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Old January 9th, 2017, 03:06 PM   #16
 
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Try this one! I had one and sold it like an idiot. it was accurate, reliable, and totally usable for your purpose. Double action, adjustable sights, 3" full lug barrel. This one is a .357, but it will take .38s as well.
https://www.smith-wesson.com/firearms/model-60-3

You didn't specify caliber, so this would be a great revolver as well:
https://www.smith-wesson.com/firearms/model-317-kit-gun



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Old January 9th, 2017, 05:04 PM   #17
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I have a 642 and I carry it more often than all my other guns combined. It's light, rugged, reliable, and very concealable. I shoot mine fairly often with full house +P JHP and I don't find it uncomfortable to shoot. It has fixed sights but I almost never use them. I mainly practice point shooting at close range because that's exactly how it will probably be used if ever needed. I think it's a fantastic revolver given it's intended use. Highly recommend.
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I'm in agreement with the rest of the crew, this is one I did in grey Cerikote;
and if I feel the need to carry it's my first choice because of weight & size.
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I am a lover of all J-frames and carry one daily. I have several and have had many more so to answer your question yes they are fun to shoot. Ammo and grip choice will dictate how much fun. In cooler weather I carry my 640 Pro ether IWB or OWB and in warmer weather I pocket carry my 340PD. The 640 is quite comfortable with 38 or even +P but not so much with 357. The 340 is just ok with 38 and brutal with 357 so keep that in mind. I say buy one and enjoy it since every on needs at least one J-frame.
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I have (5) S&W, J-Frame revolvers: a 317, a 331, (2) 60's (.38 & .357) and a 642. All of them are accurate, all shoot well, are comfortable for me to shoot and (2) are 3 inch barrels which shoot pretty accurately, like a 4 inch does. Even the 3 inch, Model 60, .357 Mag handles well and is accurate with hot loads, weighing 19 ounces.
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I shoot J frames often.
Will shoot 357 && 38+P in all mine except the 640 PD AirLite PD.
That one hurts with 357 as the recoil drives the trigger guard in to my trigger finger.
They are easy to shoot with 38s to start with with a 110gr bullit.
You can change the grips to something gives you more purchase.
I like a wood grip with finger grooves.
I have a set of Crimson Trace grips as my house pocket gun.
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Shoot it all you want. Just don't use +P ammo for practice.
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Have a mid 70's 36 with 3" barrel. Shoots great. Conceal carry/alternate with SR9c.
36 carries better and would carry it more if I can find a good IWB holster for it.
Down side is 5 shots vs 18
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The steel frame J frame guns are pleasant to shoot, the Airweights are OK for a little while. Love the 642 but I wouldn't want to run 100 thru it at one sitting.
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I test fired one and found it to be borderline tolerable, but not pleasurable. Didn't buy it. Best to test shoot it at an FFL with a range so you can decide if the recoil is tolerable to the level that you will practice enough to be accurate.
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The little guys are a little challenging, but a lot of fun. I shoot 'em whenever I can. They're just not the kinda guns you'll spend all day shooting.
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I shot 70 rounds through a 642 at the range once and couldn't feel my hand for days!
I would wear shooting gloves if I ever tried that again!
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I shoot 357 in a Model 60 with Pachmayr grips. I do about 50 rounds, then switch to 38+P. I've got a 649 with wood grips and tend to keep it in 38+P. Ammo costs keep me from shooting them excessively.

I think they are fun. They are usually my first choice for CCW as well.
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I enjoy my 60-15 for fun and it's my favorite CCW. It is quite enjoyable with light .38's and they keep me in practice.

The POI can change from one load to the next, so it is important to know the differences between your loads.
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I have several of the older J frames and even a new 360PD in scandium. It is my back country carry gun at 13 oz. with 357 mag.

I've got the 60-15 Pro as well with adjustable sights and the 3" barrel. Really nice gun with Performance Center tuned trigger.

I've also got the 60-18 with adjustable sights and a 5" barrel. This is the J frame that shoots really well. The longer sight radius and the adjustable sights are really nice, but it's the 5" barrel that makes it balance and get the velocity. This is a fun gun.
I've only seen one 5" and I bought it immediately.

But when I go to shoot for 8 hours a day for several days in a row, I have found the big heavy weights with long 8"+ barrels are my favorites. They make handgun shooting at 100 yard gong targets about as much fun as you can have with your clothes on.

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