its hard to pick just one favorite from this group...and I like my other model 27's, 29's, 18's, 19's, 617's, 66's and 686's too....
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Old December 18, 2012, 08:03 PM   #45
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I have had sooo many nice Colts,S&W, etc... But his one has to win by default for real world perormance.

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Old December 18, 2012, 08:35 PM   #46
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I am not as big on revolvers anymore. I had two that were my favorite. I sold both and do so etimes regret it. The first was a Taurus 44, 44 magnum with a 6" barrel. The other is pictured below, a 1968 Colt Python 2 1/2" barrel.

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Old December 18, 2012, 09:47 PM   #47
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No question, my 4-inch 686+ ... plenty of weight to deal with recoil from full-house .357 rounds, soft shooting with even hot .38Spcls ... accurate, clean trigger from the factory ... my favorite revolver by far ...
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Old December 18, 2012, 10:27 PM   #48
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My duty weapon from my days on embassy duty. A State Dept issue SW Model 19 snubby. Qualified expert with it too. A shame they don't make the M19/66s any more. Should have gotten one when I had the chance.
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Old December 18, 2012, 10:36 PM   #49
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New style Ruger Blackhawk 357, 6 1/2, bought new in the 70's. Shoot it almost weekly.
Old December 19, 2012, 09:29 AM   #50
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I like Colts, but I like S&W more. I think the model 58 in .41 mag that's still with me is my best. I've had two Security Sixes that shoot really straight, one I still have, but Smith model 19s shoot as well, with better fit and finish.
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