Five Best Concealed Carry Revolvers

By Tred Law
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Best Concealed Carry Revolvers
Ruger SP101 357 Mag, 2.25″ w/Compact Lasergrips
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Manasquan, NJ –-(Ammoland.com)- I am asked all the time by my students, “What is the best concealed carry revolvers?”

So I came up with my top five picks on the Best Concealed Carry Revolvers for reliable self defense.

I love revolvers as they are a tried and true design, simple to use and easy to maintain, with just enough capacity and caliber to get the job done.

My Five Best Concealed Carry Revolvers short list goes like this:

Ruger SP101 357 Mag, 2.25″ Revolver:
The Ruger SP101 revolvers fitted with the Crimson Trace LG-111 Defender Series Lasergrips are designed to put the shooter on target quickly and accurately. The Ruger SP101 model KSP-321CT has a spurless hammer for snag free carry and draw, features 2.25 inch barrel and fixed sights. These 5-shot stainless steel revolvers are chambered for .357 Magnum and can also fire .38 Special ammunition, including .38+P cartridges.

The Crimson Trace LG-111 Defender Series Lasergrips are constructed of hard durable polymer. The red beam laser is activated by a pressure switch located on the front of the grip, making it instinctively usable for right- or left-handed shooters. The laser is adjustable for windage and elevation using an Allen wrench (provided).

You Can Never Be Too Prepared. The SP101 revolver boasts the strength to handle the powerful .357 Magnum and .327 Federal Magnum cartridges in a controllable, small-framed double-action revolver. Among the most powerful small-frame revolvers on the market, they are engineered for solid performance. Featuring a recoil-reducing grip, the SP101 is comfortable to shoot and perfect for personal defense or field use.

Strong and reliable shot after shot, all SP101 revolvers boast solid steel sidewalls (no side-plates), making them rugged, reliable, and dependable. Available in .327 Federal Magnum, .38 Special and .357 Magnum (which also accepts the less expensive .38 Special cartridges), you can count on the SP101 when you need it.

Smith & Wesson 642 PowerPort Revolver
Smith & Wesson 642 PowerPort Revolver

Smith & Wesson 642 PowerPort Revolver:
The S&W 642 PowerPort gun is an aluminum framed revolver with a steel cylinder. Smith and Wesson calls this an Airweight revolver. It comes in at 15 ounces unloaded. It is a 5 shot revolver and rated for .38 Special +P ammunition. The standard 642 comes with a 1 7/8 inch barrel and the Pro comes in at 2 1/8 inch barrel. The “Power Port” name comes from a port in the barrel just in beyond the front site. Another distinguishing characteristic over the regular 642 is the front site is not an integral front blade like many revolvers, but a white dot insert similar to what you would find on a semiauto pistol such as a GLOCK.

As a frame of reference, I am a large caliber bigot. I make no apologies for it. Before this gun, I only thought there were 4 common calibers worth buying a handgun in: .40 S&W, .45 ACP, .357 Magnum, and .44 Magnum. I still think that way, but with one caveat. A .38 Special in +P can be had in ballistics close to a slow .357 Magnum. Make that two caveats, I don’t know who said it, but a [insert small caliber here] in the pocket is better than a [insert large caliber here] in the dresser. I think there are limits to the second caveat, but for 40 years the majority of police in this country carried .38 Specials and like I mentioned above, there are +P’s that push the .38 Special over 1000 f/s.

Ruger LCR-LG 38 Spl+P: The Best Concealed Carry Revolver
Ruger LCR-LG 38 Spl+P Revolver with Crimson Trace Lasergrips

Ruger LCR-LG 38 Spl+P Revolver with Crimson Trace Lasergrips
When Ruger designed the groundbreaking polymer-framed LCR revolver, it did so with the intention of Crimson Trace Lasergrips compatibility and availability right out of the gates. The LG-411 greatly enhances the defensive capability of the lightweight LCR with a seamless fit and quality engineering. It will hold zero continuously without fail. Ruger’s commitment to endorsing Crimson Trace laser sights is further validation that after the weapon itself, a laser is the best firearms investment you can make.

Best Concealed Carry Revolvers
S&W M&P 340 Revolver

S&W M&P 340 Revolver:
This lightweight, five-shot, double-action-only revolver is perfect for concealment and comes with an internal hammer that’ll keep it from catching on the draw. It’s chambered in .38 Special +P and the heavier .357 Mag., providing shooters with some options when planning their personal defense.

Taurus Judge Public Defender a good carry choice
Taurus Judge Public Defender Polymer Revolver

Taurus Judge Public Defender Polymer Revolver:
For another of our the Best Concealed Carry Revolvers, check out the revolutionary new Public Defender Polymer. This scaled-down model of everyone’s favorite combo gun, the Taurus Judge, still gives you the ability to fire your choice of ammunition —now in a size that fits in most pockets— also in a lighter, polymer body frame with new updates for improved handling and accuracy. Truly amazing! Just like its big brother, this little gun delivers amazing versatility and devastating firepower for self-protection. .45/.410 (2.5″ chamber)

Short and sweet huh? These are my top five Go-to-Guns if you’re looking for ultra reliable, easily concealable revolvers with enough stopping power for that peace of mind. Others will always disagree so let me know in the comments below what your favorite self-defense revolver is and why you think it is the best?

Thinking you want a Semi-Auto for your concealed carry weapon? Read our article of the Best Handgun For Concealed Carry .

  • 242 thoughts on “Five Best Concealed Carry Revolvers

    1. Smith and Wesson 442 revolver with ported barrel.Light,reliable double action only.Easily concealed,no hammer to snag on anything.Can fire 38+ ammo. A proven design like the 642.

        1. My Wife has a S&W Kit Gun Model 651, which is no longer made, came with two interchangeable cylinders, .22 LR and .22 Mag. Shoots Real good, when you find good ammo buy Lots ! Louder than a .45 and a terrific fire ball. One missed shot ought to scare the hell out of them. Magnum penetrates deep. I have a Kel-Tec PMR-30 myself. Low low recoil from both, easily managed.

          1. You said, “One missed shot ought to scare the he’ll out of them.” MAJOR problem! 1, You know you’re responsibe for every round fired downrange. Where did it go? 2, Why did you miss? Were you in fear of losing your life, necessating you to fire? Just asking…

            1. Clearly he was just referring to the loudness the firearm makes when discharging a round, and not speaking to using it as a defense method.. Were you the hall monitor in middle school? Insecure and take every opportunity to showcase your opinion? Is your horizon so narrow you that you couldn’t read the context of Brian’s post and see that it was a light hearted joke at worst? I feel genuinely sorry for the people forced to be a breathing human being within 10 feet of your arrogance. Sad!

              Also- why are you replying to a post from 5 months ago? Nevermind. Don’t answer that. I couldn’t care less. You’ve single handly ruined my research for a CC revolver for the Mrs.

              If there is justice in the world Comcast has shut your internet down, and we can all rest easy knowing that you’re sitting on a park bench wondering why no one has ever enjoyed your company after they got to know you.

        1. Carried the same SP 101 for 12+ years w/ 2.25 inch and Crimson traces. Has had extreme abuse and on my 3 rd set of grips.( Best I can tell the life of CT grips last about 5 years for me) . Had it ported by Gemini Customs when new and recoil about like a 38+ P. Have used it for the coup de gras on several deer and cows. Other than taking a chop saw to it you are not going to hurt it. Not a thing of beauty any more but works as well as the day it was new.
          Other than the already valid criticisms of it the fire ball out of the end does tend to ruin your night vision for a second or two. If you want a good fire works show put in full power hunting loads at night. Looks like a large pumpkin on the end of the gun. This is the only criticism I have with the porting, it tends to make the muzzle flash greater. to the shooter. probably have 5K rounds through it.

          1. I carried a Colt Detective Special for over 20 yrs as a LEO in the SF Bay area, and I now carry the same for concealed carry.
            I carried a S&W 686 .357 for the first part of my years there but the last 3 I was FORCED to carry a 9mm, I am not a semi auto kind of guy though it was a fine weapon I just preferred the revolver, just a an old dinosoar.

      1. What does a guy from Manasquan, NJ know about firearms or concealed carry? NJ is not even in the United States anymore is it.? You can’t even buy a BB gun in NJ without a state issued firearms ID card!
        I own several revolvers and often carry one. The revolvers you suggest in this article are a little out the “mainstream” don’t you think?. Taurus public defender?, S&W 642 power-port? How about a plain old S&W 442, 642, or a 640. Those are solid, revolver choices and easy to find in most gun stores. I will grant you that a Ruger LCR is easy enough to find, but not the rest of your suggested firearms. I’d rather carry around a big rock in my pocket to throw at an attacker than carry a Taurus public defender. Have you ever shot a Taurus public defender? If you did I bet you missed your target!

        1. harry lime I own the Public Defender but I didn’t like the grips so I replaced the grips with ones for a S&W revolver. Even with the factory grips I had no problem hitting the target I just didn’t like the way they felt in my hand. This gun has laid on my head board for obvious reasons as well as a sawed off 12 gauge I keep in my closet if needed. My Defender is loaded every other one 45LC and 410 so you get a surprise of what you will get hit with.

    2. I carried a revolver for something like ten years. And it meets all your requirements easily and then some. The S&W M296 Airweight Centennial.

      S&W M296 Airweight Centennial Revolver

      Centennial design so you have nothing to snag on anything. DAO. Airweight, 18.5 ounces empty. That’s quite light but at least there is a _little_ weight to damp a bit of recoil.

      It’s an L frame so S&W put these tiny little rubber boot grips on it. I replaced those with some larger wood grips which made it far easier to shoot while still being concealable. And the wood is slippery on clothing. The smaller rubber grips always want to stick to clothing and cause printing issues. I’ll take the larger wood grips anytime.

      Finally there is the issue of chambering. Five rounds of .44 Special. For years I carried it with CorBon’s high speed loading but then they came out with the 200 grain DPX full copper HP. Five of those in the gun and six more in a speed strip in the pocket and I feel far better armed than any .38 Special.

