This is a discussion on Wife Wants To Get A Hammerless Revolver For CC.....Which ones to choose? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Spec Yes I have shot both the S&W airweight (442) and the S&W Model 640. I like the 640 better. As for ...
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As an owner of a S&W MP340 with the Crimson trace grips I have to say you can't go wrong with the S&W's mentioned above - I have been very impressed with thier customer service as well. However if I were to buy another small framed revolver it would probably be the Ruger LCR in .38. I am not a fan of S&W "Hilary Holes" and have been impressed by how well the LCR's seem to handle .38 rounds. I have no experience with the Charters or Tauruses out there, so I wont talk about them. For my money it would be a Ruger LCR.
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Best options are:
- Ruger LCR
- S&W 642
- S&W 442
I own the Smith & Wesson 442 .38+P so I obviously think it is awesome, but I also highly recommend the Ruger LCR.
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SW 442 or 642
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If it's anything like my SP101, then my vote goes for the LCR.
642 with lg305 laser grips. The 305 is the longer grip that covers the backstrap and you can get three fingers on it. Get her some snap caps so she can safely practice loading and reloading. Have her dryfire while trying to hold the laser as steady as possible. My wife can shoot 1.75" groups at 15 ft slowfire and 5" at 15 ft firing as fast as she can get a sight picture. You won't find as many holsters/carry options available for anything else like you can a j-frame S&W. Shooting gloves are a good thing to. I tried to talk my wife out of buying hers because of what everyone says about how hard the are to shoot but she didn't want anything else. If people would take a little time to dryfire and learn proper trigger control they would find that airweight j frames aren't as bad as they think they are.
My daughter prefers the Ruger LCR with the Hogue grip. The CT grip is really nice (I have on my 649) but it does not absorb as much energy. I would probably get the LCR in 357 and then just shoot 38's. That way the gun is more versatile.
I've got the LCR no laser but I really like it. Most I've allowed to fire it like it as well.
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My wife was in the same situation and she now has her CCW. She tried (and by tried, I mean shot several at a local gun range) several name brands that included Smith and Wesson, Ruger, Rossi, etc. Hands down, she settled on the S&W 642 after I suggested a set of Hogue grips on it so that her pinky finger did not hang off. This made a tremendous and positive impact on her decision. Once you practice to get used to double action, it's a great choice for concealed carry due to its light weight (15 ounces unloaded) and lack of hammer.
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Springfield Champion, Springfield Mil Spec, Beretta 92FS
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Either a S&W 442 or a Ruger LCR with CT Grips.
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i have many snubbies. I carry a smith and wesson 642 with custom wood grips, and a Smith 442 with Crimson Trace Laser grips. Although great for CCW, they are not fun to shoot. I do have heavier Taurus snubbies that weigh in around 23 ounces, and they are much more enjoyable to shoot. With a shrouded hammer, she can shoot in single action to get used to the recoil without developing a flinch, and can feel safe knowing a large hammer spur wont snag on clothing. I carry all three depending on the mood. The Taurus is the third picture and can handle 357 magnum or 38 special. The first two smith can handle up to 38 + P rounds, but i only carry +P and dont shoot them regularly in practice. The last picture is a Taurus 22lr 9 shot revolver which is great for putting lead downrange and learning trigger... i know the recoil isnt the same as a 38, but you do learn how to stage the double action. Bunker
Guys, guys, guys......get the newest S&W. 38 spl. with laser built in and, don't look back. I can not find the model number on S&W site for some craZy reason.
I'll add another vote for the 640. The 6(4)42 are fine choices, but the 640 will absorb the recoil better and does give the option of .357.