The Five Best Concealed Carry Revolvers

By Tred Law

Ruger SP101 357 Mag, 2.25" w/Compact Lasergrips
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 Top Five Revolver 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 caviot. A .38 Special in +P can be had in ballistics close to a slow .357 Magnum. Make that two caviots, 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 caviot, 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.

S&W M&P 340 Revolver
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:
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 your 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 Top 5 Concealed Carry Handguns .

  • 119 thoughts on “The 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.

    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.

      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 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. 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. 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. 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.

      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.

      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. 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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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! :)

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    11. 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.

    12. 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.

    13. 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.

    14. 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.

    15. 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.

    16. 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.

    17. 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.

    18. 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.

    19. 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 !

    20. 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.

    21. 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.

    22. 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.

    23. 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.

    24. 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.”

    25. 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.

    26. 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.

    27. 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.

    28. 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.

    29. 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.

    30. 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…

    31. 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.

    32. 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.

    33. 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.

    34. 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…

    35. 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.

    36. 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

    37. 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….!!!

      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.

    38. 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..

    39. 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.

    40. 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.

    41. 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.

    42. 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 . . . . .

    43. 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.

    44. 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..

    45. 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.

    46. 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.

    47. 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.

    48. 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.,

    49. 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.

    50. 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.

    51. 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.

    52. 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.

      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.

    53. 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).

    54. 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

    55. 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.

    56. 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.

    57. 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

    58. 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?

    59. 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.

    60. 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.

    61. 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.

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