Looking for new CCW revolver

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Dlowe167, Jul 25, 2013.

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  1. Dlowe167

    Dlowe167 Member

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    I currently have a Charter Arms Bulldog Pug in .44spl,which its a good shooter.But id like a snub nose .357mag under $650,so i ask.If u had to pick one to be your CCW,which & why?I was also looking at a Taurus 2in blue polymer frame DT .357mag,any comments/opinions?
     
  2. sidheshooter

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    Ruger SP101. Proven, rugged, fits same holster as your charter. Next question. :)
     
  3. horsemen61

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    I'd say ruger LCR if you look around you might even find one with laser grips for that price or just a touch more
     
  4. Oro

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    S&W 19 or 66 in 2.5" will come in under that price. Well built, concealable, powerful. Maybe the best cc gun ever made. "I rarely carry, but when I do, it's [strike]Dos Equis[/strike] a S&W 2.5" 19."
     
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    Sp 101
     
  6. Dlowe167

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    Ya i was interested in a Ruger sp101 with trigger job of course.Horsemen how is LCR trigger?
     
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    I am looking for a SP101 3".
     
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    I'd look for a 2-1/2" Security Six if I didn't already have one.
     
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    Not seeing the security six as a .357mag?
     
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    As i posted that,internet died.Then seen it.Decent gun.Do u own a .357mag security six.How is trigger?
     
  12. Deaf Smith

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    Quite a few good snubs still made (or can be found.)

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    From the top going right:
    Ruger SP-101 DAO .357
    S&W 66-2 2 1/2 Combat Magnum .357
    Ruger GP-100 3 inch .357
    S&W 60 Chiefs .38
    S&W 686 2 1/2 .357
    S&W 64 2 inch .38
    Ruger Speed Six 2 3/4 inch .357
    S&W 640 2 inch .38
    Ruger Security Six 2 3/4 .357
    S&W 65 'LadySmith' 3 inch .357

    Yep, all are mine and such as these can be found at below $650.

    Deaf
     
  13. Dlowe167

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    Great collection!Still thinkin SP101,with trigger job.Cant go wrong im thinkin
     
  14. ArchAngelCD

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    I would buy either a S&W M640 or M649 in .357 Magnum. both are very good revolvers and weigh enough to make them shootable with magnum ammo.
     
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    Mod. 60 or Mod. 640.
     
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    I would go with a Ruger SP101 as my first choice and a S&W Model 640 as my next selection in a .357 for CCW.
     
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    Then..

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    Notice the size of the SP101's to the S&W J frames.

    All four of these are 357s and all are steel, no aluminum or polymer.

    And all mine.

    And two S&Ws... one a .38 and the other .357.

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    The .38 was my first carry gun and I still use it alot!

    Secret Service grips are on the .38 and VX grips on the .357.

    And some more, some are K frames and Ruger Speed/Security Six/GP100:

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    Deaf
     
  18. tomrkba

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    I'd go with either an S&W Model 640-1, S&W Model 66 with short barrel or Model 19. Any of those guns will cost less than $650.

    The SP101 will work, but it has problems. It really should hold six shots. It's heavy. The crane is short and grip interferes with reloads (replace them). The internals are a great advantage and you can easily work on it yourself. The front sight is pinned so you can add a night sight.
     
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    Just a followup to my above post, I really like the S&W all steel J frame revolvers, I have several. Here are 2 of my carry revolvers. One is the M642 in .38 Special (alloy) and the other is a M640 in .357 Magnum. Both are great carry revolvers and so is the M442 (also alloy) which is my current carry.

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    Go with a 3" gun. SP101s are fantastic, especially with a Hogue grip. The difference in performance from 2" to 3" is pretty amazing, not only ballistic performance, but the sight radius really helps.

    I tote a 3" Taurus 66, older gun I bought used at a gun show for cheap and it's a GREAT shooter. I've really come to like this revolver. It's a little heavy, over 30 ounces, but carries well. It hides well OWB with a long shirt over it even in hot weather. I like to carry it in a Hume JIT. I don't carry it 24/7, have a few pocket guns for that chore, but they don't make a .357 Revolver that I'd personally stoke with .357s for carry. The 12 ounce wonderguns ain't so wonderful when I pull the trigger. I can take some recoil, like .45-70 in a Contender, but that 12 ounce 340 Smith is ridiculous. The heft of my Taurus makes it easy to shoot well. I can say the same thing about the SP101 I had, but if I get another one, it'll be a 3"er. If you get a J frame, get a steel one. 24 ounces is kinda rough in the caliber, but it's one HECK of a lot better than 12 ounces! 3" K frames are sorta rare and expensive, but you can find the 2.5"er around. It was a quest for a 3"er that led me to the Taurus 66, a K frame sized 6 shooter. Price was right and the gun, even though it's old and has been carried and shot a lot just judging by the cosmetic wear and the wear on the back side of the Pachmeyr Gripper it had on it (from recoil), but it's a solid gun that times perfectly and has very little end shake. I'm quite happy with it. Taurus doesn't have the 3" as a 66 option anymore, don't believe. Why were there so few 3" K frames made? Of course, Smith only makes the m10 anymore. :rolleyes: I found a nice stainless 66 Smith some time back with a 2.5" barrel I probably should have put on my credit card, but I prefer the 3" barrels even to 2.5".
     
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  21. shafter

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    If I was looking for a 357 magnum snub I would go with a Smith and Wesson 19 or 66.
     
  22. Dee

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    Plus one for a 3" sp101, it is a good balance of power and concealability. With a Houge grip shooting .357's really isn't too bad, it's all I shoot in mine.
     
  23. Haywood

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    I have the SP101, LCR357,and a Security Six. I like the SP101 for IWB and the LCR for pocket carry. The LCR also works IWB when I carry a 442 in the pocket. I like shooting the Security Six (2" 357) and I would carry it but, it's kind of heavy because of Arthritis in my wrist and hand. I am thinking of selling it or trading for an older Charter Arms.
     
  24. mesinge2

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    The primary question is pocket carry or holster carry?

    For pocket carry I'd suggest a J frame sized gun: LCR or S&W variant; you can get away with an SP101 in a decent pocket holster. For holster carry, I'd look K or L frame S&W or Security/Speed/Service Six.

    With that said here are my choices, they are all 357s:

    2.25" Ruger SP101:

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    2.125" S&W model 649:

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    2.5" S&W model 19-4:

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    3" Dan Wesson model 15FB:

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    2.75" Security Six:

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    2.75" Speed Six:

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  25. Haywood

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    mesinge2, you have some FINE looking Snubs. Very nice.
     
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