Small Carry Revolver or Seecamp

Small Carry Revolver or Seecamp

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    Small Carry Revolver or Seecamp

    I am considering a new gun and am debating between a seecamp .32 or .380 or maybe a small revolver in 38 special. I have a few questions.

    First, which would be the smallest defensive caliber I should go with? at first becuase of the revolver I thought about a 357 but after reading here, it seems that it would be too much for what I need. I do plan to do a little range shooting every now and then. As I read more and mroe, its seems 38 special is the caliber of choice.

    Second, which gun? I would like to carry it so size and weight are very important. I want a small light easy to conceal. I looked at Taurus ultra-light, S&W airwiehgts, and charter arms. I am looking to spend under $400 for this. Not looking for anything crazy just an introduction to revolvers that I can carry if I choose to.
    Are any of these guns solid enough or is there a brand I should steer clear of. Are there any brands other than these, that I am not aware of that would met my requirements.,

    Third, the hammer issue. I like the look of a hammer. However if it is a real liability of getting it hung up, then I would go hammerless. But I have no experience so is the hang up a real possibility??

    lastly, what are the pros and cons of loaders vs revolvers??

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    I'd go with a revolver. Many people will recommend a 642 or some such J-frame. I personally prefer revolvers with hammers, for some reason. They don't hang me up when I draw it from the pocket. My personal favorite is the S&W 36. Not too heavy, not too light. I'm not a huge fan of the airweights, but you'll have to hold a few to decide for yourself. Another good choice would be a Ruger sp101. Many different grip styles are available to fit your needs/preferences.

    IMO, a revolver offers superior reliability, and a 38spl will offer you a bit more punch than a .32 or 380.

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    I've read that the Seecamp is well over $400.........might consider the Kel-Tec P32........
    I sure love mine.
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    I'd go with the revolver also. I don't consider 32 cal as a good choice for defense and 380 is very minimum cal. If I were getting a revolver I would go with a 357, probably either a Taurus or Ruger. You might not want to carry with 357 loads, but if you have a 357 it is always an option. If you get a 38 that is the only choice you will have.

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    Well, for under 400 a seecamp is probably out of your price range. You could give some of the kel-tecs a look, they fit the bill as far as semi's go for you.

    When I pocket carry its a S&W 638. It has a shrouded hammer so there is still the option of single action, without the hammer spur to snag on clothing. With .38+p hollowpoints, it should be able to get the job done. Personally for something that will be riding in a pocket I prefer revolvers. I'd go with a Smith, but Taurus isn't a bad choice either.
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    I voted for the revolver. Maybe your should look at a keltec or a LCP
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    S&W 642 is under $400 from Bud's. The new Ruger LCP is well under $300.
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    since you asked...

    Wanting a gun to put some range time in with and wanting a gun to carry concealed are two different issues. You will need to do enough range time to become and stay proficient with your carry gun, but most carry guns are small. I find a larger handgun more enjoyable to shoot for fun. Not that you can't concealed carry an 8" slab sided target revolver and not that you can't have a good time shooting your titanium taurus with it's 2" barrel, just that each has its place that it functions better in. Just food for thought.

    I cannot speak to your first and third questions.

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    I purchased a Smith & Wesson 642 and absolutly love it. Price will vary depending on the area. I bought the 642 for $369 a couple of weeks ago here in Ohio.

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    Personally, the only way I would carry a .380 would be as a BUG.

    When you're looking at a small revolver, you're not limited to only .38!
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    Quote Originally Posted by neophyte View Post
    I purchased a Smith & Wesson 642 and absolutly love it. Price will vary depending on the area. I bought the 642 for $369 a couple of weeks ago here in Ohio.
    Same here. Add a Mika holster.... and life is good,lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by archer51 View Post
    I'd go with the revolver also. I don't consider 32 cal as a good choice for defense and 380 is very minimum cal. If I were getting a revolver I would go with a 357, probably either a Taurus or Ruger. You might not want to carry with 357 loads, but if you have a 357 it is always an option. If you get a 38 that is the only choice you will have.
    Wait. Are you saying I can shoot 38 special bullets out of a .357 gun? Sorry I have no idea about revolvers. That is cool. Would the recoil be the same compared to a straight .38 gun? Is this offered in every .357 or only specific models?

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    I've added a few models to the mix if I decide to go revolver.

    Charter Arms Undercover.
    Rossi
    S&W airlite
    Tuarus Ultra-lite


    Does anyone here have a comparison pic of a seecamp and a small revolver here. Im guessing the revolvers are quite a bit bigger.

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    http://www.mouseguns.com/PocketAutoComparison.pdf

    Courtesy of mouseguns.com

    Hmmm. I thought mine had a j frame on it. Sorry, the chart used to have a j frame on it but was updated. This chart was one of the reasons I looked at j frames.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bps3040 View Post
    http://www.mouseguns.com/PocketAutoComparison.pdf

    Courtesy of mouseguns.com

    Hmmm. I thought mine had a j frame on it.
    Thank you but that doesnt help me compare the size of a j frame revolver with a seecamp.

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