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Ruger Bearcats and Smith M63s

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Lets talk about the Ruger New Model Bearcat and Smith M63 shall we. I haven't handle a Bearcat since I was a teenager in the early 80s (never did shoot it) but have owned several Ruger New Model Super Single Sixes and did own a M651 4". Now, I am not looking at purchasing this for myself. Its to be a gift to my 2yr old grandson when he's capable, gotta make him into a little handgunner like I did his father. Which you choose for your grandson's investment in shooting rights? (keep this to pistols as his dad's getting him the youth .22LR rifle)

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I bought a stainless Bearcat for my wife, and they are little jewels for sure.

I have never owned a 63, but they are sure neat guns.

One real advantage for the 63 is the sights. My wife has trouble shooting the Bearcat well due to the tiny sight picture. The fact that it is stainless doesn't help, although the 63 would also have a stainless front sight, I think.

I honestly find the double action revolver the easiest gun to learn (load, unload, verify unloaded, etc). I was teaching my youngest son how to operate the Bearcat and he fired a round into the ground after he loaded it (they load from half-cock).

There is no question the 63 or the Bearcat would be a wonderful gun to hold onto for life.

I would bring up the cost difference, but spread though a child's, then man's lifetime, that just does not matter. Besides, you are making those deployed contractor big bucks. :D

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