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silverbear
04-04-2010, 19:49
Hi all, looking to add a snubbie to the collection. Love my Glocks, so thought I would ask - What is the G19 of the snubbie world?

DJ Niner
04-05-2010, 00:23
My votes would go to the 3" Ruger GP-100, the 2.75" Ruger Security-Six/Speed-Six, or the S&W 2.5" Model 19 (blue steel) or Model 66 (stainless). I've owned all of these guns except the M66 (but I've shot several) over the last few decades, and still own the 3" GP-100. The Rugers have the Glock toughness and utilitarian construction/look; the 'Smiths are smoother and perhaps easier to shoot, but less tough in the long run (IMO).

http://img83.imageshack.us/img83/7666/gp100rtwebbs1.jpg

Glock 17L
04-05-2010, 00:26
I would have to say the Centennial Model 642 Airweight..
It's My go everywere do anything revolver..
I even fitted a 940-1 9mm cylinder to my 642 NO DASH so that it's a convertable by simply swapping the cylinders, also the early ones frames are Anodized instead of painted & have 100% forged hardchromed hammer & triggers..
The weight of the Airweight & Airlites are thier beauty..
Makes them very pocketable..

BTW Nice looking Ruger GP100 DJ Niner

S&W Models 940 & 642/942
http://img387.imageshack.us/ifs/5076/img44/1/940942.jpg
Convertable 642 38spl 942 9mm
http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/2551/942w.jpg

Messer
04-05-2010, 07:34
I'd say you have to define what the G19 means to you. My way of thinking can take it two ways...

If what the G19 means to you is a mid-size, easy to carry, but still gives a good size grip for most adult hands - I'd vote S&W model 65, 357 magnum with a 3" barrel. Here is my model 65 Lady Smith with Ahrend grips...

http://people.virginia.edu/~rjs7m/S-W/S-W-65-Ahrends.jpg

If what the G19 means to you is one of the most popular carry guns, I'd say it's one of the S&W J-frame Centennial series. 640/642/442 etc... Here is my 640-1 in 357 magnum...

http://people.virginia.edu/~rjs7m/S-W/640-1-1.JPG

So - what's the G19 mean to you?

Take care,
Bob S.

silverbear
04-05-2010, 07:51
I'd say you have to define what the G19 means to you. My way of thinking can take it two ways...

If what the G19 means to you is a mid-size, easy to carry, but still gives a good size grip for most adult hands - I'd vote S&W model 65, 357 magnum with a 3" barrel. Here is my model 65 Lady Smith with Ahrend grips...

http://people.virginia.edu/%7Erjs7m/S-W/S-W-65-Ahrends.jpg

If what the G19 means to you is one of the most popular carry guns, I'd say it's one of the S&W J-frame Centennial series. 640/642/442 etc... Here is my 640-1 in 357 magnum...

http://people.virginia.edu/%7Erjs7m/S-W/640-1-1.JPG

So - what's the G19 mean to you?

Take care,
Bob S.

Bob, good point. It means the latter to me - "one of the most popular carry snubbies".

When I asked around for ccw options, the G19 came up consistently as "the" carry option for many at gun shops, ranges, etc. I ended up with the G26 on the recommendation of my chl instructor who thought it shot about as well as the 19 but had more concealment options. Both the 19 and 26 are good guns for me - they fit well in my hand and I shoot them well - apparently many others do as well.

I appreciate your response and question. I hope my answer helps. The 642 and 442 in .38 seem to be popular models. Yours look great!

Messer
04-05-2010, 09:45
Bob, good point. It means the latter to me - "one of the most popular carry snubbies".

When I asked around for ccw options, the G19 came up consistently as "the" carry option for many at gun shops, ranges, etc. I ended up with the G26 on the recommendation of my chl instructor who thought it shot about as well as the 19 but had more concealment options. Both the 19 and 26 are good guns for me - they fit well in my hand and I shoot them well - apparently many others do as well.

I appreciate your response and question. I hope my answer helps. The 642 and 442 in .38 seem to be popular models. Yours look great!

Yup - if someone asks me for the best snubnose CCW revolver, I point towards the S&W Centennial's - and the 642 or 442 lead the list. The 640-1 above is my wife's daily carry gun - the only change from stock is the XS Bid Dot night sight up front. She likes the extra weight of the all steel frame for taming recoil.

Hope this helps,
Bob S.

silverbear
04-05-2010, 14:50
It does help - thanks. I appreciate you helping me narrow my search. Now I know what to search for on the "for sale" forums and gun shows!

captcurly
04-05-2010, 16:42
IMHO and many years of concealed carry I would have to go with the S&W 642. If one is in need of an external hammer the 637. I own both and use Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel 38spl +P. Carry weapons are a very personal thing. What works for one may not work another. Just carry what you feel confident with.

