Getting another J frame

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    Getting another J frame

    Well it has been about 6 months since I have had a J frame in my rotation.
    I thought I could use one of my 380's as my BUG.
    But dumb me I traded off my 380's thinking I needed another gun more.
    So that left me with one of my 25acp's for my BUG.
    Well I didn't feel confident with a 25 as my BUG so I went looking for the good ole S&W J frame.
    I went on Armslist and found just what I wanted a S&W Model 36 Chief.
    Come to find out that the Guy that has it for sale is one of my Co-Workers.
    Now that is awesome. I will be picking it up tomorrow with a bunch of ammo.
    I will never be with out a good BUG ever again. And the Chief Special with be with me 24/7.
    Have Fun and Shoot Straight !!

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    I have always had a J-frame in my gun collection for over 42 years. My first was a Colt Detective special although that is not a J-Frame since Colt made it. :) Up until last year I had a SW 642 and an amazingly lightweight 360PD that is the only gun I ever owned that made me bleed. Not even my snubnose .44 mag did that. Now I have two LCRs. One in .357 and the other in .22 mag to practice with and to use as a BUG for when I carry the .357. With Gold Dots in it is nothing to sneeze at and I can handle it well with my left hand and that is important in a gun used as a BUG.

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    Get smith 642 without the lock while u still can....you'll never be sorry of that purchase.
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    Congratulations.
    My 642 is one I'll often put in my pocket. I don't think you'll be sorry.
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    The 36 (or 60 in .38 only) is the perfect J frame IMO. A smidge lighter than the current magnum 60's, and two smidges heaver than the airweights. Still light enough for pocket carry if that's an option for you.

    And I'll say it - the several extra ounces over the airweights allows you to get back on targert more quickly. In other words - easier recoil management....
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    No matter what I carry, the J- Frame will always be my favorite. There is just something about the 442 that does it for me. At one time I had Three of them. Now my wife is eyeing up the one I have left. Crap, am I going to have to buy another 442?
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    An airweight with a boot grip is one of my top-3 favorite carry guns.

    If only there was a way for it to hold about 5 more rounds of .38 spl...
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    I switched to speed strips about a year ago. I take them to the range with my snubs an only reload from them you will be amazed how fast you get. I did not even realize the range officer was in back of me a couple of weeks ago an he was surprised at how fast i was reloading. It just becomes second nature. I use two rounds next to each other than a space than two. I can load two at once easy.

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    Gotta love a j-frame! The most versatile carry gun available. I have several and love them all. 442, 649, 49. Only problem is choosing.
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    The one funny thing about this gun is it use to be mine and I sold it about 7 years ago. I am going too asked my coworker where he bought it. I checked out the serial number and I have the serial number written in my little book.
    Have Fun and Shoot Straight !!

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    The only thing better than a J Frame is...more than one J Frame. It's the ultimate New York reload.
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    I love my little 642. It is my summertime shorts and T-shirt EDC when it is too hot for normal cover garments for my 1911.
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    Looks like a good call on the trade up. good for you enjoy that S&W
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    My Mod. 36 is the only gun of mine I wouldn't sell.........saved my arse twice.
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    I carry the model 36 Chief's special. So many choices out there. I have a colt cobra, a real nice K frame snub and others. But for the last year I have carried my 36. If I carry anything else, I still have the 36 as my primary.
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