Carry Revolver for the Wife

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by larich29, Dec 26, 2011.

  1. larich29

    larich29 New Member

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    My wife is considering buying a revolver to carry in her purse (after she gets her CCDW permit). Any suggestions on good, reasonably priced (under $500) revolver she should check out?
     
  2. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    Ruger LCR and S&W J frame 642 both deserve a look see.
     

  3. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Take her to shops and see what she likes.

    (Yeah, I don't buy my wife's shoes either)
     
  4. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Both of these plus many other J frame smiths fall in that price range.
     
  5. yogiboobooranger

    yogiboobooranger New Member

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    Just a foot note on the LCR..it is a great carry piece and is easy to shoot, just ask my wife. I have several J frame revolvers, in .357 and .38 spl and my wife has shot all of them. She is not fond of the recoil on any of them EXCEPT the Ruger LCR. There is less felt recoil with that gun due to the polymer frame and the tamer grips. She will shoot it all day with no after effects, but after 50 rounds in a smith model 60 or 36, and she wants no more. With the LCR, shooting .357 or .38 spl +P, it does not bother her and will shoot it all day long. Plus it is lighter than the J frame smiths! Just my two pennys here!!
     
  6. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    This thread can pretty much already end. 642 and LCR are the only ones to look at for most needs and most people.

    342 is lighter for carry, but kicks more because of it
    637 has a hammer so one could shoot it in single action, but the hammer could catch on something during draw
    640 can fire the .357 round, but is also a little longer and heavier

    Anything Taurus is just not at the same quality level.

    My wife ended up choosing the 642, but can only shoot a box every couple of months. It is most definitely NOT a plinking gun, but I'm sure you knew that. She loads it with Remington +p lead semi-wadcutters.
     
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  7. AIKIJUTSU

    AIKIJUTSU New Member

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    Charter Arms Undercover .38 Spl. Lightweight,+P rated, not too expensive. For what it's worth, they also make a model called "Pink Lady", with some kinda pink dye or paint? imbedded in the metal.
     
  8. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    larich,

    In the past I have purchased 2 Taurus Model 85 38 Special. Cal. snub pistols for my family as gifts. Both are ladies and really like and shoot the pistols well. The good thing about the 38s are that you can shoot low recoil target loads in them for the ladies to practice with and then defense loads to carry. today there are some fantastic defense loads. And the ammunition does not cost you an arm and a leg.
    Not to mention the warranty is good on them and they are very durable.

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  9. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    Start with the Ruger LCR. Also check out the compact S&W's and Ruger SP101. I don't think I'd even bother with anything that wasn't from one of those two makers, although Charter might be worth a look.

    I have an SP101. It's probably the most durable and best looking revolver in this class, but it's also the heaviest.
     
  10. larich29

    larich29 New Member

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    Thx everyone for the info. We went to our local gun shop and she looked at the LCR and the S&W bodyguard. She liked how the LCR felt, but wasn't crazy about the way the S&W felt to her. I think she is leaning toward the LCR.
     
  11. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    It is the hottest snubbie for a reason! When we were looking for her, it was really hard not steering her into the LCR. She really liked the shiny look of the 642 (no pink for her...). If it was for me, I would have gone LCR357 all the way.
     
  12. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Wife had a S&W 442 (blued 642) with CT grips before she got her Ruger SR9C -
    OUTSTANDING carry piece :cool:
    Actualy both are ;)
     
  13. mcb

    mcb New Member

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    My wife carries a 642ct, I have one without the ct grips. The Ruger LCR is worth a look as well.
     
  14. MPsteelshooter87

    MPsteelshooter87 New Member

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    My wife shoots a taurus 85 and does real well with it and my mother has a s&w lady smith
     
  15. larich29

    larich29 New Member

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    She decided on the LCR. She just loved the weight and grip of the LCR. She got it today. Haven't shot it yet though.
     

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  16. AIKIJUTSU

    AIKIJUTSU New Member

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    Best thing to do is to let her check out several makes/models, and select what works for her. When I took my (now ex-) wife to get her first gun, back in the '90s the gunshop owner tried to sell her a Raven .22. I made a crack about if you shoot somebody with that you'll piss him off. The shop owner was miffed, but she looked at several guns, then chose a Dan Wesson model 744VH - a big, heavy .44 mag with interchangable barrels, 4", 6", and 8". She loved going to the indoor range lookin' all demure and innocent (she was 5'4" and weighed 115 lbs), then when some smartass in the lane next to her tried to scare her with the noise of his .357, she'd just smile and squeeze off a few rounds of .44 mag. She could even hit what she was shootin' at. She usually carried it with the 4" barrel. But when she was in the boonies she'd carry it with the 6" barrel installed. When she was doin' Silhouette competition or huntin' hawg, the 8" barrel. She also later got a Taurus PT-101 and a Para Ordnance Warthog, which she then carried most of the time 'cuz the Dan Wesson was kinda hard to conceal.