Which one would you buy?

Which one would you buy?

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    Which one would you buy?

    Ok, I am thinking about getting an airweight for the Mrs., she is going to take the class this fall when I have to do my renewal.

    Anyway I am looking at the Taurus 85, or the S&W 642 or 638.

    Which one would you buy and why. Other than the name, I know S&W will cost about 125 more and will hold their value better, but that doesn't bother me because I don't sell guns once I buy them.

    Are there any advantanges with either of the Smith's vs the Taurus, or visa versa. I think the Taurus will run about 300, and the S&W will be about 430 or so. Is there something else out there in that price range, size, and dependability that will shoot the 38+P?

    Thanks for the input.

    Edited: One of my friends also a member here, has a S&W not sure which model, that I will borrow to let her shoot.
    Just remember that shot placement is much more important with what you carry than how big a bang you get with each trigger pull.
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    I'd buy a Smith, and probably the 642 over the 638... but that part is a toss up.
    Quality is worth the extra money IMO.

    The real question here is which one the Mrs. would buy.
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    My wife has the 637(w/hammer), and there are some disadvantages and advantages to having such.
    Of your choices, I would take the 638 so the hammer can still be cocked. OMO

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    I would disagree with Retsup and go with the 642, which I own and carry at times. The internal hammer is, IMO, safer and won't snag on the draw.
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    The real question here is which one the Mrs. would buy.
    +1 Have her shoot them and any others she thinks she might like and then decide.

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    S&W 642

    The way I see it, I have no need to be able to cock a snub-nose revolver. Odds are that if I need to use the weapon, I’m going to need it quick, and I won’t be cocking the hammer. And I want to train the way I will use it if something goes wrong, so again, no need for an exposed hammer. All it does is get in the way.
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    S&W makes a better quality gun IMO. I would pick the DAO , but it does take some practice to get really accurate shooting DA.
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    SW airweight...my wife has one

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    I have a Model 642 but like the idea of the Model 638 and its single action capability better.

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    I would wait a little while and buy the Smith 642 without the internal lock.

    Edit: looks like they are availble now;
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    I have a 638 and like it, I'd let her shoot an airweight before buying her one though. SA probably would never be necessary in a SD situation, but I like the option.

    I'd go with S&W, and I bet you feel like your wife is worth the extra cash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron View Post
    I would disagree with Retsup and go with the 642, which I own and carry at times. The internal hammer is, IMO, safer and won't snag on the draw.
    Ron, the 638 doesn't have a hammer, just a snub which won't snag.

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    My wife has a S&W M-38 a lot like the 638 and really likes it. The cool thing about it, is that you could shoot it while in a pocket if ever needed.

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    I have a Taurus model 85 ultra-lite and love it. Yes it is not a S&W, but I like it anyhow. Take a look at it and I am sure you'll like what you see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B52 View Post
    My wife has a S&W M-38 a lot like the 638 and really likes it. The cool thing about it, is that you could shoot it while in a pocket if ever needed.
    Why would you ever need to shoot it while in your pocket? Assuming your a guy, what could you possibly be aiming at?

    After doing some looking, it doesn't appear that the Taurus's are in very good supply right now. At least not in stainless or the light weight version. Only thing out there seem to be the blued.
    Just remember that shot placement is much more important with what you carry than how big a bang you get with each trigger pull.
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