s&w N- frame for ccw?


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gibson_es
March 14, 2013, 02:41 PM
Anyone carry one? Im really wanting the 325 for carry instead of my g30sf. Im thinking it couldnt be bigger then a g30 bit is it any smaller?

What about the width and length of the grip compared to each other?

I understand im giving up 5 round of 45acp but i feel more comfortable with revolvers. Im not getting rid of any of my 45 semi autos. But i wanna carry a revolver. I choose this gun because i wanna stay with 45 acp and i like s&w's over all others i have handles and shot.

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LordDunsany
March 14, 2013, 03:39 PM
Practice a lot, get to where you can deploy, fire 6, reload, fire 6 more... in your sleep. Then reconsider actually doing it.

I love six-shooters but in these times, even my G19 seems barely enough. When TSHTF it's never, ever, like you imagine it will be. All you can do is be proficient, vigilant and well-equipped.

After seeing the elephant, your worldview changes a lot.

Ron in Texas

PabloJ
March 14, 2013, 04:09 PM
Anyone carry one? Im really wanting the 325 for carry instead of my g30sf. Im thinking it couldnt be bigger then a g30 bit is it any smaller?

What about the width and length of the grip compared to each other?

I understand im giving up 5 round of 45acp but i feel more comfortable with revolvers. Im not getting rid of any of my 45 semi autos. But i wanna carry a revolver. I choose this gun because i wanna stay with 45 acp and i like s&w's over all others i have handles and shot.
Ok, I will not ask why, but using comfortable round butt grips on 325 would make the grip about 0.5 to 0.75 inch shorter then grip of Glock 21. I hope that helps.

pendennis
March 14, 2013, 04:15 PM
I alternate my S&W 325NG, with a couple of other revolvers. It's no more difficult to carry than my Model 65 (3" barrel).

As with any revolver, practice - practice - practice. Loading and reloading is easier than any other revolver. The full-moon clips are very handy.

The stock grips (mine are Pachmayr) are not very comfortable. I finally switched them out for a set of Ahrends RB Combat stocks.

The recoil is just a bit more than a comparable .38 Special, and very easily managed. My defense load is a 250gr LSWC RN.

Here's a photo with the Ahrend's stocks. I carry it in a Don Hume J.I.T holster, and it's very easy to carry all day.
http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu331/pendennis1947/AhrendsOn325NGLFT.jpg

willypete
March 14, 2013, 04:51 PM
I'll carry a 4" Redhawk at times. IWB is doable with a Simply Rugged Pancake holster, but it's not something I carry every day. A 2" SP101 or 5" 1911 is much more comfortable. I can't comment about the grip of the Glock, never having owned that model.

righteoushoot
March 14, 2013, 08:43 PM
I just got a set like the Ivory ones seen in this link on the j frame, but only for the N frame. They really cut down on the overall size.

http://www.ajaxcustomgrips.com/index.html

grainfed
March 15, 2013, 12:54 AM
pendennis and I think the same way. I carry mine in a custom Adams IWB that Eric made for me last year. Have to check to make sure it's there sometimes as the holster could not be more comfortable.

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc187/Grainfed/IMG_0931.jpg


http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc187/Grainfed/IMG_0985.jpg


http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc187/Grainfed/IMG_0988.jpg

Scipio Africanus
March 15, 2013, 01:15 AM
I carry an N-frame almost every day. I had a 325TR and I wish I'd never sold it. These days it is a 629. Toothy creatures are a real threat were I live.
+1 on Simply Rugged leather.

farm23
March 15, 2013, 11:51 AM
I carry a 44 mag 3" 629 every day on the farm with a OWB Simply Rugged holster and it does not hinder my movements. If I had the money I might get a 329NG but this rig works for me.

Sam1911
March 15, 2013, 11:51 AM
Sometimes. I have a Hoffner's kydex IWB rig for my 4" 629.

wlewisiii
March 15, 2013, 12:11 PM
My normal CCW is a .32 ACP pistol however occasionally I feel the need to carry something a "bit" larger. So for those days, I have a pancake holster for my 625 Mountain Gun. Between that and my Ahrends Retro Banana grips, it's no worse than a full size 1911. My other option is a shoulder holster for it, depending on weather & clothing. The carriers for the two speedloaders of .45 Colt are bigger pain than the revolver at that point.

Certaindeaf
March 15, 2013, 12:28 PM
I used to conceal carry a 4" M-29 a long time ago. Under a T shirt.. 5'11, 150lbs. That thing was a whomping hammer.

savit260
March 15, 2013, 03:52 PM
A 4" N frame with the right grips isn't going to be a big deal to carry IWB with a very good holster and belt combo.

