Recoil on Lady Smith

This is a discussion on Recoil on Lady Smith within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I think my wife is leaning towards a small J frame. what kind of recoil do Lady Smith's have?...

Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Recoil on Lady Smith

  1. #1
    Senior Member Array Timmy Jimmy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Austin, Texas
    Posts
    759

    Recoil on Lady Smith

    I think my wife is leaning towards a small J frame.

    what kind of recoil do Lady Smith's have?
    Timmy Jimmy

    If it is not in the US Constitution then the Federal Government should not be doing it.

    "Carrying a gun is a social responsibility."

  2. Remove Ads

  3. #2
    New Member Array perpster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    10
    Which model/caliber?

  4. #3
    VIP Member Array JimmyC4's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Minnesnowta
    Posts
    2,034
    In a word, snappy, just like any other .38 J-frame. Not punishing, and about the same with regular or +P.
    "It's a big gun when I carry it, it is also a big gun when I take it out Clint Smith

  5. #4
    VIP Member Array SatCong's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    2,815

    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by Timmy Jimmy View Post
    I think my wife is leaning towards a small J frame.

    what kind of recoil do Lady Smith's have?
    My wife carries J- frame and likes it. Fed HS rounds.

  6. #5
    VIP Member Array frankmako's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Parts Unknown
    Posts
    3,818
    with +p+ and/or +p ammo it will be snappy. but she will only have to shoot it five time when things go bad. and she want even know it. for the range she needs to shoot 148gr wad cutter. with 148gr wads the 38sp feels like something between a 22lr and a 9mm. not hard, and she will feel good about a gun and she will enjoys shooting it.
    An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.

    Red State State of Mind

  7. #6
    Ex Member Array BikerRN's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    State of Discombobulation
    Posts
    5,253
    Some people say the J-Frames are "snappy" in regards to recoil.

    I beg to differ. I find that my 442 is very pleasant to shoot after shooting magnum .357 loads in a J-Frame. It's all relative. Have your wife try something like a 640 in .357 Magnum with Magnum loads and then give her the 38 SPL J-Frame. I bet she will enjoy shooting the 38 SPL after that.

    Or, go shoot 44 Mag 300 Grain Hunting Loads first. That will really knock her socks off.

    Biker

  8. #7
    Distinguished Member Array JerryM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    1,980
    The light J-frames are great. A heavy gun will be left at home or in the car more often.
    You don't have to shoot +P ammo at the range except to learn the point of impact. Use reduced loads, and at the ranges normally shot the difference in impact will be minimal.

    My daughter started out with 640 .357 but used .38 Spl ammo. She now has a Ladysmith airweight ane much prefers it.

    Although I have several good carry guns, I tend to grab my 642 because of the ease of loading and unloading. Maybe not a good reason, but that is the case.
    If I intend to keep it on most of the day I might carry either a Kahr P9 or a SA LW .45. However, the 642 gets the most carry time.

    Regards,
    Jerry

  9. #8
    New Member Array BMW530i's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    2
    For a guy to shoot the ladysmith 36ls it tends to be snappier than it would be for a woman because at the very most a guy can fit 2 fingers on the grip. My girlfriend recently bought one as her carry weapon, and shoots it quite well because she is able to get a full grip. It is a great gun, with a great finish, and is completely reliable. And it is best to get one now because a couple of gunshops told me that smith and wesson stopped making them. So your window to purchase one NIB is getting smaller.

  10. #9
    Senior Member Array rachilders's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Longview, TX
    Posts
    932
    My wife (5'2", 130 lbs and doesn't care who knows) has owned a Lady Smith 38 for 20 years and loves it. However, I recently gave her a Bersa 380 Concealed Carry model after she tried mine and it has become her new carry pistol of choice. According to her, the two guns have similar recoil and are approx the same size, but the Bersa is easier to grip and holds 8 rds vs. 5rds for the S&W. FWIW, I've shot both guns and the S&W's .38 has a bit more "bark" to it than the .380, but the felt recoil seems about the same.
    "... Americans... we want a safe home, to keep the money we make and shoot bad guys." -- Denny Crane

  11. #10
    Member Array Spiff_P239's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    SE Michigan
    Posts
    178
    I just ordered a Smith & Wesson M&P 340 today after taking a 340Sc for a test run at the range today. I put standard pressure and +P rounds of .38 special through it as well as a couple of .357 Magnum rounds and found that the recoil was very manageable. To put it in perspective, I rented a Kahr MK9 yesterday and shot it with 9mm range ammo and found the 340Sc to be easier to control despite the fact that the MK9 weighs twice as much. However, recoil is highly subjective and it is best to shoot the pistol for yourself to see how it handles. I'm not much bigger than some women I know as I stand 5'7" tall and tip the scales at +/- 145 pounds. With my small hands, the grip on the J-frame was very secure and I preferred it over the cheap plastic grip on the Kahr.

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. Lady Smith Holster Recommendations
    By ladysmith357 in forum Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: September 17th, 2010, 03:08 AM
  2. Glock 36 dual spring recoil system / and G-36 recoil
    By cammo in forum General Firearm Discussion
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: April 22nd, 2010, 05:54 PM
  3. Lady uses CCW in Fort Smith
    By randomorbit in forum In the News: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: December 19th, 2008, 11:23 PM
  4. S&W 642 -vs- 642 Lady Smith?
    By mattyd in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: May 30th, 2008, 01:43 AM
  5. Lady Smith .38
    By MsCHPBill in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: July 16th, 2004, 02:25 AM

Search tags for this page

642 ladysmith
,
lady smith 38
,

lady smith 642

,
lady smith holster
,

lady smith recoil

,
ladysmith 38
,
ladysmith holster
,

ladysmith recoil

,
s&w 642 ladysmith
,

s&w ladysmith

,

smith and wesson lady smith reviews

,
smith and wesson ladysmith review
Click on a term to search for related topics.