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Old 09-26-2013, 10:31 PM
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I noticed everyone likes a gp100 but no one mentioned sp101. Any reason why?
For me I just like the better balance of a larger heavier gun. For me just a better shooter. I have mine in 6 inch barrel.
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Old 09-27-2013, 01:28 AM
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i discount the SP101 as the OP said no snub. that leaves a 3" option but when you get to that size, i feel the size difference isn't enough to justify the loss in capacity.
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For $400....

Used stainless GP100 with a 4" barrel all day long...

Can even be had for less....$350 a few months ago on consignment....couldn't resist that.
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I have smith, ruger and colt and when I needed a 357 to put in the box on my 4 wheeler I couldn't find a good used one of the big three for less than $400.00. I saw a 357 windicator at a local gun store and the guy said they aren't the same quality as the big three but for the money they aren't that bad.

Long story short I bought the windicator 357 for under $300 and am quite happy with it so far. I haven't shot more than 300 rounds through it but it has held up well so far. I reload my own ammo and the load I shoot launches a 158 grain bullet at 1250 fps out of the 4 inch barrel.

I think it would be wise to get a 357 as you can always shoot 38 specials in it where as the 38 can only shoot 38's.

If you decide to buy the widicator I would get the steel 357 as the owner at the gun shop told me the aluminum frame windicators don't hold up to heavy shooting well. I would also get the 4 inch as the snub nose recoils to much for 357 loads.

Good luck and hope you find what your looking for.
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Sub $400 GPs and M19s? Clearly I live in the wrong part of the country as I haven't seen those prices since the middle of last decade. Not even for beater guns. Must be nice.
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I'd get a used stainless Ruger Security Six. You should be able to pick up a nice one with a 4-6" barrel for that. They are built nearly as heavy as the GP100, lighter to carry, and are a good durable revolver.
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Sub $400 GPs and M19s? Clearly I live in the wrong part of the country as I haven't seen those prices since the middle of last decade. Not even for beater guns. Must be nice.
Northeast, specifically NH.
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Sub $400 GPs and M19s? Clearly I live in the wrong part of the country as I haven't seen those prices since the middle of last decade. Not even for beater guns. Must be nice.
The same for me as well. Where I live a falling apart big three revolver is selling for $400 or more.
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I have a Taurus #65 and *LOVE* it... (I personally detest there autos, but revolvers a great)

Its in your price range and meets your specs. Plus is chambered for three five seven so its nothing to sneeze at!

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You could probably find an Astra .357 on Gunbroker within your price range. Yes, they are S&W clones and yes, Astra is no longer in business. I'd carry an Astra Terminator if I could find one in .45 Long Colt...
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Listen, buy a good gun. That would be a short list: S&W, Ruger, Colt, Dan Wesson. You can have a good Astra/taurus/rossi whatever...but sometimes they're crap. Get one of the big 4 and don't be afraid of buying it used. Every livin' gun I own is used and they suit me fine. I buy plenty used when they're decent.

An old Smith would be my first choice. Lots of models on the K frame. If you're going to be feeding a heavy diet of magnums, you might consider a Model 27 or 28 (big N frame), or switch to Ruger or DW. A RBH is also very tough.
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The same for me as well. Where I live a falling apart big three revolver is selling for $400 or more.
You poor souls need to move for gawd sakes

One more thing for the OP, Ruger has a very good warranty policy....even if you are not the original owner. So don't be afraid to buy one used if it has a few issues.
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+1 on what mcseal said. Try to find a good used Ruger Service Six or Security Six (adj. sights). You may have to polish up your horse trading skills and be prepared to flip a coin for the last $50, but it can be done!

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Rugers and S&W would be my first choice. My retired Service Revolver is a M10 S&W, 4in barrel, blued. I have owned it for a span over 25yrs.

I would also buy a M64 Stainless 38 spec, or 65, 66, 686, all in 357mag. All tough and will last a lifetime. Ruger Security Six, GP100s, all well made, in 357mag.

$400 isn't a lot to spend these days, but shopping will help you like others have suggested. Sometimes a family member needs to sell one to finance something else.
Good luck.
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Where have you found a Colt Detective Special for $300.-$350.?
I looked and those were closer to a grand.

I'm with Malcom X up there, get a used Smith or Ruger or wait and save for a new one.

I'll never understand folks wanting to buy cheap handguns for personal defense, never, or prepicking some low ball budget and wanting to find something out there that barely meets it.

Your life isn't worth more than $400. ? I just purchased a brand new Glock 19 for a hundred bucks more, a gun with a near flawless track record (Gen 3-maybe completely flawless track record?). Granted good revolvers cost more but one can always save for it, it's not like Capital Hill is about to ban all six shooters so you better buy while you can with what you have.

Back in the revolver days, I never understood anyone buying a Charter Arms snubby, not like Smiths and Colts were economically unreachable back then, just a tad more. I'll never understand skimping on a handgun for personal protection. Not saying that the only revolver to ever get is a Colt Python or a Colt Diamondback (back in the day).

Like posting, I have five hundred bucks max, what's the best 1911 that I can get. Well, not much of one probably is the answer.

Call me an odd ball.

TO THE OP, hard to go wrong with, as another has stated, a second hand Smith & Wesson Model 10 for your budget.
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