GUN Looking to buy a 5 shot carry revolver

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  1. Cannondale

    Cannondale OT Supporter

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    I'm looking at a .357, 5 shot, snub nose (around 2") revolver. This is obviously for concealed carry.

    Here are the choices I have come up with so far:

    1. Smith & Wesson Model 60
    -Pros: History, S&W history, lightest of the bunch.
    -Cons: Expensive, short-barrel with exposed hammer difficult to find, I'd have to replace the standard long grip.

    2. Tarus 605 Stainless
    -Pros: Inexpensive, short grip.
    -Cons: Not the same history of the other two makers, fit & finish isn't the greatest.

    3. Ruger SP101
    -Pros: Frame design is different and beefy, barrel is slightly longer than the others, priced between the other two, skinniest grip, it's the heaviest of the group (recoil).
    -Cons:it's the heaviest of the group (carry weight).


    All three I have picked up, and set in my pocket. They all seem suitable for the task. They all use the same HKS speedloader, and will all handle the same ammunition.

    My real question is, does anyone know anything about the revolvers these manufacturers make that would make me not want any of them? I can pick tha Taurus up for $339, The Ruger for $439, and the S&W for $550.
     
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    Gimik New Member

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    if you're gonna carry a j-frame, I'd go with the airweight .38spl hammerless. It's perfect for pocket carry and weighs almost nothing (12oz).
     
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    I actually have a S&W M60 as my carry gun and I love it, granted I have an IWB holster and do not intent on doing pocket carry. One thing to consider on the M60, while the hammer is stiff and would be difficult to accidently pull back, if it were to happen there is no other safety mechanism and with the hammer back the trigger is damn close to hairline. Not to mention there is no decocking mechanism and you cannot open the cylinder, meaning if the gun gets cocked you have to trust that your finger will not slip when you pull the trigger to lower the handle.

    If you are set on pocket carry, I would get a gun without an exposed hammer, while it may mean you can only use the as DOA the internal hammer will make for a safer gun with less things to snag. I have no experience with the other two so I will refrain from passing judgement.
     
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  5. Cannondale

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    I have thought about the .38 special, but it doesn't really have as much power as I would like in a defense cartridge. If I had a ton of money I could get a .357 ultralight, but I have shot one, and it is way to light to practice with .357. Plus it is hundreds more than the .38+p revolver.

    I also thought about a hammerless revolver, but I don't like DAO revolvers. I will be getting an IWB holster for it, I'm not to worried about a snag.
     
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    2L Bunny "It's only a Rabbit"

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    If you're set on .357 I'd prob end up with a SP101. But in all practicality a 442/642 is probably a better bet.
     
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    taurus judge :o
     
  8. smartypants

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    I just gave one to my brother - I couldn't sell it used for $250.
    Look for a used one. I'd rather have a used Smith than a new Taurus.
     
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    SP-101...such a nice piece and Ruger does have a highly regarded revolver pedigree.
     
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    2L Bunny "It's only a Rabbit"

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    Serously? around here Used ones in OK shape still fetch $300.
     
  12. 86 Bird

    86 Bird eh

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    I have the s&w model 60. Its a nice gun, I carry it from time to time, it carries fairly easy.
    I think I paid around $550 otd for it about a year ago. I had no problem on getting mine, bought it from a small dealer who had to order it - I got it in about 3 days.
     
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    I didn't try that hard - just posted a sign in our locker room.
    I didn't really want to sell it to a civilian.
     
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    Platinum_Thunder Reliability for life and liberty

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    Don't be hatin on the civilians
     
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    I'd sell it to a civilian I knew - I'd even sell it to an OT'er - I just wouldn't want to dump it off at a pawn shop and have it end up with Pooky and Ray-Ray.:)
     
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    thomor25 I make money online....

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    I actually have a Smith & Wesson Model 60. Its really nice
     

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