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Pocket revolver

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by magsnubby, Sep 14, 2007.

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  1. magsnubby

    magsnubby Member

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    This would not be the primary ccw weapon.

    For an occasional "slip it into your pocket" gun for those times when you have to answer natures call while camping, run down to the mailbox or maybe down to the local stop 'n rob to grab some refreshments which of the following guns (only the ones on the list) would you choose:

    S&W 36 (no dash flat latch)
    S&W 60 (no dash .38)
    S&W 642
    Taurus 605
    Ruger SP101

    All are bobbed hammer D/A only. Load would be 135 gr Gold Dots .38's. No magnum loads for the 605 or SP101.
     
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    Sp101
     
  4. LarryS.

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    642 +1
    Works for me!
     
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    Smith 642, 442, 638, 60, etc. Some folks will tell you to get one of those new uber light weight guns made out of unobtanium but frankly the weight difference isn't all that huge in your pocket but sure makes a difference when you popping off +P or .357 Maggies. Stick with the aluminum or steel guns.

    Chris
     
  6. ArchAngelCD

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    I'll have to disagree with you Chris. The Steel J frame feels a lot heavier than the 15 oz Airweight when carried in your pocket. Forget about the SP-101, it feels like a brick in your pocket. The main reason he should go with a 15 oz .38 Special is because of his own words, he said:
    IMO, because of what he said the only real choice for a pocket gun is the M642. He might want to look at the M638 too since it's also a great snub nose revolver that will carry well in a pocket.

    BTW magsnubby, just a side note, the SP-101 is also made in a .38 Special only along with .357 Magnum and .32 Magnum versions. http://www.ruger-firearms.com/Firea...riation=Satin Stainless&bct=Yes&type=Revolver
     
  7. blackwind Jeff

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    642 ftw!
    Forget the 36/60 if you're thinking non-primary carry.

    No offense to the SP101, but I think anything that gun does can be better served by something else. Just my two cents, don't be hatin'!

    Also, if you're considering a Taurus 605, why not a 650?
     
  8. cslinger

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    I was really talking about the scandium super light guns. The best compromise are the aluminum guns at around 15-17 oz. The model 60, however, really isn't all that bad in a pocket with proper grips and barrel length.

    The SP101, while a spectacular revolver, is way the hell far from a pocket gun.

    Chris
     
  9. GRIZ22

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    Any one would meet the requirements you specify. The difference between them is personal preference.
     
  10. Gary A

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    Answer call of nature while camping: SP101
    Run down to the mailbox: SP101
    Quick run to the convenience store: 642 (although SP101 would work fine)
    Long term carry in your pocket: 642
     
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    Taurus 85 Ultralight or the DA/SA version, the 851 Protector with aluminum frame, titanium cylinder.

    That little "go anywhere" gun should be a lightweight, IMHO. Otherwise, it won't go anywhere...
     
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    Being a big Ruger fan........642!
     
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    pocket 642 period, IWB any of the others.I have a 442 in my pocket most times and a 605 IWB at other times.sometimes both:evil:
     
  14. The Lone Haranguer

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    Are these guns you already own, or are thinking of buying?

    Of those, I would go with the 642 due to its lighter weight. The other Smiths and the Taurus would work, but their extra weight will drag at your pants for the usage you describe. The Ruger is not in the same league as the others for ease of carry in a pocket; it is much better as a holster gun.

    If you are looking to buy a new gun for this purpose, I am fond of the Kahr PM9, although it is more costly and demanding of maintenance for your proposed use. However, it has the size and weight covered, plus carrying two more of what I believe to be a more effective cartridge from a short barrel, having sights you can see, etc.

    I like that. :D
     
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    I have to say that I'd buy a Charter Arms Anything before I bought a Taurus... too many "how in the heck did this gun break/customer service has my gun still/I got the wrong gun back from customer service/I got my gun back and they didn't do anything" stories.

    Moving right along: I'm in the same boat. A Smith 637 (same as 642 but with a hammer) is on the short list, as is the SP101. SP101 is 2 oz heavier than a 60/640 and 3/8" longer overall (with a .25" longer bbl), but the .357 option and quicker follow-up shot potential is attractive. Some people complain about the weight, some people say wear a good belt.

    I think the SP101 would make a good pocket gun, a great belt gun and a good gun for self-defense year-round.
     
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    You have some good guns to choose from.

    Me, I'd go lightweight and get the 642.
     
  17. magsnubby

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    I own all of those guns. Just curious as to which one most people would choose.

    My favorite is the 642 followed by the 60.

    I'll most likely be selling them all but the 642 and the 60. Already sold a Taurus 606 (2" .357) and three Charter 2000's.

    But with a clipdraw (http://www.clipdraw.com/handguns.html) the SP101 might be a good choice...
     
  18. Alex45ACP

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    +1 to the 642
     
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    S&W 642

    I carry a 442 because I got it for a song. If I had to pay retail I would've got the 642. It's a great pocket gun and I carry it as a BUG in my pocket.

    Biker
     
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    My Choice?

    Have a 3" bbl SP101 in .357 flavour - a bit too heavy for pocket carry. So I'll go with my only other snubby -Model 85 Taurus. .38spl rated for +P loads.
     
  21. ArchAngelCD

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    C'mon guys, don't recommend a Taurus Snub Nose revolver. While the revolver itself is fine the trigger is TERRIBLE and remains bad even after 1,000 trigger pulls with snap caps. If Taurus would do something about their trigger they would win over a lot of shooters with the prices they charge.

    Also, the SP-101 is a great revolver but in no way do I feel it's a pocket revolver. On the belt fine but in the pocket, sorry, no way!! This is only my opinion though and I know others here have different opinions on this matter.
     
  22. magsnubby

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    I still have two Taurus wheel guns (85 & 605) and the triggers aren't that bad on them. After about 500 rounds and 1,000 dry fires (i use the same routine on all my wheel guns) they're still heavy but they both smoothed up a bunch.
     
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    S&W model 60, 38Spl. since that's my usual camping sidearm anyway.
     
  24. Bob

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    Well, my choice was a 2.25" SP-101 in 357mag. It is more weight than some, but it works well for me in the role of a pocket gun. Your mileage may vary.
    Bob
     
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    642 would be the best bet! :cool:
     
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