Large Bore Snub Nose?


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TanklessPro
December 8, 2013, 09:08 PM
Another thread got me thinking.
Most of my wheelies are Smiths and was thinking I need a snub nose. I have several 4" or longer 357's. I want a large bore snub nose for CC. I prefer SS but I do love some good bluing.
So let's see what y'all suggest and pictures don't hurt at all.

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460Kodiak
December 8, 2013, 09:28 PM
S&W 696. 3" 44 spl. They can be found from time to time on Gunbroker.com for around $1000.

Mayvik
December 8, 2013, 09:30 PM
Are the "classic" style Charter Bulldogs released yet?

243winxb
December 8, 2013, 10:47 PM
Seen a Taurus Raging Bull 454 2 1/4" barrel at the club this summer.

silicosys4
December 8, 2013, 11:16 PM
If you run across one of these, they are great guns, and usually underrated and underpriced. Astra terminator .44 mag 2 3/4"

silicosys4
December 8, 2013, 11:18 PM
And another pic from the side

SharpsDressedMan
December 9, 2013, 01:00 AM
Snubnoses don't get much bigger than this: .................................... http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC06663_zpsb65b97f4.jpg (http://s106.photobucket.com/user/matquig/media/DSC06663_zpsb65b97f4.jpg.html)http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC05993.jpg (http://s106.photobucket.com/user/matquig/media/DSC05993.jpg.html)

Lucky Derby
December 9, 2013, 02:53 AM
3" 696 (.44 SPL), 3" 625(.45 ACP or Colt), 3" 624(.44 SPL).

evan price
December 9, 2013, 04:11 AM
Ruger makes the Alaskan (Snub nose Super Redhawk) in 44 mag, 454 Casull and 480 Ruger.

Alternatively a S&W 396 in 44 special, or a S&W 325 in 45 auto might be more recoil-friendly.

bannockburn
December 9, 2013, 06:45 AM
Always thought the Colt Lawman with a 2" barrel made for an awesome .357 snubbie.

KSCCHTrainer
December 9, 2013, 07:41 AM
If you can find one - the discontinued Taurus model 445 which is a stainless 2" barreled DAO, 5 shot .44 special. It's only slightly larger than a J-frame Smith, a little heavier, but it fits the pocket nicely. I think they made a DA/SA model of this as well but not sure on that.

Bought mine off a forum member here a couple years ago and been carrying it ever since in a modified "Uncle Mike's" pocket holster. (Had to open up one side a little to allow it to cover the trigger.)

Jim

farm23
December 9, 2013, 10:03 AM
I have a 3" 629 but have thought of getting a lighter one for every day carry and the Charter Arms is probably the one I will end up with. There are others out there but they are more expensive. My friend has a CA and has shot 100's of 200 gr thru it without problems.

pendennis
December 9, 2013, 10:06 AM
This one is still in my carry rotation:
http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu331/pendennis1947/AhrendsOn325NGLFT.jpg

dprice3844444
December 9, 2013, 10:30 AM
http://www.gunbroker.com/All/BI.aspx?Keywords=ruger+alaskan

mgkdrgn
December 9, 2013, 11:25 AM
Taurus 450, snub nose, ported, 45 Colt. Comes in steel and an ultralight version.

Been out of production for about 10 years, but you still find 'em around.

Nothing like having 45 Colt as a pocket carry! :evil:

Coyote3855
December 9, 2013, 11:39 AM
I like my stainless Ruger Security Six with the 2" barrel.

Old Fuff
December 9, 2013, 12:24 PM
One of my pet carry revolvers is a Taurus model 445. My particular variant is slightly larger the a S&W K-frame, blued hi-carbon steel, 5-shot, .44 Special. Barrel length is 2 inches and not ported.

I much prefer it over any .357 Magnum with a similar configuration. Less blast and flash, and the bullet is expanded before it leaves the bore.

It's a bit large and heavy for side pocket carry, but works well from an IWB rig or in a coat pocket during colder weather.

SwampWolf
December 9, 2013, 01:06 PM
I'm not sure if the .41 Magnum qualifies as being a "big bore" or not, but I've had good experiences with my 5-shot, s/s, Taurus Model 415 revolver chambered in this fine cartridge. The gun appears to be a hair larger than a Smith K-frame and is surprisingly controllable with quick, follow-up shots (the "ribbed" grips and ported barrel seems to help in handling recoil). I like the fact that it has a 2 1/2" barrel (as opposed to the 2" length) and, though the ported barrel helps in controlling recoil, this advantage is somewhat offset by the increased muzzle flash. Seldom in life can you have your cake and eat it too...:(

Ditchtiger
December 9, 2013, 01:11 PM
Old Fuff,

You must have an older model.
I bought a 445ul this fall, it only weighs 22 ounces.

Snake Plisskin
December 9, 2013, 01:37 PM
Well a good ole 2.5" 686 would CC you nicely however its .357 but still a good choice. IMO

http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab138/bsufan1103/006-2.jpg (http://s857.photobucket.com/user/bsufan1103/media/006-2.jpg.html)

9mmfan
December 9, 2013, 01:53 PM
Probably not what you had in mind, and 3.5" is pushing it for snub nose territory, but I am a fan of this one:
http://i414.photobucket.com/albums/pp225/9mmfan/897DE1D6-8977-4D59-BE15-935F0ABA1FDA-13503-00000A1DCA1EF927_zps6ed0d2e0.jpg (http://s414.photobucket.com/user/9mmfan/media/897DE1D6-8977-4D59-BE15-935F0ABA1FDA-13503-00000A1DCA1EF927_zps6ed0d2e0.jpg.html)

A 3" .44 special would be pretty cool. I'm not in a position to buy any more guns right now, so I haven't bothered to look into it much.

wproct
December 9, 2013, 04:40 PM
I second the motion for a 2.5" 686. Technically not a large bore, but still a handful of snubby.:)

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p6/wproct/015-1.jpg (http://s124.photobucket.com/user/wproct/media/015-1.jpg.html)

Deaf Smith
December 9, 2013, 09:51 PM
If you want a real big bore snub... find a 625 3 inch .45 ACP.

