Recommend a Revolver

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    Recommend a Revolver

    After buying my first carry pistol(glock 30sf) and applying for my ccw my wife has begun to ask alot of questions and would also like to carry. The problem is determining what the right pistol is. I am taking her to the local range which allows us to shoot all kinds but mostly semi autos. She liked the jframe smith and wesson .357 shooting .38's. It had a 5 inch barrel. Probably due to ease of firing and potential problems to avoid, I think a revolver would best suit her. How much smaller could we go in the barrel before it starts to kick more and what is a good economical revolver comparable to the .357 SW jframe that would allow .38's to be fired? Should she be looking for a .38 only or would it be be better to have both options. I would like to keep this in the $500-600 range. Also at the range that I go to .38 range ammo is more expensive than my .45, is this common? Thanks for the help folks.
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    I would recommend the Ruger SP101. It's heavy enough to absorb some of the recoil and would be easy for a lady to shoot but small and light enough for comfortable carry.

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    Take a close look at a two-inch Smith & Wesson K-Frame Model 10 .38 Special. If a person can conceal a 2-inch Smith & Wesson J-Frame then most times he can conceal a 2-inch K-Frame with a round butt. They have slick actions with nice triggers and are so much more "shootable" than the J-Frame and soak up recoil like sponges, even with +P 158 grain loads. Only my opinion but I'm willing to give up the .357 Magnum option in a snub. An excellent and much overlooked concealed carry handgun is the S&W Model 10 2-inch .38 Special revolver. There's always lots of 2-inch Model 10s to choose from over on GunBroker. I wouldn't be afraid of a used Smith & Wesson Model 10.

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    Sound to me like you are getting screwed on the ammo. My range has .38's for $13. The .45's are $18.

    I disagree with the recommendation of the Ruger. I have one and love it, but man is it heavy. If she is going to tote this thing around I would suggest something much lighter. If your price range is that much, you can probably find a Smith 340 M&P .357 for about that much, and you can shoot .38 out of it as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danimal View Post
    Sound to me like you are getting screwed on the ammo. My range has .38's for $13. The .45's are $18.

    I disagree with the recommendation of the Ruger. I have one and love it, but man is it heavy. .
    The SP101, 2-1/4" wheighs 26 ounces I believe. I guess it's relative to what you are used to but I would hardly call it "heavy". IMO, if the lady is going to do any shooting she might appreciate a bit of weight to soak up the recoil.

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    S&W 442/642 J-Frame...
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    Heavy is relative. The 2-inch Model 10 I recommended is 4 oz. heavier than is wmhawth's SP101 and these would both be considered medium weight handguns in my view. The "lighter th' better" handguns for concealed carry is where the market is and has been for several years now. Some offerings are just plain too light and small! Even with lots of practice their ability to do good work in most hands is compromised, especially under stress. There's something to be said for some weight and a grip frame one can grasp.

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    I think she should shoot a bunch of S&Ws and Rugers to see what she's comfortable with and able to conceal. I would definitely go with the .357 even if she only carrys .38 special in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    Take a close look at a two-inch Smith & Wesson K-Frame Model 10 .38 Special. If a person can conceal a 2-inch Smith & Wesson J-Frame then most times he can conceal a 2-inch K-Frame with a round butt. They have slick actions with nice triggers and are so much more "shootable" than the J-Frame and soak up recoil like sponges, even with +P 158 grain loads. Only my opinion but I'm willing to give up the .357 Magnum option in a snub. An excellent and much overlooked concealed carry handgun is the S&W Model 10 2-inch .38 Special revolver. There's always lots of 2-inch Model 10s to choose from over on GunBroker. I wouldn't be afraid of a used Smith & Wesson Model 10.
    Second this recommendation! Can't go wrong with a S&W revolver.
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    Light guns

    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    Some offerings are just plain too light and small! Even with lots of practice their ability to do good work in most hands is compromised, especially under stress. There's something to be said for some weight and a grip frame one can grasp.
    I think bmcgilvray knows what he is talking about. The S&W "airweight" snubbies like the models 442/642 are about 15 ounces empty and hard to shoot well because of light weight, heavy trigger and two finger "boot" grips. They can be pocket carried which probably is the reason for their popularity. The heavier guns mentioned above, such as the Ruger SP101 or S&W model 10 are much easier to use but may require belt carry instead of pocket.

    Another candidate is the Colt Detective Special, now out of production. But many are available on the used market, and these guns are about 21 ounces empty and made entirely of steel. They have good triggers and are pretty easy to shoot well in double action. Mine is shown below:

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    jframe smith and wesson .357 shooting .38's. It had a 5 inch barrel.
    Umm pardon me but i dont believe so lol . The longest tube i have seen on a J is a 3" , and they are not quite common . If it had a 5" ( or more likely a 4" ) it was more likely a K frame mod 19 or 66 ( 19 would be blued , and 66 being shiny silver or some fixed sited variant of the k ) . The K frame was a reasonably small ( just big enough to fit 6 shots in the cylinder given metallurgy of the day ) handgun that came in a bewildering array of options from the fixed sighted to the adjustable , and from barrel lengths ranging from 2.5 to 8 and 3/8 . IIRC some few were even made in 5" but i will almost garontee that you did not shoot one at a rental range . In point of fact a 5" smith is a rare bird in any frame size when you compare it to the numbers made in 4" and 6" .
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    I would choose a steel frame K-frame size gun from 2 to 4 inches. A model 10, 15, 19, 64, 65 or 66 are great shooters. My wife loves shooting my 4" Model 15 and I like my 2.5" Model 66.

    If you want a carry version, you can get 2" K-frame or go with a Taurus 605 or S&W Model 60.
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    I'd recommend the SP101, but good advice about letting her try several revolvers and let her choose. SP101 with .38 or +P ammo does the job with much less recoil than .357
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    S&W model 60 J frame .357 with 5 inch barrel

    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Repairs View Post
    Umm pardon me but i dont believe so lol . The longest tube i have seen on a J is a 3" , and they are not quite common . If it had a 5" ( or more likely a 4" ) it was more likely a K frame mod 19 or 66 ( 19 would be blued , and 66 being shiny silver or some fixed sited variant of the k.
    Actually, S&W sold a model 60 J frame .357 with 5 inch barrel fairly recently. Here is a link to a Gunblast review of the gun and a photo:

    Gunblast Review of 5 inch J frame .357

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    I'd be careful of the ultra-lite revolvers as well. I have a 642 and my daughter finds it very difficult to shoot because the light weight makes even .38's painful.
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