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GreyEclipse
03-29-2010, 19:54
Caliber-.38+P
Hammer-Enclosed Hammer
Finish/Color-Blued or Stainless
Frame/Weight-Scandium or Titanium

Can anybody give me some pictures or models with these specifications?
I'm leaning toward the new Ruger LCR, everyone seems to love em! :cool:

JK-linux
03-29-2010, 20:00
S&W 642 or 442. An American classic.

Jframe38
03-29-2010, 20:05
Can anybody give me some pictures or models with these specifications?
I'm leaning toward the new Ruger LCR, everyone seems to love em! :cool:[/QUOTE]

Jframe38
03-29-2010, 20:06
I've got a 638 can't beat it

Jframe38
03-29-2010, 20:07
How to send pictures I'm new

cmcinc
03-29-2010, 20:27
S&w 442

alank2
03-29-2010, 21:06
Hi,

I love the 442 as well:

http://home.earthlink.net/~alank2/kramer.jpg

Good luck,

Alan

Stubudd
03-29-2010, 21:36
How to send pictures I'm new

First get the picture onto your computer, then upload it to a image hosting site. Then copy the link and paste it into your reply. That's how I do it anyway. Send me a pm if you're having trouble.

glockess56
03-29-2010, 22:50
S&W 638, the best of both worlds, single and double action. Great and accurate gun.

Berto
03-30-2010, 17:52
Another vote for the Centennial or Bodyguard airweights;

Plenty light enough, alloy/steel, 15oz.

Jframe38
03-30-2010, 21:15
Thanks for the intel I really apperciate it I'm trying to do it now

Chup
04-01-2010, 04:24
The Five Shooters are my favorite. S&W 37 and 442 38+P. In 357 I have Taurus 605 and 650. Ruger SP101. And my big Snuby is a Taurus 617. Seven rounds of 357. I rotate them all as Carry Guns, Two at a time.

Glock 17L
04-01-2010, 07:47
I have never shot a Ruger LCR YET??
The S&W J frame Airweight is the yard stick that "All Other" Snubbys are measured against
The Models 642-1 & 442-1 are J frame +P that have " No Internal Lock"

AZ_Quailhunter
04-01-2010, 12:13
Never met a J-Frame I didn't like. 642 sounds good to me.

Gunmeister
08-25-2010, 07:17
The S&W 642, 637, 638 or 442 are all terrific guns priced in the $424 to $450 bracket. However if you want an extremely smooth operating piece that will last a lifetime and you can pass on to your heirs at a cost of around $350, search your gun shops, pawn shops and online gun forums for one of these: My 40 year old, 20 ounce, Mod 36
http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj277/gunmeister/006.jpg

Glockbuster
08-25-2010, 08:25
All the above posts provide good advice and you (OP) have a good reason to get one.

Your first determination should be whether you want to shoot 357 Magnum or 38 Spl. If your answer rules out firing or carrying 357 Magnum you're still not done. A few ounces of weight for CCW do matter, and the scandium frame titanium cylinder will win over the others in this regard. Personally, I care and feel the difference between 11.4 ounces and 15 ounces when I carry in my ankle. So my take is the 340 PD. Another great choice is the M&P 340, slighly heavier at 13+ ounces and still a 357. And then again if you want to save some bucks and don't care about weight or 357 the other models that the other posters have suggested are just as tough and beautiful.

Gunmeister
08-25-2010, 09:58
It's no secret to any of us--to be efficient with a 2" snubby you have to practice, practice and practice some more.
The ultra-lights are great to carry but can become a genuine bear to shoot. An ounce or two (or more) makes a lot of difference when it comes to practice shooting and can be a major factor in the amount of practice shooting that you actually do.
I once owned an 11.5 ounce S&W 340PD, the recoil was brutal, it was punishment to fire any .357MAG loads, much like getting smacked between your thumb and index finger with a baseball bat and not much better firing .38SPL +P. I sold it because I could not get proficient with it. It was great in my pocket but didn't work for me as a SD piece.
My advise to anyone considering a snubby is to shoot as many different types as you can find to help you decide. What might be a easy for one person could be impossible for another.
Remember that a concealed weapon may not always be comfortable but they are comforting. Weight is an important factor but please don't let it be the only consideration.

the perfesser
08-25-2010, 20:35
Circumstances (job in a gun-free zone) dictate that I carry only occasionally, but when I do, I pocket-holster carry a 442. As an alloy I find it a good weight compromise between a scandium/titanium and an all-steel. As has been said above, frequent practice is crucial. And since that is the case, I shoot standard pressure ammo because I am more accurate and have better control. I currently carry the Hornady Critical Defense standard pressure and practice with economy range fodder of like pressure. So I say go with the 442 or 642, and shop around for price. I have seen a wide price range within my state (SC). But I have nothing against the Ruger LCR, either.

