Which snubby?

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  • Taurus 85

    13 6.60%
  • Ruger SP101

    43 21.83%
  • S&W snubby (too many models to list)

    141 71.57%
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    Which snubby?

    I've decided I'm going to buy a snubby. Big question is, which one?
    Considering everything...reliability, customer service, concealability, and of course price...which would you buy?
    A Taurus 85, Ruger SP101, or one of many S&W snubbies (too many models to list).

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    Any of the ones you listed are great guns. I own the s&w 442 and I love it. You should go to the shop and handle them as much as possible, compare things like the grip, weight, what it is made off, how it looks, price, etc., and if possible, shoot them before you buy. Good luck!
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    I voted S&W any of their revolvers are a good choice... But my second choice on your poll would have been the Ruger SP101 I have heard many good things about it. Good luck
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    All great choices. Comes down to fit / feel / personal preference. I've got 2 S&W snubs in 38 spcl (442 and an old 49 Bodyguard). The Smiths may be a little easier to conceal and carry, but probably a little more expensive. The SP101 is an awesome gun. I want one bad!! Many configurations (bobbed hammer, barrel length, 38, 357) and a little heavier so it's a nice shooter. Handle them all and shoot them if there is a range with rentals anywhere within reasonable driving distance. That's the best way to tell for sure.
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    S&W snubby. Get a 442/642 in you want a .38. Try a 340 PD if you want a .357 option. Will pay more for the .357. Snubbies are great.

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    1. S&W
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    I'd go with the 642 if you plan on pocket carrying. It's my main carry gun in the 6-8 months of summer we have here... If you want the ability to shoot SA, then I'd look at the 637 or 638... Academy has some of the best prices around my area and carry the 642, 637 and maybe even the 638...
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    that all depends; how much money do you have? i've had the Taurus, and i loved it. but, the S&W and the Ruger are sweet, too. the S&W is the priciest of the lot.

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    I love the 340! Not the cheapest S&W though... prolly the most expensive with the CT grips!

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    I'll second Thumper on the S&W 340, sweet little package.
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    S&W 642
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thumper View Post
    I love the 340! Not the cheapest S&W though... prolly the most expensive with the CT grips!

    How does it shoot compared to the 442/642 with +P? I bet it's a snappy little turtle for sure.
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    I'm partial to the sw 360 -- I like the exposed hammer. If you're worried about snag during draw out of pocket carry, just practice having your thumb on the hammer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BugDude View Post
    How does it shoot compared to the 442/642 with +P? I bet it's a snappy little turtle for sure.
    I'd say there's really no difference between any of the scandium/alloy frame J's... I practice with .38's and they're not bad, +P's are authoritative and .357's a (expletive deleted) brutal!

    I carry 135GR +P Gold Dot Short Barrel HP's in it.
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