VALUE GUIDE: 357 MAGNUM REVOLVERS
Ruger GP100 KGP-141
38 Special +P/357 Mag., $500
The stainless-steel GP100 performs in all categories: accuracy, smoothness, control, and velocity.
S&W M66 Combat Magnum
38 Sp. +P/357 Mag., $420
Stainless steel, smooth action, and a round-butt configuration seldom seen on the Combat Magnum.
Ruger GP100 GP-141
38 Sp. +P/357 Mag. $480
The blued GP100 doesn’t perform on par with the stainless, and the stainless is easier to maintain.
S&W M19 Combat Magnum
38 Sp. +P/357 Mag., $800
Came with a display case and a knife with matching serial number — pretty neat, but also pricey.
Taurus Model 66
38 Sp. +P/357 Mag., $325
The barrel length of 6 inches did not generate greater velocity. Current-production version is 2-660069.
Ruger Security Six
357 Mag., $430-$450
Had good accuracy with user-friendly sights; recoil was mild due to its bulk.
Colt Lawman Mk III
357 Mag., $450-$525
A full-size revolver, so it is less concealable. Offered pleasant recoil. Double-action pull was too heavy.
S&W Model 686
357 Mag., $600-$850
Team members liked the slender 686, even though it had less capacity.
S&W Performance Center M627 170133 357 Mag., $1079
A well-made, nice-shooting revolver with a ball-detent lock up, chamfered chambers, and excellent sights.
S&W Performance Center M327 170245 357 Mag., $1309
Needed a different grip to be concealed easily, and the short ejector rod caused us to rely on gravity for reloads.
Smith & Wesson M19-4
357 Mag., $450-$750
This was an older “pre-lock” revolver we would seek out to buy, enjoy, and pass down.
FN Barracuda 357 Mag.,
The Barracuda was a well-made revolver. A shame the 9mm cylinder wasn’t included.
Colt Trooper MK III
357 Mag., $600+
This particular revolver had been fired with hot loads and was in need of servicing. Watch for that.
Ruger GP100 Match Champion No. 1754 357 Mag., $899
The Match Champion is undoubtedly one of Ruger’s best revolvers.
S&W Pro Series 686 SSR 178012 357 Mag., $999
The 686 SSR is ready to go for IDPA Stock Service Revolver competition.
Smith & Wesson M60 178013 3-in. Barrel 357 Mag., $799
Light and thin but packs plenty of power. Adjustable night sights are helpful for carry.
Ruger GP100 No. 1705
357 Mag., $759
In rapid fire, the Ruger was very controllable and pleasure to shoot due to the weight.
Taurus Model 66 No. 66SS4 357 Mag., $591
We would buy this one in a second for trail carry and home defense.
Colt Python (1988)
357 Mag., $2500
True revolver aficionados should start saving up to buy one of these classics.
Smith & Wesson Model 686-2 357 Mag., $900 (1988)
You can’t go wrong with a Very Good, Excellent, or Like New Model 686-2.