All revolvers, all the time.....

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by HardCase, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. HardCase

    HardCase winter is coming

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    Here we go, the threatened revolver thread. While not one to make rules for others, I guess what I'm hoping will happen here is that folks will post up pics of revolvers, six shooters (but 5, 7, 8, 9, & 10 shooters are welcome, or any other number that fits in the cylinder for that matter.....just so long as it has a cylinder!), wheel-guns, whatever you like to call them, and then tell us a little bit about it, how and when you got it, a little history, how it has been used or how you anticipate using it if it's new, how it shoots, problems you've had, accuracy, loads or ammo used, that sort of thing.

    I'll start with the first handgun I ever personally owned. I posted this in another thread, Jurgen's N-frame one I believe, but since it's my first, my cherry popper, it certainly belongs here too. It is a S&W Model 27 357 Magnum, 6.5" barrel, manufactured in 1958 and purchased by my dad new in 1960 or 61. He shot it some but not a lot. He gave it to me for Christmas a few years later, I was thinking '66 but am now thinking it might have been '65 as I believe I started my junior year in high-school that year. In any case, I immediately fell in love with it and used it for years, all through college and beyond, for plinking, hunting and self-defense. It accounted for a half-dozen deer between '66 and circa '75 as I did not own a rifle during that time, although did borrow one from my dad a couple of times when I went elk hunting. On one occasion in '70 I used it to defend myself, but thankfully no shots were fired. I put thousands of rounds through it. I'm happy to say that I still have the gun although haven't fired it in years, it is retired, but still in excellent condition aside from a little bit of holster-wear. Here she is:

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    Those grips are not original to the gun although they are original to the period. It came with the smaller Magnas which I did not like. In the '60s, during Vietnam, finding S&W guns and parts/accessories was real tough. Soon after getting it I met a guy who had the pictured Target grips and he wanted smaller Magnas, so we traded....I think I had to throw in a few $ of boot. These were real beat up and ugly, so I refinished them back then. In a way I wish I'd kept the originals, but these were the ones I used for years so I guess they are part of my personal shooting history.

    Who'd like to go next?
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  2. FatChance

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    I'll play and help give this fine thread a good start with my oldest revolver. The pictures that end up in this thread may have been repeated in other threads, but that is not a bad thing.

    Here is a 1857 vintage Colt 1851 Navy, .36 caliber cap and ball revolver. It is a "campfire" gun, meaning that it is not a completely numbers matching gun. The barrel is from a 1872 vintage Colt 1851, but the frame and all the other serial numbers match. Apparently folks used to sit around the campfire at night and clean their guns and the parts sometimes would be swapped from one to another for whatever reason. It is impossible to guess when that happened other than it was later than 1872. The action is tight and works fine, but the wedge holding on the barrel is a little too loose to even consider shooting it.

    It was made before the Civil War and does not have military markings so it was purchased by a civilian about 4 years before the bombardment of Fort Sumter. One has to wonder what tales this revolver could tell about where it was for the last 161 years...

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  3. tslewisz

    tslewisz Long timer

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    Here's an old, not very good, pic of my hand cannon's. Freedom Arms Premier Grade 4-3/4" .454 Casull and Dan Wesson Arms 8" .445 SuperMag.
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    The FA is my hunting reovolver, the DWA my old IHMSA gun. It's one of the first .445's made.
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  4. rollinrob

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    Posted this before but here goes

    1956 manufacture S&W K22 Masterpiece

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  5. vspeed

    vspeed Been here awhile

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    That's a beautiful Model 27 HardCase. An older Model 27 and Model 29 are both on my wish list.

    Here are my revolvers. A GP100, New Vaquero, and the Uberti replica '61 Navy BP.

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    They are all fairly new with no real story behind them. I bought them
    primarily because at various times I have had money burning a hole in my pocket and I like guns.

    I can't hit anything with them either, I have fun trying though. For whatever reason I shoot a 1911 much better than any of these revolvers.
    It's just fun to go out plinking with a couple of revolvers, and they are a thing of beauty.
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  6. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    subscribed.
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  7. eastwa

    eastwa Adventurer

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    Ruger SA's make me happy.

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  8. otto

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    Here's a favorite USFA Sheriff Model 45 Colt. Great shooting gun. The action is like Dragging a stick of butter across a warm pane of glass. The trigger is so light I find myself saying "goddammit" once in a while when it fires before I'm ready.:lol3

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  9. otto

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    My latest addition M-63, which I posted in the "rimfire" thread. I love this piece. I ordered the wood grips from the M-60 Pro, not that crazy about rubber.

