Ordered an S&W 638 today

Ordered an S&W 638 today

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    Ordered an S&W 638 today

    Over the last month I've driven probably 1000 miles to check out diferent guns for my new carry (where I live is not the end of the world but you can see it from here). Initially I was pretty sure I was going to order a Ruger LCR. A couple of guys I know had me driving around checking out different recommendations of theirs and in the last month I've looked at an LC9, the LCR, an M&P compact, a Kahr CW, and a few others. All very nice guns. Today I picked up a Smith Airweight 638 and it is exactly what i've been looking for. Fit my hand perfectly and the trigger was better than I had anticipated. The main selling point though was how easily it dissapeared into my coat pocket. I ride a motorcycle most of the time and my main mode of carry is the inside jacket pocket. I presently carry a PPK which is a pretty small(ish) gun but compared to the Smith it's like carrying a brick. Now I gotta "hurry up and wait" for it to arrive.


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    Good choice, you can't go wrong with a J-Frame.

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    Now you'll have a .38 that's fairly easy to tuck into a pocket...nice choice!
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    That is an awesome choice for a pocket pistol. I frequently have one of those in my pocket.
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    I was really amazed at how well it just dissapeared in my pocket. I wanted a revolver for reliability but had incorrectly assumed that an auto would conceal better. I have a PPK that fits into that same pocket but it always lets me know it's there. The Smith just vanished. I couldn't tell I even had it on me. The little LC9 and the Kahr CW9 were distant contenders but it's hard to beat the reliability of a wheel gun.

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    good choice: love to snub!
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    Now you are going to have to decide what to feed it. So many choices, so little time and money!
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    I love my 638. If you drive a car on a trip instead of your bike it makes a great go to gun in an ankle rig.

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    Great choice! The 638 was my first, and still most-carried, gun. Though I didn't consider it at first, I bought it on the recommendation of the owner of the GS and have not been disappointed. This GS also has a great gunsmith who tuned the action a bit (something you may want to consider) and the addition of CT LG-405 grips makes it a great carry piece. Enjoy!

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    The 638 is kind of the forgotten j-frame, probably because some people think it is ugly. But usually the debate on what j-frame to get settles around a traditional hammer, or hammerless model, with people forgetting their is an intermediate option, the 638. The 638 is my preferred snub nosed revolver, as it can meet any needs I may have form a j-frame. Congrats on making a good decision.
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    GREAT choice!!!!! The airweight j frame variants are the most versatile carry pieces you can get. You'll absolutely love it.

    I've had my 442 for several years and I wouldn't part with it for anything. In summer, it goes easily into pants pockets, shorts pickets, easily concealed IWB or OWB, SOB, ankle. In winter, I carry it in my jacket pocket. Rather than dig under layers of winter clothes to get to my CCW, I carry it in my jacket pocket and you can slip your hand in on it if things look a little iffy. You can even fire from within the pocket if you have to. I also carry it as a secondary access weapon in tandem with another handgun often too. I did a Wolff spring set replacement on mine and smoothed out the trigger nicely. Within a couple hundred rounds through it, I became pretty proficient with it.

    I've probably got 1200 rounds through mine and it's awesome. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I have mine!!!
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    I forgot to mention, I also have a 1960 S&W 49. It's the all steel version of the shrouded hammer. I love that gun too!!!! I think the old camel hump is the perfect configuration and it is so ugly it's cool!!!

    Here's my 442 with old Chief's Special grips on it...they fit my hand much better, and my old 49. I love the Smith j frames!!!
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