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Old September 20, 2012, 08:06 AM   #26
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I would suggest a Taurus 817. It is a 7 shot 38 snub.
Why, because you own one?
Actually I own the Taurus 617 but I recommend something that works well.And seeing how we were asked about 38sp. I mentioned the Taurus 817.
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Old September 20, 2012, 08:13 AM   #27
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Old September 20, 2012, 08:19 PM   #28
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One more for the J-Frame. I've had several, including Taurus and Rossi clones and they all did the job. I used a 442 Airweight Centennial for a while, but currently carry the 49 all-steel Bodyguard for pocket carry.
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Old September 20, 2012, 08:41 PM   #29
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So, would a three inch count as snubby? If so this is a very popular carry K frame...

Or my favorite big little gun...

But, you did say 38 didn't you?

Or my EDC carry...

The J frame gets carried most.

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Old September 21, 2012, 01:10 PM   #30
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For waistband carry, it's hard to beat a Colt Cobra or Agent (plain jane version of the Cobra).
I wouldn't call the Agent a "plain jane" version of the Cobra. The only real difference between the two models when they were being produced at the same time was the shorter grip frame of the Agent-and after 1968 or so, even the Cobra was made with the shorter frame but came with longer stocks. Finish, fit and workmanship of the two models were the same-excellent!
I certainly agree that it's hard to beat either one of these Colts for concealed carry. I routinely pocket carry my Cobra. I like the idea of being able to carry a revolver that weighs the same as a Smith Airweight (16 ounces), is only slightly larger (the cylinder width of the J-frame being 1.309; the cylinder width of the Cobra/Agent/Detective Special being 1.400-about 1/10th of an inch difference) and yet have 20% more ammunition capacity (6 rounds vs 5) on my side. And if weight is not a big issue, the Detective Special would also be a fine choice.
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Old September 21, 2012, 01:23 PM   #31
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My wife has a LCR but I'm going with a 637 for light pocket carry, when I dont want to carry my SP101.
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Old September 21, 2012, 11:24 PM   #32
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I don't own any revolvers, but I may have found one for me!

It's going to be the Smith&Wesson 642, with the compact grip. It's perfect for every day concealed carry. I intend for it be a backup weapon and when I can't carry my Glock 26.
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Old September 23, 2012, 08:54 AM   #33
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For anything other than deep-pocket carry, I like my J frame airweight S&W 637.
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Old November 4, 2012, 12:11 PM   #34
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My personal preference is I like the older S&W air weight in a blued model, like the model 37 I just bought. I just can't find a way to like the silver or gray color guns or even nickle or chrome. Just not my cup of tea.
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Old November 4, 2012, 01:25 PM   #35
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My BUG is the S&W Bodyguard
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Old November 6, 2012, 05:56 PM   #36
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jglsprings - - nice pics, but it would probably help the original poster if you also listed the model numbers of each gun shown
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Old November 7, 2012, 03:43 AM   #37
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I couldn't make up my mind so I tried several. My usual pocket carry is the S&W lightweight 442 or the stainless 640...both with internal hammers. With heavier clothes I carry the 44 special Night Guard or the 3" seven shot 686+. I've tried them all at times and like them all for different reasons. The Ruger SP101s are great guns but they are larger and heavier than the Smith J frames. The 6 shot Colt Detective Special is an ideal carry gun but I don't use it for carry because I have only one hand and the cylinder latch opens backward from the Smiths making it difficult for me.

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Old November 7, 2012, 05:58 AM   #38
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+ 1 for the Ruger SP101 but in .357 (in which you can also use .38 spl)

It's not unpleasant even with .357 which is a quantum leap up another class level in protection. An important consideration when all you have is 5 rounds.
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Old November 7, 2012, 07:17 AM   #39
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Any of the S&W Airweights are a good choice. My second suggestion is a Ruger Sp 100. The SP isn't as nice as the Airweight but it is still a very fine pistol.
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Old November 7, 2012, 07:30 AM   #40
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I'm partial to my........

.......S&W 637 for pocket carry in the warmer months. It was around the same price as the LCR. Was actually looking for a LCR when I bought the 637 but the Ruger seemed a tad bulkier. Also couldn't cotton up to a plastic revolver. I also prefer an exposed hammer. Just a choice thing.

I did find the Ruger trigger to be way smoother out of the box. But the 637 broke in nicely. Sometimes still tempted to trade the Smith for a Ruger. My other revolvers are Rugers (Security/Speed Sixes, SP101), so it would be nice to keep the same manual of arms. Maybe some day.
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Old November 7, 2012, 08:01 AM   #41
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Thespis For anything other than deep-pocket carry, I like my J frame airweight S&W 637.
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Try taurus 651, spurless
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Old November 7, 2012, 08:41 AM   #43
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Another "taurus" (T) owner chimes in.LOL
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Old November 7, 2012, 01:59 PM   #44
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I'd go with a 357 lcr. And no I wouldn't buy it to shoot 357s out of. It's a bit heavier (17.1 oz) to help with recoil. It will also have better resale.
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Old November 7, 2012, 02:05 PM   #45
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The S&W 360PD is REALLY light and I would love to replace my M36 with one for pocket carry.
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Old November 7, 2012, 06:02 PM   #46
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Smith J frame, 642 or 638 Airweight, you can't go wrong!
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Old November 8, 2012, 09:29 AM   #47
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A few years ago Smith and Wesson released a run of Model 37-2 revolvers that were variously reputed to be a contract over-run or "parts guns" or whatever. Regardless they were pre "plus P" frames, mostly with bobbed hammers, with no lock and no MIM parts. They were very sweet little revolver and at a good price. I picked up a couple and haven't looked for anything else since.

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Old November 8, 2012, 10:56 AM   #48
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I have a double action only/bobbed hammer 38 spl. and it's okay but I think I would have preferred a single action/double action with a rowel type hammer that wouldn't snag. The idea of cocking and shooting single action would be nice for shooting at the range.
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Old November 8, 2012, 11:16 AM   #49
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Get the LCR and consider getting the .357 model. Those guns handle recoil amazingly and I've even used it shooting steel targets with great success. It's so light it doesn't seem like a real gun yet performs beyond expectations. Getting the .357 you can have 3 options for ammunition, +P, .38 or .357. When I carry it I use .357.
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Old November 8, 2012, 06:14 PM   #50
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I have two .38 snubs left as I downsize in my golden years. A S&W 638 J frame and a Colt Detective Special. Neither are carried often as the Kahr PM9 or my Glock G26, both in 9mm are better choices for my circumstances.

I could be happy with a LCR if I was in the market but 40 years of history with a S&W j frame of one flavor or another would tend to bias my choice towards another "J".

Never owned a Taurus that I liked. They all had some issue or another. Others I know think highly of them. Something to consider.

I will say however that a Charter Arms Undercover has on several occasions comforted me and I still think highly of them. Not my first choice but I would choose them over a Taurus. My opinion and worth every penny you paid for it.
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