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Old 04-05-2011, 07:47 AM
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Hi Friends, I've been looking for a cheap (but reliable) revolver to carry in the car, tackle box, beat around, etc. Something that if it were stolen, dropped in the lake, etc. I wouldn't be out $400 - $800. I had come to the realization that there weren't any cheap revolvers until I came upon the Comanche 38 - 357 (around $200). Has anyone had experience or heard anything about this manufacturer, I had never heard of them before. Thanks, Bernie
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:42 AM
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Wanting a "cheap" gun because it's no big deal if it gets stolen, is rather irresponsible. Maybe it would be no big deal to you, but how about the future victim who has that cheap gun in his face, held by some doped up loser? A stolen I-pod is no big deal, a stolen gun, no matter how much it costs, is very much a big deal!
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:37 AM
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Probably a used one that had quality when made, off gunbroker or another auction site would be the best route. 169 sales for $200 or under with no reserve at the moment.

If you didn't mind a weird caliper, probably the Russian 1895 Nagant would not be a bad choice. It could be fired from within a pocket or even silenced if shooting on the water.

Anything new under $200 usually means .22LR, though you can find a used revolver under $200 such as the "Rossi Stainless M88 revolver 38 Special"

Myself, I would probably pick a Ruger Single Six .22LR, though a stainless steel used runs $300 easy.

I would avoid the older Rohm, made in Spain or Italy stuff.
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Old 04-05-2011, 12:25 PM
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Wanting a "cheap" gun because it's no big deal if it gets stolen, is rather irresponsible. Maybe it would be no big deal to you, but how about the future victim who has that cheap gun in his face, held by some doped up loser? A stolen I-pod is no big deal, a stolen gun, no matter how much it costs, is very much a big deal!
I don't spend $200 with the thought in mind that it's going to be stolen. I take care of all my guns, whether it's $200 or $800, but the fact remains that guns are stolen!!! When I'm camping, fishing, etc. I don't have my safe with me and even though I don't advertise that I have a gun with me it's more likely to be stolen than in my safe at home. Maybe I should have said that I might drop it in the lake when fishing. Didn't mean to offend you and if I did I'm truly sorry. Bernie
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You aren't the one who should be apologizing here, Bernie. If the example was an inexpensive revolver versus an original Colt Navy, your concern about it being stolen would not be brushed aside so callously. All of us have cheap versions of useful tools that we sometimes use instead of risking the theft of a nicer version of the same thing. Nobody should be accusing you of being careless with your guns or indifferent to one of them being stolen, but it's simply prudent when carrying a gun in certain situations to use one of lesser value. If your question had been what kind of inexpensive single-shot rifle to throw behind the seat of your truck, you wouldn't have been chastised about it.

Even former LEO's should know that folks on this site are not going to be leaving their guns where they can be easily stolen.
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Old 04-05-2011, 05:51 PM
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Back in the '60's I had a H&R 9-shot revolver. Top break. It was quite inexpensive, even then. Very reliable, pretty accurate. It was a .22LR revolver. I carried it in my tacklebox instead of my J-frame .38 Spec. If the boat flipped and all my gear ended up on the bottom of the lake I would mourn the loss of my fishing equipment, the H&R not so much. You may be able to find a used one around.
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Old 04-05-2011, 05:56 PM
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Isn't cheap, but reliable an oxymoron?
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+1 broom-jm. kdub, Bernie Link presumably meant inexpensive, not cheap. Bernie, look around. You might be able to pick up a decent used Taurus, Rossi, etc, for a good price. I just saw a used Charter Arms .44 special Bulldog for $300 obo in the local shoppers guide. Sert01
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Used market. If you know enough to be able to sort out one that is problem free, but a bit ugly from neglect, can often find decent deals on good solid revolvers. The old standard 4" barrel .38 isn't in high demand.

Oddly, often find them in nice internal shape, good looking on one side, but with a case of the dings and rust measles on the other (here is where knowing the "shinola" from the other brown substance really helps). Some were set down in a desk drawer a few decades ago and never checked (so the down side got ugly, the up side looked good). Some were carried by police (or private guards), seldom shot, but beat up on the side facting out from the holser (usually the right side as most folks are right handed). Some are ugly just along the edges, probably from being left in a damp leather holster for a few years. For a long time, of the good makes of guns, were few cheaper than a used 4" S&W Mod. 10.