      I know, I know. S&W discontinued them years ago. And they never sold well in the first place. Doesn’t mean they weren’t great guns!

      Gregg

      S&W M296 Airlight Centennial Revolver

        1. I have carried Smith J frames for the past 45 years and have owned many different models. These days, my favorite is a Model 360 with aluminum/scandium frame and SS cylinder. I have had several J frames with concealed hammers, and really like the Model 638 Bodyguard. But the Model 360 in .38 +P with exposed hammer is the most versatile to me. It’s really a toss up between the 638 and the 360. I have no use for a .357 Magnum J frame, because the heavy recoil and blast are just not worth it. The .38+P is plenty for defensive use. Rugers are nice guns, but the SP101 is just too heavy for my preferred pocket carry. I do have a .22 SS Bearcat with adjustable sights that I really love. It goes with me afield quite a bit, hiking and fishing. Revolvers are still the most versatile and dependable firearms.

      1. I will take my S&W proformance center model 321 any day of the week, 8 rounds of 357 mag with 24 more loaded in speed clips.

      1. You get a big amen from me also. There is a lot of revolvers that didn’t make the list that I thought that belong there

      1. The pistol is for protection, not “Bragging RIghts”. I was told my .22WMR would bounce off an armadillo, but from 75′ it went into the shoulder, and out the rump, leaving a tennis ball sized hole. It isn’t a concealed carry, as it has a 7 1/2 barrel, but is very accurate. And as a sheriff friend says, “That gun scares me, as it will go thru my vest, and me”.
        Read a test comparing .22WMR vs 9mm and 45 ACP. The .22WMR penetrates about 18 inches of ballistic gelatin.
        My neighbor was shot with a .22LR, and it went through his abdomen, and was stopped by his leather belt. They took 6 hrs. on the table to sew up all the damage. He barely survived, so I sure wouldn’t want to be shot with a .22WMR.
        Besides, the person looking at your gun, doesn’t care what the bore size is, just that he doesn’t want to get shot.

        1. Those 22 mg ballistic tests are out of a rifle, Barney Fife. Are you going to conceal carry a bolt action rifle? Or nearly as bad the revolver with the eight inch barrel you are bragging on? Check out any number of ballistics tests between 22s, 38s and 9mm with each of them shot out of a 2″ barrel and the 22 is sub-par in comparison.

          1. Uptown, you need to do your own tests with the 22 magnum rounds. The 22 magnum round is deadly, that is if you are steady enough in the heat of the moment to put the round where it needs to go.

          2. The 22 mag out of a pistol has some velocity advantage over 22lr but the biggest advantage is in cartridge construction. The bullet is crimped tightly making them virtually water proof and typically bullet construction is much better than the little tapered lead slugs.

          3. I just watch a video of a 22WMR shooting through a level II armor vest and into ballistics gel behind it. It had almost as much penetration as the 5.7 penetrator rounds (compared side by side with pistols). Very impressive. I would not hesitate to carry a 22WMR with hollow points if I had one.

          4. The printed ballistics for the .22 LR are also for a rifle. The .22 WMR is a lot more potent, even out of a pistol, than the .22 LR. Anyone who has survived a gunshot from a .22 LR will tell you they don’t want to be shot again

            1. The last sentence is quite true. Too many people snicker at the .22lr. But, they have never been hit by one. in this day & age, where you (the offended party) may end up in more trouble than the bad guy, you REALLY don’t want to kill anybody. Trust me on this one. I have a nine (9) shot Taurus .22lr revolver. It does the job.

        2. In warmer weather, my NAA Black Widow in 22mag is always in my pocket. When it gets colder, I’ll carry my Judge.

      2. Yeah! No one is afraid of 4, .36 caliber rounds coming at you with each pull of the trigger!
        What a doofus no-nothing remark……

      3. Why? The judge is quite good if you get the right ammo that is made for it. You use regular .410 for practice and then load up with the special .410 made for the revolver. You load up 1 .410 shell with the special copper plated discs and buckshot, then a .45 loncolt then another .410 then a .45 then a .410 then a .45.

        Perfect gun for carjacking defense. Those copper discs which are made from used old style cell and watch batteries do major damage like a slug plus the copper bbs. Then a ,45 to finish off or if one runs.

        1. I have a Public Defender Poly and it will fit in a pocket but just barely. I like Hornady ammo. The 410 Hornady has a 41 caliber size slug and then two double O buckshot and put three nice holes in the target within about three inches of each other. The Hornady Critical Defense 45 long colts are a good follow up. It is a great console gun. I am planning on getting a small 357 revolver for pocket carry which fits nicely without anyone knowing that you are packing. At home I use an XDM 40 with 3-16 round magazines which will kill someone with shear volume of slugs coming at them.

      4. Articles like this include the guns whose makers paid the most for “Product Placement”. Sorry to bust anybody’s bubble, but that’s how it works. Mea Culpa – I’ve been there, and done that.

        1. Totally agree. This looks like just another shill fronting a list paid for by manufacturers. Too bad Ammoland doesn’t disclose these incestuous relationships. The obvious giveaway here is the very narrow product selections. Try and tell me there are no other concealed-carry revolvers out there – go ahead, I dare you to try and tell me these are the only ones. Not a fair and balanced list IMHO so obviously a biased article likely paid for by the OEMs – that’s what these sites do folks – how do you think they make their money – donations?

          1. A friend of mine had two inch 44mag. He then cut the barrel off almost as short as it would go. Made for horrindus recoil, but he said that if it was sticking in someone’s belly then the recoil wouldn’t matter.

        2. Just because you can be bought does not mean everyone else can be. This is a subjective list given by one person, and he picked a number of good revolvers based on his own experiences and perspectives. Whether he pandered to any merchandiser or not isn’t obvious to anyone other than that specific internet user who wades into a discussion fully intending to be negative and recalcitrant. Picking five out of hundreds of similar revolvers would be seen, by anyone with any smarts at all, as a difficult project simply because of each weapon’s commonality. There is only one weapon on this list I would have chosen (the SP 101) but that’s because I have never given much thought beyond the charactoristics of the concealable revolver. You didn’t bust anyone’s bubble, you just showed yourself to be a non-participant. Post your own top five, without having anyone pay you for your endorsement, and let us agree or disagree with your choices.

    3. The list is to be expected – lighweight and midbore.

      I train a lot of shooters on the revolver, and the drive for the J-frame sze is strong UNTIL I make them shoot these super lightweight guns.

      They are unpleasant to shoot, and are challenging to sight. It is absolutly true that they can be excellent defensive tools, but you must PRACTICE with a snub gun, and the recoil and generally uncomfortable handling characteristics mean most people do not.

      This means that most snub gun shooters miss. A lot.

      Case in point – Several years ago I was instructng a 70 plus grandmother. She had a CHL and had been carrying a 642 for a year or so. On the range, she missed a B-27 at 5 yards with a cylinder-full of range ammo.

      Why? She closed her eyes.

      She later confessed the gun “hurt” to shoot. She had the Airweight because her husband and son both told her that was the gun to carry.

      I had her try a round butt, STEEL-frame, 3″ barreled Model 10. What a surprise, she killed the B-27, had an additional round and was surprised at the reduced recoil. Such a gun isnt tiny, but it still fits in a purse.

      Of the recommended wheelguns, the SP101 is the way to go. Most shooters would be better served by something like that, or even a Colt Detective Special ( steel frame and no longer produced but readiy available ), than the tiny Un-Obtainium guns chosen for light weight. This is simple physics.

      With a gun that is not so unpleasant to shoot, the less experienced shooter might practice with it enough to be able to defend herself wih it.

      I think instructors commit malpractice when they push super lightweight guns on the un-suspecting novice.

      Regards

      GKT

      1. Ruger Speed Six, Service Six, Security Six in .357 w/ 2 3/4″ barrel. (No longer made, but available with a little looking) all basically the same gun with different sights.Blued or stainless. Slightly bigger than a J frame, think K frame, still fits in a larger front pocket, all steel, 6 shots, take down with a dime or the rim of a shell. Built well enough that your grandkids will still be loving it…

        1. Security Six with a 6″ barrel and Pach grips……I need a shoulder holster for it but it’s worth it.

          Ruger Security-Six Revolver .357 Mag. Blue W/6 Inch Barrel

        2. My very first handgun was a stainless Security Six .357. I think it was a 4″ barrel, but it was a long time ago. I sold it to a friend of mine who was smoke jumper so he could carry it when he went out on fire calls in northern Idaho. Excellent gun and very easy to shoot because it had some mass. These ultralight revolvers and pistols in calibers large enough to be punishing are not a good idea for a novice shooter for EDC. I carry a PF9 as a BUG, and I can hit center of mass one handed with my weak hand, but I am very experienced. an older woman with fragile wrists is never going to be able to effectively defend herself with a light, heavy hitting gun, pistol or revolver.

          1. I suggest the best choice for a female CC is a stainless SA/DA 357 revolver with a short barrel and loaded with 38 special.

          2. My first gun was a stainless security six also. Mine was a six inch barrel I think. That was a loooonnngg time ago like the late seventies.

      2. You can find pros and cons on most ccp’s. The point is to find a comfortable weapon that you can use at a moment’s notice. Seriously consider these 2 points. If you are nervous about the weapon it will fail or take to long to pull. If you are confident the caliber does not matter if you can put effective rounds on target. Most people don’t carry because they think they have to carry a large caliber. Shooting any caliber effectively is always the best option. Yes, I prefer my 1911 45 but I am a veteran and I shoot regularly. Arm more people within their comfort zone and even a 22 becomes effective. Being shot by any caliber puts you down. Yeah on drugs etc then you need a big caliber but again the point is to have anybody cleared for a CCW to have and use effectively.

        1. Difficult to find a good CCW option here in Arizona. The heat makes it difficult to conceal a gun. Ankle holster is probably the best option but that limits the size of gun. Certainly not an option for my 1911. If you have to fire your CCW the caliber is less important than your ability to combat shoot and put multiple rounds in center mass as rapidly as possible at relatively short distances. That ability should dictate the choice of firearm.

