Got a J Frame 357 today for primary carry.

Got a J Frame 357 today for primary carry.

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    Got a J Frame 357 today for primary carry.

    Today I picked up another J frame S&W but this one is a 357 Magnum.
    It is a 640-1, It does have carry wear but the lock up is good.
    I hope to get some nicer wood grips when I get the chance.
    The rubber grips that are on it now seem to have a stripped screw.
    So I may need to have my gunsmith drill it out so I can put some other grips on it.
    I won't be able to shoot it until Saturday and then I will be able to use it for carry.
    This is my 3rd J frame this month. I do have the sickness.
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    Great gun, I cant leave the house without one of mine feel naked without.

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    I just bought the same gun today! Had it on layaway for a while, and it came home with me today. 640-3 for me, and I already have the crossbreed to carry it in. The dimensions are very similar as my 3" 1911, but it conceals much more easily with that rounded grip.
    I think guns are like insurance. I would rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

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    You have a sickness and I am jealous. Congrats on another fine gun. Them smiths you are acquiring are quite nice. Enjoy, the j fram is IMO an extremely easy gun to carry.
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    Two Guns, you're just "ate up with them Smith & Wessons."

    I'm glad for I'm enjoying your posts. Want to hear your impressions of .357 Magnum J-Frame shooting.
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    I have three 640's in .357. These are excellent carry guns. I've taken to using boot grips and .38's in these. The boot grips aid in concealability and the .38's are very managable.

    I have found the triggers may vary. Some have been quite stiff, other have been less so. I have five model 60's and 640's in .357, and all but one had a *smooth* trigger, and that was easily fixed with an Arkansas stone. Note "stiff" and "smooth" are two differnet beasts.

    Enjoy your 640-1. It's an all business carry weapon and will not fail you.

    By the way, I see you have been buying a lot of Smiths lately. I myself have bought five in the last seven weeks. Maybe you and I need to start a twelve-step program (but let's wait until we run out of money before we do that).
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    4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.

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    The trigger is real sweet on the 640-1. I ran out of money years ago.
    Have Fun and Shoot Straight !!

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    I had a 640-1 years ago, great gun. Then I got bit by the ScTi bug thinking it was the 2nd coming and traded for one. I am a guy that shoots my guns and after 2 trips back to S&W for new frames I sold it and bought a 640 Pro!
    My rifle and pistol are tools, I am the weapon.

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    Congrats on the 640-1. I have one too.
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    that little cannon has great character.....and I would not want to be the poor soul on the receiving end of that one.
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    Great gun! My 640-1 came with wood grips as well as the rubber ones you have. The trigger was the smoothest out of the box I've ever felt, but I had it worked on and now it's even better. Also added an XS Big Dot sight. You will like this gun!IMGP3458a.JPGIMGP3463.aJPG.jpg

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    Awesome man great revolver you have there. :D

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    Well I got the stripped grips off and all I had on hand were these pink grips.
    So I will have to go pink until I get some new grips.
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    I found an other set of grips tonight that are not pink so I put them on. They will have to do until my black grips come in.
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    I have a 649-3 Bodyguard, .357 mag, with the single action shrouded hammer or, "cocking nub" as Ayoob calls it. The trigger became very stiff and the action sluggish. I took it to a local "gunny". He did a complete break down: clean, polish, timing, lube, and a new spring set. The double action trigger is now a smooth 5lbs. I rarely think about the "cocking nub" anymore. I carry the 135 grain Speer, short barrel JHP. The steel frame and combat grips really help to absorb recoil.

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