Drew78
08-27-2010, 06:10
LCR

Softest shooting snub with a great trigger out of the box that only gets smoother!

Lately my EDC has gone from a G26 to 2 LCR's. one is a .38 and the other a .357

I shoot the LCR MUCH better than a j-frame.

ymmv

-Drew

BWT
08-27-2010, 08:22
I've owned several J frames and I have to say that the LCR trigger is so much better than the Smith. You of course can make the J frame better, but that cost extra money.

betes
08-27-2010, 09:17
I have shot an LCR on a few occasions and the trigger was great. I also found the grips to be very comfortable and nice for extended practice sessions. I really think the LCR is the pinnacle of a lightweight CCW revolver at the present time. Still, I really am tempted to get a Chief's Special. There's just more style to it.

Drew78
08-27-2010, 10:55
Do you shoot a s&w j frame as well or better than the LCR?

If yes then its a great choice for you.

If no, and you are basing the large part of your decision based on looks that is very short sighted. Unless that is you just want it to look at and not use to defend your life.

I really wanted a 642, bit I shot the LCR SO much better it was absurd to even conider the 642 any longer...

-drew

DonGlock26
09-03-2010, 20:10
I prefer the 442.

vinnynj
09-03-2010, 22:34
I have both a S&W 642 CT and Ruger LCR. Both are great guns and conceal well in pocket and IWB. I shoot the LCR better at longer ranges due to its lighter trigger. Plus it weighs a little less. It is also less expensive than a S&W. Try one if you can and I think you will like it. So many people I know bought them and love them.

Chup
09-28-2010, 04:27
I just got a 357 LCR. It shoots great. The grip takes care of the recoil and makes the Gun easy to control. I have stopped carrying my 442 and the LCR is now my backup to my SP101 or my Taurus 617. I like carrying Two 357 Revolvers.

bdcremer
09-28-2010, 20:02
I have the 340 M&P 357 magnum. You can't beat the power to weight ratio in this revolver. Also, I really like the sight set up on this model: XS Sight tritium front sight and U notch for rear.

http://i764.photobucket.com/albums/xx284/bdcremer/IMG_0461.jpg
http://i764.photobucket.com/albums/xx284/bdcremer/IMG_0459.jpg
http://i764.photobucket.com/albums/xx284/bdcremer/IMG_0458.jpg

G27Chief
09-29-2010, 19:56
I like my older 342.

Chup
10-01-2010, 20:22
Since my last post in February I have added a Ruger LCR 357. Nice gun handles 357 good. It is verry easy to carry and has taken over as my backup gun.

beemerphile
10-01-2010, 21:22
I have a 340 PD and a 342 PD. Since I don't shoot magnums in the little stingers, the 342 is everything a lightweight snub ought to be. Mine wears a Crimson Trace 405 grip and is not too uncomfortable to shoot. I also have the 642 and 442 and a gaggle of 36's but the 342 PD is to me the perfect snub. Mine is with me always in a Robert Mika pocket holster.

MinervaDoe
10-03-2010, 08:50
It's no secret to any of us--to be efficient with a 2" snubby you have to practice, practice and practice some more.
The ultra-lights are great to carry but can become a genuine bear to shoot. An ounce or two (or more) makes a lot of difference when it comes to practice shooting and can be a major factor in the amount of practice shooting that you actually do.
I once owned an 11.5 ounce S&W 340PD, the recoil was brutal, it was punishment to fire any .357MAG loads, much like getting smacked between your thumb and index finger with a baseball bat and not much better firing .38SPL +P. I sold it because I could not get proficient with it. It was great in my pocket but didn't work for me as a SD piece.
My advise to anyone considering a snubby is to shoot as many different types as you can find to help you decide. What might be a easy for one person could be impossible for another.
Remember that a concealed weapon may not always be comfortable but they are comforting. Weight is an important factor but please don't let it be the only consideration.
:goodpost: +1 I would not cary a gun that I don't shoot frequently and am proficient with. I've got a S&W Model 36 and an SP101. Both guns shoot well, but even the heavier SP101 can be brutal with a medium hot .357 load. That said, my wish list includes some sort of an alloy bodyguard (maybe a 638).

