What Smith?

Discussion in 'Revolvers' started by FWoo45, Oct 21, 2018.

  1. FWoo45

    FWoo45 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2017
    After being inspired by @WhoIsJohnGalt? A few moments ago I have decided that I really need to add a new revolver to the stable. I have a 686+ that was my first big boy wheel gun. It is a pretty nice gun for what it is. Problem is that after I picked up my python a few months ago, I don't really shoot it and my feelings for it have waned. I really want a pre-lock s&w to compare it to. Problem is that I'm in komifornia and they're hard to come by and command a premium. I really don't know too much about them and don't know anyone who does. I'm not looking to spend registered magnum money. Looking for something that qualifies as a c&r gun around $1200 or less. I can stretch that a bit if necessary but it would cut into the 1911 budget and we all know that isn't good. Thanks for the input. Looking at you miss @Joni Lynn. -Frank
  2. WhoIsJohnGalt?

    WhoIsJohnGalt? We Are! Supporting Addict

    Feb 20, 2018
    It’s been a few weeks since I browsed Gunbroker to gauge current prices - and not knowing what the California angle may do to the pricing scale - but I wonder if a nice Model 28 / Highway Patrolman might fit the bill?

    Edited to add - I initially overlooked your mention of C&R - I don’t know if a 28 would qualify as that.

  3. simonp

    simonp Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2016
    Not sure where in this hell hole state you are but I’d start checking the local gun stores, look for a nice M27 or M28 personally, they are some of my favorites at reasonable prices. The M19 is sweet gun as well but its the smaller K frame, I prefer N frames. Smiths frankly are like Pringles or 1911’s, hard to get just one, I had a safe full at one point.

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  4. FWoo45

    FWoo45 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2017
    I'm up north. Butte county. I've been looking and calling around but there's nothing. I should state that I think I'd like to stick with .357.
  5. FWoo45

    FWoo45 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2017
    Will look for a m27 on the gunbroker. I've got a kitchen table guy that will receive guns for free, unlike the stupid boushey range that wants $85 to open a box.
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  6. N of 1

    N of 1 just one more

    Nov 3, 2016
    I'd say in part it depends on how you might use the gun. If it's every going to be carried much the K frame is a "sweet spot" gun, but if it's just a range gun, occasionally hunting, or household sort where the extra size/weight doesn't matter much the n frames are really hard to beat. unless you use lightweight/hot loads both can be shot more than most of us can afford to shoot without any issues, but the weight and feel of the n frame makes a day a the range nicer.

    Good luck in the search. I for one hate the idea of buying revolvers w/o being able to inspect them, but a lot can be judged from the external condition. My own experience suggests that a small to medium premium for a light turnline and good looking forcing cone/ breach face is worth it.
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  7. The War Wagon

    The War Wagon Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2018
    Back when I carried a 1006 daily, I was jonesin' for a 610 to go with it.


    I'm outta 10mm now, but if I ever come across one, and I have a fistful of dollars to spare...
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  8. FWoo45

    FWoo45 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2017
    I'm searching for a m27 or at least an n frame. Not having too much luck on gunbroker. I would also like a k frame but am a bit hesitant as I won't be able to carry it because komifornia sucks. Basically I can't cut out a 1911.
  9. FWoo45

    FWoo45 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2017
    So I'm having a bit of a time finding a m27 no dash. There are a couple pre27 guns on gunbroker that are in my price range. There are also some m27-2 guns that I'm not sure are old enough to get as a c&r gun. My search for a timeline of when different "dash whatever" guns came out has come up blank. Anyone have any insight into this? Also thoughts on the post registered magnum, pre m27 guns?

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