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This is a discussion on "Snub nose" revolver CCW within the Pistols & Revolvers forums, part of the Pistol & Revolver Forum category; Originally Posted by Clovishound Have you had the opportunity to shoot a short barreled revolver? I absolutely hated the short barreled Smith. My buddy's full ...


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Old August 29th, 2012, 09:06 PM   #16
 
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Have you had the opportunity to shoot a short barreled revolver? I absolutely hated the short barreled Smith. My buddy's full sized Smith is a great gun to shoot, and I'm a pistol guy.

Some love the snubs. Only way to find out is to shoot one.
Good point! I have an SP101 and Charter Arms Bulldog and they are both a handful with full-power rounds. My wife bought a J-frame S&W and I had to down-load .38 Special rounds for her to get familiar with the gun (140 grain lead bullets moving at - by the chronograph - 450 fps). She can now shoot +P rounds, but she doesn't like it....and I don't either.

The SP101 is a lot nicer to shoot - even with full-power .357 Magnums - than the J-frame S&W is with regular .38 Specials. Even the Bulldog is more comfortable with full-power .44 Special loads than that darn J-frame.

That said, I carry snub-nosed revolvers a lot - I just don't shoot them for fun.


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Old August 30th, 2012, 02:02 AM   #17
 
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I agree with the others that recommended shoot some first. When I got on a revolver kick a few years ago, I bought a S& W 637 airweight in .38 sp. I liked liked the idea of a light weight carry revolver until it was time to practice. I hated to shoot it. Nothing wrong with the gun, must to small for my hands not to mention the light weight did nothing to help with the recoil. I sold it for $300 which is the going rate where I live. I bought an SP 101 and added some Houge grips and have been very happy.

The extra weight of the Ruger helps hold down the recoil of even my full house .357 mag loads. I now live to shoot my carry gun. My other EDC is my SR 1911 so weight is not an issue for me. You have to decide what fits you best.
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I'm going to say that a used S&W snubby will be your best bet.
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i just wanted to thank you for your service to our country. I bought a 38 spl Rossi back in 80's and use them for ccw. You're not suppose to shoot +p in them but I like them both alot. It's a s+w knock off. So far i have shot at least 2000 rd thru them. Paid about $175. for them each
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You have the GP100, go for a SP101 357 3" barrel IMO anything other then that will not meet your expectations, I know it will be a little more then 300 but it will be worth it.
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You are going to be very hard pressed to find a SP101 for under $450, unless it is in a caliber other than .357 magnum.
I would recommend getting a .357 however, because it is going to greatly expand your ammo options. The 3" SP is a really hot item, and with good reason.

Like others have suggested, I would test some rental guns before buying any snub, it is common for people to buy them and then be very disappointed with their recoil, and in some cases trigger pulls. They are not for everyone.
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For ease of carry and CCW,recommend S&W 637 airweight +P rated,have one with over 2000 rounds thru it and lockup is tight accurate and very dependable.
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For ease of carry and CCW,recommend S&W 637 airweight +P rated,have one with over 2000 rounds thru it and lockup is tight accurate and very dependable.
My wife's gun is the S&W 642 - very similar to the 637 - and it is a great gun. It's lightweight and easy to conceal and can handle +P loads - in limited numbers. However, it's retailing at around $400 - $500 in my area...when you can find it.

A lot of people have recommended borrowing or renting a variety of short-barrelled revolvers before making a choice and I agree whole-heartedly. My local gun shop always has a good selection of "lightly used" snubbies, which is another potential source.


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I have been very happy with my S&W 642 for CCW. Small, lightweight, accurate (takes practice), handles +p with no problem.

Although I like the idea of a .357 that you are going to carry +p 38 in I would not recommend .357 for defensive carry. It is simply too loud, has too big of a flash, and is too hard to make follow up shots. Hell, I keep +p .38 rounds in my GP-100 for home defense for this very reason. A .357 indoors will likely cause permanent hearing damage.

Also, practicing with .38 or +p (I don't feel a huge difference) and then carrying .357 is a really bad plan. At least shoot your last cylinder or two with .357 if you are going to carry .357. There is a huge difference in controlability of the weapon.
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my friend just bought a (sw 642) J-frame airweight gun (.38S+P).... they are nice looking guns, and shoot well...but not very accurate over 10 yds. which is ok i suppose, since its a defense gun....
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I like the trigger on my 438 better than my SP101, and I love my SP101.... but the trigger on the smith is just so much better.

For the price range, I would suggest a 442 or 438 (or 600 series if you don't like the black) A little higher than you suggested, but very doable. Here's a link to some deals

Smith & Wesson Model 442 Airweight .38 Special 1.87" barrel 5 Rnds - $344.99 shipped | Slickguns

Smith and Wesson Model 438 Airweight .38 Special 1.875" barrel 5 Rnds - $339.99 + FS | Slickguns
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I'm +1 on the S&W"J" frame. My son has a 642(hammerless) & loves it.

I personally don't shoot it as well as the DA semi-autos(LC9-LCP-TCP)

It's his off-duty carry weapon.

In the last few months I have seen them for sale in my area for $349. In 12/11, I actually went to get 1 at my LGS & they had the LC9 for $349 also & I got it & the wife got the LCP. That was Xmas for us.

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You can't go wrong with a Ruger Speed Six, or a K Frame S&W model 19 or 66 snubbie.
SP 101 is a great choice too.
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Recommended options:

Ruger SP 101
Ruger Speed Six
S&W M-10 2" or 3"
Charter Arms Undercover
Taurus 2" made before 2005
___The M-10 , Speed Six & Taurus revolver's will be used. Try to find a used SP101 or Charter Arms as well.___
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At least be on the lookout for a used J frame S&W snub. They are a dandy pocket gun as long as you practice with it. New Airweights go for about $400.
I agree. I pack a S&W .38 in a Galco summer inside the pants and it is potent. I have the Springfield 45ACP for the cooler months and just use the stock paddle with that for now. The Airweight should be enough to get out of trouble and back to the truck for a reload.
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