3 38 snubs..Maybe a .357?

3 38 snubs..Maybe a .357?

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    3 38 snubs..Maybe a .357?

    Hi guys,

    My Mother wants a 38 or .357 snubby that's a bit smaller than her .44 Mtn. Gun.

    Choices.

    Ruger LCR 38 or .357 with the XS front sight.

    Charter Arms Snubby in same calibers.

    S&W M&P340 .357 with the XS front sight.

    The tritium front sight would be a real plus for her eyes.

    I know that the one on my LCR 38+Ps helped me shoot much better.


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    I have three: Ruger KLCR 357 with XS night sight and CL 411 grip, smith 642 with CL 405 and smith 640 Pro.
    For heavy loads smith 640 Pro is hard to beat, but Ruger KCLR 357 might be what you looking for.
    S 642 great pocket carry, Ruger KLCR357 great carry overall, S 640 Pro just great shoot probably due it extra weight. 23 oz.
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    I think I would suggest to your mom that she get a 38 special rated for +P 38, instead of a snubby shooting 357. Most ladies really prefer the 38 in terms of recoil and noise.
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    I will recommend the S&W Bodyguard 38 plus. It comes with integrated laser and it is very easy to shoot. I guess the ergos help absorve some of the recoil despite the small handguard. I shot the LCR and bodyguard side by side and I walked away from the range/LGS with a new Bodyguard.

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    Considering your mom has a 44 mountian gun , she may very well like the LCR 357.

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    I'll trade her straight up for my Taurus 851 Ultra-Lite snub!!!

    For defensive use, unless she's carrying while hiking in bear country, a .38 in standard or +P flavors will work just fine. .357s in snubs are big on the thunder and lightning quotient but also a bear to handle and to recover from to get a quick sight picture for the follow-up shot.

    The Mountain Gun she has is already about 39 ounces, so even an all-steel J-frame snub at about 20 ounces is half the weight of what she has today... I'd resist the urge to go to an even lighter gun. My Taurus lightweight at 17 ounces gets to be real tiresome after a couple dozen rounds, but I can shoot its 23-ounce all-steel brother all day. Just something to consider.

    So... what's to become of her .44?
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    Ruger LCR in .357 with the XS sight would get my nod of the ones listed.

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    yes, she would only be shooting 38 or 38+P

    The Bodyguard is one choice that i didn't think about.

    Would the rather strange cyllnder release be a no go for someone who already shoot as Smith,
    and had a SP-101?

    Her Mtn. Gun isn't going anywhere though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clarkston_cz View Post
    yes, she would only be shooting 38 or 38+P

    The Bodyguard is one choice that i didn't think about.

    Would the rather strange cyllnder release be a no go for someone who already shoot as Smith,
    and had a SP-101?

    Her Mtn. Gun isn't going anywhere though.
    The Ruger cylinder release is more natural to use than either the S&W or the Colt latches. Almost anywhere your thumb lands, apply pressure and the cylinder will open.

    If carrying in a pocket or a purse is a likelihood, the integral shroud of the Bodyguard series is a huge advantage. Although I don't advocate the use of single action in a snub, its presence allows the user some options. My lightweight Taurus is a Bodyguard clone, chosen deliberately.

    A shame about that Mountain Gun staying in place, but I understand completely. <sigh>
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    If she's used to a .44 Mtn. Gun an SP101 would be a welcome change that wouldn't be a shocker with the recoil. I love my DAO model.
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    I highly recommend the LCR .38. I have one that I carry daily and it is a great little shooter with a nice trigger right off the bat.
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    Yes, I don't know of any other XS sight equipped J frames other than the M&P340?

    I doubt if it would have as smooth and light a trigger as any LCR?

    The LCR is really the first pick-but she likes S&Ws as well.

    SP-101 have a heavy trigger pull for her and are heavy as well for her.

    Thanks for the input.

    KEV

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    Ruger KLCR 357 with XS and Crimson Laser 411. Shoot 38 special regular pressure or +P. It is a bit easier than LCR due to extra 3 oz. This is what my wife does.
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    I would add a Tuarus 651 to your list, it has a shrouded hammer (easier to draw and still capable of single action) can handle both .357 and .38's and comes in at about 25 oz's
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