That is my vote
This is a discussion on Which revolver do you like for a dual purpose BUG / Primary within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by mr surveyor I also wear nothing but jeans and boots, and I would have a hard time carrying even an NAA Mini ...
Once I have to put a pocket gun into a holster inside or outside my belt I'll wear my Glock 30SF IWB or OWB instead of a 5-round or 6-round revolver on my belt. A small-framed Glock weighs about the same as a steel snub-nosed revolver (e.g. Ruger SP101 snub-nose) and carries twice the number of rounds as a J-frame revolver (5 in the J-frame and 9+1 or 10+1 in a Glock 26 or Glock 30).
To my way of thinking a pocket gun is just that, a gun light enough in weight to comfortably carry and conceal in one's pants' front pocket or one vest's pocket or one's parka's pocket. I'll accept the limited number of rounds (5 in a S&W J-frame) for the convenience and ease of concealment (I buy all my pants with a pleated front and a "comfort fit" cut). Once I move up to a gun that is too heavy to carry in my pocket I'll switch over to a polymer-framed semi-automatic in a belt holster or belly band.
That is my vote
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I like my Smith model 60. All stainless 357. Heavy but easy to hang on to. 38+P is the ammo of the day, no 357 mags for me. Primary carry is IWB in an Alessi holster. BUG carry is in a Desantis Nemesis in a vest pocket. J frames are like four wheel drives: once you have one, you'll always have one.
I'll add another vote for the 638! It was my first J-frame, and is still my most-carried gun. I wore it all day today in a Mika pocket holster and was hardly aware it was there. I have a Crimson Trace 405 grip on it and would certainly recommend it. The pocket on the backstrap DOES help lessen the felt recoil.
I really like the stainless 2.5" 626 plus. Ya, it's a little bigger, but I love it.
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Although I don't carry anything in my pocket, I do carry a S&W 2" Airweight in a holster a lot. I carry in a holster as this is the way I have carried for 45 years, muscle memory does not like change.
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I own a couple of small frame revolvers. For a day just tooling around on the Harleys I would carry my 642 AIWB I just prefer it over pocket carry in pants pockets anyways. I have often stuck my J frame in the pocket of my leather jacket for easy access in cold weather. I don't own a car so the Harleys are my year round transport.
I just got two more small frames havent gotten home to carry them yet though. I have a feeling the Colt will quickly become my favorite.
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Best Choices for Self Defense Ammunition
My preferred small revolver for concealment is the S&W 642 with internal hammer. I have a pocket holster for it, but find that it makes an obvious bump in pants pockets and is a little uncomfortable when seated, as well as difficult to draw when seated. So I generally prefer an appendix position IWB belt holster like the Comp-Tac shown below. This is more comfortable for me and can be drawn when seated.
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I love my .38 lcr. I bought it as a package with the CT laser grips included. The trigger is much better than any found on a S&W snubbie! No comparison there!
S&W 360. Option of .357 or .38. Less than a pound and pocketable. Hammer is not an issue if drawn with thumb over hammer spur. Hammer gives you options as well on the range and possibly in SD situation.
Mine is used as a primary in the gym and other times when a belt is not worn (IWB draw string shorts or sweats). Used as a backup when I feel the need.
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I have the LCR, S&W 637 & 638 revolvers that I use for BUG and occasional primary carry pieces... Outa the three my 638 get more use by far over the others. All of um are top tier choices IMO, but for me, the 638 has the best of everything I consider important; SA, or DAO trigger system, smaller overall size verses the LCR and absolute reliability.
S&W 642 is my go anywhere gun. Although a K40 or G23 are my primaries, the 642 in a Mika pocket holster allows me to always be armed. In Wrangler relaxed fit jeans, dockers, or slacks it's a comforting companion. A definite plus is that with pocket carry you can have a firing grip on your gun with no one the wiser.
My every day dress consists primarily of cargo-shorts and a tee shirt. I too use a P3AT whenever I find it necessary to put on slacks and a collared shirt. The worst thing I can think of is a heavy gun, of any type, flopping around in my pocket. I absolutely love my LCR in .357, but in the final analysis it is noticeably heavier than my S&W 342. I am currently waiting to find a dealer who actually has a Berretta Nano in stock so I can compare it's weight. I may end up with a Kel-Tec PF-9 or P-11.