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Old 09-09-2010, 07:19 PM   #11
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.38 Airweight J frames are they aluminum or titanium

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.38 Airweight J frames are they aluminum or titanium
Titanium alloy... "mixed".
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Since this will be a carry gun, the frame weight savings of a dedicated .38sp versus a .357 mag might be desirable. If she is planning on carrying it in her purse, she might experiment by carrying some extra weight in there for a couple of days to find the max extra weight she is comfortable with. If she spends most of her time indoors she won't want to be loaded with .357 anyway, I've read that can be hard on the eardrums.

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Johnny, my .38spl airweight with the 2.25 inch barrel is hard on the eardrums, outdoors! Pulled the trigger once with no hearing protection on, only made that mistake once. Ears rang for four days.

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Thanks for all of the thoughts. Some response:

1) .327 vs. .357 is not the question. The .357 capability would just be for extra credit. Mrs.CHLChris would only be using .38spl. So considering the ammo issues of .327, I'm going to stay with 38spl (maybe .357).

2) Alloy frame isn't acceptable for reasons of recoil. It seems to me that I'd like to stay with steel frame or the LCR. I have read great things about the recoil of the LCR being more manageable than would be normally expected of a revolver of that weight.

3) Doesn't the Ruger SP101 have an exposed hammer? I'd really like to have an internal hammer like the LCR and the S&W640.

I know it sounds like I have my mind made up, but I really do have an open mind for any revolver that fits.

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Since you asked, here's my .02

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1) .327 vs. .357 is not the question. The .357 capability would just be for extra credit. Mrs.CHLChris would only be using .38spl. So considering the ammo issues of .327, I'm going to stay with 38spl (maybe .357).
Good reasoning there. The .38/.357 has been popular for so long it is a permanent fixture. Plentiful, quality and versatile ammo choices, very effective and just plain FUN! Personally I'd lean towards .357 especially if it was going to ever be carried in any bear country or to protect the home. The .357 would add the option of sufficient power for more applications, but you wouldn't be cutting your wife short with a .38 at all, especially if it has +p rating.

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2) Alloy frame isn't acceptable for reasons of recoil. It seems to me that I'd like to stay with steel frame or the LCR. I have read great things about the recoil of the LCR being more manageable than would be normally expected of a revolver of that weight.
Chris. . . I've shot both a S&W Model 60 Airweight and the LCR. . . A LOT!

The first time I shot the Model 60 I was about 400+ rounds into a marathon Saturday and loaded it with .38+p. Recoil was NO factor AT ALL! More than my SP101 (much heavier) but Very managable. I jumped up to .357s and shot away. The gun was equipped with rubber Houges and recoil was present, but not unpleasant AT ALL!!!

The LCR also feels and shoots great. Recoil is very similar (if not identical) to the Model 60 using 38 +p ammo. I haven't shot one in .357, so I can't tell you.

Do yourself a favor and DON'T count out a S&W. Looking away from the model 60 Airweight is doing yourself and your wife a serious disfavor. That gun is just a pleasure to shoot. I like them slightly more than I do my SP101. . . and that says alot. I prefer my SP101 over the LCR, but everyone's different.

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3) Doesn't the Ruger SP101 have an exposed hammer? I'd really like to have an internal hammer like the LCR and the S&W640.
They come both ways. DAO or SA/DA. Mine has the exposed hammer and I really enjoy having the option of shooting SA. If you choose the SP101 (one of the best guns in my family for many reasons) have the trigger lightened a bit for your wife, she will shoot it better and enjoy it more.

My vote is a tie between the Model 60 and the SP101, both nearly perfect carry revolvers. However, the LCR and 640 are also wonderful options (just not my preference) and you will live a long healthy life with whatever you choose. You are on the right path!

Let us know what you bring home?!
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One thing I've been thinking about is the S&W 442, which is an alloy-frame matte-black finish .38spl+p. If LCR is acceptable, the 442 (which is about 1.5oz heavier) should also be considered.

I asked my wife if her experience with the recoil of the all-steel 640 was barely manageable or just fine. She told me the recoil was just fine. This is the response that makes me feel that steel isn't a NEED for for her.

Alloy is so much more comfortable for carrying--she would feel much more comfortable with a revolver in her pocket while she's gardening, for instance--that we'd be remiss if we didn't consider some of the lighter alloys.

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I'll make you a deal on my LCR with laser grips. She deserves it.

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I got my daughter a J series S&W 38sp. She is comfortable shooting it. It has a nub for a hammer, which keeps it from being caught in her purse if she has to pull it. The kick is not overwhelming and she is only 125 lbs.

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my opinion is to never buy a weapon chambered for 38special. always opt for the 357mag. you can shoot 38sp. out of it and ramp up to 357mag for special occasions. the 357 chambering will give you far more versatility.
Plus no sweat when when shooting +p .38 spls.
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