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Old 08-29-2011, 01:00 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by jismail View Post
I second that.... The stainless is easy to care for and looks great. Personally, I had to go with the combat grips over the standard grip as the standard grip seemed to allow the gun to torque in my hand a bit using .357 rounds.

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Old 08-31-2011, 10:34 PM   #32
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Smith and Wesson model 19 is a great revolver.
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Old 08-31-2011, 10:47 PM   #33
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Never own a revolver. Carried one though back
in the early '80's when driving a taxicab in NY.
Found it in the back of my cab and kept it while
I drove. Never fired it though. Almost did when I
heard a screaming red-head open my cab one night
when I was at a stop light on 42nd street & Bway.
It was 3 a.m. weekday. She jumped into the back
seat pertrified. And the door was opened and four
black guys tried to pull her out. I pointed the revolver
at them all the while spewing expletives and they all
backed off. I took the young girl to a hotel she was staying
at with her parents. It seemed they were from out-of-town
and she wanted to see Times Square in the wee hours of the
morn. She was shaking when I brought her into the hotel
lobby, pushed the button for her, chided her for being stupid,
and decided to forgo the fare she owed me. That was the
closest I got to using a S&W snub nose revolver.
I later dropped it into a postal mailbox on a street corner.
(Sorry, didn't mean to meander down memory lane).
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Old 08-31-2011, 11:33 PM   #34
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I would suggest the 357 Mag. over the others. As they have suggested here the fact you can Shoot 357 Mag *Full Blown Defense Loads which are more than adequate for defense. But also, you can shoot 38, 38+P 38+p+ and 38 Target Loads or Wad Cutters which are easy to find and as reasonable as ammunition today can be. If you are going to also carry it for CCW the 4" will be OK for both Range and CCW. But if you will only be using it for range target use, you might want to look at a 6" barrel. The Model 19, Model 66 or 686 Smith and Wesson is a good choice as well as other manufacturers make a good revolver. If you buy a used one be sure the cylinders lock up tight and correctly on each chamber of the cylinder.
You do that by holding the weapon in the normal grip. Cock the Hammer. Using your grip hand thumb to let the hammer down easily while pulling the trigger and holding the trigger to the rear. With the Hammer completely down. Check each chamber and cylinder one at a time to make sure each cylinder locks up tightly and doesn't have free travel from side to side. Also look at the lock locations (notches) on the outside of the Cylinder to be sure they do not look worn or damaged. A pistol not timed correctly will show wear or damage in that area. In addition look at the Barrel area where it comes through the frame facing the Cylinder if there is splattered lead or debris around the outside of the barrel (forcing cone area) and be sure to check on top of the barrel. Use caution! This is a sign of a pistol out of time/ poor lock up. Best to take someone with you that knows about pistols if buying a used one or find a reputable dealer that you know.
Most used pistols have not been fired that much as a rule.
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