As single action 22's go, this has to be a favorite
for many. Classic style and nicely finished (except
for the ''manual'' stamped into side of barrel!).
Great to shoot, as well as economical.
The gun is actually designed primarily to shoot
the .22 WMR round and does that well - using the
purpose made cylinder. It still shoots well however
with the .22lr though the other cylinder, despite
the bore being a thou larger than needed.
The only downside, which applies to all SA revolvers,
is the fiddle involved with unloading and loading
- just a bit tedious.
This newer version scores over the early Single
Sixes in as much as it is safe to carry on a loaded
chamber - having a transfer bar system. The early
ones were only really safe carried on an empty chamber.
Ruger has found a solid following for this gun,
and while this is the .357 version - has made it
for .22lr and also 9mm, tho that has ceased production.
Although there is a 3" barrel option this does
for me make the ideal carry snub configuration.
It is for sure hardly the lightest snub but is very
strong and so well able to handle a diet of hot
loads - added to which being stainless is very tolerant
of summer sweat! The Crimson Trace grips make it
more versatile in my opinion. The trigger is not
up to ''Smith'' standards, particularly when new
but most people find with use, including plenty
of dry firing, that it smooths quite well.
The Model 19 has for a long time been quite a
classic 38/357 and is built on the "K" frame.
It will handle full magnum loads capably but I consider
a sustained diet of those will over time tend to
loosen it beyond what seems fair.
This "dash 3" is still showing the classic pinned
and recessed construction, whereby the chamber mouths
are counter-bored to accept the case rim - and the
barrel is pinned into the frame.
This "N" frame Smith and Wesson .357 Magnum
is my own favorite for proportions. I like the 4"
and even the 6" but I consider this 5"
barrel the ultimate length for overall balance and
Being a 'dash 2" this is pinned and recessed,
meaning the chamber mouths are counterbored to accept
case rims and the barrel is secured to the frame
by a pin. The "N" frame is strong and will accept
hot loads well, although I tend to prefer using
reduced loads for quantity shooting. This gun pleases
my eye every time I see it!
Here is an example of the classic Smith and Wesson
"N" frame Model 27. Being a "dash 2" this is
pinned and recessed, meaning the chamber mouths
are counterbored to accept case rims and the barrel
is secured to the frame by a pin. The "N" frame
is strong and will accept hot loads well, although
I tend to prefer using reduced loads for quantity
This long barrelled version is not very totable compared to shorter versions but
I fancy there is a small gain in accuracy, as well
as providing the benefit of a very nice long sight
base. It does make for a very fine long range shooter.