View Full Version : Looking for a 9mm revolver

December 22, 2000, 08:36 AM
I am looking for a small frame revolver (snubbie possibly) chambered for 9mm. There have been a few small articles I've read mentioning S&W and Ruger, however I've really not found much out there on this...Does anyone have any info that may help me?

As always...any info is much appreciated!

Mike Irwin
December 22, 2000, 12:26 PM
Smith & Wesson made the 940 for a couple of years.

Ruger made (maybe still makes) the SP-101.

Both are small-frame revolvers.

S&W also made a K-frame 3", the 540, I believe. A few thousand Model 19s were also made in 9mm, but they are very uncommon.

Ruger also made a run of Security or Speed Six revolvers in 9mm, but they're also kind of hard to find.

Most of the larger-frame 9mms were developed at the request of foreign governments, and were sold overseas.

December 22, 2000, 04:16 PM
To my knowledge the only USA currently made 9mm revolver is the Ruger SP101. S&W discontinued the 940 1 or 2 years ago and the 547(full sized K frame) was only available in the early 80's.

December 22, 2000, 05:58 PM
The S&W 940 is a little smaller and lighter than the Ruger. It will fire OK with or without moonclips, although extraction is tough without them. Perhaps the Ruger is the same -- don't know. I have heard people say that recoil in the 940 is unpleasant, but I've never found it unpleasant, especially if you grip it high up the backstrap.

December 22, 2000, 05:58 PM
The nine mm sp101 is not in the 2001 Ruger catalog.

4V50 Gary
December 22, 2000, 07:09 PM
The S&W is nice, small and a 5 shot. I have the older snub nose Speed Six 9mm and found it's and excellant gun for training (when you don't have any .38 Specials laying about). While the Ruger tends to be bigger and bulkier, it is a robust firearm.

December 22, 2000, 11:22 PM
This one is on Auction Arms.


July 6, 2005, 11:20 PM
Taurus makes quite a few 9mm revolvers in their 905 series. Although these companies were suggested above, neither Ruger nor S&W currently make 9mm revolvers. I have the 2¼" Ruger SP-101.

Mike Irwin
July 6, 2005, 11:36 PM
Hi, Shredder,

This thread died nearly 5 years ago.

July 7, 2005, 12:20 AM
And now its alive!

Its aliiivve!!



July 7, 2005, 12:32 AM
Dead or not I've always hankered for the Sp in 9mm.

July 7, 2005, 09:04 AM

I too had a compelling urge to pick up a 9mm snubnose revolver, and satisfied that "need" last week by picking up a Taurus model 905. It is blued steel, double action only, and has a 2" barrel. Shoots like a dream.

Although I have several snubby Smith .38s and .357s, the 9mm is far more convenient and inexpensive to shoot because the ammo is readily available in bulk at a fair price.

And the gun itself was nearly a "steal"...my buddy/gun dealer had them on sale for $222! Fine firearm at a more-than-fair price.

Take a look at the Taurus.


Mike Irwin
July 7, 2005, 10:18 AM
Thaddius probably can't hear you, Boarhunter.

His last post was December 26, 2000.

July 7, 2005, 06:05 PM

Think if I write a little louder, Thadius might hear?


Ps: After sending the post, I realized the mistake I had made, but I couldn't find a button on my computer marked: "I screwed up; undo the post." Have one on your computer? It would be a feature worth having.

big daddy 9mm
July 7, 2005, 07:56 PM
I have heard that it is unaccurate but I onlly heard that so...... its model 905. it comes ina small framed revolver... and a compact size too.. :) :)

July 7, 2005, 09:03 PM
why not try a Kahr pm9? the 9mm revolvers were dropped from the catalogs yrs ago.

Southern Shooter
July 8, 2005, 09:02 AM
I own a Taurus 905 and have no problem with accuracy. Even out to 25 yards with wrist supported I can put shots on an 8.5 X 11 sheet of paper.

