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lightest smallest thinnest .38 revolver

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by batjka, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. batjka

    batjka Well-Known Member

    What is the lightest smallest thinnest .38 revolver?
  2. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

  3. PT1911

    PT1911 Well-Known Member

    the LCR... to my knowledge...
  4. batjka

    batjka Well-Known Member

    Isn't LCR bigger than a j-frame, although lighter?
  5. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    only if you compare the laser grips of the LRC to the wood splinter stocks on a J-frame. with the same stocks, they are pretty much the same size.

    the LCR is both lighter and thinner, plus it comes with a better trigger action out of the box
  6. savit260

    savit260 Well-Known Member

    S&W 342 AirLite 11.3 oz

    The Ruger might be a touch skinnier at the barrel, but the 342 is lighter, and probably better in a pocket with the more compact grips.

    The aftermarket really needs to get on some kind of compact grip for the LCR IMO.
  7. PT1911

    PT1911 Well-Known Member

    the LCR comes with a larger grip to make shooting more comfortable.. but it is lighter than most every offering and thinner than any that I know of.
  8. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    i stand corrected

    my personal bias is that the 300 series is too light to qualify as a practical gun...i like to get some reasonable amount of bearable practice in with what i carry. my personal carry is the M-642. i tried the 342 and found it's recoil too distracting
  9. savit260

    savit260 Well-Known Member

    The 340PD also comes in at 12 oz.

    The width of a J frame is 1.31"

    The width of the LCR is 1.28"

    Only skinnier by the smallest of margins.

    I know I'm probalby in the minority here, but I really don't find 20-21 oz in a pocket revolver to be a problem.
  10. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    "smallest of margins" reminds me of the joke about the traffic officer beating a stop sign violator asking if he wanted him to stop or slow down :D

    20oz is 1.25lbs...maybe i'm just sensitive from wearing a belt full of gear for 12 hours a day for too many years
  11. JFrame

    JFrame Well-Known Member

    The absolutely lightest production .38 special I can think of is the discontinued S&W 337PD, at a hair under 10 ounces.

  12. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    I would have to say one of the S&W AirLites.

    It should be remembered that being the absolute lightest/smallest/thinnest is not necessarily a good thing. It still has to be actually shot.
  13. snooperman

    snooperman Well-Known Member

    Older S&W model 32 early I-frame 38 S&W

    These were made for many years prior to 1961, I believe in 32 S&W long and 38 S&W, but not 38 special. The later model 32s were made with the thicker J-frames and in 38 special. Also, the early Charter arms undercover that I have is smaller and thinner than the current J-frames as well , and are in 38 special. Mine was made in the 1970s and weighs 16 ounces but thin and of steel. You can find these little jewels on gunbroker.com from time to time at a good price. In the current guns , I would think the new Ruger LCR, a little thinner than the J-frames S&W, but the grip is a little thicker than the J-frame. The model S&W 342 is the lightest .357/38 special with 11.3 ounces, but are not made anymore but are out there.
  14. OldCavSoldier

    OldCavSoldier Well-Known Member

    .030 difference in thickness between J frame and LCR? Holy crap, guys!! Why would anybody really care? the difference in thicknesses of holster materials more than makes up for the difference in "thickness"....

    The real thing to consider is overall volumetric size, combined with weight.

    In a gunfight, one's adrenalin causes a disregard of recoil, but, the muzzle flip that the recoil causes in a very light handgun can impact living or not due to time required for follow-up shots.

    I'd much rather have a 15+ ounce .38 J frame (or even J magnum) than something that won't allow extremely quick follow-up shots.

    Plus, with the requirement to practice, practice, practice with one's carry piece, the feather-weight revolvers are so unpleasant to shoot that most folks don't do the required range work or practice.

    Just my opinion.....................
  15. snooperman

    snooperman Well-Known Member


    The 342 is not a .357/ 38, but rather a 38 special only. By the way according to my S&W book, the 337 PD is the lightest 38 special that was made. I stand corrected.
  16. jmortimer

    jmortimer Well-Known Member

    M&P 360 .357/.38 scandium is 13 ounces with a hammer and the M&P 340 has no hammer so it is lighter - 12 ounces as someone said.
  17. SaxonPig

    SaxonPig Well-Known Member

    This is a 38 revolver (38 S&W) and it is downright tiny. All steel so heavier than some of the alloy guns mentioned, but still pretty compact and light.

    I worked up some 125 JHP loads to a clocked 975 FPS which is nearly 100 FPS faster than the much feared factory +P 38 Specials from a 2" barrel in my testing. I think a hammerless version would be a slick pocket pistol.

  18. Logan80

    Logan80 Active Member

    My old Taurus M85 Titanium (not the UL) was said to be 11oz when I bought it. Don't have a scale to check, and info on that gun is pretty scarce online...
  19. gym

    gym member

    Logan, I have the same one , I love it, and it weighs 11.5 ozs, I realy don't know it's there sometimes. And it's plus p rated. Can't beat it for ccw, my seacamp is near the same weight.
  20. jmortimer

    jmortimer Well-Known Member

    I like the Taurus Total Titanium revolvers. My .45 Colt +P rated model 450 weighs 19 ounces. That is an 11.48 mm hand-cannon at 19 ounces. As indicated, my M&P 360 .357 at 13 ounces has to be at the top of the power to weight ratio in handguns.

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