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View Poll Results: Small, concealable .357 magnum handgun
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Old 11-11-2011, 03:13 PM   #11
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I think you should step out from your comfort zone (revolvers) and look in to a semi-auto. Variety is the spice of life. My wife has an LCP and, while cuter than heck, it's pretty much useless for anything beyond personal protection.

And why all this talk about carrying if you're not going to be able to carry?

And I also submit that you would HATE a small .357...unless you're going to just shoot .38 Special through it. But you won't enjoy shooting .357 through a small, light revolver, I promise you.
I am guessing that sometime in the future, Illinois residents will be able to carry. Someday Illinois is going to realize that we are not right and the other 49 states wrong about conceal carry. I have a large revolver (GP100) and a Mark II that is scoped and truly only a target gun. I guess I could shoot small game with it but I have no desire to shoot anything other than inanimate targets.

I would like a small gun that is easy to carry on my person in my home or to keep in a little nook or cranny somewhere. The GP100 (6" barrel) is hard to conceal on a shelf behind some books or to hide in your hand when you answer the door. She's a big 'un.
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I'm in love with my GP100!!! Forgot to add...Ruger has an additional grip style, a bull grip...(again, don't quote me) I think it's called. It's supposed to be easier to draw from a pocket than the hogue but I haven't had my meathooks on it yet, there is a good review on youtube, I'll try to dig it up for ya...

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I'm in love with my GP100!!! Forgot to add...Ruger has an additional grip style, a bull grip...(again, don't quote me) I think it's called. It's supposed to be easier to draw from a pocket than the hogue but I haven't had my meathooks on it yet, there is a good review on youtube, I'll try to dig it up for ya...
If you're implying you can carry your GP100 in your pocket, that I'd like to see!!

I worry about the hammer making a gun difficult to pull out of a pocket rather than the grips. That's what I like about the LCR.
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Haaa!! I was talking about the LCR but now you've got me thinkin' GP100 deep conceal...that would be something!!

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Woc,

I have to agree with Lon here, why the rush to get a gun that you cannot use for its only real purpose and one that you will not enjoy at the range? Just my opionion but if you have an itch that needs scratching why not use the opportunity to venture out of your comfort zone and test drive a semi-auto. There are many small frame choices in 9mm that would be easily concealed when the time comes yet would currently offer you some fun at the range.

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Ever taken a look at the LC9 ? just a tad bigger than the .380 easy enough to conceal , I wouldnt call it a pocket gun but I suppose you could ,

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What I like about the LCR over the SP101 is the LCR has an internal hammer. You could pull it out of a pocket or fanny pack and it won't get hung up.
My suggestion was also going to be an SP101. It's the perfect compact compliment to anyone who already bases much of their experience off of the GP100 platform.

While I do prefer auto loaders, I'd take 357m/38sp over 380acp eight days a week. Without wasting time rambling about power, it's just a whole lot more versatile round with countless practical applications. Having a 2.25" SP101 myself, I have to echo Scott's sentiments about not wanting to shoot 357JHPs out of any frame lighter than that.

And BTW- The SP101 is not only offered in multiple barrel lengths, but it's available with an internal hammer:

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What I like about the LCR over the SP101 is the LCR has an internal hammer. You could pull it out of a pocket or fanny pack and it won't get hung up.
Ruger has already solved that for you.

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And I also submit that you would HATE a small .357...unless you're going to just shoot .38 Special through it. But you won't enjoy shooting .357 through a small, light revolver, I promise you.
Seconded. Less barrel necessitates more and squishier grip, preferably with tamer ammo.
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I have an SP101 in 357. The factory grips are not great. I replaced mine with the Crimson Trace LG111 laser grips. I dont have much trouble controlling it with 125 grn mags. 158 grn mags are more of a handful but still controllable. I also had the trigger worked over. It is a DAO and on my belt right now.

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