Carry Revolver?

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by Slimslam, Jan 24, 2004.

  1. Slimslam

    Slimslam New Member

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    I am taking the CCW (CPL in Michigan) class in Feb. Currently, I own a S & W Model 586 w/ 8 3/8" bbl. I am interested in carrying a revolver to start. Help me narrow my choices down to a couple of models, including maximum barrel length, hammer/hammerless, etc... thanks
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  2. Shooter45

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    That 's a loooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnggggggggg barrel for a carry revolver. I would never carry a revolver with a barrel longer than 2 1/2". Several Smiths will fill your need. Also check out the Ruger SP-101 or GP-100.

    When I must carry a revolver, it's an old Colt Cobra.
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    there are just too many fine revolvers out there to suggest just one.
    So I will tell you about mine.
    I have a Charter Arms Bulldog in .44 special.
    It is a pretty good compromise.
    Plenty of power--no frills--and light
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    I'll stick with my Smith Model 60. Use it, still, as a back-up. Regular carry either a Browning Hi-Power or a 1911.
  5. Zigzag2

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    I've been carrying a S&W model 60 for years, for a back-up and/or depending on the conditions, a shoulder holster with 2 speed loaders, belt holster or mostly ankle holster.
    No one will ever know you have it with you. :)
  6. Slimslam

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    Carry...

    Thanks for the replies everyone...incidentally shooter45, I never intended to carry the model 586 with the 8" bbl. I just mentioned that this is what I currently own (for target shooting and/or home defense), as I do not have my CCW yet. (Well, I know what yer thinkin'...)

    I understand that it will be at least a six month wait before I'm issued my license to carry.

    I'm leaning toward a .38 revolver with a 4 inch barrel. What is the best finish in a revolver to carry? Stainless? Blue? Nickel?
    Appreciate the advice..
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  7. Marlin

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    If you do as I, Slim, that is carry on the ankle like Ziggy, stainless is a must since the salt will do terrible things to blueing. I did terrible things to an early 2" Chief's Special back in the 60s before I realized that.
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    I use the 357 SP-101 stainless 2 1/2 bbl.
    Why 6 months?
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    I agree that there's just too many choices in this category to narrow it down w/o checking them them personally. see what fits you best. And don't skimp the the holster either!
    That said, I carry a Ruger SP101 in .357 magnum with a 2 1/4" bbl w/ a hammer. I gets carried in a Mitch Rosen "Workman" holster on a Rosen belt. Great combo for me.
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    Thanks for the suggestions!
    pickenup: I live in Wayne County (Detroit area). They are slow in processing permits, I guess. ("bureaucracy", no doubt).
    ss
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  11. Shooter45

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    Slim, I knew you didn't plain on carrying that long barreled revolver. Just my attempt at humor.
  12. 45Smashemflat

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    J Frame Smith on an ankle rig by Ken Null. Has hammer, but its been bobbed off - best of both worlds to me. Also does duty in a pocket holster by Kramer. Two speed strips for reloads. No, not as fast as HKS speed loaders - I have those too - but the speed strips are much easier to conceal. Just one guy's 0.02
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    Oh, forgot about the other question - its a Ti model, Al frame. No issues with rust and such. I like the look of blued - but appreciate the durability of other metals. One tactical consideration - Blued doesn't flash like stainless. If you go stainless, you might consider a matte or beadblasted finish. I really wish Ruger would make a 101 with that "Target Grey" finish.
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    Living in the northern part of the country, and assuming you normally wear a coat except for the couple of months it's actually hot out, I'd think a 4" wheel gun wouldn't be too hard to hide. But a 3" would probably be better.
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    http://www.ruger-firearms.com/Firearms/FAProdResults?function=famid&famid=9

    These are the Rugers the guys are talking about. I have a '101 (KSP-321XL) with the bob'd hammer and 2.25" barrel waiting to DROS; I hear guys say they would prefer the 3", but some swear by the 2.25".

    I still can't figure out how one would carry a .45 and dress "slim", so I stick with something small that's really accurate.
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    Great advice and suggestions! Hey shooter45, I suppose in the winter I could carry my 8 inch, .357 concealed....(hehehe..).

    Now, some are carryin' with a hammer...what are the pros & cons of hammer and no hammer? SS
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    Well, there's lots of differing opinions on that. First, there are "hammerless" revolvers, like the S&W Centinneal (sp?) which have the hammer completely encased. These offer no option of a single action shot, but are absolutely snagless. Easy to draw from a pocket or other deep concealment.

    Then there are the bobbed hammers, like the Rugers. They are real snagless too, but offer a way to go single action by pulling the trigger a bit, catching the hammer with your thumb and finishing the single action cock that way. I created this same set up with my Smith by lopping off the thump rest on the hammer and checkering the very top of the spur for a more postivie grip for thumb cocking.

    It just depends on if you think the single action need is important. Oh, the completely encased versions also offer a bit more resistance to crud getting in the action when carried in lint filled pockets or jackets.
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