Ganesh
04-05-2010, 18:28
I'd have to vote for a S&W Centennial also...if you mean very light, and a very good high hold for such a small size. Tho my choice that I choose to carry is a S&W 340 M&P. Very light and can choose to carry either 38s or 357s. Tho it isnt the most fun for plinkin when it comes to shootin the 357s. Or should I say..its fun in a HOOOOAH!!! kinda way, lol. Even in my smallest pants pocket and usin a cheap uncle mikes pocket holster...all that shows is the very tip of the backstrap on the lower part of the grip. So it conceals very well and you forget you have it on you practically when you drop it in there. Tho the model I own came with the standard two piece grips, I plan on replacing them with the Crimson Trace LG-105 laser grips. They wont give me any more control than my stock grips, but they will give me the added benifit from the laser if needed.

Sorry no pics...need to stop or slow down on gun related stuff long enough to buy a camera, hehe.

fowler
04-06-2010, 04:47
642,442 of course for back-up or ccw.

GreyEclipse
04-06-2010, 04:52
The Ruger LCR is becoming the G19 of snubbies, lol.

gb6491
04-06-2010, 05:46
"Popular carry snubbie": S&W Model 36, direct descendant of the original Chief's Special.
http://i42.tinypic.com/sx1v8x.jpg
The stainless steel version Model 60.
http://i42.tinypic.com/17wjmw.jpg
Regards,
Greg

Glock 17L
04-06-2010, 12:08
Smith & Wesson 642/942 Convertion + 940 & RTF2 G19
http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/9706/9mmairweight942.jpg
http://img541.imageshack.us/img541/6526/942940.jpg
http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/1006/942spegelslh.jpg
http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/1825/942spegelsrear.jpg
http://img121.imageshack.us/img121/2189/g19942.jpg

Berto
04-06-2010, 14:22
I'd also say 442/642. Reliable, easy to carry, great shooters.

silverbear
04-06-2010, 15:47
Great feedback - thanks guys!

VT RAIDER
04-06-2010, 15:52
Ruger LCR since it is polymer... Unfortunately, it has not been around as long as the other choices... I love mine, it has convinced me that polymer revolvers can work...

silverbear
04-07-2010, 16:50
Ruger LCR since it is polymer... Unfortunately, it has not been around as long as the other choices... I love mine, it has convinced me that polymer revolvers can work...


Hmmmm....., there's an LCR (no laser) locally for sale for $400. Comes with pocket holster and a couple of speed strips. H

How does that sound?

Glock-it-to-me
04-07-2010, 17:13
S&W 442 or 642 with +P ammo.

Two Guns
04-07-2010, 21:14
I would say the S&W 37 Airweight.

AZ_Quailhunter
04-23-2010, 13:52
I would say any J-frame, steel frame....I have a bunch but my fav. is still the Model 36.

mitchshrader
04-23-2010, 14:08
Same. Steel frame, 3" barrel, a tough little gun that'll surprise you with more accuracy than you need. Takes +P 158gr ammo just FINE, tyvm..

The problem with snubbies is they're built to carry, and i always was more worried about how it SHOT.. so the 3" barrel is a given, j frame or not..

I will say the ruger 2 3/4" speed six is IMO their only real competition.. and a darn nice gun.

jamstutz
04-27-2010, 06:23
While it doesn't have the history, the out-of-the-box trigger is superior to the J-Frame S&W's. They are great guns, but I don't trust their internal locks and their triggers generally require a lot of work to match the trigger the LCR has standard.

Ganesh
04-28-2010, 01:18
Well poo!!! All of the gun "porn" I have layin around with pics of the LCR and it didnt even register for me to post. I may not own one "yet"...but I've shot 'em and really love the trigger too. Was talkin to a guy at the range and what got us started was. He had a 340 M&P too. He said it was his "go to" piece. Once a month he competes with his duty wep on a "live" course. You know swingin targets and such...and all the competitors or a group of them at the end...do so again with their snubbies, for the "buddy" trophy. Basically a case of beer to the winner. His used to be the 340 M&P that he put some good money into to smooth it up. But when he saw the LCR he figured he'd try it out, at worst...he wouldnt like it but would probably make his money back on a re-sale. That never happened. He loved the trigger, kept it stock except for swappin out the site to an XS big dot front.

He pulled out the 340, which looked pretty much like mine but with what looked like custom wood grips made to accept the laser from the crimson trace laser grips. (by the way, id love to have his grips on my wheelie) Next he pulled out his near bone stock LCR. Very nice trigger, very comfy to shoot too.

He said that half the time the LCR ends up his "go to" piece now and its his all time go to snubbie for the "buddy" matches they do each month now too.

Wish I had a camera with me at the time he showed me the guns...not for the LCR since you can easily see what it looks like on the internet. But for the grips on the 340 M&P. All I can say is...imagine a crimson trace 105 boot grip but in a nice walnut grained finish. I never even asked him who he got to do this for him. Its the first custome grip that i seen like that and kick myself for not askin. I mean, the quality was that, that it looked like the laser housed in it looked like it was a factory job.

Aquanewt
04-28-2010, 20:48
If you consider a G19 a back up or off duty for a G17, I'd say a model 36 or 60. I have to agree with Mitchshrader on the three incher as well. I carried one as my off duty piece for years and never had a problem with it at the range. The last time I took it to my 'mechanic' he told be it was just fine and not to do a damn thing to it other than shoot it every once in a while.