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

Mine at the top will fire .45 Supers all day. And .45 ACPs are tack drivers in it.

Of course you might also want a S&W 66 snub or a older 640 .38 snub to go with it.

Deaf

Cocked & Locked
December 10, 2013, 07:52 AM
Worn these pictures out posting them in the past...here they are again.


S&W 629-5 .44 magnum, 2.5" & fixed sights

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6259637/406740100.jpg


Colt 1917 .45 acp, 2.5" & adjustable S&W sights

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6259764/330374854.jpg


They share the same leather ;)


http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6259637/406740101.jpg
http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6259764/330374837.jpg

Deltaboy
December 10, 2013, 08:15 AM
Cool guns.

Hometeached1
December 10, 2013, 05:07 PM
S&W 310 night guard. You can shoot 10mm or .40 s&w.

Nomad
December 10, 2013, 05:30 PM
I agree with what has already been said as a short barrel S&W in 357 up to 44 Mag is hard to beat. This would include the 45 ACP. Of course I'd carry 44 Spl in the 44 Mag for self defense,

Tony_the_tiger
December 10, 2013, 07:36 PM
.44 Special snub, S&W 296. Packs a good punch!

Featured with Hogue grips and Buffalo Bore 200 grain hardcast wadcutters, but currently using the OEM Unce Mike's rubber grips and Corbon 200 grain DPX TAC-XP copper hollowpoints.

http://i978.photobucket.com/albums/ae269/kiwirat33/296expose_zps5ee8ce38.jpg

http://i978.photobucket.com/albums/ae269/kiwirat33/296topviewjpg_zps49ac01a5.jpg

http://i978.photobucket.com/albums/ae269/kiwirat33/296Distribution_zps50ce5920.jpg

Phil DeGraves
December 10, 2013, 07:38 PM
I like the M24 Smith 3 inch.

wnycollector
December 10, 2013, 08:07 PM
I really enjoy carrying my SS Taurus 431 3" 44 special. Loaded with Underwood's 200gr Gold Dot it makes a very reliable, compact CCW.

TanklessPro
December 10, 2013, 08:11 PM
WOW:what:

I really like the 629!

22-rimfire
December 10, 2013, 08:24 PM
I would be inclined to try out a lightweight Taurus (415 or similar) in 41 or 44 mag and then shoot the lower powered stuff from either. This is about the only revolver they make that I would be willing to "try out" and take my lumps.

Geezer Glide
December 10, 2013, 08:29 PM
Large bore snubby? Here's an old Charter Arms Bulldog that has been shortened to 2 inches. It may not be as pretty as some others on here but with a 300 gr slug, it means business.

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h174/horry_dresser/bulldog_zps9a341f61.jpg

Gun Master
December 10, 2013, 10:43 PM
I used to own a 1917 S&W, that I got in trade from a friend, who had the original gun altered by bobbing the hammer, and cutting the barrel to 3". It was some bad gun, but I got tired of lugging it around, with 6 .45ACP, which made it VERY HEAVY ! I refuse to reveal what gun I traded it for ! :banghead:

WC145
December 11, 2013, 09:00 AM
Back before S&W and the other factories saw the light and got into the big bore snubby game your choices were very limited. Charter Arms was a pioneer with 3" Bulldog .44spl, which came out in '73 or '74. However, if you wanted something more robust you had to go to someone like Austin Behlert or the Jovino shop and have one built. They were cutting down N-frames and round butting the grip frames (among other mods) to meet the need for a powerful, concealable revolver. Interestingly, Mag-na-port still offers similar snubby conversions on large frame, big bore revolvers today.

This gun is an Austin Behlert customized S&W 25-2 .45ACP revolver, the finish is Armoloy hard chrome-
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-IUZ9nCPmqEQ/T0oliH_MgyI/AAAAAAAAD8Y/kU9sRtCA1-U/w758-h553-no/SDC11834.JPG

If you needed big bore pocket power back when .38s ruled the snubby roost, Mag-na-port offered a custom Charter Arms Bulldog .44spl called the "BackPacker". They built 250 of them in the late '70s, mine is number 128-
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-fwNb4qksb7Q/Tq17sZQcbfI/AAAAAAAADyk/-op1cBjspnE/w928-h524-no/SDC11704.JPG

Barry the Bear
December 11, 2013, 12:42 PM
All of these are great guns guys! silicosys4, Ive been looking for an astra .44 for awhile now, whats the price they go for?

Rexster
December 13, 2013, 05:57 PM
S&W N-frames are just a bit too big for me to be able to reach the trigger when shooting in DA mode. Shooting N-fames with a compromised "h" grip in the 1980s is probably largely responsible for my right wrist becoming increasingly crippled today. Now that my centerfire shooting is mostly done as a lefty these days, my big bore snubby is a Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan, with an original-style GP100 grip, a configuration which allows me to shoot DA with a properly-centered grip.

No Quarter
December 13, 2013, 08:42 PM
I am a fan of the Astra Terminator. Mine has proven to be a nice revolver.

Nite Ryder
December 13, 2013, 10:25 PM
I've carried a Kimber 1911 Ultra Carry for several years and was very happy with it. It was easy to conceal in the holster I used and a great gun to shoot. In July of this year I got a used S&W 386 PD because I liked short barrel revolvers in 357 Mag, already had a S&W Model 19 with a 2.5" barrel that I was thinking about using for my daily concealed carry gun. I fell in love with the 386PD as soon as I shot it, it is so light weight that you don't know it is in the holster. I think it is the best 'carry gun' I have ever used. I saw another one at our local gun show last weekend, it's the only one I've seen for sale, ever. I wanted to buy it for my wife, but was too cheap to spend the $770 the owner wanted for it. I also for a Taurus 627 that is very light weight and would work well for concealed carry if it didn't have a 4" barrel. My S&W 610 would be a caliber I would prefer, but the gun is too heavy to be a good concealed carry gun and I just couldn't cut the barrel down to 2.5" and live with myself.