          1. When I absolutely have to conceal, I carry my SP101, IWB, and it works fairly well.

            Fortunately, I mostly do open carry, with the SP or a 1911.

            And that works fine too.

            Greetings from south-east Tucson!

          2. Think about a SmartCarry. You can wear it with a pair of shorts and no t-shirt, or a suit and coat (when you want to take your coat off later). Very comfortable. 1-second flash quick draws are out, but you can carry a decent size gun, an extra mag anywhere you go, wearing anything. In the summer, my most used holster by far. And it’s cheap.

      3. You, my friend are my kind of instructor! I’ve carried a S&W Mod. 60 as a backup gun for years along with my Glock 19. It takes a LOT of practice to be proficient with a 2″ barreled lightweight revolver. Practice most people are not willing to put in.

      4. On a heavy gun they also be missing on repeat shots or will drop the thing where the thug will pick it up to use on them. Its best to start off on lighter gun for self defense. Most self defense shootings are in the under three to six foot range.

      5. Love my revolvers , when I want to have fun with the boys at a steel plate shoot, I use my 2 inch model 10, nice and easy to shoot 158 gr round nose. this moves the competition up a bit ,

    4. I wish you guys would start mentioning the 10mm Auto round. It is superior to the. 40 & .45 and if more demand was placed on the market the rounds would be cheaper.

      My G29 Clock is a 10mm and also handles .40 rounds flawlessly. I wouldn’t trade it for anything and I would put it up against any intruder or animal in time of need.

        1. The S&W 310 NightGuard was a beast of a revolver for 10mm and .40.
          All of the NG were pretty sweet, just pick your caliber.

    5. They are all good pistols however some people cant afford a good pistol . I myself was once there , in a pinch a pistol with a frame made out of pot metal well get the deed done . I own a few high end semi auto,s now you all may laugh at me but the gun i carry 90% of the time is a Russian Makarov 9X18 that i got at a gun show for $110.00 new around 18 wears ago , i put the barrel in the watch pocket of my jeans and the grip under my belt and can wear a tee shirt and ride my motorcycle and no one can see it . I live it Texas and it is to hot to wear all the holsters and clothing to cover the gun . FYI i have run over 500 rounds through it with no jam up’s but it well jam on the 2nd or 3rd shot with hollow points it works best with cheap Russian ammo FMJ

      Russian Makarov 9X18

      1. great gun,,whats all the fuss? anything is better than nothing,personally I have several guns and carry a different one on diferent occasions, Is one better than another??? I would say depend on yourself and your skill ,rather than your macho ,mine bigger than yours..Makarov ,a great choise

    6. I carried my Colt Detective Special .38 as a back up for 25 years as a Deputy Sheriff in the SF Bay area, Now retired I carry it as my concealed carry,loaded with.38+p.

      I have total confidence in the little guy and dont leave home without it.

      Colt Detective Special .38

      1. Glad to see some others agree with my choice. I do love the Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel 135-gr ammo (not +P, too strong for regular use in the Det. Spcl), but I never feel outgunned when carrying the lil snubby.

      2. I’ve got the Colt Det. Spl. (stainless steel) now for 30 years, still looks as good as new and is always where it needs to be.

      3. Wow is that pretty. I’d carry that every day just so I could take it out and fondle it. Yeah, I know, this isn’t a beauty contest were talking about self defense. There, I said it before anyone else did.

      1. Speaking of ugly, I have heard and read so much about the RIA M200 with the 4″ barrel that I bought one. After getting broke in and found the right ammo, as ugly as it is, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It’s no S&W, but it would take care of business if needed. Take a look.

    7. WELL, the title of the article is best concealed carry REVOLVERS. While I suppose the autoloaders listed by the non-readers/non-comprehenders are decent enough weapons, they just don’t belong in a write up about REVOLVERS.

      1. These guys putting in their opinion on autos are driving me up the wall. This site is about revolvers. REVOLVERS! Period! If you talk autos, I immediately dismiss you as really not worth reading. Concentrate. REVOLVERS!

    8. The Judge? Really? That gun is a gimmick, plain and simple. 410 is a crappy self defense round, and you can get a more concealable gun that shoots 45colt. Unless you are hunting snakes, it’s all gimmick.

      1. Huh? .410 crappy? It just so happens that rather than listening to crappy opinions, I have shot one of those. Many times. Try Winchester self defense load. Three .410 slugs plus 16 BB’s. Per shot. At 10 yards the spread was 6 inches for everything. And you get 5 shots. You trying to convince people that 15 slugs in 3-4 seconds is somehow weak and dainty? My only conclusion is that you are an alien newly arrived in this universe and aren’t aware yet of our particular laws of physics. I suggest some grade school physics courses to help. Still not convinced? Hornady Leverevolution .45 Colt at 960 fps and 460 ft.lbs. Real world science calls that an Owwee! Even more cool is the awesome scary flash. And I like to keep secret that because it’s subsonic it is less loud and more of a slow punch rather than a sharp recoil.

        1. Waddya expect from a Judge Basher who thinks ballistics is a type of gymnastics. If someone shot him in the kohones with 4 .36 cal. rounds, he’d speak kinda high then.

      2. The Judge is a “point defense” gun … period. It’s not for shooting skeet, it’s not for target shooting or “cowboy action” drills, it’s not for shooting the kidnapper 50 yards away that is holding your kid in front of him. It’s meant to defend YOU, at close range (0 – 15 feet, feet .. .not yards) where 99.99% of defensive shootings take place.

        When firing shot (of any kind) it has limited range. GOOD! All that lead has my name on it … I don’t want 9mm or 45acp rounds skipping down the street through the neighborhood. If my stuff is “spent” at 50 yards that is ok, ’cause I’m not shooting near that far!

        Also, somehow it just strikes me that an expanding CONE of projectiles has a much better chance of getting a HIT than a single. Do I suggest you use bird shot for a defensive round. NO. That is what buckshot and the purpose loaded defensive rounds are for. However, if a bad guy took a face full of #6 while he was trying to carjack me, do you -really- think he would continue? (actually it’s ok if he does, ’cause I still have 3 rounds of buckshot for him with a 45 Colt “chaser”).

        And yes … with a nice big pocket on your cargo pants you CAN pocket carry a Judge. I do it all the time.

        1. People remember the Judges can use 45 long colt in addition to the .410. You load it as follows 410 gauge, 45 LC, 410 gauge 45 Lc, 410 guage or vice versa. That way you got something for up close and a round for someone further away. Guess what you can get 410 rounds that got a a slug with some buck or some nice little nasty metal disks that are like being hit with a mid size bullet but there is four of them.

      3. I dunno, I have never shot .410 out of mine, but good .45 Colt handloads are amazingly accurate with my 6 inch barrel. After I did a trigger job on it, it shoots like a finely tuned S&W.

    9. I have a 357 mag, .38sp+p but only as backup.

      A crook once told me about HK’s. He’s a thief and a little nutcase but I got myself an HK45C anyhow.
      That’s my carry. Mostly. You gotta shoot the others too or they get lonely! 🙂

    10. Good article – except I agree more with the poster who says those guns are TOO LIGHT for most people (i.e., people who do not practice every week). The 4″ bbl S&W Model 10 is an EXCELLENT choice, as is the Ruger GP100 or Security Six.

      1. +1 on the Security Six. Also, Speed Six & Service Six. Mine’s a 2 3/4″ barrel in .357… fits in my pocket with a DeSantis Nemesis pocket holster. Built like a tank, and you can take it apart with a dime. My grandkids will likely find it in good shape and enjoy shooting it as much as I do…

        1. I shot for Expert with the Security Six. It’s an excellent pointer, and if you’re taller or larger than middle-sized, you can hide it on your person without much effort.

          That is part of the CCW equation that’s not been discussed; how easily can you conceal your weapon on *your* person? I’m large and tall; with some thinking, I could probably hide a 3″ Model 29 or Redhawk Alaskan. My daughter? She’s going to go no more than a Detective Special, or thereabouts.

    11. The Ruger SP-101 is the strongest revolver on the list, but if you get the 3.06″ barrel, instead of the 2.25″ barrel, that extra inch can increase velocity up to 300f.p.s. on some factory loads, and you can even shoot the 180 and 200gr. rounds through it and use it for “woods carry”, along with the fact that you can always shoot the more mild .38 special rounds.

    12. I just recently got my carry permit. At the time I applied for it My only gun I owned was Colt Trooper MKIII with 4 inch barrel it is basically a family heirloom start as my papaws gun in 1976 then before he passed away he gave it to my father. Then about year ago he passed it on to me. So We would go to shooting ranges alot. I new the Colt was built like a tank. I have no Idea how many rounds has been shot with it but it still shoots as if it was brand new has never had single problem. When I got my permit I thought long and hard but decided to keep the Colt at home in safe not in fear it would let me down I just thought I would like to give it to my kid one day. Since I was used to 357 Magnums & Colt doesnt make them anymore which is a real shame. I did some research & decided to go with Ruger GP100 357 with the 3inch barrel. I didn’t want to go with snubnose & thought 3 inch would be easier to conceal than 4 inch Ruger. In my opinion I think I made right choice. It great shooting gun & is very easily concealable. It can be worn in many different ways & no one can tell its there. Even the people who knows I carry always ask do you have it on you now cause you can’t tell. That’s just my 2 cents on the subject and people just have to find what’s best for them cause everyone is different. Opinions are like but holes everyone has one.

      1. Your choice of the GP100 3in. 357/38sp is wise. I also researched the carry revolver and found the Ruger to be the perfect fit for me.

    13. I HAVE THE RUGER LCR .38+p. It’s. Something I had to get use to taking it to the range on a weekly basis. It’s. A light weight gun and as others said its not as easy to hit the mark. It can be a bit snappy on the recoil for the beginner like myself when I first got it about a year ago. Now I’m so use to it. It’s my everyday carry. It’s. Easy to carry and has just enough pounch to do the job. And around $600 new it’s not going to brake the bank. The ammo is not to bad price at around $1.75 to $2.00 a round for some mid self-defense hollow points. Another thing to think about when buying a gun is the ammo. How hard is it going to be to find it? And how much is it going to cost per round? Unlike the 9mm rounds that is like finding free oil and at $3 + a round. I Can find the 38+p about anywhere!

