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Other Than A Smith & Wesson Model 642, Your NEXT Favorite Snub Nose Revolver Is ----?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Ala Dan, Jun 21, 2006.

  1. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Home Of The First Capitol Of The Confederate State
    (Fill In The Blank):uhoh:

    Due to the popularity of the Smith & Wesson model 642, I felt like this is
    a perfect time to ask if anyone has a favorable opinion of any other snub
    nose handgun? I too, am fond of the Airweight model 642; but I do have
    other's that I like equally as well. With that said, I will list a few if our
    membership doesn't mind?

    a) No snub nose collection would be complete, without at least one
    snub nose Smith & Wesson (old model) 60 in .38 Special. After all,
    this is the one handgun that got the stainless steel era started. I
    have a 79-80 vintage copy that is still a great shooter, and makes
    for an excellent carry piece. In order to preserve the original Smith
    & Wesson walnut grips (with logo), I carefully replaced them with a
    set of Pachmayr "Professional" rubber grips. This is the only type of
    modification I have made to this weapon. This weapon is a 60 dash
    nothing, making it most desireable~!

    b) Another one that I get excited about is the Smith & Wesson model
    37. Most will remember that it was the original Airweight "Chiefs Special",
    weighing in at only 15 ozs; and chambered in .38 Special. I have one
    of the later versions with a matte finish; and NO modifications have
    been made to this one.

    c) On too Colt's for a minute~! I have two minty D-frame Detective
    Specials; one nickel, and one blue. Both are chambered in .38 Special,
    and remain in their original configuration. As a matter of fact, these
    two six-shooter's are highly regarded "classics" of my snub nose
    collection. The nickel one is from 1971, and has only been test fired
    by its original owner. The blue one dates back too 1966, and not much
    else is known a'bout its history. BTW, I'm still look'in for pristine models
    of the 2nd generation (1947-1972) Cobra and Agent, to join with these
    two marvelous Colt's~!

    d) How a'bout the .357 magnum; in particular the 2.5" barrel S&W model
    19's, 66's, or 686's? I was fortuante enough too snag a 2.5" model 66-4
    at a great price, so I added it to my snubby collection. Not liking the
    original Uncle Mike's rubber grips, I searched the world over until I
    found a set of OEM walnut S&W logo grips; and they were quickly
    added for beauty.

    So, does anyone else have a favorite snub nose revolver other than
    the wonderful Smith & Wesson 642? If so, I would like very much to
    hear your story.:D

    Edited to add: Hey Guys and/or Gals-

    I forgot a couple~!

    How 'bout a pinned 2" factory nickel Smith & Wesson model 10, from
    1972. Its not even considered by me as a "carry option"; but for the
    $150 investment, makes a nice "safe queen". I picked it up on a
    private party tranfer in the fall of '04. So, when Hillary and Kofi come
    calling, it will be "out of sight, and out of mind".

    Also, my wifey has a 2" barrel, square butt Rossi model 88 that she
    loves. Fit and finish are excellent, as this gun has only been test
    fired. Its her "carry gun" around town, and on extended lengthy

    And lastly, I have a 2" pinned barrel Smith & Wesson model 30-1
    in .32 S&W Long. Its a prisitne, blue steel model that I bought NIB
    for my now deceased dad way back in 1971. Its another one that
    don't make it to the range, having been designated as a "safe
    queen". Dad grew up in a time when the .32 S&W Long was
    considered an "ideal police cartridge"; and this was his carry
    gun of choice.
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2006
  2. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 22, 2002
    Kampong Cham, Cambodia
    I have a S&W 60-4 3" with adjustable sights that is a real sweety, promised to my Son, if he grows from childish to childlike.

    It is a great shooter and with some magnas and a T grip, it makes for a great packing gun. It is about as close to a snubbie that I have other than a 642.
  3. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 19, 2006
    The only snubby I currently own is a 2.5 M66 no dash that I got a few days ago. I think it's the ideal 'tweener carry gun. If a mid frame service pistol - think Glock 19, 4" 686, etc - is too big for the season/clothing/conditions, yet I don't want to drop down to my Kel-Tec P3AT, the snubby M66 is perfect. You get a short barrel, 357 Mag power, and K-Frame size - perfect in the middle pistol. Even with heavy 38 +Ps I think its still a great size/power combination. Other than that I've always been fond of the "Body Guard" style J Frames and the Ruger SP 101 357 Mags.
  4. RNB65

    RNB65 Senior Member

    Apr 19, 2006
    Richmond, VA
    Model 60 .38sp w/ Hogue grips and 158gr +P SWHP.
  5. atlctyslkr

    atlctyslkr Member

    May 2, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    I've got a 649 in .357 . I like it just fine. I love the single action option.

    I saw this on a forum somewhere and I want to give credit I just don't know who to give it to so if you are that person - great quote.

    "The bodyguard is the thinking man's centennial
  6. MCgunner

    MCgunner Senior Elder

    Dec 3, 2005
    The end of the road between Sodom and Gomorrah Tex
    1) Taurus M85UL, trigger sweeter'n candy and 15 ounces of +P rated .38 that fits in a pocket. I like the 642 better for a pocket gun, I gotta admit, though I don't own one.....yet. I like the fact that it is hammerless. However, I do like having a hammer spur and the ability to shoot single action.

