So many snubbies!


November 4, 2012, 12:04 AM
I love it! With today's trend of concealed carry, there is at least a dozen different.38 cal.Snubbies to choose from! Even more if you include the .357 Snubbies in the bunch.
Being a fan of the caliber/barrel length, I am in Heaven looking and reading about them!
I wish there Was a Snubbie dedicated Forum to collect all the data on the net about them.

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November 4, 2012, 02:00 AM
not all the data, by any stretch, but still fun:

November 4, 2012, 09:29 AM
ZVP, we got a lot snubmasters ( ?if that is a real word) right here, Post, and ask question, or just brag.
This is my favorite, Smith 649.

November 4, 2012, 09:37 AM
With full-length grips carrying a snubby doesn't make sense. My J-Frame has short, rounded grips and actually conceals.

Face it. The humpback J-Frames are FUGLY.

BTW, mine's a SW model 36, and I qualified two weeks ago with it for an off-duty/BUG in my LE agency. I'm looking forward to purchasing a hammer to play around with and bobb the spur off of.

November 4, 2012, 10:06 AM
Any love for this one?

November 4, 2012, 10:57 AM
I understand the full length grip on a magnum; makes firing it a lot more enjoyable. But it does not make them more concealable. In fact, you lose concealability.

November 4, 2012, 11:14 AM
GT has a snubbie subforum, there are BUG forums around.

November 4, 2012, 12:00 PM
I purcased a Model 36with an owner bobbed hammer and love it! Doubt I'll ever go back to the original configuration. D/A just seems perfectly natural. The smooth profilee is great for snag-free draws.
The round,small grip makes for the best concealment profile. Uncle Mikes Boot Grip makes for a secure grip while not loosing a bit for hiding the gun out.
There are many .38 Special loads so locating a proper, center hitting round can be found.
Thanks for the website tip!

November 4, 2012, 01:36 PM
A dozen snubbies? Heck, Charter arms alone has that many and so does S&W and Taurus. Let's make it 4 dozen. Why not ? For concealability and power in a small gun , not to mention reliability, and simplicity, it is very hard to beat for self protection.

November 4, 2012, 01:50 PM
My dream plinker a 3" j-frame in .22lr :)

November 4, 2012, 08:06 PM
Gotta love a snub. Easy to carry, incredibly reliable, potent calibers. :)

November 4, 2012, 08:12 PM
I passed on 63 and 651 J frame snubbies, years ago - I was broke. Sigh. Now they are pricey old guns.

November 4, 2012, 08:30 PM
Face it. The humpback J-Frames are FUGLY.

For the most part, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, accordingly, I categorically disagree :)

All my Lifesavers are round, with a hole in the middle, and they taste minty.

November 4, 2012, 08:57 PM
Don't believe the "hump-backs" are FUGLY at all - especially the S&W Models 49/649. They've got a hammer (sort-of) that allows for single action play.

S&W Model 649

And a few more snubs -
Above: M629-4 3" & M624nd 3" LHS
Below: M19-6, M60nd, M10-5

November 4, 2012, 08:59 PM
Face it. The humpback J-Frames are FUGLY

I love snubbies, have 6 of them, including one of them Fugly ones. They serve a purpose and do something none of the other styles can do. Draw from the pocket without catching, and allow Single Action fire. When I carry a snub, its my 638 with Crimson Trace. You cant get any better than that. The Taurus in the first pic is 9mm

Cocked & Locked
November 4, 2012, 09:55 PM
I be loving me some snubbies :scrutiny:

Cocked & Locked
November 4, 2012, 09:57 PM

November 4, 2012, 10:45 PM
Don't believe the "hump-backs" are FUGLY at all - especially the S&W Models 49/649. They've got a hammer (sort-of) that allows for single action play.

S&W Model 649

And a few more snubs
Do you mind naming off the five in your bottom pic

November 4, 2012, 11:28 PM
Appealing yet appalling... the allure of the short revolver. Sexy in design and simultaneously brutal in its intentions.

IMO the best hideout gun ever made:

For when I am feeling nostalgic...

Daily working gun...

Just in case open carry becomes legal in my state...

November 5, 2012, 06:19 AM
Deepest thanks for all the 649 love.

November 5, 2012, 07:05 AM
I have two Charter Arms Undercover .38 revolvers. The first one I purchased new in 1987, the day I was sworn in as a cop, at a police supply store I had been taken to for uniform fitting. It rode BU and OD duty for quite some time after that, and has always been a solid and reliable performer. With its anodized barrel/ejector shroud, it's quite handsome, too.
The second one is 21 years older, which makes it the same age as I am. Though my dad and I did not know each other as I was growing up, it turned out he did some time in law enforcement around the same time as I was. His choice of a BU/OD gun was this one. We had re-connected around 2000 or so, and his gun (along with his Ruger Service Six) became mine on his death in 2010.
I don't carry them often, but do every now and then when I feel some need for nostalgia.

