Considering adding a wheel gun..9mm

Considering adding a wheel gun..9mm

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    Considering adding a wheel gun..9mm

    For no particular reason....I've been kicking around the thought of picking up a revolver. I want to find one in 9mm. The reason being, I am stacked and stocked with 9mm ammo.
    I really don't want to start stocking another caliber ammo for one gun.

    I've been reading, looking at the Ruger Sp101/LCR and Charter Arms 9mm Pitbull. Any other recommendations?

    Are moon clips really a big deal? I know the Pitbull doesn't use them. Are speed loaders available for the Pitbull?

    I'm in no big hurry and will start looking around locally for a used one or possibly a new one if I can find a decent price.

    What is your experience with any of these models?
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    Considering adding a wheel gun..9mm

    I luv my SP101-9, did not find the 9mm recoil offensive — May be because of the Hogue grip, it shoot one ragged hole at 7 yds. J have upgraded it with MCarbo goodies, DA pull is 4.7#. I love it so much that I just added a LCR-9...

    Check out Grabagun , they have clearance sale on SP101-9, MERELY $380 new! I paid $480 and it was ‘cheap’ at the time. Better hurry before sale price is over.

    Search my post just a few days sgo about the clearance sale price.


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    You missed a great deal by 4 days.
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    If you are going to carry you cant beat the LCR platform. The SP is also a great platform, just heavier built and more pleasurable on the range but still can be carried with ease.
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    Moon clips make for the fastest reload out there...
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    I have the little LCR and have not carried it but I do like the thing. The moon clips are beneficial for reloading if they are pre-loaded, but really don't impact my liking how the gun feels. Recoil is a rather sharp jolt, subjective to one's interpretation of course, but not unpleasant.

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    Agree on recoil, to me, it is just a tad more than shooting my Sig 938.

    The LCR-9 is in the rotation, I have started pocket carrying it on occasion, it is the LIGHTEST among what I have ... super easy to carry. I have a XS standard dot on my desk, going to put it on this weekend.

    My SP101-9 has a Big Dot which works fine for me, just need to adjust the sight picture that the dot sits on top of the rear channel.


    Quote Originally Posted by CG11 View Post
    I have the little LCR and have not carried it but I do like the thing. The moon clips are beneficial for reloading if they are pre-loaded, but really don't impact my liking how the gun feels. Recoil is a rather sharp jolt, subjective to one's interpretation of course, but not unpleasant.



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    I had the LCR 9mm for awhile. There is a lot to be said for the ammo price as well as commonality with the guns I already had. In the end I just didn't like messing with the moon clips. If I were to get another 9mm revolver I think I'd go for the SP101 this time, my reason being that being a little heavier it should be less prone to crimp jump than the LCR.
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    There are two types of moon clips. There are the ones that are easy to load and unload, but bend easily in your pocket. There are the ones that are hard to load and unload, but won't bend in your pocket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LimaCharlie View Post
    There are two types of moon clips. There are the ones that are easy to load and unload, but bend easily in your pocket. There are the ones that are hard to load and unload, but won't bend in your pocket.
    And with needle-nose pliers, the ones that don't bend are easy to load and unload.
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    There are tools for moon clips. I haven't tried one yet. My only revolver that takes moon clips is my 4.2" Ruger Match Champion GP100 in 10mm. So far, it has been a range toy and I haven't carried it for self-defense.

    https://www.dillonprecision.com/ccw-..._24_25534.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by LimaCharlie View Post
    There are tools for moon clips. I haven't tried one yet. My only revolver that takes moon clips is my 4.2" Ruger Match Champion GP100 in 10mm. So far, it has been a range toy and I haven't carried it for self-defense.

    https://www.dillonprecision.com/ccw-..._24_25534.html
    I considered the toy until I got the needle nose pliers thing figured out.
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    Another vote for the Ruger LCR

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glocking26 View Post
    Another vote for the Ruger LCR
    Ditto. Love mine.

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    The Ruger SP101 is built like a tank and I don't think you could ever wear one out by shooting it. I cannot comment on it chambered in 9mm.

    I will add to the discussion on moon clips. Yes, they are a very fast way to do a speed reload. You will need to pay attention to the grip configuration as it is easy to have oversize grips interfere with moon clips, just as they are with any speed loader. I have two S&W M442 Pro models that are cut for moon clips. Of note is that the extractor grooves are different widths amongst different manufactures. Starline, Hornady, Winchester, Speer, etc., don't have the same width extractor grooves and to get a good fit with the moon clips it is necessary to have different thicknesses for different manufacture's ammo.

    I use TK Custom moon clips and also use their loader and unloader tool to prevent from bending the moon clips. I have destroyed many clips prior to getting tools. I'm not sure how Mike is using his needle nose pliers to unload moon clips, but I'm sure that there must be methods that would not damage the clips. I also use TK Custom moon clips now.

    Another issue with moon clips is how to carry loaded spares. just dropping them into a pocket loaded is almost a sure way to end up with a bent moon clip. Again, there are many possible ways to accomplish this, but what ever method is used should beat not using something. I have seen some people using the old 35mm film cannisters that had been cut down. TK Custom, Matt Del Fatti, SKD Tactical, Simply Rugged, and even Ruger among others have their methods of accomplishing carrying spare moon clips.

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