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Old February 8, 2013, 12:09 AM   #1
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Trying to decide on my first carry revolver

Ok. I've read some of the other threads concerning choosing a revolver. I've Googled & YouTubed till I'm blue in the face. I'm just trying to make as much of an informed decision as possible. I'm supposed to receive my carry permit in a couple of weeks, so obviously, I'm new to carrying. Seems like the S&W j-frames and LCRs are the ones I hear/read about the most, but don't have any first-hand experience with either. Reading differing views about .357 vs. .38 +P as it relates to "knock down" power. Also, I'm short, stubby, and have small hands, so the size of the revolver is an issue as well.

Any help would be much appreciated!
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Old February 8, 2013, 12:20 AM   #2
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Knock down power is a made up term not supported by physics.

38+p is about the minimum I would suggest anyone carry and is a fine option. Not that you mentioned it but I would stay away from laser sights I think should the worst ever happen they look bad to the jury.

I don't care for the LCR I appreciate a bit more heft but they seem like a quality gun and many people like them.

Smith J frame o the two would be my choice. I would go with the 357 over the 38+p simply because you can use both rounds in the same gun. I like a heavier bullet and a heavier gun though.

I would find a place or people who has them and will let you shoot them and see which you like best. Between the two choices you outlined I honestly don't think you can make a bad decision.
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Old February 8, 2013, 12:29 AM   #3
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640 or 642 snubbie. I would get the lightest S&W snub .38 in the stable. It's ment to be carried a lot and shot a little. 5 .38+P rounds will dampen anyones day in a hurry.
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Old February 8, 2013, 01:26 AM   #4
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I would look at the smith and wesson model 36 if you want a snub nose as it is a bit heavier so easy to shoot but still easy to carry, or a K frame with a 3 in barrel. But that is just me.
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Old February 8, 2013, 07:18 AM   #5
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