SP101 3"(new) or S&W 66-7 4" (used)?


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Old 09-26-2010, 08:15 PM   #1
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Default SP101 3"(new) or S&W 66-7 4" (used)?

They're both about the same price. Looking to use it as a carry piece (well, maybe under the counter) in my retail store as well as a woods gun while out hiking in the Smokies.

Maybe the correct answer is "you can't go wrong with either one"?

Anyway, thanks for your help and for letting me in here.

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I would not feel poorly equipped with either, but am partial to S&W. Track record for quality and service.



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The S&W is going to be more "refined" and smoother and the Ruger will be slightly smaller and easier to carry. Also the S&W features adjustable sights. The best thing to do is see which one fits your hand more naturally. That's the 1 you're going to shoot the best.

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Both guns are excellent choices for CC, but very different in terms of design and feel.

The Ruger is a rugged beast of a revolver that can withstand any and all heavy shooting forever with out a hiccup. If one of your intended uses is to carry as a wilderness gun, where heavy factory or full house handloads may be used consider this gun.

The Smith is more of a luxury item. It will have a smoother action, perfect pointability (aim) and overall more comfortable shooting, however I hesitate to "over-shoot" my Smiths because they are so damn beautiful. The Smith can also be a great woods gun and will withstand limited heavy loadings, however that may be tough for you to carry that diamond in the wet, rocky or sandy outdoors.

Can't go wrong with either! Let us know what you choose!

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New is good.

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6 of one; half dozen of the other. Go with whichever feels better in your hand.

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New is good.
But Smiths are GREAT!
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Hi all, thanks for the responses thus far. I still haven't decided though.....
I think I'll wait until the next gunshow and handle 'em, if possible. I have gripped the 101 before and it felt pretty good. Also the GP-100, but I think the 66-7 is lighter(?).

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6 of one; half dozen of the other. Go with whichever feels better in your hand.
With all due respect Scott. . .C'mon man. . . This question requires a much deep answer than that nonsense. We're talking a major decision here. Granted they are both magnificent examples for guns of American made steel, they have completely different personalities. That "feels good in your hand crap" is only good in the plastic crap selection game. This man is looking into a fine firearm here. . .

Also the extensive (more like never ending ) selection of aftermarket grips for either of these firearms makes the out of the box "feel" nearly (more like totally) irrelevant. My SP101 felt fair, AT BEST until Houges were installed, now it is just as comfy as any gun in the rotation.

Grip selection for either of these firearms is good for HOURS of fun! You can find anything from custom hardwood, over-sized-finger-grooved grips, (my fav ) to your basic Black rubber (great for mountain carry/everyday use).

I will say this one more time (promise. . . just one ) Although you will be OVERJOYED with either of these guns. . . . they ARE very different.

I didn't read to see if this is your first gun or not. I ALWAYS recommend a .357 mag in the 4"ish range for a mans first handgun. It's just natural. Whatever you choose will grow on you, can't wait to hear the verdict!
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With all due respect Scott. . .C'mon man. . . This question requires a much deep answer than that nonsense. We're talking a major decision here. Granted they are both magnificent examples for guns of American made steel, they have completely different personalities. That "feels good in your hand crap" is only good in the plastic crap selection game. This man is looking into a fine firearm here. . .

Also the extensive (more like never ending ) selection of aftermarket grips for either of these firearms makes the out of the box "feel" nearly (more like totally) irrelevant. My SP101 felt fair, AT BEST until Houges were installed, now it is just as comfy as any gun in the rotation.

Grip selection for either of these firearms is good for HOURS of fun! You can find anything from custom hardwood, over-sized-finger-grooved grips, (my fav ) to your basic Black rubber (great for mountain carry/everyday use).

I will say this one more time (promise. . . just one ) Although you will be OVERJOYED with either of these guns. . . . they ARE very different.

I didn't read to see if this is your first gun or not. I ALWAYS recommend a .357 mag in the 4"ish range for a mans first handgun. It's just natural. Whatever you choose will grow on you, can't wait to hear the verdict!
Crap is in the eye of the beholder.

He's not providing a whole lot of detail on his needs, so all we have to go on are two .357 revolvers of equivalent quality (albeit in their own rights). So go lay your hands on them and find out what feels better shooting. I wouldn't have a hesitation with either.

So yes, I think it's just that simple.

Tell me why it's more complicated.


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