S&W M&P R8 .357 magnum - Hands-on reviews?
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:09 PM   #1
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I'm very interested in adding this revolver to my collection as a tribute to the first S&W Model 10 .38 Special (with "bull" barrel) that I carried in 1976 as a rookie patrol officer. I would appreciate all hands-on feedback, pro or con. Thanks in advance!

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I've never even seen one in a gun store, let alone held or shot one. I would love to have one.

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Can't speak directly to the M&P model, but it's cousin, the 627 PC is a blast. If I had it to do over, I'd still do it. It appears (to me at least) the R8 is essentially a 327 with an accessory rail. I shoot pins (shot? It's been a few months) with a couple 327 owners, they love them. It's because of them, I bought my 627 PC.
The 8 shot S&Ws seem to be generally well received all around. The only complaints I hear are over the prices.

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The only complaints I hear are over the prices.
Yes, I last the prices would come down. I'll still probably own one someday. I just old to not have to sell off my first born in order to do so.

The S&W 8 shot .357 wheel guns are my ideal open carry gun. I just have to live in a place where that's legal.
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Are you full set on a 357 revolver it would be the 327 trr8 . The no lug version. Personal if a s&w had to be bought it would be a 625 JM 45acp revolver knowing it will function fine with +P BB, DT and underwood loads. maybe 45super.

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For what its worth:

I found this thread on the S&W forum earlier today. I read through all the responses so far. Some people are having issues with their R8s. My opinion is probably a bad batch was sent out. It certainly wouldn't steer me away from the gun, I would just keep sending it back to S&W if I had to, in order to get it fixed properly. It would probably only require one time sent in.

http://smith-wessonforum.com/s-w-revolvers-1980-present/339272-very-unhappy-r8-owner.html

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Yes, I last the prices would come down. I'll still probably own one someday. I just old to not have to sell off my first born in order to do so.

The S&W 8 shot .357 wheel guns are my ideal open carry gun. I just have to live in a place where that's legal.
Many choices, indiana, washington, idaho, montana, Wyoming, and more
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Well, after digesting your feedback and a great deal of research I've changed my mind about the R8. Now I can't seem to keep my eyes off of the S&W 629 V-Comp!

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The S&W 629 V-Comp is an awesome weapon.

I was out turkey hunting in the Pocono Mnts. of PA today, packing my Savage Model 24 in a .223/12 ga. configuration, with my S&W Model 19-3 on my right hip, incase I came upon a sow with cubs or some other varmint that wouldn't give way.

I had a HUGE Gray Squirrel giving me the "stink eye" at approx. 30 yards and almost had to draw on him! The R8 0r 629 V-Comp would have given some real peace of mind also!

Thank God push didn't come to shove!!

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Many choices, indiana, washington, idaho, montana, Wyoming, and more
In Indiana on paper. You will be confronted by police. If public display of a big magnum revolver is essential to you, look elsewhere.
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