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Old 02-16-2012, 08:22 AM   #46
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How is that Circuit Judge to shoot? I shot somebody's regular Judge a few weekends ago, and it didn't do much for me, but I find these more interesting.
It's a smoothbore barrel in this country, right? How does .45 LC shoot from that?
Could you shoot sporting clays and such with this, or aren't the sights well-suited to that?

Nope, It is a rifled barrel it has two "chokes" the one for the .45 is really just a thread protector and the .410 just has straight rifeling to stop the spin. It shoots the .45 very well. I have not tried clays but just throwing of bottles and such it does pretty well. Here is a good write up about it that sums it up pretty well. http://www.gunblast.com/Taurus-CircuitJudge.htm
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:50 AM   #47
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This was pretty much my first revolver:



Taurus 94 .22LR with a 4" barrel. What a hunk of crap! I think the cylinder gap was too tight on a couple chambers because it didn't get through one cylinder before it started binding up. I owned it for about 2 hours, I took it back to the guy who sold it to me (who luckily has a big operation) and he gave me my money back.

This is what I have now:



Unfortunately, this one is back at Ruger HQ now. It took me about 6 months of practice and improvement to figure out that the barrel was on a little crooked and that it shot to the left. That or I'm an even worse shot than I thought!
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Old 02-16-2012, 10:11 AM   #48
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I need to blow the dust off of my GP-100.
I have the same version in stainless, always have liked the look of the full lug 6" version.
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Old 02-16-2012, 10:23 AM   #49
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My shipping date was September of 1949, so we're close to the same vintage!
You're 4 months older than I am. Did they teach history in schools yet when you were young?

OK, here is another. This is a Ruger Security Six 4" .357 magnum stainless. I have owned this longer than any firearm I currently own. I bought it new about 30 years ago. More reliable than a bag of hammers! It is strange, but these Rugers are better regarded now than back when they still made and sold them.

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Old 02-16-2012, 11:16 AM   #50
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No Colt love?

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Old 02-16-2012, 11:33 AM   #51
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No Colt love?

My very first gun, was a 6" Diamondback back in 1989, for $350 used but unfired in the box. I was 19, and that gun was so accurate and made shooting so easy, I thought I was a shooting savante til I tried shooting something with a shorter barrel
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Old 02-16-2012, 11:38 AM   #52
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I have a SW 66 and have always been a fan of SW, but this Colt Python is just above and beyond the 66.

Not going to shoot it very much. It was my fathers pistol.
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Old 02-16-2012, 12:20 PM   #53
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Old 02-16-2012, 12:33 PM   #54
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My Smith and Wesson Special Service Pistol. I'm also the proud owner of a Smith and Wesson 642 which serves as a back-up and off duty gun. When I entered law enforcement in 1984 I carried a Smith and Wesson Model 27 and a Colt Python.

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Old 02-16-2012, 12:46 PM   #55
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Looks like I have a few questions to ask. I knew as much anyway.

Thanks guys. Will get back with you when I have answers. FWIW, he did mention it is stainless. I do recall the red ramp front. I also know he does have the original grips as well as a set of rubber grips as he said the stock were brutal on his hands. (He's a mechanic, doesn't exactly have supple hands, so I'll take his word on this.)
If stainless, as HardCase says it's gotta be a 66. If you can find the model # stamped into the frame under the crane (the part that the cylinder swings out on), post that. it should be like 66-1 or 66-2 etc. Back in the late 70's the Florida Highway Patrol and Marine Patrol had some trouble with trigger stops and gas rings on some of the early 66s they issued. IIRC by the 66-2, the trigger stops had been removed and the gas ring thing was corrected.

If it is a newer gun, no worries in that regard. You might also check the top strap of the frame right above the barrel forcing cone and cylinder gap for evidence of flame cutting. This is something that happens to .357s that are subject to lots of high intensity loads. It only goes a bit, then no further and supposedly os not a big cause for concern, but you could use that as a bargaining chip if present.
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Old 02-16-2012, 01:06 PM   #56
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My Smith and Wesson Special Service Pistol. I'm also the proud owner of a Smith and Wesson 642 which serves as a back-up and off duty gun. When I entered law enforcement in 1984 I carried a Smith and Wesson Model 27 and a Colt Python.

