I could only afford one handgun

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    I could only afford one handgun

    I could only afford one handgun and I used to have a S&W 66 K frame 357 4". Great gun, I thought it could do everything well. Carry, house, hunt, malfunction-proof(99%), etc. It could do everything, that's true but it just wasn't comfortable enough to carry all the time. After some great input from you fine folks, I decided it was more important to own a handgun that I would have available more often.

    Long story short I'm the proud owner of a S&W 640 J frame 2" .357.

    Thanks for all the fine posts and information I've found here over the last few months.

    Cheers

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    This is only my view but I'd have far preferred the excellent Model 66 4-inch as my only, do-anything gun, comfort be hanged.

    I see the Model 640 as a specialized, limited purpose, short range revolver.

    It is good that you've found something that suits you.

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    Sounds like a great change for you...eventually (when you get bigger) we'll let you get a 1911...

    Congrats on taking the steps to better develop your CCW postion.
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    Well you won't hunt with it but it'll be great for everything else!! Enjoy and post a pic when you can!

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    I carry a 2 inch .357 sometimes and I never have any qualms about it. Plenty of stopping power,not hard to conceal and reliable to a fault. Congratulations on a fine firearm.
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    You made a great choice in my opinion the 640 is great snub nose revolver for personal protection. I have the 640's featherweight distant cousin the 340M&P,its a blast to shoot(litterally) it allows me to have a small,lightweight and powerful gun on me at all times. I do want to get a 640 someday as well,its a great gun now get yourself a nice holster for it. How do you intend to carry it? We can recommend some holsters as well.
    Snub nose revolvers,the original concealed carry guns.

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    Congrats !!!

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    The 640s are great guns. You can shoot full power 357 in them without killing your hands.

    Very good choice.
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    Congrats! I really want a J frame, as ive posted on here alot, Great Gun, may it serve you well friend
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    "Long story short I'm the proud owner of a S&W 640 J frame 2" .357."

    Good choice. Now...about that holster?
    You have some more shopping to do.

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    I daily carry a S&W 649 bodyguard. I enjoy the versatility of the .357 mag or .38 special chambering. The steel frame makes this a bit heavier than the airweights but handles recoil a little better. My tried and true Model 28 spends a lot of time in the bedroom but still gets out when I go hiking and/or fishing ... like tomorrow!

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    J frame Smiths are great guns, and you will find that most people who have more than one gun, has one of these in their collection.
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    Good choice on that "J" frame............reliable as it comes.
    S&W 340 M&P w/ night sights is a fine "J" frame also.

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    Congrats on the new purchase. I hope this xmas, Santa will bring me one.
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    Next on the list is nice rifle, then a P220, then a carbine, then....????

    As for the holster, I'm not sure. I had a simply rugged for my 66 that I liked. I got a Bianchi Professional for the 640 so I could keep it ready and easy to clip on some pants on the way out/in etc. I'm not a fan though. It's not as quick and easy as I was expecting. I think I'm better off going OWB. IWB, regardless of the claims, is not as comfortable and if it's not comfortable it won't be used as much and that's purpose. I'm thinking of trying a kydex belt holster to reduce the profile and maintain the shape for reholstering.

    The ones I think would be nice are:
    1.) Crossbreed Snapslide
    2.) Tucker CH1
    3.) Simply Rugged Silver Dollar
    4.) Uncle Mikes Kydex Belt
    5.) Comp Tac Belt Holster
    6.) Comp Tac Infidel

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