Anyone carry 2 snubs?


September 4, 2007, 01:41 PM
I have a S&W 642 and was thinking about getting another one to carry two at once. Is this a bad idea?

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Ghost Tracker
September 4, 2007, 02:24 PM
The Sheriff's Deputy who taught my CCW Permit Class was a proponent of carrying two S&W 642 stubbies while off-duty. In his opinion, the ONLY possible objection ANYONE could legitimately make about j-frame carry was the 5-round capacity. He said that both his loaded pistols together weighed less than most 10 round capacity autoloaders. And, not only did he have the advantage of a "New York Reload", but his BUG handled EXACTLY like his Primary. It made sense, I just prefer autoloaders.

September 4, 2007, 04:22 PM
All the time, unless I am carrying one snub and one full-sized handgun. Or perhaps three snubbies. Of course it's a good idea! Well-known instructor Michael Debethancourt carries two snubbies.

September 4, 2007, 04:38 PM
My standard every day carry outfit consists of an SP101 on the waist, and a S&W 342PD on the ankle. Two 5 shot snubs.

September 4, 2007, 06:21 PM
My primary is a 642 in a kramer pocket holster and I sometimes also carry a 637 in a Renegade ankle holter. I have also tried the 637 in the left front pocket in a Mika. I think carrying two snubbys is a great idea.

September 4, 2007, 06:45 PM
See my signature line:

September 4, 2007, 06:46 PM
yes S&W 442 and tauri 605

September 4, 2007, 06:54 PM
I have and do still from time to time.

Besides the Rebel Reload, one can be a Southern Gentleman and the Southern Belle in little Black Dress can access a J Frame, no matter which arm she is holding as you escort her.

Scoundrels get thrown for a loop if they "just know" your strong side, having cased you, and you draw from weak side.

Scoundrels figure wrong a Southern Belle is going to impede a Southern Gentleman in drawing...especially when they both draw down on him!

How raised -what you do.

Elm Creek Smith
September 4, 2007, 07:14 PM
I carry a 3 inch M13 S&W. Before I got stupid and swapped it off, I also had a Taurus M85 Ultralite. And, yes, I carried them both sometimes. The Speed Strip I carried in my watch pocket (I carry a pocket watch there, now.) had five .38 +P rounds, and my speed loaders for the M13 carried .357 Mag ammo. I gotta get another short revolver.


September 4, 2007, 10:27 PM
Um an S&W 242 and a S&W296 OR a Diamond back .38 2.5 and a Colt Agent (the 'always' gun).

September 4, 2007, 11:10 PM
No one has ever snubbed me for carrying two Js.

If it's worth doing it's worth over doing.

642 and a M&P 340.

September 5, 2007, 01:58 AM
In a business wearing casual clothes, I sometimes used to carry a S&W mod 649 as well as a Colr Agent. Sometimes I'd also carry a Ruger Speed Six 2 3/4" 9mm instead of one of the others but that was pushing the size limits of a true snub at least to me.

September 5, 2007, 02:09 AM
Nothing wrong with carrying a J frame for each hand. If you feel you need a BUG then but a second J frame since you are already comfortable with a snub nose.

I own and carry a M638 and have a Kel-Tec P-32 that I would carry if I felt the need to carry a BUG. I usually carry only one and I will carry either with confidence.

September 5, 2007, 02:09 AM
I carry a 642 & 442 but have never at the same time.

September 5, 2007, 02:30 AM
Why not??

September 5, 2007, 07:03 AM
Like someone else posted, I carry a SP101 .357 and a S&W 642.

September 5, 2007, 07:27 AM
A slight modification on the theme, I ALWAYS carry my Seecamp and carry the snub Model 10 everywhere I can. So, often, I am carrying one snub and one sub-snub (the Seecamp).

If I didn't have a Seecamp, I'd probably pocket carry a scandium-framed J-Frame. In most cases, I find a second gun easier to carry than a speedloader, and much easier to manipulate than a last-chance speedstrip.

September 5, 2007, 09:40 AM
Before switching to the 9mm my duty wear was a 3" Model 64 and a 640 as BU or off duty. Two guns are part of my normal duty dress, sometimes off duty as well. A real New York Reload for sure. Now the Sig 226 is backed up by the same 640. Feels like alot of armament, I would prefer two J frames if it were up to me. Bill

September 5, 2007, 12:17 PM
The last time I carried two revolvers was a week or two ago.
I had a four-inch Smith M28 with Cor-Bon 180 grain .357 loads on my belt and a .38 Special 649 in my left front pocket. I was trout fishing where bears show up from time to time.

In winter, I often carry one of my brace of 649s in my right front pocket and an M38 in my coat pocket. I like having a gun available to either hand. It's easier for me to manage in cold weather, however.

September 5, 2007, 12:17 PM
I carry two guns off-duty, but prefer one to be a full size gun.

If I had to carry just the J-Frame I see nothing wrong with two snubbies. In fact I may pick up another snubbie and start doing that at times. My preference is a 3"-4" tube for the "Primary". Of course my preference is also for Revolvers, so I love the NY Reload.

Having been in an "Armed Encounter" or two, I can truthfully say that one never has too big of a gun or too many bullets when the fecal matter hits the rotating thingie. I find the bigger "Duty Size" weapon easier to shoot than the J-Frame and I want every advantage I can get when I need it.

The nice thing about two J-Frames is, each hand can have access to a weapon. :D


September 5, 2007, 12:50 PM
Massad Ayhoob wrote something about carrying two snubbies.
I think that if you are THAT serious about carrying, you might as well carry a nice high capacity auto and a snubby as backup.


