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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Antonio Scarpacci
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Antonio Scarpacci

“Taurus” and “best” don’t even live in the same neighborhood but they do live around the corner from “adequate”.
And to the guy who said ” A .357 in less than a 4″ barrel is nothing but noise and flash….. May as well carry a .38″, You need to Google some chrono data. That is a load of crap. The .357 in any barrel length makes an unloved step brother out of a 38 in the same barrel, all day long, every day, period, end of discussion. Be safe out there.

Larry Brickey
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Larry Brickey

We disagree. I have a Magnum Judge, a 9mm and a .380. All work just fine.

Bob Lovell
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Bob Lovell

I carry a North American Arms 22 Mag. It is a real pocket 5 shot revolver. If you believe a 22 Mag is not powerful enough, you haven’t killed much with one. One shot to the head of a 500lb pig and he drops like a stone. I’ve killed deer on the run with a 22 Mag. rifle. It is madness to believe you can carry a large pistol around in Florida when it is hot and humid and you are dressed lightly. If I were carrying in in NYC in a 3 piece business suit, I would carry my… Read more »

Larry Brickey
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Larry Brickey

I have one of these with a laser. Good gun. Only thing that bothers me is the no actual safety.

tim wynne
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tim wynne

Great comments. I carry my NA 22mag folding stock pistol clip everywhere. Its sufficient and never a pain to carry. I read a story on ammoland few months back where a lady in alaska dropped a charging bear with 22 rifle. The big guys stay home but i’ve always got my NA.

USPatriotOne
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USPatriotOne

The Taurus PT 809C 9mm +P (C stands for concealed) 3.5 inch barrel holding 12 to 16 rounds Mags is a much better concealed handgun. Much better choice for CCW than the S&W Shield 9mm. I have fired both many times and the Taurus PT 809C out performed it nearly every time. Cops found out years ago that a .38 with 6 rounds can put you in BIG trouble when you need 7 or more rounds and only have 6…and reloading a revolver when in a fire fight is nearly impossible.

Michael Cantor
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Michael Cantor

Nothing here has convinced me to give up my 9mm S&W shield with +P LE rounds for URBAN environments. Do you guys (and girls) carry all day? In lightweight clothing and have to maintain concealed? Legality matters to the Jury and prosecuting and defense attorneys. I am limited to 10 rounds in CA, well, 10 +1. I can carry my shield with 7,8 or 10 round mags. It is light, accurate, fairly easy to shoot for a small gun. Has been 100% reliable with over 10 different loads including cheap range ammo and over 500 rounds through it. . It’s… Read more »

Michael Cantor
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Michael Cantor

ALSO, a .357 mag in anything less than 4 inch barrel, is just noise and flash. May as well carry a .38 +P in a lighter gun. Look at the ballistics. A 4″ 357 looks cool, but shoot it next to a 6″ version and see the muzzle flash and recoil difference. Shoot a 2 inch in .357 mag and see if that seems like a good idea. Also, remember about the cylinder gap flash of a revolver: This can cut your finger off or burn through many fabrics and other materials. Something to think about.

Larry Brickey
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Larry Brickey

I have a Chiappa 2″ Rhino and I like it. I use a sticky holster.

Jack in NW FL
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Jack in NW FL

I carry S&W mod 65 (K frame) w/ 3 inch barrel when I go revolver. My wife had a air weight 5 shot that was brutal to shoot. One day my wife shot my 65 when we we practicing , had to find her one of her own. The combination of the stainless frame and heavy barrel make these very accurate and balanced in the hand. Her opinion is she would rather carry a heavier gun that she can shoot accurately over a light gun she fears the recoil of. As far as lasers, I used to be laser adverse… Read more »

John A Boyd
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John A Boyd

My wife is left handed. Purchased the left handed Charter Arms Pink Lady for her with exposed hammer. It also is equipped with the Crimson Trace Laser grip. She has gained a lot of confidences shooting it with 38 wad cutters at the range using the laser dot. The little double action gun is perfect for it’s simplicity. She had trouble with the slide on a semi auto because of lack of hand strength at 70 years old. The ability to target practice using single action does not ware out her trigger finger.

Carolyn Gresham
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Carolyn Gresham

Kimber makes a .380 with a very easy slide!

ChuckE
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ChuckE

Laser grips/sights on a defensive gun? Why? Dont waist your money!! Let’s face it, if you are in a gun fight, as a civilian defending yourself or a loved one, you will most likely be within 5-7 feet of your attacker. Additionally, the altercation will most likely move quickly to less than arms length. If a person can not hit a target at that distance a laser is not going to help. It will be extremely difficult to find a laser dot on the target due to the pistol hand moving all over the place during the fight. Get out… Read more »

Adam
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Adam

Most likely, you’ll never need the gun at all. So why bother carrying?
Most likely, if you do need the gun you won’t need to fire a shot. So why even load it?
Most likely, if you do need to shoot you’ll only need to fire 2-3 shots. So why carry spare ammo?

