new concealed carry pistol need some help (probably lcr vs j-frame)

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by roosterjuicer, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. roosterjuicer

    roosterjuicer New Member

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    I traded in my old J-frame in for a beretta bobcat or tomcat (whatever the .32 auto one is) and it was a total piece of crap! Luckily the nice folks at scheels let me return the beretta for my original purchase price plus tax despite not having a receipt and coming in 3 months after buying it. If you buy any sporting goods please go to scheels just to thank them for the amazing service they gave your friend RoosterJuicer.

    Anyway, Im looking for a concealed carry gun for summer (i carry my glock 26 during winter usually). the one thing i liked about the beretta was its small size made it very easy to conceal. i know it will be difficult to find a gun that doesn't jam a lot that is as easy to carry.

    rights now im pretty much trying to decide between an LCR and another J-frame. I was considering a sig p238 but im not comfotable carrying a single action only gun cocked and locked. I would prefer double action or double/single.

    I want something that is easy to conceal, easy to shoot, and reliable right out of the box.
     
  2. roosterjuicer

    roosterjuicer New Member

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    also, which gun is shorter? the j frame or the lcr? and when i say shorter i mean from the bottom of the grip to the top of the gun.
     

  3. Gojubrian

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  4. IDVague

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    I haven't physically held an LCR yet, but all reports I have seen are good. BUT....I can't imagine it being better than a J-frame. My only problem with carrying my M36 is I prefer a pocket carry gun over one in leather, and I've never been comfortable with the 36 in my pocket. I have carried it in a boot holster or an ankle holster in the past as a BUG, however. If I'm going to have to wear a holster for my primary, I'd rather opt for a larger frame and caliber.
     
  5. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    The LCR is my back up, in the pocket, grab-n-go gun. When I need deep concealment I grab the LCR. My primary is my Kimber .45 1911, the mother of all carry guns that are good and holy.
     
  6. roosterjuicer

    roosterjuicer New Member

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    I like the LCR but i worry about concealing it because the grip is about half an inch longer than the j frame. are there any other, shorter, grips for the LCR?
     
  7. tcraig23

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    For deep conceal or grab and go, I carry a S&W 340CT J-Frame, awesome, light, and powerful. If that is too pricey go with the Ruger LCR.
     
  8. General_lee

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    If you REALLY want concealablilty, go for a small semi-auto like a Ruger LCP.

    I'm kind of old school when it comes to wheel guns. If you want to stay away from semi auto and have a revolver, I would go with the J frame.
    I've heard really good things about the LCR, everybody I've talked to that owns one loves it, but to me personally, the idea of a polymer frame revolver makes me cringe.
     
  9. roosterjuicer

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    I worry about the ability of manufacturers to make a tiny gun like the LCP reliable and cost less than 600$. Im pretty gunshy about getting another mini autoloader. plus im not crazy about the lcp, i think its too small.

    anyone know anything about the smith and wesson bodyguard .380 as far as reliability goes?
     
  10. IDVague

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    I haven't shot one yet, but I picked one up in a gun shop recently to get an idea of the weight. It is really light, and unloaded it is very unbalanced. I'm going to rent one on my next range trip and see how it feels loaded and how it shoots.
     
  11. canebrake

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    LCR with a Clip-Draw

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    A Canebrake, South Florida, field tested, 95º/95% carry piece.
     
  12. roosterjuicer

    roosterjuicer New Member

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    Well gentlemen, thank you for your help.

    I decided to go with the LCR. It was a toss-up but ultimately, the trigger sold me!
     
  13. mag318

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    I just bought 2 new Smith & Wesson Bodyguards, one is the 38 revolver and the other is the 380 semi auto. I have a Ruger LCR and a couple of J framed Smiths and have to say the new Bodyguard 38 is fantastic. The revolver has some interesting innovations such as the built in laser and a super smooth trigger. The cylinder now revolves clockwise and they've done away with the frame mounted hand to turn the cylinder, very neat. I just picked these up and haven't shot the 38 yet but I'm sure it will be a great performer.
    The 380 Bodyguard is really something, and I have a Ruger LCP and a Kahr P380. When Ruger first came out with the LCP I bought one and though it is reliable the little pistol is uncomfortable to shoot. Shoot more then 3 or 4 magazines thru it and it become downright painful. Because of this I purchased a Kahr P380 which I feel totally outclasses the LCP. The P380 has real sights and you can comfortably shoot it all afternoon, a great pocket pistol.
    The Bodyguard 380 builds on the Kahrs' features and is very very good quality. It as great sights, a slide stop, and an unobtrusive thumb safety. The built in laser is fantastic and easily activated with either hand. I did shoot the BG 380 this afternoon going thru 200 rounds of assorted ammo. The little pistol was 100% reliable and extremely accurate. The laser made headshots at 10 yards boringly simple. With the perfectly regulated iron sight I tore one ragged hole at 10 yards, moving back to 25 I could still easily keep them on an 8" Birchwood Casey Shoot n See stick on target. Anyone looking for a concealable handgun should check out the S&W Bodyguards, I think you'll be impressed.
     

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  14. mjlucht

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    @roosterjuicer,

    Thanks for coming into the store! Glad we could make your experience a little better. :D

    Matt L.
    scheels.com
     
  15. Tackleberry1

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    If you don't mind paying 600 and are open to an auto look at the Kahr PM-9.
    There were some issues reported on the early production runs but mine's been 100% out the box reliable, it's 9mm and comes w/1 6 and 1 7 round mag. It's pretty much replaced all of my other carry guns.

    TACK
     
  16. mag318

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    Tackleberry, I totally agree with you the Kahrs are excellent choices. I have a K9 that is 6 years old and has been totally reliable. A lot of people are put off by the price but like the old saying goes "You get what you pay for". Their P380 is a truly excellent pocket pistol.
     
  17. Tackleberry1

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    I've heard great things about the P380 but for me 9mm is the lightest caliber I'm comfortable with and the size increase to step up to the PM9 does not justify stepping down in power, just MHO.

    TACK
     
  18. orangello

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    ^^^ I got to handle a lil Kahr PM in .40 not so long ago. I liked it a lot, just not that particular one. If i find myself in need of a pocket pistol in the future, i will try to find one of Kahr's CW line to try out; i bleve they are a bit less expensive but otherwise very similar to the PM's.

    The bodyguard .380 does look good, though, and the laser would probably be helpful with such a small pistol.