Temporary Carry

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    Temporary Carry

    Until I get a holster that will hold my Sig P220 Carry w/ the laser (may take it off, TBD), I ended up with a DAO S&W .38 SPL. It's like the newer "Airweight" models like the 642, only I have no idea what model this actually is. The SN on the bottom of the grip is CAA8747. Holds 5 shots of .38 SPL.

    What are your thoughts on using this in the interim? Will it suffice? Should I just carry a stick? Spray? Tote the dog around?
    "Sir, could you please not bleed so much? I have to clean the store after they haul you off and I'd like the rest of my shift, to be, like, you know, better."

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    I would have no concerns carrying this until your holster arrives. I would pick up some Speer Gold Dot 135 grain +P ammo and consider myself good to go.

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    I've seen what 110gr Cor Bon DPX can do out of that snubby. Verry impressive. Consider yourself plenty well armed. Well, maybe not as well as with the Sig.
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    I carried a S&W Airweight off duty and since for about 40 years, they are a very good little gun.
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    It's been said that revolvers are often recommended to girlfriends and other beginners because they are 'simple.' True to a point, but a snubbie is not a beginner weapon. Any Smith snubbie is capable of amazing accuracy, way better than you would think possible, but it takes a certain amount of practice. If your used to big auto 3 dot or bar-dot sights, you'll feel like a snub has no sight s at all. But the ones one my 642 are perfectly usable, at least in bright light, and I can put all 5 in an 8 inch circle at 20 yards.

    Also a 5 shot limit, so they have to count. When I carry mine, I always carry 2 speedloaders. They also take a little practice.
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    I would take the time to practice with it. I stunk on ice when I first got my 637. It amplified everything that I was doing wrong.

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    Thx for the quick replies all (between home & work travel for me LOL).

    I fully intend on practicing with it, starting immediately (going to the range at lunch today and burn at least 50-100 rounds). I'm not sure what ammo is in it as it was given to me w/ defensive rounds of some sort. Probably going to have to manufacture a holster for my other, so no telling how long it'll be before I can start carrying my preferred one. Granted, getting warmer, no denying that it's a lot easier to conceal.
    "Sir, could you please not bleed so much? I have to clean the store after they haul you off and I'd like the rest of my shift, to be, like, you know, better."

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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostRed7 View Post
    I ended up with a DAO S&W .38 SPL... only I have no idea what model this actually is.
    Open the gun as if to reload it. On the frame next to the cylinder crane hinge is where S&W stamps the revolver model number - see the photo.
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    Cool...will check it out. All I knew about was the # on the bottom of the grip frame (the CAA8747).
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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostRed7 View Post
    Until I get a holster that will hold my Sig P220 Carry w/ the laser (may take it off, TBD), I ended up with a DAO S&W .38 SPL. It's like the newer "Airweight" models like the 642, only I have no idea what model this actually is. The SN on the bottom of the grip is CAA8747. Holds 5 shots of .38 SPL.

    What are your thoughts on using this in the interim? Will it suffice? Should I just carry a stick? Spray? Tote the dog around?
    Of course you carry it in the meantime. It's a 38, cops used them for decades. C'mon.............
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    For about $7 you can get a Mikes pocket holster. Cheap and effective.
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    The snub is one of the most versatile carry weapons. Practice and get proficient and it will serve you very well. I carry my 442 in my weak side pocket as a secondary access with whatever else I am carrying. I also carry it in my jacket pocket in the winter. Walk in a parking lot with your hand on the grip and you can actually shoot through the pocket if you have to...no digging under layers to access your IWB primary. Its also a good in-home loungewear carry piece, shorts pocket, yard work, etc. There are lots of applications of the little snub...it's a keeper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by red13 View Post
    It's been said that revolvers are often recommended to girlfriends and other beginners because they are 'simple.' True to a point, but a snubbie is not a beginner weapon. Any Smith snubbie is capable of amazing accuracy, way better than you would think possible, but it takes a certain amount of practice. If your used to big auto 3 dot or bar-dot sights, you'll feel like a snub has no sight s at all. But the ones one my 642 are perfectly usable, at least in bright light, and I can put all 5 in an 8 inch circle at 20 yards.

    Also a 5 shot limit, so they have to count. When I carry mine, I always carry 2 speedloaders. They also take a little practice.
    All true words!

    I carry my little 5 shot when I can not hip carry and when my M&P is too big for my pockets. No problems at all.
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    No problem with the .38 Special. They've been stopping BG's for well over 100 years. With a good defensive round it will serve you well until your holster arrives.
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    Thx for all the help all. I'm not sure about the +P or not, b/c it's not stamped on the side. Probably pre-dates that. Will that ammo work in it? What is the +P?

    As for the holster....we're going to have to fabricate one. Have leatherworking experience, just never made a holster before. Someone sent me a good link for getting stuff to do that.

    Will give my extremely novice review soon...never got to go fire it yesterday :(
    "Sir, could you please not bleed so much? I have to clean the store after they haul you off and I'd like the rest of my shift, to be, like, you know, better."

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