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    Second Handgun

    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

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks
    Ray

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onezee20 View Post
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    I have beed looking at the S&W 642 - 357mag

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks
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    Don't believe the 642 will shoot magnum loads. It's made for 38Sp+Ps. It's a good gun for pocket carry or a backup gun. Good choice.

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by TX-JB View Post
    A 642 with 38Sp+P's is all you need in a snubbie...
    Agreed. Remember, you've only got a 2" barrel. Practice w/ .38 special. Carry .38 sp +P.
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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.

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Onezee20 View Post
    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

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks
    Ray
    I would go for the 642. This little gem is a good overall conceal option. I carry mine mostly inside my jacket pocket in cold weather. Mainly because it can be fired from inside the pocket in extreme circumstances. I consider it a BUG to my EDC, but it's a good option to have when ya need it.
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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.

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    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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