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I only own semi-autos and was thinking of adding a wheel gun to the mix, I saw a gal shooting a hammerless S&W at the range last weekend which appealed to me but the trigger pull was terrible. Extremely long and heavy

My real question is can you guys suggest a nice wheel gun probably for most use at the range if I can effectively carry it i would consider that a bonus.

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Well... I think once you embrace the long double action trigger pull on the "hammerless" J frames you won't ever want any other kind of snubby, however Smith & Wesson does over a whole line of Double/Single action revolvers in .38 Special and .357 Magnum. Those you have the option of cocking the hammer and getting that nice sharp trigger. You want stainless or black? night sights, hi viz or fiber optic? 5 round or 6? wood grips? polymer? rubber? crimson trace?... the options are endless!

Bottom line... Snubbies are fun, and extraordinarily usefull. And with S&W you wont go wrong.
 

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If you want it mostly for the range a 4" prelock K Frame S&W makes a nice range gun and serves well for carry too. Model 19 or 66 comes to mind.
 

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If you want it mostly for the range a 4" prelock K Frame S&W makes a nice range gun and serves well for carry too. Model 19 or 66 comes to mind.
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I agree.

Don't forget the old N-Frames though. They really handle the recoil of the .357 Magnum very well. I started life with a S&W Model 28 and wish everyday I still had it.

The Ruger GP100 isn't a bad one either with a 4" tube. My personal carry GP100 is a 3" version and my Range/Comp one has a 4" tube.

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I love the N frames as well unfortunately you need a truck to conceal them.



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I love the N frames as well unfortunately you need a truck to conceal them.



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I have found that a 4" N-Frame with a set of Eagle Secret Service stocks and a Milt Sparks Summer Special II tend to hide very well for me. :bier:

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I returned a SW642 because of the trigger, my wife coudn't shoot it well. Otherwise it was a fine gun.
 

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I have found that a 4" N-Frame with a set of Eagle Secret Service stocks and a Milt Sparks Summer Special II tend to hide very well for me. :bier:

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Thanks for the tip I've been thinking about something like the Eagle secret service for the 6":image035:

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I have found that a 4" N-Frame with a set of Eagle Secret Service stocks and a Milt Sparks Summer Special II tend to hide very well for me. :bier:

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+1. I've been thinking about breaking out my 27, but was wondering about a holster.

 

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These days I tend to prefer revolvers over my semi auto. The 642-P is my primary carry although the factory trigger action does indeed suck. In fact, in my view all of the smaller alloy variants are rather long in the tooth with high friction. I ordered a full hard metal version for this reason. You can also obtain a much nicer action with a good gunsmith or by selling a body part and buying a Colt. :redface:
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S&W K frame .357 magnums

You said you want a revolver that you can carry concealed that still has a decent trigger pull. I think the best choice to meet those requirements is a S&W K frame revolver in .357 magnum with a 2.5 or 3 inch barrel.

I have several of these in the models 19 (blued) and 66 (stainless), and they are small enough to be easily concealed in a belt holster, heavy enough to handle .357 recoil, and have excellent triggers in both DA and SA. They are quite accurate and fun to shoot at the range. These are out of production by S&W, but many of them are in the used market in the $500 to $600 price range. Here are some examples:



 

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Obviously by your 1911 you are a fan of custom. I just bought a M&P 340 yes the triggers are a litle long, but they smooth out after awhile. Otherwise, buy one of the scandium/titanium wonder alloys and get a trigger job, then get some fancy grips, CT or fancy wood. Up to u. You wont go wrong.
 

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A picture is worth a thounsand words

 

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I have to admit I love these posts if for no other reason than getting to see POGO2 post more great photos of his stable. I think he takes the best gun porn pics on this forum.
 

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I don't have pics but I've got a Dan Wesson 357 that came w/4 barrels (2,4,6 &8 inch). Easy interchange. I had trigger work done. It's a fiiiiiine gun. If you're not in a hurry, shop around for one. They're no longer in business but this is not a gun that has to go to the factory anyway. I've known of these w/in excess of 50,000 rounds and still ticking.
 

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I love my Dick Special. Since it's all-steel, it's comfortable to shoot at the range, either single or double-action. I've carried it a lot, and have never felt under-gunned, six rounds loaded plus another six in a speedloader.



A good friend of mine carries a Smith & Wesson Model 36 w/ 3" barrel. That is a sweet shooter. Much more comfortable to shoot than his wife's 642. Hey, Pogo2! You're bound to have a 36, right?
 

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Your defensive battery is not complete without wheelguns, including at least one snubby. I love my autoloaders but the J-frame snub is a very frequent companion in a pocket holster.

My collection of snubs includes two Taurus 85 variants; one is the classic stainless, the other is an alloy-frame 851 with a shrouded hammer that has a better trigger pull than any Smith & Wesson J-frame in the store the day I bought it. There's a 3d generation Colt Dick Special awaiting a makeover by Grant Cunningham, and finally a DAO K-frame. The latter was an interesting find; S&W did a number of M64s in DAO for NYPD and other agencies. This one has a 2-inch barrel and a bobbed hammer was part of the factory DAO work. The action is notably smoother than the 4-inch M64 in the collection. I replaced the Magna grips with smooth "Secret Service" grips from Eagle, which add control without giving up concealability.

IMHO I wouldn't go out of my way to get a .357 in a snub; .38 +P loads are substantial man-stoppers with more manageable muzzle flash + blast and recoil. YMMV!
 
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