Originally Posted by LobsterClaw207:
As is my usual move, I find myself lusting over the awesome guns in here and wondering about acquiring one of my own.
My arsenal has most every time of common firearm in use except a revolver.
I want to get something full size, not carry. I want to get something with some panaché, or history behind it (thinking something cool issued to legendary cops or something, or something with lineage in our military.) Not thinking antique or real old, but at least something I can look at and feel like it's got some sort of historical weight. Sorry if that's vague.
I also can't dump $1200 on another "fun" gun. Thinking in the $800 range. Help me Obi-Wan Lightfighters, you're my wallet's only hope.
There are the "run of the mill" guns, some fictional ones, and some expensive, but still duty guns.
My personal opinion.
First, I prefer S&W, followed closely by Ruger. Colt is not on my list. The K and L frames are probably the most versatile and universal sizes. Grips are available to fit most any hand, especially if it has a round butt. The L-Frames are beefier than a K, but with the same grip. They were made to handle .357 mag all day long. A 4" Model 19 K-Frame is probably one of the nicest handling revolvers you'll ever get. They are light enough to carry comfortably all day long, not too big, look good, etc. They are not as strong as a Ruger and if you feed them a heavy diet of .357mag, you will eventually destroy it. If you stick to .38 most of the time, they wll do fine. The fixed sight K frames in .38spl were long time police staples. They were also issued to flight crews post WWII and a number of them were parkerized and issued during WWII.
Probably the premier old S&W would be a WW1 vintage M1917 in .45acp. That would be cool.
The large frame Smiths are the N Frames, made in .357mag, .41mag, .44mag, .45acp, and in rare variants, .44spl, .45 Colt, and 10mm. For "fictional" guns, check out the Indiana Jones movies and look for a 1930's Triple Lock. Or Dirty Harry and a blued Model 29 6". Sledgehammer had a 6" stainless Model 629.