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  10. subvet

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    I like mine too
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  11. HardCase

    HardCase winter is coming

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    Some sweet looking (and, no doubt, shooting) revolvers showing up on here. Keep them coming! :thumb

    Here's another one of mine, actually my second ever handgun. I posted these a few months back in the "I love this gun" thread, but am thinking I'll just gradually go through my revolvers one by one here, try to do it in rough chronological order of when I acquired them although I might get fuzzy on a few as I go along. I wrote a long story about this gun when I posted these in the other thread and am not going to cut and paste that, I'll try to recount at least the high points here from (admittedly faulty) memory.

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    This is a S&W Model 67. No dash. The model came out in '72 and is still being produced. K frame 38 Special in stainless steel. This is one of the earliest ones, I bought it in the summer of '72 shortly after getting out of the Army. I had the M27, but wanted something smaller, more compact, and was dying for a stainless gun for the durability and weather/rust resistence. S&W introduced the very first SS handgun, the Model 60, a 38 J-frame snub, in the early 60s. They were scarce as frog's teeth. They were dearly loved by pilots and officers serving in hot and humid Vietnam, many of whom bought them for their personal BUG. No other S&W revolvers in SS were available until the Model 66, a K-frame 357, came out in 1970. That's the gun I really wanted, but they were impossible to find. Those of you who were around in the 60s and early 70s, and were into revolvers, will recall that S&Ws were damned near impossible to find. And the magnums, 357s, 41s and 44s were even tougher than impossible, and commanded a significant premium over MSRP when you managed to locate one.

    So, one day in the summer of '72 I happened into a shop and there was this SS Model 67. Although not a coveted 66, and not a magnum, I decided that beggers couldn't be choosers. The gun was priced at a non-premium price for that era, $125 (which would be about a grand in today's inflated dollars), and that seemed like a reasonable bargain, so I bought it. I carried and used the gun for a number of years, backpacking where the SS and lesser weight compared to the M27 offset the fact that it was a wimpy little 38. I will say that I live in griz country, and did then too, so I felt somewhat underarmed, but fortunately I have never had to defend myself against a griz.

    One feature I did not like about this gun as I started using it were the SS sights. I believe that later production runs had blue/black sights, perhaps the red-insert front, etc, but these early ones were made entirely of SS, including the sights. In bright sun they were tough to see from the glare, so I blacked them out with a candle or wooden match periodically. I haven't shot this gun in years, but you can still see the black on the sights.

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    In 1988 my wife, the mother of my two children, and I separated and we were divorced a year or two later. By that time I had quite a few guns. When we were divvying up the stuff she asked if she could have a gun. I told her yes, and asked which one she wanted, and she asked for the 67, so I handed it over, bye-bye 67. She remarried and, many years later, moved away. I had no idea what had ever happened to the gun.

    Just a couple of years ago I was visiting my son who lives in Minnesota now. He was showing me a few of his guns and, lo and behold, there was the 67! I asked how he'd come by it and he said that mom had given it to him. Meanwhile, he was lusting over a nice Model 625 45ACP which I had at the time, and while the 45 was a considerably more valuable gun, I offered to trade it to my son straight-across for the 67. He was thrilled and so was I. So I got it back after 25 years gone, and nearly 40 years after I bought it......it'll be 40 years this summer!

    Sorry if I tend to ramble on about these guns, but I guess I'm hoping to inspire more/similar stories. I'm a history buff as well as a gun buff, and many guns have interesting histories that should be told.

    Keep 'em coming!!
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  12. FatChance

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    My S&W 65-5 3". I had wanted a 3" .357 for years to use as a perfect rugged pack-along revolver for camping trips. I originally was looking for a Ruger Speed Six, but really hoped to find a S&W 65 or maybe a 66. I prefer the 65 as it is less snag-prone with the fixed sights and is plenty accurate when using 158gr loads (that is what the fixed sights are regulated for). When I got it, it had a few external blemishes, probably from being stored in a holster, but the interior looked unfired. Love it.

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  13. ADVMindset

    ADVMindset Americana Adventurer

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    Here is my S&W Model 29 8 3/8 .44 Mag and a stock pic of a S&W Bone Collector that is on it's way to me !

    I've had the .44 since the late '70s and have only put about 2 cylinders through it. I can't wait to get the .500 !
    I think I'll take the .44 out and see how the two compare !

