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kirsch 11-03-2011 08:32 PM

opinions on the S&W 638-3
I'm looking into buying a revolver and just wanted some opinions on this one

trip286 11-03-2011 08:41 PM

If it's a S&W revolver, what could be bad? Some of them could use a grip adapter or an aftermarket grip like brands Pachmayr and Hogue. But that's pretty much it.

The model 65 has a weak point, a notch cut into the bottom of the forcing cone that is prone to possible cracking and other damage from hot high velocity loads, but that is the only weak point I've heard of on any S&W revolver. Incidentally, that's the one I have.

robocop10mm 11-04-2011 05:49 AM

The 686 is one of the fnest revolvers ever built. Reasonably compact, yet sturdy enough for a steady diet of Magnun loads.

Olympus 11-04-2011 12:59 PM


Originally Posted by kirsch (Post 618687)
I'm looking into buying a revolver and just wanted some opinions on this one

I've never cared for the shrouded hammer look. What purpose are you wanting to serve with the gun? The 638 is primarily designed as an ultra safe self-defense model.

If it's self defense that you're interested in, I'd recommend moving up to a very slightly larger 2.5" Model 19 or Model 66 (same gun as the 19, only in stainless). The 2.5" K-frame is considered by a large number of people to be one of S&W finest models. The slightly larger frame gives you the ability to shoot .357 also. It's still very easily concealable. I own two Model 66s.

But if you're wanting a revolver for target shooting, then the heavier 686 with a 4" or 6" barrel might work better for you. But you didn't specify a primary use for the gun, so it's really hard to give an accurate recommendation.

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