July 8, 2005, 09:52 PM
Hi Mike Irwin-

That shows you how difficult it was and how long it took me to find a 9mm Ruger revolver! Just happened to find a new one (estate sale) on an auction site. Only Ruger 9mm revolver in any barrel length I've ever been able to find for sale.

tshadow6- Taurus still makes a full line of 9mm revolvers if you are looking. (7/8/2005)

It's aliiiiive! It's aliiiiiiive!

July 8, 2005, 10:04 PM

Think if I write a little louder, Thadius might hear?


Ps: After sending the post, I realized the mistake I had made, but I couldn't find a button on my computer marked: "I screwed up; undo the post." Have one on your computer? It would be a feature worth having.

yup...there is its called the edit button located in the lower right hand corner of each post...click it. re-write what you want and then hit submit! awesome isnt it?! what a feature!


Para Bellum
July 9, 2005, 04:12 AM
Why not a Glock 26 in 9x19mm?
snubby size, 12 rounds in 9x19mm


Comments on the G 26/27:

July 9, 2005, 10:35 AM
well... because that's an east coast gun <TIC>

July 9, 2005, 10:45 AM
Para Bellum,

Actually, Glocks are fine weapons (in fact, I own and frequently shoot three different Glocks, one being the model 26 you recommend and one being the 9mm model 19, which I consider to be as close to perfection in a handgun as it gets). But for simply sticking in your pants pocket day in and day out, a snubby revolver is just hard to beat. And with all the 9mm ammo that I have stuffed into crannies at the house and at the office, an 9mm revolver just made sense.

The Taurus 905 was the solution, and I am very pleased with its performance. Smooth action; accurate shooter. And far more pleasant to shoot than the 12 oz Smith scandium .357 that gets carried more (and shot less) than any other firearm I own.


July 9, 2005, 03:38 PM

July 17, 2005, 09:48 PM
Tested the Ruger 9mm SP-101 and it shoots great. Accuracy is very good. Hard to tell that it's only a 2¼" barrel. Only thing I don't like is the Ruger inside loading moon clip, but Ranch makes replacements that load from the outside.

(Incidentally, Taurus is coming out with several .38/.357/9mm combination revolvers.)


July 18, 2005, 09:50 AM
Although apparently not yet available for my Taurus 905 9mm, the RIMZ moon clips available from Beckham Design are superb products. Made of some space-age plastic material, they are virtually unbreakable in regular useage, inexpensive, and easy to use. I use them in my Smith 625 and Smith 325 (both .45acp) and have never had a complaint. Beats metal clips hands-down. I have written for information on availability for 9mm useage in the Taurus, but have yet to receive a response. Take a look at the website and see if the product is available for your auto-cartridge shooting revolver.



July 18, 2005, 10:15 AM
Thanks Boarhunter. I think I read about them in a magazine and they sounded interesting. I just looked at the website and they don't seem to have them for the 5 shot 9mm, but I believe they do have them for my .40 S&W revolver. I may try some with it. :cool:

I contacted them as well and asked about clips for the Ruger 9mm. (Perhaps they are the same size as the Taurus??) They say they've looked at the S&W 940/Ruger SP-101 clips and that it's not economically feasible to produce them due to the small market. :(

July 19, 2005, 01:38 PM

I was afraid of that.

I guess the only way to ensure adequate sales justifying the production of 9 millimeter clips would be to sell directly to Ruger or Taurus.... But my guess is that the RIMZ folks have already considered that option.


September 2, 2005, 09:24 PM
Tried the Rimz clips with .40S&W. I like my metal ones better because they don't hurt my finger when I remove the empty brass; the Rimz do.

September 5, 2005, 06:53 PM
I have 2 Taurus 905's.... one hammerless and DAO, the other hammer and DA.. both are blue, and haven't given me any problems. The hammerless is a great gun for a woman to carry... no hammer to hang, no safety to worry about. Anyone looking for a CCW carry 9mm should look close at these.

