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Old May 17, 2019, 10:58 AM   #1
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Anyone have a Smith 43C?

Just happened to see this one that I've never heard of. An 8 shot J Frame .22 that is the same size and shape as the 340 models.
But does that barrel hole diameter look like a .22? It looks more like a .38 with a recessed sleeve inside.
I watched a video on it as well, and the muzzle looked more like a .38 size opening?

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Old May 17, 2019, 11:20 AM   #2
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Yup. Great little guns.

At first glance, I thought it was to make it look like it was a larger caliber to the bad-guy.

More likely, because it's the same frame, it's for cost savings. One thing I did notice, the full shroud on the gun makes it look a lot beefier than a 22LR.
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Old May 17, 2019, 12:22 PM   #3
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At first glance, I thought it was to make it look like it was a larger caliber to the bad-guy.
LOL, that's the impression I got, but a smart bandit would look at the holes in the cylinder too! But then maybe with that thing pointed at hime, he might forget to do that!

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More likely, because it's the same frame, it's for cost savings.
I agree, but then why not sleeve all the way to the muzzle for better velocity? Would like to see how much it's recessed in.
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Old May 17, 2019, 03:01 PM   #4
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Just happened to see this one that I've never heard of. An 8 shot J Frame .22 that is the same size and shape as the 340 models.

How's the trigger pull on that? (Given that .22 rimfire needs a stronger impact to ignite reliably, and snubbies in general need a stronger spring, having less space to work with. Or am I wrong on that?)
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Old May 17, 2019, 04:12 PM   #5
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I was going to bite the bullet and get one of these for my daughter a few years back, but luckily found a LCR .22lr instead.
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Old May 17, 2019, 08:57 PM   #6
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Trigger pull on my 43C is heavier than my 38 special, but it is useable.
The 22 mag version is too heavy , in my opinion, to be used.
They are designed for close range use, the 43 is fun to play with. A good carry/ practice gun
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