Can't decide between these two snubbies for pocket carry

Can't decide between these two snubbies for pocket carry

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    Can't decide between these two snubbies for pocket carry

    Hey, new here, first post. I have my mind made on a snub nose for pocket carry and have narrowed it down to these two choices. Taurus 851 ultralite and S&W 638. The S&w is $60 more from what I've found. I would choose the smaller of the two but what is driving me crazy is I can't find complete dimensions specs for the s&w anywhere. the s&w is an ounce lighter and a tad shorter than the taurus because the taurus has a slightly longer barrel. Does anyone know the height and width on the s&w? Thanks for any help.


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    Link below is the most help I can offer...
    Product: Model 638

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    The Smith and Wesson 638 Airweight Revolver

    (1st good goggle link, don't read more than that into it.)
    its a j-frame, more measurements than that are unnecessary.....unless you are weight conscious. than go with a 642

    try this link and pay the extra for a Smith.....you will not regret it
    better trigger but let me appeal to your baser side--

    its resale value is way better than than the other. and in 5 to 8 years it will be worth what you paid....the other; not even half.
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    "The S&w is $60 more from what I've found."

    The S&W will hold its resale value much better which will make up for the additional $$ that you'll pay up front. Just FYI
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    S&W =)
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    In my personal experiences I am going to tell you to run away as fast as you can from the Taurus. Between the two the smith is the only choice. Give the LCR a look as well. I can't say enough good things about the .357 model.

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    I will preface my comment with the fact that I own and carry a Taurus revolver.
    Go with the Smith & Wesson. You will soon forget about the price difference and be glad you went with the better gun.
    You have about a 50/50 chance of getting a good gun from Taurus. If you don’t, the customer service will drive you nuts. (over 9 weeks and 20 phone calls, 6 faxes getting mine fixed).

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    My story is that when I shopped for a lightweight, shrouded snubby, the gun with with the best trigger in the store that day was a Taurus 851. Cost was not a consideration. The gun has had a couple of thousand rounds through it and it's run with out a hiccup. It is a frequent carry companion.

    However - that was 8 years ago. I've had good experience with Taurus customer service (on a different gun), but that doesn't seem to be the universal experience these days. I compare with that with a friend who has had his scandium snub back to S&W three times and it's still not fixed. When that gun disassembled itself in a de Bethencourt course, my older (all-steel) Taurus 85 was the spare gun he relied upon.

    The S+W will clearly have a greater value down the road, a Taurus will never have the heirloom quality that a Smith will. But don't discount it out of hand, just because it's a Taurus.
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    S&W hands down.
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    i have the taurus 851 (obviously) and its been flawless so far. I also paid $269.00 brand new for it which is why i chose it over the S&W. look for the 851 at jetguns (online retailer)....thats where i got mine and it came with free shipping.

    as far as performance goes, people can knock taurus all they want but mine has performed flawlessly with a couple hundred rounds through it

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    If I ever get another snubby, it will be the Ruger LCR. The Hogue Tamer grip with the gel in the backstrap makes the LCR shoot a lot softer than other pocket revolvers. The LCR has an awesome trigger right out of the box, too.

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    I have a S&W 637 with a set of laser grips on it. I got a great deal on the gun from CDNN and a four payment plan on the grips from The Sportsmans Guide. It is by far my easiest and most favorite gun to carry. I think the Smith is your best option just the ease of finding holsters and accessories.

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    I have a Taurus 85 and a 642...not the ones you are asking about, but, although I have no complaints about the Taurus, I would recommend the Smith, in whichever configuration. They definately hold their value better and it is a much lighter carry gun. Both shoot well for a snubbie, but the Smith rides with me, while the Taurus is the house gun. For what it's worth
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    Smith!

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    My experence with Taurus has not been good at all. If it were me, I would go with the S&W and a 642 at that. The finish of the 442 will wear off as time goes by from holster wear but is still a pretty good looking snubbie with some nice wood grips. (I chose Rosewood).

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