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 –-(Ammoland.com)- 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.

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Tom

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..

Ive
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Ive

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

Mull
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Mull

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.

Mike
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Mike

Great article and lots of information. Thanks to all of you for sharing your opinions. practice and be safe.

tenring rob
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tenring rob

Police marksmanship has gone way down since the mass adoption of semi auto pistols.

John
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John

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… Read more »

JANICE CHLOPEK
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JANICE CHLOPEK

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.

PineappleWilly
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PineappleWilly

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… Read more »

Florida John
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Florida John

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… Read more »

RichardH
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RichardH

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.

Jeeper
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Jeeper

S&W Model 36 Chiefs Special in .38 S&W Spl. Hard to beat those little firearms.

Glock26
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Glock26

I bought mine from a cop about 40 years ago. Goes bang everytime.

Jim Farmer
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Jim Farmer

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… Read more »

Jamie Clemons
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Jamie Clemons

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.

Ralphie
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Ralphie

watch the YouTube video of Jerry Michulik firing 6 rounds, reloading, and firing 6 again in 3.2 seconds.

Nedinthehead
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Nedinthehead

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…

Steven White
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Steven White

I would list the Taurus M605 to replace the Judge.

muggers
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muggers

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.

Mike Reed
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Mike Reed

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.

John
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John

Caviot should be caveat….

Ken
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Ken

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.

RAYMOND LEON AKE
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RAYMOND LEON AKE

I carry 2,,,back of belt XD 45acp,,pocket 45/410 judge,,better safe than sorry

David
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David

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.

tenringrob
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tenringrob

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

Grey Beard
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Grey Beard

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.

Clark Klein
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Clark Klein

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.

gym
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gym

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… Read more »

USpatriot77
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USpatriot77

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.”

John
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John

Can’t wait to try the 9mm version of the LCR!

BobGuz
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BobGuz

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.

John
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John

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

Bo Stone
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Bo Stone

I agree BUT it’s 357LCR brother is even better
trigger, load choices and even green Crimson laser option w/better grip (tiny bit longer)
What other pocket defense at this comfortable conceal & weight category could do better?
@125gr, recoil ~same as this LCR 38, even w/+Ps ….
Not even the enticing 8-shot 357mags, so they weigh as much as subcompact pistols (easier to reload for some … but maybe not an expert).

Tom
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Tom

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… Read more »

william niles
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william niles

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.

MSgt Ron Hadsall USMC (Ret.)
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MSgt Ron Hadsall USMC (Ret.)

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

Jim
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Jim

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.

Eric
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Eric

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… Read more »

TEX
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TEX

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 !

TSgt B
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TSgt B

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.

fedora1953
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fedora1953

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… Read more »

BillCa
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BillCa

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.

James
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James

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.

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paulplj2002

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… Read more »

tom
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tom

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.

Nate
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Nate

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… Read more »

Bill Nixon
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Bill Nixon

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.

G
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G

the only thing holding a 40sw in a 10mm tube is the extractor

D.S.
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D.S.

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.

Neil
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Neil

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.

Ed
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Ed

+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…

Maskman
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Maskman

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.

Peter Stanford
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Peter Stanford

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! 🙂

Josh
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Josh

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.

Randy
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Randy

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… Read more »

Dave
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Dave

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.

Brett
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Brett

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… Read more »

anonymous
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anonymous

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.

KarVer
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KarVer

Firing a 410, buckshot defence load, you have to account for all the Shot. You hit bad guy, and 3 pellets go off and Hit 2 people. You shot 3 people, harder to account for all the Shot then firing off a Round nose projectile. 45LC is pricy, I would go with a 32cal, 38s, or 357 / 38 revolver. In a court case its better to account for your rounds then a 410 shot unless its just for uae at home and I like my weapons to not be safe Queens. Another option is a like mentioned the 44… Read more »

Terry
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Terry

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.

Frank
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Frank

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.

Bill Doores
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Bill Doores

How true!

carlos broker
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carlos broker

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!

TLE-NC
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TLE-NC

You are correct!

CCW Proponent
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All of these handguns are gorgeous, but for utility, I still prefer my Glock 36. Some say they're ugly, but I wouldn't trade it.

Dale Bruce
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Dale Bruce

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.

mike
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mike

I carry a S&W M36,or a Colt Compact 45ACp,or a Walther PPK 380.All fit a special need.

<img src="http://www.slickguns.com/sites/default/files/coltO7000D.png&quot; alt="Colt Compact 45ACp" />

Doug
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Doug

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.

jd
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jd

Because the story is about revolvers, Doug

dcotton
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dcotton

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.

Mac
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Mac

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.

<img src="http://www.coltautos.com/DA/detectivespecial/DS_Nickel_Insc_788537e.jpg&quot; alt="Colt Detective Special .38" />

JD
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JD

Yes on the det special….but don’t forget the model 60. (The old ones, not the lady Smith’s)

JG
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JG

That piece (almost) looks like its never been shot.

whaddacrock
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whaddacrock

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.

