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Posted: 8/2/2004 4:25:05 PM EST
Thinking about getting a small revolver for concealed carry. Mainly something to carry in an ankle holster. I used to have an issued S&W model-36, but since I left the police agency I worked for, I had to return it. Thinking about going back to the 36 (or 60), but I went to a recent gun show and was intrigued by the new Taurus line of snub nose guns. I also like the the Ruger SP101.

I was just wondering what other thought of these guns. I will ada poll to make it easier, but please post any comment ya'll might have.

Thanks in advanced.
Link Posted: 8/2/2004 11:27:57 PM EST
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Link Posted: 8/2/2004 11:45:38 PM EST
A nice Smith is awfully had to beat.
Link Posted: 8/3/2004 2:42:05 PM EST
I've tried the SP-101 on the ankle...... You'll need a second one to walk straight.
Link Posted: 8/3/2004 4:49:05 PM EST
I own a mod 36 and a 340PD and love them both and will never sell either. I carry both in a small of the back holster and the Scan. Ti. gun I almost forget is there. With that said the alloy gun is a bear to shoot even with .38's. The old 36 is accurate as all hell and I love shooting it. So I practice mostly with the steel gun but carry the alloy gun. Does that help? I don't know, my 2 cents.
Link Posted: 8/4/2004 8:15:19 PM EST
So far S&W is winning. It was my first choice. Now just to figure out which one. I like the Model-60 and the 640. Stainless is also an easy metal to maintain. I can seee this is gonna be a coin toss.

Thanks for the input folks.
Link Posted: 8/5/2004 9:22:45 AM EST
I really enjoy the older (pre-S&W sellout) version of the 640...

Still light enough to carry all day.
No hammer to snag.
The trigger pull on mine was smoothed out.
And the accuracy was excellent.
Stainless incase you dare break a sweat.

It is a win win situation.

MT
Link Posted: 8/5/2004 9:34:25 AM EST
SP101 is an awesome little pistol...but IMHO, too heavy for an ankle carry.
Link Posted: 8/6/2004 7:00:19 AM EST
I would have to go with a J frame Smith.
Link Posted: 8/6/2004 7:06:35 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/6/2004 7:08:10 AM EST by hiispy4u]
My S & W 640 Centennial was chambered for +p and (I sold it years ago, idiot) I don't think you could go wrong with it. Like Lumpy said, fires 5 of 5 every time and with plus p's, you are carrying the stopping power of roughly a .357 mag, in a small, internal hammered, stainless piece that won't fail ya.

As soon as my Black Rifle fever goes down a bit, I am gonna have to replace my 640.

edited for typo
Link Posted: 8/6/2004 7:07:34 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/6/2004 7:09:20 AM EST by RAMBOSKY]
My wife has a S&W J frame Model 36, 2", .38spl in her car. (It was my back up gun when I used to be a LEO in the 70's)

I have a Taurus Model 651 Protector .357, 2", in my vehicle. I paid $239.00 plus tax. If it ever gets stolen I'm not out much.

I carry a 1911-A1 .45acp though.
Link Posted: 8/10/2004 6:27:02 AM EST

Originally Posted By RAMBOSKY:
My wife has a S&W J frame Model 36, 2", .38spl in her car. (It was my back up gun when I used to be a LEO in the 70's)



I have one of those, and man is it tiny. Fun to shoot though.
Link Posted: 8/14/2004 8:04:13 AM EST
I carry a model 36, looks like you got your answer. I prefer a revolver for CCW, you don't have to retrieve brass
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 10:10:23 AM EST
Personally, I would go with a S&W J-frame. Since you are already familiar with it. Me? I would select the 442, aluminum frame with a blued carbon steel cylinder. Or a 642, SS frame & cyl for a bit more money. I like S&Ws because after a few years you can easily sell it for the same money that you paid for it orginally if necessary. I always consider my guns an investment. The Rugers, Taurus' are good guns, just that it would be a tad harder to sell.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 6:25:55 AM EST
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Link Posted: 9/1/2004 5:19:33 PM EST
Colt. If you can find one and if you can afford it. Six shots. All steel (the Dec Special anyway). And the cool factor. Don't forget the cool factor.

Link Posted: 9/6/2004 4:32:58 PM EST
I recently got a 442 S&W Airweight. Real easy to pocket carry. DA only does take some practice, I do miss a hammer somewhat for SA follow up shots, but the internal hammer and low profile sights make it less likely to snag when you need it.

Shoots accurate enough at 25 yards, but a hammer and SA make accurate shooting alot easier on any gun.



Link Posted: 9/6/2004 5:00:21 PM EST
When I carry a snubbie it's usually this one:



It's a custom S&W 625 chabered in 45 LC that can also shoot 45 ACP, so I carry it loaded with 6 265gr hot 45 LC loads and a moonclip of 230gr HydraShoks in 45 ACP as a reload. It's a little heavy for most folks.

I have one of these arriving tomorrow:



S&W 325PD - Scandium framed (21.5 ounce) 45 ACP snubbie. Details can be found at www.firearms.smith-wesson.com/store/index.php3?cat=301459&item=865230&sw_activeTab=1 if you are interested.

Link Posted: 9/16/2004 6:03:12 PM EST
I got this last week, I love it but the DA only takes getting used to. My first revolver.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v320/visigoth/642.jpg
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 12:11:00 PM EST
Don't have any experience with an SP101, but I have a Ruger GP100(big brother to SP101) . It's a great gun: easy to disassemble and very accurate.
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 4:09:50 PM EST
S&W 38spl +P 342PD Centennial, anodized black aluminum frame with greyed titanium cylinder 12oz empty. The problem is that it doesn't have a hammer, so you'll have to pick your holster carefully.
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 4:30:32 PM EST


Fixed sights and a bobed hammer would make a lot more sense.

And while we're on this track -- Hey S&W where's my 310 ??
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 7:15:37 PM EST
j frame airweight! I like mine a lot.
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 7:18:09 PM EST
S&W for snubby wheel guns. comparing a Ruger wheel gun to a S&W is like comparing a porche to Ryder truck
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 1:09:01 PM EST
My next revolver is a Smith 640 like the one shown above. Since I do all my qualification and practice DA, lack of a hammer is not a problem, it's a good thing, especially for snag-free draws!

Papajohn
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 9:17:08 AM EST
I've carried an SP for many, many rears now. Great little gun, reliable, fairly accurate and trememdously
strong. It will shoot full power .357 magnums all day. Very conceable too. Much heavier than the though.

I typically carry a XD IWB. At work (no GUNS allowed) I carry the SP in a smartcarry. As much as I love my SP I would not carry it in an ankle holster. The
scandiums are the way to go it you must absolutely carry in an ankle holster. I have never liked them.
In the winter I usually carry the SP in a coat pocket with one of my nines on the hip. Good luck with your
choice.
Link Posted: 10/14/2004 2:02:47 AM EST
Well, I bought a S&W model 60 in .38. It has the Uncle Mikes rubber combat grips, gonna carry it in a Renegade model 500 ankle holster, which very comfy, loaded it with Speer Gold Dot 125 grain +P ammo.
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