Best revolver for carry?

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by TheNYResistance, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. TheNYResistance

    TheNYResistance New Member

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    My dad used ti carry a colt detective special back in the day, he was fine with it, and said it was comfortable, I'm guessing it was the later partial aluminum frame. I would love to have a nice little revolver to have as a carry option.

    I hear good things abiut the now discontinued taurus 617T.

    The sw 360 revolver is also nice i hear. Then again i hear having a .357 as a light carry option is not great since the power coupled with the light weight make for a nasty recoil.

    Any good revolver options you guys can recomend?
     
  2. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    You have a CCL in NY,Ny :eek:
    Anyways Any S&W would be my main choice-
    Rossi, Taurus revolvers are fine but i would rather not carry one :rolleyes:
    Now I do have a Rossi 357 in my truck 24/7 so i guess i'm a bit - well, how do you spell hypocritical :confused:
     

  3. g17frantz

    g17frantz New Member

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    I just purchased a stainless Taurus 85 .38 special snubbie a couple weeks ago. I'm new to revolvers and I have got to say I am extremely impressed. 200 rounds so far with no hiccups. I freaking hit a 20 oz bottle from 35 yds away with no rest today. A 2" bbl! It is so amazingly accurate.
     
  4. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Taurus and Rossi (really about the same thing) are good revolvers, I've had a Rossi. I prefer smith and wesson, just because it's a classic. I've shot another member's Ruger and really enjoyed it.
     
  5. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    If it's your CCW, you're probably not going to be out pleasure-shooting full house .357 loads. Just enough to practice and hit center with. To me, carry guns are very rarely pleasure guns for the range. They're for business, not fun. If I need to defend myself, recoil of my CCW would be the FURTHEST thing from my mind. I've never been in the situation, but I would imagine it's similar to the effect you get when hunting. I've harvested a lot of deer and I can't remember a single time when I remembered how my rifle recoiled or how loud the shot was without hearing protection. It's call adrenalin.

    If you're looking for a revolver to carry, I would HIGHLY recommend a nice 2.5" K-frame Smith and Wesson. Either a Model 19 or Model 66. Put some asskicking .357 loads for carry and then if you get the itch to let the wifey shoot it, you can always emptying the .357 shells and shoot some very mild .38s out of it.
     
  6. Win73

    Win73 New Member

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    Here is my carry revolver. It is a Smith & Wesson Model 637 Airweight .38 special. It is rated for +P. It is light to carry and a .38 +P hollowpoint is no slouch when it comes to self defense.

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  7. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Hahaha..........like the one in my avatar? I'd love to have a Colt Detective Special.
     
  8. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    I can ask around, buddy's dad has one, blue and wood, and he doesn't really care anything about handguns, he just likes his deer rifles.
     
  9. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    I have a S&W Airlite in .357 Magnum. I shoot it with .38s when practicing but load .357 in it for HD. I would do the same if I could concealed carry.
     
  10. pluspforyou38

    pluspforyou38 New Member

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    i have a taurus .38 ultra lite model 85 snub. perfect. with a blackhawk size 3 pocket holster. its natural like puttin my wallet in my pocket
     
  11. ninjatoth

    ninjatoth New Member

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    I been wanting this gun for a long time but never end up getting it.
     
  12. redscho

    redscho New Member

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    I really like my S&W 638-3. Particularly the fact that you can shoot single action as well as double action. I was surprised how accurate it was for having such a short barrel.
     

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  13. pioneer461

    pioneer461 New Member

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    There is no such thing as the single "best" gun of any kind to carry. What is best for you, is what works for you. I would recommend carrying what you are comfortable with and have unqualified confidence in.

    The gun is only half of the equation. Quality self defense ammo may save your life, where lower cost, lower quality ammo will not do what you want it to do. Ammo is no place to go cheap, except for practice & plinking.

    I have a number of revolvers but only two that I carry with any kind of regularity. One is my duty backup and sometimes summer carry gun, a S&W 642 (no lock) J-frame, loaded with Hornady Critical Defense +P loads. Always with at least one reload.

    Number two, is a Taurus (gasp :eek: ) model 617, 2" .357 magnum 7 shooter, loaded with Speer Gold Dot, Short Barrel, 135 grain loads. Always with at least one reload.

    A third, but non-carry revolver is my S&W model 19 .357 mag. It still works flawlessly, but as my first police firearm, it was retired for sentimental reasons.
     
  14. blitzen25cat

    blitzen25cat New Member

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    I carry a Colt Detective Special 3rd gen. made in 1974. I don't believe they made any with aluminum frames. Hornady critical defense +p does very well. Best regards
     
  15. Gh0zt36

    Gh0zt36 Active Member

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    My vote would be for The Ruger LCR .357 magnum It's small is made with the proven ruger reliability and its a .357 mag
     
  16. Gh0zt36

    Gh0zt36 Active Member

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    how do you shoot SA with a bobbed hammer? sorry if thats a noob question. I just cant figure how you access the hammer
     
  17. Jstrong

    Jstrong New Member

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    Pull the trigger just enough for the bobbed hammer to clear the frame,then cock back with thumb. But he probably has a partially bobbed hammer in which he could still use the SA function without using the trigger
     
  18. Gh0zt36

    Gh0zt36 Active Member

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    yea that doesnt sound safe to me lol I dont think id want to shoot a gun like that imo if you hit the break before you got a hold of it that could be bad
     
  19. redscho

    redscho New Member

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    The hammer on the stock 632 sticks up just enough so you can cock it with your thumb, but not far enough to snag on your clothes if carried in your pocket.
     
  20. redscho

    redscho New Member

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    Ever looked at or held a S&W 638? You don't pull on the trigger to pull the hammer back. There is enough protruding to make it quite accessible.
     

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