The answer to all these arguments (along with yours) is that we don’t prepare for “most likely”. Personally, I don’t use a laser on my carry gun – but I also don’t assume that point shooting within 10 feet is all I need to know.

ChuckE
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ChuckE

I agree with your point, but I didn’t mean to leave the impression that point shooting is the cure all and that is the only knowledge one needs to know. One should know a variety of fighting moves, gun evasion/offensive techniques, in addition to shooting with both hands, including practice practice practice.The point I am trying to make is… Adding a laser to a J-frame type defensive hand gun is costly and is going to provide very little benefits during a close-in gun fight. If by chance one uses a laser on a J-frame defensive hand gun for a longer… Read more »

Robert Howard
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Robert Howard

You’ve never used a laser before, have you? Target acquisition is dirt simple – you’re not “looking for” the red/green laser dot; it’s there, right in your face. That’s the point – you don’t HAVE to look for it like you do with sights. That’s one of the biggest advantages of lasers over iron sights; you don’t have to aim. Not to mention if you’re ever in a situation where your line of sight is problematic (e.g. behind cover) just reach around and set the dot on target and fire without even having to look down the barrel. There’s no… Read more »

Hardy Spires
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Hardy Spires

I agree with you 100%. I had rather have a laser and not need it than need it and not have it. In low light conditions it makes a lot of difference. The cost of buying a gun with a factory laser is not that much more than the regular price without it. If you add it on after you buy the gun it will cost a lot more. I bought a Smith and Wesson bodyguard 380 recently. It was my first try with a laser but it only cost about $50 to buy the one with the factory laser… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@RH, Everybody should buy what they think that they need, but no one should think that gizmos make up for practice. I notice that laser dots wiggle around a lot in the hands of inexperienced shooters. Shooters that take Rob Lathem’s advice and “learn to hold the gun steady” don’t need a laser or sights, up to certain distances. Buy what ever you think you need, but buy some lessons and dry fire. Everyone likes to win, no one likes to practice.

Jim Macklin
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Jim Macklin

When practicing “dry firing” a laser is a great training aid to show you how much your point of aim wanders and then you can training to hold steady. Also, the laser shows you where you are pointing. Look at something and then low ready, point at that target. Are you on target or 5 feet off. The laser can replace hundreds of dollars worth of ammo, and can be used [with an unloaded gun] anywhere. In your bedroom, the apartment in town, you can learn to always hold te gun the same way, to point accurately and to squeeze… Read more »

Randel Smith
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Randel Smith

I mostly agree but there are reasons not to have one. First if you always practice with one I find I do look for the dot vs just firing in a point and shoot situation. Another is that it will reveal your position If you and trying to hide from an attacker much like tracers can in a fire fight.. This is the reason the military tracers don’t light until about 200 yards.

With all this said I have a crimson Trace on my Ruger SP 101. There are advantages and disadvantages to everything.

Jim Macklin
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Jim Macklin

The Hollywood movie shows the bad guy [usually a prison tard scene] stopping their hostilities when a red dot appears on their chest.
Bad guys are not watching their own chests. Point the laser at their head and eyes. If they don’t stop, pull the trigger. But they will have a hard time attacking when their eyes are temporarily out of service.
A 5mw laser will make them turn away, close their eyes, but it will not cause instantaneous total blindness. But the laser is a weapon used on the eyes.

TLE-NC
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TLE-NC

Odds are you’re knocked down on the ground. Trust me, you’ll wish you had a laser then, esp. if you are trying to shoot the bad guy in a public area while you’re sideways getting kicked.

Syd Tubbs
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Syd Tubbs

I have been carrying a Charter Arms Bulldog Pug stainless (big hole-.44 Special), with Glaser safety slugs. About 7 years ago my wife got me a set of Crimson Trace grips for Xmas. They do make my yearly qualification easier, especially the 25 yard stage. Still have to use the course the States training center mandates for the LEO retired concealed carry. I like my 45 in the winter, but for a summer gun I think the Bulldog should be considered. Just stay away from the heavy Buffalo Bore loads.