      1. I carry a LCR 357, use 38’s for practice, I have really found this pistol to have the all round power, size, and weight to do the job, and fits right in my pocket or hidden holster easily. I do practice with it,weekly and can hit the target , call it a snub nose call it what you want, I just like it, it feels good , shoots good, thats all that really matters to me.

    14. I totally agree with Doug, who mentioned the Glock 29 in 10mm. It is an extremely underrated pistol and round. I also have an after market drop in barrel so the Glock 29 can also fire the .40 cal. One gun but two different cartridges is a big plus. Much like the .357 that can fire the .38 special.

    15. My favorite wheelgun for all-season carry is a S&W Model 649 stainless Bodyguard. The “humpback” profile is not as popular as the 640/642 Centennial but it does allow single-action shooting if you ever need it. At 23 oz it’s not a lightweight and that steel mass helps considerably when using .357 ammo.

      I’ll join others in saying “The Judge” — or any 410/.45 combo — is not a good choice. Even with the .45 round, with the size of those guns you’d be better off carrying a 6-shot K-frame S&W or Ruger.

    16. I have to agree that the Ruger SP101 is a very good gun, especially for those who cannot rack the slides on an auto. I prefer to carry a 9mm, because I have a bad shoulder injury. I had to move away from larger calibers. Right now I carry a Taurus PT111 Millennium Pro Gen 2, the newest version of that series, for everyday use. The 12 + 1 capacity is not too bad to have with you. It has eaten every round I have fed it without a problem and has shown itself to be accurate enough for its intended role. Because of my shoulder injuries, I have to use a belt holster. I cannot reach as far back as I use to be able to do. I had to adjust because of it. I wear my shirt untucked to cover it.
      Sometimes I have to tuck my shirt in. If I do, I either carry my S&W Shield, an excellent pistol, or my Ruger LC9 in my front pocket.

    17. I have a pair of S&W Model 13 3″ HB round butt .357s, a S&W Model 66 2 1/2″ .357, and a Model 60 .38 Special. All serve their purpose, and if I’m not carrying my Colt 1911A1 Compact, I’ll carry one (or more) of the above wheel guns. All are great shooters, and pack enough punch for any reasonably anticipated threat. Throw in a couple of HKS speedloaders, and you’re good to go.

    18. Somewhere in my head I’ve always had a little more confidence in a revolver than a semi-auto. I still enjoy shooting my S&W .357,but I carry my Colt New Agent .45ACP everyday !

    19. Love my 8-3/8 Raging bull for carry in Alaska . Good thing no permit concealed , open carry and we don’t have stoopid unconstitutional imprint laws. 250 grain HP at 1500fps normally I shoot at 40 yards open sights . Shoulder holster for the grab. Colt Anaconda 8 inch would be 2nd choice.
      Alaska being what it is , we woods carry, fishing gun , city carry , backup when main firearm fails.
      So one can say to the wife but I require big firearm for woods , a water resistant finish one , plus one small but packing a punch . Of course you blame her for having to buy the 357 LCR to your friends and are breaking it in.
      $3k later got all the pistols you wanted , all the ammo and reloading equipment because its cheaper to reload and both are happy because you bought her a little .357 she loves to shoot.

    20. For ccw/up close and personal, I’ll take a Charter Arms Bulldog .44 over all of ’em every day of the week. Why? .44 caliber holes with less blast and flash. Light weight, compact revolver.

      1. Copy that on the Charter Arms .44 Special Bulldog. Have carried one for over 25 years. Has a Crimson Trace laser sight.

        1. I too was wondering why the CA Bulldog didn’t make the list…I guessed availability. I’ve always heard it was a great choice. I’ve personally only ever owned two revolvers. A Taurus Mod 85 for a short time; originally purchased for my then-wife, and a Ruger Super RH 9.5″ bought for hog hunting. I always thought if I ever bought another wheel gun it would be a bulldog if I could find one. Or possibly a tried and true speed/security/service six. I suppose I’m just old school…or possibly just old.

    21. Charter 44Spl 3″ ! I had one of those for a long time. Sold it to a relative for what a good holster costs today.But, I had a S&W M60 .38 for waking hours. I Like autos, and a reliable .45 ACP with Lots of mags is what I’d want at hand if I knew trouble was coming, (still have such) but, I retired it when I did, I picked an SP101 .357 to replace it. No regrets. I’ve read many opinions that such pieces are only for those willing to put in time practicing with it. No argument. Keep your eyes open, and be ready to shift focus to your sights.

    22. The Ruger LCR 38 +P has the best DAO trigger I’ve ever pulled, and I shoot the COR-BON POW’R Ball 100gr. or COR-BON JHP 125gr.

      One day, I’d like to it with Buffalo Bore 158gr .38 Semi-WadCutters +P in a soft nose hollow-point. I heard they are like low-power .357’s.

      Ruger LCR-LG 38 Spl+P Revolver with Crimson Trace Lasergrips

      1. I have a 9mm S&W 640. It’s accurate, noisy and has a brutal recoil even with Pachmayr grips. I much prefer my 5 shot, 3 inch, 44 Spl Rossi. At 23 oz this hammerless Model 720 fits & feels good in my pants pocket. It’s getting hard to find 44 Spl ammo. Both guns shoot to point of aim at 15 yards.

    23. I carried a 1911 for many years and switched over to a .41 mag. Best move I ever made. For a back-up piece, I carried an AMT “Back-up” semi-auto in .45 acp cal.
      I live and breath by the saying, “You can never have too much gun when your life is at stake.”

    24. I carry for 44 years now. We all started with revolvers back in the 70’s because that’s all there were, unless you wanted to lug around a 2 1/2 lb gun, like a Govt model 45.
      Now they are a poor choice, a single stack 9mm is the only way to go for any defensive carry. Unless you can shoot a 45 well, then pick up an XDS. The 357 is an amazing penetration round, but not for new shooters, or the unskilled. It will go through 3 people and the wall, if you miss your target.
      You also won’t get a follow up shot, unless you are a revolver person, the kick will knock you so far off target, it will get you killed.

    25. I alternate between my Ruger SP101 (.357mag) and my S&W Bodyguard (.38 Spec)for my carry piece but sometimes I use my SigSaur 938 (9mm)
      but all three are good concealed carry firearms.

    26. N frame S&W model 24 in 44 spec. 3″ barrel with Hornady Critical Defense. Live in Minnesota, people are not the only threat.

      1. I had a chance to pick the best of two Very Special Lew Horton 3″ model 24’s, but I bought the Model 57 6″ .41 Mag instead. I have kicked myself many, many times since for NOT buying BOTH the .41 mag And the Lew Horton 3″ .44 special.

    27. No matter WHAT you carry, you must practice with it regularly! A great shot with a 22 WMR is much better than a poor shot with a .357,9mm,10mm,.44 or a hand grenade. IMHO only. Try this; put a 6 inch “shoot n see” Birchwood -Casey target on a regular sheet target, place it at 20 feet, and practice until you keep your rounds within the 6 inch bulls eye. If you can do that firing 1 to 2 rounds per second, you’ll have a good start.

    28. Anybody must admit that the S&W line of 640,442,642 &340 are just about the best. Nothing to snag, no hammer to get in the way, and the airweight is light enough to put in a front pocket.But I also give honorable mention to Colt for the Detective special.

      1. or, the S&W Governor. It’s a S&W, reliable, and it will do everything a Taurus will do, better, and last longer.
        For carry, “Why Not” a S&W 686+, 2 1/2′. The faint of heart could practice with wad cutters, work his or her way up to some soft .38’s, then some lightweight .357’s.

      2. Ditto on Taurus 605. Just picked up one recently. Bobbed the hammer for less snag on the draw. Wolff springs lightened the trigger pull so that double action is just fine. Versatility on ammo: 38, 38 +P, 357. The lightweight makes 357 lively and the 2″ barrel sucks a lot of energy out of the 357 as well. 38 +P probably best compromise between power and accuracy.

    29. I carry the S&W 638 38+p. It has a laser sight, but that is not really needed. I use jhp ammo, as it is an up close and personal defense gun. In home I sue larger caliber semi auto’s and a shotgun. But for ease of carry and bang for the busk, I prefer the S&W airlight…

    30. With a revolver you never have to worry about jams and with speed loaders you can reload and fire almost as fast as with a pistol.

    31. Since acquiring my Oregon Concealed Carry permit back round 1993 or ’94 I carried, and still own today, a late 1970’s vintage Smith and Wesson Model 15 (K-Frame) .38 Special Combat Masterpiece revolver with 4″ barrel.

      Actually I purchased this same Model 15 new back in February 1980. In October 2008 I acquired a Smith and Wesson (K-Frame) Model 66 “stainless” .357 Combat Magnum revolver with 4″ barrel of the same vintage as the Model 15. The Model 15 and 66 are designated Mod. 15-4 and 66-1 respectively, indicating 1977-1981 manufacture vintage. Also, the pre-1982 pinned barrel and counter shrunk chambers (Model 66). Granted these are both obviously too large and heavy for maximum personal concealment, especially during the summer months.

      They are primarily holster duty sidearms, which were both popular with American law enforcement in decades past. However, for carrying holstered inside a vehicle stashed inside the glove box, or carried beneath a coat or heavy jacket in colder weather, they have no equal. I feel totally protected and covered by my Model 15 and 66.

    32. A good list except for the Taurus which I also consider to be a gimmick, and to bulky for concealed carry. I admit to being biased about Taurus because the only unreliable revolver I ever owned (not for long) was a Taurus. The hammerless version of the SP101 and the S&W snubbies are the best. Crimson Trace grips are a must for me. I like their soft rubber grips, but some prefer the hard plasticversion that is less likely to hang up in your pocket. I don’t own one of the plastic Rugers, but that is only because of the several SP101’s and S&W snubbies I own. I love the LCR trigger. When I grab a revolver, I don’t need to think of how to release a safety or anything beyond pull the trigger.

