This is a discussion on What is the best-ever concealed carry revolver? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; My nomination for best is the Smith 340PD. It's light. Shoots a powerful defensive round, 357 Magnus. Plus a lighter recoil practice round, 38 Special. ...
My nomination for best is the Smith 340PD.
It's light. Shoots a powerful defensive round, 357 Magnus. Plus a lighter recoil practice round, 38 Special.
And it's reliable.
For runner up, the Ruger LCR 327. 327 Federal is one of the best rounds available, and 32 h&r Magnus is no slouch.
I'd love to see a 327 Federal Scandium J frame with 6 shot TI cylinder from Smith, but am not holding my breath.
For me at this point the 442 but, I’m open to try new things.
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A DAO 38 /357mag /32ish or 44spl small and light & small enough for pocket carry...
If you carry IWB or OWB ... You get it to K & L size frame snubbies...Katie ... Bar the door !!!!
I like my Ruger speed sixes but, for the overall most diverse concealed carry revolver I would have to vote 642/442. The others are just too heavy for a "floating gun" which is how I like to use my 642. 357 magnum from a lightweight is just too violent for consistent fast and accurate shooting one handed so for me the 357 belongs in an all steel revolver with a longer barrel.
I can't think of a better gun to go from sweatpants pocket to coat pocket to waistband that can be fired from inside that coat pocket as well.
I would go so far as to offer it up as the best all around concealed carry gun...period. Remember that "overall" covers a lot of applications to me even though there are better handguns for specific duties than an airweight snub.
For me it's the Mod. 36................
I would go with the K-frame, but I liked my 649 in my pocket. Yet another favorite that one of my sons took from me.
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I have to agree with forester 58 on the Speed Six but I would also add the original Colt Cobra! The Cobra had a top notch trigger that made for a VERY accurate snubby!
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From my own inventory it's the S&W 442. It's far from being my favorite revolver but for concealment this one is hard to beat.
These two are the best-ever concealed carry revolvers. That's just the way it is. And Bob, as in bad, is right. The 3-inch with its easy full ejection stroke might be very best.
Smith & Wesson K-Frame Magnums. 2 1/2-inch Model 66 (top) and a 3-inch Smith & Wesson Model 13 (bottom). Both in .357 Magnum.
I'm a creature of habit though and don't carry them all that often though, instead totin' the plebeian and boring Smith & Wesson Model 10 Heavy Barrel in .38 Special. Leaving for a trip into Abilene in a moment and it'll tag along beneath a covering sport coat.
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