Cocked & Locked
December 14, 2013, 09:18 AM
Large bore snubby? Here's an old Charter Arms Bulldog that has been shortened to 2 inches. It may not be as pretty as some others on here but with a 300 gr slug, it means business.

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h174/horry_dresser/bulldog_zps9a341f61.jpg

I like that!

Gladius
December 14, 2013, 04:39 PM
S&W 624, Lew Horton special:

ghitch75
December 14, 2013, 06:23 PM
325PD.....

http://i39.tinypic.com/n2eetd.jpg

silicosys4
December 15, 2013, 05:56 AM
All of these are great guns guys! silicosys4, Ive been looking for an astra .44 for awhile now, whats the price they go for?

I traded into mine for a zasteva ez9 And 4 mags I was into for $375 or so if I remember right. The former owner paid $550 I think.

ZVP
December 15, 2013, 09:45 AM
Very specialised revolvers for special tasks! They won;t do for everyone but the guy who needs one really needs it!
Recoil and muzzleblast must be abusive as hell but like I said thes are special purpose guns.
Funny how Colt addressed the problem WAAAAY back with the "Thunderer"! and Shopkeeper!
Hauling long barreled BP revolvers around mase me very aware of big OAL and holstering considerations.
Intresting topic to think over!
BPDave

Gun Master
December 15, 2013, 08:20 PM
Very specialised revolvers for special tasks! They won;t do for everyone but the guy who needs one really needs it!
Recoil and muzzleblast must be abusive as hell but like I said thes are special purpose guns.
Funny how Colt addressed the problem WAAAAY back with the "Thunderer"! and Shopkeeper!
Hauling long barreled BP revolvers around mase me very aware of big OAL and holstering considerations.
Intresting topic to think over!
BPDave
Smaller "big" gun, and BIG hole ! Works for me ! :evil:

19-3Ben
December 16, 2013, 08:30 AM
Recoil and muzzleblast must be abusive as hell

I don't currently own a big-bore snubby, but based on the ones I've shot, they are not bad.
Typical large bore SD rounds like .45acp and .44spl have relatively low pressures so they tend not to be quite as abusive to the shooter as one might expect. They also have the oft described "push" rather than a "kick" to their recoil.

Now, load up with a .44 magnum, or a "ruger only" .45LC load and it could be a different story.

mgkdrgn
December 16, 2013, 01:26 PM
Taurus 450, snub nose, ported, 45 Colt. Comes in steel and an ultralight version.

Been out of production for about 10 years, but you still find 'em around.

Nothing like having 45 Colt as a pocket carry! :evil:
ooops, forgot the pic!

http://i477.photobucket.com/albums/rr138/mgkdrgn/Taurus%20450/P1030239-1040.jpg

YANKEE2500
December 18, 2013, 09:37 PM
I do like the Smith snubbies but like my SP101 a lot too.


http://i413.photobucket.com/albums/pp216/yankee2500/IMG_1219.jpg (http://s413.photobucket.com/user/yankee2500/media/IMG_1219.jpg.html)http://i413.photobucket.com/albums/pp216/yankee2500/IMG_0943.jpg (http://s413.photobucket.com/user/yankee2500/media/IMG_0943.jpg.html)http://i413.photobucket.com/albums/pp216/yankee2500/IMG_1536.jpg (http://s413.photobucket.com/user/yankee2500/media/IMG_1536.jpg.html)

S&Wfan
December 18, 2013, 10:35 PM
My favorite handgun of all time, my 3 1/4" chopped barrel S&W Model 25-2 started life in 1980 as a .45ACP 6" target revolver. I carried it concealed last weekend . . . and I love it when I can have my favorite handgun with me! This thing is incredible . . . the best trigger (single and double action I've ever experienced, radically narrowed, rounded and smoothed trigger for double action work, sharpened edged front sight for self defense situations, and more), and I can reload those moonclips as fast as I can reload my Colt 1911 limited auto!

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5134/5430384896_a8db5a286b_b.jpg

Cocked & Locked
December 18, 2013, 10:40 PM
I always like seeing pics of that 25-2 of yours :cool:

Nathanael_Greene
December 18, 2013, 11:18 PM
Charter Arms Bulldog...

Gun Master
December 18, 2013, 11:37 PM
I always like seeing pics of that 25-2 of yours :cool:
I liked this one too ! It looks a lot like the S&W 1917 chop job (3" and bobbed hammer), that I used to own . Even with the stag grips, but without the fancy front and rear sights . That is some BBB (Billy Bad Behind) gun ! I like it better than mine (used to be) . Nice Job ! :D

Gun Master
December 18, 2013, 11:45 PM
My favorite handgun of all time, my 3 1/4" chopped barrel S&W Model 25-2 started life in 1980 as a .45ACP 6" target revolver. I carried it concealed last weekend . . . and I love it when I can have my favorite handgun with me! This thing is incredible . . . the best trigger (single and double action I've ever experienced, radically narrowed, rounded and smoothed trigger for double action work, sharpened edged front sight for self defense situations, and more), and I can reload those moonclips as fast as I can reload my Colt 1911 limited auto!

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5134/5430384896_a8db5a286b_b.jpg
I like it ! Who did the work ? :)

Water-Man
December 19, 2013, 12:10 AM
Sold my Taurus M450 Ported a couple of months ago for $450.00.

Gun Master
December 19, 2013, 06:41 PM
I like it ! Who did the work ? :)
Not telling, huh ?

Dframe
December 19, 2013, 06:55 PM
Probably my favorite snub is a model 24.
Though it's not strictly a snub, I like my 4 inch fixed sight model 21 best of all. It just doesn't seem as big as it really is, with it's very slim Kim Ahrends stocks. And Six rounds of 44 special would certainly get any bad guys attention.

OCM
December 19, 2013, 10:46 PM
Scares me!! 29-2 Ported. I haven't shot it yet.

Jaymo
December 19, 2013, 11:54 PM
Nathaniel_Greene, Charter Bulldogs are absolute junk.;)
Wanna sell it?

