Ever realize your favorite gun is not the best gun for you?
Have you ever wanted to stick with a particular gun, but then found that another weapon suits you much better? If so, have you stuck with the gun you prefer, or the one that you shoot more accurately?
I'm a huge j-frame fan. I have a several 60's, several 640's, a 637 and a 642. You'll also note from my posts I carry a j-frame (640 or 642) most of the time.
However, I have some auto loaders - a Browning Hi-Power Standard and a CZ 75D PCR. Try as I might, my point shooting accuracy with a j-frame cannot match the accuracy with the CZ 75D PCR. The CZ just fits my hand and points naturally. The j-frame also feels just as nice. But with the CZ at 5 and 7 yards I can do the "2 to the chest/1 to the head" drill all day long. With the J-frame the drill is really a "two to the torso, and try one for the head." Sometimes I land the latter shot, other times I give the target a hair cut or take out an ear, or just plain miss the head shot.
I was at the range today (after a 2+ month absence) and the difference in my accuracy between my 640 and my CZ was striking. I can practice more with the j-frame, I suppose, but it doesn't make a lot of sense to me if I am inherently more accurate with my CZ. Why not develop on a platform that seems so natural to me? So, after my trip to the range today, I've decided that the CZ will be my primary carry. When I need to pocket carry or need to carry with deep concealment, it will be the j-frame, otherwise the CZ will be there.
It's a bit of a disappointment, in a way. But, on the other hand, it's my life and the life of my loved ones that I need to protect.
(On the brighter side, this will give me an excuse to purchase a Sig 229, and some other auto loaders. 2013 may be expensive.)
Lightweight, DAO snubbies are hard to shoot well.
The original poster, who carries J frame snubbies, has trouble shooting them as well as his compact to full size semiautos. I can sympathize, as I have a 642 and it is very difficult to shoot well. The gun is lightweight (15 ounces) with a 10 pound trigger pull, 2 inch barrel and minimal sights. When you pull the trigger the gun moves easily off target.
Originally Posted by PEF
He could certainly improve his accuracy by going to the larger semiauto, but there might be another solution. In addition to my J frames, I also have snubbie revolvers in K frame and L frame size. These guns are much heavier than the J frames (32 to 34 ounces) and have excellent adjustable sights with very smooth DA triggers. I find that I can shoot these K and L frame snubbies as well as a typical semiauto, in either double or single action fire. They just don't move much when I pull the trigger, and my groups at 30 to 40 feet are as good as I can achieve with most semiautos. And these K and L frame snubbies conceal rather well in belt carry because of their rounded shape compared to semiautos.
The original poster could stick with revolvers by simply buying a larger model snubbie and possibly achieve the same accuracy as his semiautos. I would recommend the S&W models 19, 66 or 686.