Snubs for Self Defense?

Snubs for Self Defense?

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    Snubs for Self Defense?

    My most comfortable gun to wear is a snub, I shoot it very good too. It's an old one and you're supposed to use 38special - but I have good ammo that is powerful enough. So do you think snubs are OK to use for CCW?

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    Lots of folks swear by them. I occasionally carry one myself.
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    I carry a smith 642 as a bug or a deep concealment primary where I'm in an unfriendly location (but legal) where the gun needs to be well hidden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlr1m View Post
    Lots of folks swear by them. I occasionally carry one myself.
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    Thank you for your welcome and all the good advice already!

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    Quote Originally Posted by detective View Post
    My most comfortable gun to wear is a snub, I shoot it very good too. It's an old one and you're supposed to use 38special - but I have good ammo that is powerful enough. So do you think snubs are OK to use for CCW?

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    I absolutely love my snub .38 with the CrimsonTrace laser for CCW:

    The Smith & Wesson Model 642 Centennial Airweight Revolver

    ccw1.jpg...ccw2.jpg...ccw3.jpg...ccw4.jpg...ccw5.jpg

    When I get home I'm going to get a similar pistol chambered for .357mag. I'll have 5 different rounds for this pistol:
    • .38cal and .357mag target loads for the range.
    • .38cal hydra-shock hollow point for carrying around town.
    • .357mag bird shot for home defense at night (mini shotgun ftw).
    • and .357mag flat-top slug for wild animals while out in the hills.

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    heck yes! kept clean and loaded with reliable ammo, i believe a snub is more reliable than most small semi-autos. i don't carry mine so much as i used to, simply because i don't shoot them as well as i shoot my pistols. my snubbys are an S&W 642 and a Colt Detective Special.

    i highly recommend you carry at least one reload - either speed loader or speed strip. my snubs are loaded with standard pressure MagSafes and my reloads are standard pressure Hornady Critical Defense.

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    Yes, they're great for CC and you can't argue with their reliability.

    I'm in love with my Taurus M85. It usually serves as a back up to my Glocks but with the warmer weather, I find myself carrying it as a primary quite often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sensei2 View Post
    heck yes! kept clean and loaded with reliable ammo, i believe a snub is more reliable than most small semi-autos. i don't carry mine so much as i used to, simply because i don't shoot them as well as i shoot my pistols. my snubbys are an S&W 642 and a Colt Detective Special.

    i highly recommend you carry at least one reload - either speed loader or speed strip. my snubs are loaded with standard pressure MagSafes and my reloads are standard pressure Hornady Critical Defense.
    I could never ever trust Magsafe or any fragmenting bullets.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by blitzburgh View Post
    Yes, they're great for CC and you can't argue with their reliability.
    But when they do fail, it's not something that you're going to clear quickly. I had a revolver once fail when the primer came out a bit and jammed the cylinder.
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    Welcome. Lots of threads about snubs and lots of different opinions. Grab some popcorn and read up!
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    A snub is a happy thing. Welcome. Keep walking towards the light.
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    Snubbies are great for CC as long as you know there limitations as far as range and firepower.

    I carry my pro port S&W .38 on occasion. I also have a vintage Colt Detective Special but it is so nice I have not even fired it yet much less carry it.



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    The snubnose .38 has been getting it done for decades. You would be surprised be the number of folks carrying them. You have 5 shots before having to reload (I recommend carrying a couple of speed loaders), so developing good accuracy is a must. It takes a bit of practice as snubs are different animals to shoot. It is a super rare occasion that any person would ever need 5 shots, much less more, but you will encounter a lot of speculation as to why 5 is not enough.
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    Welcome from Virginia. Snubbies work well, especially with the modern defensive anno available.
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    My buddy is a wheel gun fan & he carries his .38 caliber snub all the time. It's very concealable where I have to work at concealment with my mid-size auto pistol.
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