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My girlfriend and I are going to purchase two S&W .357 single/double action revolvers for indoor target shooting. She wants the 4" barrel and I want the 6" or 6.5" variant.

We have spoken with three different vendors and they (a) don't seem to know much about the differences between the various S&W .357's and (b) are far more interested in selling us what they have in stock and far less interested in helping us figure out which guns are right for us.

686? Model 27? 75th Anniversary .357? Pro Series? Champion Series, Performance Series, Classic Series? SRS? SSR? I have tried to make sense of the S&W web site and catalog with little success and, as I said, the vendors really aren't much help.

Resale value is irrelevant as we want guns that can be handed down, enjoyed and treasured by future generations in our family. We want pistols of the highest quality materials, design and construction but don't want to waste money on features we'll never use as we don't intend to carry/conceal these pieces and we're not taking them game hunting.

Please Help!!!! Which S&W is the one for us?

Thanks very much.

Andy.
 

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Harley,

I'm no help on which S&W you and your lady should buy; however, you will get more responses if you put your question over on the Smith and Wesson specific forum: http://smith-wessonforum.com/

They have experts in every field...

Good luck to the two of you................
 

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I have 3 model 66's. 2.5, 4 & 6. I like them, of course they were purchased before the 686 was an option.

If I was starting to purchase like yourself, I probably go with the 686's.
 

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I agree. The 686 is all the gun you will ever need. I like the balance and feel of the 4" but since you are buying two, get one 4" and one 6". Then later for concealed carry get the 7 shot 686 with a 2.5" barrel - awesome gun!
 
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