J-frame size

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    J-frame size

    I'm lookin at a S&W 360 for pocket carry. What is the thickness of S&Ws J-frames at the cylinder? What is the thickness at the on the rest of the frame? How tall and long are the J-frames with Hogue style bantam grips?

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    The S&W web site will give you most of this information.

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    Measured my S&W 642

    I happen to have a S&W 642 with 2-finger boot grips and an engineering ruler here, and just measured it. Here is what I got:

    Cylinder - widest point - 1.25 inches
    Barrel width - 0.50 inches (tapers a bit towards muzzle)
    Grip width - 1.10 inches at widest spot (stock grips, came with gun)
    Total length - 6.20 inches
    Height - 4.38 inches

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    Yes, thank you Pogo. And S&W definatly doesn't give the thickness, at least no on the Airweights I was looking at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by '75scout View Post
    I'm lookin at a S&W 360 for pocket carry. What is the thickness of S&Ws J-frames at the cylinder? What is the thickness at the on the rest of the frame? How tall and long are the J-frames with Hogue style bantam grips?
    I carried a S&W 442 Airweight 5-shot 38SPL revolver for 10yrs in a Milt Sparks "Pocket Softy" holster. It hid very well. Yes, the revolver's cylinder has a bit of size to it, but the right holster can eliminate the "printing" you would otherwise get with, say, a heavily-boned holster. If doing IWB, it very nearly disappears, of course at the expense of a big of poking into the body (given the width). Still, it's one of the more concealable little guns. The rest of the gun is fairly slim. I had the standard boot grips that came with the gun, for general carry. I had a set of Pachmayr grips for range practice, but decided I didn't want to avoid practice with what I carried. Now, those were huge. But the standard grips are fine. Anything that goes beyond the base of the gun's metal frame will certainly add length. It's not a 5" gun to begin with, so length is an issue, in terms of concealability.
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    I was wondering if the J-frames are easily concealed. A friend of mine thats works at my range let me put 5 rounds through a 12oz S&W for free just so I could test it out. It was a little punishing and they were light 38 loads. But after putting 100 rounds at a time through my Kahr PM40 I don't think it would be too much of a leap.

    The only reason I am looking for a new pocket gun is because I have recently started to dislike polymer framed guns. Not that they are bad, its just a new personal preference. So that leaves out Kahr, Kel-Tec, and Glock. And what I have left is J-frames, Seecamps, NAA Guardians, and the Rohrbaugh which is currently out of my price range but what I will hopefully end up with. I also like the Sig 232s and a Colt Mustang.

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    You could potentially check out the S&W Model 37 with a bobless hammer. It might be a tiny bit smaller than the 642 if you're going for pocket carry.

    EDIT: Linking in a pic of the old lady's. I couldn't find one with a bobless hammer doing searches on the net, so figured you could better see what I'm talking about this way.

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    I pocket carry a 642 in a cheapy Uncle Mike's holster. It nearly disappears in any pants that have some give in the pocket area. It will stand out in the pocket of tighter jeans, though. I think it has great concealability at the expense of the number of rounds (5) and smallish grip.

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    I'm actually eyeing the 360PD. I'd also like the Airweight 32 magnum, but that has been discontinued.

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    I'm partial to the North American Arms Guardians. I've had several and they run great. I choose them over snubbys for pocket carry, smaller and slimmer yet still a decent caliber. Also don't forget the all steel Kahrs like the MK9.

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    I like the NAAs and the steel Kahrs, but I think the MK series might be a tad heavy for pocket carry. I am trying too keep the weight under 15oz unloaded.

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    The grips that you eventually select for your own personal J Frame will go a long way toward taming any recoil sting that you might encounter with stiffer loads and they will allow you to more easily shoot the hotter defensive ammo.
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    By that you mean longer grips that allow for a full grip. I might get some Crimson Trace gips or the longer hogue grips. I would imagine that would help a great deal.

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    I carry a stock 637 as my summer choice. Goes in pockets, waistband, Maxpedition pouch along with 2 speedloaders. Love it.

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