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Posted: 1/9/2005 5:17:08 PM EDT
I am thinking .38/.357 capable, compact, fair price, stainless or airweight, etc.
What does arfcom recommend?
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 5:18:42 PM EDT
Smith and Wesson 642 Centennial Airweight stainless concealed hammer 38 special 5-shot.  Carries perfect in a pocket.
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 5:20:06 PM EDT
S&W .357 snubbie 5 shot
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 5:20:29 PM EDT
Either the S&W 640 or 642, or the Ruger SP101. All make fine carry pieces.
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 5:21:13 PM EDT
Taurus Ti
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 5:22:28 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 5:22:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/9/2005 5:23:45 PM EDT by sharps54]
I have a 649 in .357 (stainless with the bodyguard style hammer) and am happy with it. I don't think I would want a lighter one if I was going to use Magnum loads.
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 5:23:50 PM EDT
Don't go with .38 Special, go with .357 Magnum. It's the best of both worlds.
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 5:25:21 PM EDT
Ruger SP101 bobbed hammer, .357.
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 5:26:27 PM EDT
I'm pleased with my TAurus 850 CIA

It's more more like to leave the house w/ me than any other pistol (although I'd like a kel-tec)
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 5:28:16 PM EDT
what about enclosed hammer?  i do not want it to snag...
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 5:31:12 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mikejohnson:
what about enclosed hammer?  i do not want it to snag...



The 642 Smith has an enclosed hammer.
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 5:31:13 PM EDT
S&W 342 Airlight PD.
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 5:33:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Swindle1984:
Don't go with .38 Special, go with .357 Magnum. It's the best of both worlds.



Have you fired .357 in the lightest revolvers? (S&W 340PD = 12 ounces).  .38 Special +P hurts enough.  I don't think you're going to get much more velocity from a little 2" from .357 vs. .38 +P anyway.
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 5:34:58 PM EDT
Ruger SP101. All of those lightweight handguns HURT when fired.
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 5:36:01 PM EDT
another vote for the S & W 642.
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 5:36:10 PM EDT
S&W model 66, 2-1/2"
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 5:36:20 PM EDT
Taurus Lightweight with the clipped hammer. Great pocket gun with a great grip. Good value.
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 5:41:50 PM EDT
S&W .500 Magnum
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 5:44:11 PM EDT
S&W 442
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 5:44:47 PM EDT
Ruger SP101.
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 5:45:09 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 5:47:46 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/9/2005 5:48:38 PM EDT by InFALliBill]
any S&W.  Forget about Taurus and Ruger.  Taurus is a crap shoot for quality.  Rugers are built nice but too heavy.  This is what a CCW is; its lightweight and only meant to be fired when necessary, anyone who thinks otherwise hasn't carried often enough.
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 5:48:08 PM EDT
I'm not sure how "concealed" you want / need.  I have a 60-3, which is the 3" heavy barrelled version of the j-frame.  It carries and shoots very nice, but isn't a pocket pistol.

This gun is a lot easier to shoot magnum loads with than the Ti guns.  Also easier to hit with, because of the excellent sights and longer barrel.  It basically looks and handles like a mini-686.
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 5:52:49 PM EDT
small and light weight with a small price tag
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 5:54:12 PM EDT
Okay, here are some pictoral suggestions for CCW:











Of course, some of these depend on your pants having a certain amount of room in them. Especially if you go the ARFCOM route and get all of them.
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 6:25:01 PM EDT
the new s&w 500 4 inch bbl Nothinghas impressed me more in stopping power, Hydrashocks must be INSANE stopping power!
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 6:26:45 PM EDT
I'll second the Mateba, of course he'd have to wear a trench coat to chase down the clones ala Bladerunner.
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 6:51:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By InFALliBill:
I'll second the Mateba, of course he'd have to wear a trench coat to chase down the clones ala Bladerunner.



Bleah. No. He needs this:



And he can get a .45 Long Colt/.454 Casull six-shot revolver in Mateba style like this:



And be as bad-ass as the best gunfighter in the world:



The bounty on his head is enough to bankrupt most 1st world nations!
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 6:56:25 PM EDT
Another vote for the S&W 442 or 642.  
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 6:57:13 PM EDT
45-70
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 6:58:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Swindle1984:

Originally Posted By InFALliBill:
I'll second the Mateba, of course he'd have to wear a trench coat to chase down the clones ala Bladerunner.



Bleah. No. He needs this:

img42.exs.cx/img42/6906/37wua.jpg

And he can get a .45 Long Colt/.454 Casull six-shot revolver in Mateba style like this:

img42.exs.cx/img42/4930/V23.jpg

And be as bad-ass as the best gunfighter in the world:

img42.exs.cx/img42/1616/Vash2.jpg

The bounty on his head is enough to bankrupt most 1st world nations!



yes your right, but tell me one thing though.....please tell me thats not an actual shot of your closet.
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 7:10:06 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SNorman:

Originally Posted By Swindle1984:
Don't go with .38 Special, go with .357 Magnum. It's the best of both worlds.



Have you fired .357 in the lightest revolvers? (S&W 340PD = 12 ounces).  .38 Special +P hurts enough.  I don't think you're going to get much more velocity from a little 2" from .357 vs. .38 +P anyway.



