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Good Snubby for CCW recommendations?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by jughead666, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. jughead666

    jughead666 Elgin, IL New Member

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    I have been in the hunt for a reliable 2in snubby for a little bit now and Ive been having a difficult time deciding what type of snub I should get. I tend to favor the heavy frame compared to the Light or Ultra-Light frames. I would prefer to be able to run the +P loads but they don't make snubbies like they used to. Ive had an interest with the classic S&W model 36 and 40. Ive also liked some of the modern +P Taurus and S&W wheel guns. If anyone has personal experience with any type and brands of snubbies, please feel free to let me know your own thoughts and opinions about any knowledge you might have with your specific model. Thanks for your help!
     
  2. CLee0507

    CLee0507 Newberg OR Member

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    It may be heavier than what you're looking for but I like the Ruger SP101 2" DAO model. You can't beat that if you want indestructable IMO.
     
  3. toobigtofail

    toobigtofail PDX Member

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    I've not fired one, but I hear the Ruger LCR is really good. Tiny wheelgun, .38 special rounds.
     
  4. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    M642 or M649 S & W
     
  5. ChicagoGuy

    ChicagoGuy Woodinville, WA Member

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    I have one, with the CT grips vs. the Hogue. It's snappy, especially with +P rounds, but a really nice little pistol. I tried out a few of the S&W J-frames first, but settled on this mostly due to the weight and price.

    It's probably at the opposite end of the spectrum if you are looking for a heavier gun though. After a few .38 sp rounds through the LCR, my GP-100 with .357 mag feels like it has no recoil at all!
     
  6. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Charter Arms Bulldog. It's not a masterpiece of fine workmanship but it is a .44 special and goes bang when needed or wanted.

    It's a fine car gun for when I can't reach my PT-145 carried IWB.
     
  7. MrNiceGuy

    MrNiceGuy between springfield and shelbyville Well-Known Member

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    I have a s&w model 36 that is one of the last guns i'd ever part with.
    It's an absolute joy to carry. Compared to my sub compact semi's, it's very easy to forget you're carrying it.
     
  8. Ben B.

    Ben B. Eugene Member

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    The Smith 642 or the LCR with a decent +P HP. They work well in the pocket holster and are light and easy to carry.
     
  9. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    ...my S&W m640 .357mag...

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    ...and my S&W m649 .38spl.

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  10. simpleguy

    simpleguy Clackamas Active Member

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    I have and carry daily the 442(just plain black) version of the SW 2" snubby, this is a hammerless version, exactly like PlayboyPenguin's m640, just a little shorter because it is for .38spl and I have the CTC Lasergrips.

    My gun is rated for +P and eats it with no issues. I will say though it took quite a bit of shooting it for us to get "comfortable" with each other......didn't carry it for more than 6mos. after I got it as I didn't feel I was a accurate as I could be.

    Recoil, I prefer the light gun, it's totally managable, but after 25+ rnds of +P, your hand will know it. It's kinda a "tingle". With normal .38 loads though it's fine to shoot.
     
  11. dmjjj

    dmjjj Sherwood Member

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    I have a model 60 S&W and a Taurus 605 titanium, both in .357. They are easy to conceal and dependable. I think either would be a good choice. In the summer the Taurus is a bit easier to conceal because it does not weigh as much.
     
  12. BendXD

    BendXD Bend OR New Member

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    A great one is the S&W J Frame 340PD. 5 rounds of .357, and weighs only 12 ounces. And it can actually be shot accurately with some practice. Shooting a lot of .357 rounds through it builds character too. :)
     
  13. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    As well as calluses :bluelaugh:
     
  14. BendXD

    BendXD Bend OR New Member

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    Yes, a few of those too! :laugh:
     
  15. lowridedon

    lowridedon se pdx New Member

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    I carry a LCR and love it. So light you don't know it's there. It is not for evryone however . Some don't like the bump with plus p.

    Don
     
  16. never2many

    never2many halsey Member

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    i have a swith 60 and love it
     
  17. Natty Bumpo

    Natty Bumpo Clackamas County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    If your plan is to pocket carry, then one of the very lightweight alloy framed pieces is good Many people don't care for the recoil of a .357 in a lightweight frame.

    If your plan is to belt carry, then you probably won't mind the extra weight of steel, which will be much easier to shoot well and a model in .357 might work for you. In that case, a heavier K frame snub, such as the Model 19 or 66 in 2.5" comes to mind.
     
  18. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    My wife's primary for 25 years has been M65 S & Ws with 3 inch heavy barrel. Great compact .357s!
     
  19. zeppelin

    zeppelin Benton County WA Active Member

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    Ruger SP101, 2.56 inch stainless .357 5 shot. Had mine for a long time and its a fine gun. Very sturdy and shoots either .357 mag or .38 special. I use full house 125 gr JHP.
     
  20. SiegGeringer

    SiegGeringer Snohomish Co WA Member

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    I have an M638.....LOVE IT.