I've been a Bulldog .44 fan since about 1987.
I have one like yours, except mine is wearing Pachmayr Compacs.
It's a very comforting gun to carry.
Not super fun to shoot a lot.
A whole lot less fun to get shot with.

TheGoldenSaber
December 20, 2013, 05:06 AM
Personally I wouldn't get anything bigger then a 357. From what I've heard and seen they aren't pleasant at all to shoot, especially if you ever have to shoot the ammo you should be carrying in them. I would go the opposite direction and get a classic .38 Special. It's a great band, and it killed Oswald so you know it's good. :D

19-3Ben
December 20, 2013, 07:40 AM
Golden Saber- they are really not that bad, depending on which one. A S&W 29/629 shooting .44spl is relatively a pussycat. OTOH, a S&W 329 shooting full house .44mag would probably be pretty unpleasant to most of not all shooters. As I said in a previous post, loads like .45LC, .45ACP, and .44spl use large heavy bullets at lower pressures than something like a .357mag. Their recoil is usually characterized as a push/shove rather than the swift kick that higher pressure rounds generate.

The weight of the gun, the specific load, and the grip design are all going to play into the felt recoil, so I don't that its fair to paint all large bore snubbies as being unpleasant. Especially because you say you won't own anything larger than a .357, and there are plenty of VERY unpleasant feeling .357magnums to shoot (340pd comes to mind).

Rollie
December 20, 2013, 10:47 AM
A taurus 405 in 40 S&W is another contender. 33 oz loaded is lighter than "n" frame smiths, and the recoil is acceptable. Mine has no issues

Nathanael_Greene
December 20, 2013, 12:01 PM
Jaymo: "Nathaniel_Greene, Charter Bulldogs are absolute junk.
Wanna sell it?"

Maybe...

TanklessPro
December 20, 2013, 10:04 PM
I know I said I like Smith's but what do y'all think about the Taurus 454 Raging Bull? A 454 Casull out of a 2" barrel?

DammitBoy
January 25, 2014, 04:32 PM
Always thought the Colt Lawman with a 2" barrel made for an awesome .357 snubbie.

Saw a nice early colt lawman mark III 2" snubbed, nickel, about 85% with ok wear. Guys asking $500 - is that a decent price? I know nothing about Colts.

This one has no shroud.

tomrkba
January 25, 2014, 05:42 PM
S&W Model 24

http://i1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb425/tomrkba/firearms/revolvers/Smith%20Model%2024/M24-white_zps7797ff0b.jpg

Iggy
January 25, 2014, 06:47 PM
http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p246/Iggy25/P1010004_zps764fa562.jpg
45 ACP/AR

Gun Master
January 25, 2014, 07:25 PM
S&W Model 24

http://i1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb425/tomrkba/firearms/revolvers/Smith%20Model%2024/M24-white_zps7797ff0b.jpg
Snubbie ? That looks like a destruction and death dealing "snout"! What a beaut !:D

Gun Master
January 25, 2014, 07:33 PM
http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p246/Iggy25/P1010004_zps764fa562.jpg
45 ACP/AR
That is one tough looking CCW ! It is somewhat similar to one I used to own, but the hammer was bobbed .:)

SharpsDressedMan
January 25, 2014, 07:42 PM
I think this is a cousin to Iggy's gun! ...................................................... http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC06327.jpg (http://s106.photobucket.com/user/matquig/media/DSC06327.jpg.html) Slightly better picture http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC06461.jpg (http://s106.photobucket.com/user/matquig/media/DSC06461.jpg.html)

Gun Master
January 25, 2014, 08:54 PM
I think this is a cousin to Iggy's gun! ...................................................... http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC06327.jpg (http://s106.photobucket.com/user/matquig/media/DSC06327.jpg.html)
Yeah ! That's what I'm talking about !:D

silicosys4
January 26, 2014, 12:45 AM
Another bulldog
If there is a contest for ugliest dog, this one has got to be in the running.
Poorly cold blued by myself,
Missing anodizing on the grip frame,
Rattles like a maraca at lockup,
Likes to sow the earth with tiny, spring loaded parts of itself during reassembly,
But it was the first gun I've had completely apart and I'm in love with it.

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i413/silicosys4/bulldog.jpg

Drail
January 26, 2014, 01:44 AM
Very cool Charter.

safd
January 26, 2014, 06:49 AM
S&W 625 I just picked up. Love it.

WC145
January 26, 2014, 09:16 AM
S&W 625 I just picked up. Love it.
Wow! That is very cool. Who did the work on it?

a-sheepdog
January 26, 2014, 09:50 AM
You guys impress me if you can conceal those hog legs! I think that a snubbie S&W model 65, 357 mag is a good choice, though I no longer own once since the divorce.

JERRY
January 26, 2014, 09:56 AM
I can't believe I didn't post some .44 holes next to some .38 holes.

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff256/JerryS357/102_8978.jpg (http://s242.photobucket.com/user/JerryS357/media/102_8978.jpg.html)

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff256/JerryS357/102_8977.jpg (http://s242.photobucket.com/user/JerryS357/media/102_8977.jpg.html)

Flintknapper
January 26, 2014, 10:04 AM
Friend of mine has a Taurus 450 (45 Long Colt), it isn't bad to shoot, lots of power from that cartridge. Handloaders could brew anything from mild to wild for it.

http://www.taurususa.com/product-details.cfm?id=229&category=Revolver

It is a discontinued model now, but if you can find a nice used one...you would certainly have a well made and powerful revolver.

TIMC
January 26, 2014, 10:36 AM
I really like my S&W Bounty Hunter in .44 mag.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v369/timc/BFF46D72-636E-4723-AEF8-09821F3D8F1B-28142-00002F163DA81AA5_zpse7063ff9.jpg

Dframe
January 26, 2014, 11:33 AM
TIMC I have one just like yours and LOVE it!

