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Old October 12, 2013, 09:20 AM   #1
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Any 9mm revolver options?

I'm looking for a light recoil revolver for my wife CCW. I thought I had seen one advertised once, but can't remember the make. I'm thinking this would be a ideal round for her in a small, light easily concealed pistol. Simple and straight forward operation.
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Old October 12, 2013, 09:32 AM   #2
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Any 9mm revolver options?

May have answered my own question. I see charter arms and Taurus makes one in 9mm.
Any other choices in 9mm? In assuming these would be much lighter recoil than 38spl while still being a effective defensive round.
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Old October 12, 2013, 09:34 AM   #3
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Why 9mm over .38 Special? Ammo costs?

If you are worried about performance, Underwood makes a pretty stout round, a 125 grain bullet at 1100-1200 fps from what I remember. They seem to live up to their advertised velocities and that is comparable to a 9mm.
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Old October 12, 2013, 09:36 AM   #4
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Hmmm... How about typing the words "9mm revolver" in your browser window line and clicking?

S&W, Charter Arms, Taurus, and Ruger have all made them or are now...
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Old October 12, 2013, 09:36 AM   #5
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Federal makes a personal defense .38 Special round using a 110 gr. JHP that has very low recoil. And 9mm in a revolver for a non-gun person seems to me to be trouble waiting to happen.

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Old October 12, 2013, 09:38 AM   #6
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Re: Any 9mm revolver options?

I have owned S&W 940, Ruger Speed Six, Ruger SP101 and Taurus 905 revolvers in 9mm. Unless you reload and can produce light loads I was never able to find a factory 9mm round that was light enough for my wife

I have 4 other moon clip guns in 45ACP that she will shoot because I was able to get "bunny fart" reloads

YMMV

I believe you can get new 9mm revolvers from Charter and Taurus. The others I owned are out of production
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Old October 12, 2013, 10:05 AM   #7
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You may want to reconsider your plan. The 9mm cartridge, in a revolver, is certainly not "A Reduced Recoil Round" It is on par with .38 +P, so as others have stated, unless you are going to reload, and load reduced power ammo, there will be no advantage going with a 9mm revolver. I have a Taurus 905, and I enjoy shooting it, but the recoil is sharp.
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Old October 12, 2013, 10:53 AM   #8
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Alfa Proj makes 9mm revolvers, with a "9mm sized" cylinder in their 357 magnum frame, that family is called "model Luger". They also make a 9mm revolver with a longer "357 sized" cylinder, that family of revolvers is called "model classic":

http://www.strelivo-zbrane.cz/zbrane...ara-9mm-luger/


CzechPoint USA imports the 3" barrel version the 9231, you can see the barrel extends back, the cylinder doesn't completely fill the window:



Not exactly small / concealable but it is one of the few 9mm revolvers still in production.


http://www.czechpoint-usa.com/produc...9231-9mm-para/
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Old October 12, 2013, 11:48 AM   #9
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Any 9mm revolver options?

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Federal makes a personal defense .38 Special round using a 110 gr. JHP that has very low recoil. And 9mm in a revolver for a non-gun person seems to me to be trouble waiting to happen.

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A low recoil 38spl round may be the way to go. She likes those purple 10oz charter arms.
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Old October 12, 2013, 12:26 PM   #10
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Why not get something chambered in .357mag? You then have the choice of .38 special, .357mag, and if you get a revolver compatible with a conversion cylinder you can shoot 9mm luger all through the same revolver.
Ruger sells a convertible single action which comes with a spare 9mm Luger cylinder.
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Old October 12, 2013, 01:28 PM   #11
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The convertable Ruger revolvers are all single action, and offer no barrels shorter than 4". Not a real good choice for the OP wifes CCW weapon

Garycw... if you are looking for a low recoil option, dont buy her a 10oz revolver.
Weight dampens recoil. Something like the Ruger SP101 would be a good option over the lighter revolvers. My 2" DAO SP101 is pleasant with .38sp. My S&W 638 is not. Remember, this is for her, not you. Try to find somewhere you can rent different revolvers, and let her see what she likes.
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Old October 12, 2013, 01:42 PM   #12
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A typical 9mm will produce more energy and have more recoil out of a similar sized gun than a typical .38 Special will have. I agree with the above suggestion of a little heavier gun chambered in .357 Magnum. Not so much to have her shoot .357's, but the option is always there, and the weight of the gun will help her handle the recoil.
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Old October 12, 2013, 01:56 PM   #13
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My wife likes the sp101 in 9mm but occasionally mentions it's a little heavy
It might be hard to find now as they don;t produce them any more ,,,, bummer..
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Old October 12, 2013, 03:21 PM   #14
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Any 9mm revolver options?
I'm looking for a light recoil revolver for my wife CCW. I thought I had seen one advertised once, but can't remember the make. I'm thinking this would be a ideal round for her in a small, light easily concealed pistol. Simple and straight forward operation.
I'm thinking, for that purpose .38 Special will work fine. it's not a harsh shooting round.
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Old October 12, 2013, 03:42 PM   #15
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I'm thinking, for that purpose .38 Special will work fine. It's not a harsh shooting round.
I was thinking the same thing.
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In assuming these would be much lighter recoil than 38spl while still being a effective defensive round.
IMHO, the difference would be negligible. In fact, the much higher operating pressure of the 9mm might actually be perceived as harsher or sharper by some.
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Old October 12, 2013, 03:48 PM   #16
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Any 9mm revolver options?

