Best/lightest revolver for carry?

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    Best/lightest revolver for carry?

    Recently in a bad motorcycle accident on the way to work, some kid abruptly changed lanes without looking so put my bike down at 35 mph,
    not able to use left arm for next two months or so, in addition to the usual fractured ribs and severe road rash. As such, can't use my 9mm autos so am thinking about a 317 .22 S&W 8 shot revolver-very light , no recoil,and fairly accurate at 10 yds or less..Any other suggestions?
    A .38 or .357 would have too much recoil given other associated injuries.


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    Maybe a .32? Smith makes their airweights in a .32.
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    S&W 351 .22mag, 7-shots, S&W 432 hammerless .32 H&R magnum, S&W 431 with hammer .32H&R magnum (both 6-shots). The first is still cataloged so most distributors should have one. Both .32's are not cataloged but RSR Group (distributor) seems to have one or both available within the last couple of weeks. Hope you heal and feel better soon. Regards, john

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    either the smith 351pd in .22 mag or naa's black widow in .22 mag for half the cost.
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    Cool

    Look at the J Frame Smith&Wessons.
    Models 442, 637, 638, 642.
    I really wouldn't want to rely on anything smaller than a .380auto for my defense. I prefer .38, 9mm or larger.

    link to J frames-
    http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/w...category=15703



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    S&W Stainless 650 in .22 Mag

    One used on GunBroker for $5 but, you might be able to do better than that locally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicolasrichards View Post
    Recently in a bad motorcycle accident on the way to work, some kid abruptly changed lanes without looking so put my bike down at 35 mph,
    not able to use left arm for next two months or so, in addition to the usual fractured ribs and severe road rash. As such, can't use my 9mm autos so am thinking about a 317 .22 S&W 8 shot revolver-very light , no recoil,and fairly accurate at 10 yds or less..Any other suggestions?
    A .38 or .357 would have too much recoil given other associated injuries.
    My S&W 442 isn't bad (as far as recoil goes) at all. You should check them out. .38+p isn't a bad SD round - you just have to know where they're going.

    cw

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    My wife's S&W 637 with light loads would work...gentle recoil, but I still would not want to catch a lightly loaded .38 lead projectile!
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    Reefbluecoupe just put his .32 mag airweight up for sale in the members buy/sell forum. You might want to check that out.
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    Thanks to all for the great advice, will check out the recommended revolvers as soon as i'm able to walkout the house in a day or two.

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    S&W 432 are no longer made. Some are still available.

    I have one and like it a lot. The 32 H&R Magnum is a compromise at best.

    The big advantage is that you can also shoot 32 S&W Longs in it. These have virtually no recoil.

    I also have a S&W 317 (3" barrel) and my main carry gun a 642 or 442.

    The following is some crono data I did on the 3 I did thru my guns:

    32 H&R Magnum SW 432 1 7/8 " Barrel (1-5-2007 Temp. 35 F )

    Reloads: Lead 90 gr. Hornady Ld. SWC 2.8 gr W231 O.L. 1.350 W PMR. (12 rds.)
    Velocity (fps)
    Velocity (mean fps) SD Power Factor Energy (ft-lbs) High Low ES
    688.4 18.1 62.0 94.7 704.7 654.9 49.8

    Reloads: JHP 85 gr. Hornady JHP XTP 4.5 gr W231 O.L. 1.350 W PMR. (6 rds.)
    (32050) Velocity (fps)
    Velocity (mean fps) SD Power Factor Energy (ft-lbs) High Low ES
    953.7 13.0 81.1 171.6 973.2 934.4 38.8

    Federal 85 gr. Jacketed Hollow Point Hi-Shok (C32HRB) (6 rds.)
    Velocity (fps)
    Velocity (mean fps) SD Power Factor Energy (ft-lbs) High Low ES
    840.2 42.0 71.4 133.2 892.1 794.5 97.6
    Listed on box 1100.0 230.0

    Black Hills 85 gr. Jacketed Hollow Point (6 rds.)
    Velocity (fps)
    Velocity (mean fps) SD Power Factor Energy (ft-lbs) High Low ES
    826.7 24.0 70.3 129.0 856.7 786.8 69.9
    1/6/2007 831.5 20.3 70.7 130.5 845.9 791.4 54.5

    Seller & Bellot 100 gr. Lead Wad Cutter (32 SW Long) (6 rds.)
    Velocity (fps)
    Velocity (mean fps) SD Power Factor Energy (ft-lbs) High Low ES
    540.4 15.0 54.0 64.8 550.3 523.2 27.1


    22 Long Rifle SW 317 3 " Barrel

    Remington 36 gr. Brass Plated Lead Hollow Points (1622C) (12 rds.)
    Velocity (fps)
    Velocity (mean fps) SD Power Factor Energy (ft-lbs) High Low ES
    875.8 50.7 31.5 61.3 964.0 810.7 153.3


    38 Special SW 642 1 7/8 " Barrel (1-5-2007 Temp. 35 F)

    Federal 158 gr. Jacketed Hollow Point Hydra Shok (5 rds.)
    Velocity (fps)
    Velocity (mean fps) SD Power Factor Energy (ft-lbs) High Low ES
    848.4 27.8 134.0 252.5 878.0 819.0 59.0

    CCI Blazer 158 gr. Lead Round Nose (3522) (5 rds.)
    Velocity (fps)
    Velocity (mean fps) SD Power Factor Energy (ft-lbs) High Low ES
    673.2 17.5 106.4 159.0 692.4 650.0 42.4
    (Listed on box) 755.0 200.0

    Remington UMC 158 gr. Lead Round Nose (L38S5) (5 rds.)
    Velocity (fps)
    Velocity (mean fps) SD Power Factor Energy (ft-lbs) High Low ES
    696.5 9.6 110.0 170.2 706.9 682.2 24.7

    Winchester 158 gr. Lead Round Nose (White Box) (Q4196) (5 rds.)
    Velocity (fps)
    Velocity (mean fps) SD Power Factor Energy (ft-lbs) High Low ES
    656.2 14.5 103.6 151.1 675.3 642.6 32.7

    Reloads: Light 140 gr. Lead SWC (Dwyer's) (10 rds.)
    3.0 gr. 231 1.485 OL WSP Primers
    Velocity (fps)
    Velocity (mean fps) SD Power Factor Energy (ft-lbs) High Low ES
    529.6 27.1 74.1 87.2 578.3 493.7 84.6
    522.6 30.1 577.7 477.4 100.3

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicolasrichards View Post
    Recently in a bad motorcycle accident on the way to work, some kid abruptly changed lanes without looking so put my bike down at 35 mph,
    not able to use left arm for next two months or so, in addition to the usual fractured ribs and severe road rash. As such, can't use my 9mm autos so am thinking about a 317 .22 S&W 8 shot revolver-very light , no recoil,and fairly accurate at 10 yds or less..Any other suggestions?
    A .38 or .357 would have too much recoil given other associated injuries.
    I've gone to some lengths to justify buying a new gun but wrecking a motorcycle...I'm impressed.....

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    Actually, I think my wife hired the kid to knock the bike down so I'd have to get rid of it.... I guess when I sell the bike (it suffered no damage thanks to frame sliders) guess I'll have to use the cash for
    additions to the armory..God does work in mysterious ways.....

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    To Westhope,

    Thanks for the stats!

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    Here is my "Little Mule"

    32 H&R Magnum


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