Revolver

This is a discussion on Revolver within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I started out carrying a S&W 642 in .38spl +P. I keep it loaded with Remington 125gr. +P Golden Sabers, it's got a respectable recoil ...

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    I started out carrying a S&W 642 in .38spl +P. I keep it loaded with Remington 125gr. +P Golden Sabers, it's got a respectable recoil with the +P loads but I like it. Speer developed their 135gr. Gold Dot specifically for snubbies so that might also be a consideration.

    The next load I intend to try is 158gr. +P LSWCHP. I prefer the big, heavy bullets as a rule and this is a load preferred by Stephen Camp - that's a pretty good recommendation in my book.

    If I were going to get a pocket sized .357 it'd be either a S&W 60, 649 or Ruger SP-101. For .357mag I like the steel frame guns that help absorb recoil.
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    I have a taurus 85 SS ultra-lite and a Ruger SP101 which I love.
    Smiths' 642 would be a top contender if I add to the duo.

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    In my unbiased opinion, you cannot go wrong with a chief's special, especially an older one. My model 36 was made in the early 1970s. I use 110 gr winchester silvertips standard pressure ammo. I can put all five shots on the target at 7 yards in less than 2 seconds, and I am not a particularly good shot by any means. The trigger is very good- a bit heavy but very smooth and no grit or creep. I have smallish hands so the little wooden grips are okay- not great, but usable. The gun weighs about 20 oz, and is all blued steel.
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    Check out the Taurus, as well as the the Rossi line. I have a nice little 2" .357mag, I shoot it with the .357mag a bit when I take it out ,but I do run .38spcl mostly when I'm just plinking.

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    S&W Model 342PD seems to be a pretty good five shot revolver. I still want to shoot one to get a better idea of just how much I like it. With that said, I've heard good things about the revolver for CCW.
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    If you're going to be looking at heavier revolvers like the SP-101, you may as well also add the Taurus 650, 651, 850, and 851 onto your list.

    If I were interested in pocket carry, I'd probably go with one of the Airweights. A steel revolver might be a lot of weight and sagging in a pocket.


    The Speer Gold Dot "Short Barrel" 135gr +P wouldn't be a bad choice in carry ammo.

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    If your gonna carry a revolver here is a suggestion. I carry a 3" Ruger SP-101 in a Tucker Leather Heritage IWB Holster. This is an extremely comfortable and a fine gun to shoot. Mine really likes the 145gr. Winchester Silvertips for accuracy. I also have the same gun with a 2" barrel that I can carry in an Uncle Mikes Pocket Holster.
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    My vote goes to the ruger sp101

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    Yep, Ruger SP 101 also, but I have the Hogue grips on it, and 158 grain .357's are fine shooting rounds. With an IWB holster, it is easy to forget it is there. Unless you need it.

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    i'd go 642 with 158gr +p....
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    And just to complicate things, take a look at Charter Arms' new Bulldog snubby in .44spl. Nothing like large bore to get your blood flowing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tex45acp
    If your gonna carry a revolver here is a suggestion. I carry a 3" Ruger SP-101 in a Tucker Leather Heritage IWB Holster. This is an extremely comfortable and a fine gun to shoot. Mine really likes the 145gr. Winchester Silvertips for accuracy.[/IMG]

    Yep, my, er, well, my wife's 3" SP is also dead accurate with the Silvertips.

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    You can't go wrong with S&W or Taurus.
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    The S&W Airweight snubbies are superb little guns for concealed carry. I have a 642 that is loaded with the Speer GD Short Barrel ammo as is my wifes 637. Both are accurate, concealable and a pleasure to carry, either IWB or pocket. There are many good holsters out there for either type of carry. Stephen Camp did a great piece on ammunition for the short barreled revolvers on this site. You might want to look that up. His information is always top notch.
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    My wife is a nurse and carries a S&W 642. She's small and it hides really well in her uniform. It is a great little pistol.
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