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    Need help deciding on....

    I have had my heart set on a Ruger LCR .357 for a little while and have been saving for it... My question is is there any comparable option I'm missing? I really want a snub hammer less revolver preferably I 357 but .380 will do as well. Any suggestions?
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    Ruger SP101 if you don't mind the extra weight. S&W 640/649 is another option in the .357 range.

    I assume you mean .38 sp will do, not .380 if you are looking for a revolver.
    Just remember that shot placement is much more important with what you carry than how big a bang you get with each trigger pull.
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    You can't go wrong with the LCR.
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    Get a MAN'S revolver made out of STEEL...The Ruger SP101.
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    Ruger SP101...
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    If you hadn't of said you wanted hammer less I too would have suggested the SP101, but since you did you might look at an S&W, Chiappa Rhino (can't remember if it's hammer less or not), or you could still get the 101 and have the hammer bobbed...just some ideas. Good luck.
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    SP101 comes in a hammerless model.

    Model 5720. Ruger® SP101® Double-Action Revolver Models
    Just remember that shot placement is much more important with what you carry than how big a bang you get with each trigger pull.
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    still leaning towards the LCR but is the $100-150 worth the caliber upgrade from 38 special to 357? i like the compactness of the S&W the 360PD is awesome but 950 ouch... the 642 is probably the only option i have seen... The is quite a bit bigger than the LCR, and the LCR is bigger than the 642.
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    If possible find a gun store with range that rents various handguns to help in making your decision.

    I believe Shooter's Sports Center rents, give them a call.
    4900 Six Mile Road
    Racine, WI 53402
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    Fletcher Arms in Waukesha rents
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    The Shooters Shop in West Allis rents
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    I heard very good reviews about Midwestern Shooters Supply in Lomira. Crowman's list is obviously a lot closer, but that's something to add to the list for future reference :D
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    OK, I know I'm going to catch flak for suggesting this but the Taurus Poly Protectors
    might be up your alley. They are simular to the LCR in design and are a few bucks
    less expensive. I've had good luck with Taurus revolvers so before you make your
    final purchase, you might want to check one out.
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    I can't say enough good things about my LCR in .38. It's so light and small, it makes an almost perfect carry weapon. Instead of getting the .357, I opted for the .38 with the XS big dot sight. The .357's grip was a bit different than the .38, and I wanted it for the option of carrying in the pocket. The .38 just seemed to work a bit better in that regard. It handles .38 p+ just fine, though I don't shoot that on the range, normally.

    I think this was the best new idea in revolver technology to come around in a long time.

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    Ruger already offers their 357mag SP101 revolver with a bobbed (no hammerless option) hammer......I have one......... Check out their website

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    If I might add, the SP101 is a great gun. I have the hammerless/bobbed hammer version, however the correct nomenclature for that version is. I'd have to say that the LCR trigger is much better than the SP101. I'm sure it could be fixed if I really wanted to. Obviously the LCR in either 357 or 38 is much lighter. The SP101 is built like a tank. A great gun, no doubt, and I pack it into the woods on occasion. But for around the town concealment, the LCR is a great choice.

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