the right revolver?

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by Chewdo, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. Chewdo

    Chewdo New Member

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    My mother is looking for a revolver... She used to carry a 38 speshal... She is now looking for something with a longer barrel... It has been 20 years sence she last carried or been shooting. Im used to shooting semi autos, and i have no exsperince with revolvers... Any sugestions??? Sorry about my spelling... English was never my strong point lol
     
  2. zebramochaman

    zebramochaman New Member

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    Check out a Ruger GP-100. They are available in many barrel lengths and are made in stainless or blued.
     

  3. ninjatoth

    ninjatoth New Member

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    What is the purpose for the gun?Home defense?Target gun?CCW?
     
  4. RustyShackleford101

    RustyShackleford101 New Member

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    If she can handle a 357. I suggest the Ruger gp 100 the grips are comfortable and recoil is controllable. It's kind of a throwback to the security six, gotta love it.
     
  5. Chewdo

    Chewdo New Member

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    Yeah for home defence, theres been alot of roberys in her area as of late... She is kinda a small woman so maybe something with a little less recoil than a 357
     
  6. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg New Member

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    you can always shoot 38s in the 357 if she wants a lighter load, but the gp 100 is a fairly large gun especially with the 6" barrel, she may find 357 manageable out of a larger revolver, maybe see if you can try one out somewhere
     
  7. RustyShackleford101

    RustyShackleford101 New Member

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    A .38 revolver is a great choice for less recoil, tons of manufacturers make them. Plus you can get some great colts, smith and wessons, rugers and much more,for cheap, in the used gun department.
     
  8. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Check out the S&W 19, 66, 686 with 4" barrels while you are at it. They are 357 but will handle the 38 spl and 38 spl+P loads for reduced recoil while having the ability to shoot the 357 rounds. The Rugers are excellent guns but on the heavy side. The S&W revolvers have a little better trigger. Rugers are lawyered up but can be lightened. I have a Ruger SP101 in 357 that has had the trigger tuned and has a CT laser grip. My wife is having some eye problems right now so she is using with 38 spl+P it instead of her SR9c. I am 2 good and 2 bad from Taurus and 50% is not good enough for me to buy another one. Dont get anything with a muzzle brake/ported. The flash at night will blind you and they are louder.
     
  9. ninjatoth

    ninjatoth New Member

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    Maybe look at the .327 federal magnum Ruger SP101.
     
  10. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I am an 'older' lady and my hands aren't as strong as they used to be. I have a 6" GP100 that I shoot fairly well. You can shoot .38 out of it or load it with .357 mag if needed. See if you can find a place that rents guns and give it a try. I really like my GP100 and maybe she would, too.
     
  11. Chewdo

    Chewdo New Member

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    Thats really cool i had no idea that you could switch between 357 and 38... Thats defantly a good option. I will talk to her about that, i doubt that she would shoot the 357 but who knows she might feel safer with it. She used to be a great shot... Im sure to some degree that as long as she still has her fundementals it will be like riding a bike.
     
  12. RustyShackleford101

    RustyShackleford101 New Member

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    Be extremely careful!!! Use only revolvers marked for BOTH! If you put .357s in a gun marked for .38 you could have an over pressure disaster.
     
  13. Ledbetter84

    Ledbetter84 New Member

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    I second the S&W 686
     
  14. fupuk

    fupuk New Member

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    I have a Gp100 and i love it. My oldlady shoots it also. Shes small and can shoot .357's like nothing. She shoots my handgun more than her Glock. But who can blame her, its a nice .357 revolver and everyone wants to shoot nice well made revolver.
     
  15. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg New Member

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    My GP100 is not marked as 38 but it is common knowledge you can shoot 38 in the 357, just out of curiosity is there a revolver marked 357 and 38? I've never heard of it, from what I have seen the are marked as what they are either a 357 or a 38. Also the 357 shell is longer than the 38 so does the 357 even fit in a 38 cylinder? I don't own a 38 so I'm not sure, but I would think they made the 357 longer for the reason that it wouldn't fit in the 38, of course there could be some models it would fit in so you should always double check you arent using the wrong ammo, but if you buy a 357 you shouldn't have to worry about shooting 38s even if it isn't marked 38
     
  16. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    You get the 357 since it is a bit heavier. That will absorb more recoil when she fires .38spl or even .38spl+p through it.

    I am particularly partial to the Smith&Wesson 686-PLUS. It has 7 rounds instead of just 6. 4" or even 6" barrel would be good.
     
  17. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I think Rusty was saying if the gun only specifies .38 to not shoot .357 through it. But if it's marked .357 you can always shoot .38's through it.
     
  18. RustyShackleford101

    RustyShackleford101 New Member

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    Ehhh with some models, although I never shoot cartridges the gun isn't marked for i e you put 9mm makarov in a 9mm Luger gun, you've got a big problem.
     
  19. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg New Member

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    I'm not tryin to start an argument here but what 357 cant shoot a 38? And why can't it shoot it?
     
  20. RustyShackleford101

    RustyShackleford101 New Member

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    Okay there is a slight different in width between .38 and .357 not a big one but it counts. Now I've never shot .38 s from a 357 I shoot 38s from a 38. It's just a safety thing for me others might have other experience, that's the purpose of this site.