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

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by 52Relic, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. 52Relic

    52Relic New Member

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    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.

    john
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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

  3. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  4. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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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! :)
     
  5. Alchemist

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  6. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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

    diggsbakes New Member

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    But Smiths are GREAT!
     
  8. 52Relic

    52Relic New Member

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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(?).
     
  9. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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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 :eek:) 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!
     
  10. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    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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  11. 52Relic

    52Relic New Member

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    I have a pair of Glocks, 23 & 27....thought it might be time for a revolver, and my plans include some hiking and camping, so it seemed like a .357 would be appropriate. I really am trying to be cognizant of the weight of the gun while tromping around the woods with my old legs, but I don't want to give up accuracy and/or have something that's light, but painful to shoot.
     
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  12. freefall

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    Also handle a 4" GP 100. Yes it's heavier than the Smith, bigger and heavier than the SP, but it will be more fun to shoot with heavy (woods gun) loads than either.
     
  13. diggsbakes

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    I see your point. The intended use is pretty vague (you get that OP? :confused:), however the "feel" of these handguns (like most) lies in the grip and can (often are) be changed like underwear. So the choice lies not in what feels better, but in the ever-so mysterious intended use and or what the OP likes more personally.
     
  14. Biohazurd

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    IMO the ruger would be your best bet. But to each his own.