Shopping around for a new carry revolver


November 4, 2006, 09:53 PM
I've been out of the scene (not reading the magazines and all) for a while.

What's new in options for carry-revolvers?

Any favorites you could share?

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November 4, 2006, 10:13 PM
I got one recently and it totally replaced my SP101 for carry. Wonderful balance, fit, finish, and very accurate. .357 MAG is a nice plus, too.

November 4, 2006, 10:19 PM
May I (and a bunch of others) suggest a SW 642 (


November 4, 2006, 11:12 PM
Try and find a used 3" k frame.

November 4, 2006, 11:27 PM
Colt Detective Special. My most carried revolver.:D

November 4, 2006, 11:35 PM
Taurus has brought back the 3" 605's that
are chambered in 357 magThey have fixed
sights and come in blued or stainless.

November 5, 2006, 03:44 AM
I'm with armedcitizen. A 3" K-frame is just about the quintessential carry revolver. The barrel's long enough to accept a full-length extractor rod, but short enough not to push up on a car seat or something like that when holstered. The butt's round, which is easier to conceal, and there's an almost infinite selection of grips for it (anything that fits a K- or L-frame round-butt will work on it). Finally, there's a fair selection of models (13/65 in .357 Magnum, 10/64 in .38 Special), and because the 13 was FBI standard issue for quite a few years, there are a number of them around.

Only problem is, those of us who know and love them aren't getting rid of ours - in fact, we're looking to buy more, for spare pieces! I've had half-a-dozen over the years (I give them to friends whom I really like, you see), and I'm down to only three at the moment. Time to stock up! :D

Ala Dan
November 5, 2006, 04:23 AM
Colt Detective Special~!:cool: :D

November 5, 2006, 06:13 AM
Good stuff! :)

Loving that SW 642 though...what is the MSRP on that?

November 5, 2006, 07:20 AM
I agree wholeheartedly with the others about the K-frame, but they just aren't out there in 3" form. I ended up with a 3" GP-100 and SP-101, and carried the SP more because of it's slimmer profile. The 3" 60 :

Is a really nice blend of carry and shootability for me. I have Pachmyr grips on it, and they make a HUGE difference in shooting.

November 5, 2006, 09:09 AM
I paid $398.99 for my 642. This was purchased without any shopping around for "deals". It just felt right so I bought it. It's gonna be my primary carry untill I can afford another as yet unknown brand in a larger capacity.

November 5, 2006, 09:35 AM
Spurless .357 Ruger SP101 2 1/4" snubbie IWB crossdraw...Works for me.

Jeff Timm
November 5, 2006, 10:09 AM
Are you talking concealed carry or duty carry?

S&W has their wandering Factory Sales team working their major gunshops right now. You can get some very decent prices.

Shooters in Jacksonville, FL is running the sale with a free action job on revolvers (trust me the current S&Ws revolvers NEED one despirately) 6-11 November 06.

Of the current models, I like the Model 649 for Concealed

And the Model 686 Plus for open carry

Who will stick with his S&W Model 38 and Ruger Security Six Heavy Barrel and not feel disarmed. :D

November 5, 2006, 10:20 AM
Hi Savate...

My Best Favorite is the 7.5" barrel Ruger Super Blackhawk in .44 Magnum.

No one has ever tried to rob/harm me when I was carrying it.:)

Sorry, Savate... couldn't resist. :D

If I were going to "carry" though, it would be one of the .44 Specials.
Whichever feels best in your hand should be your deciding factor, Methinks.

Local opinions may (will) vary. :D

November 5, 2006, 11:05 AM
Hey Shawnee,
I know what you mean...if I could wear my Uberti 1873 Cattleman 45 Colt in my buscadero rig, I wouldn't need anything else! :D

I'm looking for something light for conceal carry...maybe in one of those nice SIG jackets with sewn-in holster.

November 5, 2006, 11:21 AM

November 5, 2006, 11:53 AM

I still vote for the Buscadero Rig !!! :eek:

:D :D :D

November 5, 2006, 12:40 PM
I like my 640-1 in .357. Heavier than a 642, but I don't find that onerous, especially when actually shooting it.

If deep concealment and light weight aren't prime considerations, I'd look for a nice used 2 1/2-3" K-frame. Lots out there. They are generally easier to shoot well and not that much harder to hide.

For CCW in a belt holster my next "gotta get" (being a Cerified Geezer) is the new S&W 22-4 in .45 ACP.:D

November 5, 2006, 05:12 PM
Pre-lock (of course) 640-1 with .357 Magnum.

November 5, 2006, 07:09 PM
S&W 642 or S&W 442...

November 5, 2006, 07:27 PM
Loving that SW 642 though...what is the MSRP on that?Can't speak to MSRP, but you'll find them for $375 or so in my neighborhood. Cheaper elsewhere.

For price estimates from around the country, go over and read the 42 pages ( :what: ) of The 642 Club (

Ala Dan
November 5, 2006, 08:39 PM

I sell 'em NIB everyday for $359.88~!:cool: :D

November 6, 2006, 05:19 AM
I love the Colt Detective Special family. I'm all over my Colt Cobra (alloy frame version of the D.S., identical in every way to their standard-bearer steel frame)

That, or I'd shop for a 3" K frame.

Marko Kloos
November 6, 2006, 06:31 AM
Can't do better than a 3" K-frame when it comes to carry wheelguns.

November 6, 2006, 12:52 PM
Another vote for Ruger SP101 2.25" .357 magnum.
They have the heft and design to handle the full power loads for a long time. They are not as sleek as the J frames but not as heavy as the K frames. And they last longer than the k frames with full power loads.

The SP101 is just a great designed little gun. I have been using one for CCW for over 6 years now.

I like the S&W 642 and 66 but for longevity and range practice it's the Ruger for me.

November 6, 2006, 03:12 PM
100% Ruger.
Either a 3" SP101, or a 3" GP100...
whichever trips 'yer trigger.
Ruger makes the "Rock of Gibralter" look weak.
Some folks say that the Ruger is aesthetically unapealling.
I think that they have aesthetic and mental health issues.

November 6, 2006, 04:35 PM
Ruger, 3" barrel, GP-100 or SP-101. Good revolvers, stout, will take a beating.
May need aftermarket grips depending on how they fit you, but that's for most revolvers.

November 6, 2006, 05:16 PM
Colt Detective Special for me. I tried the Smith 642 and she was a bear v. the Colt. Look around for one; I got a 98% nickel DS for $375 from a local pawnshop.

November 6, 2006, 06:06 PM
Nobody like the humpback 638? I've really grown to like mine.
642s going for around $360 at gunshows in Austin.


November 6, 2006, 06:08 PM
Well, what's NEW is the S&W scandium/titanium revolvers. Special aluminium alloy (with scandium) frame that can withstand the force of the magnum calibers - as in 357, 41 and 44 Magnums and a titanium cylinder. They are EXTREMELY light weight - like 11 to 17 ounces, to me they feel like a plastic toy gun in my hand because they are so light. Also because of the light weight the recoil can be literally hand breaking. Some of the newest models have gone back to using a stainless steel cylinder to add more weight to the gun and reduce the felt recoil.
Taurus also has some revolvers made out of titanium, frames and cylinders, but I don't know much about them.

November 7, 2006, 07:12 PM
This is kind of the ultimate light snubby pocket gun, but it's not for everyone.

340pd, .357mag, 12 oz, and expensive.

For pocket, this is great. For belt carry, I'd choose an old K frame 2 or 3 inch.

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