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Old August 24th, 2011, 06:21 PM   #1
 
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SP101 vs LCR for CCW

I am trying to decide between the 2 in .357 for CCW. Any recommendations?
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Old August 24th, 2011, 06:25 PM   #2
 
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the lighter one will be easier to comfortably carry concealed for extended periods of time. Just not as comfortable to shoot full house loads.
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If discreet carry is the priority, then the (slightly) slimmer and lighter firearm is the answer... although keep in mind holster options. An LCR in a crap holster will carry worse than a SP101 in a good holster.
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If discreet carry is the priority, then the (slightly) slimmer and lighter firearm is the answer... although keep in mind holster options. An LCR in a crap holster will carry worse than a SP101 in a good holster.
This. A larger, heavier gun in a better holster will carry better than a smaller, lighter gun in a cheap holster.

But a smaller, lighter gun in an equal holster will carry better.

In your situation, I would look to the LCR and a pocket holster, a tuckable holster, or a smartcarry/thunderwear type holster.
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Old August 24th, 2011, 07:24 PM   #5
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I carry both an LCR in 38 Spl and an SP101 in 357 mag. If you need to reload then the SP101 is a better choice as the HK's with my LCR can get stuck on a reload so I carry the slower option of speed strips. THe HK's work fine on my SP. I pocket carry the LCR and in cargo shorts it carries easily and the SP I carry IWB in a Supertuck. The trigger on the LCR is smooth and is lighter than the D/A trigger on my SP but I have had the SP longer and still shoot it more acurately.

The SP was my sole carry piece for several years before I bought the 10 oz lighter LCR but truthfully if I had to pick one or the other it would be the SP. It has withstood my test of time.
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I've had a 2.25" SP101 in .357mag since 1994...and still have it. It has a Meprolight Tritium front night sight and sports Badger Boot Grips. Overall, it's probably my favorite revolver.

Two years ago, I purchased an LCR in .38+P, thinking it would be a nicer carry gun. I installed the XS Sights Tritium front night sight, bought a couple of holsters for it, and went at it.

Long story short, I ended up selling the LCR and staying with the SP101! While the SP101 is nearly double the weight of the LCR in ounces, I found that I preferred the performance of the 110 grain JHP's from CorBon, in a small revolver better. Also, I couldn't find a sufficiently comfortable holster with which to carry the LCR. The SP101 cruises around in a Bianchi Model 7 3-slot holster, that fits comfortably at the 4:00 or 10:00 positions.

Because I couldn't find a comfortable enough holster for the LCR, it became a pocket pistol...and the factory Hogue rubber grip kept binding up on stuff in my pocket whereas the wooden Badger Boot Grip slide around against cloth very smoothly and doesn't bind up at all.

Also, remember that a comfortable carry gun does not always make a nice range gun (due to weight issues) and a nice range gun does not always make a comfortable carry gun (again, due to weight issues.

Best too you...I would HIGHLY recommend getting the SP101 over the LCR!
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I carry my SP101 in a UBG holster and don't even know it's there. It's very comfortable and with a good belt (I used a nylon military issued rigger's belt), I have no problems with it. Hugs close. Did a post on my UBG holsters in the holster section.

I shot the LCR... wasn't impressed. I finished the last of the .38's I had in my SP101 and my S&W 438.

For the weight, I would rather have the 438 and have a slimmer gun. For approximately the same size but a bit heavier, I would rather have the SP101.
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Not even a question for me, the LCR. As much as I love the SP101 and as well as they shoot, the weight advantage of the LCR can not be ignored for carry. If you enjoy shooting you can buy a SP when the money is right for you in the long term. In the short term you are protected with an easy to carry LCR.
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I can't speak to the Sp101 as I haven't shot or carried one, but own an LCR .357 and love it. I carry in either a DeSantis Nemesis pocket holsters with my pants with supporting pockets (some of my pants have very shallow pockets and I don't like the pocket holster with those), or a Smart Carry which is very concealable and mostly comfortable. Still trying to find the sweet spot while sitting, but it's pretty new to me so still figuring it out. From more experienced shooters with the LCR on this forum, I've seen several posts about great OWB options as well and may pursue one of those for colder weather.

Love shooting the LCR as well. So much more comfy than other J frames I've shot.

Good luck!
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All good points here to ponder on and really what can the check book handle when it comes down to what your going to buy. Ihave had a ton if not 2 tons seems like of the 2 inch 6 or 5 shots and some how always trade them off. For carry you can't beat them with a stick, just never seem to like them enought to keep them. I have a Davis Derring that I have carried for years. I have had the LCR and the derringerin op is easier on my hands to shoot. Haven't had the SP 101. they are pricy and the folks that have them tend to keep them. I think if I was going to buy a 2incher again I am thinking it would be SP 101. In 38 sp. to me there is not real advange with the 357 in a 2 inch unless you like a louder blast and a bigger muzzle flash. To my mind the 38 sp will do more for you at close range thanthe 357 and give you a better second shot if needed. And its plenty loud. Just my 2 cents.
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i would get the .38 LCR. i have an SP and a .38 LCR and i never carry the SP any more. the SP is now - and forever will be - a bedside gun.
contrary to some opinions, i find the LCR easier and more comfortable to shoot, and it has a trigger that utterly crushes the trigger on the SP. it is hands down my go-to gun.


there are tons of good holsters for the LCR. this is not an issue at all.

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I carry the 3" SP in the back country (where I use 180 gr. Buffalo Bore 357s—too much for the LCR), and the 357 LCR in town (Critical Defense 357s). The weight is definitely a factor, tho they both conceal about the same for me.
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i cant say much about the sp, but the klcr is a great little gun, i dont find the mag loads that uncomfortable at all.
Very light wieght, very concealable.
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I couldnt comfortably fit my hands around the grip of the LCR. I went with the SP as if I am going to touch off .357 rounds, the weight will help. Plus I could fit all of my fingers around the grip to help control the recoil. So, the LCR didnt work for me but if you have smaller hands, it may work for you.
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I carry a 3" SP101 daily. I don't have any experience with the LCR, but have to believe it's close to my S&W 442. The smaller lighter revolvers are good "some times" guns, but for everyday, it's the SP for me.
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