Five Best Concealed Carry Revolvers

Author Tred Law
Gun writer, Tred Law lists his picks of the five best concealed carry revolvers for everyday carry & self defense.

Five Best Concealed Carry Revolvers
When drawing a Concealed Carry Revolver you likely want one of theses five best CCW Revolvers.
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Manasquan, NJ –-( 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.

As a firearms instructor I am asked all the time by my students, “What is the best concealed carry revolvers?”

My top five picks for the best concealed carry revolvers for reliable self defense include the five following wheelguns:

  • Ruger SP101 357 Mag, 2.25″ Revolver
  • Smith & Wesson 642 Handgun 38 Special Revolver
  • Ruger LCR-LG 38 Spl+P Revolver with Crimson Trace Lasergrips
  • S&W M&P 340 Revolver
  • Taurus Judge Public Defender Polymer Revolver

Ruger SP101 357 Mag, 2.25″ Revolver:

Ruger SP101 357 Mag, 2.25" Revolver
Ruger SP101 357 Mag, 2.25″ Revolver

The Ruger SP101 357 Mag, 2.25″ Revolver fitted with the Crimson Trace LG-111 Defender Series Lasergrips are designed to put the shooter on target quickly and accurately. The Ruger SP101 has a spurless hammer for a 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 Handgun 38 Special Revolver:

Smith & Wesson 642 Handgun 38 Special Revolver
Smith & Wesson 642 Handgun 38 Special Revolver

The Smith & Wesson 642 Handgun 38 Special Revolver is a lightweight alloy 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.

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 Revolver .357 with Crimson Trace Lasergrips:

Ruger LCR Revolver .357 with Crimson Trace Lasergrips
Ruger LCR Revolver .357 with Crimson Trace Lasergrips

When Ruger designed the groundbreaking polymer-framed Ruger LCR Revolver in .357, it did so with the intention of Crimson Trace Lasergrips compatibility and availability right out of the gates. The addition of the Lasergrips greatly enhances the defensive capability of the lightweight LCR revolver 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 self defense investment you can make.

S&W M&P 340 Revolver:

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

The S&W M&P 340 Revolver is a 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 Polymer Revolver:

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

Last but not least, on our list of the best concealed carry revolvers, check out the revolutionary new Taurus Judge Public Defender Polymer Revolver. 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)


Concealed Carry Revolvers Capacity / Price Comparison Chart:

Revolver Capacity Price
Ruger SP101 357 Mag 2.25″ Revolver 5 Shot MSRP $719.00
Smith & Wesson 642 Handgun 38 Special Revolver 5 Shot MSRP $469.00
Ruger LCR Revolver .357 with Crimson Trace Lasergrips 5 Shot MSRP $649.99
S&W M&P 340 Revolver 5 Shot MSRP $869.00
Taurus Judge Public Defender Polymer Revolver 5 Shot MSRP $514.47

Short and sweet huh? These are my top five Go-to-Guns for concealed carry revolvers if you're looking for ultra reliable, easily concealable wheelsguns 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 related article of the Best Handgun For Concealed Carry .

AmmoLand Editor Comments:  This article was updated to reflect changes in product improvements / availability on 07/12/2017.

  • 340 thoughts on “Five Best Concealed Carry Revolvers

    1. I respect the writer’s knowledge but before I go to using a 357 magnum in a house or on the street there are some drawbacks first being a 357 is over kill because if you miss the errant round is very likely going through a wall which may have a horrific out come on an innocent bystander possibly being a family member or friend. As for on the street I have personally seen a 357 round go a city block passing through 1 house & stopping by embedding the projectile in the refrigerator door of a 2nd house. I have personally used a Colt Double Action 6 shot 38 caliber Detective Special in a confrontation & though it is a basic Meat & Potatoes firearm it has some advantages especially for a new or inexperienced shooter. From previous experience instructing firearms safety & use I have seen with S&W many shooters both new & old push of the cylinder release for what they consider a more stable grip but when enough pressure is placed of the release lever it will freeze up the system causing the gun to not fire. As for the Taurus though I am sure they make a nice gun it does not compare to a Colt, S&W or the Ruger & as for it being a 45 caliber you go back to the problem of where the round will go if you miss your target where as a 38 caliber normally does not carry as far a 357 or 45 that is why so many city Police Dept. used a 38 until about the early 1990 to late 1990’s & went to the semi-automatic 9 mm. Also don’t get me wrong I have used, carried, or used at the range all the afore mentioned firearms & my opinion is just like any opinion but my actual working experience is different & like most gun people I want what is best for the shooter whether they be Big or Small, New or Old, Male or Female each shooter will have a personal fit for the gun they pick.

