I have been thinking about getting a snubnose revolver in 9mm lately. I was shocked by the price of the S&W 940 (if you can even find one). I know Taurus makes a 9mm revolver but I was wondering if anyone knew if Ruger was even considering the LCR in 9mm?
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November 21, 2009, 01:50 PM
Due to its light alloy construction, you likely won't ever see an LCR in 9x19, too much pressure. The round is up there in SAAMI pressure and the only 9x19 revolvers I know of are steel or titanium construction. Actually, I can't think of a titanium one, but it could be done. It would be way more pleasurable to shoot than a 12 ounce .357, too. Taurus built some steel ones and Smith has built 'em off and on over the years. Ruger offered one, but it was the beefy SP101.
November 21, 2009, 03:02 PM
I'm interested in a 9mm snubby also, because 9mm is considerably more powerful than the .38sp, and because I already have full size 9mm pistols.
Two things to add
1. Charter Arms is coming out with snubbies in : 9mm, .40, and .45.
They were scheduled for delivery early this year, but have yet to come
out. Some think this is because they are too busy building and selling their standard models.
2. My shooting buddy/shooting sensi has an old lightweight S&W snubby in 9mm and he says that it is punishing to shoot. This is a guy who has a collection of big revolvers : .44. through .500. He says the 9mm S&W snubby is more uncomfortable to shoot than his .44 and .500.
I still want to try it, and he said that I could next time we go shooting.
I will post my experience.
November 21, 2009, 05:07 PM
I'd buy a 9mm LCR in a heartbeat. I have a scandium j-frame that has been rechambered to 9x23 and I shoot 9mm, .38 Super, and 9x23 out of it. It weighs a hair over 13oz and the recoil with 9mm feels the same as it did with .38spl +P to me. Even 9mm +P+ and .38 Super aren't bad, certainly less than a lightweight .357mag.
November 21, 2009, 08:04 PM
I know that auto calibers have had much more R&D into bullet designs over the last couple of decades than revolver calibers, and there is more choice among them than .38 Special (a fine caliber) and .357 Magnum (another fine caliber) in duty/defense type calibers. And I'd really like one. A 940 modified to accept .38 Super and 9x23 sounds like a blast, especially if it had a 3" barrel.
November 23, 2009, 12:29 PM
Ruger dropped their 9mm revolvers due to lack of demand.
Same with their cool 10mm Blackhawks.
A beefed up LCR in .44 Special is what I want to eventually see from them, if
even a GP-100 sized gun.
November 23, 2009, 01:10 PM
I recently acquired a Taurus 905 (9mm). It had the larger grips that are available from Taurus that gives you a place to put your little finger. I put the originals back on because of the lower profile when carrying IWB. I did not notice any difference in the recoil between the Taurus and the Colt Cobra (.38) I had been carrying. I do use the "Stellar" full moon clips. It makes for an easy load and unload.
November 23, 2009, 01:19 PM
Never mind. Deleted post.
November 23, 2009, 01:22 PM
I'd rather just carry my 14 ounce, 11 shot, smaller than J frame sized Kel Tec P11. I mean, that's what the 9 was designed for. I really never quite understood the 9mm revolver thing. I guess if you're die hard for revolvers, the 9 does make sense as a caliber. it's very efficient, gets up close to .357 magnum in energies from a snubby, yet doesn't have all the flash/bang of a .357. I can take or leave the moon clip thing, personally, but some prefer it for its speed. To me, that's tempered by the fact that reloads are all or nothing. Speed strips can top off.
Like anything else, there are trade offs, I guess. Just gotta weigh what's important to you. For me, though, the little P11 is all the 9mm revolver I need, personally. It's very accurate, very reliable, and very concealable.
November 23, 2009, 05:45 PM
All your posts on the P11 is making me want to try one out.
Ruger made 10mm Blackhawks? That sounds like a neat revolver.
November 23, 2009, 07:26 PM
Yes, you can find them on the net = but they are spendy.
Buckeye Sports offered them. They were convertible in 38-40 and 10mm.
Very nice in 10mm but few used the 38-40 cylinder.
I'm not so sure that the Blackhawk frame would stand up to many of my hot
hand loads, but I'd still like to have one someday.