Best value in a .38 snub for ankle carry?

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    Best value in a .38 snub for ankle carry?

    I sold off my wheel guns a while back, and of course now regret having let them go. As I am on a tight budget, what do you feel is the best value in a .38 snub for ankle carry?

    I have owned a S&W alloy frame, and I could wear it all day and not even know it was there. I used a TRiple-K ankle rig, which has a leather wrap-aound strap to secure it and it didn't need the knee strap for support. Super-comfortable.

    I would probably prefer a light weight alloy, and am leaning towards Charter Arms, Taurus, and S&W.

    Are there any others that might be more affordable, without compromising on reliability? I really dont care if the trigger is silky-smooth, just want a dependable, reliable weapon that I can trust to go bang when I pull the trigger.

    Suggestions?

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    Do you care if it is hammerless or not? I don't own a revolver but sure do covet one, and likely would choose a smith airweight hammerless. They are not the right thing for some folks, but I actually enjoy shooting them when I rent.

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    My former .38 snub was a concealed hammer, and I liked it a lot. Somewhat limited for holster selection, but for front pocket, back pocket, and ankle carry, it is the safest way to go.

    So, yes: hammerless/concealed hammer is my preference.

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    i have the charter arms undercover 38 its great very light fits great on the ankle or the small of the back they sell a vega holster on the charter arms website that is very comfy
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    Look at the Taurus Model 85 snubs and variants. No, it's not a S+W, but it also doesn't have the premium price tag.

    I have a stainless M85 and an alloy-framed Ultra-Lite 851SSUL. By now, both have thousands of rounds through them, and they've had zero problems. The 851 is a 16-ounce gun with a shrouded hammer and adjustable rear sight (wonderful!), and it's a frequent carry piece. The shroud makes drawing from a pocket smooth and uneventful. The day I bought it, that snub had a better trigger then any comparable S+W snub in the store... even though I was prepared to pay for an S+W.
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    I own a Taurus 85. I remember I damn near passed out when the salesman told me how much one was. I paid $316.00 out the door for a brand new 5 shot. I can still put rounds in center mass at 50 yards. I have the heavier one (21oz) because after owning my kel-tec, I did not want another light weight gun. Right now, I've owned the gun for about 8 months and is the only gun that get carry more than I've shot it since .38s cost $20 a box and is often not stocked around here. I only have 2 problems with it, (1) is that a speedloader is useless with this gun since the grip is a little to thick for the speedloader to get in there so I have to use speedstrips. (2) is that the DA trigger pull is heavy has hell but I have found that after 500 rounds, is has lighten up a bit. But the SA pull is short and to the point.

    My mom has a older S/W snub nose and it has done her very well. Shooting hers from shooting my Taurus yields the same results. I have also shot the newer S/W and have the same results as my Taurus.

    Bottom line is that you will pay about $125-200 more for the Smith and Wesson depending on the prices in your area. Shooting, at least for me is about the same. How ever if your Smith and Wesson needs repair, your S/W would be out of service for about a month or less while if your Taurus is out of service you maybe out of your gun for about 2-6 months. That really isn't a problem with me since I have a back up gun to do the same duty if any of my guns need service so I can do with out for a few months.
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    I have a Ruger LCR. It's on the light side, and I'd say a S&W 642 might be a little better (slightly heavier).
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    Go for a S&W 638 (shrouded hammer) or 642 (centennial). Both great lightweight options IMO.
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    +1 on the S&W 642.
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    It's hard to go wrong with a Taurus 85UL. Light, reliable, and as accurate as a snubbie can be. You can get them in shrouded or hammerless, too, I think. Get a set of grips that really fit your hand and you can shoot +p rounds through it all day long.

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    I'm a S&W guy but you can get the Rugers for $399 and they don't weigh as much.
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    I recently picked up a Charter Arms Off Duty. Only 12 ounces!

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    The 642/442 are the best values in a snub IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    The 642/442 are the best values in a snub IMO.
    I concur.
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    [QUOTE=SIXTO;1639367]The 642/442 are the best values in a snub IMO.[/QUOTE x2

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