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Old 12-29-2012, 02:11 AM   #21
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I have been carrying a s&w for years and has never failed as a back up revolver I work for a security firm and have always carried a 357 revolver snub nose on my ankle.

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The easiest one to shoot will be the Ruger SP101. It is 28 oz loaded with 125 grain mags. Any lighter and it will be bad on both ends. The J frames wont hold up to full time mags. Occasional yes and they are nicer to carry.
Are you saying that S&W J frames cannot handle 357? I find it hard to believe a company would produce a gun for a certain caliber and not build it strong enough to handle that round.
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Are you saying that S&W J frames cannot handle 357? I find it hard to believe a company would produce a gun for a certain caliber and not build it strong enough to handle that round.
I said it would not handle a constant diet of 357 but occasional use would work. You are talking about a J frame and Smith had problems with the heavier K frame which resulted in the L frame.
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Ruger 101 and 100's are very hard to come by right now. Dealers say the factory is massively back ordered.
Semiauto's ... very available.
I don't think this actually indicates a shift back to revolvers - but it is interesting.
I've been trying to find an SP101 for months ...

Out of frustration, I bought a Colt 357 Trooper - flawless condition. But it is a big gun.

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I have heard rumors about the LCR. It's hard to say if the rumor is true. Everytime I see someone shooting an LCR they are shooting 38 spl ammo. They say 38 spl ammo is cheaper but I am buying PMC 357 ammo for $18 per 50. I think they are scared the fantastic plastic is just plastic.

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I said it would not handle a constant diet of 357 but occasional use would work. You are talking about a J frame and Smith had problems with the heavier K frame which resulted in the L frame.
Do you know of anywhere I can read about this issue? I am not doubting your statement but I have been considering a J frame along the lines of the model 60 for myself as a carry gun however if they cannot handle being shot with 357 shells then I don't want one. In my opinion a company should not produce something which cannot hold up to the task for which it is ment.
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I'm thinking of getting an LCR myself.

Never been a fan of D A only but the triggers are very smooth on these little suckers.

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I have heard rumors about the LCR. It's hard to say if the rumor is true. Everytime I see someone shooting an LCR they are shooting 38 spl ammo. They say 38 spl ammo is cheaper but I am buying PMC 357 ammo for $18 per 50. I think they are scared the fantastic plastic is just plastic.
My LCR has no problems with the .357. I guess it doesn't have a steady diet, but it does have a few hundred rounds, plus countless .38s. Never a hiccup. 38s are just more enjoyable to shoot, Same with the j frame from my experience too.
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I have heard rumors about the LCR. It's hard to say if the rumor is true. Everytime I see someone shooting an LCR they are shooting 38 spl ammo. They say 38 spl ammo is cheaper but I am buying PMC 357 ammo for $18 per 50. I think they are scared the fantastic plastic is just plastic.
I could be wrong but I think S&W says don't shoot PMC out of the gun.
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Ruger 101 and 100's are very hard to come by right now. Dealers say the factory is massively back ordered.
Semiauto's ... very available.
I don't think this actually indicates a shift back to revolvers - but it is interesting.
I've been trying to find an SP101 for months ...

Out of frustration, I bought a Colt 357 Trooper - flawless condition. But it is a big gun.
Just bought my sp101 3 weeks ago. Right after the sandy hook tragedy. Had been in the market previously but that made me jump a bit sooner.

My lgs had 2 sp101s. One 3 inch used and a new 2.25. 2 hours later when I showed up, someone was buying the 3 inch. I had my sights set on the 2.25 and put a deposit on it right then. Still had to go get my purchase permit. It was the first time I'd handled an sp101 and it felt perfect from the moment I picked it up.

Very happy with the purchase. Good luck to you in finding one.
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