September 5, 2005, 07:28 PM
I had that urge some time ago never found one but reading up seems to me the ballistics of the 9 out of a 2" was head and shoulders above a .38, yes?

September 5, 2005, 07:43 PM

Have you tried any of the Taurus .38/.357/9mm revolvers?

Also, does anyone know if there'd be a problem with shooting 9mm Makarov in a 9mm Parabellum revolver? I'm not sure if the lower energy and speed would cause a problem with exiting the barrel or gas pressures with the 9mm Parabellum rifling.

September 5, 2005, 07:56 PM
I'm pretty certain that the Makarov uses a bullet that is of slightly larger diameter than a 9mm; it would likely lodge in the barrel.

September 5, 2005, 08:12 PM

I'm pretty certain that the Makarov uses a bullet that is of slightly larger diameter than a 9mm; it would likely lodge in the barrel.

Got that right. I should have looked in my reloading manuals first. :o

9mm Parabellum: 0.356
9mm Makarov: 0.364

October 23, 2009, 02:45 PM
Now I'll bring this thread back from the Dead..
I have three 9mm S&W Revolvers..
Models 547 940 & "942".
All I can tell you is now I'm wanting a 3" M547 & 3" M940..
The 942 is a 642 38spl converted to 9mm via a M940-1 Cylinder that required fitting & now is a convertable 38/9mm..
My 940 has been reamed & can shoot 9x19, 9x21, 9x23, 38 Super & .356TSW
Here's a pic of my M547 4"er & Two M940s
And M940 & Convertable Airweight M642/M942
M942 in 9mm with 38spl Cylinder after convertion

October 23, 2009, 02:47 PM
Wow! Bringing back a thread that's 4 years old! I think you should win a prize.

BTW...I'll take that 547 if you don't want it...

October 23, 2009, 06:25 PM
Hey Headknocker!! Stop showing off!:D

October 23, 2009, 07:09 PM
Wow! Bringing back a thread that's 4 years old! I think you should win a prize.

Hardly, this is 9 YEARS OLD!

I saw a French 9mm Revolver about 4 years ago at a shop outside of Ft. Hood. I am pretty sure it is still there because it took a special kind of 9mm not in production anymore. Can't recall the name of it.

Alan Truism
May 23, 2011, 12:08 PM
Anybody on the forum currently shooting a Ruger 9mm revolver?

Any recommendations?

How hard is it to get moonclips and are they easy enough to use?:confused:

Bart Noir
May 23, 2011, 02:26 PM
I have the Ruger, a 3-inch Speed Six.

It is so sturdy that I have no worries about shooting 9mm +P+ in it. The gun is a round-butt so finding aftermarket grips is not so easy. I have a very nice set of Herters that was sold for $5 by a shop going out of business. Wish I had bought the second set also.

As for clips, I expect they are not too hard to find, at Numrich or Ranch Products (who actually makes such clips).

Bart Noir

May 23, 2011, 07:49 PM
I have a pair of 2 3/4" stainless steel Speed Sixes that have been gathering dust of late. I have about a dozen original Ruger half moons and a bunch of Ranch Products full moons. As far as I know, Ranch Products still makes moon clips which are usually available through Numrich, Midway and others. A quick Google search will provide the answer.

As the discussion on grips was opened, I will add the with each of mine there are the original wood grips and a set of Pacmayr compact grips. Sorry I don't have a photo to post.

May 23, 2011, 08:21 PM
I have a 3" SP101 and it is a great gun to carry and shoot. I have some Ranch moon clips- but really don't need to use them.

Bart Noir
May 25, 2011, 07:08 PM
tekarra, you are right.

The Speed Six is not a full 3-inch snubbie, it is 2.75. I keep forgetting that.

I didn't even know that Ruger made the SP101 in 9MM. I like that idea, since we can buy 9mm +P+ ammo that is close enough in power to the .357 Magnum, and which reloads quicker due to those full moon clips.

Bart Noir
Who also wonders about getting the SP101 in .327 Magnum, it being a 6-shot...