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Old April 8, 2019, 07:29 PM   #26
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I feel that the steel j frame at close to 20oz is a bit too heavy to just stuff it down my pocket. Feels like a lump. It’s less noticeable with the alum or scandium versions. 357 or the more powerful 38 ([email protected]) doesn’t bother me either way in a light gun. I’m interested in everyone’s take of cylinder material and front sight setup (ramped, swappable etc) and hammer. I like having a hammer for looks even though I shoot da most of time

I love the 360j! Makes me want to load it with plain Remington umc lrn 38
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Old April 8, 2019, 08:34 PM   #27
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I feel that the steel j frame at close to 20oz is a bit too heavy to just stuff it down my pocket. Feels like a lump. It’s less noticeable with the alum or scandium versions.

^this is true.

A model 60 weighs about the same as a six shot K6s and not much less than a G26 when both are fully loaded. I'll take an Airweight or an Airlight over a steel frame J for concealed carry.
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Old April 8, 2019, 09:29 PM   #28
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Just me picking for me. 1st choice 642 or 442, 2nd choice 60-15 3".
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Old April 8, 2019, 10:12 PM   #29
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642 or 442 for pocket carry, i'd get the 637 for holster. Be advised that the Airweight guns are not easy to shoot accurately due to the very light weight. For self defense they are good tho. I have 2 642s, one is for carry, the other is in the car. I carry in a pocket. There is a reason they are sometimes called "belly guns".
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Old April 9, 2019, 05:25 AM   #30
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I have been carrying a S&W 60 in .38 spl with a bobbed hammer spur since 1974, with out any problems and I will be carrying it later this morning when I do some shopping.
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Old April 9, 2019, 06:51 AM   #31
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My J frame is a 640 loaded with Remington 125 grain maggies. What is best for me may not be for everyone.
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Old April 9, 2019, 07:26 AM   #32
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I tend to actually carry my all steel "J" frames more often than the Airweight.

If it is pocket carry with a pocket holster it is the Lemon Squeezer:


and if it is OWB in the Fobus Paddle holster it is the pre model 36:


But I strongly discourage ever just sticking any handgun in a pocket without a holster.
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Old April 9, 2019, 08:29 AM   #33
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The hammer question Clang raised in post 4 would be the major point for me. (For the use you described I would like the shrouded hammer, like a 638, and not one with a hammer spur that could get hung up on stuff.
As Clang also mentioned in post 4, the hammer question is a can of worms, and purely a personal choice. As for the hammer on my 637 "hanging up" on something, it ain't never happened. Even when pocket carrying, it's in a holster and when drawn, my thumb/hand shrouds it. I prefer to have the choice to shoot DA or SA and to uncock the SA action easily and safely. No different than my other carry, the 1911. Also as others have said, while the steel framed revolvers are a tad more pleasant to shoot, the little snubbies are not really meant to be a range toy. The difference in weight when toting around all day between them and the alloy frames can be quite noticeable.
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Old April 9, 2019, 08:59 AM   #34
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I usually shoot single action. Hard to beat a 12.5 oz 637-2 in 9mm.
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Old April 9, 2019, 11:01 AM   #35
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I had a 640 jframe....great snubbie for 357’s. It gravitated from pocket to own carry. It was great! Then I thought I could replace with an IWB 1911 Commander. Ok, but the J was smaller and more grab and go.

So I like the j frame hidden hammer type. As for 357 or scandium for the 38 spcl and 357 option..
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Old April 9, 2019, 07:38 PM   #36
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thoughts on a ruger sp101

Hey Guys

So I recently decided to add a snub nose revolver to the family. I had a Taurus 85 years ago and foolishly sold it to a friend. That gun was a lot of fun and was uber reliable. After much research and trips to several LGS's the Ruger sp101 stood out. I initially wanted a used one but I haven't had much luck finding one locally and really don't want to deal with gunbroker. One LGS had both new blue and stainless models in stock(357) The blue one was real sharp. After reading some of the horror stories about Ruger quality issues in another tread and having experienced them myself in the fall when I purchased a new single six that was missing a front sight right from the factory(After getting a replacement sight that single six is a sweet shooter) I had to be vigilant about my inspection. I could not find anything wrong with the finish and the trigger was a bit heavy but smooth. They had a few used smiths that I handled but I kept on coming back to the Ruger. Anyway I didn't buy it yet , waiting on some extra money to come in. I figure in about 2 weeks. So what do you guys think? Good move or look elsewhere. By the way they had a k6 and a cobra that were beautiful but out of my price range.So many choices
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Old April 9, 2019, 08:40 PM   #37
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Congrats man! The sp101 is a great revolver, I would have picked it over the k6 and cobra personally as well
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Old April 11, 2019, 07:20 PM   #38
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I've been happy with my 637 Airweight for many years. My carry load is right at the cusp of +p with 125 gr JHPs.
Ditto for my wife and daughter's in law...and they've learned with practice to draw without hangups from purse, pocket or belt. In use, the firing hand thumb partially covers the exposed hammer until clear of garments, purse or holster. Rod
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Old April 14, 2019, 01:56 AM   #39
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Years ago, I carried a Model 60, then a 640, and in recent years the lighter 642, all .38s. I prefer the no snag/"hammerless" profile of the Centennial type S&Ws. My J-Frames all have steel cylinders, and of course titanium would be lighter. But I've found the basic alloy framed 642 with steel cylinder to be light enough for my use......ymmv
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Old April 14, 2019, 11:19 AM   #40
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The two in my assortment matching the OP's requirement is a Model 42 Centennial Airweight and a Model 36 (no dash) Chief's Special.