SharpsDressedMan
January 26, 2014, 11:35 AM
My cutdown 1917 is lighter than a similar sized K or L frame with underlug. I think it has something to do with the big holes in it.:)

Iggy
January 26, 2014, 01:44 PM
What SharpsDressedMan said. Light carry, big boom.

Gun Master
January 26, 2014, 04:11 PM
My cutdown 1917 is lighter than a similar sized K or L frame with underlug. I think it has something to do with the big holes in it.:)
Wow ! I'd like to see the carry rig, if you can.

SharpsDressedMan
January 26, 2014, 04:29 PM
Milt Sparks HSR, in the vertical draw style. http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC06749_zps0a19980a.jpg (http://s106.photobucket.com/user/matquig/media/DSC06749_zps0a19980a.jpg.html)http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC06750_zps258f7bce.jpg (http://s106.photobucket.com/user/matquig/media/DSC06750_zps258f7bce.jpg.html)

SharpsDressedMan
January 26, 2014, 04:34 PM
This Ruger .44 Special Sheriff's Model has just a slightly longer barrel, and a similar holster by Sparks. http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC06441.jpg (http://s106.photobucket.com/user/matquig/media/DSC06441.jpg.html)http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC06438.jpg (http://s106.photobucket.com/user/matquig/media/DSC06438.jpg.html)

Gun Master
January 27, 2014, 06:13 PM
Milt Sparks HSR, in the vertical draw style. http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC06749_zps0a19980a.jpg (http://s106.photobucket.com/user/matquig/media/DSC06749_zps0a19980a.jpg.html)http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC06750_zps258f7bce.jpg (http://s106.photobucket.com/user/matquig/media/DSC06750_zps258f7bce.jpg.html)
Nice! I like the Ruger too.

Gun Master
January 27, 2014, 06:17 PM
This Ruger .44 Special Sheriff's Model has just a slightly longer barrel, and a similar holster by Sparks. http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC06441.jpg (http://s106.photobucket.com/user/matquig/media/DSC06441.jpg.html)http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC06438.jpg (http://s106.photobucket.com/user/matquig/media/DSC06438.jpg.html)
You've really got some bad boys ! Thanks:)

tomrkba
January 27, 2014, 06:38 PM
You guys impress me if you can conceal those hog legs!

It's easy. First, use a gun belt that will hold up the gun and not allow it to flop back. Second, a holster with lots of forward cant will reduce printing. Finally, the stocks should not extend too far below the bottom of the frame. Don't use rubber grips; checkered wood stocks won't rub against the body and don't "grab" clothing. Reloads are carried in Safariland COMP loaders in #371 Safariland holders.

righteoushoot
January 28, 2014, 04:16 PM
Can I play? ;)

http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj628/bigstraightal/DSCN3041_zps1dad480c.jpg (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/bigstraightal/media/DSCN3041_zps1dad480c.jpg.html)

Cocked & Locked
January 28, 2014, 05:25 PM
Some dang big holes right there in that customized S&W! Tell us about it! Thanks

smkummer
January 28, 2014, 07:00 PM
I double the choice of the Colt Lawman .357 snubbie. Its like a M80 going off in front of you but its controllable.

righteoushoot
January 28, 2014, 07:05 PM
Some dang big holes right there in that customized S&W! Tell us about it! Thanks

What, that little pea shooter? :evil:

That is a 22-4 with the ruined OEM barrel removed, and a 2" Stainless .45 ACP barrel and Unfluted .45 ACP cylinder fit. Ball detent assembly installed for proper lockup. That was a PITA to track down the correct Company. I had Dave at Defensive Creations in Alliance, OH put her together after I tracked down the parts. I did not have him do any outside blending work, though.

She is as tight as a drum. I think he consulted with the gunsmith over at SDM Fab. If you handle it, it's pretty darn kool.

Legionnaire
January 28, 2014, 07:25 PM
I'll play. 3" S&W 629-1.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=127831&d=1284844541

Cocked & Locked
January 29, 2014, 08:30 AM
righteoushoot___ I like it...thanks for the info!

righteoushoot
January 29, 2014, 08:59 AM
righteoushoot___ I like it...thanks for the info!

A sincere thank you. On another note, I am thinking about having Dave hook me up with an AMD-65 like the one on his website (http://www.defensivecreations.com). I handled that exact gun, pretty darn sweet. Finally tracked down a pristine base gun for it. Or maybe a Delta Elite 10mm if I find a worthy base gun….God, I am ill! :evil:

Anyway, don't want to sidetrack this thread.

Gordon
January 29, 2014, 08:00 PM
The L framed 242 and 296 are plenty light but rather bulky, the kydex holster I have for them is still bulky so these clip draws eliminate the holster and go a long way toward comfort and concealment.
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i203/gordonhulme/P1010500.jpg[/URL]

Cocked & Locked
January 29, 2014, 08:03 PM
Those look like little J-frames beside that knife! What is the knife? Nice!

XTrooper
January 29, 2014, 09:38 PM
My 29-4 3" Special/Gary Reeder Classic which I carry nearly every day.
http://xtrooper.net/SW_29-4_2_800.jpg


BTW, the .38/.357 snubbies that have been posted are only "large bore" in the alternate universe their owners must be living in; they aren't in this one.

natman
January 29, 2014, 09:59 PM
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e166/nat_mann/Charter1small_zps6dbad4f7.jpg (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/nat_mann/media/Charter1small_zps6dbad4f7.jpg.html)

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e166/nat_mann/Charter2small_zps57c67f8e.jpg (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/nat_mann/media/Charter2small_zps57c67f8e.jpg.html)

I looked a long time for this combination of Pug, stainless and factory bobbed hammer. It just looks right.

TanklessPro
January 29, 2014, 10:07 PM
My 29-4 3" Special/Gary Reeder Classic which I carry nearly every day.
http://xtrooper.net/SW_29-4_2_800.jpg


BTW, the .38/.357 snubbies that have been posted are only "large bore" in the alternate universe their owners must be living in; they aren't in this one.
Funny.........but very true

Nice 29

Deaf Smith
January 29, 2014, 10:26 PM
Another thread got me thinking.
Most of my wheelies are Smiths and was thinking I need a snub nose. I have several 4" or longer 357's. I want a large bore snub nose for CC. I prefer SS but I do love some good bluing.
So let's see what y'all suggest and pictures don't hurt at all.
Well if a 3 inch is a snub...