      1. I own and regularly shoot my Ruger SP101 3″ .357mag, but I also own the hammerless Taurus M85. I replaced the springs in the Taurus with the Wolff spring kit and it went from a difficult trigger to smooth as hot butter. It has a surprisingly mild recoil with .38 special, and pretty accurate up to about 10 yards. Makes a great backup piece.

    33. Good list and agree on the SP101, but have used the Ruger Security Six in .357/.38 for years…few years ago went and got a Taurus 605 SS and added CTC laser, it is right on and small enough to conceal and sufficient weight to handle recoil…you can put 5 for 5 into a six inch plate in 5 seconds at 7 yards…except for the Taurus Judge…would agree to the list…but you must practice…not just standup shooting, but getting it out of the holster, presentation, firing, and followup…the bad guy is not going to let you get into your stance and get ready to shoot…

    34. I would like to purchase the hammer less Taurus Ultralight or hammer less SMITH & WESSON AIRLITE. Also jacked hallow point bullets. Not crap..name brand Federal Hydra-Shok, Remington Golden Sabar, Speer Gold dot or Winchester Silvertip. What ever you’re running a special on.
      Please let me know how soon this can be completed. Text#18472096889. Call me Jan. I’m eager to hear from you.

    35. I’ve carried a S&W Model 19 2 1/2 inch barrel 357 for over more years than I can remember. At 25 yards it shoots better than I do and because I use it for everything I can put 6 rounds in a hole the size of a quarter at 15 yards in a couple of seconds. At 25 yards I have to slow down to stay in a tight group. But still comfortable and secure. Because of Marine Corps in Vietnam I also have a 45 that will hit a 25 yard target with one hole or so close to one the paper separating the hole is torn. Both guns are just very good shooting guns and the 45 is easier to conceal in hot weather. But the point I’m trying to make is carry what you can shoot and hit what you intend to hit. Just read a report of a shooting where police stopped a bad guy in a residential area and he came out shooting. Over 250 rounds fired by police and the bad guy gave up when he ran out of ammo. No one hit any body they were shooting at. Another about a year old street person took an officers gun away from him. The partner and the bad guy were about eight feet apart and bith emptied their high capacity mags before street person ran off no body got shot in that one either. Both cases innocent bystanders were in much more danger than bad guys. Old school was to learn to shoot what you carry. Yes if gun does not carry comfortable you tend to leave it so you want it to be comfortable but if it’s on nightstand and you are at store at least the bystanders will be safe

    36. Having read most of the comments, I find little mention on the ,327 magnum. Not having killed anyone with either of my .327’s, I know not how they would preform in human flesh. But I really like packing my Charter Arms .327….!!!

      Charter Arms Patriot .327 Federal Four-Inch Revolver

      1. Not familiar with the Charter 327, but what about the S&W 327 which is a .357 snubbie with 8 rounds? I think the S&W 627 (pro shop) is also an 8 rounder. Why 8? Because it’s more than 6, that’s why.

    37. I carry my S&W 340PD AirLite in my front pocket, or in a small belt holster, but I now also want a 2 1/2″ or 3″ 686 plus, as 7 is better than 5 shot, not to mention, more velocity and better accuracy for me, especially at longer distance. And I can carry both if I want..

    38. I think you missed a very good conceal carry revolver. That’s the Chiapa Rhino 38/357. No snag design flat sided cylinder nice sights hard to beat in my book. My second runner up is the Smith Air Weight in 38.

      1. Also incredibly accurate due to the unique under barrel. Very accurate. You have to have the proper grip one handed or two handed or the chamber outgassing will get you. Wish they were still making the Mateaba Autorevolver.

    39. The Crimson Trace grips have the laser too low so that when your finger is on the side of the firearm next to the trigger, where it should be until you actually pull the trigger, it blocks the laser. The S&W M&P Bodyguard (J frame) with the integral laser (mounted up high above your fingers) makes for a very good CCW revolver. It shoots 38 +P and has no hammer to catch on clothing.

    40. I carry a Taurus .327 2 1/4in. and I think it’s very easy to carry. No one is making this caliper in da/sa carry size anymore and what I love about it is you can shoot all the .32 cal. except the .32 acp. It’s very similar to a .357 in power with much less recoil and you can fire 4 different cartridges. I hope one of the manufactures bring this back I would love to have 4in.

    41. For concealed carry, I personally prefer my 18″ Uberti Buntline Special. I have given it a walnut-grained finish and a pair of engraved silver grips. Unless you examine it closely, it looks like a gentleman’s walking stick. I’m only a bit over 5 feet tall and walk with a limp, so no one suspects I’m armed to the teeth with six rounds of .45 Colt. Now if I could just figure out how to come up with a speedloader . . . . .

    42. I have a S&W Model 19 2 and half Combat Magnum. Loaded up with a United Nations Load – Double Tap 200 grain, Cor-Bon, Buffalo Bore and Hornady Critical Defense loads.

    43. Bottom line is that is doesn’t matter if you have a 45 acp, a judge with 410 rounds or a 357 or 38 sp., if the person carrying the firearm won’t go out and become proficient with it and actually practice it does do them any good, and just provides them with a false sense of security. I would rather some one carry a 22 lr if they can shoot well with it then give them something that they either won’t shoot, or have difficulty hitting the target with. I have shot a lot of different firearms and like most of the calibers above, but after shooting some of the ultra light guns like a ruger LCR in the .357 I have serious reservations about selling one to some one who is not a serious shooter.
      The gun must fit the person. I won’t go so far as to say one caliber is better than another, but that if the shooter is good with it and will carry it leave them alone. Let them decide what the application is and what they are comfortable with.

      I like big bores, but that some of the air weights are a hand full with full bore loads for most people. I know there are exceptions to every rule, and that usually comes with a lot of shooting experience. It shoots well and I carry it often because of the weight, but I also practice a lot and know what to expect when the trigger drops. Unfortunately one size does not fit all in the firearms world, and that is one reason why there are so many selections. If they can’t handle it get them something that they will shoot and shoot often enough to be good with. Look at the application and how the gun will be carried to make a good choice.

      All of the guns mentioned are good choices for the right person, but not for everyone that is making a choice..

    44. I just wanted the say this was hilarious to read… and I agree with and love the LCR 38+P! I ALSO love my G30 but I did’nt just mention that, blahahahaha.

    45. I own, but seldom carry, a S&W 638 and a 642. They are a real handful, but in a stress fire situation, I suppose the felt recoil will be zero. I also own 2 SP-101’s, both in .357 Mag and the shorter (2-1/4″ barrel). I discarded the factory grips, and put Hogue monogrips on them. It makes those Ruger’s feel like a completely different gun. I also junked the “ribber” grips on the Smith’s and put Ajax black pearlite grips on them. Much better purchase on the guns. As a professional instructor, often teaching “newbies”, I try to steer them to revolvers light enough to carry, but heavy enough to tame recoil. I’m staying on point with revolvers. Let me know if you open a thread on semi-autos.

    46. I proudly own and shoot a Smith and Wesson Model 60 for the past nearly 20 years and has never failed me in any aspect. It remains a tack hammer, although, over 5K rounds have been fired, it is as tight and accurate today as when It was purchased.

    47. I have carried for 20 years a S & S Model 649 with a Hogue rubber grip and can’t imagine anything better, even if it weighs a couple of ounces more.,

    48. I carry the predecessor to the Ruger SP101, a four inch Security Six in .357 Magnum with Eagle grips that I bought way back when, when I signed on as a reserve deputy sheriff. I started preferring revolvers over Semi-autos when I was aircrew on helicopters in the Marines The M1911’s they were issuing were loose and inaccurate. I had the choice of the M1911 or a .38 revolver as a side arm. The .38 did much better on the range with no malfunctions, and was much more accurate. Today, I carry my Sec Six in a Galco paddle holster, cross draw, since I’m currently wearing a back brace due to a motor vehicle accident. I carry two speed loaders. On the range, I can deliver eighteen well placed shots in under fifteen seconds.

    49. i dont carry a revolver, but if i did it would be my s&w 686 cs1, a little on the heavy side but the smoothest action and best shooting revolver i have ever owned, including a colt python, which also is a great gun. a person should be able to hit the target with the gun they are carrying, even if its just a 22 , if you cant hit the target then you have no business carrying.

    50. I carry my pocket revolvers in my right front jeans pocket..it is either a 638 Airweight of a 642 Airweight..both rated .38+P..both are snag-free..and light enough that you can forget you have it…with loose firing jeans virtually unnoticeable to others..

      1. The jeans better not be Wrangler! Front pockets too short! I carry a Charter Arms .44 Spl Bulldog Pug with the factory bobbed hammer )(still available by special order, I believe) in a pocket holster in my Levis, and it has never been noticed.

    51. I have carried a NAA Mini Revolver in .22 WMR (1 5/8″ barrel) for a quarter of a century. Don’t laugh – it isn’t your daddy’s .22 WMR anymore. Ammunition design has made great leaps forward in just the last few years. Hornady, Federal, Winchester, and others now offer loads specifically tailored for use in mini revolvers. They provide thousand feet per second velocities out of very short barrels, twelve inches plus of penetration, and assured expansion even through multiple layers of denim. Special powder formulation reduces muzzle flash to protect your night vision. Neat stuff. Performance not far from .32 or .380 auto. Most important, this little fire-breathing dragon goes with everything you’re wearing, or not wearing, year ’round. Disappears in your pocket. No rig, no special belt, and you can tuck in your shirt. The mini revolver requires absolutely no accommodation on your part – you need never leave home without it. Rule #1 – Have a gun. BTW, NAA makes a superb product, beautifully crafted from stainless steel, guaranteed for life and all at a reasonable price. The 5-5-5-5 drill is easy. (5 rounds in a 5 ” circle at 5 yards in 5 seconds.) You do not want to be hit with multiple rounds of Hornady Critical Defense .22 WMR.

