Which revolver to choose?

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by bisbob, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. bisbob

    bisbob New Member

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    I have a Glock 19, SA 1911, Beretta 92FS, and am now looking to add a revolver to my collection. Target shooting, nightstand pistol.
    Have narrowed it down to SP101, GP 100, S&W 686 Plus. What are your experiences with these revolvers?
     
  2. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    I have a Ruger GP100 with a 6" barrel. I have really enjoyed it for plinking. I use the less expensive .38 special ammo for plinking. I picked mine up for $400, slightly shopworn from sitting on display. The big squishy hogue grips are great for comfort, but the older style grips with the wood insets look MUCH better. All of my shooting buddies enjoy shooting it.

    I have not experienced any malfunctions with it.
     

  3. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    My vote goes to none of the above.
     
  4. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

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    If you see a nice used dan wesson 15-2 revolver get it over the others. Barrel swaps can be done in only a couple minutes too. Price run around 400 to 450 for a real nice revolover.
     
  5. bisbob

    bisbob New Member

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    Thanks for the tip. Now I have more research to do!
    Saw a closed auction where one went for $598.01. Have seen others listed for $500. Pretty reasonable, but I have to control my buying impulse until after Christmas. Money is always a limiting factor.
     
  6. eborden1122

    eborden1122 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    All three are great revolvers. If there is a chance to shoot all three at a range then you can see what you like the best. If not, at least hold them all and see what feels better to you then do some more research and use your best judgement. Good luck and enjoy!!!!
     
  7. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    If you want a S&W, forget the stuff they've produced in the last few years. You want the older guns. Much better quality and craftsmanship. I try to stay away from S&Ws produced after the early 80s.
     
  8. BlackWidow

    BlackWidow New Member

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    I say go big, sturdy and cheap with the GP 100. I don't trust the new Smiths and they are expensive.
     
  9. fupuk

    fupuk New Member

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    I have a Gp100 with a four inch barrel and its a great revolver for the money. You cant go wrong with a ruger. A little big for a carry weapon but ive done it pleanty of times. I bought mine October 2011 and ive got a lot of rounds down range and its still as fun to shoot now, as when I got it.
     

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  10. tomingreeneco

    tomingreeneco New Member

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    Everyone needs at least one cowboy gun. Get a nice SA revolver in 45LC.
     
  11. kfox75

    kfox75 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    My uncle ows a Dan Wesson 15.2 VHR, and my dad and I share ownership of a Ruger GP100. I have shot both over the years, (both have been in the family for over 25 years) and I would recomend either one. The GP100 is a sturdy, well built revoler, that has never had an issue in the time that my father has owned it (bought new in 1987), and we both have put more rounds through it than we can count. It has a 6 in. barrel, and is a nice plinker when used with .38 specials.

    My uncle's ex-wife bought the Dan Wesson back in 1977, when he was stationed at Luke AFB in CO. Two of my favorite features of that revolver are the interchangeable barrels and shouds, and a single screw interchangable grip. You can choose any length from 2 1\2 to 13 inches for the barrel and shroud. His is vert accurate with it's 6 in. barrel in place.

    Either way you go, you will wind up with a good revoler IMHO. As was suggested in an earlier post, If you can handle or fire any of the options, go for it. It will help you narrow down the choices.
     
  12. hardluk1

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    And those dan wessons for there mid frame size are some very strong revolvers. Much closer to a s&w model 27 for ability to digest realy hot loads with out issues of some s&w. or the weight of the rugers. And a great trigger . Just have to find one near can be the issue.
     
  13. LastRound

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    I don't own a GP or 686, but I do have an SP and Several Security Sixes. I like the Sixes and SPs because of their smaller frame. Nothing against the 686 and GP, just personal preference for the more portable.
     
  14. fupuk

    fupuk New Member

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    I give you that the Gp100 is not a conseal carry firearm. But I bought it for a range gun and bought a holster so I could carry it if I wanted to. Me and my wife bought her father an sp101 for a carry gun and he liked it but he bought an Lc9. I carry a Glock 17 at the moment because I dont mind carrying a full size firearm. And the Glock weights no where near as much as the revolver. Im looking at a 1911 for my everyday carry weapon. I bought my wife a S&W 638 for a carry gun and I love the trigger but such a small frame isnt for me.
     
  15. LastRound

    LastRound New Member

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    I plan on getting a GP for a range gun. My brother-in-law has one and its a fine shooter. They just don't surface much around here and I don't have enough cash for a new one.
    My father-in-law has a Dan Wesson 357 and they are also well built and accurate. Comparable in strength to the GP
     
  16. fupuk

    fupuk New Member

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    It defenitly is a great shooter. Its a great firearm, you should look into a used one..