I've been thinking about getting another 9mm revolver for a while now, but they seem pretty pricey on GunBroker. Then I realized I've already got a S&W M649-3 that doesn't get used much at all, but feels really good every time I pick it up. Then I found the TK Custom website (moonclips.com) and learned they could convert the M649's cylinder to use 9mm Luger and moonclips.
Anybody here had this conversion done? How well does it work? I'm not concerned about the .357" barrel, as I can reload .357" bullets in 9mm cases if necessary.
Thanks in advance for your observations and experiences.
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September 25, 2010, 11:32 AM
Well, it's $250 to rechamber and recess for clips and the clips are $7 each. That would be a pretty good down payment on a new gun.
September 25, 2010, 11:57 AM
I had Pinnacle High Performance rechamber a S&W 360J for me about two years ago. Mark did a great job on the conversion and some other work on the gun. I've carried it almost every day since and it is my BUG when on duty. It is accurate and reliable, I've shot 9mm (standard pressure and +P+), .38 Super, and even some 9x23 Winchester with no problems, though I usually carry it loaded with 9mm. I had no problem qualifying with it, I haven't noticed any appreciable loss in accuracy. Mark charges $225 for a J-frame conversion and I buy my moonclips direct from S&W, they're about $1.35 each. Check his website and give him a call - www.pinnacle-guns.com.
Here's a link to my first write up about my gun - http://www.snipershide.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=954001&Searchpage=1&Main=73831&Words=9mm+snubby&Search=true