Chup
10-03-2010, 14:31
I have no problems with long shooting sessions and my SP101. The Factory Grip and weight of the gun are easy for me to handle. The LCR is much lighter but it has a good grip. My first practice session with it was 100 rounds. That was enough to find out that it was easy to be accurate with and it was controllable enough to get a good follow up shot. The LCR is my backup gun and won't be shot as much as the main carry gun.

Ajon412
10-05-2010, 08:08
S&W 640 38 spl. This Ruger LCP is starting to pique my curiosity....

gdd363
01-01-2011, 20:47
I've shot Smith J frames quite a bit but have owned 2 LCRs. I shoot the LCRs much better than Smiths in .38 and .357. The trigger is better, the grips are better and the recoil seems less snappy. The LCR is definately a better value.

den888
01-01-2011, 23:24
+1, agreed

S&W 642 or 442. An American classic.

tankermw
01-16-2011, 15:31
I agree!


S&W 642 or 442. An American classic.

FM12
02-15-2011, 16:21
I got me an old school Colt Cobra in .38 spl. Pretty sweet ride.

fowler
02-25-2011, 06:35
All that molded plastic on the LCR looks cheap and big. The 642 has cleaner lines and finer finish &fit. I like SW ,s design and performance.

Twodog
03-06-2011, 03:14
I traded in a Smith for the LCR and I'm not looking back. Better trigger and much better accuracy for me anyway. I could never shoot a J frame the way I can this Ruger.

ar15ed
03-09-2011, 09:23
if you are an experienced handgun shooter, and don't mind recoil, i honestly think the 340pd is the ultimate concealed carry gun. 357 provides stellar stopping power, and the gun is as light as, or lighter than anything else out there. the heavier trigger, and the recoil are probably a little unnerving for lots of folks, but it just isn't intended to be a target/plinking blaster. it is meant to be a very powerful, easily concealable, easily carried personal defense handgun!
http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii9/ar15ed/boomers/sc2.jpg
my second choice (or my first choice for less experienced shooters) would be a model 38 (438, 638, etc.), loaded with 158 grain federal h-s .38. still a good stopper, lots less recoil, easier sa/da trigger. still very concealable, and still very light.
http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii9/ar15ed/boomers/bguard1.jpg
i will admit to being a s&w fan, and i will admit that i just haven't warmed to the new crop of plastic revolvers!

Chup
03-09-2011, 11:14
Nothing wrong with being a S & W fan. I may carry my Ruger 357s more but, that is because they are 357s. My favorite looking gun and my first love is the 442. I think that is the finest looking small Revolver there is. I still carry it when I have a small pocket that the Tamer Grip on my 357 LCR can't fit. The 442 fits my zipper pocket on my Leather Jacket. When I go to Weight Watchers and need to hang my Jacket on a chair, while I weigh in, it stays secure in the pocket while the Jacket is still in sight. Believe me I don't need that extra pound on me at that time.

Ron3
03-11-2011, 12:21
I (heart) my Ruger LCR357. Best revolver I've owned.

Not heavy, not so light you have to be uber concerned about bullet pull, nice trigger, easily changable front sight, frame and grip design tame recoil, and the price is right.

Just as accurate and reliable as a light J-frame, too.

Cons:

If you tilt it side to side right you can hear the transfer bar click side to side. Not a BFD to me.

I reccomend the LCR and LCR357. The LCR is noticably lighter, but has a little more recoil, too. Thats the trade off.

denn1911
03-11-2011, 13:05
I love my S&W 340PD. It carries great, provides great power and points well. It's a little pricey, but it is well worth it.

Lawrence Keeney
03-13-2011, 10:20
I'd get a 642. Theyre the best compromise between weight, stopping power and the ability to be able to tote it in your front pocket withtout worrying about snagging it. Also, every couple of months, if you have a Gander Mountain store in your area, they have them on sale.

Shootinbil
03-13-2011, 16:14
I have a 642, I carry all the time.