Billy Yank
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Billy Yank

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.

robert
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robert

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.

Terry
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Terry

Beautiful piece! My stainless S&W model 60 (old school one) is polished-out and looks a lot like your Colt.

Bob Long
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Bob Long

quite honestly, that one is too beautiful to shoot. I say that because if you ever do have to use it, it will be THROWN into an evidence bin, it will NOT be climate or humidity controlled, and in a year or two when the case goes to trial and you win, you will have to petition to get it back, expect it to come back with scratches, and rust. I have to say I am envious, take care, and thank you for the beautiful pic

Jimmy the Greek Gree
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Jimmy the Greek Gree

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… Read more »

Bill Butler
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Bill Butler

The topic is “revolvers,” please try to stay on topic.

steve
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steve

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

Greg Tag - Black Kni
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Greg Tag - Black Kni

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… Read more »

Ray Vaselich
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Ray Vaselich

Train with wad cutters. At close range under combat conditions will not notice difference even with airlite and mag loads.

Ed
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Ed

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…

Ever Vigilant
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Ever Vigilant

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

Mikial
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Mikial

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… Read more »

OneHoleBull
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OneHoleBull

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.

Richard
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Richard

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.

Dennis Roberts
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Dennis Roberts

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… Read more »

Randy Molander
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Randy Molander

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.

PavePusher
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PavePusher

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!

Terry-NC
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Terry-NC

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.

Vanns40
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Vanns40

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.

anonymous
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anonymous

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.

Joe
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Joe

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 ,

Jay
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Jay

Hard to believe any version of the Judge made it on that list…and it was a good list until I saw it:)

Bama Bill
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Bama Bill

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… Read more »

Uptown
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Uptown

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.

Don Bailey
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Don Bailey

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.

Franco
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Franco

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.

Guit
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Guit

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.

Saddletramp
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Saddletramp

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

RidgeRunner51
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RidgeRunner51

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.

Brett
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Brett

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

Michael T Brown
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Michael T Brown

Weird. That is EXACTLY what I run too.

Dave
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Dave

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……

anonymous
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anonymous

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… Read more »

Richard
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Richard

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… Read more »

Mockingird
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Mockingird

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.

LibertyRick
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LibertyRick

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?

Thomas Crowley
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Thomas Crowley

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.

Bob G
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Bob G

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… Read more »

CAESAR PURNELL
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CAESAR PURNELL

OUTSTANDING

Jeff
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Jeff

Lame. No .44 snubby. No N-frame like Clint Smith likes. But FOUR .38 bores.

A different Jeff
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A different Jeff

Amen.

Rick Smith
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Rick Smith

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

Gregg Greenwood
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Gregg Greenwood

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. <img src=&quot" alt="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… Read more »

john Carr
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john Carr

I have one and love it.

BillA
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BillA

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… Read more »

Ron
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Ron

Thank you for the information

Thomas roe
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Thomas roe

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.

Thomas roe
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Thomas roe

Make that a model 327 not 321, i have been carrying it for over six years. I’m happy with it.

Thoms
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Thoms

With a j frame mod 36 backup!

CAB
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CAB

That is a body guard style not centennial.

carlos
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carlos

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.

John
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John

Whhat is your thoughts on the 22 mag

Brian M. Federline
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Brian M. Federline

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.

Chuck
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Chuck

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…

Steven
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Steven

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… Read more »

Wyane
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Wyane

That was amazing.

Patrick
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Patrick

Wth are u talking about? He didn’t say they did miss in an actual firefight, he said ought to, you know, like hypothetically. Illiterate or what ?

Dave
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Dave

c’mon Chuck get real….dont nit pic every comment to death 🙂

ruraltexas
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ruraltexas

This article is 4 years old. Time to update it Ammoland.

Newt
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Newt

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… Read more »

Mac
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Mac

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.

Chris
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Chris

I’m not LEO or used guns that much, but, I did go to a range to try basically all the pistols they had available. I tried many autos from Glock to SIG Sauer, I tried the big “Dirty Harry” magnum revolver and I tried some compact .38 special / .357 revolvers. The small revolvers were so much easier and more pleasant to use. They were easier to shoot, more accurate, and just all around made me feel more comfortable and confident to use. I went into the range thinking the Glock would be the cool gun, because of all the… Read more »

harry lime
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harry lime

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… Read more »

Darrell
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Darrell

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.

Jim
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Jim

harry lime: It’s always very nice to have an opinion but why bash another Hand Gun.. They all fire a round of some caliber. I have carried my Taurus judge and I wouldn’t think twice to carry it and shoot it for a defense hand gun.. People that knock other products that in their opinion are a lesser product to me will only end up boasting about the only gun they own like it’s the only Greatest Gun ever made..LOL. want to play gun fighter and I’ll bring my judge to deliver the sentence. LOL.. Only Joking for those of… Read more »

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