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Best general purpose .357 3"

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by SharpDog, Mar 10, 2019.

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Best concealable general purpose 3" .357 magnum revolver?

  1. Colt King Cobra

    4 vote(s)
    3.6%
  2. Colt Python

    2 vote(s)
    1.8%
  3. Chiappa Rhino 30DS

    1 vote(s)
    0.9%
  4. Kimber K6s

    12 vote(s)
    10.8%
  5. Ruger SP101

    36 vote(s)
    32.4%
  6. S&W Model 19 Carry Comp

    6 vote(s)
    5.4%
  7. S&W 586 L-Comp

    7 vote(s)
    6.3%
  8. S&W 686 Plus

    26 vote(s)
    23.4%
  9. S&W 60 Pro

    4 vote(s)
    3.6%
  10. Other

    8 vote(s)
    7.2%
  11. S&W M65

    15 vote(s)
    13.5%
  12. Ruger LCRx

    2 vote(s)
    1.8%
  13. Ruger GP100

    10 vote(s)
    9.0%
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  1. SharpDog

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    Watching a spy show where the main character is running a Chiappa Rhino Snub. IWB concealment is a main priority as is shooting through car doors and windshields. Shots appear to be between 5 - 30 yds, longer would be better. Gunfights are on the shortish side so one reload would probably be sufficient.

    What's the best revolver for our spy ?

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  2. BSA1

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    What country is he in?

    American made may not be the best choice.
     
  3. NMPOPS

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    You left off the most iconic 3" 357 magnum in history, the S&W M65
     
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  4. LUCKYDAWG13

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    I like the Ruger SP101 a lot But if I was a spy i would have a PPK
     
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    That is exactly what I use my SP101 for . I conceal carry it and use it in the woods . It is not to thick or to heavy and is built strong .
     
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  7. Sistema1927

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    Foolishly I let a 3" RB S&W Model 13 get away. Since then I had settled on a 2.75" Ruger Speed-Six, but it is a bit clunky. I purchased a 3" Kimber K6S right after they came out, and I have never been happier.
     
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  8. ontarget

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    Recently acquired an SP101 3 inch in 357. Appears to be a 1995 vintage. Once I get it run through some ammo tests and find out what works best it will become my EDC. Currently a Taurus M85 fills the roll but the SP101 is only slightly bigger and 357.......
     
  9. Eddietruett

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    As probably everyone here knows, I am a huge fan of the 3" K frames. They have so much going for them. Slightly longer sight radius. Balances perfect. With a round butt and not having a ejector rod shroud like the mod 13 and 65, they are just about as easy to conceal as a J frame. One HUGE reason the 3" gets my not over a 2 or 2.5" is the full length ejector rod. Empties are kicked completely out every time. Could make a big difference if you needed to reload in a hurry. Plus 3" K Frames aren't seen every day which adds to the cool factor for me. One gun that is overlooked a lot is the Model 64. Same gun as 65 but in 38 special. Since my carry ammo is .38 +P Golden Saber, I carry my mod 64 probably the most of any of my J frames. This is mainly because my 64 has one of the smoothest da triggers I've ever felt. The only gun in the last 5-6 years that has given my 3" K frames any competition is the Kimber KS6. I have a 2" and it has been nothing less than impressive. I hate hammerless guns. The trigger on the Kimber will basically let you shoot SA. It has the flat sided cylinders so it will conceal easily. I have not seen a 3" in person for sale, or I'd probably own one of them. I am waiting with baited breath on the new Kimber 3" DASA with a hammer. As soon as the distributors get some in, my LGS will order me one. It will be the first new gun I've owned in at least 40 years excluding a few collectable Smiths that are old, but NIB. At some point, I'll probably wind up owning one of the new King Cobras in 3" but I'll wait a years or so until the prices drop way down like they have on the Cobras. The Cobra never impressed me enough to go out and buy a new King Cobra.
     
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  10. Corpral_Agarn

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    You would be hard pressed to find a better concealable revolver than a k frame 3" 357 with fixed sights.

    Have had my eyes open for a model 65 for years.

    Pops carried a 66 3" for years. Excellently configured revolver
     
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  11. amd6547

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    72C83D41-63A6-4647-9EF6-22F14002073D.jpeg GP100 3” for the win.
     
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    Concealable and general purpose don't really complement each other, especially in the wheelgun world. K frame is probably the best balance, but given the criteria of 007-type character who will be routinely involved in gunfights, my vote goes for the higher capacity and more manageable recoil offered by the 686+
     
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    I have a 4" Colt Python and can only imagine how nice a 3" would be. I've shot a bunch of K6S revolvers, have a 3" GP100 and 3" SP101 but have no experience with the others in the list. If I had to pick between the GP100 and SP101 it would be the latter. I CC a KLCR that's 19.7 oz loaded … hard to beat really. The 3" GP100 weighs in at 38.5 oz loaded and the SP101 at 29.9 oz loaded.
     
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  15. Jonesy814

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    I picked the 686 plus. Any time there is a chance of ending up in a gunfight, like when you are a spy, you'll be glad you chose the one with 7 rounds on board.
     
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  16. MachIVshooter

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    IMO, for normal, real-world CCW, the SP101 is rather heavy. I have a 3" SP101, and I'd rather carry my Charter Bulldog .44, which is roughly the same size and a bit lighter. But I prefer lightest, so the 11 oz 360 PD it is!

    (In truth, I usually pocket carry a DB9)
     
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    just kidding.
     

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  18. Snowdog

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    The only 3" .357magnum I have currently is a 3" SP101. I really do prefer the looks of the newer S&W M60 and if overall size wasn't an issue, I'd opt for a 7-shot 3" 686. I guess it just boils down to me being a sucker for a S&W with a full lug barrel.

    That said, the SP101 also great.
     
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  19. Tallball

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    I have a couple of SP101's and can't shoot them worth a darn.

    My 2" Model 10 is easy to shoot well. With a 3" barrel it would probably be even easier. :)
     
  20. amd6547

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    Yeah, except for the six shot cylinder.
     
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    Not sure if it was best as very few were made, but I would want 4" MP-412. I'm sick and tired of swing-out or loading gate stuff.....boooooring.
     
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    Don’t know if they make one but a 3” K frame with an alloy frame would be nice.
     
  23. MachIVshooter

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    .32 cal SP-101s are 6 shot.

    I had to look real hard at the frame above the grip to be convinced that's a GP-100. I've never seen one with the SP101 style grips.
     
  24. WheelGunMan

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    You didn't even list the LCRx .357 3inch. It gets my vote. 6.jpg
     
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  25. Deanimator

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    S&W Model 65, probably the best full size CCW revolver ever.

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