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Pick a .38spcl snubnose

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by 38snapcaps, Mar 4, 2010.

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  1. 38snapcaps

    38snapcaps Member

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    I want to buy one more snubnose revolver. It will spend its life as a house gun, never carried.

    I have three choices:
    Ruger LCR
    Ruger SP101
    S&W 637

    Which would you choose and please explain your reason.

    Thanks
     
  2. jc650

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    I would go with the Ruger just because its a little bigger and heavier than the other ones and weight shouldnt be an issue as a house gun.
     
  3. JohnBT

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    I would pick a big 4" revolver like a Ruger Police Service Six.

    The Model 637 weighs 15 ounces according the S&W site. I have a Model 442 that weighs 15.8 ounces.

    For a smaller house gun that will never be carried I would buy a Model 640 or 649. I have .357 Model 649 and it weighs 23 ounces. The added weight makes it sooooo much easier to shoot fast and to shoot accurately.

    The guns on your list are fine, but I only use the 10 to 15-ounce guns for carry. Big guns kick less.

    John
     
  4. earlthegoat2

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    I guess you are referring to the SP101?
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    I too would go with the SP101 since it is not to be carried. I would opt for the 3 inch barrel as well.

    Like is said in the post before why limit yourself to such small guns if they arent going to be carried. Maybe a Smith 686 or Ruger GP100 would be nicer.
     
  5. rklessdriver

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    Our "house gun" is a 4" Smith Model 15. I agree with JohnBT that a "4" Service Revolver" is a better choice for the home. The smaller lighter guns are a compromise (of shootability) for convienence (ease of carry).

    Of those you listed I'd pick the SP101 because it's slightly bigger and heavier than the others.

    Will
     
  6. bikerdoc

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    SP101, cause I like it.
     
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    Ruger SP101
     
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    SP101, because airweight S&Ws lack the character that their stainless sisters have.
     
  9. RonBernert

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    A used .38 or .357 4" or 6" barrel. Leave the shubbie lightweight for your CCW. Because size and/concealability are not a concern, use something that has a looooooonnnnnnng service life.
     
  10. snooperman

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    Ruger SP101 is the one I would buy of the 3

    I have one and it would make a great carry gun or house gun as well, or a truck gun too.
     
  11. Old John

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    For myself.........

    I picked the Ruger SP101, .357, for my all day everyday CCW.
    It rests on the nightstand beside the bed each night.
    It's a good carry gun, good house gun.:)
     
  12. JT'sDad

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    My SP101 has been with me since 1993.
     
  13. 38snapcaps

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    Thanks for the replies so far.

    I've considered something like a M15 or GP100. My wife is a little gal with hands that knit and cross stitch and she thinks such guns are too big and barrel heavy. This is the main reason I've stayed with snubs. We did have a Bersa .380 for a while. She liked the trigger and weight but the recoil was very sharp and she hated it.

    The SP101 seems to be a good compromise between an Airweight and a full size revolver. Autos are definitely out. I was explaining the operation of a Walther P99 I was considering for the home and she said, "I don't want to have to know all that stuff, can't I just point it and pull the trigger?" So revolver it is.
     
  14. riceboy72

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    Given the options you've presented, the SP101 wins my vote. It is a well built revolver and certainly can handle any +P .38 round you choose to use, and, of course, will glady digest the venerable .357. If it's not going to be carried and weight and size are of no concern, then the SP101 is hard to beat.
     
  15. DeCocker

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    Since weight is not an issue SP101. For a house gun, a S&W K-frame 4" barrel like a 19 or 66 would even be better.
     
  16. wild cat mccane

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    Vote P99 back in.

    No manual safety. Decock it and you have a gun just like a revolver. Both are dangerous if a kid finds it loaded. Having an empty in the next chamber wont stop them from pulling the trigger a second time.

    The P99 is light, recoils nicely and has a small backstrap.

    DA/SA isn't that hard to figure out. Either way its being pulled its going to fire.

    I thought a revolver for the same thing. Sticking with the P99.
     
  17. Water-Man

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    Ruger SP-101
     
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    House gun? S&W Model 64. One of the many DAO trade ins. A little heavier, significantly longer barrel, reliable as it gets all for less money than the other options.

    William
     
  19. Iggy

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    For a house gun, I would choose a 4" bbl, medium framed service revolver. S&W, Colt, or Ruger in no particular order.

    With service grips and possibly a Tyler T grip adapter, with .38 specials or +P's it will be a pussy cat for a gal to shoot and last forever.
     
  20. W.E.G.

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    Glock 26 for equal or more compact package, greater capacity, faster reloads, cheaper factory-produced practice ammo, lower price, and a better grip.

    I still like revolvers (a lot) - but the J-frame guns are, at best, WWII technology.
    Still VERY effective, but decidedly less practical than today's alternatives.

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    Somebody will remark that the Chief's Special would be smaller with scale-type grips.
    OK, sure.
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    Of those 3, the SP101 by far, given your criteria.

    If she didn't like the sharp recoil of a Bersa .380, she likely won't like the kick of a 15 oz or lighter .38 either.

    If she doesn't like barrel heft, a 2"-2.5" S&W K Frame might be an option as well.
     
  22. mdaniels

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    I am a woman with small hands. My gun experience was limited to shotguns and rifles. I had several suggestions as to what I should buy. My husband took me to the gun shop and I held as many of the guns as I possibly could and dry fired those that were able to be dry fired.

    I chose the LCR and have been practicing with it, both in +P loads and wadcutters. I wouldn't want to shoot 100 rounds at a time, but I comfortably shoot 30 to 50 wadcutters and, of course, less of the +P--but I love this little gun. It is both my nightstand gun and my carry firearm.

    I think it is good to have suggestions, but the proof is in the comfort of the person firing the gun.
     
  23. silverking

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    I choose the sp101 as well. It has become my everyday carry and the nightstand gun also.
     
  24. The Lone Haranguer

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    The SP101. Its weight will not be an issue - in fact it will help when it actually comes time to touch a round off. You might look for a 3 1/16" barrel version while you are at it.
     
  25. LawofThirds

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    Yes, if she's having issues with a sharp recoil from a .380 bersa, then a 4" K frame is going to soak up the recoil without being overly heavy.
     
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