- Jan 27, 2009
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Python is pure sex. I had one years ago and the bluing was just gorgeous. I actually shot mine though, and it continually went out of time. Just one man's experience.+1
It's a great gun, sharp looking and will shoot .38 no problem.
Currently my handgun collection is all semi-autos: Glock, SIG-Sauer, S&W, Ruger, Browning, etc. I have fond memories of shooting revolvers in my youth, though, and I like the "feel of the wheel" so to speak.
I am looking for suggestions. At the moment I am favoring the S&W Model 15 or the 586, chambered in .38 Special +P. I don't want to go .357 because I still want to be able to shoot plates, etc., at my ranges. These guns seem on the high side in price, though. I'm not opposed to paying for quality, but I wonder if there are better ways to go yet still get the classic look and feel. Suggestions?
Oh. Thats just a beautiful piece in a great length and finish.I have a Nickel 4" Colt Python available!
Thanks for the response (and that goes to everyone who responded)!So, some questions for the OP.
Do you want to use it for target/home defense, or do you want it to be carryable?
That plays into the next question - do you have an aversion to 6 bbl?
whats your preference re blued or stainless.
It seems like you've already nailed down the da vs sa question.
If you are open to stainless and you are on a budget, the GP100 is a great gun. It will last many lifetimes and is not a lot of dough. I like it in 4".
If you have the $$ for a Smith, i'm a big fan of the 19 (blued) or 66 (stainless)
They're both .357 magnum guns, but you can shoot .38s out of them.
In fact, if you want to shoot a lot of .357, you are actually better off with their larger, newer cousins the 586 and 686 in blued and stainless respectively
I don't know if the 19/66 were ever made in 6" bbls. I'm guessing they were, but i'm not sure.
The grip on the Model 10 seems a bit thin for me, and the 686 doesn't look "classic" enough. I like the heft of the 15 or 586 — they look like they would balance well in my hands, which are on the large side.If I was looking for a classy revolver in either .38 and/or .357 I'd look for (in this order):
A Colt Python
An older Dan Wesson
S&W Model 10
I'm sure what he meant by "older" is one made at the old Monson Mass factory.Not familiar with the Dan Wesson. I just Googled them and a lot of them look very modern. I guess that's why you specified an "older" one.
Thanks for the response (and that goes to everyone who responded)!
- It would be mainly a range gun. My Glock 22 handles home def, tyvm.
- Preference is for a 4" barrel.
- DA (but not DAO — which I don't think applies to non-hammerless revolvers anyway, but I just want to be clear).
- I prefer blued, with walnut grips — no rubber — but I'd definitely look at stainless.
S&W 27-2 or 28-2 in 4".The grip on the Model 10 seems a bit thin for me, and the 686 doesn't look "classic" enough. I like the heft of the 15 or 586 — they look like they would balance well in my hands, which are on the large side.
Not familiar with the Dan Wesson. I just Googled them and a lot of them look very modern. I guess that's why you specified an "older" one.
Colt Python is definitely a possibility, esp. in 4".
I'm with you. I justified the $900 for my 547 by saying I'll save a fortune in ammo. I can reload 9mm for about $5.20/box with precisionbullets.com 147 grain bullets.There's a spot in my safe for nearly any 4" K-frame, for the right price. I'm just not sure how I justify it, practically speaking.
The Dan Wesson's are very accurate, and offer a unique feature - user removable barrels & shrouds. Want a 8" w/ full underlug for the range, and a 4" for carry? A simple tool lets you make the swap.Not familiar with the Dan Wesson. I just Googled them and a lot of them look very modern. I guess that's why you specified an "older" one.