      NAA Mini Revolver

      1. A neat everywhere carry gun, but I suggest changing grips to those of the NAA Mini-Master grips. Still very concealable, and much easier to accurately shoot.

    52. Just a thought: several women friends, and my wife, too, cannot pull the trigger or cock the hammer on the Ruger SP-101. I have owned one, but sold it – hated the trigger. Bought an 8 shot S&W Performance Center M627 in .357.

      The Ruger is just too hard to operate for some people with weak or small hands. Plus, many of my friends are scared of the recoil from a .357 magnum round.

      Not a gun you would want to start someone unused to firearms on. I carry either my HK USP Expert in .45 ACP with 12 +1, and two more 12 rd. mags, or the S&W above, and for back up I carry the easy to rack, light gas operated recoil Walther CCP, or a M65 Taurus (5 shot revolver).

      S&W Performance Center M627 Revolver

    53. Revolver have been around for a long time there dependable accurate. No slide to rack or malfunctions. I have shot light weight to full Side N frame SW. For CCW I like the Ruger SP 101 cannot be beat not too heavy to carrie in the new 327 maximum get job done ! With less blast. Easy stay on target

    54. What happened to the S & W Mod 36? It can be loaded to do real harm, yet the recoil is light enough no to imitate and allows a rapid follow up shot.

    55. Anyone who say j frames are not, or can not be shot accurately has little credibility. The steel guns in 60 and 640 configurations weigh 22.6 and 23 oz respectively and are pleasant to shoot with lighter 38 loads and most can shoot them very rapidly and accurately into the B27 10 in rapid fire in +p. I can shoot the corbon or win 110grn 357very quickly and accurately. I do prefer 38+p for the reload since the shortened case can be fed as quickly as a magazine. The 357 takes a jiggle or shake at times. While both the LCR and PC 642 do sting with the +Ps they are both tack drivers at 13 and 15 oz. They carry easily and are very fast into action. For the beginer get the 60 range and when advanced ad an airweight. Most need nothing more. I was at a local match this weekend and was smoking the wonder nine and 1911 shooters with a 1927 1905 4th change with 158 grn leads. Truth be told, most officers would be better served with 10s 64s 67s and the new 66.

    56. My wife took my Charter Arms shamrock green 38spl now(she had a black&gold charter arms 32 H&R mag before) so now when I carry a revolver I take out my Taurus 405 40 S&W and use the moon clips for speed loaders I have 2 405’s 1SS and 1 in black.

      Taurus 405 40 S&W Revolver

    57. I live in the People’s Collective of Maryland and you can’t carry unless you state a “good reason” (not your opinion but that of someone who doesn’t want you to be able to carry) to be granted the ability to protect yourself outside the walls of your home. I wonder what it is like to be like all the people I reads about talking about their favorite “CCW” firearms. I know I can move and will when my grandkids are older but what part of ” shall not be infringed” does Annapolis not understand?

      1. You should be fortunate you dont live in N.J. today democrats are meeting to add more laws & restrictions and tying all in with domestic violence. Reading them it likens to a Dictatorship with no due process along with severe penalties.

        1. You live in the land of the free! Sell your business to a Muslim import and move. What better revenge could you have?

    58. I am highly satisfied with my S&W Model 10 , 2 inch I purchased back in 1972. Always been reliable and a good shooter. Fitted with a pair of Hogue grips and Jay Pee holster.

      Smith & Wesson Model 10 Snub Nose Revolver

    59. I live in the desert and during those 4-5 months of 100+ degree days you don’t feel like wearing anything more than a tank top and shorts on your day off. I prefer the lightest smallest self defense firearms available. The 38+ P is a good happy medium round IMO. I question anyone who says they can shot a snub .357 lightweight revolver accurately for 5 straight rounds.

      1. It’s hard to keep track of advances in ammunition. The 9mm of 30 years ago wasn’t the best, but today it’s almost impossible to distinguish its effects in gelatin from a .45. Except it’s way easier for average people to carry and to shoot. The same thing has happened with .38spl. The modern round, especially in +P, is way superior compared to 30 years ago. And you can shoot it well, compared to a .357 magnum. One gun writer says the .357 is only useful for handgun hunting now. I wouldn’t know, but I have every confidence with .38spl ammunition.

    60. S&W Model 60 with Hogue rubber grips (wood grips are for termites). Stainless steel construction means no rust when you sweat in the summer. Lightweight, reliable, easy to maintain.

    61. I’m a big guy 6’5″ 240lb I carry a Kimber TLE
      and when it’s cold and i have a jacket I carry Ruger super redhawk Alaskan in .454.

      Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan Revolver In .454

    62. I have a Para Ordnance P10 Warthog,since day one every 5 th or so shot either does not eject the spent shell or jams on reloading the next round.I have replaced the slide and all it`s internal parts and still the same thing.Would polishing the loading ramp on the barrel help?Does anyone know how to do this? I`m at a total loss at this point.I love the gun and it`s dead accurate when shooting correctly but not reliable as a carry gun as is my Glock 26.Any suggestions?I was also thinking of a lighter recoil spring as well to keep the slide opened longer.Please let me know if anyone has any ideas.Thanks Neil

      1. @Neil – There’s a limit to how much you can “down size” the original Browning .45 design before both reliability and the shooter suffer. You’re at that point. Consider getting a ‘Commander’ or ‘Officers Model’ sized gun.

        1. I finally fixed the jamming problem in my Para Warthog.I checked the barrel link as a last resort and sure enough it was very stretched.Almost 1/8 ” of movement.I purchased a 5 link kit from Br_w__iis and punched out my link pin.It was so stretched I could not believe it.I replaced the link and used one ,in the kit ,a little tight on the barrel lugs.After a slight bit of filing it was perfect..Now after 900+ rounds not a single jam.As told by tech support at one of the top 1911 manufacturers,these links should be replaced in all 1911 guns after every 5000 rounds or so when jamming starts ti occur.This little part sustains the most abuse of any other part in the gun.So contrary to your comment,its not how small a 1911 is it how well maintained it kept As always stay safe.

    63. Because I can carry it concealed in jeans or even shorts, I carry the tiny NAA 5 shot palm size revolver in 22mag.
      I can easily put 5 in a 6in. circle at 10yds. I guarantee you that in close quarters it has plenty of stopping power. I have several compact pistols in .380, 9mm, etc… that I sometimes carry in winter with heavier clothes but more often than not I leave them behind because of the size and weight. Bottom line is a gun is useless if you leave it more than you carry it, so pick a gun that your comfortable carrying all the time.

    64. A carry gun needs to be something your comfortable carrying, Ie, size weight, holster etc. More impotently you have to be able to hit what your aiming at, repeatedly I used to have a little Bersa Thunder 380, cc model, while it shot nice I couldn’t shoot it worth a flip. I tried my sons Ruger GP100, with .38s and shot Much better then I ever did with the Bersa. So I went to a revolver. Now have a old S&W model 13-3 nickle plated, 4 inch barrel, I can shoot that Much better then I ever shot that little auto. . Yes its bigger and heavier, because it is I can shoot it much better.

      I’d rather work with a little bigger heavier gun,that I can shoot than, a small lightweight gun I can’t the broadside of a barn with. That said, any small gun like the Bersa, or Ruger LCR/LCP should have a laser.
      As for the Airweights,, TOO LIGHT. i picked them up, it was like picking a piece of paper,

      Any gun is only as good as its user.
      Above all Practice, Practice, Practice..

    65. I am most comfortable carrying a rubber band gun all the time. Does that mean it is suitable for self defense? NOPE! Neither is any 22 or 25 caliber firearm. And your carry firearm SHOUD NOT have a laser. When are the batteries going to go dead on your laser? Hint: think Murphy’s Law. Plus, the vast percentage of self defense shootings are within 7 FEET. You don’t need a laser at those close ranges; in fact they slow down your shooting.

    66. I’m surprised that no one has mentioned the Cadillac of CCW wheel guns……Colt Magnum Carry…rare, only made for one year…about 900+/-……..will handle full house .357 ammo…6 rounds…same size as a detective special with a much thicker top strap….really, really accurate…..I’ve carried a gun for almost 50 years now and the little Colt is my favorite….
      They’re expensive…but if you can find one and can spare the money, snap it up !!! They are only going to go up in value just like the Pythons did.

      Colt Magnum Carry Revolver

    67. Yup, that is the Cadillac of CCW guns. The S&W J Frames are just too small for most hands. S&W still makes the next size larger in a snub. Can’t recall the model number but it isn’t cheap either. You must have had your Colt for years. A good used one would be through the roof today.

      1. In talking to a gun dealer just a few days ago, he told me of a new in the box Magnum Carry the the owner was asking $2,500 for. Owner would not take anything less for it as well. Sometimes it is good to have a Pawn Dealer friend that will look for one for you that is in like new condition for a lessor price.

    68. As another person said, I have enjoyed the many comments. THANKS!!! I have picked up a lot of useful information. I have never owned a pistol, but my wife & I are preparing to purchase a couple. I had not seriously considered a .22 until now. From this point forward I will take time to look them over. I was shopping in a couple of gunshops today. I discovered there is lots of difference in trigger pull. We are only considering revolvers. Not near the fuss or muss or worry that comes with semi-autos. What with getting older & struggling with arthritis, we just want to aim and pull! If I don’t stop someone with 5 or 6 rounds, I will probably be gone to heaven anyway!
      The other thing which I had already have been coaxing my wife about is we will need to practice……..continually! She has a tendency to not take a real interest in the long term commitment needed for the peace and comfort returned. I believe in practice!!! The old adage, “Practice makes perfect” is a must with guns.

      1. @ Jerry W. Albin

        I’m glad you are making the commitment to be armed and protect yourselves. Good for you

        If you are decided on a revolver, that’s fine, but I would strongly urge you to at least consider something a little bigger, like a .38 or 9mm revolver. A well designed model is not that difficult or painful to shoot and they give you more punch. If you have your mind made up on a .22, that’s fine too, as they are certainly easy to shoot, which means hopefully your wife will be willing to practice more, but I would recommend taking the next step up to a .22 magnum round. Not really any harder to handle, but more punch.