Oh man, I love the 686SSR, have been hovering around those for about three years. I think it is close to being the perfect all-around handgun. Maybe a little big for CCW, but that could be done with the right hoster and getup, a great range gun, small-game (even up to deer in a pinch) woods-gun, nightstand/car/truck gun, and, what it was originally made for, IDPA SSR competition. I shot SSR in IDPA for a few years between about 2005 and 2009. I purchased an end-of-the-line 66-7 for that purpose, a 4". It is pretty darned close to the same as the SSR aside from having a K versus an L frame, and it worked very well for me. I cannot recall if the 686SSR was available at the time, but when I found the 66 I was intrigued by the fact that S&W had just discontinued them, and the price was right too, so I bought it despite the ugly-duckling weird looking two-piece barrel. It is actually a very functional good gun. It presently resides on my nightstand as I gave up the IDPA game a few years back......although do shoot a very occasional match just for fun. For the past two years I've been using a 625 in 45ACP for that game which puts me in a different class, but is a little easier for a fumble-fingered old guy as it uses rounds in moon clips rather than speed-loaders which are easier to bumble/drop. I haven't photographed the 66-7, it's not particularly pretty, but guess I'd better take a shot or two (with the camera, I mean) and get it up here. I still haven't bought an SSR, may do so as it is definitely on my short list, but my problem is that I already own about a dozen 357s in different sizes and shapes and have a hard time justifying yet another......
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Old 02-16-2012, 01:16 PM   #57
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Oh man, I love the 686SSR, have been hovering around those for about three years. I think it is close to being the perfect all-around handgun. Maybe a little big for CCW, but that could be done with the right hoster and getup, a great range gun, small-game (even up to deer in a pinch) woods-gun, nightstand/car/truck gun, and, what it was originally made for, IDPA SSR competition. I shot SSR in IDPA for a few years between about 2005 and 2009. I purchased an end-of-the-line 66-7 for that purpose, a 4". It is pretty darned close to the same as the SSR aside from having a K versus an L frame, and worked very well for me. I haven't photographed that gun, it's not particularly pretty, but guess I'd better take a shot or two (with the camera, I mean) and get it up here. I still haven't bought an SSR, may do so as it is definitely on my short list, but my problem is that I already own about a dozen 357s in different sizes and shapes and have a hard time justifying yet another......
I bought the gun last year to shoot in the revolver class at the Police Games. I couldn't attend and the gun sat in my office. I took it out last weekend and put 100 rounds through it....great shooter and pretty damn accurate.
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Old 02-16-2012, 03:21 PM   #58
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Great thread you got going. Here's my 629 that I got up in AK in the mid-90's and my recently acquired 80's 586 L frame. No internal locks and both have great triggers. I grew up a few minutes from S&W so I have a one track mind when it comes to revolvers.





Both of them for perspective.

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Old 02-16-2012, 03:57 PM   #59
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Here is the 66-7, last of the breed. They were made for less than a year before the Model was dropped from the S&W lineup. It has, as mentioned earlier, not only the much hated internal lock, but also MIM internal parts, hammer & trigger, and a slightly weird two-piece barrel. I don't think the lines are quite as pleasing as earlier 66s either. But does it shoot? Yes indeed. I have put roughly 2500 rounds through this one, mostly 38s or mild handloads in 357 brass. Shorter cases makes speedloading a hair easier, so I used 38s in this gun at a ratio of roughly 5 to 1. The gun came with Goodyears, the standard rubber grips that Smith puts on newer guns. I personally prefer wood and have found that these grips are a good fit for my hand. Useful, utilitarian gun, but not pretty like the older ones.



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Here is the 66-7, last of the breed. They were made for less than a year before the Model was dropped from the S&W lineup. It has, as mentioned earlier, not only the much hated internal lock, but also MIM internal parts, hammer & trigger, and a slightly weird two-piece barrel. I don't think the lines are quite as pleasing as earlier 66s either. But does it shoot? Yes indeed. I have put roughly 2500 rounds through this one, mostly 38s or mild handloads in 357 brass. Shorter cases makes speedloading a hair easier, so I used 38s in this gun at a ratio of roughly 5 to 1. The gun came with Goodyears, the standard rubber grips that Smith puts on newer guns. I personally prefer wood and have found that these grips are a good fit for my hand. Useful, utilitarian gun, but not pretty like the older ones.
That also has a frame mounted firing pin, right? Somehow the color case hardened hammer and trigger look cool, and out of place at the same time. I also prefer the lines of the earlier gins, like mine:





And as long as I'm posting, my Model 18 and Model 34:



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