Check out the S&W Model 19 Carry Comp from the Performance Center.
A 70's vintage Model 19 or Model 66 S&W would be my choice. Smooth actions, easy to shoot
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The truth is that ANY of those brands will serve you well.
Today's Modern manufacturing and metallurgical techniques minimizes any strength difference between the brands (Forged vs. Cast)
It comes down to personal preference. Different folks buy firearms for different reasons
I was going to point out those in the previous posts but some folks might take that as an attack on what they like.
Once you get past a Favorite Manufacturer, then you have to deal with Blue Steel, Nickel Plated or Stainless construction
The best advice we can give you is go out with some shooting buddies and try what they own. Your personal experience with half a dozen revolvers greatly Trumps a hundred opinions of anonymous folks on the Internet
All that said, my personal preference for a 3"- 4" 357 Magnum revolver sits with various Smith and Wesson models depending on if I am trying to conceal, belt carry, target shoot or headed to a BBQ
Here are some examples
My preference for Smith and Wesson goes back decades to when a 6" Model 27 was my first new firearm. I like the visual characteristics of the S&W product, I like the almost always perfect out of the box single action "Glass Break" trigger that has been common on their product for well over half a century.
The Colt action is longer on the DA pull, the appearance of the cast frame Rugers just never appealed to me. The Kimbers have a very impressive action and they are going places with those models, I just visually prefer a Smith and Wesson. Though a snubby Kimber s in my future
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+1 for GP-100 4“
Mine is a great shooter and of course hell-for-stout. I put a gold bead front and ghost ring rear on it and it acquires the target super quick. This is more a defense set-up, not quite as accurate for target shooting, of course.
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I recently purchased a S&W Model 66-8 that I really like. I also have a S&W 327. The Pugnose shoots great too.
I was let down by the Kimber.
A friend bought one. A friend who buys a lot of guns, then sells them relatively quickly at discount prices. So I had my hopes up for a future purchase.
But when I handled it and shot it, I was underwhelmed. For the praises I'd read (and price) I expected it to be better built. I lost all interest in getting it or another.
As others have said, I'd look at older S&W's.
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If only Kimber would make a barrel longer than 2"
Of new production guns: GP100.
In the used market:
S&W 686, 586, 581, 66, 65, 13, 19, GP100.
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Kimber makes the K6 in a 3 inch barrel. With or without a hammer. Im looking at 1 of each as I type this. Regards 18DAI
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I thought seriously about the Carry Comp since back in the early 70s I had a Model 19 with the 4" barrel. I really liked it but like a moron I sold it.
What I am not sure I would like is the ported barrel especially in a self defense situation where your gun might be close to your body. So I decided to buy the 66-8 with the 2.75" barrel. I sent it off to S&W a few days ago for their "Master Revolver Action Package". After all is said and done I should have just as nice of a revolver as far as the action goes at a cheaper price than the Carry Comp. I do realize that with the Carry Comp you get an extra set of grips, front night sight, and different finish on the revolver but those are things I am not concerned about.
S&W should have received it yesterday except for the fact that FedEx lost it for two days after picking it up. That made me nervous for a good while. FedEx customer service sucked for a couple of days. Finally someone who knew what they were doing located my package.
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Lotta good choices already presented here though I’ll give my 2 cents. If you want one that you can easily carry and enjoy at the range, then I feel that is where the SP101 shines. Not the smoothest or prettiest out there, and only 5 rounds, but it’s a tank and actually handles the 357 recoil quite well while being a nice and more compact package. I like mine in the 3” variant quite a bit.
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What's it going to be used for? Carry? Target? Range toy? For carry I have a Smith 3" 66 pre-lock that I absolutely love. I've also got a Ruger 3" GP100 with the Novak sights in 10mm, but they also make a similar revolver in .357 that is comparable to the 3" 66. My GP100 has the easiest to stage DA pull of any double action revolver that I own. Target and range toy, hard to argue against a Smith 4" 686 with the 6" barrel better for target if you want to go that long. That said I'd be looking at used Smiths rather than new production.
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I have a 686 and a GP100. I like longer barrels on my 357 Mags as I’ve used them as hunting sidearms for years. With a little work, the out of the box trigger advantage that the S&W has can be equalized. Both are great guns. If I needed a 357 Mag to be a tank, eat tons of magnum loads and last forever, I’d get the Ruger. The 686 IMO is a better looking handgun. You’re probably not likely to wear either one of them out in your lifetime unless you shoot the crap out of them.
I'm pretty happy with the new Colt 3" King Cobra. Really has a nice trigger and I like the front sight a lot.
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I must say there are a ton of nice revolvers in the .357 flavor. But for me and real life use, I am a Ruger fan of the GP kind.
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Manurhin MR73. Makes a Smith look weak.
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No love for the Rhino in this thread?
If money is no object then I suppose there's the Korth, but I get the feeling that's not what the OP is looking for.
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