Interested in Snubbie Revolvers

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    Interested in Snubbie Revolvers

    Saw the snubbie thread and that got me.

    Interested in a lightweight snub. Lightweight is the emphasis.

    What calibers are available? Which are most common?

    What brand/models do y'all recommend? What can i expect to spend?

    I'd like a caliber that I can get ammo for (relative)

    Any advantage with stainless vs blued?

    Thanks!!

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    Caution, snubbies are like potato chips, you can't have just one
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    Lightweight=S&W airweight in .38 special.
    I got my 637 for $430.00. I probaly wouldnt take $1000.00 for it. I like it that much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rugergirl View Post
    Caution, snubbies are like potato chips, you can't have just one
    Good line!!!!

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    The Smith J frames are the gold standard for this niche. They come in everything fro 22 LR to .32 H&R Mag to 9mm and .38 special or .357 magnum, and some Performance Center models are even in .45 ACP. There are other brands out there...like some of the old Colts. But the Smith and Wesson is the absolute way to go...
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    smith and wesson .32 sounds about right

    how hard is it find .32 ammo... normally?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cudexter View Post
    smith and wesson .32 sounds about right

    how hard is it find .32 ammo... normally?
    Not as common as .38 or .357. I wouldn't use anything smaller than .38. If you choose a .357 you can use either .38 or .357.
    I love my 686+ using either round, but a lot of people don't like carrying anything that heavy. When I want to carry light I carry the Model 36.

    As far as finish, it's a matter of preference I like them all and that's why I'm looking for a blued snubbie, preferably a Model 29.

    Oh and yes, Smith and Wesson for a snubbie, if not, a Ruger.

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    My first carry gun was a Taurus .38 ultralight. I later came to the conclusion that I wasn't sure 5 shots would always be enough and I'm still not the fastest at reloading it so I got a 1911 some spare mags and the .38 is now going to be my BUG once i get my hands on a good ankle rig.

    As far as guns go I like the Taurus I paid $350 for mine but if you can find a S&W for a good deal I would say go with that. Only thing I don't like about the S&W is the internal lock the Taurus lock is more reliable IMHO. So for me its either new Taurus or used (pre-internal lock) S&W
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    I'll second that ! I started with one for my wife a chief special in 38 special.
    I couldn't talk her into buying a 357 and just using 38 ammo in it she wouldn't
    go for it.Latter on one of my friends had charter house 44spl and I wanted it but ,
    of course they would not part with it for reasonable money.$400 is no where near
    close in my world.I told this friend if he found one going for $150-$225 and it was
    made in the early70's I'd buy it.After 6 months and 110 miles of driving I picked one up for $217.It was in good shape ,came through with pachmer grips and as
    long as you don't shoot self defense loads all day you'll be all right!Now I want the Ruger Alaskan snub in 454 and Dirty Harry's model 29 as a snub nose in 44magnum.
    Just think you'd scare the BAD guys with the sound before the impact.
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    Got ya! So if i get a 357 it'll shoot both calibers. Sounds good to me!

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cudexter View Post
    Got ya! So if i get a 357 it'll shoot both calibers. Sounds good to me!

    Thanks!
    Yep, the .38 and the .357 are the same diameter, the .357 is slightly longer. You can use .38 in a .357 revolver, but not vice-versa.
    Now that Federal is again making the "Nyclad" ammo, I carry that in both of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cudexter View Post
    Got ya! So if i get a 357 it'll shoot both calibers. Sounds good to me!

    Thanks!
    Just be warned if you get the 357 I might avoid the Ultralight version. I'm man enough to admit the .38 UL isn't the most fun to shoot hundreds of rounds out of. Starts to sting a bit. I can only imagine that .357 in an Ultralight frame would hurt a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wormy View Post
    Lightweight=S&W airweight in .38 special.
    I got my 637 for $430.00. I probaly wouldnt take $1000.00 for it. I like it that much.
    Nice snubbie...I have the 637 also, and I would never part with it.
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    Good advice on both counts Tiny.
    An airweight .357 is punishing, after about 10 rounds I've had my limit. Use the .357 for carry ammo if you choose, use .38 for range practice.
    And if you have a local range/fun shop that rents them, try before you buy. But remember the try before you buy option can become hazardous to your wallet.
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