what S&W J-Frame would you recommend?

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    what S&W J-Frame would you recommend?

    hello everyone, i've been considering buying a new S&W J-Frame. looking for some input on what model you would recommend and why?

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    What's your preferred method of carry?
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    I have the S&W Mod 60, 357 mag. It is a little heavy but the extra weight is a benefit when shooting.
    The wife has the S&W 642, 38 spl +P Crimson Trace.
    Both carried IWB.
    Both good guns and very accurrate.
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    I have a 637 (.38 +P with an exposed hammer), where I chose weight and concealability over shooting comfort. I have no complaints - it's a keeper.



    However, if I were making the same decision again, I'd go with a .357 of some flavor, and eat the carry weight. In exchange for a little more weight, you get more options in ammo & power (.38 thru .357) and better shooting comfort.
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    642 /442. it's the most popular. everyone should own one....
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    Owning both J-Frames with single action capabilities and double action only versions, I would recommend the models that may be thumb cocked.

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    Thumbs up 640

    The 640 in .38 Special works for me.For pocket carry it would be hard to find a better choice in my opinion.
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    I had a M36 "Chief" and traded it for this 640-1. I like the stainless, concealed hammer and the .357 round option. DAO doesn't bother me for personal defense. It's too big (I think) for pocket carry.

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    Granted, the 642 is the most popular snub for conceal carry, although an all steel variant will shoot better in my view.
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    I like the 638 because the hammer is covered for concealing but yet the hammer is useable. Love mine!
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    I like my M&P 340 a lot. It however is not for everyone. It is VERY light, and quite a fire breather with anything but light .38 rounds. That being said...5 rounds of .357 in that package is awesome. For a first time J-framer...I would suggest a Model 640, 60 or 442. Maybe even go old school and look at a model 36. They can be had relatively cheap for used.
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    I have had and carried a 642 for a long time, and find it to be a nice pocket and ankle gun. I might consider a Bodyguard model to allow thumb cocking, if I were to look for a new one, but the 642 works well for me.

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    I have two 642s and a brother with the a 640. I pocket carry a 642 everywhere it is legal to do so.

    I am six foot four and fairly heavy, the stocks of the 640 stick out of my pockets just enough to signal that there is a gun in my pocket, the 642 does not.

    I have two 642s they are my choice, as always, ymmv.

    Get a j-frame, they are great guns, coming from a 1911 guy.

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    G21SF, G30, G36, Ruger SP101 DAO, S&W 642

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