Smith 12-3 Airweight or Pre Chief 36?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by Screwy, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. Screwy

    Suburban Clackamas County
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    I have a chance to acquire one or both of these from a friend. My gunsmith commented that the 12-3 is a punishing gun to shoot. Its in great shape and I like the K size as I am an N frame guy. The old pre36 from 1953 is cool but maybe grow to be more of a collector than a range gun and trusted carry. but maybe not.

    Is the 12 really unpleasant to shoot and practice? I shoot 357s and 1911s no problem. I actually like them better than shooting an xds or shield or a short barrel 308.
  2. Oro

    Western WA
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    I would get the Chief myself. I find all-steel to be better for recoil, and it will be more compact and easier to carry. I find I have to practice a bit with the J frame, it's not as easy to shoot accurately as the K, but it's not bad.

    An older "flat-latch" one is always a plus.

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