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I am going to add another choice to the list. The Charter Arms Bulldog in .44 Special.
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I have a Taurus 85 Ultralight works for me.
If going IWB or OWB, I would look at the Ruger SP-101. If wanting a smaller package for concealment/weight reasons, I would consider the S&W 642 or 442 variants. Some folks swear by the S&W model 60.
Be forewarned. .357 in a < 15oz gun can be a surprise, particularly with the shorty "snubbie" grips often used for concealment.
Yeah, I do own it. But I'd rather carry one that's stainless, not blue. I like it, it fits my hand good, and it has some weight to it. The sight picture is kina hard to find though, because there's not really any distinction between the front and rear sights. But, yeah, overall I like it. (it's just hard to find holsters and other accessories for)
A lot depends on how and where it will be carried.
A lot depends onwhether you want to cover the bases with one gun or own several.
If you carry occasionally in the pocket, that dictates a snubbie. Since pocket carry can pull your pocket down and give you away, you will want one with fairly light weight. Since hammers tend to hang up on the draw, you will want a shrouded hammer.
If you carry occasionally IWB, that dictates a 5 round cylinder IMO. If you want it to be adequate for self defense, you will want at least a .38 special. If you want more power than the minimum, you want at least +p capability. If you want a little more power than the .38 offers, you’ll want the .357 magnum option.
Since most shootings happen in low light, you might consider a tritium front sight. Since a lot of shootings happen in VERY low light where sights a difficult to find, you may want a Crimson trace grip. You might consider the CT405 model with the cushion for the web of your shooting hand, if you go for the .357.
Since these things tend to kick more than a little, you’ll want just a little more weight than the absolute minimum you can find in a snubbie IMO.
Smith and Wesson 340 M&P with Crimson Trace 405 grips works for me.
But that's just me!
If you want a light .38 spl go for one of the Smiths LW like the 642, which I have and carry sometimes.
If you want more power go for the Smith 640 snub or the Ruger 101.
The 642 sure is convenient and light to carry, and I don't feel helpless with the .38 spl and good ammo.
I would be looking for the new run of 642's without the lock.
Only an Internet rumor but I've heard the new run is already gone.
Maybe from S&W but some stores still have them.
Light weight = easy to carry = heavy kick = limited practice time.
Heavier weight = still easy to carry = less kick = more practice time.
I've tried a S&W AirLite, which was very hard to practice with... nearly impossible to shoot .357mag ammo... unless I wanted to see bruising, or blood (which I did see once).
I love my Ruger GP100, but I have a six inch barrel, so it not practical to carry. I would love to add a Ruger SP101 someday to have that option... it's on my wish list.
Recommendation: Find a range and rent any guns you are considering.
Be Observant and Be Safe.
Current: DW V-Bob 1911, S&W 442, Springfield XD9sc, XDm9,
and Glock G26, G19, G23C, and SIG P226-40 TT, and Ruger GP-100, and Beretta 92FS
Former: Taurus 92SS, SIG P220 TT, S&W 360, SIG P239-40, Ruger 22/45 MKII
For a small revolver you're probably going to get 30 "S&W 642" suggestions, and rightfully so. That would be my suggestion. I love mine.
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I also have a M&P 340 it is a excellent revolver, but it cost about $300 more than the 642 and it has the internal lock. So if I could get a 642 without the lock I would get it over the 340.