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Old 12-28-2010, 03:54 PM   #41
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Sorry to disagree, but Ruger makes a 9mm/.357 convertible Blackhawk. While not a double-action, and not really for self-defense, they are good revolvers. Mine shoots .357, .38, and 9mm well. The 9mm heads-paces off of a shoulder machined into the dedicated cylinder, so they don't need clips.

I can see going with a 9mm revolver, especially when trying to keep things simple by staying with one type of ammunition. Going to a different caliber can be expensive.

That said, I'd go with most everyone else, and recommend a .357. And I have never had any problems with my Taurus revolvers (just put my fire-suit on ).

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Old 12-28-2010, 04:29 PM   #42
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Kenl, good find even if it is a SA Ruger® New Model Blackhawk® Convertible Single-Action Revolver Models

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Yep, there it is. And as long as it converts back into .357 it's a fine gun by me!
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Yep, there it is. And as long as it converts back into .357 it's a fine gun by me!
It's as easy to convert as a single-six .22/.22 mag. Ruger likes making convertibles. Beside the 9mm/.357, they made .45acp/.45LC and I think a .32H&R mag-.32LC/.32 (some older cartridge).

The two types that I own (.22/.22mag & 9mm/.357) are great revolvers.
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The "Single-six" was my first and still is my favorite handgun. Its the one I don't just shoot cans with, I shoot the "P" on a Pepsi can with it!

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The "Single-six" was my first and still is my favorite handgun. Its the one I don't just shoot cans with, I shoot the "P" on a Pepsi can with it!
Ditto, lso my first. Blued, 4 5/8" barrel, great to carry, fun to shoot

Came into the 9mm/357 by chance. It was slightly seared in a fire, and the owner was going to let it rust away. Got it for next to nothing, had it checked out, replaced the grips, and its now good. Still working it out, but its fun to shoot with both cylinders.
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I'm looking at a revolver for my soon to be wife and just want to add a wheel gun to the collection. I've been looking at the Taurus 905 that shoots 9mm.. I keep a lot of 9mm on hand since i have quite a few guns in that caliber so it makes sense and its cheep but are there any draw backs of it compared to a 38
A .38 special round is a better manstopper than a 9mm, especially in round nose/ball type ammo.
Since the advent of new .38 special ammo especially in hydroshok and other expanding bullets, even with Keith type semi-wad cutters are no slouch in the self defense relm.
.357 Mag. just stretchs the limits a bit, but any good gun in .38 spec,/.357mag. is a good choice for the range or self/home defense.

Something to consider, now that every "expert" handgunner has discounted the wheel gun as a defensive weapon and religated it the outdated shelf, there;s a flood of good serviceable revolvers on the market for pretty cheap money, one can usually find a good minty used .38 spec. for about $200.00 dollars, add another $75. bucks and you can get a .357 mag.
Now if you want to talk classic, a model 15 or 19 S&W with pinned barrel and recessed cylinder will cost you about $500.00 dollars, half the cost of a new one, with twice the quality of a new one.

Good luck with your search.

PS- for a good carry gun, one can't beat the S&W Model 642 or 442, $450.00 in most gun shops.
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I`m in the 38/357 camp. I`ve had a Ruger GP100 and it is a very good gun. My wife shoots it and it`s very easy to shoot in 38 and very little recoil. The gun is built to last. The pricing is very good when compared the the Smiths. You can buy new at about $550 and used $400...Hard to beat..Tremendous spread of ammo goes thur this gun from 38 target loads to a powerful 357 mag. that makes a good target/hunting/defence loads. I don`t believe there is a more versatile spread of bullets than the 38/357.

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i have a taurus 605 and its been a fine gun, i would vote get a 357 to shoot 38's thru. i know alot of taurus owners have had troubles but i've reviewed the forums and seem most, not all bought the guns online without seeing them first. i won't buy any gun nowdays no matter what brand without holding it and checking it out personally. i see on other forums about s&w,ruger, and others having trouble, i believe quality control needs addressed by all companys. but i would buy a 357 if i had a choice with it or a 9mm, the moon clips would be awkward with the 9mm and you can shoot 357 when your wife's not shooting 38's.

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Okay,Taurus is making revolvers with tooling and specks left over from S&W. I've understood that. But wasn't the PT. 92 made to the old Beretta specks? Or, am I mistaken, and should shut the hell up?

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