    2) Ruger 3" SP 101. Don't own one of these, yet, either. But it's one tough, easy to carry, and easy to shoot J and a half frame .357 Magnum. It's a lot easier to shoot with heavy loads than the smaller J frame guns.
  7. MCgunner

    MCgunner Senior Elder

    Dec 3, 2005
    The end of the road between Sodom and Gomorrah Tex
    I'm wanting something like this, a K frame snub, but doesn't have to be .357 or stainless, though that's highly desirable to me. But, I do want a round butt gun. It'd take a 2", like a M10, in .38 but would want 2.5-3" in .357 mag.
  8. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 19, 2006
    McGunner, as you know the K Frames do have some durability issues in 357 Mag so I tend to think of the M66 as a heavy duty 38 +P gun that can handle the 357 Mag for trips into rough country - rather that be not so nice places in nature or the urban jungle. The fact that Ultramax loads 357 Mag brass w/ 125 gr flat nose lead bullet at standard 38 pressure is great. These 'cowboy' loads are letting me shoot and buildup brass until I get a reloading press. The advantage to this load is easier chamber cleanup than 38 cases and getting the now once fired Winchester 357 Mag brass.
  9. sm

    sm member

    Dec 22, 2002
    Between black coffee, and shiftn' gears
    I am not sentimental or sappy.
    Hard- headed, persistent, consistent and loyal perhaps...

    Model 36 , 37, 042
    Model 10, 64 , 19, 66

    I have to bend a rule...err...I have a 1928 Colt Detective Special. "He" was sentimental and the story of why I have it is...err...I like it and umm...I was raised with Smith's for Revolvers and Colt for 1911s.
  10. cslinger

    cslinger Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Nashville, TN
    Smith 638, Smith Model 60 and the Ruger SP101 in that order.
  11. Majic

    Majic Mentor

    May 3, 2003
    Personally you couldn't give me a M642, but I guess my second favorite snub would be Cobra.
  12. BigG

    BigG Mentor

    Dec 24, 2002
    Mod 342, Cobra, Agent, DS - all Colts old style. :D
  13. Iggy

    Iggy Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    640-1 .357, Mdl 10, Mdl 36.

    I got things covered. :)
  14. orionengnr

    orionengnr Mentor

    Jan 3, 2005
    S&W 340...got one!

    S&W 342 no Lock...want one!

    S&W 325...Mr. BIG snub!

    SAWBONES Active Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    The third dimension
    Tie between Ruger SP101 .357 Magnum (2 1/4" barrel) and S&W 649 in .38 Special (1 7/8" barrel), even though they're fairly dissimilar.

    The SP101 is strong, points perfectly, feels good, is easy to shoot, fires 158gr+P Buffalo Bore .357 Magnum JHP all day and comfortably, and is quite accurate and precise.

    The 649 is smaller, lighter, points perfectly, feels good, is easy to shoot, fires 158gr+P LSWCHP or Gold Dot "short barrel" 135gr JHP to POA, and is slightly less bulky and lighter to carry.
  16. Sulaco

    Sulaco Active Member

    Mar 21, 2003
    South Carolina
    I am not crazy about Smith & Wesson revolvers unless they are real old ones. The new ones just don't do it for me. And I really don't care for .38 Special. I would much rather have a .357 Magnum like my Ruger SP101 below.

    This one is a Target Grey finished 2.25" barrel. The trigger is great and it carries very well for a big guy like me (6' 200lbs).

  17. The Boston Patriot

    The Boston Patriot New Member

    Dec 14, 2005
    66-2, K Frame, S/S, 2.5", .357Mag

  18. Frandy

    Frandy Participating Member

    Jan 6, 2005
    Well, I'm not a fan of the 642. I do have a 640, however.
    In the photos I have Hogue and Pachmayr grips but it now has CT Lasergrips.

  19. Black Knight

    Black Knight Participating Member

    Jun 19, 2006
    Charlottesville, VA
    Snub nose

    I have a 2 1/2 inch S&W 66 that my wife seems to have confiscated as her gun and a 3 inch S&W 65 that I carry from time to time. It was difficult to find a holster for the 65 but I finally found a good one.
  20. magsnubby

    magsnubby Active Member

    Apr 20, 2004
    642 with modified Taurus rubber factory boot grips.
    60 (no dash) .38, action job, bobbed hammer, D/A only, smoothed trigger, orange front site insert and Hogue Goncolo Alves grips. The 'smith that did the work on it said he doubted it had ever been fired. This one is actually my favorite shooter.
    Very old 36 (flat latch) with bobbed hammer, D/A only, smoothed trigger, Sile checkered combat grips. It was one of those seldom shot dresser drawer guns. It's still in almost mint condition.
    66 with factory boot grips (rubber), bobbed hammer, D/A only. Thinking of adding a pair of Hogue grips. I'm not sure what color yet but they will be wood.

    Currently only have an SP101 in .357 (action job, bobbed hammer, D/A only, orange front site insert and Hogue grips) but i'm thinking about cutting down a Security Six and rounding the butt.

    Rossi 641 with Pachmayr Compact grips, bobbed hammer, D/A only.

    Charter Arms:
    Blued 3" Bulldog with Pachmayer Compact grips.

    Charter 2000:
    Stainless Undercover with bobbed hammer, D/A only and factory boot grips.
    Stainless Offduty with Mustang walnut grips
    Stainless Bulldog Pug with bobbed hammer, D/A only and Pachmayer Compact grips.

    Blued 85 with bobbed hammer, D/A only and old style bannanna grips.
    Blued 605 with bobbed hammer, D/A only and Uncle Mike's combat boot grips. I also have a pair of Pachmayer Compacts and a pair of old original checkered walnut target grips that i sometimes switch around between the two guns.
    Ported, blued 606 (.357) with action job, bobbed hammer, D/A only and factory grips. I'll be ordering a pair of Hogue's for it soon.

    The S&W 60 is my favorite shooter, although the 66 is pretty sweet, but the 642 is my favorite carry gun while fishing. Well okay...the SP101 is a pretty nice carry gun also.

    But i have two that tie for first place. The Taurus 85 (it's still in mint condition) and my well worn Charter Bulldog. Both were my dad's guns. Someday i'll pass them down to my grandson.

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