Since the other revolver topic was related to back up types, and we started to veer off, I wanted to start a thread on full size "combat revolvers". There some guys here who carried them on duty, and I think we could learn a thing or two.
I've acquired a revolver or tow over the years and currently have 4, all S&W pre-lock.
1x M36-1 j frame Sq butt 3"
1x M586 L frame Sq butt 6" adj front sight
2x M13-3 K frame Sq butt 3"
While I have no delusions of these being picked as the Army's new handgun, or rescuing hostages with one, I do have an interest in making a limited investment in time and money to shoot them a bit better. I believe it will make me a better pistol shooter in general and a more rounded shooter overall. Here are some thought's/questions I've come up with doing some research.
I owned a Colt Detective Special, Diamondback and Trooper MKIII. Nice guns, probably as good as anything, but the reality is Colt smiths are few and far between and backed up. Parts are dwindling, and people will pay astronomical prices for a rusty nail with that horsey on it.
That leaves S&W and Ruger. No real experience with the Rugers, but no reason to believe they are not gtg. I just happen to have all Smiths.
I think the 3" K frame is the G19 of the revolver world. The 4" L frame closer to the G17/1911
I used to own a M25 in 45LC. Neat gun, but at the end of the day, it was a lot of gun that didn't offer a lot over a 1911 for it's size. Or a K/L frame gun for that matter.
Right now, I am leaning toward .38+P at being just about the best balance of power vs recoil. Call me a puss, but full house magnums are not what I wanna spend the whole day shooting. Enough people I trust feel the 38 was no detriment when they carried it, that I think it's gtg.
While even amongst auto shooters, people will say no "real combat gun" has adjustable sights. I guess no one told that to the real deal guys I know who take adj sighted pistols into combat regularly. I would much prefer adj sights, it just makes life easier. Mu M36 shoots about 4" low and right at 25yds, and that's just not acceptable to me.
I've been racking my brain and lurking in many forums the last few weeks over this. It's a tough pill to swallow to spend $150+ on a set of custom grips and not be sure you'll even like them. Mass produced grips never seem to fit right, with palm swells & finger grooves in the wrong place. Bowling pin wood finishes, etc.
I'm really starting to think the old school Pachmayr's might be the best compromise, at least on a duty/open carry type set up, where they will with stand some abuse. They are cheap, apparently can be doctored a bit, aren't as sticky as Hogues, but offer some grip over the bowling pin type finish.
Two guys I worked with used to shoot a lot of PPC, one still does. neither of them seemed to think spending big money on grips was worth it. The current shooter, used foam to mod a set of hogues. I just found two different types of Pach's that have been discontinued, Small presentations, with no finger grooves or palm swells, I'm hoping these work well for my 586. The two M13's have Pachmayr compac's with the covered back strap. They seem to work well also...more shooting will tell.
Having said that, a set of old mass produced Herretts is in my future and possibly a set of custom made one........possibly.
Of course grips leads to this question...finger placement. I've got smaller hands. I can get my trigger finger into the trigger so the crease of my first joint is at the right side of the trigger face..is that about right? More, less? this feels like I can manipulate the DA trigger fairly well. The PPC guy says that should be gtg.
Not sure I'm ready to dump a bunch of money into these side track guns, but, as some other projects get finished, I wouldn't mind getting some moderate work done. Maybe the combat revolver package from S&W for the K frames and Master action job for the L.
Anything else? thoughts? experience?
ETA: I didn't join S&W forums to talk revolvers because they talk about fit and finish, soul, blah blah blah...not really interested in a bunch of glock or M&P bashing, etc.