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Inexpensive revolver

Discussion in 'Handguns' started by carney, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. carney

    carney Member

    Mar 8, 2008
    Outside DFW metromess.
    I am trying to get some ideas for a quality inexpensive, snub nose type revolver. My parents just took their chl class, they used two of my fullsize glocks in the class but they both said they would like something a little smaller, and right now each of them have an older .22 revolver that belonged to their parents. I was wanting to get them each a good snub nose revolver for christmas. I'll be honest here I have no idea what quality revolvers are out there. I am open to all major brands, such as smith and wesson, ruger, taurus, rossi, and whatever else is out there. I would prefer a .38spl or .357 mag, finish doesn't really matter.

  2. idleprocess

    idleprocess Active Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    Ruger makes quality revolvers at a decent price. They're built like tanks.
    I have a GP100 that I'm happy with.

    The SP101 line is their more compact line. Stainless&bct=Yes&type=Revolver

    .357 revolvers can fire the more-controllable .38 special round in any pressure loading.

    I'm hearing good things about the .327 Federal Magnum cartridge, but keep in mind that it's not easy to find and fairly new.

    You should be able to find them for less than the suggested retail price on their website.
  3. shaggydog

    shaggydog New Member

    Jun 12, 2008
    College Station
    I agree. I have owned and shot Ruger wheel guns for years and, IMO, they cannot be beat for price and quality.
  4. mac79912

    mac79912 Well-Known BANNED!!!

    Mar 4, 2008
    Smith and Wesson make great snubs.If the price is an issue,Charter arms makes some decent snubs.Ruger makes good revolvers but I have never owned a snub from them so I cannot rate them.I had the SP101 .327 but could not order any ammo locally so I sold it.
  5. jim t

    jim t Member

    Mar 4, 2008
    Hawley Texas
    my son is now useing a tarus feather lite 38 speacal sweet gun and light for carry. it is a good gun for easy carry.
  6. baboon

    baboon TGT Addict

    Try & find a couple of good used S&W Bodyguards or Airweight Bodyguards !
  7. 50calRay

    50calRay Active Member

    Jun 17, 2008
    Personaly, I went with a Tuarus UL 38 spl. It's lite, cheap, and realiable.

  8. TexasT/A

    TexasT/A Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    S&W 642 gets my vote.
  9. Army 1911

    Army 1911 TGT Addict

    Mar 17, 2008
    Dallas Texas or so
    Might consider a Taurus or maybe the new issue S&W "Lemon Squeezer" with the built in grip safety. It is out of their classic line.
  10. machinisttx

    machinisttx Member

    Mar 4, 2008
    The Lemon Squeezer is an entirely different gun than the Model 40(what you are referring to).

    For the OP-- I carry a Ruger SP101 in .357 magnum. I do not advise that new or inexperienced shooters purchase a snubby revolver, and I furthermore do not advise anyone buy one if they won't practice with it on a regular basis. They aren't easy to shoot well and have enough recoil to make them seriously unpleasant to shoot if the wrong set of grips/stocks are used.

    If they will practice, both shooting AND loading, a snubbie is a good choice. They're small and light enough that they will be carried. Contrary to popular belief, snubbies aren't any less accurate than longer barreled revolvers. Hitting man sized targets at 100 yards isn't a difficult task if one knows the gun and the load.

    Just make sure it's an all steel version rather than the goofy lightweight crap that only makes recoil worse.

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