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    Regardless of caliber, finish or make.

    First off, I have numerous revolvers, all S&W, of varying calibers from .22LR to .44 Mag. I love um all, but one clearly stands out from the rest.

    I've always had an affinity for the .22LR caliber, both in revolvers and semi-autos. The one that stands out from the rest, is my still unfired, NIB, no-dash, Model 617 with an 8 3/8" barrel.

    It's SS of course, has the target package, i.e., target hammer, target trigger, and beautiful over-sized target grips. It's the proper six-shot, just like the big boys. Make no mistake, for a .22LR revolver, this is a big, heavy gun.

    S&W did a fantastic job producing this handgun. The fit & finish is flawless, the grip match to frame is tight as you can get, and it feels like a million dollars in your hand. I had another one years ago, but sold it to a friend who wouldn't stop pestering me to sell it to him. I bought it used, and it was in about 95% overall. He was a good enough of a friend, that he understood the need to pay dearly for it.

    About 4 yrs. ago, the one I have now turned up available and for sale. I'm not sure if I'll ever shoot it though. I already know how they shoot, so I don't need to find out. That, and it's just too frigging beautiful to fire. It's also the most accurate .22LR revolver I've ever shot.

    I've shown it off and on to others and for the most past, they become speechless. Most don't even know that you could buy a .22Lr revolver of this magnitude. A couple offered me money in excess of $1200.00 for it. At one time, I did consider letting it go, but I had this feeling in the pit of my stomach, telling me otherwise.

    I have a very good feeling that I'll grow very old with this revolver.


    Here's a fine example of what I have, except this one has the 6" barrel. http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=377810108

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    That would be Stella,,,

    That would be Stella,,,
    S&W Model 15 Combat Masterpiece.



    There's nothing particularly special about my particular gun,,,
    But her finish is fine, her balance is perfect,,,
    And she seems to aim herself.

    In my not-so-humble opinion,,,
    The Model 15 is the perfect .38 revolver,,,
    So wouldn't that make it the most magnificent of them all?

    Aarond

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    Quote Originally Posted by paratrooper View Post
    Regardless of caliber, finish or make.

    First off, I have numerous revolvers, all S&W, of varying calibers from .22LR to .44 Mag. I love um all, but one clearly stands out from the rest.

    I've always had an affinity for the .22LR caliber, both in revolvers and semi-autos. The one that stands out from the rest, is my still unfired, NIB, no-dash, Model 617 with an 8 3/8" barrel.

    It's SS of course, has the target package, i.e., target hammer, target trigger, and beautiful over-sized target grips. It's the proper six-shot, just like the big boys. Make no mistake, for a .22LR revolver, this is a big, heavy gun.

    S&W did a fantastic job producing this handgun. The fit & finish is flawless, the grip match to frame is tight as you can get, and it feels like a million dollars in your hand. I had another one years ago, but sold it to a friend who wouldn't stop pestering me to sell it to him. I bought it used, and it was in about 95% overall. He was a good enough of a friend, that he understood the need to pay dearly for it.

    About 4 yrs. ago, the one I have now turned up available and for sale. I'm not sure if I'll ever shoot it though. I already know how they shoot, so I don't need to find out. That, and it's just too frigging beautiful to fire. It's also the most accurate .22LR revolver I've ever shot.

    I've shown it off and on to others and for the most past, they become speechless. Most don't even know that you could buy a .22Lr revolver of this magnitude. A couple offered me money in excess of $1200.00 for it. At one time, I did consider letting it go, but I had this feeling in the pit of my stomach, telling me otherwise.

    I have a very good feeling that I'll grow very old with this revolver.

    Gun Review: Smith & Wesson Model 617 22LR | The Truth About Guns

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    While I do have two other newer 617's, in both a 4" and a 6" barrel, they are the 10 shot and are post-lock guns. They are finished well, but they still don't compare to my no-dash, 8 3/8", six-shot 617.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paratrooper View Post
    While I do have two other newer 617's, in both a 4" and a 6" barrel, they are the 10 shot and are post-lock guns. They are finished well, but they still don't compare to my no-dash, 8 3/8", six-shot 617.
    From what I read, the no dash is a very nice piece to acquire.

