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Best small .357 for CC

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Varminthound, Nov 10, 2008.

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  1. Varminthound

    Varminthound Member

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    Although I fear creating a storm, I am interested in thoughts from THR about the best, small .357 to use for concealed carry.
     
  2. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

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    Well, while not at all small; I prefer the 2.5" barrel Smith & Wesson model 66,
    which is built on the K-frame~! ;) :D
     
  3. LightningMan

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    My first pick is the S&W model 60 in .357, my next choice would be a Ruger SP101. LM
     
  4. Bearhands

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    I'll have to concur with the 1st two replies and add:

    2 3/4" Ruger Speed Six 357. Any of them are just plain good.
     
  5. The Bushmaster

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    I carry a Mod 19-5 2 1/2" in the winter...
     
  6. pps

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    My pick is the 340pd in a nemesis holster. Drop it in the front pocked and fugetaboutit.
     
  7. jfh

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    IMO--

    1. The best small 357 for CC is the S&W M&P340.

    2. The best 357 for carry, possibly concealed carry, would be a scandium K-frame--for example the 386.

    3. The best overall 357 for daily civilian carry is the 60-3"--or a K/L-frame 3".

    pps has it about right for the j-frame 357 DAOs--once you've gained both the expertise and the hand strength to shoot it effectively.

    Jim H.
     
  8. krs

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    Although they increase the overall size of the gun Hogue wooden fingergrip round butt grips make a much more comfortable .357 J frame experience.

    Even so, the little ones are at about the limit of usefulness so all steel pistols work best because of their heavier weight than the Scandium lightweights.

    I like my M66 2 1/2" in the caliber and I REALLY like my new N frame Lew Horton 3" Model 27 in the caliber. Big guy can bark without biting.
     
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    Would like to try the Smith 649-shrouded hammer and clip-draw.
     
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    I carry its adjustable sight cousin...the security six. I find this is as small as I can shoot well with full power .357's.
     
  11. Bearhands

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    Wnycollector, .... Bingo.... the "6" series are sure to handle the 357 in a "good way" as compared to most.
     
  12. pinkymingeo

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    Depends on your priorities. I live in a tropical climate, where clothing is light and weight critical. My daily carry rotates between a 340PD and 360PD with bobbed hammer, usually pocket carry. I've had a lot of practice with the guns, and find them fun to shoot. Guess if I lived in Moosejaw and dressed like a lumberjack 365 days a year that a steel gun would be OK, but I don't and steel isn't.
     
  13. Mountie855

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    Might want to look at the S&W 640; same size/weight as the 60, but with enclosed hammer. I have no problem with pocket carry in a Nemesis holster, or IWB with a Mitch Rosen holster.

    My wife prefers the 642 in 38Spl at 15 oz, when she isn't carrying her
    KT P3AT.
     
  14. loneviking

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    Another great choice are the Model 65's. No longer made, but very good guns in stainless steel with a grooved channel for a rear site, very good balance and nice triggers. I usually carry a 65-6 with a 3" barrel.
     
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    I don't think the bad guy will notice the diffrence between a 357 and a 38 +p but you will....
     
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    Best cc 357 would be the Ruger SP101 2 3/4" My favorite 357 would be the S&W 686.
     
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    M640 in a pocket holster. It seems the older i get the smaller my carry piece gets.
     
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    sp101 in 327 magnum. :neener:

    The 340pd is a good choice as is the scandium smith. I like the SP because it's about as small as I can get and still hold it.
     
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    I'm surprised at no votes so far for my favorite small .357, Ruger SP101 2.25 inch barrel, DAO with bobbed hammer. Best with the now discontinued Uncle Mike's boot grips.
     
  20. Dollar An Hour

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    Ruger SP101 on the belt, or M&P 340 in the pocket. ;)
     
  21. Fat Boy

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    Depending on your ideas of a concealed carry weapon; some gun scribes years ago used to opine that a 4" barrel wasn't that much harder to conceal than a 2" in a revolver.

    I would vote for the Ruger sp101; however this isn't in my opinion a pocket gun, in most applications, it would be a belt carry gun.

    I wouldn't try to shoot a 357 out of a scandium frame, unless I wanted to experience pain...just my 2 cents
     
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    Ruger SP101.

    They are, in my mind, the perfect blend of power, size, and flexibility.

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    A lot of folks will probably disagree but I carry a Taurus Model 605 with a 2" barrel. And I'm very pleased with it. I put about 50 rounds or so a month through it. It's a 5 shot .357 but I carry and shoot .38's in it (Fiocchi 140gr). I do on occasion put a few .357's down the pipe but, in my opinion, they're BRUTAL in such a small revolver. I carry it in one of those cheap nylon holsters that I removed all of the snaps and clips off of. I just drop it in my front pocket.

    One thing I liked about it was that it has a lock at the base of the hammer. It comes with 2 keys and when I travel to relatives that have children I can "lock" it with a little extra peace of mind.
     
  24. Katana8869

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    I concur. Especially if you want one that you can actually shoot .357 ammo out of with a reasonable amount of comfort.

    Houge wood grips
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    3" with Houge rubber Monogrip, 2 1/4" with Crimson Trace laser grip
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    With my Kel-Tec .380 wearing factory rubber grip with wood inserts
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  25. Brian Williams

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    A S&W 13, but the Ruger's -six's are very close.
    A Ruger SP-101 is darn near close, but heavy for it's size.
     
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