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I've heard several negative opinions of the quality of S&W revolvers. I'm sure you've heard some of these. Is S&W really the epitome of quality? Are their products worth the price?
 

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I think they are way over priced for their quality. I get by with the firearms I have and non are smiths.
 

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I , too , think Smith is overpriced. They are a quality firearm. They seem to bring higher resale , but if ya don't intend to resell......maybe a wash. I prefer Ruger revolvers , strong , dependable , and have had really good customer service in the past. Sometimes the actions need some smoothing....other than that..

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I too agree that they are a little over priced. But after my Taurus kick that kicked me in the pants with serius failures in multiple new guns, I stick to S&W and Ruger. I have had no failures with either. I would rather pay a little more and know that it will work every time than have the waisted time and disappointment from not being dependable.
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Gene,

Have you had failures in Taurus revolvers or semi-autos? I don't own a Taurus, but haven't ruled them out completely either.
 

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Mark,
About 1 1/2 ago I was purchasing Taurus because I didn't want to spend S&W kind of money on trail/boat guns. I had 1ea 991 22mag, 2ea 990 22lr, and a 94 22lr.
The 94 kept keyholing after 3 times of sending it back to get fixed, I traded it on a S&W m63
The 990's both started to not fully turn the cylinder when you pulled the triger or cocked it, I traded them for a S&W m617 (had a friend by a 991 at the same time, his wouldn't fully rotate either after a couple hundred shots)
The 991 shoots real good, but I gave it to my son. Just told him to shoot it and if it gave him any problems, trade it for anything but a Taurus.
I hope that helps.

Gene
 

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Over the years I have owned near 100 different Smith and Wesson revolvers, I have only had a problem with one, a Model 17 that was hard to open the cylinder. That was corrected quick and efficiently after I finally got off my butt and got the gun in for adjustment. As for quality, I think it rates right up there at the top.

The S&Ws do seem to run a little high but I have always been of the opinion that you get what you pay for. I have no problem with several others mentioned in other post and even own a couple of Rugers, Trurus and several Colts, but for me, when the chips are down it will always be Smith and Wesson!!! 8)

 

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I have 6 S&W revolvers now; I like the pre-lock ones best. I've traded into all of them, and always felt like I did well in the deal. For me the brand means consistency, but I like my Taurus and Rugers just fine.
 

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I owned two taurus'. A 357 tracker with binding and timing problems from the factory and a 66 with the same issue. Won't be buying from them again. Never had a problem with ruger or s&w.
 

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I have only bought three new S&W revolvers, and that was many years ago before they cost so much. I still have seven more that I bought used, and I have loved them all. Extremely accurate and smooth. They are really expensive today because they know you can't get a better DA revolver now that Colt is out of the picture. Don't be afraid to buy a used S&W. You can get some great deals.


The Ruger SP101 is one of the best designed guns of all time, but the triggers are a might stiff. Still the S&W K frames are awesome guns and feel great in your hand. Easy to aim, and easy to shoot. The N frames are in a class by themselves. Expensive? Yes. Worth it? Yes. You get what you pay for.
 

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I don't have any revolvers that are not S&W---course I buy used and shooters--no collector pieces here.
I trust S&W but do understand that among many a lemon will emerge.
I don't like taurus and never have.
I owned two Rugers--both single six's--and enjoyed them. I don't like single six's any more or single actions for that matter.
Blessings
 

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Having owned revolvers for nearly 50 years, I have found few that even come close to S&W. Rugers are much heavier and have a clunky feel in my hand. Taurus and Rossi were cheap, poor quality imitations when I experiemented with them. Colts were even more costly and I do not care for the way they stack in DA use. I have not purchased a S&W in nearly 10 years and that last one was a 38 Special M&P, hardly new, so I am not familiar with current quality or prices. I see used ones priced reasonably.
 

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I guess i think there overpriced but still am willing to buck up that much more to avoid the other crap that competes with them. Id gladly pay twice the price for a smith revolver then a comparable tarus or rossi and anymore the price of a double action ruger isnt that much differnt then a smith. With the ruger you get a bit more strenght usualy but its usually in a rough clunky package. Bottom line is smiths are still the best fit and finished DA revolver the average guy can afford.
 

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The Smiths are the best revolver out there. There is no comparison to a Taurus. Take the 22's for example. Taurus has copied Smith's model 63. If you ever have the opportunity, pick each of these revolvers up and handle them. You will immediately see and feel the difference. If you like the Taurus fine, but there is no comparison to a Smith, no more than comparing a Pinto station wagon to a Lincoln. I see numerous 50-60 year old Smith that are still being used to both hunt with and target shoot. In future years I don't imagine we will see very many 50 year old, functional Taurus revolvers.
 

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I have been a Smith man since I first bought a hand gun to carry for a living. I carried'em for 20 years and used them, and I tried all the other revolvers EXCEPT Taurus and few others. I had some of those brought to me to work on, and many times found the metallurgy bad. As some one already said, Ruger is well built, a little ruff out of the box, and in some areas of the pistol "overbuilt unnecessarily", and they are usually heavier.
I think part of the reason the Smith is higher than it used to be, is the dollar is worth less, the new safety system installed, causing some design change, because of lawyers and frivolous lawsuits, and insurance because of the latter. It still has a short crisp action, and is as reliable as the sun comin up.
 

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I am a big fan of S&W revolvers. Sure they are more expensive, but to me it is worth the extra money. I am also a Ruger fan as well. I find the S&W's to be more like a Swiss watch and a Ruger like a Timex, takes a licking and keeps ticking. Now Taurus is not a gun I am willing to invest anymore money in. Tried a few different Taurus models, and sold all but one. It is a 9 shot .22 L/R. I hate the gun, but my wife likes to shoot it.
 

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Lloyd said:
I guess i think there overpriced but still am willing to buck up that much more to avoid the other crap that competes with them. Id gladly pay twice the price for a smith revolver then a comparable tarus or rossi and anymore the price of a double action ruger isnt that much differnt then a smith. With the ruger you get a bit more strenght usualy but its usually in a rough clunky package. Bottom line is smiths are still the best fit and finished DA revolver the average guy can afford.
Well said Lloyd...
 

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My friend is a s&w collector and also has quite a few taurus revolvers and likes them for what they are. He has had some issues with them but has told me he had good experiences with customer service
I also have the nine shot 22 and enjoy it. The raging bull series of revolvers, I have a 454, are fairly decent also.
I would not compare them to the smiths though. I only have a couple, a model 10 and a 686, but the quality difference is substantial.
If I had the cash, I would opt for a s&w over any other revolver in the price range.
I unfortunately cannot afford a fredom arms.
 

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Gene,

Have you had failures in Taurus revolvers or semi-autos? I don't own a Taurus, but haven't ruled them out completely either.
I have had trouble with them. S&W is high priced but they offer some guns not offered by others. I have had good and poor service from S&W when repair was needed. One thing S&W was sold and for a while offered less quality so it could depend on what era guns you inspect as to the quality you see. If Ruger offers a gun that is equal to S&W I always go Ruger. If not then I pay the price for S&W. As example Ruger does not offer a pocket revolver that works as well as a 340 PD . But if you want a 5 shot SS revolver their SP101 can't be beat.
 
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