J-frame S&W Airlight 44 Special vs 38 Special vs .357 Mag

J-frame S&W Airlight 44 Special vs 38 Special vs .357 Mag

This is a discussion on J-frame S&W Airlight 44 Special vs 38 Special vs .357 Mag within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I have shot a 44 revolver (think a 5 inch). I have never shot a 44 mag. I can't find a 44 J-frame to rent ...

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    J-frame S&W Airlight 44 Special vs 38 Special vs .357 Mag

    I have shot a 44 revolver (think a 5 inch). I have never shot a 44 mag. I can't find a 44 J-frame to rent or try. I'm about three or fewer weeks from buying a small frame (J-frame S&W) light weight revolver of some type.

    1) I was told that shooting a 44 special small frame was like shooting a 45 ACP. Does that sound right?

    2) I was told the .357 Mag is far more brutal (out of a J-frame light weight) than a 44 special is. Does that sound right?


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    Do they make a j-frame 44? People throw the term around a lot when they are talking about short-barrel revolvers. A 2" barrel does not a j-frame make.

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    S&W 44's

    I don't believe S&W made a J frame in .44 caliber, as the .44 ammunition is too large in diameter to fit in a J frame cylinder with 5 shots. In looking on the S&W website I do see a .44 Special revolver in their "396 Night Guard" series, as shown below. It holds 5 rounds and has a scandium frame with 2.5 inch barrel:

    S&W website description of Night Guard .44 Special

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    Thank you.

    I think some of the gun shops are focused on semi-autos for pistol SD (even if they have smaller revolvers for sale).

    I was told by a few there was a j-frame 44.

    I'm going to start a new thread, but thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

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    There is no S&W J-frame .44 caliber.
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    Thanis,
    I've never shot the gun mentioned but I have shot the .44 Special 5 shot Taurus which is a comparable gun.

    The Taurus like the Smith, is lightweight.

    Those guns are made to be carried alot and shot little. Its not bad for a couple of cylinders, but it gets to be a bit tedious if you shoot more than that. There just isnt a lot of weight there to absorb the recoil much.

    In comparison with the .38/.357, I think either one of them will do the job if need be.

    Me, personally, I like big holes and beleive that bigger is better. The main advantage to the .38/.357 is that the ammo is so much more available than the .44 Special, which can be very hard to find at times. Some Walmarts dont even know the .44 Special exists, but you can find .44 Mag there all day long.
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    You could look for the Smith Wesson 296. It was an airlite 44 special.
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