    2. As to which firearms you should carry concealed, it’s a matter of your physique, preference and practice, practice, practice. If you’re a “Wee slip of a Lass”, Dirty Harry’s 6″ barreled S&W .44 Magnum Model 29 is most likely not an option. Likewise, if you’re a ham-fisted 350+ lb linebacker, a Raven in .25 ACP would be difficult, if not impossible to handle quickly and accurately in a stressful, life or death situation. Tailor your carry gear, clothing and mode(s) to suit your particulars, not someone else’s. Remember this too, as Robert Ruark famously noted: “Use Enough Gun”. Meaning one in a large and effective enough caliber that it has the best chance of stopping your assailant. As another wag also noted: “It does you no good if your assailant dies 20 minutes after he kills you”.

      1. Is there a Mod 29 44mag in a sub barrel ; -) …

        What would some of yall’s opinion be for a Good Round not yet used in Revolvers. That would you like to see? ..
        I think a type of 357 sig or 10 mm used in a Revolver would or could be a decent idea.. if made right, and I havent seen that but id like to someday.

      2. Yes use enough gun, good advice, what we need to remember is that in the majority of self defense cases you will be in very close proximity if not in actual contact with your attacker, it is also important that you can point shoot without the need of sights or even the laser sight that is so popular today. I can tell you from personal experience that point shooting is the key as you wont have time to acquire a sight picture or even look for the laser dot, just saying, and I agree with most of your post, well done.

    3. S&W 638. 38+P, 5 rounds, lightweight snubbie
      Short stub of a hammer for when you have time to cock it for single action, flawless DA for when you’re in a hurry…

      My first carry gun , originally suggested after a conversation with an S&W rep at a very large gun show. I vried a bunch of others but keep coming back.

      Of course, tucked away elsewhere is an LCP with appropriate ammunition for stoppers.

      1. I have been carrying a .38 colt detective special sense the early 80’s, when I was transferred to investigations, have carried it for years and still do in retirement, never has it failed me, I guess these semi auto’s are good but Ive been a wheel guy for so long I don’t see me changing anytime soon.
        It does my heart good to see that others are as smitten by these revolvers as I am, guess I am not the dinosoar I thought I was.

        1. @Mac, I hear you. I love the snub nose concept. I am not quite as happy with the snub nose results.

    4. I have a .22 magnum SA/DA 8 shot snubby and a .38+p SA/DA 5 shot snubby. I have carried both with ease with OWB holster shirt covered both well ( no outline showing). I live in New Orleans and most encounters in my neighborhood involve 2 to 5 attackers. my question is more shots or more power?

    5. Well…
      My Taurus revolver is a lil heavy for all day carry, but i try here at home on occasion and late at night it is a great go. But i carry a Keltec PF9 with ah 8+1 mag extention from keltech, ive No issues though some have with PF9s.
      And on occasion my lil friend Ruger 380 LCP has been great..
      Ive no issues trusting any weapon if need. Or if at home if i must i wouldnt hesitate using my 22LR squirrel rifle, or HR single shot 12

    6. Many say 380 is “enough” except trained gun store employees, some compete & teach.
      Well so is a 22LR to temple if so could be arranged w/cooperation.

      Consider a heavy weight boxer’s punch over 500ft-lb energy doesn’t always knock his opponent out unless hitting “rich right” and how long those matches can go (or short … in exceptions).
      Those smarter than me indicate 500 is minimum for personal defense against humans and 800 min, for hunting or PD from wild animals while hiking/camping.

      Now consider the guns above such as LCR357 w/ideal Lucky Gunner Labs PD ammo = 440ft-lb muzzle energy
      then 380’s ~175ft-lb …. mmmmm

      Not wanting to herty our hand when fighting for your life might mean a heavier gun to mitigate perceived recoil.

      1. Go to the lucky gunner tests and look at all of the .380 ammo that they have tested. There are several that meet the requirements of the FBI for defense purposes. They have the 12″ of penetration and also retain bullet weight along with very good mushrooming. Any caliber that you choose will need the correct ammo for the job you use it for. I wouldn’t try to use .380 in a long distance shootout with somebody but in an up close run in with a person trying to harm you it will get the job done. Not a lot of folks are going to take six or seven rounds of personal defense ammo from a .380 and walk away from it. I carry a bodyguard .380 all the time because it is small enough that I can drop it in my pocket and nobody can see it. I use a 9mm for my primary but it is just too large to take some places that I go. I feel very safe with my bodyguard. I looked at all of the ammo that lucky gunner tested and chose the Sig Sauer hollow points. I have tested it in my gun and it will shoot it without any problems. A lot of semiautos are temperamental about hollow point ammo. Anybody should always test their carry weapon and the ammo that they are going to use in it.

