When I left the military in the mid-1970's, I preferred a .380 Walther PPK/S for CCW as a civilian. When I became a Fed I was at first a bit unenthusiastic that I would be restricted to revolvers, but quickly realized the rounded contours of a 2" J-frame actually concealed as easily as the PPK/S (The rear end of the Walther's slide and grip always seemed to protrude under a shirt.). Moreover, the mandated .38 158gr. +P SWCHP definitely outclassed any .380, even from a 2" barrel. It was always easy to pack 18 spare rounds, 6 in the pictured 2X2 pouch, and a Bianchi Speed Strip in each jacket pocket, (though I carried a 4" K-frame when in coat-and-tie). I also trimmed some speed strips to 5 rounds so one or two would conceal in the watch pocket of my Levi's, but recently I found there are some Speed Strip knockoffs that come configured for 5 rounds:
I have yet to find a trustworthy .40, 9mm, or even a .380 semiauto significantly smaller than a J-frame Smith.
Bugdude: Nice new acquistion in the 649.. great shape for the money you paid.. though it would be stainiless steel not nickel.. unless it's a nickel model 49. I like the extra frame metal in the bodyguards and the centenials for strength..
Ditto. And when I joined the State Police, I was highly annoyed that I couldn't carry a 1911.
Originally Posted by Glockwatcher
Boy, did _I_ have a lot to learn...
But I carried a J frame of one sort or another my entire career, usually as a back-up but occasionally as an off-duty piece.
I found some NOS dymondwood grips for my 442 at a gun show last weekend and added a BK grip adapter ( BK Grips | 2-Clip Grip Adapters for Revolvers ) to them.
The BK adapter fits great and he ships very fast. I orderd it Monday and got it on Friday.
My M&P360...I don't carry much of anything else.
I really like those stocks and t grip :yup:
Originally Posted by roadrash
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I was out of the snubbie club for a while but I am back in a new shiney version. 1975 Detective Special in Nickel. Put a quick polishing on it and took some pictures to show off.
I just picked up a Ruger LCR .38 last weekend and took it to the range on Tuesday.
This was the result of the first five rounds of Remington Golden Saber 125gr+P from the box shown above. Range was about six yards with a triple tap followed by a double. You can see how that worked out by the groups. Those +P pills sure pack a bark!
Turns out a 6o'clock hold was NOT necessary.
Five rounds of Golden Saber in the weapon with 2-5rd speed strips holding four rounds each (easier to load the cylinder that way) accompany me quite a bit lately.
Picked this up for a song: a Rossi in .357 Magnum.
She's about the size of your average J frame, but all steel. When she runs empty, I can always beat them to death with her. And she shoots plenty nice, too.
Very, very nice! Love those grips. Where did you get them?
Thank you. They came with the gun when I bought it. I believe they standard on this model. I also have a 625-10 (45 ACP snubby) and it has the same grips.
Originally Posted by Brady
I have concsidered this very same gun. What are you using for a holster? pics? bunker
Originally Posted by lafayettela
It is a wonderful gun. Please pardon the quality of the cell phone photos. The holster I use is from El Paso Saddlery:
Originally Posted by bunker
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The photos do not do it justice.