Buying a new revolver in a few days need some help...

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by roosterjuicer, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. roosterjuicer

    roosterjuicer New Member

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    Well boys and girls I managed to win a brief writing contest that I didn't even sign up for down at the law school and I got 1,000$ for my prize. needless to say I am buying a new gun.

    I dont want to spend much over 500$ and I want a snub nose .38 special revolver made by Smith And Wesson. Please lets not have a flame war here, i just want an S&W end of debate.

    Now the question is which S&W should I get? there seems to be hundreds of variations out there and im not entirely sure what the difference is. so please, try to convince me as to which gun to get.

    my primary purpose will be concealed carry for when my glock 26 is a little bit too big or i am in the mood to carry a revolver.
     
  2. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    The J frame Smiths cost closer to $600. around here. Anyway, any J frame will do, but for carry, they alloy models will be an easier all day carry piece.
     

  3. roosterjuicer

    roosterjuicer New Member

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    how will the j frame compare with my g26 size wise?

    what is an "alloy model" is that the airweight deal?
     
  4. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    The Airweights are the allow frame models. The newer ones are certified for +P ammo, the older ones are not. As far as a size comparison to a G26 - can't help you there as I've never held a G26. I can tell you that a J frame will go into a pocket no problem. Here's an older Model 37 (Airweight) I picked up used a few weeks ago for $265 - it was a smoking deal...

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  5. roosterjuicer

    roosterjuicer New Member

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    i noticed i looks like the hammer has been shaved off or something. any reason?

    i personally like having a hammer because I like the light single action trigger pull. and i like being able to choose between double and single action
     
  6. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Just my 2 cents worth- go for the S&W Mdl 60 in .357 mag. It is a stainless J frame snubbie. Gives you the option of plinking with 38 special wadcutter, or carrying serious social purpose ammo.

    Airweight used to mean aluminum. Now it can mean Titanium or Scandium alloy- weighs less than the dust in the air around it. :rolleyes:

    However, while weight in a daily carry weapon is a pain, remember that all other things being equal, the lighter gun kicks more.
     
  7. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    When I bought my 37 Airweight, the store had 2 used Model 60s and I was very tempted. These are beautiful well made guns and I had to seriously resist temptation not to leave with one of them.

    I agree 100% with C3's recommendation that this would be a great choice for you.

    As far as the hammer being bobbed on mine, this was an ex-LEO gun and it was done to prevent snags as it was an officer's BUG...
     
  8. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    Before you spend money on ANY pistol, take the time to go to a gun range and try out a few of these pocket sized revolvers. Many ranges have rentals available.
     
  9. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Bobbed conventional hammers or S&W DAO hammers are nice. For a BUG they really help with the draw. Consider the centennial series (640,642). i like the enclosed hammer. Less crud and pocket lint will get in.
     
  10. roosterjuicer

    roosterjuicer New Member

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    I have shot a S&W snub nosed .38 airweight and the ruger LCR a couple weeks ago. Both shot better than I expected. i figured i wouldn't be able to hit the sit of a barn with one of those but i was wrong. neither of them had a hammer and I didn't like that at all.

    interestingly, the s&w felt just a little bit lighter than the LCR despite being made of metal.
     
  11. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    If you're going to carry it, a concealed hammer makes a lot of sense. There's no hammer spur to snag on clothing when drawing. Also you don't have to worry about accidental discharges with the DAO. It's a lot easier to get used to than you would think. These type guns are meant for very close range anyway. The way I see it-if you have to worry about accuracy with a "belly gun", you're too far away in the 1st place.

    I bought my wife a S&W model 442 "hammerless" DAO and did an action tune with a reduced pull weight Wolff spring kit. It shoots sweet now. If the Ruger LCR had been out at the time I likely would have bought it instead-or at least checked it out.