This is a discussion on Which one? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I've decided that my next gun...getting this week..is going to be a snubby. My criteria is that it's a 2" barrel, with hammer (shrouded is ...
June 18th, 2008 08:20 PM
I've decided that my next gun...getting this week..is going to be a snubby. My criteria is that it's a 2" barrel, with hammer (shrouded is ok), in .357, $500 or less. Any suggestions?
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June 18th, 2008 08:36 PM
Justed edited this, I figured you mean internal hammer that's not within reach of user.
Originally Posted by kikr
I got a Smith and Wesson 640 .357mag about 2 weeks ago, real nice and it's very accurate as well and have even shot in at 20 yards just for the hell of it, can get torso hits easy at this range even with the DAO operations, hidden hammer that is snag free and can be fired inside a jacket pocket. I have not used .357mag rounds through it yet, only 38special and +p and that has enough recoil for me not to consider .357mag in a 2" barrel... it's 23ounces in weight.
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June 18th, 2008 08:38 PM
I'd consider a Bodyguard Model as well:
Product: Model 649 Revolver
Either model should do well for you, although I notice that the MSRP is higher than your stated range. I suspect you can find them at a lower price than MSRP. Good luck with whatever you choose!
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June 18th, 2008 08:42 PM
i would look for a used s&w model 36/60 in 38 sp.. then i would carry +p+ 38 sp ammo in it. you can get a bobbed hammer for it cheap. just drop it in yourself. that way you will have some money left over to buy more ammo.
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June 18th, 2008 08:52 PM
Taurus makes some fine snubbies too. I have never fired a Charter Arms, but they can save you some $.
June 18th, 2008 09:01 PM
S&W model 66
Since you specified .357 magnum, I will assume that you wish to shoot .357 magnum ammo in the gun, and not just .38 special. In that case, I would recommend an all steel gun for belt carry with a little weight to it, to handle the recoil of .357 magnum.
For this application I use a S&W model 66 with 2.5 inch barrel, shown below. Although out of production, there are quite a few of these on the used market, and $500 is a typical price. There are lots of holsters and aftermarket grips available, as many of these and similar S&W guns are in use. The gun has an excellent trigger and sights, and conceals quite easily. The external hammer allows thumb cocking for longer single action shots if required.
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June 18th, 2008 09:19 PM
I've had a Taurus 651 357mag for about 3 years with no problems. Midrange GS 125 is as hot as I want to shoot in it. It's a tack driver w/Rem 158+p LHP. Has shrouded hammer like Bodyguard and weighs around 23 oz. The M66 above is best choice to shoot much 357s in and the Bodyguard 357 would be good too.
June 18th, 2008 09:45 PM
If you're willing to increase your Barrel to 2 1/4" I'd go with a Ruger SP101.
It's more "comfortable" to shoot "hot" .357 Mag loads out of and doesn't have the "Hillary Hole" that the new S&W's have, unless you can find a pre-lock Used one.
June 18th, 2008 09:48 PM
+1 for the Ruger SP101, if you could go for the 2 1/4" barrel. It is really easy to conceal IWB and the thing is built like a tank!
June 19th, 2008 03:11 PM
+2 for the SP101... It is now my EDC .. pocket or IWB in a Supertuck
Originally Posted by B52
June 19th, 2008 03:19 PM
For $500 or less I'd go with Taurus, 605, 650 or 651
You might can find a used S&W for less but you will have to look for it.
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June 19th, 2008 04:12 PM
+3 Ruger SP 101 great gun easy to carry and conceal.
June 19th, 2008 04:16 PM
I agree on both points.
Originally Posted by BikerRN
June 19th, 2008 04:17 PM
+4 Ruger SP 101!!
Awesome gun and fun to shoot whether shooting .38 Special or .357 Magnum!!
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June 19th, 2008 04:31 PM
Depends on how you want to carry, if in pocket, I'd recommend the airweights and sticking with .38, if you're leaning more toward belt carry then I'd get all stainless .357 S&W or Ruger SP101. I have the 3" SP101 and love it but it's bigger than the J frames and a lot heavier but when shooting .357, it's nice and it's a pure dream to shoot .38's out of.
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