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  • .357 Snub Nose Revolver

    I really want to get a snub nose .357 in stainless steel.

    My question is what brand to get. I was thinking I'd get a Ruger SP101, as I've heard great things about them. However, I've noticed on Gunbroker.com I can get a similar Rossi or Taurus for less.

    Are these brands "inferior," or would it be worth the savings? I'm not looking for anything really special, just a good, reliable concealed carry/back-up gun.

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    Check out S&W's newer scandium frames.

    .357 that weighs only 12 oz empty!

    Ain't cheap @ $600ish

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    • #3
      I've heard the scandium is really unpleasant to shoot because of the low weight. And the extra weight of a steel revolver does not bother me a bit.

      The extra price of those scandiums on the other hand, bothers me A LOT.

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      • #4
        Practice w/ lower velocity ammo and carry the real deal for duty. If you ever get in a shoot out your adreneline will take care of the unpleasant recoil. You'll think you're shooting a .22 magnum.

        Like you, the price bother me a lot and has kept me away so far. I'm still toting around an ole Colt snubby .38+p as a BUG.

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        • #5
          snubs

          Tosterlocker, I have owned Taurus revolvers and I dont think you can go wrong with one. They look like Smiths and used to have a lifetime warranty. If it breaks just send it back and they will make it right. You also dont have to be the first owner of the gun for the warranty to be good. I do not think that Rossi is as good as Taurus but they are decent revolvers. The Ruger might be a little big for a ankle gun but it is built like a tank and will last forever. You cant really go wrong with any of these choices.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Camo Cop
            Check out S&W's newer scandium frames.

            .357 that weighs only 12 oz empty!

            Ain't cheap @ $600ish
            i've carried a smith 640 in .357 magnum since about 1997. it's a beast with the all steel frame. i can't imagine anything lighter. i'm good for a box and a half of full house magnums before my hand starts screaming uncle.

            for having a 2" barrel, it's pretty accurate too. i also would suggest getting one with an enclosed hammer. i have carried mine inside my vest, or in a pocket. the lint it collects around the trigger is enough to convince me that an open hammer would get all kinds of dirty. if it's your last resort, i doubt you'll care too much about taking a careful single action shot.

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            • #7
              Taurus makes a good revolver.

              I have a 617t, which is the .357mag in the larger Titanium frame. It packs 7 rounds of .357mag, has a ported snub barrel, and rubber decellerator grips. It handles the magnum rounds like they were .38s, still in a lightweight package. It's my "boot" gun.
              J. Wise

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              • #8
                Nothing inferior about the Taurus line. At least not anymore. There was a time when they were cheap knockoffs, but they've come full circle. Taurus now makes a high quality, affordable pistol. Especially in the revolver market.
                Originally posted by kontemplerande
                Without Germany, you would not have won World War 2.

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                • #9
                  for the record, some of the new rossi revolvers are manufactured by taurus and have that stamped on the fram and and have all the same features as the taurus weapons.

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