    7. I believe the Taurus Spectrum 380 is going to change the discussion very soon. I do not own one but it was tested by a variety of shooters. And you can hide it anywhere! 380 is plenty for defense,

    8. The author mentions the .327 Federal Magnum a couple of times in the SP 101 portion of the article but, the article was written in 2012. I just LOVE the .327 Fed Mag as it’s bad%ss round. Ruger markets it in the LCR (6 rounds instead of 5) as well as the SP 101 (again 6 rounds). I’ve got both with the SP 101 being in the 3 in barrel model. Talk about a sweet shooter. And the versatility of either one in being able to feed not only .327 Fed Mag but .32 H&R Mag, .32 S&W Long, .32 S&W, and in a pinch .32 ACP although there can be some speedy extraction issues with the latter. Still, a pretty nifty trick but the queen bee is the .327 Fed Mag which is quite a stinger!

      1. I also like the 327 fed over the 357. a sp101 3″ performs right up there with the lighter bullet weight 357 and you have an extra round, plus you can plink and practice with all those rounds you listed. Excellent choice for EDC. Haven’t tried it in the LCR but again you get 6 rds and the 357 LCR is manageable in defensive situations.


    9. I love the snub nose revolver as either a prima or backup weapon. My current revolver is the Kimber K6s 357. It is a few ounces lighter than the Detective Special and will handle any 38 Special or 357 magnum round. I have fired several rounds in each caliber and find that the WW 110 JHP and the WW PDX 1, 125 rounds do not have to much recoil for me to get accurate and fast double taps. I carried a revolver for approximately 10 years as an LEO and never felt out gunned until we started have gang robbers, and homicides.

    10. I have a Charter Arms 38… 5 shot with a crimson laser that is at least 25 years old. (not the laser) Two years ago a 400 pound black bear began to tear down my my sliding back door. I was dead asleep until he entered my kitchen. The dogs were barking like hell when I finally awoke. This is what is never talked about. When you wake up from a hard sleep you are at best “muddled” When you hear all this commotion you are confused. The LAST thing you need is to have to think about where your weapon is or, is there a round in the chamber? do I need to rack a round? I had the 38 under my pillow, grabbed it as I got up. I never saw the laser as I began to pull the trigger. I was scared shitless as I emptied the little revolver into the bear. I fell as the bear fell. I was crawling back to the bedroom to get a speed loader before I realized the bear was down and the dogs were having a ball tearing at the carcass. Moral is, you need a gun that you trust.

    11. If you want over 1,000 ft./sec in your 38 Special with less recoil than your + P load AND a GREAT round for Home Defense, I would suggest the PolyCase ARX round. Once you hit the “Perp”, in even an upper body shot, he/she most likely will be taken to the Morgue, instead of the Hospital !

    12. The recoil of a semi-auto pistol is increased by the slide. A Revolver recoils only from the bullet and powder impulse. An aluminum light weight revolver is easier to carry but will recoil a greater amount with the same ammo.
      38 Special 125 grain JHP short barrel loads do not have excessive recoil but are effective.
      A 357 Magnum will be all steel and thus recoil less when used with 38 Special.
      A proper rubber grip such as Pachmayr or Houge will reduce strain on your joints.

      1. Right you are Jim, however the double muzzle blast from a .357 in a revolver is a factor in perceived recoil, and when it comes to recoil it’s the perception of it that makes people flinch when firing. There are two blasts and flashes with any revolver and I have seen novice shooters react to the increased flash and loudness of a revolver more so than with a semi-auto pistol. I’m surprised no one seems to mention this, but as the projectile jumps from the revolver chamber past the cylinder gap into the forcing cone, there is a pronounced concussive blast. There are videos that have been shot at high frame rates where you can see the flash and then the muzzle blast. Some people notice this more than others, and anyone can be trained to adapt to it, but for most people going with a semi-auto pistol is what they choose. Like in all things there are trade-offs, What you lose in total reliability of function by going semiauto, you make up for in capacity and ease of use. The low bore axis of a semi-auto pistol also reduced perceived recoil makes it more attractive to inexperienced shooters, but a revolver is more reliable in stressful situations.