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=176000&d=1355098863

The one on the right is a 625-2 .45 ACP.

With .45 ACP ammo is shoots one hole groups at 10 yards.

And it also handles .45 Supers fine.

Deaf

Gordon
January 29, 2014, 11:13 PM
7" Darrel Ralph Titanium handled saber grind . That thing is California legal and fits in a front jean pocket with just enough to grab showing.:D

DammitBoy
January 30, 2014, 09:38 PM
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e166/nat_mann/Charter1small_zps6dbad4f7.jpg (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/nat_mann/media/Charter1small_zps6dbad4f7.jpg.html)

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e166/nat_mann/Charter2small_zps57c67f8e.jpg (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/nat_mann/media/Charter2small_zps57c67f8e.jpg.html)

I looked a long time for this combination of Pug, stainless and factory bobbed hammer. It just looks right.

Nice!

I've been looking for that gun for twelve forevers... :cuss:

natman
January 31, 2014, 08:06 PM
Nice!

I've been looking for that gun for twelve forevers... :cuss:

To give you an idea how long ago it was when I bought it, I bought it back when you could still buy guns on eBay. I had to fake an intestinal emergency to leave a business meeting long enough to put in my bid before the auction ended.

I haven't seen another like it since.

Best of luck.

DammitBoy
January 31, 2014, 08:43 PM
I believe you. I can find it blued every once in a while, but not the stainless.

Blade First
January 31, 2014, 09:30 PM
My apologies for not having the time to take pics for this thread, but let me offer a classic and one which might be a surprise for some of you.

In 1985, S&W and Lew Horton teamed up to produce a very limited run...a round-butt 29-3/.44 Magnum with 3" bbl. and factory combat grips. If you've checked all the posts in this thread, you've seen the 3" equivalent in 629 configuration which was a much later run.

To appreciate the 29-3, you need to shoot it at dusk and have someone video the basketball-sized fireball that erupts from that short barrel. Wow!

Now, for the surprise...and from a brand that most consider a third-tier revolver company at best: The Rossi 720 Covert Special/.44 Special with bobbed-hammer, fixed sights and 3" barrel. They actually made two more versions, including one with adjustable sights, but the bobbed hammer and short barrel made the 720CS a favorite for its very short run.

Could be the best revolver that Rossi ever produced. Shoots those 200g, beer-mug shaped bullets out of the aluminum cases from a well-known ammo mfr. with real authority. Managed to fit mine with modified J-frame Macassar Ebony grips and they set off the polished-stainless frame really well. Carry it occasionally...just because.

natman
February 1, 2014, 08:59 PM
I believe you. I can find it blued every once in a while, but not the stainless.
Charter currently lists a similar model, but it's DAO with no hammer spur at all. I like having the option for SA in the unlikely event I want it. The bobbed hammer has just enough of a spur to catch a holster strap if you adjust it just so. The current model has nothing. Also I don't like the blasted finish on the new ones as much.

http://www.charterfirearms.com/products/Charter_Bulldog_74421.asp

KMO
February 1, 2014, 09:56 PM
Options, options... .454 Casull, .45 Colt, .45 ACP

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk26/kbmoffitt/Alaskan_Panel_Gripsc_zps275997d8.jpg (http://s276.photobucket.com/user/kbmoffitt/media/Alaskan_Panel_Gripsc_zps275997d8.jpg.html)

Gun Master
February 1, 2014, 10:36 PM
What do they carry in NE Ohio?

Deaf Smith
February 1, 2014, 11:35 PM
Options, options... .454 Casull, .45 Colt, .45 ACP

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk26/kbmoffitt/Alaskan_Panel_Gripsc_zps275997d8.jpg (http://s276.photobucket.com/user/kbmoffitt/media/Alaskan_Panel_Gripsc_zps275997d8.jpg.html)
If I shot that with full .454 loads like from Buffalo Bore I'd wear a welders helmet just in case it came back into my face.

But still, one could use .45 LC +P and never worry about it loosening up.

Deaf

righteoushoot
February 2, 2014, 07:37 AM
What do they carry in NE Ohio?

I have no i-dee-er what you are talking about...:evil:

http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj628/bigstraightal/DSCN3642_zps224d9400.jpg (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/bigstraightal/media/DSCN3642_zps224d9400.jpg.html)

mesinge2
February 2, 2014, 07:54 AM
My favorite 44!

A 44 magnum S&W model 629-6 Talo Deluxe with a 3" barrel. I sent it to the S&W Performance Center for the master revolver action package and for a fixed C&S extreme duty rear sight.


http://i1210.photobucket.com/albums/cc401/mesinge2/My%20heaters/My44MagnumSWModel629-6DeluxeTaloEdition24.jpg
http://i1210.photobucket.com/albums/cc401/mesinge2/Muzzle%20Flashes/Flash48b629_zpsd1a2b052.gif
http://i1210.photobucket.com/albums/cc401/mesinge2/Muzzle%20Flashes/Flash5344magwithDeerGrenades.jpg

righteoushoot
February 2, 2014, 08:19 AM
Mesinge2, can you revert back to the original rear sights after that C&S install?

mesinge2
February 2, 2014, 08:59 AM
Mesinge2, can you revert back to the original rear sights after that C&S install?
I can. I just had to have an additional hole drilled and tapped in the top-strap by S&W. The factory sight when installed covers the new hole.

DammitBoy
February 2, 2014, 11:07 AM
If I shot that with full .454 loads like from Buffalo Bore I'd wear a welders helmet just in case it came back into my face.

Deaf

The recoil on the Alaskan does not cause severe muzzle flip, even with buffalo bore rounds. It's more of a push back into your hand.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5109/5596770278_0f16e7e108_o_d.jpg

At least not with this factory over-moulded grip...