November 5, 2012, 07:24 AM
So lovely.

The most simple of all SD-guns.

November 5, 2012, 07:42 AM
this post is snub porn.. im a preacher and was lusting.. sheesh

(not particularly fond of the "hump" backs...but hey.. different flavs for diff folks..

thanks for this post

November 5, 2012, 08:00 AM
'Almost' a snub

Actually looking to trade for LCR.

November 5, 2012, 08:14 AM
Lawman MKIII's.......

November 5, 2012, 08:49 AM
With full-length grips carrying a snubby doesn't make sense. My J-Frame has short, rounded grips and actually conceals.

Agree with the alloy frames that will be pocket carried. I have the stock Taurus boot grip on my 85SSUL. But, on the SP101, a Hogue conceals VERY well, round butt profile. You won't be carrying a SP101 in a pocket unless you're Hulk Hogan, anyway. The thing weighs 27 ounces unloaded.

I have a 3" Taurus 66 for belt/iwb/owb/fanny pack carry. It's over 30 ounces and the Hogue on it isn't as small for CCW, but it carries 6 and I much prefer a 3" barrel in a .357 magnum. The gun is an amazing shooter, too, very accurate and easy to shoot heavy loads from. The SP101 is a little rough with hot loads, but quite manageable. I may get another one, this time with a 3" tube. :D

November 5, 2012, 09:44 AM
My fave carry gun...

(Attached photo is with rubber grips, but I prefer the wood.)

November 5, 2012, 12:10 PM
TennJed - added/edited nomenclature to the pic - should have done that in the first place.

Not at all suprised to see so many really nice revolvers from other members. I start giggling half way thru some of these threads when members show their good stuff.
I just wish I'd started my "little" hobby 40 years ago.


November 5, 2012, 12:18 PM

November 5, 2012, 12:48 PM

WHOA, I'd love to have that first Colt pictured, nice carry piece!

November 5, 2012, 01:34 PM
I have a S&W 60-2 and it's a perfect pocket carry for a backup.

November 5, 2012, 02:04 PM

That one traveled a long ways over the years. From Los Angeles, California in 1934 to a small town gunshop in Maine. I'd love to know the story of why it ended up here. I picture it in some travelers pocket on a train travelling across country.

November 5, 2012, 06:19 PM
My snubbie collection is nowhere near the awesomeness of some of the previous, but here are some of mine:

November 5, 2012, 07:18 PM

November 5, 2012, 07:50 PM
Here's my Snubbie:

November 5, 2012, 08:22 PM
I'm dizzy now.

November 5, 2012, 08:43 PM
I got a night stand queen 1968 Charter Undercover and it is my best pocket buddy!

I want to get another one but Dr bills are kicking my 6.

November 5, 2012, 08:44 PM
Great thread.

November 5, 2012, 09:14 PM
Here is a few with my model 19 peeking in.

November 5, 2012, 09:16 PM
Snubbies are SEXY !!

November 5, 2012, 09:43 PM
Wow. My picture turned out more horrific than I thought. I promise not to post any more pictures from my cell phone. Horrific.

November 5, 2012, 09:49 PM
Wow. My picture turned out more horrific than I thought. I promise not to post any more pictures from my cell phone. Horrific.

the picture its self isnt really that bad...its just that its at an angle that kind of makes you dizzy.

here it is rotated 90*

November 5, 2012, 10:09 PM
Bought a set of the Pro Comp Grips, as seen on the M60, for my M&P340. Very nice grips. Not as concealable, but gives ya a good handful of grip. Put my silver/black Altamont boot grips on when I want concealability. Gotta love all them snubbies!!!

November 5, 2012, 10:23 PM
Thanks for fixing the angle for me M-Cameron. I couldn't get it to rotate.

November 5, 2012, 10:38 PM
Yeah,I know what you mean by wishing there was a separate forum and all, just for the snubs ! A friend of mine sold me a Colt Lawman MK III .357 snub was a retired Police Oficers Duty revolver.I have to find out what year it was made.The only thing I know so far is that they were made from 1969-83 I'll do the research on it as soon as I get the chance and I put a picture in the thread for sure.The bluing is nice and it shoots good too.I dont have a problem shooting a soda can at 20yds and I think for a snubie...well you be the judge!This was with factory Rem. Ammo.Anyway I just love this revolver and it has found it's permanent home sweet home (ha ha) oh I paid $275 for it which I thought was very good.I'm a happy camper :D :p :D

November 5, 2012, 11:01 PM
What kind of get is the first one in post #17 and can you still by one new?

