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Old 10-06-2009, 08:38 AM   #11
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It occurred to me that if you like 3" barrels and steel, the 60Pro may warrent a look. 25 oz. and easier to control than the scandium guns.

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Does it have to be new? You may be able to find a nice 3" 'Model 64, or even a 2.25" Model 19 could work.

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It did. The 360 Kit Gun. Don't think it is currently in the catalog. 3" barrel with the HiViz front sight and V rear sight. I have one, but I changed out the sights to a black serrated ramp front and square notch rear.

The scandium guns shoot well, but with reasonably powerful loads they become very difficult to control. I have Pachmayr Decelerator grips on mine. They help a lot with my large hands. With .38 loads, it is a ***** cat.

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Yes!!, now that gun will work!! I'll have to check that one out.
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It occurred to me that if you like 3" barrels and steel, the 60Pro may warrent a look. 25 oz. and easier to control than the scandium guns.
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At the same store I saw & handled a Stainless Steel model 60 with a 3" barrel and "Light Gathering" HI-VIZ Red Dot front sight. At the same price as the standard SS model 60. Sharp firearm, but it weights 24.1 oz. unloaded. I also saw the Pro Series version of the 60, it also is stainless steel with a 3" barrel and weights 23.2 oz. and a bit higher on the price.
Yes, I've been looking at those...the wife handled some today.
She likes them, but is concerned about the weight.
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Does it have to be new? You may be able to find a nice 3" 'Model 64, or even a 2.25" Model 19 could work.
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Isn't the S&W 64 a .38 Special +P only?
I'm not familiar w/ the model 19, can you give some details?
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Maybe I was thinking of a model 66, which is an L frame .357. If I remember correctly, the model 19 is a K frame .357 the next size up from a J frame. So it's essentially a beefed up .38 that can shoot .357's. Practice with .38's and a handful of .357's and then carry with .357's.

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ok, cool!!
I'll check out both those models.
I'm going to call some S&W dealers and see what they have available.
So far I'm looking at; 360 Kit Gun, model 66 & model 19.
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ok, cool!!
I'll check out both those models.
I'm going to call some S&W dealers and see what they have available.
So far I'm looking at; 360 Kit Gun, model 66 & model 19.
Thank you both; CA357 & Clem.
Keep in mind, the 360 Kit Gun and 60 Pro are both J frame, 5 shot guns. The 66 and 19 are both K frame, 6 shot guns. Even with the shorter barrels, they are (slightly) heavier and bulkier than the J frames.
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Keep in mind, the 360 Kit Gun and 60 Pro are both J frame, 5 shot guns. The 66 and 19 are both K frame, 6 shot guns. Even with the shorter barrels, they are (slightly) heavier and bulkier than the J frames.
Yeah, I was at a gun shop today that had a Model 66 in stock.
The gun is very heavy. I told the sales clerk, "well maybe the 19 will be better for her?" He said, " it's also a K frame with some variations and weights about the same."

So I guess I'm down to the 360 Kit Gun.
Haven't found one yet. When I do, I believe she'll like it.
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I test-fired the model 60 and loved it so much I bought my own (see my avatar!). I bought the 3" barrel model as I don't like the way the snub feels or looks.
Shooting my model 60 is always a blast. It takes .38 very well - the recoil felt like less than my semiauto and I feel like I could shoot it all day without it bothering my wrists/hands. It took the .357 well, too - it did hurt my hand after 15 rounds, but only the meaty area below my thumb, not my wrists. I recommend Remington Golden Saber .357 for this gun as they kick less than the Monarch and Winchester I also tried.
I am very pleased with this gun (except the S&W internal lock, but that's another post altogether...) and would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a J frame revolver in .357.

I am also a S&W girl and wouldn't carry anything else - but those guys in the gun shops sure did try to persuade me to. I like the extra weight to my gun because the recoil is so much less when using .357 in the 60 than an Airlite, and the DA/SA choice was a non-negotiable for me. The extra inch on the barrel does wonders for accuracy but if this revolver is to also be used for concealed carry you must make sure she could conceal it depending on her preferred carry method. Holster choice is limited and might require a custom holster.

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