Revolvers never went out of style, despite the onset of Wondernine syndrome in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. Some people have asked me to go with them to pick out a nice used revolver. One has to be careful because some have serious issues. Others are diamonds in the rough. Knowing what you’re looking for and being able to perform a few simple checks will make all the difference.
Back in the heyday of the Firing Line Forum, there was a gentlemen named Jim March who took the time to sit down and write out all the things that one needed to look for in a used revolver. His first version was made in 2001. Ten years later, he made a new version. I’m posting that PDF here for those that would like it. Thousands of people owe Jim a debt of gratitude, myself included. I was also fortunate to have been taught by my dearly departed Uncle Guru, though we primarily focused on Smith and Wesson revolvers.
Here’s the thread in question on the Firing Line Forums. There’s a link to the Google document here. However, I didn’t want to take a chance that it would get taken down, so I downloaded it and am hosting it from this blog as well. Here’s the link to view and download the PDF:
This is a wonderful resource and I hope that those of you looking for a used revolver will find it helpful.
Safe and Happy Shooting,