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    Looking for CCW revolver people. I have 2 semi autos’ I carry the Glock 19 being my main carry piece. I love it but, I am looking for a revolver small frame with a lot of impact (.357). Not being a revolver guy looking to see what people carry and would recommend, what's comfortable, concealable thing like that? One I am looking at is the Ruger SP101 2.25" barrel. I lknow there is smaller but, not many in .357. How is the .38+P round? Thanks

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    Looking for CCW revolver people. I have 2 semi autos’ I carry the Glock 19 being my main carry piece. I love it but, I am looking for a revolver small frame with a lot of impact (.357). Not being a revolver guy looking to see what people carry and would recommend, what's comfortable, concealable thing like that? One I am looking at is the Ruger SP101 2.25" barrel. I lknow there is smaller but, not many in .357. How is the .38+P round? Thanks
    I have all of the Air-Lite Smiths and rotate them like socks and three sets of Crimson Trace grips which are a "must" for accuracy in these light revolvers. Any good 38+P or if you can afford them--38+P+ Mag Safe 65gr pre-fragmented hulls which practically explode on impact. My newest Air-Lite is the 340PD made of Scandium and Titanium ewighing in at 12 ounces and capable of shooting 357 Magnum.I don't think You'd like the recoil with 357 loads, so stick with 38+P:pleasantry

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    There will be quite a difference in the recoil between your Glock and a small frame revolver. Before you buy, find a range that rents them and try them out with both the 38's and 357's. Some people find the small frames very difficult to shoot and cannot get used to the recoil.

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    A .38 Spl +P will overpenetrate (unless your target is wearing a "Leathers"/denium/leather sandwitch. A .357M will overpenetrate even through a car door.

    The Ruger LCR .38 Spl +P is in the 13 oz range. There are similar Ultralights from Charter Arms in .38 Spl +P and a comparable weight range. I would NOT look at a .357M at anything under 22~23 oz.

    A .357M, out of a big revolver such as a Blackhawk, is nothing (imo), but out a 23 oz (or lighter) it's like being stung by a Bumble Bee.

    What's most important to you? Overpenetration or light carry weight? No matter, I'd go the suggesteg route and "Try before you buy"

    Good Luck in your search.

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    the ruger sp1o1 is a great gun...charter arms offer a good variety if 38/357 as well... im looking forward to the "chiappa 357 rhino" ...but as far as im concerned you cant go wrong with the sp101

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    Quote Originally Posted by NRA UR2 View Post
    I have all of the Air-Lite Smiths and rotate them like socks and three sets of Crimson Trace grips which are a "must" for accuracy in these light revolvers. Any good 38+P or if you can afford them--38+P+ Mag Safe 65gr pre-fragmented hulls which practically explode on impact. My newest Air-Lite is the 340PD made of Scandium and Titanium ewighing in at 12 ounces and capable of shooting 357 Magnum.I don't think You'd like the recoil with 357 loads, so stick with 38+P:pleasantry
    The Smiths are great. I have a 642 that shoots +P and is concealable and accurate, even without a laser. Personally, I do not enjoy shooting .357 out of such a small frame revolver. I can practice much more with a .38 and it does not hurt as bad doing so.

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    I carry a P 95,but have always liked the wheelguns. For accurate shooting,I'm talking really fine long range shooting,my 357 Taurus is hard to beat,also hard to hide that 6 " barrel. I'm really lookin for one of the Taurus Trackers in 44 Mag,4 inch barrel. Now thats fight ending stopping power. All ya gotta do is hit him once.
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    I carry a Smith & Wesson model 65-3 w/ 4" barrel (also a M&P 45 auto). Too bad they stopped making them. I love this one. I can shoot it well with the 38spec, 38spec+P and 357 Mags. But it is a medium K frame square butt stainless steel revolver and has some weight and mass to suck up some of the recoil. It still bucks hard with full 357 mags. I have fired the J frame 2.5 inch barrel (model 40 if I recall) with 38spec +P and it was a handfull.

    I can't imagine accurate shooting with fast follow up shots using some of the new 2.5" barrel revolvers w/ 357 Mags. I held one of the new J Frame 340 models and was stunned at the lack of weight, just 12 oz. I was told it was rated for 357 mags. Yikes!!
    One that I would consider is the S&W Night Guard model 315. 38 spec +P, 24 oz, 6 shooter. It was reviewed and did well...
    I'm a Smith & Wesson fan...

    Good luck and post when you decide.
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  10. A small frame revolver with alot of impact? There are many guns that have what we might call alot of impact. .45 acp 44special 357mag 40sw 10mm and probably the 38special +p. The small guns are 5 shot Smith and Wesson 38 and 357s, Charter Arms Undercover 38 and Bulldog 44 special and Taurus 38 357 and 44 special 5 shot guns. The 357 and 44 special will kick hard and youll just have to learn to handle it or not bother. The 38 special will kick hard in the 13 and 15 oz guns. The standard 36 Chiefs special is 19 oz and it kicks hard with .38 158gr bullets +p or not. You will need to learn to handle the gun. There is no magic gun that knocks them over and does not kick hard. Powerfull bullets recoil period. Glasser MagSafe Powerball and Dpx I guess Speer Gold dot 135gr bullets kick less they weigh less. But they have a quick snap to them in a light gun.
    So this is where your at. Your going to give up 10-15 shots of 9mm for 5 shots of 38+p or 357s you will swear came straight from the mouth of God on judgment day. Who says you wont need 8 shots? Look at the Model 60 Smith, 640 hamerless, or 649 bodyguard stainless guns. The SP101 only comes with a hammer or bobbed hammer. You can not shoot it or the 60 out of a coat pocket. The weight is a moot point you will want a gun you can control. Learn to shoot it with 38s and 357s you may not find 38s when buying ammo. Most important is tactics you only have 5 shots. You'll need to take a defensive pistol course. Comfort in carry? Both are comfortable in a good inside the waist holster. Belt carry is fine.
    If you want a gun for shorts and a Tshirt on hot summer days or for an ankle holster get the 340 or 340pd Airlite. The Airlite has a no snag front sight. They cost a fortune. If you can afford a laser grip get it you want to stay alive on those 5 shots. I look at it like this If I can get away or hide I will If I have to shoot I will. If your in a fight you may want a gun you can shoot out of your pocket or jammed in the scumbags ribbs. Thats not an auto. Either way your not done untill your at a safe distance or he's incapacitated. Then expect his friends....

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    I use a small in the back of the pance holster, and have two different carries, One is a XDM 9mm, and the other is a 6 1/2" Blackhawk 357. I have a 9mm cylinder for the Blackhawk that I use for practice usually with Ultramax 115 grain.
    I was down at my Brothers last Summer in jeans and a tee-shirt, he said, "arn't you carrying today"?
    You should have seen his face when I pulled out the Blackhawk.
    Around the farm I carry the Blackhawk exposed in a quick draw western holster.
    “Every step we take towards making the State our Caretaker of our lives, by that much we move toward making the State our Master.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

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