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Old January 8, 2019, 12:10 PM   #1
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Another J-Frame: Recommendations?

Hello! Short and simple. I'm looking for some recommendations in J-Frame revolvers. This will have the role it's always had with me. Back up pistol.

Has to be .357 Magnum so I can also use .38 Special.

The ones I've had in the past and miss dearly are:

Smith and Wesson 360PD and Model 60 no dash.

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Old January 8, 2019, 02:30 PM   #2
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Old January 8, 2019, 03:22 PM   #3
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"Has to be .357 Magnum so I can also use .38 Special."

Why not just buy a .38 Special??
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Old January 8, 2019, 03:31 PM   #4
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My primary carry gun is my S&W 042 in .38 Special.

It's a non-cataloged model made in the early 1990s based on the hammerless Centennial.
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Old January 8, 2019, 04:17 PM   #5
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--based on the hammerless Centennial.
There's a good point. Do you care about the gun having a hammer spur or a shrouded hammer?
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Old January 8, 2019, 04:40 PM   #7
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If you are going to shoot much, if any 357, I'd go with something steel like the 640 or model 60. If you are going to carry it, a 340 is light as can be.
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Hello! Short and simple. I'm looking for some recommendations in J-Frame revolvers. This will have the role it's always had with me. Back up pistol.

Has to be .357 Magnum so I can also use .38 Special.

The ones I've had in the past and miss dearly are:

Smith and Wesson 360PD and Model 60 no dash.

Ready, set, go!
Performance Center® Pro Series® Model 640.

Steel, .357, real sights.

not that I'll ever be able to afford one.
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Old January 8, 2019, 05:45 PM   #9
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I thought a 60 no dash was a 38.

Have you considered the 649?
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Old January 9, 2019, 05:20 AM   #10
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A no dash model 60 is a 38. I am not sure when the model went to 357 but my dash 7was a 38 iirc. A fun little revolver but heavier than an Airweight or Airlite
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Old January 9, 2019, 06:06 AM   #11
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Ruger LCR.
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Old January 9, 2019, 06:56 AM   #12
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Old January 9, 2019, 08:03 PM   #13
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Back up pistol.
As in, this is to be carried in addition to a larger handgun? For back up, (and I'm not now nor ever have been an LEO), I'd think one of the Airweights as made by S&W. Hammerless makes sense for pocket or ankle carry, and I wouldn't think a .357 would be necessary as most, if not all, of the Smith Airweights are .38 Special but can be used with S&W's sanction, with +P ammunition.

My wife and DIL both have qualified and carried S&W 637's, loaded with +P ammunition. Neither had any trouble getting good groups with the guns, and practice regularly with my handloads that duplicate the recoil of their ~125 gr Remington Golden Sabers. Both women have had no problems with presentation from waist OWB carry holster nor from their purses. The hammer is guarded by the strong hand thumb during the draw movement.

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Old January 9, 2019, 09:41 PM   #14
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My two 357 mag snubbies are a Ruger LCR357 & a Ruger SP101 ....
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Old January 9, 2019, 10:11 PM   #15
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60-10 I think is earliest for 357, also doesn’t have lock

OR

The new colt king cobra

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Old January 9, 2019, 11:03 PM   #16
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The 60-9 was a 357, came out 1996-97 iirc. The 60-10 has a 3" barrel and adjustable rear sight.
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I'd also recommend an LCR. Besides being an excellent product that I prefer to the alloy J-frame in most ways, the S&W internal locks rub me the wrong way. It looks like they are offering a few models without one now. If you absolutely wanted a Smith and Wesson, one of those might be a good choice.
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Old January 10, 2019, 10:56 PM   #18
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Id avoid scandium frames
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Old January 11, 2019, 01:15 AM   #19
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I'm partial to the Ruger LCR. I have three of them.
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Old January 13, 2019, 08:09 AM   #20
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SW 360 is a great little gun. Wife carries mine now. Time for another. The LCR does have my interest though.
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Old January 13, 2019, 11:30 AM   #21
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Old January 13, 2019, 03:44 PM   #22
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LCR = Excellent CCW, Nice to shoot
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Old January 13, 2019, 03:48 PM   #23
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How many rounds do you have through it so far?
Any issues?
Ive been considering getting one to try out but haven't got around to it.
Would like to see some long term/high count reviews first.
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Old January 13, 2019, 10:14 PM   #24
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I can't speak for gnystrom but my K6s has been 100% reliable for five hundred or so rounds I have put through it. Most were my light .38 Special loads but it has seen some .357s. My only complaints with it are the lack of aftermarket support and the weight.

At this time, there are limited choices in aftermarket grips and sights but that may change.

It weighs about the same as other steel frame snubbies but that makes it less likely for me to carry it than a lighter revolver like an Airweight or Airlight.

The trigger is great and the extra round is nice. The workmanship is top notch and it is a good looking revolver. It's just not what I pick up to carry.
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Old January 14, 2019, 02:32 PM   #25
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How many rounds do you have through it so far?
Any issues?
Ive been considering getting one to try out but haven't got around to it.
Would like to see some long term/high count reviews first.
At this point, about 2000 fired, mostly handloads. No problems of any kind. The fit and finish on mine are perfect and it has very tight tolerances with respect to cylinder gaps. I am using the stock laser grips and they are small but allow it to be concealed very easily.
Overall, the Kimber has a better trigger than my 640 Pro Series that has had a trigger job.
The sixth round in a gun the same size as my Smiths was what sold me.
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