+1

I had a 38/357 Taurus snubbie.  I shot Magnum rounds out of it once.  Recovery time is terrible, hurts like hell.  Sold it and use a Glock19/26 now.
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 9:19:57 AM EDT

The best carry gun is the Smith and Wesson model 64 or 65 with a 3" barrel and a round butt. Get one of them and bob the hammer, make it double action only, and put some hideout grips on it and you are ready.

 Don't get a Taurus or Rossi. No militaries use them, no police depts use them, no match guns are built off them. There is a reason for that.

 The 3" roundbutt K frames carry great and are a lot easier to hit with than the J frames. Don't carry a BUG for your main gun. Get a K frame.

 The 2 1/2 inch model 66 is also a good choice.
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 9:28:01 AM EDT

Originally Posted By InFALliBill:

Originally Posted By Swindle1984:

Originally Posted By InFALliBill:
I'll second the Mateba, of course he'd have to wear a trench coat to chase down the clones ala Bladerunner.



Bleah. No. He needs this:

img42.exs.cx/img42/6906/37wua.jpg

And he can get a .45 Long Colt/.454 Casull six-shot revolver in Mateba style like this:

img42.exs.cx/img42/4930/V23.jpg

And be as bad-ass as the best gunfighter in the world:

img42.exs.cx/img42/1616/Vash2.jpg

The bounty on his head is enough to bankrupt most 1st world nations!



yes your right, but tell me one thing though.....please tell me thats not an actual shot of your closet.



An ebay auction, actually.
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 9:38:57 AM EDT
S&W 649! It has a shrouded hammer that will not hang up in your clothes and can be thumb cocked for a crisp single action trigger pull.
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 9:43:16 AM EDT

Originally Posted By GTTacoma:
Another vote for the S&W 442 or 642.  



+1, or the taurus equivalent.

Link Posted: 1/10/2005 9:47:48 AM EDT
On a serious note, I love our Taurus .357 revolver. It's well-made, unlike some complaints about them, and it has the single smoothest, easiest trigger pull on any handgun I've ever fired. It's double-action trigger pull is equivelent to the single-action pull on all three of our automatics, a Taurus P-92, Gryffin 1911A1, and some Ruger .45ACP, I forget the model. I love that gun. The only way it could be better is if it had a hard rubber grip molded to my hands.
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 9:49:22 AM EDT
Ditto on the 642. tou can get two 642's for what one of the Ti guns will be.fwiw
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 9:54:35 AM EDT
I have carried a S&W 442 80% of the time I was awake for the last 10 years. It would be hard to beat.
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 9:56:27 AM EDT
yeah, my taurus 850 CIA has an outstanding trigger pull. the break is prefectly crisp, which is a really good thing on a pistol w/o a hammer
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 2:20:43 PM EDT
A plain old 5-shot S&W .38 Special is still a fine CCW firearm (esp. if loaded with 158 grain +P HP’s).

New ones are pricey, but finding a used one should be easy (assuming you’re not too fussy about the exact model you get).

If you want something larger or more powerful, I’d suggest you go with a semi.
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 2:40:34 PM EDT
S&W makes a couple of revolvers called the "Mountain Lites" that seem to be nice CCWs.  They come as 7 shot .357mag or 5 shot .44special.  They have 3 inch barrels, and kinda short grips which are primo IMHO.  They are made with some scandium, titanium, whatever stuff, so they're very light.  As far as I'm concerned, the recoil with both isnt bad at all.  They're a bit pricey, the ones I've seen in my neck of the woods have been around $600.
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 2:46:59 PM EDT

Originally Posted By FAIL-SAFE:
S&W makes a couple of revolvers called the "Mountain Lites" that seem to be nice CCWs.  They come as 7 shot .357mag or 5 shot .44special.  They have 3 inch barrels, and kinda short grips which are primo IMHO.  They are made with some scandium, titanium, whatever stuff, so they're very light.  As far as I'm concerned, the recoil with both isnt bad at all.  They're a bit pricey, the ones I've seen in my neck of the woods have been around $600.



Why are they big enough to hold 7 rounds of .357 Magnum in the cylinder but not big enough for more than 5 .44 rounds?
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 6:52:46 PM EDT
S&W .357 Airlite
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 7:02:29 PM EDT
S&W 642

Link Posted: 1/10/2005 7:30:21 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/10/2005 7:54:47 PM EDT by DeadSled]
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 7:40:08 PM EDT
Taurus 905, going on a year with mine, carry it most times instead of anything else I own.  Stainless 2in and DAO 9mm.
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 7:44:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/10/2005 7:45:30 PM EDT by mikejohnson]
905I-SS1
I was just looking at the Taurus website.  I like stainless, but is the "blued" version good enough?  Or not really blueing, but a black coating?  I really do not want a super-shiny-bling-bling-attention-getting gun

PS: the S&W are way overpriced - and when did the 340PD take a price hike >$800???  WTF?  I remember a much smaller number for that gun...
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 7:46:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SNorman:
S&W 342 Airlight PD.



What he said, it goes everywhere I do.
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 7:52:57 PM EDT
I like my SP101 just fine.  
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