        Your point of rubber grips is a good one for recoil sensitive persons. It also provides a more secure grip during firing.

        One advantage of revolvers is that many can shoot multiple calibers, which is another way to deal with too much recoil.

        If you’ve ever watched Magnum Force, Clint Eastwood’s character Inspector Harry Callahan told the character played by David Soul that he used 44 specials in that model 29 instead of .44 magnum because it allowed him faster follow up shots. I’m not saying Clint is recoil averse, but he made a good point that one should use the power level one can manage instead of the full power rounds – it’s easier on the weapon and accurate shot placement is much enhanced with lower power ammunition.

    13. I have a healed rotator cuff, but when I put pressure it does hurt so I need a concealed gun that doesn’t have too much of a kick what do you recommend?

      1. They do make a .9mm in a Revolver now days. I always refrain from suggesting a revolver to people unless you have a lot of Control of keeping your shooting finger completely away from the Trigger. They have no safety’s and I know a lot of people think that it is not necessary to have a Safety but it is until you have absolute finger control. I have been shooting for over 50 years now and still love a safety.. Be Careful in what ever you choose. Safety is always of the utmost.

        1. Trigger finger control is equally important on a revolver or semi-auto rifle or pistol. A double action only revolver will have an 8-12 pound long trigger pull. If you have a conventional single-double action revolver thumb cocking the hammer should be limited to hunting small game. For self-defense learn how to shoot double action. It can be mastered, it is faster and a double action only revolver will keep some ambitious DA from claiming you shot somebody accidentally because you had it cocked “on a hair trigger.”
          You can justify deliberately shooting someone under the Use of Force Laws. But an accident is always legally open for a lawsuit and maybe a charge of recklessness.

        2. I would use a 38 special. Any 125gr +P load will do. In a J-Frame Revolver the recoil is very manageable if it has some weight to the gun. It shouldn’t mess to much with your rotator cuff.
          If a 125gr 1100 ft/sec=336 ft/lb lead/copper/steel/polymer piece hits a chest or face the negotiation power to leave the scene (if this is still possible) is huge.

          1. Unless you’re using some exotic ammo, you will not get anywhere near 1100 fps from a 38+P. Especially from a snub nose.

      2. Patti, I recommend more research. For example: If you knew someone with lots of different pistols, maybe you could start out by shooting a revolver and a semi auto in .22. Then shoot something in .380. Then shoot something in 9mm or .38 Special.
        But there are lots of other consideration, too. Are you wanting a concealable revolver or concealable semiautomatic? Revolvers seldom jam, and are simple to use, but have few rounds. Semi-autos have lots of rounds, and fast reloads, but if they do jam, you better know what to do.
        Is concealment the most important factor? What is your concealment plan?
        Are you wanting five rounds, six rounds or more than that? Is price important? Is the price of ammunition important?
        If you don’t shoot much, you should go shoot a few different things because people will try to sell you on things that THEY think would be good for you. Gun store clerks will want to sell you the high profit margin stuff. Don’t let them.

        1. Another goooooddddddd comment from you Wild Bill, keep them coming as you are a resource of good information.

          1. @James and Mr Charles, Thank you, thank you very much. Oddly enough, over the years, and contrary to my own advice, I just buy something of everything because they are all fun in their own way! I wonder how things turned out for Patti?

      3. database will sort handguns by recoil ft-lb
        after you rent a few loaners at the gun range to see what feels good
        then find those guns on the recoil list and see what “kicks’ same or less
        keeping an eye out for the largest caliber possible (makes biggest holes)
        you might manage … then make this short list annotated with weight of it to carry.
        Lastly, ref. Lucky Gunner Labs to sort what ammo
        a) makes the biggest hole in “gel” +
        b) penetrates “gel” within FBI standards penetration consistently

        I’m betting you will not select something with ideal power & conceal ability ideal like LCR357 nor Mod.2 45acp
        am betting you will select something like a petite 100# gal might that doesn’t make her “flinch” & miss her targets.
        What such a gal & I found best & most friendly to her one day was Sig380 = P238 ON SALE

      4. Patti if you are open to a Semi Auto look at the Sig P238. It is a .380 Caliber I know some people claim .380 isn’t enough. But I have never seen anyone volunteer to stand in front of one and test their Theory’s. I bought one for my wife in the Rain Bow edition and she loves it. She could not rack the slide on anything else.. She is 77 years old and has Arthritis in her hands. I carry a Kimber Micro .380 as a back up. We have ourselves done extensive testing on the .380 caliber our selves and Winter clothing or not. The Bad Guy will find His self in Big Trouble. Shop placement to the most important thing in self defense you can get shot by a .45 Caliber and still live many have. Shot Placement is key. Practice… Practice…. Practice… and you’ll do fine with what ever you decide.