I like both and have carried both from time to time, but would prefer my Model 66-2 Combat Magnum with a 2 & 1/2" barrel. It allows equal or more power (.38 Special/.357 Magnum) with only slightly more size and weight of a stainless Steel K Frame. It also provides an extra round and more consideration to the palm of your hand with extended shooting. The target sights are also easier for my eyes to acquire quickly. I prefer 158 gr. bullets for both caliber of ammunition.
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Old April 14, 2019, 05:16 PM   #41
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432PD...my favorite J-frame.
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Old April 14, 2019, 05:53 PM   #42
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Old April 15, 2019, 05:54 PM   #43
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But...but never sell or trade anything

I do have a reason why I’m not going to LCR, I sometimes short stroke the trigger. It’s the guns fault I hate it
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Old April 15, 2019, 06:03 PM   #44
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I do have a reason why I’m not going to LCR, I sometimes short stroke the trigger. It’s the guns fault I hate it
Right, the gun made me do it!LOL
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Old April 15, 2019, 08:59 PM   #45
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LCR in 9mm.....because having service-pistol performance with .38Spl recoil in a lightweight package with no worries of feeding or limp-wristing settles the argument for me.

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Old April 16, 2019, 01:47 AM   #46
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S&W 340PD is great to carry.
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Old April 17, 2019, 07:51 PM   #47
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Ditto on the 340 PD.

I can grab and stuff it in my back pocket, in a De'santis pocket holster, or my Mika holster. Or I can wear my Kramer horse hide scabbard hardly know its there.
That was its main selling point for me, 12 oz's, and .38 +p's.

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Old April 18, 2019, 07:15 AM   #48
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Just a thought...with due regard for your avatar TX, I find that my wife's 637 add's no significant weight nor unbalance my already overloaded fly vest while trout fishing. I built the left side, armpit, muzzle down holster for it and sewed/riveted it in place. I also like the aluminum framed, SS bbl'd 637 as it's more resistant to sweat and the twice yearly dunking when I take an inadvertent dip in 60 degree water.

With the same revolver choice (Aluminum framed etc), an alternate carry position would be the front pocket of your waders....which I've tried, but found a PITA to get to when I practiced my "presentation". Additionally, I tried my usual OWB, 4 o'clock hip carry on my wader belt, but quickly found that deeper water, and/or a quick 'sit-down' to preclude a complete fall, dunked the gun far too often.

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Old April 18, 2019, 07:25 AM   #49
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Model 638 airweight

the best of both worlds regarding shroud but ability to cock hammer if single action wanted. J frame, 14.36 OZ, snubby barrel. I keep in pocket holster and just drop in coat pocket if out to walk dog etc. A bit heavy for summer pants pocket use in my opinion.
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Old April 19, 2019, 07:41 AM   #50
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Smith model 638 (sic)...the best of both worlds regarding shroud but ability to cock hammer if single action wanted. J frame, 14.36 OZ, snubby barrel. I keep in pocket holster and just drop in coat pocket if out to walk dog etc. A bit heavy for summer pants pocket use in my opinion.
Gotta agree, I think, Danny but then again, almost any gun is a chore to carry in a pocket with lt. weight summer slacks on. I tried it many times over the years but now just dress around a high riding OWB carrying a short bbl'd, short gripped revolver...hmmm...that's about as perfect a definition of a Smith J-frame snubbie as anyone could have written.

My DIL's and wife have no hang-ups with a 637 with exposed hammer, but they've trained quite a bit. The nubbin hammer on the 638 is undoubtedly a better idea, with virtually zero worries about a hang-up. Rod
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