This is a discussion on Ruger SP101 vs S&W 640 which one? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by ICTsnub I own both, prefer the Smith, but really it's just another Coke/Pepsi argument to me. Smith has enclosed hammer, one less ...
I own a 640, 649 and an SP-101 with a factory-bobbed hammer. You can carry any of them in a front pocket if you wear the right kind of pants. I actually find the 640 a little less punishing with medium-powered magnums like the Golden Saber or Corbon DPX. I think it has to do with the bore axis being a bit lower. I have Hogue Bantams and the Smiths and they help a lot. The are all good guns and you can't go wrong.
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No excuse for stupidity on my part, but I still like Coke and would rather have an SP101.
I have a pre-lock 640-1 and the 3, 1/16" SP101; both great period. Get rid of the longer gip on the 640 and you have the one that's the most concealable. 640 is still heavy for a pocket carry. More grip options for the 640, fewer options for the SP101. Not as much difference in recoil between the two as you might think but the back strap on the Ruger OEM grips is more friendly to the web between thumb and index finger than the 640 is. Both have pinned front sights allowing easier changes down the road. I'd take a Ruger over a 640 with a lock but would likely take a no-lock over the Ruger and eventually, they both belong in a modest collection of revolvers.
The comment by Pointblank about the bore axis being lower was interesting. That was one of the things I was looking for when comparing the 2 side by side at the gun store. It makes a lot of sense to me. Los chart shows this difference clearly. I am liking the 649 idea as suggested by gig. I am planning to use medium to lower power .357 or high power .38 +P with it, somewhere in that range. This is going to be my only revolver, and I want it to be easier to carry than my Sig P239; I am sure it will be. Now with the summer coming up, it is all t-shirts and cargo shorts here in FL. I can't wait to get it.
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Given the choice, I [personally] would go the SP-101 route. I shoot my wife's occasionally and love it.
RE: gig - I intend to get a Rhino at some point. frankly I like the looks of it. I also liked the looks of the Edsel too. yes, I am odd
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