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Which Light Weight Revolver Would You Choose Poll?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by sigbear, Sep 25, 2010.

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  1. sigbear

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    If you were going to buy 1 lightweight .38 revolver, which one would you buy?

    I had a S&W model 637 with hammer that I traded for a SP101 3" brl. and never looked back, however, I am itching to buy a Ruger LCR 38+P model for a pocket gun.

    Sigbear
     
  2. jon86

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    S&W 638, 642, or 442. Take your pick. I'd be happy with either of these.
     
  3. james_bond

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    I have been wanting the 642 for a while now.
     
  4. smoke5643

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    Get the lcr. You won't be disappointed.

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  5. oldfool

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    although airweights don't happen to make my eyes twinkle (nor does plastic/polymer/whatever), I would be most likely to try a LCP

    reason, trigger
     
  6. yeti

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    442.
     
  7. wrs840

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    Regarding pocket-snubs, I'm another 442/642 fan.

    Les
     
  8. Steve 48

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    642 for me.
     
  9. GreenMTNLife

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    I just made this decision a few weeks ago...went with the LCR in 38+p. The trigger on the LCR is just far superior out of the box. That said the proven reliability of the 442 almost had me.
     
  10. moxie

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    LCR. Better trigger, better sights.
     
  11. Lucky Derby

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    None of the above.
    Classic S&W M38. Pre-lock, pre-mim.

    Or perhaps a Colt Agent or Cobra.
     
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  12. bad4dr

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    M&P 340. Does everything a 442 can do, but it's tighter, lighter, has better sights, and has .357 capability.
     
  13. wrs840

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    I hesitate to ask this, because I'm honestly not wanting to stir-up trouble, or contribute to poorly-founded rumors.

    I have no experience with a LCR beyond holding one at a retail store a couple of times.

    Seems to me however, I've seen a fair amount of malfunction-complaints on the LCR while on gun-related internet sites.

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    http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2010/05/24/ruger-lcr-kaboom/

    Is this sort of stuff just over-reported, or a real concern?

    Les
     
  14. Brian Williams

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    I would love a real 942 but with a 2.5 inch barrel. I have a 642 with a 940 cylinder installed, AKA 942 bastard. I would also like a S&W model 12 with a 3" barrel.
     
  15. S&Wfan

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    My "always" CCW revolver is a vintage 1971 Model 37 Airweight . . . slick, accurate and beautiful. It rides at this moment in a DeSantis Nemesis pocket holster for a fast, no-snag draw.

    I want no other . . . and after many years of getting to this little Roscoe, that's saying something. Forged parts, pinned barrel, classic workmanship . . . and no damn lock or Tupperware . . . to me it is the epitome of what a S&W should be. A quality gun with a great trigger.

    I've been carrying this one for nearly three years. Before I got it, it was husband #2's nightstand gun (she survived three husbands) and I don't think it ever got carried . . . or even shot much. Thus, it looked great when I bought it . . . and it still does.

    I put the original wood S&W stocks (serial numbered to the gun) in the safe and had Patrick Grashorn make me a set of his wonderful Elk Stag grips to my desired appearance and added a Tyler T-grip for one of the absolutely most comfortable grips one can ever imagine on a J-frame. The Elk stags are very durable and great looking too, IMHO.

    Oh yeah . . . my wife has a 1971 Model 37 Airweight too, though her's is the 3" barreled version with a square butt . . . and also wears a Tyler T-grip. She loves it and shoots it quite well too. Here's mine . . .

    [​IMG]
     
  16. chanroc

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    S&Wfan - That is one sweet looking gun!!!
     
  17. GreenMTNLife

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    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=525063
    Consensus here and on other boards suggest it was an ammo issue not a design issue or manufacturing defect. To be fair that is from limited information and pictures available.

    What other issues are you hearing about? I've only seen the kaboom and the flame cutting issue. The flame cutting seems to be a limited batch that missed a heat treatment step and Ruger is handling those cases but seems to be very limited in number.
     
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    Colt Cobra.
     
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    You've probably covered it. Didn't mean to bash. Like I said, I have no personal experience with LCRs. Concern withdrawn.

    Les
     
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    Well, I do only have 1 lightweight .38 Spl revolver and I went with a S&W 342

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  21. chanroc

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    Forgot to add that I personally went with the 442 (loaded with Nyclads).
     
  22. Litlman

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    442 in left front pocket. Don't even know it's there.
     
  23. vwfool

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    I couldn't ever win a beauty contest with it, but I'd have to say Ruger LCR with CT laser grips.

    The S&W with the Tyler's T and the Elk grips is a VERY nice looking gun, by the way.
     
  24. DAdams

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    I'll stick with my M&P 340. 13.3 ounces, XS Tritium Standard Dot Night Site, .357 Magnum capable, DLC coating, I put on optional Crimson Trace grips (model 405).

    Great all around package for not the lightest carry, but close to it. The tradeoff is the stainless steel cylinder in the M&P series vs the PDs.

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    I like my 642 also....

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  25. Gary A

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    I have several pre-lock, pre-MIM S&W model 37s which I dearly love. I like the grip on the new S&W Bodyguard .38 better than any of the grips on the Ruger LCR but like the way the Ruger ILS works much better than the S&W ILS system. I probably don't need one but am just about ready to purchase an LCR. I was going to get either the Trijicon model with the smaller grips or a basic model and replace the grips but after handling one, I find the ultra-compact grip on the LCR to not feel comfortable at all, so I'm leaning toward the larger-gripped version. If I could have the Bodyguard grip on an LCR, that would be perfect. Yeah,...I'm going to get an LCR. I don't want to resurrect old issues but I really don't like the design of Smith's lock. For me, the Ruger design is far superior. (Since we have to get a lock with either purchase.)
     
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