November 6, 2012, 06:40 AM
What kind of get is the first one in post #17 and can you still by one new?
That is a S&W model 66.
One of the finest handguns EVER produced!
You cannot buy new ones....because they are no longer produced. (unless you can find one for 1200 bucks "NIB")
I sold mine off (duhh) to purchase some plastic wondernine.....and have regretted it ever since.
I will have another one someday....a -4 model, my favorite!

November 6, 2012, 11:06 PM
What's the next best thing to a 66?

November 6, 2012, 11:28 PM
What's the next best thing to a 66?
A model 65 or 67. lolz

November 7, 2012, 10:25 AM
Neat revolvers all!

Like the grips with the hook to stuff in a waistband. :)

Cocked & Locked
November 7, 2012, 10:41 AM
I like those too! Who made them? All I've seen are the Barami and Don Collins made ones.

November 7, 2012, 10:55 AM

November 7, 2012, 05:43 PM
I like those too! Who made them? All I've seen are the Barami and Don Collins made ones.
De Santis I think it was. I bought them at Not terribly expensive, and while not squishy like the original rubber grips they have a good feel to them.

That and 22 lr recoil is not all THAT bad! (LOL)

November 7, 2012, 08:46 PM
Snubbies are too useful to switch to something else. I'm fine with the humpback models.


November 7, 2012, 08:49 PM
dude grim where did you get that holster that goes on a strap that's awesome

1 old 0311-1
November 7, 2012, 10:18 PM
Here ya go. ALL Combat Magnums.

November 7, 2012, 10:26 PM
horsemen61, it's a Maxpedition Janus extension pocket.

The backpack is Maxpedition, too. The only thing in the pouch is the revolver. It's not the quickest thing to draw from, but it's extremely useful when you're riding a bicycle or motorcycle, or when hiking.


November 7, 2012, 10:37 PM
cool thanks for letting me know.

November 8, 2012, 06:35 AM
What's the next best thing to a 66?
Go on Gunbroker and find a well-cared-for, used one for around 550-700 dollars!

November 8, 2012, 07:15 AM
The only revolver to cater to the lefties .

November 8, 2012, 08:31 AM
Here ya go. ALL Combat Magnums.

Way to go Marine.

November 29, 2012, 12:22 AM
I guess "snubbies" come, proportionately, in different sizes.

My "always" (always on me) .38 Special snubbie, a S&W Model 37 Airweight (aluminum frame) J-frame from 1971. I've saved the original, mint factory stocks and use elk stags from Patrick Grashorn + a Tyler T grip . . .

Here's a S&W Model 36 "flat latch/diamond stocks" from 1964 (a steel-framed J-frame) and a Colt Agent (aluminum frame snubbie) from 1961. Yeah, I like the older ones!

Moving up in size and power, here's a Model 19-5 (K-frame) w/ 2 1/2" barrel in .357 Magnum from around 1982 . . . quite a gun!

And my umm . . . favorite "snubbie" a BIG ("N" frame) S&W Model 25-2 .45ACP target revolver, with its 6 1/2 barrel chopped to 3 1/4." PROPORTIONATELY it is "kind of" a snubbie. It is a tackdriver too! My favorite handgun of all time!!!

Yep, there's something about a bad guy staring at the huge holes of the cylinder and barrel of a short barreled, large-frame .45ACP revolver to help him decide it just ain't worth it!!!

November 29, 2012, 12:35 AM
Any love for this one?
I just sold one of the 3 1/16 version. Good gun. Just prefer my Speed Six (2 3/4) better! :) And the Speed really isn't that much larger for carry.

November 29, 2012, 12:44 AM
Damn 0311!!!

(wiping drool)



November 29, 2012, 09:06 AM
I too prefer to carry snub nose guns. Although they do take practice and good technique to master. Once you learn to shoot shorties well, all longer barrel guns are gravy! They certainly aren't range guns but can be shot well by me out to 20 yards or so.

I do like the idea of a dedicated snub sub forum and would definitely spend time in one. Some of you own very nice shorties and have raised the bar for the rest of us. I really do appreciate the pictures that were posted, only a persons imagination limits what can be done to these ventilators.

Mac Attack
November 29, 2012, 12:39 PM
I have been carrying my Colt Commando Special off and on for the last few months but lately it has taken over as my primary carry more often then not. I really like how light it is compared to my other carry options and I literally forget its there. If it wasn't for the speedstrip of 6 rounds in my pocket I would forget I even had it on me. Question, how do you all carry spare rounds? I tried speedloaders but they felt heavy in my pocket so I went to speedstrips but am trying to find a better way to carry them.

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