Author Topic: Which grip frame is better to shoot Model 3 Rus or Schofield?  (Read 130 times)

Offline Black River Smith

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This question is not meant to start any fights or disagreements.  I am hoping that someone with both models will offer a personal comparison or favorite with a reason.

You see I have an opportunity or decided, to buy either the Russian in 44 or wait for the new Cimarron 1st model #3 to come out in same caliber.  In the mid '90's I had a chance to shoot my friends original Russian 6 1/2"(he does not live here any longer so I cannot just ask to handle it again), at the time I liked its pointing and accuracy but now with the opportunity for a 1st Model in 8" barrel (same grip pattern as Schofield), the question come down to what grip frame handles better.

In my town, I will not find a 'shop' that will have either of these models, so I cannot make my own comparisons.  I will be buying new and therefore, only one.  Unless I could find a used Russian at reasonable price.

If this topic has been hashed out please just direct me to the posting.  I did look through several pages.

Thanks for any comments.
BRS
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Re: Which grip frame is better to shoot Model 3 Rus or Schofield?
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2019, 12:40:12 pm »
BRS,

 I have and shoot several original S&W top brake revolvers. Ranging from the early type First Mod. #3 through to the New Mod. #3. All are in .44R cal. They all are quite comfortable, for me, in shooting.
 I also own a repro Schofield and a #3, Mod. 3. The repro #3, Mod 3 is rather uncomfortable for me to shoot. This is because the humpback back strap is either too high or otherwise misplaced. The New Mod. #3 humpback in both the repro and originals is much reduced and is very much the same sizes to each other.
 If you are use to shooting a Colt type grip I would suggest you either wait for the First Mod. #3 to come out or to get the Schofield.
I hope this helps.
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Re: Which grip frame is better to shoot Model 3 Rus or Schofield?
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2019, 01:03:27 pm »
For rapid one handed shooting, the Schofield grip works better, as it allows the gun to roll upward in the hand for better positioning of the thumb for recock.  For 2 handed shooting the Russian grip is better, as it locks the hand in one position.  Both have a longer reach to the hammer than any Colt/clone, so speed is relative. 

The Schofield grip is faster out of leather, as grip position is not as critical as on the Russian.  The Russian grip is smaller in diameter, a consideration for smaller hands.  The Schofield has better sights for faster acquisition. 

The American model should feel much like the Schofield, the New Model #3 somewhere in between the two.

But all these differences are simply a matter of degree, and not a great deal of degree either.  The one that strikes your fancy is the one you should get.  I would think historical considerations would be more important, IE what would you most likely be carrying in the era that interests you.
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Re: Which grip frame is better to shoot Model 3 Rus or Schofield?
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2019, 12:29:16 pm »
Blair please turn off your spell check. There are no brakes on Smith & Wesson Top Breaks.
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Re: Which grip frame is better to shoot Model 3 Rus or Schofield?
« Reply #4 on: Yesterday at 01:24:39 pm »
Johnson Barr,

 Thank you.
I do not know if my spell check is on or off.
Spelling has never been a strong suit of mine. I will try two too to keep it in check just for you.
My best,
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