soloban wrote:Add Smith & Wesson and there isn't a whole lot more to consider. I don't know if Charter Arms makes one. Maybe Dan Wesson?I've never had a revolver before and I was thinking of getting one for home defense/target shooting. I'm not planning on using it for CC.
I'm fairly sure I want a Stainless 4" Barrel in .357 so I can shoot .357 or drop in .38SP if the wife wants to shoot it. I was thinking about either:
* 4" Ruger GP100 (6 Rounds)
* 4" Taurus Model 66 (7 Rounds)
Any other models I should consider? Anyone own either revolver?
The way the grip fit my hand was my first consideration. Ruger did it for me.
I was also pleased with the way Ruger assembled it. The underside of the frame and trigger guardis a separate piece thatholds the trigger, sear, cylinder stop, and cylinder pawl mechanisms. It all comes out as one assembly. It makes cleaning the main parts quick and easy...Well, as quick and easy as a modern revolver can be.
Plan on a little polishing and some reduced-strength springs. Ruger doesn't have the smooth trigger ofa Smith & Wesson, or so I've heard. I did this and got a noticeable difference in trigger pull and smoothness. Its now much easier to shoot accurately in double-action mode.
Also, after a bit of shooting, your wife may be up for .357 Mag. A light bullet, say 110 grains, makes for modest recoil. In a 4" frame, she might find thatmanageable.