      5. Patti I have had three shoulder surgeries as a result of several years of powerlifting injuries and I can fire just about any handgun including a 460 S&W revolver ( 18 rounds is my limit as have no problem with that number) but my usual carry is a S&W MP 40 and I have no problem with a hot carry load. While this may be the answer you dislike I would suggest you see a good physical therapist (my daughter is one but that is neither here nor there) and after following their instructions to get increased flexibility start a strength program for your upper body and conditioning programs for your lower body if the strength training for your legs is not to your liking ( your only as good as your weakest link). You don’t need extremely heavy weights but you will probably find yourself challenging yourself if you get a good program and after you see results.
        After 3-4 months start with shooting about 25 of 22 rimfire rounds and work up to about 100 rounds a session in a few weeks. After that do the same with either a 380 or low recoil 9mm.
        I don’t mean to preach but a good exercise routine will probably help more than anything. I don’t know if you take any medication but obviously a good physician would help you there.
        I think you will be surprised how fast you make progress. I am a retired LEO and know three male and two female officers that did this after shoulder surgeries including rotator surgeries and it helped them to get back in the game’
        Best of luck and enjoy the ride.

      6. I would use a 38 special. Any 125gr +P load will do. In a J-Frame Revolver the recoil is very manageable if it has some weight to the gun. It shouldn’t mess to much with your rotator cuff.
        If a 125gr 1100 ft/sec=336 ft/lb lead/copper/steel/polymer piece hits a chest or face the negotiation power to leave the scene (if this is still possible) is huge.

    14. Like the author, I like the .357 Magnum round. I carry one of three revolvers. I have a Dan Wesson .357 Magnum with a 6.5 inch heavy barrel. That gun is an accurate tack driver. And it is so well balanced it is like shooting a .22, with very little kick. I also have a Smith & Wesson 686 Plus with a 6.5 inch barrel. That gun is also a joy to shoot. Finally I have a Taurus model 66, which is almost identical to the Smith & Wesson. It also is fun to shoot, and very accurate. My son has a Smith & Wesson 686 with a 4-inch Barrel. He loves shooting that as well.

    15. I like the .38 cal. S&W 638. You can see the hammer but it won’t snag coming out of concealment. It can be fired single or double action.

    16. MR. DEF………. Perhaps you should consider some type of MENTAL HEALTH assistance… POWDER BURNS on a perp, YOU NEED HELP and soon because you will L O S E if this is your way of defending yourself……….

    17. You should carry what you can shoot well. When in a dire situation there is seldom enough time to look around and see that the area is clear. If you don’t take the shot, you will die for sure. That’s just part of the risk you assume when you carry a gun for decades years, You do the best you can, usually that means hit what you are aiming at. Having had these things happen, it all goes down so fast that it takes a few days to even recall what happened, Let alone if there was someone a half a street away inline with the shot you needed to take or be killed for sure. You can’t see through walls either, when in a house or apartment, it’s best to bring it outside if possible where you don’t have family roaming around the house while bullets are going off.
      The caliber matters a lot les that where the thing goes. When someone pops out with a gun to shoot you, there isn’t too much recon you can do without getting shot in the process

    18. Why not begin a new defense carry gun shopping research with the ammo?
      Then why take opinions, even those from pros when solid testing can be had?

      Then go looking for a handgun that shoots what you prefer … that fits and is friendly to how you do things? … on Genitron where recoil, capacity, prices, weight and ranking as to conceal ability, power, self-defense, etc. are ranked … all except trigger-pull weight.

      More likely to hit bullseye & carry just in case, less likely to screw up under fire & less likely to keep on shopping, trading and searching for IT while piling money time & ammo into something that has depreciated 50% upon purchase.

      1. Good response for the question Bo. These folks did a lot of testing and they give pictures and numbers to back up their research. The .380 caliber has been maligned by a lot of folks but there are three rounds in their tests that give good results. The next thing for her to consider is a gun that is easy for her to use and be comfortable with in her hand. I personally carry a M and P Bodyguard by Smith and Wesson but it has a little bit of a stiff trigger. It has a factory laser on it and that is something else that she might consider on her carry weapon. All she would have to do is place the dot on her target and pull the trigger. It is very good in low light conditions. She could go with the one that is manually turned on or the trigger pressured model. I don’t think that the recoil would bother her too much in a .380. I have arthritis and it doesn’t bother me. The other consideration is could she physically rack the slide on a semi auto. A lot of women have difficulty with that. My wife has had carpal tunnel surgery and she has a problem with it. There are a couple of breech load semiautos made and I think one of them comes in .32 caliber, which is still very iffy for a stopper. I would like to see some company make on of these in .380 or 9mm. It is very easy to work this type of gun.

