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Old March 22, 2008, 05:24 PM   #1
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What's Your Favorite J Frame?

From time to time I get an urge for a J Frame. They may be "old school", but they sure are easy to pop into a pocket!

So, which model is your favorite J Frame? Pics would be great, too!
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Old March 22, 2008, 05:27 PM   #2
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I love my "go to carry gun" the old trusty model 60.

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Old March 22, 2008, 05:57 PM   #3
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I really like those grips! Did you bob the hammer?
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Old March 22, 2008, 05:58 PM   #4
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638

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Old March 22, 2008, 06:24 PM   #5
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The humpbacked Model 38's. These have a knack for hanging in your pocket properly even w/o a pocket holster and the SA option is a nice feature.


* that's not mine, just an pic I'd found
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Old March 22, 2008, 06:36 PM   #6
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The hammer was bobbed when I bought the gun. $100 gun show special 10 years ago. The grips are Eagle secret service walnut.
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Old March 22, 2008, 06:38 PM   #7
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Taurus 85 Ultralite in "stainless".

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Old March 22, 2008, 06:58 PM   #8
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The hammer was bobbed when I bought the gun. $100 gun show special 10 years ago.
Now, THAT is a bargain!
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Old March 22, 2008, 07:06 PM   #9
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Right now it is probably my pre-lock m640 which I have polished to a high shine...but my pre-lock m60 is a close second.



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Old March 22, 2008, 07:23 PM   #10
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Sold my 642 and kept my Colt Detective Special; she's pretty in nickel.

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Old March 22, 2008, 07:51 PM   #11
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My goodness, the quality pieces just keep on comin'!

Playboypenguin, I can see where you'd have a tough decision between the two. I have a few questions for you. First, please describe the grips on the 640. Wow! Second, I am interested to know how to determine if a 640 or M60 is "pre-lock." I've been looking at these on GunsAmerica, but am not sure how to figure that out. TIA.
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Old March 22, 2008, 08:40 PM   #12
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Smith 642

I recently picked up a slightly used 642-2 with box and papers for $320 including shipping on Gunbroker. Sweet little gun. I alternate pocket carry with it and my Kahr PM9.

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Old March 22, 2008, 08:40 PM   #13
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I've carried this 649 everyday since 1995 as my backup/second/off duty gun. Carried the blued 49 for 20 yrs prior to that.



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Old March 22, 2008, 09:07 PM   #14
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PreLock 37 with either the boot grip or old woods with a Tyler T grip. The old classics are nice but I am also fond of the last of the prelocks with the matte finish and boot grips of which my wife and I each have one. I use a variety of pocket holster including, Kramer, Mika, Ahern, Don Hume, and a no name hand made leather from Mexico. Speed strips for a reload. S&B WC, Old Federal Nyclad Chief's Special HP, Federal PD, and the occasional Speer short barrel ammo.

The airweight BG is also nice, I just worry a penny or dime would get lodged in the shroud. I have one with the banana grips on it. The hammerless guns were good when the came out but my arthritis now demands a great trigger and SA option. Many many years ago when I worked in LE, for plainclothes I used a vintage model 60 loaded with WW +P+. I doubt if I ever shot two cylinders full of that ammo in it. They would rattle your fillings in that light gun.


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Old March 22, 2008, 09:32 PM   #15
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My favorite J frame, my S&W Model 649 with a Tyler T-Grip adapter.
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Old March 22, 2008, 10:46 PM   #16
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Model 60-14

Best balance of power, controllability and concealability, IMHO.

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Old March 22, 2008, 11:52 PM   #17
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Prelock 642 in an Mika pocket holster, that I had Mr. Mika make a little higher than he does his regular 642 pocket holsters. It covers all exposed metal, but does not interfere with my ability to get a full grip in order to draw the gun from the pocket. I love the combination of the 642, and the Mika for pocket carry.
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Old March 22, 2008, 11:52 PM   #18
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S&W 432PD, .32H&R magnum, 6 rounds, with the Crimson Trace grip...awesome little J-frame.
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Old March 23, 2008, 12:25 AM   #19
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638, bone stock except for an action job. Best of both worlds: snag-free design but allows a cocked, single-action shot if you desire. And the 638 is an Airweight, light enough to forget it's in my front pocket. I admit I would buy a 649 if I see one at a good price, but I will carry the 638.
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Old March 23, 2008, 07:21 AM   #20
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637 S&W Airweight. It's loaded with +P and ready to go. Great gun, trigger pull is outstanding and the light weight makes it a joy to carry.
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Old March 23, 2008, 08:51 AM   #21
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638 bodyguard. Fun range gun too.
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Old March 23, 2008, 09:02 AM   #22
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auto Jam???

I have a browning A-500R.I shoot alot of low brass remington game loads.Sometimes the emptys dont eject,and get stuck in the chamber sideways.Any ideas??thanks
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Old March 23, 2008, 09:48 AM   #24
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My favorite J-frame is my Kahr PM9. Unlike my 642, my PM9 has real sights and the recoil is not punishing. The Kahr is also lighter, slimmer, and easier to conceal.
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Old March 23, 2008, 11:41 AM   #25
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W 432PD, .32H&R magnum, 6 rounds, with the Crimson Trace grip...awesome little J-frame
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I'm with Kymasabe on this one (that and its 431 companion). The optimal use of the J, IMO. If I want .38/357, I've got my K 3", admittedly less CC'able, but also far less blast/kick and that one extra shot over the .38-based J's all make for a better application - or I'd get a 6 shot Colt Detective Special or at most (smallest) the new-ish Rossi .357 - also 6 shot J-1/2 (my term; pretty close to the Colt D frame).
Smith also had some non-airweight .32 H&R Js that are also discontinued which are nice. Though getting a bit OT, and a bit heavier than the J's, I also like the Ruger SP101 in the .32 Mag; but they've just trumped themselves one by coming out with the powerful .327 Fed Mag - which'll shoot both.
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