Best Revolver for carry ?

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    Best Revolver for carry ?

    I am looking for an additional Revolver friends. I currently have my model 37 but looking for a 4 inch barrel and something I can conceal in a good holster and belt combo. I seen the 45acp revolver from SW but it looks big. I thinks its a 625.
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    If the 625 is too big, look into the K frame size if you want bigger than a snubnose. Model 66 maybe?

    I find the 3" GP100 I just got to be the perfect size for a full sized revolver, personally, but it's basically an L frame so it might be too big for you, plus it is heavy.

    If that's too much, I think they make 3 and 4 inch versions of the SP101. That would be a fantastic way to get the long sight radius and long barrel without a lot of bulk.

    I find carrying the revolver in front of the hip works wonders. I carry my 5" barrel 629 sometimes. I'll be carrying it this week actually once my Thanksgiving time off commences. The problem with carrying this way however is that it is a pain to sit down, bend, etc. I find the 4" barrel of my 686 has the same effect, just slightly less.

    My 3" GP100 however I can carry strong side IWB right on the hip or slightly behind it and it works wonderfully, or I can carry it forward of the hip and it is extremely comfortable.

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    Blue - much I think may be down to what concealment methods you can use. True as Euc says - maybe the 3" L frame category for size would be good but yeah, some weight there - tho I have no prob myself with weight.

    I did for some weeks a ways back carry my M28-2 4" very successfully - the rig was actually for a 3" but otherwsie it was no prob, carried well for me (OWB), and would do it again.

    Some folks like an old Model 10, then another piece I rather like is a Taurus M66 4" - this is a bit like a Smith really and mine is actually a superb shooter and trigger, tho it does not get a lot of use - it's one of the house guns.

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    The S&W Model 66 is a great gun. But seems a bit heavy for CCW. I actually trained on the 66 for the PD. Got me to open my eyes how accurate a 4" barreled revolver could be.

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    I've been carrying my 2.5" S&W M66 for the last week or two. I'm using a cheap OWB holster and while the holster itself isn't the greatest, I'm really starting to think OWB may be the way to go for all my future rigs. I'm also thinking about switching the std. Hogues to wood boot grips for better concealability but that's just personal preference. (I still drool over the 686s and GP-100s every time I see them in the shop too).

    Last time I was at the gunshop/range they had a 3" S&W M60 that was very VERY tempting. I guess it comes down to which caliber you want and then finding a suitable maker. I would think that a 3" to 4" in K or L frame size wouldn't be that much harder to conceal than anything else. Most of us already go untucked when carrying IWB anyway, right?

    There is a notable weight difference between my 642 and 66 but the OWB holster is so much more comfortable that it only took a couple of days to adjust to the change. As soon as the Holidays are over I'm probably going to invest in a good pancake holster for the 66 and call it good.
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    Thanks fellas,... going shopping today...
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    If you're looking for fixed sight model, try and find a 3" S&W M-13 or 65, very slick round guns for carry.
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    I am going with the S&W Model 60 concealed hammer. Thanks guys going to look at it now....
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    Oh, and the Model 640 is real popular too but I personally consider it a very robust snubnose and not a full sized revolver, plus I don't think that's the barrel length you are looking for.

    It's basically a K frame size, or a J frame size with a full size barrel then I guess. The Model 60LS looks like a good way to get a lot of revolver in a slender package.

    K and L frames are like when they make a knife in a bigger size and a smaller size... personal preference kind of thing!

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    Bummer, looks like I'm too late. There are S&W N-Frames in 3" configurations. I have several and carry them. You can get 44 mag, 44 special, 10mm, 40 S&W, 41 mag and 45 acp. There is the 696 which is an L-Frame that I also have.

    I will qualify that I am not a small framed person, so I can conceal large guns easily. In fact a Glock 17 is front pocket carry for me.

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    I have a Ruger Stainless & Hammerless SP-101 that I carry whenever I carry a revolver. Accurate and easily controlable when shooting 125gr. .357mag ammunition.
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    I've carried everything from a single-action mini-revolver .22 to 1 7/8"-barrelled .38/.357/9mm revolvers to 3" .357/.38s to 4" .357s to 4" .41 mags to 5" .44 mags to 6" .357 mags - all concealed. (I used to manage a gun store, and I've been a gun nut forever.)

    For pocket carry with a revolver, I've found that not much beats a 2" Colt Agent. Mine is from 1976 with a factory hammer shroud and is factory okay'd for +P usage. It's 15-oz weight is negligible, it's controllable, and it gives you six shots in a package that's just a teensy bit bigger than the 5-shot J-frames. My 3" S&W 36-1 (5-shot J-frame) is also carryable in the pocket, but it's a little long for some pockets, and a little heavy for some pants. I was not able to carry my SP 101 in the pocket, but it worked great IWB.

    For IWB carry of the revolver, I've found that the 5-shot J-frame 3" S&W 36-1 .38 spl is a dandy. However, a 3" K-frame S&W 65 .357 works every bit as well. I prefer "appendix" (up-front) IWB carry with these 3" revolvers. I've extensively carried a couple of 4" .357 revolvers (S&W 686, S&W 13) concealed behind my hip, and that's worked fine as well - but it's not as comfortable for me as the 3" revo up front.

    I've found that the 3" K-frame carries as easily as the 3" J-frame. I've carried L-frames and the Ruger GPs as well, and they work well . . . but I do think they carry a little "bigger" - so they're not quite as comfortable for me. The N-frames, well - I've carried them. They are not at all comfortable IWB for me. (And I'm quite trim, BTW.)

    Having attempted concealed OWB and shoulder carry of revolvers, I have decided that these methods just don't fit my lifestyle. I don't think they fit many working folks' lifestyles, frankly.

    Drat! This board won't let me attach a picture of what I bought just this Saturday for carry - a 3" S&W 65-5 K-frame - so maybe this link will work:
    http://smith-wessonforum.com/groupee...04/m/967107078

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    It will, looks good too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tex45acp
    I have a Ruger Stainless & Hammerless SP-101 that I carry whenever I carry a revolver. Accurate and easily controlable when shooting 125gr. .357mag ammunition.
    Ruger states that they set up the SP101's for 158 gr POA to POI. I have switched from 125's to 158's in my 3" SP101, and is more accurate with the 158"s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tex45acp
    I have a Ruger Stainless & Hammerless SP-101 that I carry whenever I carry a revolver. .
    Would you mind posting a picture of your revolver?
    _Don_

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