Best Lightweight .38?

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    Best Lightweight .38?

    Well I currently have a Taurus 85UL that I am not very impressed with. The recoil is horrible and the accuracy is poor. Other than that, the gun is fine but I would like to trade to get something better. My firearms instructor says to buy a S&W 360PD but I want something with a hammer. If it does not have a hammer, I would like for the best DA pull I could get. I just wanted some opinions before I went to the gun store. Also is there any of the snub noses out there that just stand out for accuracy and trigger pull above the rest?

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    I'm gonna vote "none of the above."

    A J-Frame made of steel is better than any of the alloy or polymer framed .38 Special models. I have a Smith & Wesson Model 642 with a decent trigger for a double action but I don't particularly like it. Great for carrying, it isn't as easily controlled to shoot as my steel framed Chielf's Special. The few ounces saved aren't worth it in my view and lightweight .38s are way overrated. I'm not certain that a handgun can be made light enough to suit many consumers in this day and age.
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    The Ruger LCR is about as light as it gets and has a pretty sweet trigger. I have a S&W 442 and love it unwaveringly. I find the recoil to be a bit more manageable than the LCR. Threw some Wolf Springs in it and tamed the trigger substantially and it is as accurate as I can be.
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    For revolvers, I am a S&W fan. The heavier stainless steel models are certainly more pleasant to shoot. The lighter alloy revolvers are a delight to carry. You just have to decide which attribute is more important to you; it is a personal preference. In my family, two chose Model 60's (stainless steel) and one a 637 Airweight.
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    I had a S&W 637 that was a bear to shoot and fired DA not very accurate for me, BUT many people swear by them and shoot them well.

    I traded for a Kahr PM9 and have never looked back. Great trigger, easier to conceal, 2 more rounds, and for me much more accurate.
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    hammer: ruger sp101... built like a tank

    hamerless: get a ruger LCR in .357 version. 17 oz, great trigger that stands out from the rest, lightweight and a wonderful shooter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azchevy View Post
    hammer: ruger sp101... built like a tank

    hamerless: get a ruger LCR in .357 version. 17 oz, great trigger that stands out from the rest, lightweight and a wonderful shooter.
    I gotta agree with that 100% love the LCR in 357 and the sp101 is what it always has been great
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    I personally would try to find a S&W 342.

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    SP-101 (not lite though) 442, 632, 637 are all quiet pleasant to me and represent a grreat value. So does the LCR for that matter.
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    I have owned 10-12 J frame size wheel guns. The Ruger LCR, at 12 ounces, is light but TOO light. The SP-101, AT 25 ounces, shoots well but is TOO heavy to carry. 15 ounces shooting wadcutters is a nice compromise, and with a small weapon COMPROMISE is the key. My pocket gun is a S&W 638, at 15 ounces. For belt I go with the Ruger SP-101.

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    I really like my 642, easy to carry and combat accurate with a little practice. I reload for mine and shoot it about 150 rounds a month with light loads, making the recoil a non-issue for the most part during range time.

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    I have a S&W 642 and 640. The 642 is a great light weight gun and it carries easy. I thought I screwed up when I purchased it until I put Hogue grips on it to tame the bite. The 640 is a bit heavier, but with the proper belt and holster, it is easily carried under just a t-shirt. It is also much more fun to shoot.

    The question you need to answer is do you plan to carry a lot and shoot a little - 642, or carry a lot and shoot a lot - 640. The 640 will use either .38 spcl or .357. I find I carry my 640 WAY more than my 642.

    Neither the 640 or 642 have exposed hammers, but in a shoot out, you won't have time to go SA. Whether you get an exposed hammer or not, you should practice DA so that you are familiar with the weapon in the SHTF mode.
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    If you can find one, the S & W model 38 body guard with alumium frame is the best. Carries great and if shooting non + P's is controlable.

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    Well, for a hammered gun I chose the S & W 649 with the shrouded hammer. I can do DA or SA (my choice). It is not light as it is stainless but it shoots 357 or 38 if I want to go lighter with the load. My daughter chose the LCR in 38 that is a good shooter but it does not have an exposed hammer.

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    Another 637 fan here. At first I couldn't hit anything with it, but after it surfaced all of my bad habits, it's like I can't miss now. I shoot everything else better since getting that little guy.
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