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Old January 9th, 2017, 07:24 AM   #1
 
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Question S&W J-frame revolver questions.

I have some questions about S&W J-frame revolvers.

Can S&W J-frame revolvers be shot for pleasure?

Or is their only purpose self defense and concealed carry?



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Yes and No. Depends what size J-Frame you get.
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I have a model 36 and model 640. I love the guns. 640 is my daily CCW and BUG at work. I shoot it often and shoot it well. The model 36 is a little older and I bought it just to have and shoot it for fun. Once you practice and get used to the trigger you can be quite accurate with them
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I have some questions about S&W J-frame revolvers.

Can S&W J-frame revolvers be shot for pleasure?

Or is their only purpose self defense and concealed carry?
J frames with the right grips, and target loads are comfortable to shoot. Factory target wadcutters have very slow ballistics , plus they can also double for self defense. A person with small hands will probably find them more comfortable than a N frame with target ammo.

There are also rimfire J-frame size guns, as well as .32 caliber. I have no problem with rimfire in a revolver for SD. As long as only high quality ammo is carried for SD. Remember whether target shooting, or SD it is all about bullet placement.
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My theory is if you are going to carry a handgun then it needs to be shot a lot. That way you will be comfortable with the recoil and be ready to use it if you need to.

I have a Smith 642 and I will shoot +P's thru it whenever I hit the range. Is it as comfortable to shoot as a GP-100? Of course not but it isn't punishing either. Shoot it and get used to it if you plan to carry it.
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Terry brings up a good point about practicing. I, too, shoot J frames and other similar small frame revolvers. Shooting these small guns with accuracy requires practice, anyway.
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Ive never shot a j frame that was truly comfortable. Theyre all pretty rough.

I will say that the extra difficulty and the work that has to be put in to be effective with them only makes it more fun really. So in that sense, yeah they can be a fun gun to bring to the range
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I just acquired a Model 36 snubbie from 1972 in near mint condition a few weeks ago. It's my first revolver and I bought it specifically for collecting and plinking out on the range. I do not CC, but if I did, I would not carry this Model 36 due to its age and value. The more modern/lightweight J frames are better suited for that purpose. I took my Model 36 out yesterday to the indoor range and shot it decently at about 10 yards, which is good enough for me. These are not target handguns and weren't designed for that purpose. I really love mine and I would highly recommend a J frame to anyone that wants a classic snubnose, whether it be for carrying or collecting. They have a long and rich history and you can own them for whatever purpose you want!

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I have and carry a 360J model in 38spl +p (SA/DA)and will play with it this year at long range it is amazingly accurate for the barrell length, was hitting golf balls at 25' after about 4/5 cylinders (SA).
Did not buy it for target and don't consider it a target gun but you might be surprised what you can hit , in SA anyway. It will put a smile on your face for a few rounds at least.
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steel frame gun like the 36 with regular ammo not plus p okay. 357 not so much. However I shoot my sp101 3 inch with 100 rounds of 125 grain 357 at a time bur I am stupid or just used to heavy recoil maybe both.
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The little J-frames are better than a lot of folks give them credit for.

When you say J-frame, there's a lot room inside that box. There's a huge difference between a 2" (1 7/8") snub nose with boot grips and a 3" with a full size grip.

I'm a dedicated snub nose revolver guy and those guns can be very accurate but they are difficult to master. The dichotomy is they require lots of practice but the really concealable ones are the least favorite to practice with.
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I front pocket carry my 640 in a Nemesis, and have wood, Houge Bantam grips on it for carry comfort, and easy draw. It hides pretty well, even in jeans. .357 and .38+P will sting the web of my thumb pretty good. It's manageable, but I wouldn't want to put 100 rounds through it in one range session.

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I have a 1964, 3" bbl model 36 flat latch 38 special with a square butt...it's a beautiful little gun that is the most uncomfortable shooting revolver I've ever shot...I got big meat hooks and arthritis and that little device of torture is really uncomfortable...why did I buy it? because I love the classic styling...will I keep it? absolutely..it get's shot now and then (never +P although as it's not the lightweight model 37) and it never fails to remind me that beauty is often only skin deep. I put a set of rubber baby buggy bumpers on it and have the serial number matching grips in the safe and even with the soft/bigger grips it's not comfortable..oh well, complain, complain, complain
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