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S&W Gun Report Cards...?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by Arkitek, Jan 20, 2010.

  1. Arkitek

    Arkitek Historic Downtown Roseburg Oregon Member

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    Hey...what do you guys think of this?:confused:
    I got this in the mail today from "GUN TESTS" and read it and it just didnt seem very scientific to me (I might be wrong)...yet this company is making recommendations:
    [Model 629 was plagued by a cylinder that unlocked...leaving the chamber out of alignment] on what seems to be one test per gun?
    I dont own either gun and I want to know from those who own the Model 629...DO YOU THINK THEY ARE RIGHT? :cool:

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    I've been looking at this model to buy...so I'm wondering what to believe :paranoid: now!
     
  2. Bajablast

    Bajablast Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    I don't own either gun, nor will likely buy a revolver. But after reading the results of the 'test', it seems to me that it is more like an advertisement for the Ruger than any 'test'

    Just my thoughts........

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    I do not think I have a problem. I'm told that the first step to recovery is to admit your problem..... Screw them. I have no problem.
     
  3. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    It's pure BS. I do own both guns. Both have strong and less strong points. It's not a matter of one being better than the other it's a matter of being different.
     
  4. twoclones

    twoclones Tri-Cities, WA Well-Known Member

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    Ha! Who ever wrote that never fired a revolver in their life.

    If the cylinder unlocked after ignition, it's because a 'limp wrist' was shooting it and double pulled the trigger. There are YouTube videos of inexperienced shooters double firing .500 S&W revolvers the same way. It's the shooter, not the machinery.
     
  5. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    Actually early model 29s had issues with the cylinder lock not holding under full recoil. But 629s aren't plagued with this problem, they don't like particularly stiff loads, but function fine under the factory ammo you're going to find at the store.

    Never trust things you read, especially in magazine articles. This is obviously biased towards the ruger, because I have yet to find a factory ruger trigger that has a DA pull better than a S&W. :p
     
  6. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, that looks like marketing FUD (planting Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) to me. I've owned both Smiths and Rugers and they both have their strengths and weaknesses.
     
  7. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    I've read about the mid to late 70's model 29's having this issue. I have never encountered it myself and have shot maybe two dozen M29's from that time period. I well tell you that you can shoot the screws loose in a 29 with heavy loads. That's something I have never done in any DA Ruger. I don't beat on my revolvers like I did back then.

    I played with light hammer springs in a SRH, I could get it to a very nice, S&W like DA trigger pull, but it was not reliable at all. I keep the factory spring now and have learned to live with it. A coil spring gun is just not as smooth.
     
  8. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    Yeah the coil springs are a little more rugged, but hard to get nice pulls out of. Also the rugers have beefed up action parts, which make the gun stronger, but means that you usually have more mass to move in DA.
     
  9. ArmedAmish

    ArmedAmish Sherwood, OR Member

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    I used to get Gun Tests Magazine for a while, and their testing setup is to go to a local gun store, buy the gun, and test it. No freebies from manufacturers (or that's what they claim). Also, the guns aren't hand tuned and tested before getting sent to the magazine writers. The claim is that this all leads to more accurate reporting.

    Their biggest flaw is that they only test one of each gun. If you got an anomaly, a perfectly good gun could get dissed. Likewise, if you got lucky with a crappy brand, it could come out smelling like roses... Just the way they do their tests.

    Amish
     
  10. elsullo

    elsullo Portland Oregon New Member

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    I agree that testing ONE of an entire species is a poor way to judge. What really bugged me is they go straight from store to range. No cleaning, no lubing. Given that most guns are shipped very DRY so that the packaging stays clean, it's not a good test of what a properly lubed gun could do. So to me Gun Tests means bad tests.......................elsullo :(