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Old July 22, 2007, 02:06 PM   #1
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Best concealed carry Revolver Is....

What is the best revolver (IN YOUR OPINION) for concealed carry? Remember pictures are always welcomed. THX.
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P.S. I know the best CCW, is the one you are comfortable with, but come on tell me what revolver you would use or do use for concealed carry.
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Old July 22, 2007, 02:25 PM   #2
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A lot depends on one's size. Really large people can probably pocket carry a .44 (think Andre the giant). Small people might have a difficult time with a NAA mini-22.

But probably the most popular would be .38 special in the S&W airweight range and similar. Followed by .32 H&R mag, .22 mag, and finally .22 LR minis.
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Old July 22, 2007, 02:28 PM   #3
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Maybe I am just being contrary today, but how about answering a question with a question.

What is the best pair of shoes for me?

Now you will say that a lot depends on what I will be doing or how I will use them. Running shoes would not be appropriate for a Royal Ball at Windsor Castle and dancing shoes would not do at all for the Boston Marathon. A "Dirty Job" would require hip boots, not ballet slippers.

So, what are the circumstances? Will you need to be concerned if you are spotted? Is deep concealment necessary? How likely are you to really need the gun? Is your concern close up or could you have to return distant fire (a bodyguard, perhaps)? All those things enter, plus personal preference, which no one can dictate to you.

I recommend you find a local gun shop and handle several kinds of guns, not limiting yourself to revolvers. Consider how you will carry and where. Consider your normal attire and the kind of carry you will be comfortable with. Consider the gun and carry method (holster, pocket) together, not separate.

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Old July 22, 2007, 02:31 PM   #4
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Wow, okay thanks for the insight Jim, now everyone else what is your favorite/best revolver for concealed carry??

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Old July 22, 2007, 02:32 PM   #5
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Ruger 357 DAO SP101 in a UM #3 pocket holster is "best" for me but not "best" for everyone.
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Old July 22, 2007, 02:36 PM   #6
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If we are talking a combination of adequate power and ease of carry I would have to say that nothing compares to the airweight j-frames such as the 637 and 642 models.

If we are just talking the best gun that is still easy to carry I would move up to the S&W m60 in a .357mag since it is powerful but still small and only a bit heavier.





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Old July 22, 2007, 04:00 PM   #7
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I feel adequately armed with my S&W M60. I have been known to leave the house carrying the 317 and 8 whole rounds of .22lr (just because it's so light I forgot it was there and failed to put the 60 in the holster) and I even got back home in one piece... but I try not to make that a habit (but it sure is light).

One of these days I'll snag a 442 or 637, just because. Probably not as much fun to shoot as the 317 but a whole lot more reassuring... even if I'm 3 rounds shy...
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Old July 22, 2007, 05:43 PM   #8
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I like my S&W 642 for pocket carry. With an untucked shirt I'll usually carry a Ruger SP101 in an OWB high ride. I like the light weight of the 642 and the power of the SP101 so it's a toss up as to what my favorite is.
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Old July 22, 2007, 08:30 PM   #9
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For me: S&W 642 in a Mika round-cut pocket holster

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Old July 22, 2007, 08:59 PM   #10
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Ne plus ultra of carry revolvers.

A search will turn up at least one recent thread (in the past 6 months) fairly similar to this one. I think the topic was the "best carry J-frame". Judging from the preponderance of responses in favor of J-frames here, this thread will probably wind up being a repeat of the other.
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Old July 22, 2007, 09:22 PM   #11
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I like the Cobra/Agent series of the Colt revolvers personally. The have alloy frames are easily concealable and are 6 shooters as opposed to the S&W revolvers 5 shots. They are the same as the Detective Special series that are all steel, and are a little heavier than the Cobra/Agent series.
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Old July 22, 2007, 09:31 PM   #12
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One of These

I like the J frame, S&W, so for pocket carry it is either the 642 the 340 or once in awhile the pocket bottom feeder Kahr PM 9.

