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My perfect J-frame carry piece

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Bob79, Dec 11, 2010.

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  1. Bob79

    Bob79 Member

    Jun 7, 2004
    Over the years I have bounced around from different revolvers, trying different types of holsters, and also tried semi autos as well. The semi autos always proved themselves to be too unreliable, even though I always bought top quality stuff. And I do want to worry whether my gun is reliable or not, and I'm talking about very compact, to subcompact here. Smallest I tried that was reliable was Glock 26, but that is too bulky for me.

    I bounced around trying S&W Airweights, Airlites, and some Rugers, and even a Taurus. I prefer the simplicity, and 99.9% reliability of a revolver loaded with quailty ammo. What I have settled on (finally) is a S&W 337PD, with no lock. This was their lightest .38 special ever made at 10.7 ozs, and I probably would have preferred a 342 with no lock, but I couldn't find one.

    This one has had some custom work, like an action job, trigger polish, XS big dot sight, hammer bob, and extended firing pin. I put either the Hornady 110 grain personal defense, or Cor Bon DPX 110 grain in it. I also added the clip draw so I don't need a holster, and no I wouldn't carry any other type of gun than a DAO revolver with a clip draw. I did test it by jumping up as hard/high as I could while bringing my knees up to my chest, and I did this about 6 times before it came loose. Otherwise, it has never come close to coming out from just normal carry.

    Without using a true holster the set up is really thin for a revolver, and total with clip draw, and ammo it weighs in at 13 ozs. No holster to mess with, no weight to drag my pants down, and it conceals IWB very well. Of course the only downside is the recoil, but with proper grip, the 110 grain ammo is not that bad. And yes, that is not the most powerful round, but I'd rather have more accurate hits. Everything is about compromise, and for me this gun fits the bill perfect.

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    IBEWBULL Member

    Oct 21, 2010
    Wisconsin Central State
    Many years ago Bianchi made grips which shrouded the hammer. Not just for the snag free draw but also to permit actually launching a round from within a pocket or mitten.
    I have not done the mitten test but did destroy an old jacket before trashing it.
    Under some conditions a person may want the option of having it in hand and concealed, but ready to go. Just something to ponder for those who want to have an open mind.
    I have the grips for a k frame RB the only problem is I have no RB Smith. I do have a 640 though.
  3. Marvin KNox

    Marvin KNox Member

    Feb 13, 2008

    Nice carry piece.

    I've got the 340 M&P at 13OZ. - but close to yours - they even look similar. I've got the Crimson Trace 405's on it. They appear to be about the same size as your grips.

    I use a belly band for mine often. If you decide to get a clip holster instead of staying with the clip you have on yours - I like the K-1 clip holster in kydex from FIST holster. Good strong clip on it and super thin.

    I usually carry a 640 strong side OWB and the 340 on the weak side for back up - quite often OWB as well (it sits so tight to the body).

    I went round and round about guns to carry and came to the same conclusions as you did about small J frames.

    I had super trigger jobs done on them both by Randy Lee of Apex Tactical.


    I'm a happy camper.
  4. DAdams

    DAdams Member

    Feb 28, 2007
    East Tennessee
    That's a nice rod to be sure. I'm with your snub/revolver philosophy, although the clip draw isn't for me.

    My most often carried revolver is an M&P 340 with CT grips in a pocket holster.

    Thanks for sharing.
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