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How much do you like your 3-screw revolver?

Bought my .357 Blackhawk brand new back in 1970. Today, I own 39 guns. But, my 3-screw .357 still remains my favorite gun. In 1972 I bought brand new a Ruger single six (.22 mag) 3-screw 9.5 inch barrel. Now, that gun will reach out and hit anything you are aiming at! I believe Ruger ceased production of the 3-screw in 1973. All in all, I love my 2 Ruger revolvers. Do you have a favorite revolver?
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I have a fondness for the old model SA Rugers and have several in various calibers but I don't gush over them like some seem to. I think they're a little easier to work on since they don't have that pesky gate spring or transfer bar but I still believe the New Model is a superior design. The action on my OMs are generally pretty sweet but I have a couple of NMs that are equally nice in that regard.

Most of my handguns are revolvers but I don't have one favorite. I only keep the guns I really like so maybe they're all favorites since they're still around. Kinda like picking a favorite child...

But it does raise an interesting question - if I had to choose ONE revolver to keep and had to get rid of all the rest (for some unfathomable reason) which one would it be? I would have a VERY hard time coming up with answer to that one. And the answer might change daily.
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I'm sort of fond of the Three Screw models:



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I have a fondness for the old model SA Rugers and have several in various calibers but I don't gush over them like some seem to. I think they're a little easier to work on since they don't have that pesky gate spring or transfer bar but I still believe the New Model is a superior design. The action on my OMs are generally pretty sweet but I have a couple of NMs that are equally nice in that regard.

Most of my handguns are revolvers but I don't have one favorite. I only keep the guns I really like so maybe they're all favorites since they're still around. Kinda like picking a favorite child...

But it does raise an interesting question - if I had to choose ONE revolver to keep and had to get rid of all the rest (for some unfathomable reason) which one would it be? I would have a VERY hard time coming up with answer to that one. And the answer might change daily.
I fail to see the New Model as a "superior design" though it is better in the hands of a novice from a safety stand point.

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Beautiful collection of 3 screws SA revolvers Bob Wright!
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I thought once I was in love with the old model 3 screw guns but after getting a double action revolver my Blackhawk .357 will soon go on the classified section. Sorry, but tired of it taking up space in my safe. Being 72 I am starting to evaluate my priorities.
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I hear people complain that it takes too long to load and unload.... I, however, find it very relaxing and enjoyable!
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We enjoy our OM Ruger's very much. Part of it for me is sentimental, given that my very first handgun, bought new, was an OM Single Six (yes, I am that old). Part of it for us is also that traditional four click Colt action. Nothing says single action quite like that.

On the other hand, we have some NM Ruger's SAs that we would never sell, either, so I don't make any judgements about one being superior to another.
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I love everything about my old model. The feel of the action, the extra clicks, the loading sequence to drop the hammer on an empty chamber, the skinny trigger...all of it. It is therapeutic to shoot at a leisurely pace. It feels good hanging low on my hip.
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Bob Wright, that's a mighty fine looking collection of 3-screw revolvers you have there!
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I bought my first Ruger in 1967, a .357 OM SA with 6.5 inch barrel. I've put probably 3-5 thousand rounds thru it and only had to replace the cylinder bolt retaining spring once. My favorite revolver today is a 1984 blued Ruger Redhawk 44 mag with 7.5 ich barrel and Leupold M8 2x handgun scope using Ruger factory scope mounts. For CCW I have a S&W M&P 45 auto.
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Their Great! Only one I don't have is the 30 Carbine, but have one in the NM. It was my very 1st pistol.
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The 1970 3 screw I bought in early 1971 , still the only 357 magnum and the only SA revolver I own . Absolute hands down favorite handgun .
For many years it was the only handgun I owned so I got to learn how to shoot , cast bullets and reload with it. Hunted everything from rabbits to hogs with it .

Rode hard all these years but we are both still shooting ... it's my avatar.
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