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Shopping around for a new carry revolver

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Savate, Nov 4, 2006.

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  1. Savate

    Savate Member

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    I've been out of the scene (not reading the magazines and all) for a while.

    What's new in options for carry-revolvers?

    Any favorites you could share?
     
  2. steveracer

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    Model 60 3"

    I got one recently and it totally replaced my SP101 for carry. Wonderful balance, fit, finish, and very accurate. .357 MAG is a nice plus, too.
    Steve
     
  3. AStone

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    May I (and a bunch of others) suggest a SW 642?

    :)
     
  4. armedcitizen

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    Try and find a used 3" k frame.
     
  5. Euclidean

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    Colt Detective Special. My most carried revolver.:D
     
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    Taurus has brought back the 3" 605's that
    are chambered in 357 magThey have fixed
    sights and come in blued or stainless.
     
  7. Preacherman

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    I'm with armedcitizen. A 3" K-frame is just about the quintessential carry revolver. The barrel's long enough to accept a full-length extractor rod, but short enough not to push up on a car seat or something like that when holstered. The butt's round, which is easier to conceal, and there's an almost infinite selection of grips for it (anything that fits a K- or L-frame round-butt will work on it). Finally, there's a fair selection of models (13/65 in .357 Magnum, 10/64 in .38 Special), and because the 13 was FBI standard issue for quite a few years, there are a number of them around.

    Only problem is, those of us who know and love them aren't getting rid of ours - in fact, we're looking to buy more, for spare pieces! I've had half-a-dozen over the years (I give them to friends whom I really like, you see), and I'm down to only three at the moment. Time to stock up! :D
     
  8. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

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    A Blast From The Past

    Colt Detective Special~!:cool: :D
     
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  9. Savate

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    Price on the 642?

    Good stuff! :)

    Loving that SW 642 though...what is the MSRP on that?
     
  10. steveracer

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    3" K-frame.

    I agree wholeheartedly with the others about the K-frame, but they just aren't out there in 3" form. I ended up with a 3" GP-100 and SP-101, and carried the SP more because of it's slimmer profile. The 3" 60 :

    http://www.smith-wesson.com/wcsstore/SmWesson/upload/images/firearms/150132_large.jpg

    Is a really nice blend of carry and shootability for me. I have Pachmyr grips on it, and they make a HUGE difference in shooting.
    Steve
     
  11. silverking

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    I paid $398.99 for my 642. This was purchased without any shopping around for "deals". It just felt right so I bought it. It's gonna be my primary carry untill I can afford another as yet unknown brand in a larger capacity.
     
  12. ronto

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    Spurless .357 Ruger SP101 2 1/4" snubbie IWB crossdraw...Works for me.
     
  13. Jeff Timm

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    Are you talking concealed carry or duty carry?

    S&W has their wandering Factory Sales team working their major gunshops right now. You can get some very decent prices.

    Shooters in Jacksonville, FL is running the sale with a free action job on revolvers (trust me the current S&Ws revolvers NEED one despirately) 6-11 November 06.

    Of the current models, I like the Model 649 for Concealed http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/...d=10001&productId=14773&langId=-1&isFirearm=Y

    And the Model 686 Plus for open carry
    http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/...d=10001&productId=12762&langId=-1&isFirearm=Y

    Geoff
    Who will stick with his S&W Model 38 and Ruger Security Six Heavy Barrel and not feel disarmed. :D
     
  14. Shawnee

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    Hi Savate...

    My Best Favorite is the 7.5" barrel Ruger Super Blackhawk in .44 Magnum.

    No one has ever tried to rob/harm me when I was carrying it.:)


    Sorry, Savate... couldn't resist. :D

    If I were going to "carry" though, it would be one of the .44 Specials.
    Whichever feels best in your hand should be your deciding factor, Methinks.

    Local opinions may (will) vary. :D
     
  15. Savate

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    Hey Shawnee,
    I know what you mean...if I could wear my Uberti 1873 Cattleman 45 Colt in my buscadero rig, I wouldn't need anything else! :D

    I'm looking for something light for conceal carry...maybe in one of those nice SIG jackets with sewn-in holster.
     
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    ROTFLMAO !!!

    I still vote for the Buscadero Rig !!! :eek:

    :D :D :D
     
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    I like my 640-1 in .357. Heavier than a 642, but I don't find that onerous, especially when actually shooting it.

    If deep concealment and light weight aren't prime considerations, I'd look for a nice used 2 1/2-3" K-frame. Lots out there. They are generally easier to shoot well and not that much harder to hide.

    For CCW in a belt holster my next "gotta get" (being a Cerified Geezer) is the new S&W 22-4 in .45 ACP.:D
     
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    Pre-lock (of course) 640-1 with .357 Magnum.
     
  20. TOADMAN

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    S&W 642 or S&W 442...
     
  21. AStone

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    Can't speak to MSRP, but you'll find them for $375 or so in my neighborhood. Cheaper elsewhere.

    For price estimates from around the country, go over and read the 42 pages ( :what: ) of The 642 Club.
     
  22. Ala Dan

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    S&W Model 642

    WoW~!

    I sell 'em NIB everyday for $359.88~!:cool: :D
     
  23. BullfrogKen

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    I love the Colt Detective Special family. I'm all over my Colt Cobra (alloy frame version of the D.S., identical in every way to their standard-bearer steel frame)

    That, or I'd shop for a 3" K frame.
     
  24. Marko Kloos

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    Can't do better than a 3" K-frame when it comes to carry wheelguns.

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  25. 2ndamd

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    Another vote for Ruger SP101 2.25" .357 magnum.
    They have the heft and design to handle the full power loads for a long time. They are not as sleek as the J frames but not as heavy as the K frames. And they last longer than the k frames with full power loads.

    The SP101 is just a great designed little gun. I have been using one for CCW for over 6 years now.

    I like the S&W 642 and 66 but for longevity and range practice it's the Ruger for me.
     
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