A Cheifs Special by any other name... Calibers and Holsters and Moonclips...
Howdy again folks. I've been picking around here and this seems like a good place to ask questions.
I'm going to the range this weekend (well maybe next but probably this Saturday unless it's too busy) where I'll decide for sure, but I'm trying to set a budget for a carry piece.
I have debated numerous guns, and the truth is I really do want a compact auto like a Kahr and a compact revolver, but I must get one before I get the other, and I've read somewhere I must choose one type for carry in my state. Or so I think. More on that here in a second.
Anyway even after some practice, although I am learning to appreciate autos more, I am still married to the wheelgun. I guess I was born in the wrong century. I have decided to get a compact revolver first.
I debated and debated because there's lots of fine choices out there, and after lots of (safe) experimentation with my (unloaded) 686, I figured out that although I prefer a medium or large size frame for simple shooting, it well it just doesn't work for me in concealment. I can't draw it quickly nor conceal it well in most of my attire, and I need something that's easy on easy off.
I CAN make it work with lots of cover garment and a Fobus paddle holster. But even then it is too restrictive, and I can't exactly wear a vest and a sweatshirt everywhere. That's great if you can carry some big honkin' 1911 or S&W 629 around and get away with it, but it doesn't work for me darn it.
Thus I am seriously looking at pocket carry of a compact revolver. I have a thing for Hogue style grips and stainless finishes. I considered something in .357 but my control is much better with .38 special. I guess I still have lots to learn.
Research drew me naturally to the S&W 637. It's less than 6.5" long, thin enough, light enough, the factory grips are ideal for me, reasonably priced, and a quality firearm.
But then again, I see lots of Taurus models available cheaper and I have some experience with them as well and I trust them. I'm also very very tempted by the Ruger SP 101. I have shot several Ruger autos (heck I own one) and I like them a lot, so their revolvers can only be better.
I've also strongly considered the Taurus 905, because it's really short at 6 inches long and it's chambered in 9x19. I realize it's kind of a weird little animal but I can't shake my fascination with this gun. I have done some more legal research and will soon consult an expert for a more qualified opinion, but I think the source that informed me Texas makes you choose between a revolver and an auto was possibly mistaken. I know there are lots of myths and misconceptions about concealed carry and firearms in general so I take nothing for granted any more. The main thing against this piece is I'm not sure about moonclips in a carry piece as I've been informed of some reasons they're not really good for self defense versus a traditional setup.
I want two same caliber carry pieces in the two different formats in any eventuality no matter what caliber I go with. You just seem to have so many more options in an auto with 9mm versus .38 Special. Something like one of those Kahrs interests me for the not as immediate future.
Does anyone have experience with pocket carry, retention, and firing of a snubnose .38 Sp. to relate? I'm not sure I've seen all the pros and cons yet.
Is there anything I should consider besides the possbility of a bent moonclip if I were to go with a tool chambered in 9x19? Is there something besides the Taurus 905 to consider?
Do I ask too many silly questions in one post?;)