Since you asked, here's my .02
Originally Posted by CHLChris
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.
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.
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?!