This is a discussion on Show us your snub! within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; My blued Taurus 905, 9mm, with Excalibur silver-black laminate grips. (click for larger sizes)...
I don't know anything about those Taurus 9mm revolvers. What's your take on its performance and does it reliably extract the empties?
loading/extraction: The rimless 9mm rounds headspace on the case-mouth (there's a rim in the chargeholes that the rounds' casemouthes sit against). After about 25 rounds or so propellant residue builds up in there, making it necessary to manually seat each round in each chamber firmly so that the cylinder won't bind up. In a self-defense situation, this shouldn't really be an issue if I'm [statistically] only going to need 0-3 shots. As to extraction, the rounds are normally used with star-clips (see image) and extraction isn't a problem--the rounds pop out just fine, with the extractor rod being long enough to clear an empty 9mm case. If I don't use a star-clip, I can poke out the empties with a pen without a problem (I've tried this once).
I bought it at a gun show for cheap snubbie/revolver practice (not as cheap as .22LR, but I wanted something with some kick to it, without using the more expensive .357 Magnum or even .38 SPL ammo) when I had mistakenly passed up an extremely good deal on a Medusa Model 47 at a previous gun show (still somewhat kicking myself for that one...).
After seeing Gemini Customs' work, however, I think I'm now in the market for an SP-101 in .357 Magnum. What I haven't decided yet is whether I want the 2 1/4" or 3 1/16" barrel. The longer one looks sexier, and the extra weight should help with the recoil, but the shorter one will be easier to carry. Hmm. This is, of course, barring my finding an SP-101 in 9mm...but I don't hold much hope of that =)
An inciteful report on your 9mm revolver. As long as it didn't get down right balky at accepting the ammo after a number of shots are fired through it I wouldn't be concerned about pressing the rounds into the chambers. It ought to be fast to reload with the clips.
Realistically one should be able to conceal the longer barreled SP 101 any place he can conceal the shorter barreled version.