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This is a discussion on .357 mag or .45 ACP within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Originally Posted by user Why? If this is for defensive purposes, well, like Frank Zappa said, regarding that certain part of a woman's body, "anything ...
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Instead I bought the SP 101. The S&W (and I luv my S&W's) is too light in the frame for heavy or full-time use of SAMII spec .357 rounds. The S&W frame stretches under this use and the Ruger shrugs it off. Plus the blue tends to rust fast under clothes while the SS doesn't seem to care.
Also, I could have bought a GP 100 but chose the smaller SP 101. One more round at the expense of 1" more bbl length and being much harder to conceal in office-wear clothes or not able to buy a good concealed holster killed the reason to go to the larger weapon. The smaller SP conceals better and has accessories on the market to make it better than the GP for my intended purposes.
For any who have not experienced it, I suggest that you find a SAFE enclosed area to fire your 357 snubbie in low/limited light..........you will feel the thump of the concussion, be deafened by the noise and blinded by the muzzle flash....try it but wear good ear protection. In fact, you should fire any defensive gun in this fashion, why you may ask? Most shoots occur in low/limited light, at short range, often inside a building. Shooting a gun inside of an enclosed area like a room or car is VERY Different than day fire on an open range.
"Most shoots' occur when "most shoots' occur. Time of day or lighting isn't part of the equation except to say that predators tend to prefer low light areas. However, that doesn't make it an "universal truth" to the point of saying that this is the case "most of the time." There are plenty of full daylight incidents to back this up.
Further, in self defense situations I want to do whatever it takes to be POSITIVE of my target before I pull the trigger. So, I'm going to light up my "attacker" if possible by turning on lights, using a flashlight, or running into a lit area. I DO NOT EVER shoot in the dark at an unidentifiable target. Nor should you.
Shooting in low light situations is tough REGARDLESS of what weapon is being used. My 3" bbl S&W 9mm has a pretty good muzzle flame. It's not as bright as my SP 101 but it WILL affect my night vision just as much in the dark. The answer is point shooting practice and hitting your identified target with the first shot instead of spray and pray.
Remember, we stop the THREAT. We don't just shoot everything in sight and keep on shooting.