Okay all you revolver experts, I need an answer. Back in the late 70's-80's, there was a .357 magnum revolver that had the reputation of being the best revolver ever made. My memory fails me as to the brand. I believe it was made in UK but again my memory fails. I read one article on this gun a long time ago, but never heard of it again. For some reason, I have been trying to think of the name. It was a blue steel revolver with a four inch barrel. I know this is a goofy question but it would be interesting if someone could come up with the name of this mystery gun. I'm sure I will recognize the name if you can come up with it.
I like the S&W that is on the 44 mag frame. I thank it is a model 27. I will have to look at and see what # it is. I thank it is called the trooper? S&W lay ed it on the Hwy and drove a loaded semi over it loaded then took and shoot it.
If I'm going to give any revolver the "Best" title I would have to give it to this little gun, the Chiappa Rhino. It's may not be pretty, and it may not be a tack driver but for what it was design for it's definately the best!
I've shot .357 Colts, S&Ws and Rugers. All had some amount of muzzle flip (even with a 6" inch barrel) requiring wrestling it to keep it on target for a followup shot except for this little Rhino. With an alloy framed, and a short 2" inch barrel, firing full magnum loads you would expect the gun to almost strike you in the forehead but there was little to no muzzle rise. The revolver is unique in its function by firing from the 6 O'clock position instead of the norm of 12 O'clock so all the energy comes directly back into your hand and along the axis of your arm. While it's not pretty as a older Python or a Mod. 27, it does have it where it counts.
My vote for the best revolver goes to the Smith and Wesson Model 15 Combat Masterpiece, chambered in .38 Special, with the four inch barrel. I carried one, as duty required, while stationed at RTNAF U-Tapao, Thailand, from 1971 to 1974.
but.. it can't hold a candle to my S&W 627 PC 8 shotter
the double-action on this thing is surprisingly short for a revolver because there's less space to travel between the cylinders due to the 8-shot nature. The single-action makes even 1911s I've handled seem lacking.
I do like the Chiappa Rhino though. I was excited about it when it was first released, but unfortunately its still not on the California roster. I've contacted the company and they said they submitted one for testing, but that was a year ago. The other thing about the Rhino is that it asks for a high price (for what it is) and its from a company that I don't quite trust as much as Ruger or S&W. I love seeing people use modern technology to further the progress of revolvers and take advantage the gun's format. The Rhino is a perfect example of this because it can get a very low bore axis due to not having to deal with a magazine like a semi. I like my classic revos, but I would love to see more modern fabrications as well.
Outside of that.. I really like the Medusa too. It can take different sized cartridges (including 9mm) without swapping out the cylinder or using moon clips. It's got built-in claws in the cylinder that adjusts to the cartridge.
What a loaded question! My "best" are those that I shoot the best. If I had to get rid of all but one, I'd have to forget about value, collectability, looks, and keep my old S&W Model 10. To me, it's family, and will be around 100 years from now. I still prefer SAA Colts. It's doubtful that any two people will agree on what's best.
This same basic question was asked on another forum and I was amazed at what some nominations made for the "Best" revolver. One of the problems was the person asking the question did not define "Best" adequately. Does that mean the best fitting my hand, the best for the price, or absolutely the finest tollerances, fit and finish and materials. The latter is what I would expect and in this regard the Freadom Arms trumps anything else made in this country. The only way a Ruger, Smith or Colt wil equal a Freadom Arms is to send it off to the likes of Hamilton Bowen, John Linebaugh and spend $2,000 on it to have it tightened up. Can't speak for any european offerings and I don't think the Korth is still in production.