        1. The petite that was shopping for something less than her 38spl giving her the flinches ended up with a more friendly to use, fire, rack P238 Sig (NEVER the LCP was a consideration due to operation for her tiny weak hands, and gun store already frowning on 380 as a real PD, so no help moving her to even smaller powered guns w/less recoil)

    19. Try carrying a North American single action, 5 shot 22 Mag.. It fits safely in your pocket and can be hidden In the palm of your hand. The 22 Mag. will drop a 500 lb. Hog like a ton of bricks! It will stop a man easier! All this fluff and flourish about powerful bullets just obfuscates the issue. Carry what is sufficient to easily conceal and get the job done. Stop blithering about ballistics and theories!

      1. This North America SA, 22 Mag is great for concealability, lousy for speedy follow up shots, and inferior gun in a moving scenario beyond hugging distance. This gun is great for close up surprises. For defense against knife attacks, multiple fighters, accurate & quick fire beyond 3 feet…I’ll stick with .38+P or better. Innocent life is too precious to rely on some cheap single action mess when there are better options. Even if one loves 22mag, Ruger has a 9 shot snubby! I would hate for Mr. Lovell to need to reload during a fight. While he was mentioning the potential of .22 mag, he didn’t mention the NA reloads like a cheap Saturday night special from 100 years ago…by pulling a pin out from the cylinder, dropping & reloading cases, then reassembling the gun. LOL!

        1. Mr. Gunn, you must not be to versed in the north American arms mini pistols. The one you speak of is only one model of several that the company produces. Look up the sidewinder on their web site. That one is a five shot revolver of .22lr, and comes with a second cylinder in .22mag. When empty, open cylinder, push star ejector, empty. If you want faster, you can opt for the ranger model that breaks down, and drop your empties in a hurry, and use your speed loader to get back loaded fast. Accurate to 3ft, or a hugs distance you say? At my range I use, I can put all five rounds of my sidewinder in the black at ten yards on a basic NRA qualifying target, and still keep it in the chest area at 40-45ft. Saturday night special you say, far from it, but like anything else, do your research before you parrot things from others that don’t have a clue.

          1. Agree with the 22 being used as how many can shoot and hit on the first shoot the target and with fast accurate shots thereafter – you do not need a lot of lead if you place a shot in your target where it hurts – “aim” seems to be never discussed nor where does that missed shot goes to bring a civil lawsuit – we do not live in a void of potential problems for missed shots – check how deep a “22” will penetrate – some 12 inches, three part separation, etc.

    20. Once again not one word about pass through. I concealed carry is a Smith & Wesson model 360 357 Magnum / 38 Special. I loaded with 38 Special 125 grain jacketed hollow point. For the hundreds of articles on how to shoot and aim and favored guns a fraction if that mention bullet passing through the Target and hitting an unintended Target on the other side. I do like the option of the 357 Magnum I do believe however it is too much bullet for self-defense in a populated area. No one discusses selecting an angle of attack with a firearm to assure bystander safety. The 38 Special plus p can pass through a perpetrator seriously if not mortally injury an innocent bystander. The video and still pictures show defending person drawing against a perpetrator at distance. In fact the one in your article shows a perpetrator with it knife. In many jurisdictions there is a duty to retreat before using deadly force. fortunately I live in Colorado and have protection of make my day. Defending yourself should be taught in a way that you do not expose your concealed carry weapon until the last moment assuring powder Burns on the perpetrators dead body at tactical angles.

        1. Agree. The illogical is appalling. Let’s all wait til thd perp is close though to get powder burns? No thank you.

      1. This is what I recommend to all my friends. Also, a conceal carry course, enough range time yo correct major fighting mistakes snd a quick draw class.

    21. EAA Windicator, 2″ snub-nose 6rd. $279.00. Handles all .38 loads, plus the .357mag. Works for me.
      Got the 6.5″ barreled Taurus 5 rd which can use the incerts to fire the .9mm rounds, along with .410/.45lc. It’s all preference, carry whatever revolver you like to use, YOUR CHOICE!!!

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