Always have had a "tackle box" gun or two, often .22 revolvers but as a reloader, caliber isn't a large consideration for this use. Hardly anyone really wants the .32swl versions for this use, which often makes them significaly cheaper. Not something I'd subject a fine S&W or Colt to, in any caliber.
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I bought a used H&R .32 mag. revolver several years ago for about $125 if I recall correctly. It was a decent shooter and had enough power for a good "beater" gun to carry around while in the woods or fishing. I later sold it and wish I wouldn't have. It was ugly as sin but it worked every time you pulled the trigger. Sert01
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Old 04-06-2011, 07:36 PM
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I'd suggest a used Taurus. Even if it turns out to have a problem, it has a lifetime warranty.

My go-to camping gun is a stainless .357 Taurus model 669. I picked it up used a few years ago from a coworker for $150. Never had a problem with it, and it is actually kind of pretty.
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Old 04-07-2011, 07:27 AM
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the reason i go wheel gun is a good one goes bang very reliably..
notice i said a good one..not all are that sure..in your place id consider the high point semi in what ever caliber,you like..it is dependable by reputation,reasonably priced ..since you don t want to conceal it ..
thought id throw that thought out to you..good luck..
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Old 04-07-2011, 07:38 AM
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Bernie I have messed with a few comanchees and they all fired but the sights were horrible. Whitworth and I shot one alot and could never get it to shoot even remotely accurate. Like some of the others have said I'd look for a used something else that may have been nicer when it was new.
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:55 AM
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Cheap Revolver

Got a H&R 622 (4") in 22 cal, pcikup them up at Pawn or Gun Shows for $100-175. Good shooters and you can get parts for them too. H&R made a 32 Long and 32 Mag version, also about $200.
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Old 11-18-2011, 01:29 PM
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Wanting a "cheap" gun because it's no big deal if it gets stolen, is rather irresponsible. Maybe it would be no big deal to you, but how about the future victim who has that cheap gun in his face, held by some doped up loser? A stolen I-pod is no big deal, a stolen gun, no matter how much it costs, is very much a big deal!
Ummmm, real good point.

BTW, if your gun gets stolen, and is used in a crime, you will have a real tough time explaining it away. In some states it will be like you were part of the crime.
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Old 11-18-2011, 02:14 PM
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Used Ruger SP 101s around here are about $300-350. I picked up the 3" barrel one for 325. Also a S&W chief's special 45 acp CS45 for $300. Used Italian clones of Colt SAA are usually $250-350 in my neck of the woods. Just keep looking at the used guns racks until you find a good quality one for the right price.
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Old 11-19-2011, 08:30 AM
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> Got a H&R 622 (4") in 22 cal,

Me too, I cleaned it up, haven't had a chance to test fie it yet. Looks about a 2.5" barrel and a 9 shot. Think mine is a 922?
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:40 AM
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Wanting a "cheap" gun because it's no big deal if it gets stolen, is rather irresponsible. Maybe it would be no big deal to you, but how about the future victim who has that cheap gun in his face, held by some doped up loser? A stolen I-pod is no big deal, a stolen gun, no matter how much it costs, is very much a big deal!
Would the next victim be any safer if the stolen gun was a $2,000 competition model?

The value of the gun is irrelevant, either way, if it gets stolen.
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:43 AM
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Isn't cheap, but reliable an oxymoron?

NO! Much of the cost of a gun is in the cosmetic finishing and the brand status. A lot of 'cheap' cars are just as reliable as luxury models.
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:53 AM
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Hi Friends, I've been looking for a cheap (but reliable) revolver to carry in the car, tackle box, beat around, etc. Something that if it were stolen, dropped in the lake, etc. I wouldn't be out $400 - $800. I had come to the realization that there weren't any cheap revolvers until I came upon the Comanche 38 - 357 (around $200). Has anyone had experience or heard anything about this manufacturer, I had never heard of them before. Thanks, Bernie

Please disregard the people on this site who read threads hoping there is something in them that they can jump on and therefore feel relevant.

You don't say what use you'll put the revolver to --- but if a small .38 would suit you, I'd look @ Charter Arms. I owned one long ago that was perfectly suitable for its intended use. I see used ones in the $200 - $250 range.

Here's an example.
.38 CHARTER ARMS 38spl REVOLVER 2" snub nose 38 : Revolvers at GunBroker.com

They also make 22 revolvers that are cheaper than the competition.
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