Need advice on choosing a revolver for pocket carry

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    Need advice on choosing a revolver for pocket carry

    Hey everyone!

    I am looking to get some advice on picking up a revolver that is comfortable for pocket carry.

    My current carry guns are a Springfield XDs .45 (IWB) and a Masterpiece Arms Protector II .380 (back pocket)

    I am sending my XDs in for recall repair, and I have been thinking about retiring the MPA from carry duty anyway since I am not 100% confident in the MPA or my ability to shoot it.

    However I find myself pocket carrying more often than IWB because it's comfortable and easy to do.

    I want something with a little more power than a .380, and after spending hours and hours researching "Pocket 9's" I have come to the conclusion that these are a myth. They either aren't small enough for true comfortable pocket carry, or if they are small enough, this causes them to be unreliable.

    This leads me to a revolver, I think. I have never had a revolver before though. Are there any that are small enough to be truly comfortable for pocket carry?

    In my limited research so far, the S&W 638 Airweight looks like a good option. Am I on the right track?
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    SP101. I've seen several reports of those light S&Ws cracking.

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    Any of the S&W air weight jFrames are a great option. The gold standard for a pocket gun in the 642/442.
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    Great, thanks. I was just looking at those as well. I'm going to stop by the LGS this afternoon and see if they have one to handle.
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    Agree with S&W 442/642. No exposed hammer. Check out a Mika pocket holster. Add a speed strip or two and you are good to go.
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    I carry a Taurus Model 85 stainless (circa 1987) (GASP,,,, not a Taurus,,,, they're trash!!!! My uncle's cousins sisters brother in law had one and it was terrible) in front or year pocket sometimes. It is a little heavy but doesn't bother me that much.
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    Ruger makes great revolvers. Of course, you can't go wrong with S&W, or Colt if you want to pay the higher prices. I have a Ruger Security Six with a 4" barrel, and it's very accurate. The replacement for the Security Six is the SP101.
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    image.jpg 642 is great for pocket carry, accurate at sd distances can carry a potent rd I use 158 gr Short barrel low flash buffalo bore

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    Is the 442/642 smaller than the Ruger LCR?
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    Ruger LCR 38sp+P, or LCR 357mag.
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    I ran 100+ rounds through my step Moms LCR 38sp+P. I was really impressed. It is super light (13 oz), nice smooth trigger, good shooter. It comes with a nice Hogue grip. If you are in the market for a pocket gun, you can't go wrong with a LCR.

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    642 or 442.
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    The 642/442 is slightly smaller than the LCR. I think the trigger guard design makes the LCR harder to pocket. That said I carry a S&W 60 when I choose to pocket carry
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    I carry the 442 and the LCR357 in my pants pockets. The 442 is a little smaller in the grip area. If you have no interest in shooting 357 Mag, I would get the 442.
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    We had a S&W 442 and the current owner is able to pocket carry it in his slacks. My husband was unable to successfully pocket carry it in his jeans (6', 245ish lbs). He could get it in there, but it took a lot of shimmying to get it in/out, which made it useless for fast acquisition. So if you fill your jeans out, it might be difficult.
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