S&W Model 60

by Mike from
(Durango, CO who submitted this short but informative comparison to a Ruger SP101)

Novice 18 yard group

Novice 18 yard group

The Smith and Wesson Model 60 is another great multi purpose revolver very comparable to the Ruger SP101. Although the Model 60 is generally more expensive than the Ruger SP101, there are a few considerations that may validate the added cost.

Limited Lifetime Warranty for the Original Purchaser.

Stellar customer service.

Smooth and crisp trigger out of the box.

Three ounces lighter than the SP101 and slightly easier to conceal due to not being as bulky.

It performs very well with many variations of .357 magnum ammunition (ie Federal Hydra Shok 130 grain Low Recoil) and .38 special +P.

The differences may be only partially of function, the added warranty and great customer service is nothing to scoff at. Both the SP101 and the Model 60 are great concealed carry options. The S&W Model 60 is just one more to take into consideration.

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Aug 25, 2014
SP101 M. 60 comparison NEW
by: SLD

I tried out both revolvers in 3 in. before selecting the SP101. A few other things to mention about a comparison between the two would be.

1. In the 3 in versions the heavier lugged barrel on the SP101 equates to less muzzle flip meaning faster back onto target, especially with full magnum loads. Even with the Smiths slightly smoother trigger my times and scores were better with the SP101.

2. I happen to prefer the Ruger grip to the SW.

3. The stainless on the Ruger is more a matte finish and the Smiths more polished which picked up distracting flash in the sun.

4. The muzzle crown on the Ruger was more recessed, almost inverted compared to the Smith and looked more durable and harder to damage.

Those were some reasons I chose the SP101, along with the fact it just felt more balanced, and shootable in my particular hand.

Aug 04, 2013
Snubbie accuracy NEW
by: Larry

I just now noticed the caption on the photo above that says "Novice" group. I was hoping that group wasn't being presented as what a model 60 Smith can do. I wanted to point out to those who think a 2" snubbie can't be accurate, that my Dad's early model 60 Smith, with handloads it likes, will group under an inch at 25 yards and has no problems (once you've fiddled around and decided on a proper sight picture) keeping all it's shots on a man-sized silhouette at 100 yards.

Aug 04, 2013
Snubbie accuracy NEW
by: Larry

I just now noticed the caption on the photo above that says "Novice" group. I was hoping that group wasn't being presented as what a model 60 Smith can do. I wanted to point out to those who think a 2" snubbie can't be accurate, that my Dad's early model 60 Smith, with handloads it likes, will group under an inch at 25 yards and has no problems (once you've fiddled around and decided on a proper sight picture) keeping all it's shots on a man-sized silhouette at 100 yards.

Jun 18, 2013
Model 60 NEW
by: Step

Super revolver. Have owned two throughout my LEO career (now pushing 40 years)along with other S&W snub noses (36 and Body Guard).


Dec 28, 2010
I love this gun
by: Anonymous

I have a S&W model 60-9. It is a compact 357 Magnum. Many years ago my gun dealer wore it in his gun store. One day when I went into his shop I noticed that he had changed his sidearm and was wearing a airweight 642 S&W. He told me that it was lighter and could not do 357 mag. loads, just 38 and 38+P. He sold me his sidearm (the 60-9 compact 357) for 400.00 and included his holster. He had ported the 60-9 barrel. He told me that it was extremely loud but very accurate with the 357 magnum loads. The next day I took it to the range and WOW! It is very accurate. I nick named it my little Jimmy Dickens gun because as Jimmy use to say "I'm little but I'm loud.

Oct 04, 2010
Ideal for the ladies...
by: ABEHE3EP

I just got one of these, with a 3" barrel, for my wife. She "can't" work the slide on an auto (psychological I think) and, therefore, will not use one. The J frame is compact for here (smaller than the Ruger Security Six I have), can shoot .357 for me or .38+P for her, has a 3" barrel (which is better than a snubby all around), and was at a great price (under $500 NIB). I think she will get the permit, carry and practice with this one (unlike the Makarov, PPK or others I've encouraged her to use).

Sep 27, 2010
Get real...
by: Anonymous

Harder to hit with? Depends if you practice or not. A revolver will still shoot when shot through clothing while your semi-auto (whatever brand) might jam. As a last resort weapon I will still prefer my S&W Model 60.

Oct 07, 2009
WHEELGUNS OR AUTOS?
by: Anonymous

J-frames are one of the most ubiquitous styles of ccw weapons out there. NYPD officers carry them alot as BACK-UP GUNS (BUGS).
For the same 23-26 oz. semi-auto pistols offer more rounds, flatter shapes, and often bigger calibers. Glocks come to mind as to price, H&Ks when price is of no object. I can fit a G27 with 2 spare mags in the same cargo pant pocket that holds a S&W 642. The two reloads for the J go on my belt in speed strips. All-in-all much slower to reload, harder to hit with, and less powerful than 165 grain .40 S&W rounds. It's also a matter of amount 15 .38 vs 28 .40s when you count reloads.
Wheelguns are more tolerant of abuse and lack of maintanence. If you don't clean the crud out of the weapon that accumulates in your pocket or ankle holster then the j is a better choice. If you practice regular weapon maintenance then the semi (Glock?) is just as reliable. As always PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, and pray you never need to use it.

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