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  14. FatChance

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    Since we have a couple S&Ws in a row, let's look at their progenitor and see where they all came from.

    This is a S&W Military and Police Hand Ejector Model of 1899. The S&W M&P later became the popular "K" frame like the S&W 65 and 66 shown above. This model was the first firearm ever chambered for the famous .38 Special cartridge and this one is chambered in that round (the M&P was also chambered for other .32 and .38 caliber cartridges as well). This gun has a serial number of 16xx and as such is one of the earliest .38 Special S&W revolvers made, sometime in the early months of 1900. I got it from a buddy whose father got it from someone "passing through" while working at a gas station in Eastern Colorado back in the early 1930s. It is in very good condition original and still shoots great!

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  15. HardCase

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    That's a great 65 3" Fat Chance. Seems like 3" K's are in quite a bit of demand these days. The advantage they have over the 2.5" is that the ejector-rod is full length, whereas on the shorter gun they have to use a shorter ejector-rod, making rapid reloads a little more iffy. And not as many of them were made, at least in the 66.....I cannot say about the 65.

    Well, I guess I posted my first two revolvers, so now I'll post my most recent acquisition. I posted a pic of my girlfriend shooting this one just last weekend in the other thread. I'm away from home at the moment, but snapped a couple of pics of my new-to-me 66-1 2.5" on the hotel room table. Forgive the shitty lighting. This gun is a pinned and recessed 1980 vintage revolver. I doubt that it had ever been fired, or at least not very much. It's an awesome handgun, smooth double-action trigger and a very crisp SA pull. I suspect it'll become my carry gun (when I do carry which is nowhere close to all the time), and also a primo field gun. I'm amazed at how well it shoots accuracy-wise, despite being a snub.

    This isn't the first 66 I've owned. I had a 2.5" but a later (not P&R) gun that I bought in the mid-80s, but ended up selling to my former MIL. I don't know whatever became of that one, when she died and my ex and her brother went through her things they found some guns but not that one. I have been looking for another one in either 2.5" or 3", but the 3" 66s have gotten pretty expensive with nice ones selling close to a grand.

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    Edit: The grips on this gun are not the originals. They are some very nice aftermarket so-called "boot grips" and I really like them. I do have the originals grips (or "stocks" as dyed-in-the-wool S&W collectors call them) as well as the box, safely tucked away in storage, however.

    FatChance, note the shorter ejector rod when compared to your 3" 65.
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  16. HardCase

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    Gorgeous P&R nickel 8 3/8" 29 there ADVMindset! I am always torn about shooting those sweet older Smiths when they are in such great condition......but guess that's what they are for!

    The 500......I've shot it, handloaded it, chronographed it, written about it, since soon after the caliber originally came out in '03. I think it was '03. I bought one of the earliest 8 3/8" guns with the integral comp, and then a 4" a couple of years later. Both guns have seen a lot of use. I took a deer with the longer one, and carry the shorter gun when I spend time in the backcountry around here.

    Here they are. Then I'm going to quite hogging the mike, as it were, for a while, I suspect by now that you can tell I'm a total revolver freak!! :lol3 But I will probably chime back in at some point and tell some 500 stories. Great caliber for hunting and woods-carry in big brown bear country. If you plan to shoot more than two cylinders full through it, unlike the 29, you hopefully either handload or are prepared to take it up. I find that there isn't a whole lot of money to be saved in handloading certain calibers, like 9mm or 223 for example, but that is a whole different story with the 500. You can literally save dollers per pull-of-the-trigger by handloading, and if you plan to shoot the gun much you can actually pay for the cost of a basic but decent loading setup in just a couple of hundred rounds.

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  17. HardCase

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    Sweet 63! I'd love to have one. I agree with you about the rubber. I hate Goodyears on my beautiful S&Ws. Having said that, I'm grateful for the ones on the two 500s. Those are special grips made for that caliber and have some of that squishy sorbothane stuff covering the backstrap. I'd love to put nice picturesque wooden grips on those two guns, but think the added hand-smack would be unpleasant, so guess I'll stick with the Goodyears.....but just on those two!
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  18. HardCase

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    Awesome! Thanks, FatChance!! :thumb
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  20. HardCase

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    I'm not real familiar with Ruger SAs although do have two Vaqueros, one New and one not. Those all look like Blackhawks. Tell us the calibers and I'm also curious about the three SS guns with engraved non-fluted cylinders and Bisley style grips-frames.....
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