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Old 02-03-2012, 04:18 AM   #31
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i would love to find a S-W M29 or an older M686, at a decent price, but they just very seldom ever show up around here. most of the places i frequent, looking for firearms, carry very few revolvers, so the pickings are slim. i have been looking for over a year for a decent 357 revolver with a 4 or 6" barrel, either a S-W, a Ruger, or even a Taurus. they seem to carry some smaller snubnoses, but isn't what i'm looking for.

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+1 on that Tack!

Look for a vintage S&W. There is something about a vintage Smith wheel gun in the N or K frame that sends piss-quivers up my spine. Like a vintage M1911A1, the history seems to morph from the ageless stocks and provide the shooter with a glimpse of brilliance from the giants who's shoulders we walk on. (Elmer Keith, Jack Weaver, Col. Charles "Boots" Askins, Thell Reed, Jerry Miculek to name a few.)

My M29-2 (circa 1980)

And/or

My M19-3 (circa 1970)
Cane has good ideas. The S&W Mdl 29 in .44 mag is a fine revolver. I prefer the 29-5 because that particular engineering change was definitive but that preference should have no influence if you find a nice 29. A 4" or 6" barrel are good. A four inch is great if the blast doesn't bother you.

The Mdl 19 is probably the best revolver design of the times. Bless Bill Jordan. Great handling.

A longer barrel does not equate to better inherent weapon accuracy. The longer sight radius helps our eyes. I have a fifty year old friend who will take my 2" .38 S&W Mdl 10 (no target sights) and bounce soda cans consistently at 50 steps.

Both revolvers practice gun control- hitting the target.
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Ditto on the .357. One of the heavier, "meatier" S&W revolvers, 4" or 5" barrel. If you handload you can up-load powerhouse rounds for these heavier revolvers, and you can download for plinking and target.

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On a funny note...
I sold an XD .45 yesterday and my wife said GREAT, what are we going to do with the money?

When I told her I had my eye on a different pistol she said...Tack, you've only got TWO HANDS! How many guns do you need?

I said Baby, you've only got two feet but that does not seem to keep your shoes from multiplying.

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You NEED a .357 AND a .44

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I couldn't agree more. Every should handgun collection should have a .357 and a .44.

.357 mag is my personal favorite caliber. Versatile, powerful. IMHO the ultimate handgun round.
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Would have to agree with suggesting a SW. I favor Blued with checkered wooded target stocks from SW as well. A Model 19 in 357, Model 57 in 41 Mag, or Model 29 in 44 Mag are among the favorites in my collection. The look, the feel, and as others have mentioned the history make it worth the search for one. Good luck.

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i ran into a guy last weekend at the gun store and we got to talking about guns, and i happened to mention that i was looking for another 357 magnum, and was partial to the Smith & Wesson's. well he informed me, that his BIL had a S & W M686 Distinguished Combat with the 6" barrel. he said i might be able to get it for $500. he gave me his number and i plan on giving him a call this week. i have been looking for an older M686 for several years to replace the one that was stolen many years ago. i too, believe, that a well rounded pistol collection should have a 38 or 357 in it.

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