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  • S&W airweight 442 no LG's *cheapest

    36 33.96%
  • S&W 637 airweight with LG's

    8 7.55%
  • Ruger LCR with LG's *most exspensive

    32 30.19%
  • Something way different

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    No one said SP101 yet!?


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    The Ruger LCR! With or without laser, its your choice and pocket book.

    I have two LCRs without laser (sold two S&W 342ti .38 specials earlier this year to get the LCRs)
    Really, really, like the LCRs triggers.
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    442 won. I liked the trigger just as good on the LCR but they didn't have a non LG model in sock so I got the smith. I will buy a 357LCR soon I think though.
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    How do you plan to carry? If front pocket, vote goes to the 442. I had a LCR, sold it, now have an M&P 340 CT. The M&P is smaller in the pocket, and while it shouldn't matter the LCR to me was downright ugly. As everyone else has echoed the LCR does have a very nice trigger.
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    Smith & Wesson 438. It is a black finish shrouded hammer Airweight .38+P 5 shot snub. If you want a .38, that has all of the advantages. The 649 is the .357 version in stainless. I'd forget the laser grips in a snub. Given a couple hundred rounds of practice you won't need them.

    Product: Model 438

    Of what you have listed, I have the 442 and it's great...I later bought an old steel S&W 49 that has the shrouded hammer and I love it too. If you want .357 Mag, the SP101 is an awesome choice. I have one of those too and I love it.
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    I vote for steel.....Model 36 or Model 60.
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    I like the Taurus 85 or 605 in 357mag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragman View Post
    442 won. I liked the trigger just as good on the LCR but they didn't have a non LG model in sock so I got the smith. I will buy a 357LCR soon I think though.
    A fine choice sir. I have one and am completely satisfied with it and love carrying it. That is, when my girlfriend's not toting it herself. I'm eager to pick her up a new pistol so I can have mine back.

    Reserve some extra time for yourself at the range to break that trigger in and you may want to consider swapping some springs in it. "Bugdude" has some great data on that:
    Wolff Spring Sets on a S&W 442

    I'm also with Bugdude on the SP101. I can't think of a better 357 in a CCW package.
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    Quote Originally Posted by azchevy View Post
    the LCR .357 is steel
    Really? Isn't the fire control group polymer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kapnketel View Post
    Interesting as my wife is considering (with my encouragement) a smaller firearm. She purse carries (I know, I am not a fan but that argument is over) and I suggested that a wheel gun should be in her selection list. All of your input is educational on the subject.
    I would recommend something with an internal or shrouded hammer to avoid it getting caught or hung up on anything in her purse. IMHO I would get an all steel S&W. The aluminum framed guns are lighter but the perceived recoil is greater. The scandium frames are even lighter and more difficult to control well. As she is purse carrying (better than not at all) the extra few ounces shouldn't be an issue but will make a big difference in the handling and comfort when firing it.

    I've read a lot of good things about the Ruger LCR but haven't had the opportunity to try one yet.

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    When it comes to snubbies, the 638 with 2.5" barrel is the model that solves many of the compromises you have to make with this platform. No, it doesn't address the firepower issue - only carries 5 onboard, so you want a reload. But the hammer, DA/SA, accuracy, and weight issues are handled. The trigger is just crazy sweet and it feels great in the hand. It's possibly the best snubbie S&W ever produced.
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    I got out and shot it today and I like it only put 10 rounds through her as I had to get to work, but I am pleased. I grabbed a pocket holster as this is going to be my truck/backup gun. Even the wifey likes it so maybe I can get her to "take it" so I can go out and buy another I do like steel guns but I like variety too I have a S&W 60 and a Rossi 357 snub, so they cover my all steel snubbies.
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    I went through several. I had an M38 bodyguard and then a Ruger SP101 and have found my 642 is my favorite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragman View Post
    I got out and shot it today and I like it only put 10 rounds through her as I had to get to work, but I am pleased. I grabbed a pocket holster as this is going to be my truck/backup gun. Even the wifey likes it so maybe I can get her to "take it" so I can go out and buy another I do like steel guns but I like variety too I have a S&W 60 and a Rossi 357 snub, so they cover my all steel snubbies.
    My 442 is my most versatile carry gun. Pocket carry, IWB, OWB, ankle, SOB, strong side, weak side (as secondary access to whatever else I'm carrying). It is hard to beat from a versatility standpoint. I did indeed do the Wolff spring replacements and it really made a big difference in the trigger and my ability to shoot it with my weak hand. If it has a lock, I recommend removing the lock flag too (which I cover in my thread). It's all super simple and there are youtube videos that walk through it. Congrats, you'll enjoy it. I've been surprised at the accuracy I've been able to develop with it in a little time. Better than many of my semi-autos actually (but I'm a long-time revolver guy). Try the hammerless revolver grip (google it). Left thumb up high over top of the right thumb base. Helps with folow-up shots.
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