Caching the Snubby Revolver

Caching the Snubby Revolver
Caching the Snubby Revolver

I recently finished reading the book, Amarillo Slim in a World Full of Fat People. It’s not a gun book, but a very entertaining read about the life of a gambler. In the book, he mentions that throughout his gambling days he always carried a .38 Special snub-nosed revolver in his pocket. I imagine there are still plenty of gamblers you can find in seedy bars who have this gun in their pocket today.

But then again, so do a lot of Americans, myself included. The particular snubby I have is a Smith & Wesson model 642 Centennial Airweight. The fact is, the .38 Special snubby revolver has been around since the late 1800’s and is still one of the most popular firearms in the world.

This particular gun happens to be on my mind…

Because it’s one of many I have stored throughout my house (in a quick opening safe.) And just the other day when I was near the safe containing this gun, I heard a knock at my back door. Now, nobody ever comes to my back door, let alone my front door, because most people don’t know where I live.

So when I heard the knock, I quickly opened the gun safe and slid the snubby revolver into my pants pocket. I then stared out one of the windows and didn’t see a criminal or anything requiring my gun, but merely my neighbor. She was having trouble getting into her house and needed my help.

Besides the ability to easily carry it around in a pants pocket, another reason I love the snubby revolver is that it’s an easy gun to cache. It can fit in the smallest of containers and can quickly be buried in a place you find appropriate.

Plus, the snubby revolver is a (relatively) cheap gun that you can get for around $300-$350, so I don’t mind caching one and having it get a little beat up or weathered. (Even though I recommend mylar bags for caching guns and ammo.)

What’s more…

There are plenty of used snubbies that you can get for even better prices if you look around. Also, speaking of caches and snubbies, here’s a little food for thought: With everything that’s going on with guns and politics imagine if the government came and tried to take your guns right now. (I know many people believe it’s very far-fetched, but humor me.)

If the government knocked on your door this afternoon, are all of your guns in your house are all of your eggs in one basket? Again, just food for thought, but maybe you should consider getting a snubby revolver and caching it in a safe place.

With that being said, if I were going to add to my snubby revolver collection today (donations are always welcome), I would stick with Smith & Wesson and Ruger as in my eyes they make the best. And as far as ammunition, the ammo that I’m using right now is Winchester’s PDX1 (130 grain, jacketed hollow point.)

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Jason Hanson is a former CIA Officer and author of The Covert Guide to Concealed Carry. He is also the creator of the Ultimate Concealed Carry Experience, which allows you to take your concealed carry training without leaving home. For full details about this training, please visit Concealed Carry Academy. You can also follow him on Google+ and Twitter.
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I like the J-frame Smith, and own a 638 and a 642. The first thing I did was to take those awful rubber “ribber” grips off, and replace them with smooth pearlite micarta grips from Ajax. Unlike the ribber grips, they don’t snag, hang, or beat your hands up at the range. Lightweight pocket S&W’s are utilitarian, but they sure as hell are not much fun to shoot. Lots of recoil, muzzle flash, muzzle blast. Of course, in a stress fire shooting you’ll not feel the recoil, and may not even hear the gun going off. Been there, and its a really strange phenomenon. By the way, Ajax and others make the smooth grips. Some are even available in wood for the purists out there. Those grips make all the difference in the world.

James Lagnese

They say Nyclad is good ammo for the snubby too…So, given the same models come in .38 +p or .357, wouldn’t it be better to get the .357 as you have more flexibility with ammo? Then there is the Charter Arms Bulldog. I wish Smith or Ruger would come out with a lightweight 5 shot 44 special or 45 long colt snubbie. Call it the LCR+ or LCBR. If Charter arms can do it at 23 oz, it Ruger could do a little better.


IF a ‘neophyte’ gun owner, please practice and know the weapon’s (including your own) limitations (this applies to All weaponry of course). The ‘snubby’ barrel length does not fully take advantage of the gas expansion, therefor ‘close quarters’ is the maximum efficiency. Barrel length also is an accuracy advantage, lost in a short barrel. Having many LEO associates, we practiced with their various weaponry (‘backups’ included) and various loads on junker cars years ago (they were dumped randomly back then), I found out that the slugs from the short barrels will not penetrate most doors or glass with any energy to spare, if at all. Newer lighter metals would offer less resistance. Distance is a major factor. Heavy winter clothing, covering an assailant, could prevent stopping force from being applied, unless right up close and personal. Of course, as you and ‘Nuttin’ Fancy’ (YT vids) have mentioned, anything is better than nothing. Good post, good personal weapon. thank you Jason, for giving credit where credit is due.

wm tipton

Faster burning powers can make the short barrel problem not so significant.

wm tipton

My main carry gun is the Ruger SP101 2″ 357 mag snubby.
I dont carry full magnums in it because the wife wont be able to handle the gun, but used a toned back load that is somewhere around a 38+p+
Wouldnt trade it for any other gun on the market.


My Charter Arms Undercover is no slouch and a very undervalued snubbie IMHO


I focused on an overrated LCP until I fondled the S&W 638 – SOLD!
While many opt for a high capacity cannon (and I carry a G30 especially in the winter w/ the 638 as a BUG) the most likely scenario on the street is the single BG in the parking lot.
I use Speer GD short-barrel JHP and a grip laser so we don’t have to use the short radius sights, and carry 5 more in a speed strip for a total of 10 rounds available.
This pocket gun weighs 1 lb loaded, is comfortable, and quickly accessible. The ballistics of the 38+P resembles the 9mm, and sure beats the sometimes ineffective .380.

I highly recommend checking one out.


I carry the exact same gun in my pocket whenever I leave the house. I like the light weight and the protected hammer. I load it with +P’s. However, I do keep a Judge Magnum in my bedside table loaded with .410 Personal Protection. I don’t want to shoot thru my walls and my neighbors walls.

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I don’t care for the S & W’s (the 642 is sure pretty though), I have a Taurus Model 85 Ultra-lite that I carry instead.

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