S&W J-FRAME SNUB in 32H&R MAG.

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    S&W J-FRAME SNUB in 32H&R MAG.

    Hi all,

    I know this gun has been discontinued by S&W, but aparrently there are still some new ones around. I saw one in our local gun shop and handled it. it was LIGHT and even more compact than the other J-Frames displayed with it (642's, etc.). For a pocket or ankle gun I thought this thing would be about as good as you could get, but alas, it is a mere 32. However, the salesman pointed out that the ballistics of the 32 Mag. result in the 32 bullet delivering slightly more terminal energy than a 38 spl. Not only that, but with 6 rounds instead of 5.

    I'm interested in getting a small pocket gun that can be carried when my primary (G36) can't, or for the wife, if she decides to get her CHL. I had a Colt Cobra 2" that I loved, but was stolen. Basically, I trust our gunshop - I know they arn't going to sell someone a pig in a poke - but I just wanted to see if anyone here has any experience with, or knowledge of this gun. I think sounds great, but am leery about being able to get ammo etc. in the future.

    TIA for your comments & suggestions,

    Jim

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    dont get it. you;ll end up making your glock a safe gun.

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    buy it if not for anything else it is fun to shoot and they fit perfect in a pocket for church....
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    I'm Sure It's A Great Little Gun...

    but if you only getting it in .32, why not get a little KelTec in .32 and have something even smaller?

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    but if you only getting it in .32, why not get a little KelTec in .32 and have something even smaller?

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    Well, yes that would be an option - in fact one of my sons has a KT 32. Only thing is this gun offers the magnum version of the round delivering more energy.

    Jim

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    I have a S&W 431. Another consideration, maybe important if your wife is kinda new to shooting, is that one can shoot 32 longs to get used to the action before moving up to the magnum loads, bearing in mind that practice what you carry is a good rule. The pow and kick is significantly less--even fun to shoot.

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    Cool

    I bought a 431PD for my wife's last birthday. I got one of the last new ones at Bud's gun shop. My wife loves it, even though she is not an accomplished shooter, she has enjoyed shooting it and has developed enough confidence to carry in her auto for protection.
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    If it makes you happy, get it.

    That terminal energy argument is, IMHO, bunk.

    Bullets have to penetrate enough to damage vital organs, structures, and nerves. Once they get there, the more damage done the better.

    YMMV one hell of a lot.

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    Get it. A discontinued S&W will not lose value, it will be fun to play with, or carry. I would love to run into one of them for no other reason than to make it a safe queen.

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