PF9 for a 5 Shot 38 Snubbie

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    PF9 for a 5 Shot 38 Snubbie

    I am in a quandry, funds are tight and I am thinking about looking for a 5 shot snubbie for flexible and discreet carry in the pocket, on the ankle or IWB. I like the dependability andflexibility of a revolver. The PF9 does not fit in my pocket or on my ankle. I have had no problems with my PF9 however, I am looking for more options than the PF9 gives me.

    I have three primary guns I carry, a full size 1911 carry 75%, a P32 my pocket gun I carry 100% and the PF9 I carry 20%. I have a 357 snubbie 6 shot weighs as much or more than my 1911 and is much thicker and a Ruger P89. I carry them once in a while (the other 5%). I am considering selling the PF9 and putting the funds toward a small ultra lite Taurus or S&W. I prefer the Smiths but may have to search for a used one at my price. I know I may have to add a few dollars and am willing to do that. Trying to stay around $400. What would you do?

    1. Sell the PF9 buy a Snubbie.
    2. Keep the PF9 save for the Snubbie (right now that is probably 2 years)
    3. Other options I am missing?

    Please give your input and opinions...

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    If you are set on just a .38, I would recommend the LCR over any of the other snubbie choices. I tried them all at the gun store, and the LCR has by far the best trigger out of any DAO revolver. I loved mine. Plus, it should fit in your price range better than a Smith.

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    Givent he info you gave I'd sell the PF9 and get the Smith snubbie. I ahve a Tuarus snub and haven't had any problems with it but do believe the Smith to be slightly higher quality.

    I also have a PF9 that has gave me zero problems that I carry about 80% of the time. The other 20% or so I carry my compact 1911 RIA or my snub or Glock.

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    I have two S&W snub 38s 5-shot and they are great for pocket carry. They seem smaller to me than the LCR, but I like the old style small wood grips. I'd sell the P89 and/or the PF9 and go for the 442 or 642. You might be able to find someone on this forum wanting to buy one of yours or sell one of theirs.
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    I carried my PF9 in pocket and ankle and found it to large for that type of carry.

    Looking for a better method of carry for my PF9.

    Purchased a P3AT and carry pocket with good results.

    Would rather carry a 9mm but settled for 380 because of size and need for deep conceal.

    Both PF9 and P3AT have being 100% and I trust them.
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    I went to the gun show and sold my CZ-75 Compact....it was heavy........and bought a Taurus UL 85 38 Special.........much lighter cary for me.

    I like the Taurus. There are some good reviews on Utube if want to research it.

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    Save and get what you want...trust me you'llregret getting ready of anything that actually works.
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    trade it on the snubby get the Ruger LCR. PS ive sold and or traded a LOT of guns over the last 25+ years and ive never missed a single one I sold or traded because I got something I wanted or liked more to replace them with.

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    If the PF-9 doesn't really fit your needs, sell it. I favor the Taurus 85UL. Mine has been totally reliable, and as accurate as any snubbie is. Costs a couple hundred less than a S&W, too. Carry Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel ammo in it and you have a nice little BUG.

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    I had the pleasure to shoot an 85 this weekend. I was impressed the trigger was smooth and accuracy made me look a lot better of a shot than I am. I now have the itch. I own several Smith & Wessons and grew up shooting my dads 36 in a fine Smith home. The 85's trigger impressed me.

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    The 85's trigger impressed me.
    If you liked the stock trigger, wait until you get a set of Wolff springs on it. WOW!

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    I couldnt imagine it any better. Honestly the guy was talking about he had bought it for his wife. I asked if I could shoot it he said sure there is the rest of the bullets I have for it. I had my on but noticed less than a box had been fired through it. I know this is blasphemy but it was smoother and shot as well as my k frame Smith and Wesson.

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    I tired to buy it and he said he would hold on to it. I think once he saw what it could do he wanted to hold on to it.

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    a couple of years ago I traded my LNIB PF9 (it was completely factory refurbed when the orig was sent back for a rear sight repair), and a couple hundred bucks, for a NIB S&W 637 Airweight. Totally different platforms, but for totally different applications for me. At that time, I switched back to pistol carry of my Sig 239 40 cal and a KT P3AT. This past fall, the P3AT was traded in, with a couple hundred bucks for a Kahr CW9, and once again the Sig is back in the safe with the Kimber and others most of the time, and instead of my former daily field gun being a rusty Rossi 38, it's a stainless/alloy S&W 637, and my casual IWB carry gun has gone from the PF9 to a CW9.

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    Sell it and get a J-frame Smith. The 442/642/637 can be found new for $479 or less around here. They make a great pocket or ankle gun. I like the LCR, but would never buy a first year production gun...OMO
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