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Old 12-15-2013, 11:46 AM   #41
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Ruger Alaskan!!!! That is just one beautiful gun IMO.....

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When I got into shooting in the mid 70s the revolver was king. A good .357 DA revolver was a "must", and for good reason. They are accurate, simple to operate, reliable and very versatile. I would recommend a revolver with adjustable sights and a barrel length between four and six inches. The four incher is handier if you plan to carry it (especially concealed carry); the six inch tube is a little easier to shoot accurately. There are a couple of five inch models out there but they are harder to find.

While there are other brands out there, as most others have said you can't go wrong with a Smith or a Ruger. In addition to the GP100, Ruger also made the Security Six revolver which is discontinued but occasionally you can get a deal on one. This revolver has a beefy cylinder mated with a lighter barrel and frame. My first centerfire revolver was a six inch Security Six; it has digested uncounted thousands of .38 and .357 rounds and is going strong.

The S&W revolvers are very good. Smith makes (or made) .357s on the J frame (these are the five shot snubbies), the midsize K frame (the Model 19s and Model 66s "Combat Magnums" are the adjustable sight models) and the large N frame (such as the Model 27 and the Model 28 you mentioned).

There was a concern (justified or not, your call) about the durability of the K frame .357 especially with the 125 grain loads, so Smith introduced the 586 and 686 "Distinguished Combat Magnums" on the L frame which has the same grip frame as the K (so the grips interchange) but a larger cylinder and cylinder frame. These guns usually have a full underlug barrel.

I'd recommend handling these different guns before deciding. All of the Smiths and Rugers are good guns. Any of them would serve. Personally, I don't care for the N frames in .357. There is just something very "classic" about a K frame .38 or .357. When the L frame Smiths came out I bought a four inch 686 and it is a great gun although a little heavy.

If you like the 686 I would recommend one of the "Plus" models which have a seven shot cylinder. There are a couple of special edition 686 Plus models with five inch barrels; I think that would be just about perfect for an all around .357 although they are not very common and may cost a little more.

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I carried S&W revolvers for years, both in the USAF and in the National Park Service and they were absolutely reliable and accurate (.38 cal.). I own a .38 S&W Chief and carried it undercover back in the 1970's. Again, sweet revolver. I just ordered a S&W 351PD which is a .22 Magnum, airweight, with beautiful wooden grips, it has a hammer (I like single action) and it has fiber optic sights which are great for my aging eyes. I know I'll love it. I have various other single actions revolvers, but as to a double action/single action revolver, I would highly recommend the S&W. Now, I have to say that I don't have any experience with other revolvers such as Colt and Tauraus, so I can't really compare them. I know folks who swear by their Colts though. Anyway, good luck in your choice.

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Update!!!!

So I just picked up a used 686 plus. Looked at the gp 100 and a taurus but the smith just felt right. Thank you all for all the insight you gave me. 600 out the door

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So I just picked up a used 686 plus. Looked at the gp 100 and a taurus but the smith just felt right. Thank you all for all the insight you gave me. 600 out the door
Surely Santa left you a note that he wants pictures on a certain gun forum, or else?
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Surely Santa left you a note that he wants pictures on a certain gun forum, or else?
How silly of me !!!! How could I forget such things.
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Am I now forgiven of my sins??

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The best package. Four inch barrel, red insert, hogue grips. Congratulations!

That's what Santa carries, BTW.

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Congrats! Beautiful gun and excellent price.
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ct - That's about as good as it gets! Congrats!!

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