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Old 08-17-2012, 09:37   #1
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How do y'all feel about .38 for CCW/deffense?

I carry a Glock 26 for CCW, but am thinking about getting a Taurus 85 Ultralite .38 for my wife (ideal because she's not that gun savvy) or maybe for me just to have as an alternative choice for my CCW. Academy Sports has them for $279. Pretty affordable for a a simple CCW. What are your opinions about .38 for CCW? Thanks in a advance for the input/advice.
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:40   #2
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Its been sending pieces of **** to the dirt nap for over 100 years. Nuff said
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:43   #3
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I carry it, but I don't have the greatest confidence. if you are using a 5-shot .38, get good ammo.
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:52   #4
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I don't currently have a .38, but I've carried one with confidence in the past. Loaded properly it is more than sufficient.
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:08   #5
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I like Speer Gold Dot 135g +P SB
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:18   #6
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With good ammo, a .38 is sufficient. The new Taurus models usually feature good factory grips, too.
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:18   #7
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:22   #8
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PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE have your wife shoot a .38 snubby first.

They are not pleasant or manageable for a lot of guys, let alone women. They hurt to shoot +P and require a very decent amount of training to become proficient with.

A .38 snubby is NOT a beginners gun.
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:25   #9
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With that said, some non +P buffalo bore semi wadcutter hollow points will do the trick nicely.
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:26   #10
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:34   #12
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PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE have your wife shoot a .38 snubby first.

They are not pleasant or manageable for a lot of guys, let alone women. They hurt to shoot +P and require a very decent amount of training to become proficient with.

A .38 snubby is NOT a beginners gun.
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A Taurus is not the one I would choose.
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:35   #13
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My wife carries a .38 cal (among others) and she shoots it well. She is 73 years old and can't rack a slide on a semi-auto.

It's very effective when properly applied.
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:49   #14
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a .38spl is a good round though reduced in power from a 2" bbl it can still get the job done well with +p ammo. for your non gun savvy wife id recommend a softer shooting load (non +p).

im in no way a fan of a built in lock on a gun so i can not recommend the current taurus line up, but some people dont have an problem with the built in lock so $279 is a steal on a new gun.
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if she can shoot it and hit the target, why not? much emphasis on "hitting the target".
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lots of good points and advice.
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PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE have your wife shoot a .38 snubby first.

They are not pleasant or manageable for a lot of guys, let alone women. They hurt to shoot +P and require a very decent amount of training to become proficient with.

A .38 snubby is NOT a beginners gun.
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This.

A Taurus is not the one I would choose.
Both of these.

OP, I would suggest looking at S&W, preferably in a (smaller) K-frame, or a J-frame with some kind of oversized grips. A compact, snub nosed 38 can definitely SUCK in terms of recoil with good .38 defense ammo, but the slightly larger grip of a K frame can help with that. I have an older Taurus .357 (can't remember model - 2" barrel with K-frame sized grips) that is still a handful with .38 loads, but it's MUCH easier than my old 442 J frame was.

There is also the option of the ported J frame in .38 Special - it definitely helps with muzzle climb, but the muzzle blast can be quite nasty, and it is NOT a gun to be fired in a close-contact scenario.
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Find someone or somewhere that will let her shoot it first. A lightweight small frame revolver is not a beginners gun. They are hard to shoot accurately and have a lot of recoil.

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The old .38 snub has been a CCW favorite for decades. It wasn't until recently that it lost a bit of it's status to compact autos but it will certainly get the job done.
As far as a Taurus 85, I have an 85CH DAO that has never given me a bit of problems. Granted these days it's role isn't so much for CCW but it is my primary snake gun at work loaded with 5 rounds of snakeshot fr the prairie rattlers out here.
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The old .38 snub has been a CCW favorite for decades. It wasn't until recently that it lost a bit of it's status to compact autos but it will certainly get the job done.
As far as a Taurus 85, I have an 85CH DAO that has never given me a bit of problems. Granted these days it's role isn't so much for CCW but it is my primary snake gun at work loaded with 5 rounds of snakeshot fr the prairie rattlers out here.
I'm guessing your Taurus is an older model? It seems that they have had more issues with newer production than they used to.
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