        But, no matter what you decide on . . be sure to shoot it a lot so that if you ever need to use it you will be confident and comfortable with it so that it becomes instinct when it’s needed. Believe me, I feel naked whenever i am in a situation where i cannot legally carry my weapon. It is like a part of me now.

    69. sw327 pc is a great choice, but expensive. it can handle .357 well enough, but I prefer the .38+p in it. LCR .357 I can only shoot well with .38 special (not even +p), so for me, it is a last resort carry gun. The SP101 3 inch is marginally okay for concealed carry, and can handle whatever you want to shoot thru it. I like the SP101 also for home defense. Some people mentioned .22’s for defense, even .22 mag. Just remember, you have to justify every bullet you shoot at someone and with.22’s, it may be the entire cylinder before the perp even slows down. Bigger caliber bullets tend to stop the threat much faster. So, please think about how long you can handle the threat still coming at you after you have shot him / them with all the bullets you have on hand or are willing to shoot.

      FYI – I am an NRA Life Member and have almost 50 years’ experience with guns. Good luck to you all.

    70. I carry Ruger LCR 357 in a Santis Quick draw with S&W stamped 125 sjhp, light accurate deadly, all I need. For lesser level comfortable with Norma 38 spl +P 125 sjhp, dont hurt the ears so bad, but makes a good size hole in almost anything..

    71. With all the terrorism going on these days in our country I put my Para Warthog to rest.I am now carrying my Rugar 44 Alaskan.It`s a bit bulky but inside an over shirt very easy to hide.G-D help anyone that comes against this.Out of the box, quite a bit of recoil but after having the barrel ported by a master gunsmith it`s very easy to handle.I also used a Wolff spring kit and installed Meprolight night sights as welll as Ruger custom compact grips.As a back up I carry a Beretta 950 Jetfire in a shoot through pocket holster. It`s loaded with Hornady hollow points,the only co.that makes them in .25cal.As with any guns practice is a MUST.You cant stop evil if you cannot hit your target.As always stay safe and be on target.

    72. It may have been listed somewhere on here. But I have carried 357 bulldog as a backup for years. It has never let me down and handles very well. I a have shot some hot 357’s out of it and sill handles well.

    73. I owned an SP101 357 mag for years. I loved shooting 38 +P loads from Corbon. It was one of the finest revolvers of that size I have ever fired. I don’t have big hands and so it was perfect fit for me. Easy to conceal in your vehicle or on your person. It was stolen out of my house and I never recovered it. My wife has a Lady Smith 357 mag 5 shot that is almost identical in feel. Maybe a tad heavier and bulkier but about the same size. It is a great CC revolver. Only drawback is that you only have 5 chances to state your case should you be confronted so you’d better be very accurate.

      Ruger SP101 357 Magnum revolver with 4.2

    74. In reply to Jerry W. Albin: Encourage your wife to check out a woman’s shooting organization, such as The Well Armed Woman. She can look it up online and find a chapter near her. Very worthwhile for women to learn in a comfortable environment and to practice what was taught. Men, please don’t get all huffy when I say this, but women learn differently than men and often need the support from other women who understand this. If you and your wife are serious about taking up firearms for protection, it is imperative that both of you be safe, confident and spend time practicing. This particular organization was a life changer for me and I know there are probably others out there, but I needed one close by. Good luck to both of you in your pursuit of obtaining firearms AND the knowledge and practice that will be vital to successfully carrying and using them for your protection.

    75. The Smith 642 is a sweet revolver and I carried one for years. Now I carry my Colt New Agent 45ACP concealed and open. I just change holsters.

    76. Because of finger surgery I must have a revolver for a small conceal carry. Don’t have a lot of money but need one for my purse that is not too heavy but IF needed I will be ready to do some damage to someone trying to hurt me or my family. Recommendations? I see S&W 642 Power Shot, Ruger LCR-LG 38 Spl +P, A & W M & P 340, Ruger SP101 357 mag 2.25″ , and Taurus Judge Public Defender Polymer….please suggest from your experiences. Thank you…I am a women in my mid 60’s.

      1. I would recommend NOT keeping a gun in your purse. The easiest thing to get snatched is a purse and there goes your gun.

    77. Revolvers are still a very viable choice for self defense, and your list is excellent. Both Ruger and S&W are among the best revolvers out there for the price, and Taurus is coming up fast. My wife and I love our guns and got three new pistols for Christmas, but I told her our next gun will be a nice Ruger revolver.

    78. 627 Smith….check it out..best..I don’t know how else to say it….357..8 shot..ported…trigger breaks like champagne
      glass..tuned in pro shop…..drop a grand or so..well spent

    79. And NOW, Kimber has just joined the fray with the K6s. (tried to paste a photo here but it didn’t take)
      So, all y’all can shortly reboot this thread ; ‘ >

    80. Never have had any issues from my Charter Arms 44 special.
      That caliber is a good deterrent to any would be assailant.

    81. I’m looking for a Colt Trooper mark III, 6”. Sold mine 10 years ago. STUPID !!!!!. That was the best revolver I have ever owned. They are accurate, powerful, and just plain beautiful!

      Colt Trooper mark III Revolver

    82. I was not aware the Sp101 38 caliber could fire the 357. I believe they make a 357 caliber in that gun but did not know you could fire a 357 through the 38. Vice a Versa, perhaps. Please clarify.

    83. Personally I carry the Ruger 4.6 inch 44 magnum Super Blackhawk. However I want to purchase and carry
      the Alaskan 2.5 44 magnum Super Redhawk for easier concealment.
      What are your thoughts on the Super Redhawk Alaskan 44 mag. for a carry?

    84. Bob, I have one of those. Bought mine when I was in college, at a time that I financially should not have. Glad that I hung on to it for all the reasons that you mentioned.
      Have you tried gunbroker.com? Or a better alternative is the Wanamacher gun show in Tulsa?

    85. Wild Bill. from the Deadliest Catch?
      Yes I did look on Gunbroker. Way out of my price range. Guess I should be thankful I have a Ruger GP 100. It’s a great 357.

      1. The Imp of DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM says:

        I hear it’s nice but that’s a big freaking pistol. Not exactly ideal for conceal carry.

    86. The Colt 45 Cal. Stainless Steel Officer’s Model, has been my carry weapon of choice, for many years. The 45 Cal. has been a tried and true caliber, on the battlefield, throughout the years. It’s replacement the 9 mm, doesn’t have the stopping power, the 45Cal. does. I would agree,the revolver for most folks, is an excellent choice.
      When it comes to preference: The revolver in 44 Spcl. and 41, are my all time favorites. These 3 calibers mentioned are easy to reload, and comfortable to shoot.I have benched both the 44 Spcl and the 41 on a 100 yard range, and found both to be extremely accurate.

    87. No, the .357 cannot be shot through the.38; however, the .38 caliber can be shot through the .357 gun. The guns are designed to handle the continuous shooting. The .357 caliber is a larger handgun and can handle the more powerful ammo such as, .357, .38, .38+. That is also why the .357 caliber is usually heavier.

    88. I know a couple of Rugers have already been mentioned, but I would like to add that the GP100 .357 3in. is a awesome carry firearm, and one of my favorites.

    89. Pick a gun from a “good reputation maker.” S&W, Ruger, Colt. 3427, 38 Special, 357, even an L frame S&W 69 44 Magnum [with performance 44 Specials or a 45 ACP revolver.
      The average person, including hoodlums knows about half a dozen guns by sight… silver or chrome, black, blue steel, 45 Automatic [1911] and Thompson. Modern people same except everything longer than 18 inches is an AK47.
      Hoodlums are not afraid of any particular gun, They might flee an Airsoft or have to be shot with a 45 ACP or 12 gauge to get their attention through the drugs and alcohol.
      Pick a caliber, load and gun that you can shoot accurately and rapidly. Carry two speedloaders. A laser is also a weapon which will “stun” their eyes without actually blinding them. The laser should be automatic like Crimson Trace, no switches to think about. You concentrate on the threat [target] and point, the laser will show you where you are pointing, you don’t chase the laser. [cats love to chase a laser]

    90. Interesting, For the last two days I have been researching in depth the Taurus Judge and it’s many variations and comparing them with the Smith and Wesson Governor. I see the story above suggests the polymer frame. I will have to pass on that. I realize it is a weight issue so with that solely in mind I have to recommend the Governor with the lighter Scandium alloy frame. Of course there is the cost difference! So you have to weigh the pros and cons.
      Judge 5 rounds
      410, 45 Long Colt
      any combination of the above
      23.2 oz
      2.06 inch barrel
      7.7 inches
      Governor 6 rounds
      410, 45 long colt and 45LCP (with speed loading clips)
      many more combinations because of the above
      29.5oz.
      2.5 inch barrel
      8.5 inches

      You be the “judge”. . . .

    91. I really like the looks of the Ruger SP-101 in 2.25 inch. I like the ability to carry .357 in a smaller revolver. I have carried a S&W Model 60 for many millions of miles in over 35 years.

    92. Have truck load of revolvers, from 22 to 500 Smith. Have two truck loads semi autos. Partial to 45ACP. Ruger 101 is great carry gun. 357 is stiff for practice but in self defense, will not notice. One thing I may have missed on the posts is about ported guns. NEVER carry a ported firearm for defense. I have several, and flash is blinding in low light and dangerous to shooter in some positions. Bullet selection for season is necessary no matter the round. Practice, practice, and more practice is absolutely necessary.

    93. I carry a RUGER SP101 2.25″ barrel 357 magnum daily loaded with 125 grain Winchester PDX1 357 magnum rounds, and trust me it’s got some ass behind it. It’s more than enough power for almost anything that may pose a threat to you or your loved ones. Support the NRA and the second amendment. I would rather be judged by twelve than carried by six. And remember gun control means using both hands. Be smart and carry on.

    94. I carry the S&W airweight 38 special.Great little gun,very accurate and fits easily in my jeans pocket.I love the large caliber revolvers but this is a great pocket gun.

