JakeKelley

Colt VS. Smith and Wesson

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There is no difference in accuracy as far as I am concerned. I can shoot very accurately with mine and most people that practice lots can also. Yes they will stop a charging black bear, but you have to have the right bullets loaded. I would not bet my life on a large brown. I would want a shotgun loaded with shot and slugs alternated in that situation. A company called Bianchi makes some very fine holsters and shoulder holsters for pistols.

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If you can shoot a 44 single action and a 44 Red Hawk or Smith 29 before you make your purchase and do it with target and full power ammo it will help you a lotI started out with a Ruger Super Blackhawk 44 when I was about 19 purchased the Redhawk in 1980? could not compete and reload shooting bowling pins with the single action The time to return to target on a single action verses a double action is Huge single action goes up and a double action goes straight back meaning the energy from the gun when you shootStart with lead loaded to 800 fps and get 500 rounds down range double action and single action at more than paper 44 is very accurate place some empty shotgun shells on a stand and learn to shoot double action and pick them off one at a time The one thing that I was shown that helped was learn the feel of the trigger as the cylinder goes to the next round and locks up than smoothly pull through you will see Put in some snap caps and play with itAnd don't forget the hearing protection 44 can give a nice Ring for weeks for that 1 lousy rattle snake shot with 240 grain hollow point full power loadYes nothing spells Flinch for a beginner like full power 250 grain or 300 grain bullets or the Adrenaline felt :smiley-innocent-halo-yellow:

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My family is actually in Arizona right now with me to see family. My Grandfather shoots at the Scottsdale Gun Club and said he could get us free rentals to try out the smith and wesson and the colt.

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Some may ask "whats a drop pouch?"
That will mostly be from the under 50 crowd. :welcomeani::lol:

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Probably think it is something on a kangaroo......

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Well sadly the woman my dad was thinking about buying the smith and wesson from is really not a good smith and wesson. It has a 1" barrel and is a .38. Totally not what we thought. So now my dad is deciding again between a smith and wesson and the Colt. We are still in Arizona and haven't tested them yet.

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My dad is getting a revolver for home protection as well as protection on our long hikes and fishing trips. He wants a Colt but they are 1300 dollars. Someone who works with him has a 6 1/2 M-29 44 smith and wesson they want to get rid of. They are willing to sell it for around 500-600 dollars. Should my dad wait and save up for the colt 45 or buy the smith and wesson?
If the gun is for protection then I would go with a double action and a lot smaller then a large frame revolver.You need to be able to shoot fast and keep your senses about you. Try shooting a 44 at night with no ear protection in your house and see how that works! :drool:

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You are kidding right? If not, that really is 2 cents worth of advice :drool: ! I'm sure whoever you live with, your neighbors, and the police, will not understand shooting a 44 inside your home as a test.

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Yes I am joking. :drool: What I was trying to point out is that for self defense a 44 or Colt 45 would not be my first choice.

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And why not? .44 specials are very tame and very effective. If push came to shove and you ever really have to use it, you would never know the difference between a .44 and a .22 anyways because of adrenaline. When's the last time you thought about recoil before you fired at something other than paper? 1 gun, 2 worlds. Specials for home, and mags for field work. Kinda makes more sense than a .38 or 1911 to me.

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The 44 special would work. It is still has a heavy frame. In a home invasion with two or even four bad guys coming in you will need to shoot fast at multiple targets in a confined space. A large frame revolver is not my first choice. You have to remember, the bad guys know they are coming, you are caught by surprise. You need every advantage you can get. Answer to problem, buy more guns. Some for home and some for the field!

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The best gun to use for home defense is one you can shoot effectively. Whatever it is.I think people create these scenerios in their mind like they are part of some kind of special armed forces or something. Arm yourself with something you are comfortable using...then hope and pray you never have to use it.

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The best gun to use for home defense is one you can shoot effectively. Whatever it is.I think people create these scenerios in their mind like they are part of some kind of special armed forces or something. Arm yourself with something you are comfortable using...then hope and pray you never have to use it.
Perfectly put. Like the guy last year that had to kill the brown bear with his 1911. You tell that bear it won't work. Of the 3,000 plus members here, how many have ever actually had a confrontation in their home? Heck, how many just know anybody that has had one. Way, way too much overthinking. I have always said that your upland shotgun and standard sidearm are plenty. Why is it you can aim a full barreled shotgun in the field and not hit bushes or trees, but we can't use it in a house with walls? The "tactical" fad is out of control. If you hear glass break in the middle of the night, are you going to get you tactical vest out of the closet, put it on, look for your special home defense handgun among the others, and go see what's wrong? NO! Your gonna grab old faithful by you in bed and go see what's up. Odds are that even if you have to shoot, 1 shot and they're fleeing. Remember this, even the cops, who expect trouble when you report someone in your house, only carry one standard pistol and an extra mag.

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Agreed. My dad is much more comfortable with large frame revolvers vs. small frame. If you stuck a 2 1/2" barrel revolver in his hand he probably would miss. Sadly now my dad loves both the colt and smith and wesson and wishes he could get both. :roflmao3[1]:

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Not sad, just goes to show he has good taste :archer-green:

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Hi Jake, get the S&W first for the reasons Shooter John and Bisley said. Double action and 44 special loads for indoors. If you really think of this gun as a self defense weapon do not get a ported barrel. The blow back indoors is incredible, even ear plugs don't help much... :good: If you plan on having a gun for self defense you better plan on using it. You need to at least think about the different scenarios you might be in. Just like setting up a stand for coyotes. You try to picture every scenario. At least I do. If in your mind that makes me pseudo special forces, so be it. I call it being prepared. Don't get me wrong, I love my Dan Wesson 44 and my Dan Wesson 445 Alaskan. Just not my first choice when I feel threatened in my home. Neither is a shotgun with a 28" barrel. But if that is all you have then use it.And yes, I have personally known someone who was a victim of a home invasion. They were beaten, tortured and robbed then left tied up. A friend of my Mom was beaten, tortured and along with her son, killed.

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