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Old July 22, 2007, 09:49 PM   #13
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Carry Gun

I use a pocket gun, Taurus 605, .357, 2in, SS, CH and a Mika's pocket holster
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Old July 22, 2007, 09:56 PM   #14
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Quote:
A search will turn up at least one recent thread (in the past 6 months) fairly similar to this one. I think the topic was the "best carry J-frame".
BWAAHAHAHAHA

A search will turn up at least 300 recent threads (in the past 6 months).

Read and enjoy them all.

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Wow, okay thanks for the insight Jim, now everyone else what is your favorite/best revolver for concealed carry??
With regard to your smart-axx post #4, did you happen to note that the guy who posted #3 has over 4,000 posts?

Do you think he got there by chance?

You might do well to listen to someone who has been around a while and is attempting to help you learn how to think for yourself...
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Old July 22, 2007, 10:51 PM   #15
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If I were asked to pick just one, SP101.
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Old July 23, 2007, 12:42 AM   #16
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For me the best CCW Revolver is a S&W 22-4 with a 4" Barrel that I had the Performance Center "tune-up" a bit.

It has the "new" cylinder release latch, action job, DAO, and the hammer has been "bobbed". It's a 4" Barrel and wears Eagle Secret Service stocks. I also had a local gunsmith drill a divot in the rear of the front sight. In the divot I placed some luminous paint to I can see my sights better. The divot, after much talking with the gunsmith, took care of the shoots low problem that this model is known for. I think he drilled it in just the right spot and now I'm "on" at 25 Yards with my carry load.

I wear an IWB Holster and use a J-Frame in the support side pocket as a BUG. I learned a long time ago that whenever you get in to a gunfight you can never have too big of a gun or too much ammo. We have had 37+ over 100 degree days and I manage to conceal the N-Frame just fine without dressing funny. I learned a long time ago to "dress around the gun" and I'm not a big guy either. 5'06" and 140 lbs.

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Old July 23, 2007, 01:32 AM   #17
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For me, the best concealed carry revolver is a Smith and Wesson 642, preferably without the lock.
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Old July 23, 2007, 01:35 AM   #18
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Colt Detective, great carry, shoots 6, very accurate, great action:

Guns & Ammo article: http://www.gunsandammomag.com/classics/ct0507/
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Old July 23, 2007, 06:35 AM   #19
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The one you have on you.
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Old July 23, 2007, 07:09 AM   #20
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Very simply.......the one you can conceal effectively but still draw quickly when needed, you can shoot accurately and is reliable. This is definately not a one size fits all situation.

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Old July 23, 2007, 07:21 AM   #21
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The best for ME is my Ruger SP101. It's a good balance of weight to handle the recoil plus small enough to carry almost everywhere. I need to pick up a S&W 642 for the times I can't carry the SP101 though.
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Old July 23, 2007, 08:16 AM   #22
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Best concealed carry holster is ???

really, your carry meathod is likely as important as your choice of gun...

I personally carry a

NAA Mini in the pocket
an air weight J frame in 32 H&R Magnum
an air weight K frame in 44 Special

the 44 is the one I'm most comfortable carrying, totally because of the holster ( I'll be buying that brand & style of holster for my J Frame as well ), my J Frame holster puts the gun riding lower, & not at enough of an angle for me, & I'm concerned about "other things" in my pocket at the same time as my mini... so my K Frame 44 is my favorite carry revolver right now, because of thelight weight, the caliber, the sights, & the holster that I have for it...
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Old July 23, 2007, 11:03 AM   #23
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IMHO it's the S&W j-frames. I have the 642 & 442.


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Old July 23, 2007, 06:34 PM   #24
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I would say that the best scenario would be to rotate between a S&W AirLite (I have a 342) in a .38 special and a Ruger SP101 in a .357 mag. You get both the very light weight snub in a managable caliber and a hefty smoke-wagon that can handle the extra magnum punch.
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Old July 23, 2007, 07:20 PM   #25
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IMO, The Taurus M 605 -- 24 ounces.

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