S&W M&P R8 .357 magnum - Hands-on reviews?

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by drkknight196, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. drkknight196

    drkknight196 New Member

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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!
     
  2. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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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.

    Welcome to the forum, by the way. Please stop by the introduction area and tell us a bit about yourself, if you intend to stick around.

    Subbing for people's thoughts!
     

  3. Overkill0084

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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.
     
  4. JW357

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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.
     
  5. hardluk1

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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.
     
  6. JW357

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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
     
  7. phildenton

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    Many choices, indiana, washington, idaho, montana, Wyoming, and more
     
  8. drkknight196

    drkknight196 New Member

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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!
     
  9. eatmydust

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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!:eek:

    Thank God push didn't come to shove!!
     
  10. Mercator

    Mercator New Member

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    In Indiana on paper. You will be confronted by police. If public display of a big magnum revolver is essential to you, look elsewhere.
     
  11. phildenton

    phildenton New Member

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    In many open carry places you will be confronted by police, its just a fact of life nowadays, the sheep are everywhere.
     
  12. 1911love

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    I have eyeballed the R8 and TRR8 for a while now. About six months ago I saw a TRR8 at the LGS. At $750 I couldn't say no.

    I chose the TRR8 over the R8 because the rails are removable. I don't plan on mounting any lights, lasers, or optics on it, so I just leave the rails off.

    She shoots like a dream. .38s are super light shooting and .357s are pretty tame too thanks to it being an N frame. The trigger is super smooth and has a clean break. The grip is really nice too. I also like how easy the brass bead front sight is to see.

    I've had no problems with her. She always gets lots of looks at the range. Overall, I'm glad I bought it and she seems to follow me to every range outing. I would highly recommend one. The only con I can think of is the price.

    These were developed in response to a problem NYPD swat guys were having. When using a shield, their semi autos were malfunctioning because of the slide hitting the shield after firing. They told S&W they needed a high capacity revolver with the ability to mount lights and lasers. S&W then came up with the R8 and TRR8.
     
  13. hardluk1

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    eatmydust How would you have know if you hit that pore tree rat. He would have just vaporized. maybe a few hairs floating on the wind.