Revolver for Alternative Carry

Revolver for Alternative Carry

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    Revolver for Alternative Carry

    I have decided that at this point in my carry career, I am only going to pocket carry. I am done wth having to wear shirts untucked, having to deal with cover garments, etc.

    My current EDC is a CM9, which carrys very nicely in a Mika pocket holster. I am now looking for a revolver to use as a alternative carry gun with my CM9. I had a S&W 442, which I could not shoot worth a darn. The trigger pull was far too heavy for me, so I sold it. I realize that the 442 is a favorite with a lot of folks, but not me.

    So, I would appreciate any suggestions for a revolver that is small and light enough for pocket carry, that has a smooth trigger pull, length of pull is not that important, provided it is not too haeavy and breaks smoothly.

    I would prefer .38+P, but .357 would work. provided it can also shoot .38+P.

    All suggestions are gratefully accepted.
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    I would recommend the Ruger LCR .357, then you could also shoot .38+. Very smooth trigger pull, concealed hammer, and it's a Ruger. BTW, foy or for, I understood what you meant!
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    My LCR in .38 relegated my PM9 to the safe. Might do the same for you.
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    + 3 for the LCR! IMHO one of the best bets out there for snubbie wheelguns!
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    I have an LCP and if the LCR is even close, I think you'd be happy. And I've heard nothing but good about the little revolver so my advice is to check one out ... today!
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    Ruger LCR all the way..
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    Dear Santa it is about four months till Christmas. I have been a good boy this year, and would like to see a Ruger KLCR-357 under my tree (Please note Crimson trace laser can be optional)

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    I've been wishing for years I'd picked up a good used Smith & Wesson Model 49 (the steel-framed Bodyguard-not the plastic/aluminum abomination) rather than the Model 642 I bought new.
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    The .38 special LCR is ~7-8 ozs. lighter (aluminum frame) than it's .357 mag (steel frame) stouter brother. IMHO, for a pocket packed pistol, that 1/2 pound is considerable. I prefer the .38 special. Enjoy whichever you pick!
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    Quote Originally Posted by czman2006 View Post
    I would recommend the Ruger LCR .357, then you could also shoot .38+. Very smooth trigger pull, concealed hammer, and it's a Ruger. BTW, foy or for, I understood what you meant!
    LCR is a fine weapon clearly a great option for some.
    Problem with revolvers and pocket carry, They need to be light very light. They IMO need a shrouded hammer.
    When comparing them look at the S&W bodyguard 38. 5 shot very light small for what it is +P.
    Factory laser can be useful with such a small weapon.
    LCP S&W bodyguard 38 LC9 to compare size

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    I'm going to have to recommend the LCR .38 as well. I have one and pocket carry it as an alternative to MY CM9, and it is great. My cousin owns a 642, and when he shot my LCR he told me straight out that if he keeps a pocket .38 around, he is trading his 642 toward a LCR.
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    Thanks for the replies. looks like the consensus is for the LCR. Since I intend to pocket carry, I think I will opt for the .38+P model to reduce the weight. I am comfortable with the .38+P round.
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    I used to occasionally carry my LCR in my pocket until I discovered the LCP. I hardly ever carry the LCR in a pocket any more.

    The draw from the pocket is tricky either way. Artistic development will win the argument.

    A referee will be there to judge the confrontation. Keep moving 'till you here a whistle blast!
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    LCR all the way. Very easy to carry along with a speed strip or three.
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    Go with the Ruger LCR. I bought one for my wife to carry, she actually wanted it in .357 magnum and she LOVES it. So do I. I would like to have one myself.

    Go with the LCR. You won't be disappointed.
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