Pocket revolver

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    Pocket revolver

    I am looking at both S & W airlites and at a TAURUS Model 651. The Tauras has a recessed button hammer that you can cock with your thumb, but will not get caught on your pocket ot clothing. Pros and cons appreciated. I am new here and enjoy the site. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bps3040 View Post
    I am looking at both S & W airlites and at a TAURUS Model 651. The Tauras has a recessed button hammer that you can cock with your thumb, but will not get caught on your pocket ot clothing. Pros and cons appreciated. I am new here and enjoy the site. Thank you.
    If it's a question of S&W vs Taurus, you're going to find people will overwhelmingly favor S&W. Taurus makes some OK guns, but they're not in the same category as S&Ws.

    The recessed hammer thing on Taurus's pocket guns looks like an interesting feature, but I'd just as soon take a Ruger or S&W with a bobbed hammer.

    I'd also look at the Ruger SP101, with a bobbed hammer that'd make a great pocket gun, and isn't too expensive either.

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    My vote is for the airlite. I have owned a 642 for years now and carry everywhere. S&W by far make the best pocket revolvers out there.

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    I've got a S&W 442 hammerless, but if you like the recessed hammer variety, you can get a S&W 638. S&W is generally a better quality revolver than Taurus, and is usually a bit smoother in operation.
    Slow is smooth.....smooth is fast.

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    Thanks for the replies. I really like the S & W but did not think they had the recessed hammer. I will check it out... tomorrow,lol. Hopefully, I can find a place that will rent them to try.

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    Do a search here at DC and also at THR or S&W Forum and I think you'll find that there is an overwhelming carry preference for the Airweight 442 or 642. I carry a 442 and think that S&W is the one to go with.
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    Smiths are generally thought of as the best snubbies out there.

    That doesn't mean others aren't good or worthy of consideration. I've had probably every kind out there except Rossi and Ruger (and I'll remedy that when my next ships come in).

    The Smiths look better and are finished better. They probably last longer. I don't know that they shoot better.

    I've got a Taurus and I love it. I've got some Charters, and I love them. I've got an old Colt and I love it. I've got some Smiths and I love them. I've had other Smiths and other Tauri. You guessed it, I was fond of them, too.

    So much love, so many snubbies, so little time.

    I didn't answer your question, though, did I?

    Get'em both if you can.

    If not, get the one you like best.

    Or follow conventional wisdom and get the Smith.

    Hard for you to lose out here, I'm thinking....no really bad alternatives.
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    I have the 85 model ultra light and realy like it

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    Quote Originally Posted by f8lranger4x4 View Post
    I have the 85 model ultra light and realy like it
    same here....wouldn't mind owning a 642 either.
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    I have a Taurus 85 DAO with a bobbed hammer (versus concealed hammer). I like it, especially since it was $200 with case at a pawn shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Zaria View Post
    If it's a question of S&W vs Taurus, you're going to find people will overwhelmingly favor S&W. Taurus makes some OK guns, but they're not in the same category as S&Ws.
    Ditto!

    Learned the hardway trying to save a few bucks. One Taurus for me, and I'm pretty well done. May get a Judge (.45/410) but that's it. If I had to do it over again, never would have purchased a Taurus.

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    I know that this gets boring but I stand by my steel S&W 649 in .38 spl.
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    I Have Both A Taurus 850 Cia & S&w 442 And Love Both Of Them

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    S&W 638 and a pocket holster usually. Sometimes a BUG and sometimes a primary. I like the shrouded hammer for single action if I want it!
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