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    I have 3 I"m fond of they all are Smiths Model 43 22lr -629 44 8 3/8 1955 model 25 target grips & trigger in wooden box 45 autorim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pic View Post
    From what I read, the no dash is a very nice piece to acquire.

    I could be wrong, but I think the new(er) 617's are based on a K-Frame.

    I'm thinking my no-dash 617 is built on an L-Frame. It sure feels larger and heavier.

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    Went to the range with my old man and stumbled across one of the most beautiful revolvers I've ever seen sitting in the the gun case...

    Ruger GP100 .357 3" barrel Wiley Clapp TALO edition (only 2,000 made in SS). Has a dark grey SS bead blasted finish, fiber optic front sight and Novak slanted rear sight. Beautiful wood inlay inside a solid rubber grip. Edges have been rounded for holster carry (not planning on carry). The fit & finish looked excellent based on my limited knowledge of revolvers... wasn't allowed to try the trigger though, due to the finish (what?).

    Only problem is the $749 they want (no layaway)... especially with Xmas right around the corner. Not a big revolver guy (currently own none)... but this revolver could be the one I start with.

    Simply stunning (to me at least)

    Hoping to find one at a store (that does layaway) to put on layaway til after the Holidays. Been very unsuccessful so far as no one who has it will let this model be put on layaway (due to it's limited availability).

    NOTE: If anyone has shot this or has any input (good or bad), I'd appreciate it. My understanding is Ruger revolvers are real durable and considered workhorse revolvers with minimal problems (for the most part). This would be for range/fun shooting and be the first revolver to join my semi-autos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAPnRACK View Post
    Went to the range with my old man and stumbled across one of the most beautiful revolvers I've ever seen sitting in the the gun case...

    Ruger GP100 .357 3" barrel Wiley Clapp TALO edition (only 2,000 made in SS). Has a dark grey SS bead blasted finish, fiber optic front sight and Novak slanted rear sight. Beautiful wood inlay inside a solid rubber grip. Edges have been rounded for holster carry (not planning on carry). The fit & finish looked excellent based on my limited knowledge of revolvers... wasn't allowed to try the trigger though, due to the finish (what?).

    Only problem is the $749 they want (no layaway)... especially with Xmas right around the corner. Not a big revolver guy (currently own none)... but this revolver could be the one I start with.

    Simply stunning (to me at least)

    Hoping to find one at a store (that does layaway) to put on layaway til after the Holidays. Been very unsuccessful so far as no one who has it will let this model be put on layaway (due to it's limited availability).

    NOTE: If anyone has shot this or has any input (good or bad), I'd appreciate it. My understanding is Ruger revolvers are real durable and considered workhorse revolvers with minimal problems (for the most part). This would be for range/fun shooting and be the first revolver to join my semi-autos.
    Review of RUGER GP100 .357 Magnum 3 inch in satin stainless - YouTube

    its not the bead blast, 560$
    I cant understand why you were not allowed to feel the trigger action. Maybe he didn't view you as a potential buyer. I don't know. Some gun shops just have bad attitudes. not saying that is the case here.
    You see the marking around the cylinder that they have been letting the action go round

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    He let me try the trigger on a regular SS Ruger GP100... but not the Wiley Clapp edition for some unknown reason... he said they're the same trigger pull/action.

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    In my experience, the bead-blasted finish is much more prone to cosmetic marking up from dings and holster rubs, as well as gun safe rubs.

    I also cleaned the burn rings off of the cylinder face of one of my 625's using Flitz one time, and I noticed that the finish is now satin stainless, not bead blasted stainless! I didn't really care, but you should be aware of the potential for that happening.

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    I like the S&W Model 640 J-Frame hammerless .357, just the right size for concealed carry, capable of handling the .357 and with it's heavier weight easier to control with .38 self defense loads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paratrooper View Post
    . . . I have a very good feeling that I'll grow very old with this revolver.
    Same here.
    Most all you'all have seen this before.
    Ruger SuperRedhawk Alaskan (2.5 inch snubby). Trijicon tritium front sight. Magna-Ported.
    Paid a LOT for it used. But, I am very happy.

