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looking for recomendations for a small revolver

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by Mark W., Jan 10, 2011.

  1. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I'm looking for recomendations for a .32 mag , 38spl, maybe 357Mag revolver. I'll be happy with a 5 shot. has to have a hammer and DA/SA 2"-2.5" barrel be able to fit 3.5 fingers on a Houge style rubber grip (My Bull Dog Pug has this style grip)

    Basically I am looking for a physically smaller version of my Bull Dog Pug. (5sht .44spl)

    I much prefer blued or black finish not so much into the designer colors crap.

    Budget is always a factor but I buy firearms and keep them a very long time so quality is also important.

    WHAT YOU LIKE?
     
  2. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    Take a look at he many J frame S&W revolvers. These can be light weight alloy frames or steel/stainless steel guns. .38 or .357mag. I don't care for the air weight guns in .357 as the recoil is not pleasant.

    Here's a M640, 5 round .357 with CT lazor grips next to a .44 Bulldog. The enclosed hammer makes this pocket carry friendly. The Bodyguard S&W has a shrouded hammer so you still have SA option.
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    The Model 36 Chief's special is a .38 and can be found in 3" and shorter.
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    I don't think any of the Rugers are going to be smaller than the Bulldog, Taurus has a few to choose from, never owned one.
     
  3. kenjo

    kenjo Washougal Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Look for a Taurus 85 in 38 Spl. It looks similar to the Chief's Special, but with a 2" barrel.
     
  4. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    So far the Charter Arms Undercover .38 in DA/SA Blue looks pretty close. And the 38 +P chambering would give me a little more umph for the carry rounds. Speedloaders are dirt cheap for Charter Arms pistols so thats a plus as well. Have to go fondle one of these.

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    Keep the recomendations coming I won't be buying for a while I got time to decide.
     
  5. 3 AE

    3 AE Oregon Member

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    It's pretty hard to beat a Ruger SP101. Ruger makes it with a 2.25" barrel, 5 shot, in a .38 special that can handle +P rounds,and also a .357 magnum version. They only come in stainless steel but they are rugged as all get go. They also make a 3" barrel,6 shot version in .327 magnum that can fire the .32 S&W,.32 S&W Long,.32 H&R Magnum,and the Federal .327 Magnum. Pretty versatile revolver. :thumbup:
     
  6. Moonshiner

    Moonshiner Sherwood, OR Member

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    Love my S&W 442 Airweight .38 special... looked at all the others, Charter Arms doesnt have consistent quality as well as Taurus, Rugers were to heavy and I picked up this Smith fairly unused for $300, I love shooting it and its my main carry piece with Hornadys personal defense ammo, lil critter even fires the big 158gr JHP +P rounds well, however the Military ball ammo is in my opinion much stronger than most +P loads and kicks a bit more, but still a blast to shoot, and with the Hogue monogrip its an all day shooter.
     
  7. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    Maybe a S&W Model 60 2"? I have the 3" model & like it a lot.

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  8. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Those Smiths are sure purdy.. thanks for the ideas guys.
     
  9. jib

    jib Central OR Active Member

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    I have a S&W 36 no dash and a early 90's Taurus mod 85 stainless both have about 2" barrels. I have been very pleased with these revolvers. After shooting both I ask my wife which of these she liked best, she now has the Taurus.
     
  10. SWCR

    SWCR Sedro-Woolley, WA Member

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    +1 for S&W M60

    I've been carrying a 3" M60 daily for 10 years and love it.

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  11. Pandaz3

    Pandaz3 Cornelius, Oregon NRA Lifetime Member Platinum Supporter Gold Supporter Bronze Supporter

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  12. MrNiceGuy

    MrNiceGuy between springfield and shelbyville Well-Known Member

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    I really like my EDC model 36 smithy.

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  13. Bill Siegle

    Bill Siegle Oregon Active Member

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    I saw that you specified SA/DA capabilities but I'd suggest you look at the Ruger LCR. Nice lightweight 5shot, +P capable, with a pretty sweet DA only trigger. Mine has been plenty accurate and very manageable when firing. The weight makes it a dream to carry too :)
     
  14. Natty Bumpo

    Natty Bumpo Clackamas County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    You mentioned the .32 Mag. S&W currently makes two J frames in .32 Mag (one DAO and one SA/DA) and there are some older versions are out there used. Small, light and six shots.

    Go here for a basic write up:

    http://www.gunblast.com/WBell_SW32s.htm
     
  15. mpmax

    mpmax Woodburn Active Member

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    Here's a J frame model 38 with an exposed hammer and hogue grip....
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  16. Hawaiian

    Hawaiian Tigard Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Another option is 9mm. Taurus also makes it with the exposed hammer for D/A S/A.

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    If I was looking for another, it would be the Ruger SP100 with the 3" barrel as mentioned earler.
     
  17. Hawaiian

    Hawaiian Tigard Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Not really a snubbie, but it sure is pretty.
     
  18. bloodnguts

    bloodnguts Seattle Member

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    S&W Model 36 or Colt Detective Special. If you got the $$$ S&W 327 Peformance Center snub or maybe a Chiappa Rhino.
     
  19. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    This is the direction I am leaning but I try to be a good shopper and since revolvers no longer in production are hard to search for if you don't know what your looking for I thought asking would be a good option.
     
  20. DK47

    DK47 Beaverton, OR Member

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    This is what I'm saving up for!! It's the future! lol.. but no aftermarket grips yet.