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Old 02-02-2014, 04:43 AM   #1
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I been thinking of getting a little .38 pocket gun for around the house and have been going back and forth between whether to get a sturdy steel frame revolver like a Ruger sp101 or a S&W 637,638,642 etc or a Ruger LCR. I don't carry except for around the house, but I am still in the market for a lightweight pocket gun. The main concern I have is that I want something that I can actually shoot a lot, like if I run 500 rounds of standard pressure .38's in a weekend through an LCR or S&W airweight, will they hold up for years to come, or is it best to go with the sp101 and deal with the extra 10oz or so since I don't carry off the property anyways?

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Old 02-02-2014, 04:47 AM   #2
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they are not designed to be high use range guns. they are for firing a few rounds now and then and carrying for protection.

they will NOT hold up under the sort of shooting your planning.

none of the small guns will whether they are made of steel or other materials. they just are not big enough to with stand those stresses for the long haul.

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See, that's why I ask. I figured i'd get a "oh, go ahead, they will be fine", but I got what I didn't expect, I just don't know a lot about small framed .38's. I wouldn't actually fire 500 round in a weekend more than likely, but maybe 100 rounds every other weekend, or something like that. I might just have to go with a medium frame .357 or something like that then, I still want something small, but still durable.

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I had a S&W 638 malfunction inoperable on the first trip to the range. I brought it to a gunsmith and got it fixed and sold it at a loss before range trip #2.

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The use of a light weight for carry is a good idea, but the range is not.

I have two Smith's, one a model 15-2, the other is a 12-2. They use the same speed loaders and are chambered for .38 Special.

I practice with the 15, and rarely shoot the 12.

What I'm trying to say is have you thought of getting more than one gun? You do own more than one pair of shoes, no?

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I really enjoy my S&W model 37 as my EDC. But listen to JonM above.

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I'd recommend spending the extra $100 - $150 to get a +P rated or .357 mag. revolver.

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I'd recommend spending the extra $100 - $150 to get a +P rated or .357 mag. revolver.
That's my new plan. I want a little snubbie, but I also been wanting a .357 with a 4" barrel, not so much pocketable, but shootable on the cheap.
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I been thinking of getting a little .38 pocket gun for around the house and have been going back and forth between whether to get a sturdy steel frame revolver like a Ruger sp101 or a S&W 637,638,642 etc or a Ruger LCR. I don't carry except for around the house, but I am still in the market for a lightweight pocket gun. The main concern I have is that I want something that I can actually shoot a lot, like if I run 500 rounds of standard pressure .38's in a weekend through an LCR or S&W airweight, will they hold up for years to come, or is it best to go with the sp101 and deal with the extra 10oz or so since I don't carry off the property anyways?
Truth is, if you want the best for CCW and to have fun at the range, you end up with two handguns. For a snubnose check out the 642 Gunsmoke Edition. The grip has a hook for IWB, eliminates the holster nicely.
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But I still wonder about the sp101's? Wouldn't they be better for more range use? Even the .357 snub version? Like a few hundred rounds of .38 now and again?

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