This is a discussion on 642 within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; The 640 Stainless Centennial is +P+ rated.
If I were to carry a S&W wheelgun that was rated for +P ONLY then I would shoot ...
June 29th, 2005 10:29 PM
Concerning +P & +P+ For S&W J Frame Revolvers
The 640 Stainless Centennial is +P+ rated.
If I were to carry a S&W wheelgun that was rated for +P ONLY then I would shoot regular "+" ammo in it and carry it defensively with +P+ anyway.
That is what I would do myself & I'm not suggesting that anybody else violate the Smith And Wesson +P+ LAWS.
Historically...a S&W +P revolver will not explode just because you shoot it with +P+ but, it will shoot loose much quicker & go out of time...which probably will not bother you too much at all when the Bad Guy is running at you with a tire iron designed to fit your head. If I owned a tight Good Condition Non~Abused S&W that was rated for +P...I would be OK with carrying it with +P+ & would not worry about it BLOWING UP if I ever needed to use it to save my skin.
Since chances are great that you'll need your "Belly Gun" Close Up & Personal & not as a Defensive Long Range Target Handgun....Stoking it with +P+ for Emergency Defensive Use...makes a lot of sense to me.
June 29th, 2005 10:34 PM
In the .38sp, how much are you gaining when you go from the +P to the +P+?
June 29th, 2005 10:45 PM
June 30th, 2005 09:59 AM
I just wonder if you are getting enough advantage from the extra + to negate the extra flash and recoil.
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