This is a discussion on Second Handgun within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I have a sig 239 9mm that I use for carry. I want to buy a second handgun so I can switch on and off. ...
I have a sig 239 9mm that I use for carry.
I want to buy a second handgun so I can switch on and off.
First should I gun another semi-auto or a revolver.
I have beed looking at the S&W 642 - 357mag
I have revolvers and semi autos but the six that I carry on an unscheduled rotating basis just for variety are all semi autos. I'm not saying don't carry a revolver, I'm just saying your probably going to want more than two just to keep it interesting.
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A 642 with 38Sp+P's is all you need in a snubbie... If you're determined to get a 357mag, look at the Ruger Sp101... Everyone should own at least one snubbie...
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It took a couple of decades for me to come around to revolvers. Now I own three of them. All stainless steel Rugers. I frequently carry one or two of them at a time.
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Everyone needs a snubby. Go for it.
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The sig is a good gun. After that, just get whatever you feel like. There is no gun you "ought" to get. Well, except for a .22--loads of fun to shoot and much less expensive than bigger calibers.
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My vote would be for a 642 carried as a BUG.
It's a great little gun, IMHO. Since you would now have the defensive autoloader and the BUG bases covered you could branch out a little after purchasing the "snubbie" and round out your armament with a good 4" .357 Magnum.
Then maybe get another autoloader. After that take a look at something else. Gee, I love spending other people's money.
Get a S&W 640 if you want to shoot magnums. Never hurts to have a gun that shoots more than one kind of ammo.
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I agree with the others, everyone should have at least one snubbie...the 642 is a good choice.
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The choice is your, but I would recommend a smaller auto. Reason, for these times when you may not be able to conceal a large frame gun in say in church where folks hug a lot. Small auto allows for easier concealment of spare ammo. Small auto allows for more carry rounds in gun than j frame. All that said I would really like to have a 357 mag.
Me, being a wheelie will always pick a revolver over a bottom feeder every chance I get. I shoot them better and I like them better.
My stable consists of a J-frame snubbie, S&W Model 36 1.875" barrel, a S&W 686+ L-frame 3" barrel and a S&W Model 29 N-frame 4" barrel. And then there is the Ruger GP100 that I bought for hubby as a Christmas gift last year, then promptly commandered. I confess to owning a Kimber Pro Crimson Carry II, that serves it's purpose under lighter clothing in the summer months but just isn't my favorite. I prefer to carry whatever I shoot best and can conceal depending on the weather and wardrobe.
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The S&W 642, which gives you 5 rounds of .38 special, is always a useful gun to have. It weighs 15 ounces and works well in pocket or ankle carry.
If you really want to shoot .357 magnum in a smaller revolver, I'd recommend something in all steel like the S&W model 640 (25 ounces, 5 shots) or the venerable S&W model 66 (32 ounces, 6 shots, 2.5 or 3.0 inch barrel). The latter needs a good belt holster but conceals easily, and the weight handles .357 recoil well.
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