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Want a revolver for CCW. Which one?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by jester88, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. jester88

    jester88 member

    Hi, looking for a second CCW rig. Wanted to get my 1st revolver. Some criteria for this; Small enough for appendix carry, yet gives a full grip (no pinky finger hanging off). But slim for summer wear. I would like a stainless, nickel or similar finish. .38 special is ok, .357 mag would be great. I am not interested in a taurus. Mostly looking at smith and wesson. Must be new. Must not have an internal lock. Must be sexy, with thin grips. Must be comfortable enough for all day carry which I would think would be under 28oz or so. Any ideas guys? Thanks! :)
  2. waidmann

    waidmann Well-Known Member

    Model 60-10

    Tough to reconcile new and no lock. I like the 3" Model 60.
  3. Barkoff

    Barkoff Active Member

    Well for carry it is real hard to beat a S&W airlight in .38 stoked with +P. To get a .357 big enough that it won't hurt your hand, noway it will slip into your jeans pocket like a .38.

    Personally I like the option of going single action, this would have been my choice had I not opted to save money with an LCP.

  4. Axel Larson

    Axel Larson Well-Known Member

    First for a carry I would suggest a Ruger sp101. I know they are not the best lookers but this is a carry gun you want, which means functionality over looks.
  5. Doug Add

    Doug Add Well-Known Member

    I know you said you are mainly looking at S&W, but my carry revolver meets most of your criteria. It is 26 oz., stainless, no lock, and full grip (you can get different grips, mine are Hogue cocobolo).

    2.25" Ruger SP101

  6. NMGonzo

    NMGonzo Well-Known Member

    sp101 ... because it doubles as hiking gun.

    3 inch.
  7. blindhari

    blindhari Well-Known Member

    You might take a look at Charter Arms On Duty/Off Duty in 38 sp. I have had poor results from thier guns a few years ago, but was pleasantly surprised by a new (2010) pistol.. I wear a vest cut for two of these, making a New York reload possible. They weigh 12 oz each and disappear in levi pocket, tucked in a belt, a vest, just about anywhere. Factory grip is longer than most snubs and fits me well. A total of more than 1200 practice rounds through my two and no problems so far.

  8. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    IMO you are talking about a S&W M640 or M649. They are 23oz and will comfortably fire full power .357 Magnum ammo. Unfortunately they don't come new without a lock. There are several no-lock models available but in .357 Magnum they only have an 12oz Airlite with no lock. IMO that's too light for a magnum.
  9. jester88

    jester88 member

    cant grips that cover the pinky be installed on an airweight 642/637? :confused:
  10. PcolaDawg

    PcolaDawg Well-Known Member

    I have a CT grip on my 642 and it is long enough to fit my pinky finger when I grip it. It's an EXTREMELY comfortable grip and the button placement for the laser is perfect.

    CT grips ain't cheap, but they are nice.

    Here's what mine looks like:

    Last edited: Apr 21, 2011
  11. MtnSpur

    MtnSpur Well-Known Member

    Ahrends has a "combat" (finger grooved) grip for a J frame S&W that extends below the frame strap thus allowing the pinkie to get into the action on the grip ;) . I carry a S&W Airweight with factory grips and don't mind the pinkie "under" the grip.
  12. WebHobbit

    WebHobbit Well-Known Member

    The 640 may be somewhat comfortable to fire .357s in but it doesn't take the abuse very well at all. I wore mine out firing Magnums. See here:


    I switched to a Ruger SP101.
  13. Manta77

    Manta77 Well-Known Member

    SP101 is great because Ruger add-ons are readily available just about anywhere to make it look the way you want. Also you aren't stuck with .38 as it is available as a .357 so you can shoot either one you want.
  14. Specs

    Specs Well-Known Member

    Take a look at the Ruger LCR357. It handles 357 mag with ease. It handles 38 spec +p even easier, weighs 17 oz and I carry mine in Wrangler relaxed fit jeans. It's a perfect CCW.
  15. OldCavSoldier

    OldCavSoldier Well-Known Member

    My vote goes to S&W M640 or M60. Don't let the lock sway you. You can take sure steps that they never inadvertently activate, or, you never worry about losing your key after you activate the lock. I fixed mine for about 2 cents cost.
  16. WebHobbit

    WebHobbit Well-Known Member

  17. Smaug

    Smaug Well-Known Member

    Ruger SP-101, but it is a bit on the heavy side.

    All others that would normally meet your criteria, only support a two-finger hold, unless you immediately put aftermarket grips on it.
  18. Deaf Smith

    Deaf Smith Well-Known Member

    S&W makes the 640 in .357 magnum.

    Find an older one without the kiddie lock.

    Then have an action job done (or do it yourself, it isn't all that hard) and you have a very powerful belly gun.

    Barring that, find a Smith 2 inch 64 .38 and use Buffalo Bore 158gr LSWHPs. 1000 fps from that 2 inch tube (and I know cause I chronoed them myself from my 2 inch 64.)

  19. Haywireranch

    Haywireranch Member

    Bought my wife the air weight 637 s&w 38 liked the size and way it shot I went out and bought me the 642 both are great guns.
  20. PabloJ

    PabloJ Well-Known Member

    I put S&W .38 37-2 DAO revolver on hold. It looks unused and $325 seems like very good price. It is not +P rated on the barrel but I would not want to use those in 1lb gun anyway. I concluded that small light revolvers are better pocket weapons then those mini automatics.

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