Bob Long
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Bob Long

good line up, I agree with the top 4, have to say I disagree with the Taurus Judge, quality is built into the Rugers and S&W’s but, it is a foreign concept with Taurus. My Judge had to go to a gun smith, after firing 5 rounds, the shells expanded and had to be punched out with a small screw driver and hammer, why? because the cylinder chambers were not drilled out to the correct specs. I also had a Taurus 608 (8 shot 357 mag) and the HEAD spacing was off, and after a couple of shots the cylinder,… Read more »

rocky lee
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rocky lee

I gave my wife the Ruger sp101 with the Crimson laser. Good gun for her, she loves it. It’s pretty. But do not use it for concealed carry. The bullets rattle in the cylinder and they sound exactly like bullets rattling in a gun, with every step.

rocky lee
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rocky lee

I like the S&W model 19, any old Smith in .357 in blued so the cylinder bores are recessed is a good piece to have with you.

dalton williams
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dalton williams

interesting reading

Fred
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Fred

If the pistol is too big or too heavy it is less likely to be carried. Yes, .357 is way more powerful than .38 special +P, BUT the firearm to handle it needs to be heavier. .38 special +P will do the job and do it well. I carry a small S&W Centenial, 15.5 ounces loaded with aluminum cased hollow points. In a Gould and Goodrich IWB holster and wearing a polo shirt it’s comfortable and does not “print”. The thing is, something bigger or heavier might just stay at home, and that more powerful or higher capacity pistol would… Read more »

Trustnoone
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Trustnoone

How do post a photo here? Don’t seem to see any way to do it.

OPS M.R.P. in 45cal

john
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john

ruger security six, 357 mag, back up is 1911 a1, 45.

Ruger Security-Six Revolver in .357 Magnum

joe
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joe

my guns bigger than yours.and its practically undectable where I carry it and it fires a big load

Trustnoone
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Trustnoone

Just picked this up on an FtF trans. $300.00

Daniel Smith
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Daniel Smith

Problem with most of these revolvers is long trigger pull and rcoil especially in 38 + P and certainly in 357 Mag. Without training and PRACTICE none of these firearms are very good at all. Concealibg the Taurus on body is really tough to do. Good for a home or auto go to gun though. I own most of these firearms abd shoot them well. My wife is an accomplished shooter and has issues with rcoil and trigger pull but can manage both. Did I mention that just this past WEEK she shot 200 rounds through her carry firearm. It… Read more »

TEX
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TEX

@Ron,if you like your Charter Arms Bulldog and are comfortable with it that’s all that matters. Take care.

Ron Burling
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Ron Burling

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

mendoAu
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mendoAu

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

Earl
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Earl

For self defense, I do not look for an extended shootout. Five should be enough, just don’t miss. My concealed is a North American Arms singe action mini-revolver, with the .22 LR and .22 mag cylinders and a Laser-Lyte Laser Sight. The laser sight is switched on with the thumb during the cocking action. I carry the mag cylinder with hollow point ammo and realize reloading under fire is out of the question. A very safe gun to carry, the hammer is down in a slot between the shells and can only fire if you cock it. It has a… Read more »

Donna Bright
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Donna Bright

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

TLE-NC
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TLE-NC

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

stephen solnikowski
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stephen solnikowski

Try the S&W Shield in 9mm

Earl
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Earl

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

Daniel Schitkovitz
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Daniel Schitkovitz

Did you buy yet? Were you thinking of the Sig P938? I used to have one, I also had an S&W Shield. I have trade away both of them. Now I carry a Kimber Micro 9 CSE (CSE only available at Cabela’s); they do have a bunch of versions. I like the Micro 9 way more than the Sig P938 or the Shield. I am also way more accurate with the Micro 9. I’ve put about 500 rounds through, with ZERO malfunctions of any kind; with multiple varieties of ammo. Different weights 115gr, 124gr, 147gr and 92gr. FMJ, HP and… Read more »

Robert Howard
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Robert Howard

About the only problem I’ve encountered with women is being unable to rack the slide on some semi-autos. That’s mainly why they use revolvers. I’m not saying you can’t, just saying be sure whichever one you choose is one you won’t have a problem with. And best of luck finding your perfect fit.

safetypro
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safetypro

“As a frame of reference, I am a large caliber bigot. I make no apologies for it. Before this gun, I only thought there were 4 common calibers worth buying a handgun in: .40 S&W, .45 ACP, .357 Magnum, and .44 Magnum.” With due respect for the author, and other handgun owners, I am amazed at the above quote from the author. How is it so many law enforcement agencies issue 9mm semi-autos? Where is the .380 in the mix. LCP, for example, is an incredibly popular C/C weapon – due to its compact size, ability to conceal, AND it’s… Read more »

Robert Howard
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Robert Howard

I don’t understand why you mention law enforcement in this comment. You do understand that efficacy is one of the lowest factors considered when a municipality chooses its LEO weapons and ammo, right? Price/expense is the very first, and 9mm is a cheap round. Incidentally, that’s why so many of them choose Glock – it’s cheap. As for the .380, there’s really no comparison. Ballistically, the 9mm is far superior to the .380 acp.