As with most guns under 6"... the grip is going to be the hardest part to conceal. Fat blocky grips will be tricky.. slimmer rounded ones... not so much.

IMO, when barrel length gets over 6 inches, things can get a little tricky, but under that is not difficult at all.

Loc n Load
March 15, 2013, 11:54 PM
I have carried N frames concealed since the 70's, my normal carry is a S&W M-58 4" 41 mag with the hammer spur trimmed off, a M-29 4" with a despurred hammer or a Lew Horton S&W M-24 RB 44 spl with the spur removed. Carry them IWB in CABO leather or OWB in a high ride pancake with no thumb break. I have carried them wearing shorts and T-shirts or polo's, with the right holster, belt and clothing they are concealable. All my N carry guns have Houge synthetic grips with finger grooves.

Deaf Smith
March 16, 2013, 10:00 PM
I guess if weight does not bother you then a good N snub ought to do it.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=177928&d=1358567481

The 'N' frame at the top is my 625-3 .45 ACP, followed by my 66-3, and then at the bottom my old 640 in .38 Spl (my first carry gun under Texas CHL.)

Deaf

Rexster
March 17, 2013, 11:36 AM
I carried a 4" Model 58 .41 Mag in the 1980s, on the clock in a duty rig, and off the clock in various IWB and OWB rigs. I gave up carrying N-frames because, really, they are too big for my hands to shoot well in DA mode, with a proper grip. Concealment and comfort while carrying were not problems.

As for anxiety about having only six rounds available, well, I believe most gunfights are decided with the first few rounds, so while higher capacity is a good thing to have, it is not the most important factor in staying alive. I tend to shoot medium and medium-large DA
sixguns well, under stress, which I find comforting.

I do see my threat profile as being a bit higher than normal, so I mitigate the limited
capacity of revolvers by carrying second guns. The second gun may be an auto or revolver; I am not prejudiced in that regard. One of the two is almost always a revolver, and it does not matter which one is "primary."

tomrkba
March 17, 2013, 04:46 PM
Oh yeah!! Carry it!! I just hedge my bet with a J-Frame in the off-side pocket with a speed strip in the strong side pocket.

I even occasionally carry all fifty+ ounces of a Ruger Alaskan in the appendix position. I prefer my Model 24.

N-Frame + J-Frame = good to go!

http://i1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb425/tomrkba/firearms/revolvers/Ruger-Alaskan/Alaskan-800x600-muzzle.jpg

http://i1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb425/tomrkba/firearms/revolvers/Smith%20Model%2024/photo-22-4.jpg

JoelSteinbach
March 17, 2013, 10:21 PM
I did carry a S&W Mountain Gun in 41 mag until old age got to me, now it a Kimber ultra or a S&W 360PD, love the N's but the weight gets opressive for an old guy

righteoushoot
March 18, 2013, 08:25 AM
Hey Tomrkba, do you mind if I ask where those Kydex Speed Strip holders are from? Looks interesting. I don't believe I have seen those before. Thanks.

tomrkba
March 18, 2013, 11:40 AM
I build those speed strip holders myself. They have very little tension--the strip stays in it so long as it is in the pocket. You can buy all the stuff from knifekits.com. I use .06" thick kydex.

righteoushoot
March 18, 2013, 07:27 PM
TY Tom :)

tomrkba
March 18, 2013, 10:14 PM
Are you going to try to make one? Thread has a list of tools and general guidelines. The holder is much easier than a holster (not that making a holster is difficult).

Pictoral Guide to Making a Kydex Holster (http://rugerforum.net/projects/49884-pictoral-guide-making-kydex-holster.html
)

http: //rugerforum.net/projects/49884-pictoral-guide-making-kydex-holster.html

^ remove the space

Tony_the_tiger
March 18, 2013, 10:19 PM
Just go buy a bunch of Guayabera style shirts. People will compliment you on your classiness. The High Road will compliment you on your N-Frame.

Go OWB.

Give Lobogunleather a shot for a really nice leather holster.

righteoushoot
March 19, 2013, 09:26 AM
I was thinking about it Tom. I figured start simple to learn the necessary skills. By the way, your link only opened to the general website for me. I would be interested if you have the link.

In line at Lobo. Can't wait. :D

tomrkba
March 19, 2013, 10:11 PM
Try pasting the link in post #22 into your browser minus the space character. It didn't work for me either for some reason.

Jaymo
March 20, 2013, 12:05 AM
You could do a LOT worse than an N frame Smith as a defensive gun. Especially in a caliber starting with 4.
I used to carry a Taurus Model 44 .44 mag (same size as Smith 29) with a 4" barrel daily.

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