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Inexpensive yet reliable wheel-gun

Been trying to track down a nice wheel gun, doesn't matter if the hammer is internal or not, 5 shot or 6, snub or not.

Something inexpensive to keep in my console and on my ankle or IWB once I complete my CHL training.

For some reason everything on TGT I am finding is $400 +, I paid that much for my Glock and less for my XD9...

Aren't they called Saturday night specials for a reason?

I guess I wouldn't mind a single stack semi-auto, but Revolvers are known for always going bang, and if doesn't, just squeeze again.




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$350 - $400 is the norm for most wheel guns. They dont depreciate like semi autos do.

BTW a sat. night special would be a cheap as shit handgun like a lorcian or a jimenez arms
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You could get a Rossi .38 for under $250. The reviews I've read on Rossi were 50/50 positive and negative. They are a Taurus company but I'm not sure if they have the same warranty.

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The main selling point of a revolver was reliability, and ease of use. I was convinced any revolver would be reliable.

I bought the girl a rossi .357. (to load with 38 special. The rossi .38's were only available in 5 shot, the .357 was 6 shot) Its a little chromed snub nose from academy for about $325.

definitely not reliable. The cylinder dosnt want to turn from time to time, and after looking at the primers, the hammer isnt hitting in the dead center, meaning the cylinder isnt lining up correctly.

I'd recommended staying away from ROSSI.
I regret not spending the extra $80-100 on a RUGER SP101.

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Also, I found out right after I purchased the ROSSI, that they are infact owned by
Taurus. Had I known that, I wouldnt have bought it.

I have never seen a revolver malfunction like this ROSSI does. The cylinder actually jams up, and you have to work the trigger, while working the cylinder to get it to cycle. I'm currently looking for an SP101.

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SP101's are pretty nice, thought about getting one in .327 Federal mag.
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SP101's are pretty nice, thought about getting one in .327 Federal mag.
I have too, But i hear 327 federal can be hard to find. I like the idea behind that round, but since its relatively new, maybe hard pressed to find if on the shelves.
It's been a long time since i've gone ammo shopping, so this maybe not the case.

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My sister has one of these and I think it is great. It's compact and lightweight and holds 7 rounds.

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How about a Charter Arms Bulldog .44 special? I've read mixed reviews about Charter Arms but I've only read positive reviews about the Bulldog.

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I have too, But i hear 327 federal can be hard to find. I like the idea behind that round, but since its relatively new, maybe hard pressed to find if on the shelves.
It's been a long time since i've gone ammo shopping, so this maybe not the case.
Thats what stopped me as well.
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How about a Charter Arms Bulldog .44 special? I've read mixed reviews about Charter Arms but I've only read positive reviews about the Bulldog.
I too am interested in Charter Arms, I've seen a lot of their "undercover" models in .38, but are they a reputable company.


That Taurus doesn't look so bad, but I want to make sure whatever I have goes bang the first time and every time.




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For reliable and inexpensive revolver- J & G Sales is selling S&W model 64's cheap (.38 special, stainless, bobbed hammer). If you want something smaller, an XD9 subcompact would be on my short list.
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I too am interested in Charter Arms, I've seen a lot of their "undercover" models in .38, but are they a reputable company.


That Taurus doesn't look so bad, but I want to make sure whatever I have goes bang the first time and every time.
I'd say Charter is a reputable company that had some quality issues in the past. The company supposedly changed hands a few times but they are good to go from what I read.

Also, regarding Taurus. I know a few cops and they all swear by Taurus so take that for what it's worth.

When I was a buck private in the Army a First Sergeant took me under his wing and he was a fire arm fanatic. This was almost a decade ago. He thought that Taurus was shit and I've let his opinion influence my decision but I understand that Taurus is now a quaility manufacturer now. If anything, they make some cool shit.

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For reliable and inexpensive revolver- J & G Sales is selling S&W model 64's cheap (.38 special, stainless, bobbed hammer). If you want something smaller, an XD9 subcompact would be on my short list.
Hot damn! You aren't lying. I may have to pick one up for that price.

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$350 - $400 is the norm for most wheel guns. They dont depreciate like semi autos do.

BTW a sat. night special would be a cheap as shit handgun like a lorcian or a jimenez arms
And trust me you DON'T want a Lorcin

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My dad bought the Rossi .38 5 shot for my mom years ago. We take it with us every time we shoot. Never had a single problem with it. My dad carries it alot because it is easier to conceal then his 9m or his .380. I would definitly recomend it.


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I have a couple of Taurus Ultralites in .38. I bought them both used for just over $200/each. They shoot great and fit well in an ankle holster.

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Been trying to track down a nice wheel gun...Aren't they called Saturday night specials for a reason?
Saturday Night Specials are NOT nice guns. They're cheap pieces of shit that you wouldn't be upset dropping in a sewer.
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I have too, But i hear 327 federal can be hard to find. I like the idea behind that round, but since its relatively new, maybe hard pressed to find if on the shelves.
It's been a long time since i've gone ammo shopping, so this maybe not the case.
It can also fire .32 H&R Magnum and .32 Long Colt or whatever the parent cartridge of .32 H&R Mag is...
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Or a Raven/Phoenix, or a Jennings...


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Here is a true Saturday night special. Its my 30 year old RG .22lr. It only fires about every 5 trigger pulls. I only keep because it was my dads first gun. He paid 39.99 for it new.


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My dad bought the Rossi .38 5 shot for my mom years ago. We take it with us every time we shoot. Never had a single problem with it. My dad carries it alot because it is easier to conceal then his 9m or his .380. I would definitly recomend it.
Good to hear man, But hell.. the cylinder locked up on us MULTIPLE times within the firs 100 rounds. Probably have about 200 through it right now, and locked up about 10-15 times.

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Here is a true Saturday night special. Its my 30 year old RG .22lr. It only fires about every 5 trigger pulls. I only keep because it was my dads first gun. He paid 39.99 for it new.
This is the same model of gun that Henkly shot Regan with.

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Here ya go. Compact, lightweight, and highly concealable:

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