    With apologies for paraphasing Psalm 23:4.

    Yea, though I walk through the mountains of my wilderness areas,
    I will fear nothing with two or four legs; for thou art with me;
    thy weight and thy ammo capacity they comfort me.



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    Quote Originally Posted by desertman View Post
    I like the S&W Model 640 J-Frame hammerless .357, just the right size for concealed carry, capable of handling the .357 and with it's heavier weight easier to control with .38 self defense loads.
    I bought a new Smith & Wesson Model 642 Centennial Airweight J-frame snubby (concealed hammer, aluminum frame) a few years ago.
    And added Crimson Trace laser grips. It's a nice enough gun. Well-made. No problem.

    But, it doesn't make my socks roll up and down like when I fire my .454 Casull Ruger SRH snubby.

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    Love that Alaskan DanP... like a little tank in the palm of your hand.

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    At the other end of the caliber spectrum, another favorite of mine, is my S&W 629 with a 3" barrel.

    One of these days, I'm gonna learn how to post pics on forums.

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    I love my GP100 Ruger. I keep it by my bed side when I sleep. I wanted to know if anyone knew of a place to get night sights or fiber optic sights like the one on the GP100 above.

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    Paratrooper:
    I've got the S&W 629 Talo 3" and a Model 29 4" and a 7 1/2" Redhawk all are great handguns, just a little too heavy for everyday carry, that's why I chose the S&W 640 .357, however loaded with .357's it's one loud hard kickin' SOB. I can imagine what that Alaskan is like, but I don't think that there's any Kodiak bears here in Arizona.

    Yeah, what do you have to do to post pictures?

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    [QUOTE=DanP_from_AZ;303400]Same here.
    Most all you'all have seen this before.
    Ruger SuperRedhawk Alaskan (2.5 inch snubby). Trijicon tritium front sight. Magna-Ported.
    Paid a LOT for it used. But, I am very happy.

    With apologies for paraphasing Psalm 23:4.

    Yea, though I walk through the mountains of my wilderness areas,
    I will fear nothing with two or four legs; for thou art with me;
    thy weight and thy ammo capacity they comfort me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by paratrooper View Post
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    One of these days, I'm gonna learn how to post pics on forums.
    Quote Originally Posted by desertman View Post
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    Yeah, what do you have to do to post pictures?
    Go to a site like Imageshack or Photobucket, create a free account, copy your photos from your computer to the online account, and save the URL (internet address) for each picture. When you want to post the photo here, start the message part of your post, then at the point you want to insert the image, click the little "framed tree" icon/button above the message box. When you do that, a box will appear where you can paste (use ctrl+C to copy, and ctrl+V to paste) the URL/address (click the "from URL" tab, then paste the address on the single blank line). Finally, uncheck the "Retrieve remote file and reference locally" checkbox (not needed), and then click the "OK" button at the bottom.

    It sounds like a big deal, but after you do it a few times, it's really easy. I can literally snap a new photo, transfer it from my camera to my computer, upload it to Imageshack, copy the address, and post it into a message in less than 5 minutes, start-to-finish. If the photo is already on your computer, it takes about 30-60 seconds to upload it and get the address to post.

    I don't know if I really consider it "magnificent", but here is a photo of my version of a combat-style 3" GP-100 that I made up about six years ago. It has a grit-blasted finish (even less reflective than bead-blasting), but it is easy to scratch the matte surface. I hand-thinned one side and filed the top of the front sight to get the point-of-impact exactly centered with my chosen load (158 gr. JHP, for hunting backup), and the 125 JHP defensive loads are close enough to use for serious defensive purposes against two-legged varmints. I used the compact Ruger rubber GP-100 grips, with a modified ribbed plastic insert from the SP101 revolvers. Action is slicked-up for DA use, and my total investment was about $350 (pistol was a used C.A.I. re-imported police handgun) and a LOT of time/effort to get the sights regulated.

    "Placement is power" -- seen in an article by Stephen A. Camp
    (RIP, Mr. Camp; you will be remembered, and missed)

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