September 5, 2007, 09:07 PM
Like BikerRN, I like one of the two to be a service-sized weapon, such as a 4" sixgun. But, in some clothing combos, two, or even three snubbies can be easily concealed where a 4" gun would be too much. FerFAL, your idea is quite valid, and many guys do just that. In my case, as my snubbies are Ruger SP101s with magnum ammo, it makes sense for my bigger weapons to also be .357. When not at work, therefore, the bigger weapon is usually one of my 4" sixguns. At work, my belt holster weapon is a double-stack-magazine autoloader by regulation. I could certainly carry my duty SIG P229 when off the clock, but I like the way a sixgun "rides" on my hip, and in the event of a rare long-range incident, I am more confident of accuracy with the big sixgun.

September 6, 2007, 12:06 AM
Once knew a cop who wore two snubbies in belt holsters and two longer guns (can't remember now if they were revolvers or automatics) in shoulder holsters. The Department he worked for had 16 people on it and became famous when 8 were arrested for committing felonies, and the other 8, only committing misdemeanors, were allowed to stay on the department. (It was in a bad area suburb of Chicago)

The Doc is out now. :cool:

September 6, 2007, 12:52 AM
I used to but finally just switched to a Taurus PT145 Milpro same size but 10 rnds of .45 ACP , sometimes I'll still get out the J frames a pair of chief specials

September 6, 2007, 01:27 PM
Two 642 revolvers are good...moving up to a 3 inch barrel .357 mag revolver would be better.

September 6, 2007, 01:49 PM

September 6, 2007, 06:39 PM
Two 642 revolvers are good...moving up to a 3 inch barrel .357 mag revolver would be better.

Could read:

Two 642 revolvers are a 3 inch barrel .357 mag revolver would be better.

September 6, 2007, 08:50 PM
Would if I could find another S&W 940 at a reasonable price.

September 6, 2007, 09:04 PM
The 4" dan wesson has been paired with a snubbie in the past.
Facing the big city issues of the rampant armed and stupid groups, I'm thinking of doing just that again.
Or, a full size (CZ85) auto and a snubbie.

But, two J's ain't a bad way to go.

September 7, 2007, 12:04 AM
I'd rather carry a compact semi-auto or a larger framed revolver than two J-frames but I don't see why not- Especially if you've already got the gun and holster.

September 10, 2007, 11:04 PM
Blasphemy!! A two snub thread and not one mention of John Henry Fitzgerald. :what: Fitz always carried a pair of Colt "Fitz Specials" in his two front pockets.

September 11, 2007, 04:50 AM
How are we defining snubs also? I have seen N frame S&W's with sub 3" barrels but I don't consider them in the same niche as a J frame snub. I have NAA mini revolvers too, are those considered snubs due to sub 2" barrels on many models?

Anyone like K frame S&W snubs like a 2" model 10? they are pushing the size limit of what I consider a classic snub but I like the extra shot and generally better trigger action of these guns compared to J frames. They even came in an airweight model, the model 12.

September 11, 2007, 05:45 AM
Since I bought the Mika's holsters, I have started carrying the 296 (.44 Spcl 5-shot) more. Oddly, it fits nearly as well and in nearly as many of my pants pockets as the 642. I have carried both - and no speedloaders.


September 11, 2007, 10:26 AM
Steel on the belt and an Airweight/Airlite in the pocket--what's not to like?

September 12, 2007, 09:00 PM
I used to carry 2 colt detective specials. Now its two Taurus 85 Ultralights. The only practical problem I have is of course reloading and ammo capacity. I carry the same speed loaders and speed strips for both. I like shooting them both in each hand or at the same time. No problems shooting with my left hand cause I practice alot. And its a not a problematic transition from one to another in a New York reload situation.

September 12, 2007, 09:21 PM
442 in an ankle holster, a new addition to the SP101 I sometimes carry in a fanny pack.

September 13, 2007, 12:49 AM
I often carry a S&W model 36 with a bobbed hammer. It fits in the pocket really well. I usually carry a couple of bianchi speed strips or a speedloader with it.

September 13, 2007, 07:56 AM
I carry two only because that's all the hands I have...gotta have a just in case gun to back up your primary.

September 14, 2007, 01:54 AM
Moonclip said: Anyone like K frame S&W snubs like a 2" model 10? they are pushing the size limit of what I consider a classic snub but I like the extra shot and generally better trigger action of these guns compared to J frames. They even came in an airweight model, the model 12.

"Snubs" are not specifically defined, but rather a matter of general consensus. Any revolver of less than 4 inches in barrel length is generally considered to fall somewhere into the "snubby" category. After that, whether the gun is a snubnose becomes subject to personal taste.

The 2" K frame is certainly considered a snubnose. Most consider a revolver for duty or practical uses, like hunting, ought to have at least 3 inch barrel lengths, usually 4 or more. 2 inch barrels are usually not considered for such work.

In addition to the K frame, don't forget about Colt. Colt set the tone for the snubnose market. Detective Specials are 6 shot guns, and slightly less than the size of the K frame. But, because of their lockup design, they allow for a longer ejector rod to throw the empties. The 2" K frame's ejector rod is barely adequate.

Colt made the Cobra and Agent, which are lightweight models, too.

There's just something about a Colt revolver. Smiths are fine guns, but since I started playing with Colts, I've formed a preference for them over my Smiths.

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