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Old March 18, 2013, 12:19 PM   #13
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The Smith Centennial series are all great guns. The Airweights and even lighter versions are not fun for most people to shoot much with .38 Special +P. Many experienced shooters say that .357 Magnum in a 14 ounce gun is quite painful.

I have severely arthritic hands, so my EDC for over twelve years has been an all-steel .38 Special +P Model 640 no-dash. Only weighs 21 ounces, not burdensome to carry, easy to conceal and comfortable to shoot. I don't feel under-protected with it loaded with +P ammo.

Many people suggest practicing with a steel gun and carrying the Airweight. Nice idea, but not one I can afford in my old age. It does make a lot of sense.
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