Cornhusker77
February 4, 2014, 02:39 PM
Someday this one will get spruced up, but for now it's a shooter :D

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l22/cornhusker_2006/Toys/GEDC1203.jpg

philbo
February 4, 2014, 07:02 PM
The recoil on the Alaskan does not cause severe muzzle flip, even with buffalo bore rounds. It's more of a push back into your hand.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5109/5596770278_0f16e7e108_o_d.jpg

At least not with this factory over-moulded grip...

That must be one fantastic set of grips. My 7.5" ported version of that revolver with Pachmayr Decelerator grips doesn't JUST push with full loads, it kicks like an angry mule. :D

DammitBoy
February 4, 2014, 08:04 PM
It a violent push, like a baseball bat to the palm of your hand.

Cocked & Locked
February 4, 2014, 09:04 PM
Someday this one will get spruced up, but for now it's a shooter :D

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l22/cornhusker_2006/Toys/GEDC1203.jpg

Looks mighty good as it is. Sprucing it up might mess it up..character wise.

Iggy
February 5, 2014, 09:20 AM
What C&L said. That's just plain cool.

RealGun
February 5, 2014, 10:56 AM
I'm not sure why a northern wilderness protection revolver would need to have a very short barrel, but big bore (caliber starts with at least a 4) revolvers with snub nose (under 3") that make much sense for regular use have all been discontinued. Even 3" like the Taurus .44 Special (my gun) are gone.

Some like odd guns, but big bore and carry together are sort of an oxymoron. The only good reason to have a so called snub nose is for carry, so if the caliber and weight of the frame are too heavy, such a gun does not make sense (and is not offered because it won't sell in sufficient numbers).

I would like an L frame 44 Special or 41 magnum. I am not interested in loading a caliber down to make it more manageable in a smaller gun, although I do that in 357 Magnum. As long as the brass length and frame strength are what was intended, e.g. 44 Special, not 44 Magnum shot with 44 Special, I'm okay with it.

What I would jump at is an L frame, 5 shot 45 Colt, which I expect would be manageable to shoot regularly with loads that aren't too wild.

Blueduck
February 5, 2014, 01:06 PM
I think it was Mas Ayoob that said big bore snubbies gave the "illusion of concealability". While I absolutely love the things, he does seem to have a valid point in the real world.

SharpsDressedMan
February 5, 2014, 04:48 PM
A 2-3" Model 17 Smith is not that much different than a 3" "L" frame, and people run to those. As a matter of fact, a short barreled .45 1917 is lighter than a comparable "L" frame .357.

RealGun
February 5, 2014, 05:24 PM
Well, at least a 3" L frame is a real gun that you can buy new. It is a 357 though. There is a 44 mag PC model in 2.625". The 17 is currently only offered in 22LR, near as I could find. I didn't find any archive reference to the 17 in 45 that had a barrel as short as 3".

SharpsDressedMan
February 5, 2014, 07:14 PM
You are making me laugh. :D REAL GUN? Buy an OLD 1917 and cut the barrel off. It will cost you the same as NEW gun, and be better made. There was probably a time when I was very young when I thought all guns had to be new and shiney.

JWJacobVT
February 5, 2014, 07:42 PM
625 in 45 Colt / 45
629 Reeder 44 mag

Does my 10mm stubby count?

RealGun
February 6, 2014, 08:10 AM
There was probably a time when I was very young when I thought all guns had to be new and shiney.

New and shiny...and good looking, not some beater made with a hacksaw or one that cost as much with the gunsmith as it did to buy before it is really operational and worthy...the way you want it.

I don't think you should want people to infer that knowledge of guns is only for old farts, who like only old guns.

SharpsDressedMan
February 6, 2014, 04:04 PM
You could learn something from old farts. Take that new, real gun, for instance. Over the years, I've had enough goofy problems with new guns that I feel it wouldn't hurt to have a competent smith go ever them, just to insure that the burrs are removed, the action slicked, and reliability insured. Especially the new S&W's. For some reason, 50-90 years of "breaking in" often slicks up a gun, and reduces those "new gun" problems. I have two 99 year old S&W's that will probably outlive me, and you, and have zero problems. The Brits owned them, and put some external wear on them, but sure didn't wear them out inside. In all fairness, a very reputable gunsmith said he DID like the new S&W's to work on, and he believed them to be of great metallurgy, and the MIM parts didn't bother him. Still, it is a cost add-on to get a new S&W to be as slick as the old ones were when they left the factory. http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC05992.jpg (http://s106.photobucket.com/user/matquig/media/DSC05992.jpg.html)

RealGun
February 7, 2014, 06:41 AM
Are we talking about "large bore, snub nose"?

SharpsDressedMan
February 7, 2014, 10:21 AM
Yes, we are. There are several "older" large bore snubnoses, hacksawed and all, on this thread, that would give ANY of the new gun a serious run for the money. If you didn't notice them, your view may be obstructed. :D #49, #66, and #69, for instance. Oh, and both of those 2nd Model Hand Ejectors above have been "hacksawed", and are snubbier that they used to be.

RealGun
February 7, 2014, 01:32 PM
Whatever, but #127 is not snub-nosed, and I don't recall if you ever mentioned what caliber the beloved 1917 is.

Hometeached1
February 7, 2014, 02:01 PM
The 1917 is chambered in .45acp.:D

JRH6856
February 7, 2014, 02:05 PM
Whatever, but #147 is not snub-nosed, and I don't recall if you ever mentioned what caliber the beloved 1917 is.
Uh, #147 hasn't been posted yet... ;)

SharpsDressedMan
February 7, 2014, 02:29 PM
The two guns in #127 were originally 6.5" barrels, and are now 4.0". You may not consider them snubnosed, but they are only 1/2" longer than the S&W 27 with 3.5" barrel, and that was as snubnosed as .357's were for about 22 years, unless "sawed off". Maybe not snubnosed enough for you, but I posted them as representative of older guns that can take on new guns in the way of quality, durability, handling, etc. That was all.