    95. I’d like to find the new concealed hand gun that folds up the size of a cell phone just about, I carry a 357 Ruger but would like something smaller for the heck of it. Just wonder if GunTv will have one for sale. I do not know the name of the small hand gun, ???

      1. I think you are referring to this: http://idealconceal.com

        Ideal Conceal out of MN makes it. I don’t think it’s available yet but maybe a preorder or something. It’s just under $400 and has two .380 auto barrels. Pretty slick looking. Like a open-concealed derringer.

    96. I carry any one of my three 1911 including a 5″ 10mm Rock Island. my other two are comander size. a Ruger in 45acp and another Rock island commander size in 22TCM. this gives me a vaporizing 45gr. SPHP moving 2000 fps + from a 4.1/4″ tube. Plus for under $800 I get two handguns in one with the 22TCM accompanied with a 9mm tube and recoil spring. The 9 gives the affordable target barrel while the others are all hard hitting rounds. The 22TCM is a micro magnum rivaling the FN5.7 but the TCM is currently only available in the SPHP round robbing the round of potential penetration.

      I use the 10mm for close up deer hunts in heavier brush locations around my area of farm country northern Michigan. My SR1911 is my first I bought for myself. I by Ruger rifles and their quality is amongst the best so I wanted my first 1911 to be the SR1911 and it is. Mostly I went 45acp in the 1911 platform because the 1911 45acp is what I earned my cross pistols in the Marines with; an old US Navy stamped Colt that was older than I back then.

      If I were to suggest one of my three 1911 to a new shooter I would go with the “Micro Magnum” this round is “NOT” a necked down 9mm. It is in fact according to Rock Island; a shortened 223, watch the live interview at shot show.

    97. I carry a Italian FIE .38 cal .It shoots just fine,and my theory is, if I have to shoot a criminal with it,the police are going to confiscate it,probably never to be seen again ! As far as I am concerned,they can have the $68 P.O.S. Here in Milwaukee,two people are still waiting years to get their top shelf guns back after the shootings were deemed legitimate . Another guy in West Allis WI. had his unlawfully confiscated Springfield 1911 vandalized and deliberately banged up and sprayed with orange traffic paint ,after a judge ordered the police to return it ! I see a lot of guys on here bragging about the heirloom quality guns they carry ! Think about it !

    98. I agree and thank you for the update on what’s out there.
      I guess my next pocket pistol will have to be the new Ruger 7-shot 357mag that weighs under 17oz.
      I’ll also have to wait for it to be invented, then sold to public.
      I’ll not buy the other 6 & 7 shots produced (not even the new 7-S&W) because they weigh too damn much!
      Ruger 15oz 357mag is listed at top of this list for a good reason and with the right loads, shoots real similar in kick & bullseyes as the snubby 38spl.

      Now to address those manufacturers of slacks … guys, consider putting a belt loop over each side pocket! What are you thinking? Pocket weight (be it keys, wallet, tools or concealed gun) need this loop and you’re too cheap to provide one? Yes, I mean you Dockers, Hager, et al.

    99. I started carrying a revolver in NYC at 22 yrs old. I was a business owner and one of the few that actually got a carry permit. I built a 5 store business, and carried for 22 yrs, I started with a DS, and after that a Model 60 S&W. We carried revolvers then because they were the only small gun powerful enough to do the job.
      When the Auto Pistol finally was made small enough to conceal and Hi-Capacity magazines came into the picture, everyone I knew, switched to a Glock or a S&W 39, then 59, “before the Glock”. The idea of carrying a gun for protection, is to get the smallest gun, with the most bullets possible, in your possession.
      Unless you are a LEO, and can wear a OWB holster with all the crap necessary to survive a shoot out. Six rounds are just not enough in the year 2016. 50% of all shots fired are misses, “FBI statistics”, and those guys shoot well, I shot against them, and you can make jokes about LEO’s not knowing how to shoot all day, but you would be wrong. So if you are left with 3 rounds of 38 special that hit the target, that just may stop 1 guy, maybe. What if there are 2 or 3 guys. That’s why Hi-Capacity mags were invented, because people were running out of ammo in real gunfights, Most here have never been in a real gunfight, ask someone who actual has, and see if they would choose to carry 5 rounds or 15 rounds after. You should carry enough ammo to last you until you stop the threat, otherwise the threat is going to walk up to you and shoot you while you try to reload that bean shooter you brought to a gunfight. and you will be shaking so much that those speed loaders are going to end up all over the floor, right before you do.
      No one who knows what really can happen during a shootout, brings a 5 round revolver, it’s just not smart, if it was we would still be carrying them, instead of having to carry all this stuff.
      I don’t plan on being popular here but honest. This has gotten out of hand with the gun industry becoming like the Fashion industry, “what can we make them buy this year”. Maybe a cute little revolver, with 5 rounds and make it shiny and small so they can stick it in their pocket.

    100. my wife and I have been carrying a Taurus Mod 606 dbl act. only hammerless in 357 for years. hers is factory ported in blue mine is nickel plated. both have 2″ barrels. at the range @ 15yrds we still keep 6 rds. inside the 8 on sils. on rapid fire and 1 speed loader 7.3 sec is my best and @ 65yrs that’s pretty I think. The wife does it in 8.7 but she 51 and needs a couple of years more practice to catch up.

    101. I have read all the statements and reply’s and just like the number of choices everyone wants to make there’s the best and they pump what they like best. Here’s a fact the gun you have is they best if you know how to use it and over the 50 plus years of carrying many different calibers and having to use them (retired LEO ) I would never slam anyone’s choice until I find out they forget placement and how to use. I carry and conceal a full size pistol and I also have 2 backups on me always. It always astounds me how people try to belittle others for the choice they make, my rule is and always will be “shoot what you carry and carry what you shoot and the same goes for ammo. Also carry at home 100% of home invasions happen when your at home, be safe.

    102. “As a frame of reference, I am a large caliber bigot. I make no apologies for it. Before this gun, I only thought there were 4 common calibers worth buying a handgun in: .40 S&W, .45 ACP, .357 Magnum, and .44 Magnum.”

      With due respect for the author, and other handgun owners, I am amazed at the above quote from the author. How is it so many law enforcement agencies issue 9mm semi-autos? Where is the .380 in the mix. LCP, for example, is an incredibly popular C/C weapon – due to its compact size, ability to conceal, AND it’s firepower.

      It is disappointing, seeing published writers/reviewers focused on bias (his own words) v. objective commentary using objective data. I am quite comfortable with my PPS and LCP as C/C and house gun. My primary instructor, a 32 year DOJ official and 20+ year certified firearms instructor, was a principal source of my decision-making information.

      To each their own, I suppose. With that said, I prefer to use hard data v. bias. People visit websites for information and assistance. Assistance needs to be factual and objective.

    103. I just completed my concealed carry class with a Ruger 380. As I am becoming more accurate I was interested in possibly moving to a 9mm. I have very small hands and I have looked at a Sig 9mm that fits my hand. Any comments would be appreciated as I have only had a personal gun since September. Thank you, Kentucky Lady

      1. First, congratulations. My first gun was a SIG P239 in 9mm, and I believe this is a great caliber for several reasons. You may well find that with a heavier SIG that “snap” and “bite” you experience with a .380 pretty much goes away. No matter what pistol I own (I have several), I put $20 Hogue rubber fingergrips on them; they all shoot like butter, right up to my SIG P220 .45. Have fun! (And remember the SIG will probably require new gun handling techniques if you buy a DA/SA pistol).

      2. I got my wife the Ruger LCR 38+P revolver with the Crimson Trace Lasergrips. She broke her left wrist in 8 places and is to weak to chamber an auto pistol. It has an easy trigger pull and the laser sight comes on when you grip the handle of the gun. She does not (under the stress of being in the process of shooting someone) have to remember to turn on the laser sight or to take the gun off ‘safety’. Just pick it up, grip it and pull the trigger.

    104. For self defense, I do not look for an extended shootout. Five should be enough, just don’t miss. My concealed is a North American Arms singe action mini-revolver, with the .22 LR and .22 mag cylinders and a Laser-Lyte Laser Sight. The laser sight is switched on with the thumb during the cocking action. I carry the mag cylinder with hollow point ammo and realize reloading under fire is out of the question. A very safe gun to carry, the hammer is down in a slot between the shells and can only fire if you cock it. It has a custom made holster that fits the gun and sight combined, and the holster fits in my front pocket very easy, completely out of sight. Also, the revolver, out of the holster, can be hidden in the palm of your hand holding it there with your thumb. The .22 LR and .22 Short models are even smaller. The .22 Short is so small you cannot put the laser sight on it. Reloading does take some time, having to remove and replace the cylinder.

    105. I carry a five shot revolver cause it chambers snake shot well…more rattlesnakes than hoodlums around these parts.

    106. I still don’t see anything that makes me want to give up my Charter Arms Bull Dog. 5 rounds of Hornaday Critical Defense with 2 Speed Strips is plenty for me.

    107. Problem with most of these revolvers is long trigger pull and rcoil especially in 38 + P and certainly in 357 Mag. Without training and PRACTICE none of these firearms are very good at all. Concealibg the Taurus on body is really tough to do. Good for a home or auto go to gun though. I own most of these firearms abd shoot them well. My wife is an accomplished shooter and has issues with rcoil and trigger pull but can manage both. Did I mention that just this past WEEK she shot 200 rounds through her carry firearm. It is a Glock 42 loaded with self defense hollow points. I can still out shoot her but I have to try. Retired U.S. Marine & NRA Instructor.

    108. If the pistol is too big or too heavy it is less likely to be carried. Yes, .357 is way more powerful than .38 special +P, BUT the firearm to handle it needs to be heavier. .38 special +P will do the job and do it well. I carry a small S&W Centenial, 15.5 ounces loaded with aluminum cased hollow points. In a Gould and Goodrich IWB holster and wearing a polo shirt it’s comfortable and does not “print”. The thing is, something bigger or heavier might just stay at home, and that more powerful or higher capacity pistol would be useless when needed most. Yes, I am aware of the Scandium S&W pistols that CAN shoot .357 and still be light. I’m just not made of money!

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