Which Make revolver for really small hands?


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marklbucla
April 22, 2009, 01:46 PM
Which make revolver is good for small hands? A Smith K frame is too large and we're hopefully going to try and see a J frame today. Aside from a Ruger SP-101, Are there any other manufacturers that have a particularly small grip and length of pull?

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ArmedBear
April 22, 2009, 01:47 PM
Colt clones.:)

Clarence
April 22, 2009, 02:15 PM
S&w m-60

ArmedBear
April 22, 2009, 02:42 PM
The Model 60 is a J Frame - but different from the ubiquitous Airweights.

Noxx
April 22, 2009, 02:52 PM
Smith 642

RyanM
April 22, 2009, 02:55 PM
Aside from the SP-101? Can't think of any. My experience is that all Ruger revolvers have much shorter backstrap-to-trigger distances than S&Ws.

FiveFiveSixFan
April 22, 2009, 04:28 PM
Have you looked at any round butt K frames?

rcmodel
April 22, 2009, 04:43 PM
S&W LOP, measured straight back from face of trigger to rear of grip frame:
J = 2 7/8".
K = 3 1/4".

There is no difference in LOP between a square-butt and a round-butt.

The only difference is grip circumference at the lower part of the stocks.

Colt clones?
Who is making Colt clones?

rc

Duke of Doubt
April 22, 2009, 05:21 PM
North American Arms made some really small revolvers for really small hands. As in, possum hands.

Seriously, if a Colt Army Special or Smith Model 10 wooden grip is too big for your hands, you've got REAL small hands.

GaryP
April 22, 2009, 05:23 PM
The Charter Arms .38spl line all have small grips and you can get a Pink frame for you wife. :D

:evil:

rcmodel
April 22, 2009, 05:42 PM
you've got REAL small hands.+1
This sounds more like an imagined problem due to lake of experience then a real problem.

S&W has been making revolvers that everyone could shoot for an awful lot of years!

Even the big N-frames were GI issue during WWI, and many of those guys were a lot smaller then we are now.

My wife has shot every size S&W made very well, for going on 50 years, and she is less then five foot tall with tiny hands.

rc

marklbucla
April 23, 2009, 12:52 AM
After coming back from the fun shop today, it does sound like a J frame is in order.

After watching Jerry Miculek's Pro Tips on S&W's site, we're further convinced that the K frame is just too large for my wife to shoot. With Hogue's Bantam grips on it, her finger pretty much forms a L around the trigger and barely has the finger strength to pull it DA. Shooting it SA is no problem, but I can't imagine that this would be advised vs. getting a J frame.

And yes, the Smith 60 is at the top of the list, along with a 63 for practice.

Wolfeye
April 23, 2009, 12:55 AM
My SP101 has a pretty small grip, but it's larger than the Smith j-frames I've shot. My answer would depend on what you want the gun for, but if it's a general purpose gun you want, you might like a Smith model 60 Pro or model 60 5". They have decently long barrels, adjustable sights, and ejector rods that are a little longer than the typical j-frame pocket guns.

The 3" SP101 is also nice. I think the older factory grip is a little smaller than the current one. You could buy them used.

S&W k, l, and n-frames can have small grips on them; look up Pachmayr Compac grips or Hogue Bantam grips and you'll see what I mean. Eagle Grips' Undercover model is also nice, but I think it's custom.

Funny, I made this same suggestion on a different forum for a different reason today.

Edit: Sorry, looks like I was typing this up the same time you were making your reply. You might try Eagle; they make some of the most petite yet shootable grips for the j-frame, and same probably goes for k & l frames.

Oyeboten
April 23, 2009, 01:53 AM
The old Colt 'Police Positives'...same size as the S & W 'J Frame', and Six Shots instead of 'five'...

Perfect for smaller size Hands...

Good looking, too...

Revolver Ocelot
April 23, 2009, 04:19 AM
like has been said before, looks like any j frame would be your best bet

RyanM
April 23, 2009, 06:17 AM
This sounds more like an imagined problem due to lake of experience then a real problem.

S&W has been making revolvers that everyone could shoot for an awful lot of years!

Even the big N-frames were GI issue during WWI, and many of those guys were a lot smaller then we are now.

Seems like the concept of gripping the gun so that it lines up with your forearm is relatively recent. With a lot of older guns, especially from the late 1800s, the trigger reach is so long, there's just plain no way to hold them that way.

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