Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Please recommend a small concellable revolver...

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Sigdude, May 14, 2007.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Sigdude

    Sigdude Member

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2007
    Messages:
    96
    I'm looking at the Taurus and the Charter Arms lines.
    I want at least a 2 1/2 inch barrel in stainless steel.
    Either .357 or the .44 special,it dosen't really matter.
    The S&W line might be too expensive.
    But Taurus's really can't be trusted for reliabilty and their service dept. should be exilled to a deserted island in the middle of nowhere.
    Their model 605 looks good...but like a said,i'm hesitive to go with Taurus.
    Any suggestions ?:)

    Thanks for your input.:D
     
  2. qbpc

    qbpc Member

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2007
    Messages:
    191
    Location:
    Gulfcoast
    Ruger SP 101 is a well built little 357 it comes in 2 1/4" or 3"
    Where I live they are between 350 to 400 dollars.
     
  3. Sigdude

    Sigdude Member

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2007
    Messages:
    96
    Hi gbpc .....

    those small Rugers hurt my finger as the design of the trigger guard and the wieght of the pistol bite-down on my resting finger.I hate these guns for this reason....sorry....any othe recommendations?
    I do prefer a 3 inch barrel though.:scrutiny:
     
  4. mavracer

    mavracer Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2007
    Messages:
    4,345
    Location:
    wichita
    he 605,650,85 and 850 have the lowest return rates it seams taurus puts a premium on QC on these production lines.I have owned a 85 and currently own a 605 and 905 and they have been 100% both shoot POA and will stay in 4" bull at 15 yards if I do my part.I trust them completly
     
  5. BADUNAME13

    BADUNAME13 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2006
    Messages:
    1,802
    Location:
    Gulf Coast
    I had a Taurus .38 (I forget the model... the Hammerless one)

    When I would put a couple cylinders through it at a rapid fire pace, and reloaded it with speed strips and continued firing, it would freeze up after 3-4 cylinders.

    -It got too hot. when it cooled down it would function again.

    I now carry a S&W.
     
  6. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Member

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2006
    Messages:
    21,694
    Location:
    Northeast PA, USA
  7. jonnyc

    jonnyc Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2004
    Messages:
    2,319
    Location:
    SE Pennsylvania
    You just might get a better response on the Revolver Forum.
     
  8. MICHAEL T

    MICHAEL T Member

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2004
    Messages:
    6,011
    Location:
    outback Kentucky
    From what I have seen S&W the best and price difference isn't all that much, The quality of a S&W over the other 2 way better
     
  9. 3rdpig

    3rdpig Member

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2004
    Messages:
    603
    I like the S&W 638. Fully shrouded hammer for snagless draw or firing within a pocket, yet the ability to thumb cock for accurate single action fire.
     
  10. glockman19

    glockman19 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2007
    Messages:
    3,699
    My choice would be a S&W 340, 640.
     
  11. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    12,879
    Location:
    Home Of The First Capitol Of The Confederate State
    Often times, one can find a good, used but not abused Smith & Wesson model
    66 with a 2.5" barrel for between $275-300. This six-shot revolver would be
    my first choice~! ;) :D
     
  12. KD5NRH

    KD5NRH Member

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2005
    Messages:
    187
    I like my 605 so far. I wish it had single-action capability, but after cleaning it out better, (bought it used) the trigger is now smooth enough that I doubt it would make much difference at any range I would try with a 2" barrel.
     
  13. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2006
    Messages:
    11,966
    If you're able give an SP-101 with Pachmayr Compac grips a try. The Compacs are a bit longer and fatter than the factory ruger grips, and they may very well solve your problem.

    Taurus' small & medium frame snubby revolvers do seem to be the best built guns in their lineup. However, S&W offers a lifetime warranty to any owner, and a used S&W will be close to the price of a new Taurus. The S&Ws are a much higher quality piece. They may cost a bit more, but they, or a Ruger, offer a better value when build quality is factored in.
     
  14. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2002
    Messages:
    18,376
    Location:
    Deep in the Ozarks
    Three fifty seven in a compact revolver is kind of like the Northwest Passage -- dreamed of for many years, eagerly sought by explorers, it really exists, but it ain't all that practical to use.:p

    Most people who shoot snubbies shoot .38 Special after a little experience with .357 loads from these little guns. If you must have a snubby .357, I'd definitely recommend the SP 101 -- with aftermarket grips if the factory grips aren't adequate for your hand.
     
  15. Jkwas

    Jkwas Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2006
    Messages:
    600
    Location:
    Boca Raton Fl. "The Gunshine State"
    Taurus guarantees the gun no matter who owns it.
     
  16. DAdams

    DAdams Member

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2007
    Messages:
    3,080
    Location:
    East Tennessee
    That's Rich

    Vern I like that. Well put.

    Having said that I just ordered:

    [​IMG]

    I have never been accused of being terribly practical. I like the appearance and I will try some .357 just to say I made the passage. :banghead: Then go back to the .38. It is a couple ounces lighter than the 642 and should be less maintenance with the stainless cylinder.
     
  17. DawgFvr

    DawgFvr Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2006
    Messages:
    1,063
    Location:
    Olympia, WA
  18. bakert

    bakert Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2005
    Messages:
    1,668
    I'm not much on .357s with less than a 4" barrel. Just my own opinion but I know some people that have trouble with full size .357s and the small ones put out one helluva muzzle blast and are hard to control. Regardless of what some may say, if a person can be happy with a .38, the little Taurus model 85 is not only affordable but a darn good little revolver.

    [​IMG]
     
  19. jfh

    jfh Member

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2003
    Messages:
    4,859
    Location:
    Maple Plain, MN
    I just started dropping in to this forum

    about a week ago--finally decided it was time to get squared away for a CCW again. For a number of reasons, I decided to go with a revolver this time. It seems that the older and wiser I get, I'm more inclined to just want a point and shoot for personal defense. I have numerous SAs, and I know the drills well, but I want less thinking time now.

    So, after reading all I could from you active revolver geeks, I went out and picked up two J-frames: A 340 M&P 'Centennial' just like DAdams picture above, but without the CT, and a SS 640 with the longer grip. They'll go well with the Model 27 .357 that will become the bedside gun.

    Courtesy of DAdams's comment in the 640 thread, I also got tipped off to the free range bags as well.


    My rationale is that I want to practice with .357s in the 640, and carry .38+P in the 340. Or practice with both in both guns, or whatever--I know the Highway Patrolman well already.

    FWIW, I will probably load up all three guns with two loads of .38 Magsafe for shots one and two, since I have nearby neighbors, then slide into .38+P Hydra Shoks, and finally .357 Hydrashoks, if the POA doesn't change much.

    I bought the two at my 'old' gunstore--and at another one, I got to check out a 340 with the CT sight, as well as a Taurus or two. So, the other accessories--CT grip for the 340, Mika holsters, speed strips, loaders, are on their way--and I'm about to build up some dummy ammo for speedloader practice.

    Thanks a lot, guys, for the good info I've found here.

    Sigdude: Why don't you look for a S&W 640, used?--I think you'll end up with the best of both worlds (price and quality) if you shop carefully. Used 640s are around, and should be no worse than new Tauriis.


    Jim H.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page