I have plenty of handguns that are not what I would use for primary self defense. The first one that comes to mind is the Russian Nagant revolver.Wait.
Your life is gonna depend on this.
And you want cheep?
I agree, wholeheartedly. I bought the M200, then a couple months later ran across the old S&W for just a few dollars more. I've directly compared the two, and shot them side by side. The Rock Island is a decent, usable gun for the money, but it does not compare to the old S&W. It's just not in the same class. I liked the S&W so much that I went back and bought a second one. They are old surplus police guns that were re-imported from Europe, Model 10-5 from the '70s. The triggers on those old Smiths, even common cop guns like this, are amazing."You can pick up a Rock Island M200 .38 Special for around $200. Bimart has them. They're a decent budget revolver, for the money. I know an FFL nearby who has a couple old police surplus S&W Model 10s (38 spl) for $230 each. They're not pretty but they're mechanically excellent, and a heck of a deal for the money. I passed up an older Taurus (I know...) .357 Mag revolver a while back, for $250."
IMHO, of the ree-volvulators mentioned, the Mod.10 is the best choice. If something is req'd to bring it up to correct function, the gun is worth the effort because of the original build quality and the ease of working on it. I worked as a gunsmith in a S&W factory warranty shop, and I still think the old ones show superb innate quality in the fit and function. They were truly a gun the average shooter could expect to use for the rest of his/herr life (assuming one doesn't shoot in the quantities that Jerry Miculek does).
I had one back when they were plentiful, but sold it when the wife went to graduate school. Wish I hadn't because it would have been quite wacky to run a silencer on it. That I remember when they could be had for less than a c-note and now they are many times that. Oh well.I have plenty of handguns that are not what I would use for primary self defense. The first one that comes to mind is the Russian Nagant revolver.
I agree, wholeheartedly. I bought the M200, then a couple months later ran across the old S&W for just a few dollars more. I've directly compared the two, and shot them side by side. The Rock Island is a decent, usable gun for the money, but it does not compare to the old S&W. I liked the S&W so much that I went back and bought a second one. The are old surplus police guns that were re imported from Europe, Model 10-5 from the '70s.
If you're interested I can tell you the dealer who has them. Last I knew he had one or two left. I have to warn you, they aren't pretty externally, obviously rode in a holster a lot, but the ones I have are mechanically excellent. I did cherry-pick the nicer ones. I cleaned mine up and used some WD40, 0000 steel wool and elbow grease, and they're not bad at all. The ones I have function perfectly and shoot fine. Lock up is good, timing is right, and cylinder gap is within spec. The ones I didn't buy felt the same to me; I just picked the ones that looked better.
Any recommened videos that would demonstrate how to look for these potential problems and what is DCU?Old S&Ws are great if you know how to check for the most likely faults like DCU, end shake, free movement of the hand, Yoke alignment, etc.
It takes ~ 45-60 sec. and you know if it's good to go, requires a little work, or is best passed up.
I found this description of test for DCU as well.Here's where I found what DCU stands for.
SIGHT IN FORMULA To determine the correct sight height to correct an elevation problem, multiply the sight radius, in decimals by the elevation error and then divide the results by the distance to the target, in inches. Example 1 Sight radius 5 3/4" = 5.75 Shooting 5 inches low Distance to...www.smithandwessonforums.com