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    looking for first carry revolver

    Hey! New to the forums, but not new to guns in general.

    I'm looking at my first conceal carry gun, and i've taken a liking to revolvers, I just like the way they feel in my hand.


    The problem is i'm not sure which one to get to be effective, most people have told me to get a revolver that is .357 mag, so I have the option of using .38 special.


    With that in mind.. is there a revolver that can handle +p rounds, has night sights, and can be equipped with laser grips? and which brands would you recommend? I'd perfer a revolver that was also DAO/SAO

    (example, the Taurus 605 is very close)

    Thanks! totally appreciate the help!

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    Welcome to the forum!

    The first revolver that comes to mind that meets your criteria is the Ruger LCR. It is available in either .38 or .357, you can swap out the front ramp for a night sight, and CT laser grips can be added on. However, it is DAO.
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    Welcome from the MS Gulf Coast. I too like the little Ruger LCR, and most of the Smith & Wesson J-Frame's. Most of the little guys can handle +P rounds, as long as it's not a steady diet. With the .357 you can get lots of practice with the lighter .38 rounds, and a few with the .357 or +P for familiarization, and then carry the hotter loads as your carry load. You'll get significantly more recoil/muzzle flip from the hotter rounds, but in a critical incident, you'll probably not notice it. Good night sights, or crimson trace grips and you're good to go.

    Another revolver (not so little though) that I really like is the Taurus Judge, using 45 LC and .410 shotgun rounds. If you are big enough (in stature) to carry this little baby, I'd recommend you consider it. What a potent combination that is.

    Again welcome & be safe.
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    Welcome to the forum. The Ruger SP101 and the S&W 686 would be good places to start.
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    Sp101, try it at the gun range and use .38 then .357. Hopefully you love it, some people hate revolvers.

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    How important is the weight of the gun to you? A heavier gun will be easier to shoot but less comfortable to carry. That being said, if weight is irrelevant to you then my first choice would be a Ruger SP101 with a 3 inch barrel. Practice with 38's and load it with some good 158g .357s for carry. If weight IS important to you I would look at the Ruger LCR in .38. Practice with target .38's and use 38 special+p for carry. Some people can shoot the LCR in .357 well, I however am not one of those people. It's not so much that I found the recoil uncomfortable, I just found follow up shots too slow because of the recoil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rollo View Post
    How important is the weight of the gun to you? A heavier gun will be easier to shoot but less comfortable to carry. That being said, if weight is irrelevant to you then my first choice would be a Ruger SP101 with a 3 inch barrel. Practice with 38's and load it with some good 158g .357s for carry. If weight IS important to you I would look at the Ruger LCR in .38. Practice with target .38's and use 38 special+p for carry.
    This is the exact same advise I would give you. The SP101 will take +P rounds all day but can you? With houge grips, i can fire the SP with magnum rounds very well. The SP is heavier than the LCR and is not a pocket gun for me.
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    Welcome to the forum.

    I'm not a fan of practicing with .38's in a .357, and then carrying .357. Go to the range and shoot both and see if your accuracy stays the same between the two. I'm a fan of practicing with what you carry.

    My carry snubby is an S&W 637. It's lightweight, it's designed for what I carry in it (no gap jump, which you'll get shooting .38 from a .357) and I have faith in good ol' .38 spl. 158gr lead semi-wadcutter makes for very effective carry round.
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    S$W Mod 60 and SP 101 both well thought of.
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    A J frame S&W has always been my favorite. Lots of flavors to choose from as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHEC724 View Post
    Welcome to the forum.

    I'm not a fan of practicing with .38's in a .357, and then carrying .357. Go to the range and shoot both and see if your accuracy stays the same between the two. I'm a fan of practicing with what you carry.

    My carry snubby is an S&W 637. It's lightweight, it's designed for what I carry in it (no gap jump, which you'll get shooting .38 from a .357) and I have faith in good ol' .38 spl. 158gr lead semi-wadcutter makes for very effective carry round.
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    S&W J frame 360PD. 11 ounces, shoots .38's to .357's, with Crimson trace laser



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    Oh yeah, I forgot. I wouldn't buy a aluminium S&W at (pardon the wording) at the point of a gun.
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    Get a SW 642 with no lock while you still can and ur set...shoots +P rated rounds in a lightweight frame with no external hammer to snag on clothes. It goes great on ankle carry, IWB, OWB, shoulder holster, and pocket carry. very simple operation .."
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    I have an SP101, spurless hammer. It's a great gun if you can find one.

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