4" S&W model 66 - to big for woman to carry?
I've had this 4" S&W model 66 in stainless for 10-12 years, and am pretty comfortable with it. Have not shot a ton through it, but enough that I am good with it. Edited to add that I have to use Crimson Trace grips due to not being able to raise my arms up correctly to use the regular sights.
Took my CCW class a few months ago, got my license in early Dec., and figured the 66 was to big to carry well, and bought a new S&W 649 in stainless, shortly after my license came. I have a nerve disease, and my off hand is weak - I cannot rack a slide. With my good hand, I can't even pull a hammer back so semi- auto is out of the question. I can do double action fine though on both guns. The 649 seemed to fit the bill. I have not had it very long, in fact have not even had the chance to go to the range to shoot it yet. I've been carrying it though.
Then, I started faithfully reading this forum... and figured out it has the internal lock. Geez! Bummer. When I bought it I had no idea there was such a thing! Gun store did NOT point it out. GRRR. I like revolvers for their simplicity... I didn't need a lock - especially one that might fail!
What I want to know is - is the 66 really to big for a woman to carry??? I'm wondering if I should think of the 66 as a primary, and carry the 649 as a BUG. Or, maybe even sell the 649 and look for an older one or another brand. Friend has a Taurus I like a lot, but it is a heavy son of a gun. Built like a tank!
Due to the nerve problem, I need to carry cross draw, or from 12-3'oclock. No strength past 3.
I feel like the 66 is an old friend... and now I am doubting the 649. Heck I am not even sure if it's in a locked state or not. I have been dry firing it - so I **assume** it is not locked... :gah: I just spent a couple hours looking up on this forum about the locks this morning before I went to work. Tomorrow I will dig out the box it came in and find the "key" and see if I can figure out the lock to be sure it's unlocked. Still, am thinking if it's dry firing it should be unlocked. Gun store put crimson trace on it, sighted in for me, so am hoping they left it unlocked.
While waiting on my holster to arrive from HBE, I have been purse or pocket carrying the 649 - I really don't want to continue with that. I want to carry on-body. Continuing to purse carry might work for BUG though.
What do you think? Would the 66 work for primary? I am not a slim young curvy woman... I am 50 and plump. LOL
Can you fire the 66 with your left hand?
Don't forget that on the street is not like at the range. You may required to fire left handed due to the circumstances at the time. If you cannot fire the 66 left handed but can fire the 649, that should end the debate.