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    New J-frame.

    I have given up on compact .380's. After having a bad time with an LCP, buying a Bodyguard 380, both having either the inability to feed and extract consistently or just plain locking up, I give up. I just replaced the .380's with a very dependable j-frame in 38 spec. I have a LC9 that, so far, has been great but I will not have to ever worry about feed or extract again. I may only have 5 shots but I can empty and reload with one hand if need be and have a gun I can count on as much as a person can count on a machine. Hornady critical defense and a j-frame is suddenly very consoling.
    Have a great and safe holiday, Frank.
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    I'll leave the .380 behind in favor of a J-Frame .38 any day. Seems like a thoughtful choice. Which model did you get?
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    Love those J-frames as well. I have 3... 442, 642, and 360. Rare is the day that I don't have at least one on my person.
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    +1 on the J Frame! My 642 always goes bang...5 shots for certain, with a superior round compared to the 380, IMHO.
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    My BUG is a S&W 2" Airweight which is over 42 years old, and still runs like new.
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    I own so many J-frames I am almost ashamed to admit it. I personally like and collect the older stainless steel and blued guns, but I do often carry a 642. You can't go wrong with a snubby. Five for sure!
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    We need pics!!!! I love my j-frames. My 442 is one of my most carried handguns. You'll absolutely love it.

    PS. They multiply. I'm up to 4 snubbie revolvers, and there are so many more I want!!!!!!!
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    Another vote for snubs, new or old doesn't really matter to me.
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    Also love J frames

    S&W J frames are probably the most reliable and concealable of the small guns available on the market. Their rounded shape allows them to be concealed easily without printing under many conditions. I have 3 of them, of which 2 are shown below.

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    helderberg here you go: The Superduper Snubbie thread

    As you can see snub revolvers are well loved here!
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    I confess I originally bought the snubs to use a BUG ,,,, but they are so easy to conceal
    I find myself using them more & more as the only gun ..... my bad. The one I use most is in the icon.

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    You can't go wrong with a J-frame. I love my little 642 as a backup in winter and a primary in summer when minimally dressed.
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    i use my 637 when im lazy to put on a holster ill throw it inside my pockets
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    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by pogo2 View Post
    S&W J frames are probably the most reliable and concealable of the small guns available on the market. Their rounded shape allows them to be concealed easily without printing under many conditions. I have 3 of them, of which 2 are shown below.

    Sweet pair !

    Old School likes all steel "old school" j-frames.......

    photo.jpg S&W 638
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    Quote Originally Posted by helderberg View Post
    I have given up on compact .380's. After having a bad time with an LCP, buying a Bodyguard 380, both having either the inability to feed and extract consistently or just plain locking up, I give up. I just replaced the .380's with a very dependable j-frame in 38 spec. I have a LC9 that, so far, has been great but I will not have to ever worry about feed or extract again. I may only have 5 shots but I can empty and reload with one hand if need be and have a gun I can count on as much as a person can count on a machine. Hornady critical defense and a j-frame is suddenly very consoling.
    Have a great and safe holiday, Frank.
    Same here... Came to the same conclusion about a year ago, and never looked back... For the small deep concealment work IMO, nothing beats the J frame.. Now go out and get yourself a Steel framed Kahr and feel how a nice auto really runs.
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