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  • S&W 442

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  • S&W 642

    26 23.21%
  • Ruger LCR

    30 26.79%
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    I had the LCR357 for about 3 years. The trigger pull was nice but, the release was too long for me. When practicing at the Range it was too easy for me to double stroke and skip a chamber. I sold it and went back to J-Frames. With the choice of a 36, a Bobbed 37, and 2 442s I normally carry the 442s. I keep a boot grip on one for pocket carry and a Hogue or Pachmayr for belt carry. I rotate guns so the grips get changed around.
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    Flip a coin. Both the Smith J frames and the LCR’s are great choices. I went with the LCRX for the following reasons.

    1. Smoother trigger.
    2. Ability to change front sight.
    3. Less felt recoil. I feel as if the polymer frame of the LCR absorbs more of the recoil than the J frames.

    Just my opinion as I own a 637 and spent some time shooting both side by side, ultimately choosing the Ruger.




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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    Here's a photograph in poor light showing the Model 649 here with its De Santis Nemesis holster, a similar get-up to your rig wmhawth.

    One of the few guns I should have kept. Carried it in my back pocket as an always on me gun.

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    642 with Apex trigger kit
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    Quote Originally Posted by entertainment72 View Post
    LCR hands down for pocket carry. Lightweight, no lock and a great trigger.

    I love S&W revolvers but J frame triggers are abysmal when compared to the LCR.
    Trigger job....
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    If you were still in FW, BadBob, who would you take it to? I've got a pair of SPs that need a little love...but I don't know a gunsmith I'd let touch 'em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Bob View Post
    Trigger job....
    Exactly, the LCR doesn't require a trigger job.

    Good point!
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    S&w 642
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    Quote Originally Posted by AzQkr View Post
    One of the few guns I should have kept. Carried it in my back pocket as an always on me gun.
    I like the really finger grooves is that a add on piece???

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    Which revolver?-kimg0040.jpg

    Not very often do i roll with a revolver...But when i do it is my trusty old
    $190 Taurus blem...It was a blem due to a scratched trigger guard which is fine by me
    ...I don't have to worry about getting the first scratch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    I'm probably the only one who will suggest this, but banish the thought of lightweight revolvers, get a steel-framed snub and be happier. You're gonna have to live with this thing and it's much easier to regularly tote a steel-framed gun than it is to want to practice extensively with some flea-weight alloy-framed gun.

    I've gravitated to a mid-1980s Smith & Wesson Model 649 .38 Special for a back-up or for infrequent pocket carry. The latest rendition of the Model 649 has a full lug barrel and is chambered for .357 Magnum.



    https://www.smith-wesson.com/firearms/model-649

    I'm also probably the only person who thinks the Ruger LCR to have the most wretched triggers imaginable. I've tried it and don't like it at all.

    https://www.ruger.com/products/lcr/overview.html



    Could not shoot it well and have no desire to attempt to become familiar with it. The trigger had all the imprecise nature of one of these.





    Did I mention that I disliked the Ruger LCR trigger? That's only one opinion though. Read on for different opinions.
    The LCR grip is so comfortable...My wife loves hers...She hated the small hard grip on her bodyguard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornhusker95 View Post
    I like the really finger grooves is that a add on piece???
    It's an add on, called a Tyler T grip. I have two of them on J frames presently
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    Of your (OP's) choices, probably the 442.

    I have a 442 and a 642 (both no-lock versions), and there is no real functional difference between them. It's a matter of personal preference. For a really harsh environment, the 642 might have an edge, since it has a stainless cylinder vs. the 442's carbon steel, but I think the finish on the 442 is good enough to protect the steel, as long as you clean & maintain it reasonably. The 642 is also a fraction of an ounce lighter - but not enough that you'd ever notice. I don't buy into the idea that a blue (or black) revolver has any 'tactical' advantage over a stainless finish, but I do like the looks of the 442 better.

    Can't really make an apples-to-apples comparison with the LCR, but I do have a 3" LCRx. It's a great little knockaround/woods/tacklebox/snake gun, and one that we keep handy for Mrs. kW3 for HD, since she prefers revolvers and the 3" is obviously preferable where concealment is not an issue. The 3" is not a great pocket carry contender, though! From a purely subjective standpoint, as much as I like the LCRx, the 442 and 642 just feel like better quality guns in the hand.

    FWIW - I've had a couple of Charter Arms snubs, and have a very high opinion of my 30-something-year-old Undercover and the Off Duty that we got for my Mom (it's now my sister's CCW when she's jogging or hiking). Great little revolvers for the money, and the triggers compare very well with either the S&W's or the Rugers.

    I have no use for a .357 snubbie any smaller or lighter than the ol' 2-3/4" Security Six, but it's not a realistic candidate for pocket carry.

    Hope this is helpful!
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    22 votes for S&W. Probably more for models not listed. Ruger lags well behind.
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