SharpsDressedMan
February 7, 2014, 02:46 PM
Just to reiterate, this one is a .45ACP 1917, and I'd consider it snubnosed. It doesn't lose anything except a few FPS over the full sized guns, and gains a lot in portability and concealability. It also came as altered, barrel shortened and sight remounted, to me from a table at a gunshow. I added the grips and had it refinished. http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC06461.jpg (http://s106.photobucket.com/user/matquig/media/DSC06461.jpg.html)

silicosys4
February 7, 2014, 03:57 PM
^^ I never get tired of seeing that gun. That's a tastefully done old snub.
When I was talking to my gunsmith about shortening my .32-20, that's actually the gun I had in my mind when talking to him.

SharpsDressedMan
February 7, 2014, 08:27 PM
^^^Definitely a first cousin to Iggy's (#66) Hand Ejector.

XTrooper
February 26, 2014, 10:45 AM
Originally post by Blade First
In 1985, S&W and Lew Horton teamed up to produce a very limited run...a round-butt 29-3/.44 Magnum with 3" bbl. and factory combat grips. If you've checked all the posts in this thread, you've seen the 3" equivalent in 629 configuration which was a much later run.

That original run consisted of 500 revolvers. In 1989, they made another 2532 of them, this time as Model 29-4's dubbed 3" Specials (product code 101251). They were shipped wearing Pachmayr SN-GR rubber grips rather than combats.

Here's a photo of mine after it was customized by Gary Reeder. I replaced the Pachmayrs with the Ahrends Tactical finger groove grips shown.

http://xtrooper.net/SW_29-4_5_1200.jpg

XTrooper
February 26, 2014, 06:45 PM
Funny.........but very true

Nice 29
Thanks, amigo! ;)

zeke
February 26, 2014, 07:54 PM
My favorite big bore snubs are S&W. However the Taurus 445 ul is carried. The ribber grips were ditched , and replaced with the older style rubber compact grips. Dremeled off the sharp corners, and modified the sight channel. Carried in a Theis horse hide hybrid, with custom loaded 200 grain gdhp's. Not real worried bout messing the finish, unlike an expensive S&W big bore snub, that are becoming collectors.

Theis makes an excellent hybrid holster, specific to the 445. This replaced the SA xs 45 , while it was recalled.

Theis also makes a L frame hybrid, and may consider scuffing up one of the 696's to try it out.

surjimmy
February 27, 2014, 04:13 PM
Harder then hen's teeth to find. Taurus model 450T, 45LC
http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa250/surjimmy/IMG_6275_zps467d31ec.jpg (http://s203.photobucket.com/user/surjimmy/media/IMG_6275_zps467d31ec.jpg.html)

ElToro
February 28, 2014, 12:23 AM
I never get tired of showing of this beast. 44 triple lock. Found her as you see it. Cut down front sight Re soldered on and ground down. Lots of honest blueing wear. Pre war magna grips. I suspect the evenness of the wear and the non original but old grips the work was done many many years ago and carried as a belly gun.
http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab266/tims_albums/100_1496.jpg

Drail
February 28, 2014, 12:46 AM
XTrooper, that Reeder is maybe the most beautiful S&W I think I have ever seen. Ooooh. Aaaaah. VERY nice. Don't EVER even THINK about selling THAT ONE!

XTrooper
February 28, 2014, 09:28 AM
XTrooper, that Reeder is maybe the most beautiful S&W I think I have ever seen. Ooooh. Aaaaah. VERY nice. Don't EVER even THINK about selling THAT ONE!
Thank you, Drail! :)

Iggy
February 28, 2014, 09:37 AM
El Toro,

That old warrior is just plain cool.
Those old HEs will fool a guy on how handy they are.

raa-7
February 28, 2014, 10:07 AM
Real nice snub nose revolvers everyone. There's just something about that recoil everyone loves ! :D

DammitBoy
March 9, 2014, 10:34 PM
Just picked up a Ruger security six with a 2.25" barrel

JohnnyCremains
March 10, 2014, 10:41 PM
http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/vv236/twaits/Other%20Stuff/IMG_2137.jpg (http://s687.photobucket.com/user/twaits/media/Other%20Stuff/IMG_2137.jpg.html)

CH47gunner
March 11, 2014, 05:00 PM
Couple more here -

624nd 3" Lew Horton Special
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f232/ch47gunner/P9040015.jpg (http://s48.photobucket.com/user/ch47gunner/media/P9040015.jpg.html)

629-4 3"
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f232/ch47gunner/DSC_0311.jpg (http://s48.photobucket.com/user/ch47gunner/media/DSC_0311.jpg.html)

45crittergitter
May 31, 2014, 05:55 PM
I think the Charter is about the only one that will go in a typical pocket.

CovertOps
May 31, 2014, 10:48 PM
Hmm, no wheelgun battery is complete without one of these little snubbies, though I prefer mine in K-frame configuration as opposed to J-frame.

RealGun
June 1, 2014, 07:59 AM
Did we drift from the "large bore" part?

RealGun
June 1, 2014, 08:18 AM
Hmm, no wheelgun battery is complete without one of these little snubbies, though I prefer mine in K-frame configuration as opposed to J-frame.

I love the look of that gun. What caliber?

p.s. I'm going to guess it's a 686+ (.357), perhaps better to look at than to shoot.

Stainz
June 1, 2014, 09:05 AM
While .38/.357M is not a large bore... these are snubbies!

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u307/Stainz_2007/035.jpg

And... technically, at a barrel length of 2.75", it certainly isn't a snubby... but it is a large bore!

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u307/Stainz_2007/003-1.jpg

Stainz

scaevola
June 1, 2014, 10:21 AM
This thread started with an Astra Terminator and I didn't see another as I read through this thread. Here's mine with a buddy -- guess which one is more fun to shoot.
http://i573.photobucket.com/albums/ss179/rtnpchpic/REVOLVERS/ef44fde9-5abe-45e2-9c34-3588efbe2684_zps4b91a45d.jpg

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