Originally Posted by bleak23
Thinking about buying one or the other. The GP-100 is 4" while the M60 is 3" with a Hi Viz front site (which seems pretty cool). Both are stainless. This will be my first revolver in a long time. I'm selling my Ruger P95 to get a revolver because I like the simplicity of revolvers. It will be used for target practice and home defense.
I did a search for M60 but came up empty. I know the GP-100 is pretty well liked around these parts and Ruger customer service is good so I'm wondering what I would be missing if I got the M60. Which gun should I get? Can I put a Hi Viz sight on the Ruger? Are there any other revolvers (in any caliber) I should seriously consider? Thanks.
Depends on what your needs are, You can't buy a better all around wheel gun out of the box than a Smith, and if you can find an older one it's even better.
There's been a lot of guns mentioned here, and this may not sit well with some folks here, but here goes, Taurus, keep away from them if you are thinking of giving it a lot of use, the metal is soft, especially the internals, case hardening is poor.
Pythons, what can I say, they are great shooters and look even better, but they are expensive and they go out of time quicker than any other gun on the market, but they ae smoth as silk, any did I mention pretty.
Rugers, somebody here said they were built like a tank, that's true, they are also very accurate, and easy to disasemble without tools, but they are heavy.
If you need a hunting handgun, a plinker, or a target revolver, the rugers are a good choice, BUT, if your going to use it for self defense, buy a Smith.
Now is where some people get cranky.
I served as a police officer until I retired, also was the dept. armorer and combat firearms instructor for most of those years, and served on the special response team, and we carried ruger revolvers for about six month.
Why only six months, because that's how long we had them before it was qualification time, every one of the new rugers that we had jamed up under rapid fire over a three day qualification course.
Ruger sent down a rep. who sent down oe of their gunsmiths, who reworked every one of those guns, with me watching his every move, when he was done he assured the chief and I that they were all fine and ready for service, great I said, lets go to the range and give thema test drive, all but two jamed up, and the two that didn't I made jam in no time flat.
The guns weren't defective, it's a flaw in Rugers design of their double action revolvers, they never changed the design beause it would mean creating a whole new trigger system, the problem is in the loop style trigger return spring system, the shooter has to let the trigger return fully foward with no pressure on the trigger for the gun to go back into battery, in a rapid fire stress mode the shooter doesn't always do that, your trying to get those shots off as fast as you can to end the threat.
The Ruger if you don't let the trigger travel fully forward right at the end of it's travel and you pull it again at that exact point, it will lock up the action as tight as if it were welded, and the gun will not fire untill you release the pressure on the trigger and squeeze it off again, in the middle of a fire fight that's a had thing to think about.
Now, if you want a fool proof, small, well made carry gun, the model 60 S&W is a hard gun to beat, usually, if you can't get yourself out of trouble with five shots, maybe you shouldn't be where your at, carry a speed strip.
I have one, mine is magna ported, I fived .357 mags out of it once, when I first got it, my advice, don't do it, it hurts.
I use low recoil high velocity .38 spec. 115grn. JHP self defense loads which I have tested in balistics gell.
PS- the Smith mod. 686 can be had in 6, 7, and eight shot models, it's an L-framed model, but it's big for a concealed carry gun.