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My criteria for a carry weapon are reliability, hand fit, accuracy, and ease of concealment and carry in that order. A j frame revolver is hard to beat in this role.

I had moved away from the small revolvers due to age and hand pain. Sold off my 637 a while ago. The recent weight loss eliminated the hand pain so I am once again with a j frame. Not a lot of fun to shoot an airweight but I like the revolvers.

Picked up a S&W 442 and will be carrying that daily. Not that I’m out and about much these days.

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Yep. A good snubbie is the handiest and most practical SD device ever invented IMHO. Not the most effective, but effective enough. Not the most concealable, but concealable enough. Not 100% reliable, but 99.9% reliable. It exists in a "sweet spot."
 

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Go with what works for you.

I'm down to a single-stack .45 most of the time now. There was a time I wouldn't have considered the possibility, and would have looked down my nose at anyone who would suggest anything smaller than a 10-round double-stacker.
 

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I have avoided small single stack 9mms until today when I go a a G43. I thought the round count was too small then I realized a lot of people carry revolvers that are only 6 or 7 rounds. It was also what I carried back in y LEO days; a S&W 66-2 and a Charter Arms 5 shot revolver in an ankle holster as my BUG.

So I am now back to 6+1 until I can get a +1 or +2 extension mag.
 

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I have been carrying my S&W 649 more often than not lately. The stainless steel is easier to maintain with summer time perspiration. A little heavier than the 442 but still comfortable to carry IWB with the Galco Royal Guard.
 

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Good choice with the 442. I like mine a lot, in fact it is my favorite pocket gun. I carry it in this Blackhawk #3 holster.
Nice grips. Altamont?

I‘m using a Safariland Model 25 pocket holster. Glaxo just came out with a new pocket holster that I’m considering.
 
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Good choice with the 442. I like mine a lot, in fact it is my favorite pocket gun. I carry it in this Blackhawk #3 holster.
That size 3 Blackhawk is a handy little holster to have. It fits my P365 AND my Defender. (Although I have YET to pocket carry something the size and weight of the Defender.;) )

As for the OP, good that you're back to being able to carry what you like and what works for you!
 

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That size 3 Blackhawk is a handy little holster to have. It fits my P365 AND my Defender. (Although I have YET to pocket carry something the size and weight of the Defender.;) )

As for the OP, good that you're back to being able to carry what you like and what works for you!
The Defender is a wee bit heavy for pocket carry. Mine wasn’t reliable so traded it.

A S&W Shield is about as large and heavy as I can get away with in the pocket. Still much prefer the j frame.
 

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My criteria for a carry weapon are reliability, hand fit, accuracy, and ease of concealment and carry in that order. A j frame revolver is hard to beat in this role.

I had moved away from the small revolvers due to age and hand pain. Sold off my 637 a while ago. The recent weight loss eliminated the hand pain so I am once again with a j frame. Not a lot of fun to shoot an airweight but I like the revolvers.

Picked up a S&W 442 and will be carrying that daily. Not that I’m out and about much these days.

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It’s a nice weight.

Don’t feed too much 38 +P. My buddy wore his 442 out.

I have carried a S&W 640 357 Magnum 5 Shot.

Times like these, I switched back to my Glock 19.


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It’s a nice weight.

Don’t feed too much 38 +P. My buddy wore his 442 out.

I have carried a S&W 640 357 Magnum 5 Shot.

Times like these, I switched back to my Glock 19.


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I don’t use +P anymore. Doesn’t offer enough benefit for me.

Days like these, I’ve gone from no reloads to having several handy. Actually loading up the mags for the MPX today. Getting ready for the coming storm.
 

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Hard to argue with against a J Frame for EDC !
 

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A 642 has been my most carried piece for a dozen years now. It's just about perfect for my needs. Anytime I leave the house, it goes in the right front pocket of whatever trousers/shorts I'm wearing. I carry it in a Mika pocket holster.
 

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I retired my Model 638 because practicing with it was not enjoyable. The recoil was substantial and about 20 rounds were all I cared to send down range during one session. My new EDC is a Ruger semi-auto compact in 9 mm. Less recoil, very concealable, more rounds, and a bit more power.
 

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Me too. I think for immediate and reliable response for SD, a snubbie revolver is tough to beat.
 

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Even though I haven’t carried my m36 in a good while, she still is a good option! My shield is my main squeeze!!! Maybe if I got a good IWB for my snub I’ve I’ll carry her more.



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@ctr - I understand completely! I now carry my LCR exclusively!

Nice gun!

Look at Phlstr Holsters. I carried OWB in leather for over a decade, and when I needed to downsize my EDC due to back pain, folks here pointed me to IWB for my LCR. @JD pointed me to Phlstr. It fits perfectly, rides perfect, and I’ll probably never change.

Phlstr: Phlstr
 
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