need some gun advise

104RFAST104RFAST Senior MemberPosts: 1,271 Senior Member
Thinking about exploring LGS's looking for older S&W 357 SS, although a blue gun is certainly OK. I understand
some older guns are better than newer models ??? Not particularly looking for a stubby, barrel length 4 or 5 inches
I'm not that knowledgeable regarding classic guns and could use advise on model #'s and expected price.
Thanks in advance.


  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 1,888 Senior Member
    If you're not going to shoot a huge amount of full power magnum loads, then a model 19 or 66 will do nicely. I prefer the slightly larger 586/686, which will take a steady diet of almost anything. Up from that is the 27/28, the 27 having the works while the 28 is the workman's version. I love my M28, I paid about $350 for it, it does have a scratch or two, but it's nice and sweet to shoot. Plus it has the counterbored chamber holes which they don't do anymore.

    Price wise I would say somewhere between $200-500 unless you are looking for something really rare or new.

    Many of us shy away from the newer S&W's because of the key lock now installed. I've always been a big believer in the safety being located between the ears.

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  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    Check out J&G sales, they seem to have plenty of Police trade in revolvers.
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  • gunrunner428gunrunner428 Senior Member Posts: 1,018 Senior Member
    "Duty" size (belt models, full-size frames, 4" barrels) would be the 66 and 686 primarily, these are the "K-frame" and "L-frame" stainless steel .357's with adjustable sights. A 686+ (or 686 Plus) will be equipped with a seven-shot cylinder. The supplies of police trade-ins may quickly dry up some, as mos departments have pretty much completed transitioning from revolver to auto some time ago, but like DoctorWho's suggestion, they are still out there.
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