I agree that a heavier gun would have lighter felt recoil. The 357 with 39spl low recoil rounds sounds best. She held one of the 10 oz revolvers that was unloaded once and was amazed how light it felt. Ofcourse not thinking about recoil, but the option of carrying in her already overloaded purse. I believe she is going to have to decide what's best for her. I will only make suggestions with the reasons why. She shot a 1911/22,-S&W model 10,- and a TCP738 the other day. She loved the recoil on the 1911, but too big to carry. the model 10 was ok, preferred single action mode, again a little too big for CCW. The TCP she immediately said she never wanted to shoot it again and hurt her hand. So far the things she wants is small, light and simple. I'm not sure yet if loading mag, racking slide and a safety is considered simple for her.
She's taking a class today and tomorrow , so she may have different views in them?
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Old October 12, 2013, 07:23 PM   #17
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Consider the Ruger LCR in 22 WMR. Reasonable, to no recoil, enough stopping power, light to carry, and simple operation.
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Old October 12, 2013, 08:13 PM   #18
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My two cents:

I had a Taurus 905. I found the recoil sharp. The Taurus version of moon clips do not seem to hold the cartridges securely but I did not test them by dropping them. I would rather shoot a S&W steel J-frame with 38 Special self defense rounds than the 905 with "ordinary" factory ammo.

In my area rimfire ammo is hard to come by. Haven't seen 22 Magnum ammo in stock at the online vendors for months (but I don't check them all). 38 Special cartridges are more readily available than many other popular cartridges.

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Old October 12, 2013, 08:39 PM   #19
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I agree that a heavier gun would have lighter felt recoil. The 357 with 39spl low recoil rounds sounds best. She held one of the 10 oz revolvers that was unloaded once and was amazed how light it felt.
Needless to say, do not get a 10 ounce revolver.
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Old October 12, 2013, 09:30 PM   #20
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Charter Arms makes a Pitbull in 9mm.
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Old October 12, 2013, 09:34 PM   #21
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i have a smith and wesson model 940 which is a 9mm revolver and also a smith and wesson model 640 which is a .357 revolver. same size gun, same weight, same grips,both steel, same basic gun. 115 grain standard 9mm has harsher recoil to me than 130 gr standard .38. the recoil of the 9mm is snappier is the best way that i can put it.
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Old October 12, 2013, 09:51 PM   #22
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Charter Arms makes a Pitbull in 9mm.
They seem rather scarce. There are plenty out there in .40S&W, and several of the gun rags have tested 9mm Pitbulls since they were announced in late 2012, but Charter reportedly shipped very few of them prior to late summer of 2013. One of my local dealers told me that he can't get one, and it's not for lack of trying- he thinks they're months behind filling existing orders.

OTOH maybe the OP will be lucky.
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Old October 13, 2013, 05:24 AM   #23
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I can own and carry any gun I want. My choice is an light (5shot snub).38spl.

TBS, get her that light 38 loaded with 147g Wadcutter's.
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Old October 13, 2013, 07:33 AM   #24
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I'm a fan of 9mm revolvers and have had several, the one that I've kept is a custom S&W 360J that I had worked over and rechambered to 9x23 by Pinnacle. For me, a 13oz 9mm snubby is the perfect BUG/pocket gun, for my wife, not so much. The recoil is similar to +P .38spls in a light revolver, to much for her at her level of experience. Out of all the guns she's tried out the one that she chose is a S&W 317 8 shot .22lr revolver. It only weighs 10oz and, of course, even at that light weight there's no recoil. Would I like her to carry something in a larger caliber? Sure I would, but this is a gun that she chose, she shoots it well, she likes to practice with it, and she'll actually carry it, which is the most important thing.

Like most things in married life, what you think is right for your wife and what she thinks is right for her are usually two vastly different things. Let her try stuff out and decide for herself.

BTW, I agree with Weblance, and LCR in .22mag could work, S&W also makes the 351 in .22mag (it's a 7 shot). I'd be willing to carry either in a pinch.
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Old October 13, 2013, 01:42 PM   #25
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Any 9mm revolver options?

She's doing the shooting portion of her CCW class today with a GSG 1911/22. She likes the way it shoots. Other than being too big to carry she likes it more since she's learned a lot more about pistols than she did two days ago. I showed her a bersa thunder today before she left and said shed like to shoot it. I believe she'll still end up with a revolver, however she is coming around her way of thinking on the semi auto now that she understands them more.
One more important note: she wears a most powerful hearing aid in right ear and completely deaf in left. She's shooting with aid in place but turned off with ear muffs over that. I informed her that if she ever had to use a gun in self defense, especially a revolver with hearing aid on with no protection, that she may be totally deaf afterwards. Absolutely a life or death situation if ever used. She does seem to enjoy target shooting and we use hand signals with her aid off and muffs on. She also reads lips very well
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