Help with revolver carry

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    Help with revolver carry

    I normally carry a 1911 all the time, either a 3" or 4" model Kimber. I am looking to start carrying a revolver over the summer for deeper concealment in shorts and a T shirt. I was wondering if there are any nuances or differences in carrying a revolver (aside from the obvious trigger and external safety differences). Looking to figure a few of these potential issues ahead of time. I plan to carry strictly OWB or IWB, NOT pocket carry. Thanks all.
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    I carry a revolver daily (Taurus 651) now I can't compare to semi autos but I have no problem carrying mine once I got a good holster and a decent belt. I carry in a remora IWB in shorts/jeans and a t-shirt all the time and I am comfortable and concealed.

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    Look into smith and wesson k frame snubbie revolvers.Mid sized snub revolvers have great handling caracteristics if you are going to holster carry.
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    To clarify, I already have a gun picked out and on layaway (S&W 640 steel J frame), I am just looking for any tips or things that are useful to keep in mind with carrying a revolver or just owning one in general etc.
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    Make sure you are comfortable with the speedloaders you pick out.Try out all the combat reload techniques then pick the one you are most comfortable with and practice ALOT.
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    Well, I'll tell you what...you can find S&W model 10 revolvers all day, and they are still reasonable, and you cannot do any better than those. They were made and produced when gunfighters were actually fighting and not talking about it....or trying to cash in on it.
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    Revolver? Smith & Wesson? Oooh, two of my favorites...

    1) Practice point shooting at 5 - 7 yards.

    2) Get a set of grips that works best for you. Any will do with practice, but you may find that some allow you to "point" more naturally. I have found that there is more variety to grips with revolvers than with semi's.
    2A) Your 640, if new, will come with the nice tactical rubber grip that covers the backstrap and extends beyond the frame to give your pinky real estate. Because you are not going to pocket carry, you may just want to go with that. It's a good stock grip.
    2B) I have found I "point" better with boot grips - the backstrap is exposed and the grip comes down only to the bottom of the frame. Boot grips are slightly better for cc, but not really a big difference if you have a good OWB or IWB holster.
    2C) You may want to go with wood grips becasue they tend to not grab you clothing as much.

    3) Learn the trigger pull. I know you said this was obvious, but I'm a lousy listener. The j-frames have stout triggers due to their size and springs. I think they come with an 18 pound rebound spring (the spring that resets the trigger) and a 8.5 pound mainspring. Dry fire it a lot to smooth out the burrs. If, after about 500 rounds and 1000 dry fires, you want a smoother pull, you can install wolf springs. If you do that, get an arkansas stone and polish the internals. It's surprisingly easy - just stay away from the sear. Most of my smiths have smooth triggers but one of my 640's was rough due to the front of the trigger that engages the cylinder stop having a burr. I stoned it away and it smoothed out a lot. EDIT - test the gun if you replace the main spring - put the mainspring back in if you are wary of ignition

    4) Buy The S&W Revolver A Shop Manual: by Jerry Kuhnhausen - A great book that will help you understand the in's and out's of your revolver.

    5) Start using antiquated terms and phrases, like "fella," "dame," and "That's the Bee's Knees."

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    Excellent choice. I have a 640 Pro that I carry as a BUG. I like to carry AIWB with the 640. Speed loaders are the best reload option, speed strips are better than nothing and the at least carry well.
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    Help with revolver carry

    S&W 642 AIWB in a Tagua leather holster which I modified the belt clip on so it wasn't right over the cylinder thus making it "thinner".


    Or same gun in my homemade hybrid kydex/leather IWB.


    As others have said, get used to the trigger and smooth the internals. Mine is smooth and I love shooting it. Nothing simpler than a good little revolver! :)

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    I would agree with pretty much everything that everyone has said thus far except I would recommend a Ruger LCR as opposed to a Smith & Wesson unless you can find an older pre lock model. If you decide to go with a new S&W PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE get and all steel model, NOT one of the newer aluminium 640 series.
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    If you find a S&W you like, but it has the lock; just ignore it.

    Pay attention to the stocks (grips) you choose to mount on your revolver; rubbery will add comfort in shooting but will create friction on your cover garment. Although I do suggest Uncle Mikes boot grips for a J-frame (closeout item on S&W website), smaller will conceal better. A good holster, from a maker who actually appreciates revolvers, will go a long way in comfort and concealment. Lobo Leather, R.Grizzle, Milt Sparks, etc.. Read what holster makers have on their websites regarding the models they offer, the construction and positioning of the gun relative to the belt.

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    I find that I don't need the cant when carry a revolver that I do when carrying a 1911.
    This has become my favorite holster for my S&W Mod 60.

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    I carry a revolver everyday, I really like the Milt Sparks summer special holds grip in tight to body for owb I use this Kent Hayes 002 (3).jpg I carry a SP101 2.4" or a S&W Mod 60 Ported I also use a remora when going on a trip or any time driving any distance can position it cross draw while in car than move to strong side upon arrival. One tip is any time your at the range always reload fron a speed strip or speed loader this way it will become second nature to you. I never feel under gunned with a revolver the pointability of it in mho is better than anything out there after you get comfortable with it drawing an firing you will see what I mean.003.jpg

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    Don't worry Rollo, I plan to stick with a steel revolver. I have no interest in shooting an airweight.
    PEF- Thanks for the suggestion on the book, Ill be sure to look into it.
    As for the trigger pull, I am planning on having a smith either swap out the springs, or just file them down a bit to have a lighter, smoother trigger. As it is now it is a 12 lb trigger pull, after several hundred dry fires. I was thinking I might have it reduced to around 7-8 lbs. Any suggestions as if that is a reasonable trigger pull, or reasons to not have the trigger worked on by a smith?
    I think guns are like insurance. I would rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

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    I often carry my S&W. It has a "shrouded" hammer. It has DA/SA and no claw to get in the way.Product: Model 638

    they have other models
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