S Walker
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S Walker

I have read all the statements and reply’s and just like the number of choices everyone wants to make there’s the best and they pump what they like best. Here’s a fact the gun you have is they best if you know how to use it and over the 50 plus years of carrying many different calibers and having to use them (retired LEO ) I would never slam anyone’s choice until I find out they forget placement and how to use. I carry and conceal a full size pistol and I also have 2 backups on me always. It… Read more »

Bill Nixon
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Bill Nixon

It seems you consistently disregard the GP100 .357 mag in 3in.

Dave Blunt
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Dave Blunt

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

burns
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burns

I started carrying a revolver in NYC at 22 yrs old. I was a business owner and one of the few that actually got a carry permit. I built a 5 store business, and carried for 22 yrs, I started with a DS, and after that a Model 60 S&W. We carried revolvers then because they were the only small gun powerful enough to do the job. When the Auto Pistol finally was made small enough to conceal and Hi-Capacity magazines came into the picture, everyone I knew, switched to a Glock or a S&W 39, then 59, “before the… Read more »

Robert Howard
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Robert Howard

Cool story, bro. The fact is, the vast majority of people don’t live in metropolitan areas, and are never going to be “in a gunfight”. Most altercations will be one-on-one, and the thug will run at the first sight of a firearm. For those unfortunate few who do encounter a determined aggressor, it’s going down very quickly – 3 seconds, 3 shots, within 3 yards. A five-round revolver is more than sufficient for that task.

Bo
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Bo

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

Bo
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Bo

Ah a S&W327 arrived on sale but didn’t stay long on the shelf, so it’s weight and length in a pocket + $1000 price stalled me long enough to save the money … but I still dream about it.
Anyone carry this is a pocket with comments?

richard sisson
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richard sisson

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

Robert Foy
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Robert Foy

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

Larry Bunt
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Larry Bunt

I carry a Ruger SR1911 lightweight CMD occasionally,I have six other 1911s But I won’t carry an auto appendix so the auto requires more prep to carry but my lcr or my charter bulldog 44 are easy to carry with inside wasteband holsters.I trust the revolvers in appendix carry just mechanically safer.and still accurate to 50+ yds with practice.I cant see why you think the 22tcm would be a good cow round.

Wendy Baughman
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Wendy Baughman

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

Guit
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Guit

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

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

Jim
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Jim

Colt Detective Special should have been there. My favorite snubby by far.

Don
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Don

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

shaun
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shaun

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

James Kallam
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James Kallam

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

Terry
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Terry

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

5WarVeteran
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5WarVeteran

Interesting, For the last two days I have been researching in depth the Taurus Judge and it’s many variations and comparing them with the Smith and Wesson Governor. I see the story above suggests the polymer frame. I will have to pass on that. I realize it is a weight issue so with that solely in mind I have to recommend the Governor with the lighter Scandium alloy frame. Of course there is the cost difference! So you have to weigh the pros and cons. Judge 5 rounds 410, 45 Long Colt any combination of the above 23.2 oz 2.06… Read more »

D. Schlewitz
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D. Schlewitz

I see Taurus is getting some mention. Good to see. They wotk grest n r affordable..

Jim Macklin
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Jim Macklin

Pick a gun from a “good reputation maker.” S&W, Ruger, Colt. 3427, 38 Special, 357, even an L frame S&W 69 44 Magnum [with performance 44 Specials or a 45 ACP revolver. The average person, including hoodlums knows about half a dozen guns by sight… silver or chrome, black, blue steel, 45 Automatic [1911] and Thompson. Modern people same except everything longer than 18 inches is an AK47. Hoodlums are not afraid of any particular gun, They might flee an Airsoft or have to be shot with a 45 ACP or 12 gauge to get their attention through the drugs… Read more »

Phil
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Phil

In my opinion send whatever you pick to the factory custom shop and have it dehorned and blueprinted to factory specs. While there add nightsights adjusted to your favorite load. I prefer a less expensive model adjusted correctly with no unnecessary dodads.

Bill Nixon
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Bill Nixon

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

Gail
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Gail

Rossi Model 720: .44 SP. Works great!

Rossi Model 720 Revolver

Bob
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Bob

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

Paul Anderson Ed.D.
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Paul Anderson Ed.D.

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

Dillon
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Dillon

What about the chiappa Rino?

Chiappa Rino Revolver

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

Ron Burling
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Ron Burling

Nothing here has convinced me to even think of replacing my old Charter Arms Bulldog…..

Bob
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Bob

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

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

Wild Bill from the U.S. Army! See you at Wanacacher’s in April.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

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

Jim Hamelinck
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Jim Hamelinck

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

Joel Williams
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Joel Williams

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

Bob
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Bob

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

Colt Trooper mark III Revolver

C.D.
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C.D.

For Bob.I still have one of those in the closet collecting dust. Want it? Beautiful [email protected]