This could take awhile. I consider myself a revolver guy even though my handgun collection is now roughly even between wheelguns and autos.
I got started with an old S&W pre-war M&P .38 and other than the Ruger Mark II I bought for practice owned nothing else for the first 8 years I was a guncrank.
For the longest time my favorite was my S&W 629 Classic. My 3rd revolver. I traded the M&P mentioned above toward a 6 inch 686 which I later traded on this. As much as I love it I wish I'd saved money rather than making those trades.
I actually carried the 629 as a CCW piece for many months. It was all I had. Fortunately I stood all day so that made life easier. But I needed something more reasonable to carry and wound up getting a Ruger SP101 (came across its receipt from May 1992 the other day). I bobbed the hammer spur but kept the SA capability. You just start it back with the trigger then grab the hammer to pull to full cock. I have carried this more than anything. We have been on many trips across country and had big adventures like having to go over the side during a rafting trip to pull the boat to shore. I added a Meprolight night sight for my birthday back in 2010.
My S&W 66 has in the past couple of years displaced the 629 as my favorite (or at least tied). Funny thing is I bought it from a friend in 1994, sighted it in for .38s and it spent years as my wife's car gun. Back in late 2008 I had it out for a checkout and came to realize what a fine piece it is. I wound up getting a Bersa Thunder for my wife and retasked the 66 (sighted back in for magnums) into my carry rotation. I intend to carry it as a hiking piece if I can ever find the time to hike. It is what I started IDPA with as it fits my hand better than anything else I own. This picture was taken to show how filthy it was after an IDPA match and a practice session. Around 200 rounds of my cast lead reloads.
In the late Summer/early Fall of 2010 I really got to missing that old M&P. I got to poking around on Gunbroker and came across this one about an hour's drive away. Got it for a mere $185 +tax. The finish is more patina than blue but the action is amazingly good. It'll do 6 in a single ragged hole at 7 yards if I do my job.
Talking to a fellow guncrank co-worker who is now retired and discussing that I owned no .357 with a barrel length over 2.5 inches led to him holding this old 28-2 for me for a year. He has no heirs to speak of and has a couple of S&Ws that tempt me. I had planned on getting another from his collection in 2012 but with the move it will probably have to wait.
By early 2011 I had a healty Gunbroker addiction going. Any sub-$200 S&W revolver in Alabama got my attention. In June I succumbed to the temptation of this old .32 for $125 +tax. I've yet to fire it. We went on vacation right after buying it and I discovered it has carry up issues with the cylinder. I've not had the time to correct it. It's probably close to 100 years old.
I fell bassackwards into this one back in August. I had a old pile of a VW Beetle (my first car) that I'd been saying I'd restore "someday". Well I finally admitted that someday would never come and decided to trade it. I have never owned a 4 wheeler so I was primarily looking for that. I traded for one but found it to need more work than I was willing to undertake. I wound up trading the 4 wheeler for a Taurus 24/7 Pro 9mm. It didn't really thrill me and I had plenty of 9mms so I looked to sell to raise cash for a budget 1911 or trade outright for one. Someone showed me this as a trade for the Taurus +$50, I got a full blown case of "oh look, it's shiny" for the first time in my life and added it to the collection. It's probably 1956 vintage.
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