Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by KY Sparky, Nov 16, 2013.
S&W Model 469 opinions for CC & HD ? Thanks
i lean in this direction as well.
Gave my Mom a Colt DS in 38 special.
Bought that revolver a long time ago and the cost wasn't prohibitive as it is now.
My Mom is not a very strong person and hand strength is limited (why auto's not a good choice) and she has no difficulty with the Colt.
The above S&W will give her the same advantage and with 38+P's she will do well.
A model 10 is a good choice. Throw in a good action job and maybe a little lighter rebound spring and you have a great choice.
Perhaps a set of Pachmayr Compacs, too.
very infrequently I pull out my dad's S&W 686 PowerPort and load with .38 SPL +P's; Remington 158gr lead semiwadcutter hollow points or Remington 125gr semijacketed hollowpoints
Home Defense Wheelie
Good ole S&W Model 10 !
It's damned hard to make a logical argument against a .38 K frame.
You can get some hot 38 Special +P from Buffalo Bore that moves a 158 grain semi-jacketed SWC JHP bullet around 1,150 FPS from a 4" barrel. For comparison, my Glock 19 gets 1,150 FPS from Speer Gold Dot JHP. Standard pressure 38 Special is too anemic for my tastes. BB standard pressure 38 Special JHP from a 4" barrel does 1,078 FPS (I'd chrony that to verify).
I prefer 357 Magnum because you can get some very high velocity, but it doesn't mean you have to load them so hot. Instead of trying for 1,500+, why not send 125's at 1,250 FPS? It matches or beats most hot 9x19mm and isn't as hot as 357 SIG.
Home Defense Wheelies
IMHO .38 Special +P is plenty enough power for home defense . With .357 Mag, 9mm FMJ, etc. there is a danger of "overkill" (in the home). More penetration could mean the bullets going where you don't want them (to other rooms, exiting outside the home, etc.). Also a revolver is preferable to autoloaders in instant (awakening from sleep, et al) situations . That is a good reason for the S&W Model 10, and similar wheelguns .
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