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Next ccw handgun: small auto or revolver?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Macchina, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. Macchina

    Macchina Well-Known Member

    I started carrying about 5 years ago. I (of course) got a big ole CZ 40b that I carried twice then put in the safe. Over the past 5 years, I've found that I like to carry something bigger in the woods at all times (have an SP101 for that), and something smaller around town. My TCP .380 is great for carrying, but not the best round. I've decided I want to carry .38 or 9mm at the smallest and would prefer .40 in a compact gun. I have a P239 in .40 which I shoot great, but it's still too big.

    I'm trying to decide between getting a small .38 (642 or LCR), a small .357 (LCR .357) our a small autoloader (SIG P290, KAHR CW40, S&W Shield .40, etc.)...
  2. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama Well-Known Member

    Check out the Taurus PT140 or PT145. Smallest platform with best capacity. Very light, and easy to carry. The PT145 has 10+1.
  3. BullRunBear

    BullRunBear Well-Known Member

    Can't speak to the others or the 40 calibers, but I have an S&W M&P9c. It is very concealable, accurate and VERY comfortable to shoot. The Shield version is slightly smaller and lighter but good luck finding one. I also pocket carry a Ruger SP101 357 DA only snubby. But most people would probably find it a bit heavy and bulky for their pocket. (Helps to be a big guy with loose fitting jeans.)

    Good luck with your search.

  4. Macchina

    Macchina Well-Known Member

    After owning a TCP, I don't think I'll own another Taurus ever. It had lots of problems and needed a trip back to the factory (where they replaced more than half of the gun) and now it's reliable but took a bit of work to get it there. It's a decent gun now, but it's not worth the risk on another one.
  5. 460Shooter

    460Shooter Well-Known Member

    I have a Springfield XDs in .45 acp. It is a great gun. I also have a S&W 642 in .38+p. It carries great, but the XDs offers more fire power, and is easier for me to shoot. The 642 will definately carry easier in a fron pocket. The XDs carries great IWB in a hybrid holster.

    Of the two, I'd recommend the XDs over the 642. If I get the Xds carrying as well in a pocket as the 642, then the 642 may go away, though, selling any revolver that is functioning properly is difficult for me.
  6. MedWheeler

    MedWheeler Well-Known Member

    My EDC is a Kel-Tec PF9. It has functioned flawlessly through hundreds of rounds, perhaps approaching 600, but it wights only 12-something ounces empty, and that makes it less than comfortable to spend a lot of time with it at the range.

    It would probably be about as fun to shoot as your TCP, but it's easy to keep on target, and easy to carry. The somewhat fatter P11 holds more ammo, but has a notoriously long trigger pull (it's available also in .40.)

    That's just me, and this is pretty much the only gun I have extensive experience with that fits your criteria. I do own two .38 snub revolvers, and they work well, but the KT is simply easier to conceal and offers greater firepower.
  7. Macchina

    Macchina Well-Known Member

    Any opinions on the Kahr CM40? I don't own any 9mm handguns as of now, but have a couple in .40 (decided to concentrate on that cartridge). I have a nice supply of .40 right now, but not a single 9mm...
  8. silicosys4

    silicosys4 Well-Known Member

    I have multiple small autos and several small revolvers, and I tend to prefer the revolvers for CCW carry, mainly because I feel being able to shoot from the pocket of my jacket if need be offers tremendous advantages.
  9. easy8

    easy8 Member

    If you want the 38/357 platform the SP101 2.4 or the S&W Mod 60 is your best bet all steel heavy enough to actually handle the 357 especially if you get good grips I.E. Hogue or Gemini Wood grips. I carry them in Milt Sparks summer special or a remora while driving great cc guns you forget you have them on. If you want to go to 38 do the 642 great gun

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  10. wlewisiii

    wlewisiii Well-Known Member

    I'd look for a S&W Model 60 with a 3" barrel. Best of all worlds, that one is... ;) Probably I'd add some Ahrends combat grips but that's all.
  11. Bobson

    Bobson Well-Known Member

    I've heard only the best things about the Shield. I'd have a very hard time deciding between the Shield or LCR.
  12. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    For me the small auto would be a Kahr PM9 and the revolver would be a S&W Model 638.
  13. lowercase

    lowercase Well-Known Member

    I'll throw out a vote for the good-old 642. No lock & bone stock.

    I've been nothing but pleased with mine and it conceals like a champ.

    Can't speak to the LCRs because I don't own one (yet).

  14. flatlander937

    flatlander937 Well-Known Member

    I love my CM9... it recoils less than my 1911(commander size .45) IMO. Definitely one of the lighter recoiling small guns I've shot, with the XDS being very similar to it. Both are scary accurate for such small guns.

    Only problem with the CM is the front sight is plastic and broke... a trijicon steel night sight is $50 and screws right on... I knew this going into the purchase of the gun.

    Never shot a .40 kahr, but would like to... though every other gun I've shot in .40 I hated... too snappy for me to be predictable with. I think a CW40 might have potential for me. Full grip but still easy to conceal because they are VERY thin.
  15. marv

    marv Well-Known Member

    I have recently switched from mouse gun autos to a small revos. My hands have lost strength thru the years and recent injury was the frosting on the cake. Can't rack those small slides anymore. Now instead of a 738 an LCR lives in my pocket.
  16. jimbo555

    jimbo555 Well-Known Member

    I vote small revolver,s&w or ruger lcr. More reliable than a small auto in my opinion.
  17. Creature

    Creature Well-Known Member

    lowercase wrote:

    I second that notion...
  18. skoro

    skoro Well-Known Member

    Since you already have an auto, I'd suggest the S&W 642, as others already have. Fabulous little pocket rocket.
  19. sub-moa

    sub-moa Well-Known Member

  20. wkuban

    wkuban Active Member

    I have a 642 and an LC9. The LC is a little easier to shoot but the 642 carries better in the pocket or IWB. If I had to get rid of one it would be the LC. Smaller and lighter is the way to go for me.

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