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09-06-2019 01:38 AM
Nomad, 2nd
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Originally Posted by Mike IE View Post
My choice would be a Ruger Revolver .38 Spl. LCR Black . It has a hidden hammer for safety, it weighs under 14 oz. and it has the best trigger pull I've found to date. I bought 1 for myself and I bought my wife one with a copper cylinder.
Really?


Cause you just said you couldn't find one:

https://www.survivalistboards.com/sh...d.php?t=926376


It's not hammerless "for safety" it's so that the hammer doesn't snag in your pocket on the draw.

I prefer shrouded hammers, best of both worlds.
09-05-2019 07:36 PM
Mike IE My choice would be a Ruger Revolver .38 Spl. LCR Black . It has a hidden hammer for safety, it weighs under 14 oz. and it has the best trigger pull I've found to date. I bought 1 for myself and I bought my wife one with a copper cylinder.
09-04-2019 09:47 PM
goat daddy Agree. I have more than one 22. Next size up would be 30 mauser. Looking at the pistols:
Pocket pistols are out
the bearcat and the taurus 94 4" would be good choices.
5"ruger bull barrel? great pistol but not for the beginner.
4" woodsman or duramatic? good choices.
For a young guy I would go with the bearcat.
We all have our favorite and it works for us. guns are like women, we all have our favorite, but the one in hand always wins
09-04-2019 05:19 PM
hatchet jack
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Originally Posted by America's Patriot View Post
We're getting farther and farther away from the OP.
Yes. The OP asked about a small caliber gun (.22, .32) to learn to shoot with. Now everyone seems to be recommending their favorite blaster for blowing holes in another person. We seem to forget that not every handgun needs to be a hideout gun or the best for SD. Sometimes its just fun to go shoot a gun at rocks on the berm or some tin cans.
09-04-2019 02:50 PM
America's Patriot We're getting farther and farther away from the OP.
09-04-2019 11:37 AM
blake g49
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Originally Posted by Nomad, 2nd View Post
3" K frame.

even if it wasn't perfection of balance you get a full length ejector rod.

All N frames should be 5"
Too true - although there is a certain panache to a 3.5" Model 27 with some honest holster wear...
09-04-2019 08:26 AM
Marlin94
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Originally Posted by ForgedInTheFlame View Post
The point he's trying to make is, it makes far more sense to just buy a revolver chambered in .357 because you can still fire .38 from it.

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Exactly or at least +P. There are plenty of 38special +P revolvers that weigh less than a pound. The LCR weighs 13oz for example and is still fine to shoot with +P ammo.

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09-03-2019 06:10 PM
ForgedInTheFlame
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Originally Posted by Outpost75 View Post
For deep cover backup a very light 2-inch .38 revolver which weighs about a pound makes lots of sense. I have several for that exact purposeand often carry them in pairs, because it's faster than reloading.



An S&W Airweight J-frame fits the need nicely, but I can tell you from personal experience that firing anything heavier than factory 148-grain wadcutters is down right painful, and if you shoot very much +P in an Airweight J- or even a K-frame frame, they don't last very long.
The point he's trying to make is, it makes far more sense to just buy a revolver chambered in .357 because you can still fire .38 from it.

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09-03-2019 04:27 PM
Outpost75
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Originally Posted by Marlin94 View Post
Why would you want to limit yourself to such a thing?

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For deep cover backup a very light 2-inch .38 revolver which weighs about a pound makes lots of sense. I have several for that exact purposeand often carry them in pairs, because it's faster than reloading.

An S&W Airweight J-frame fits the need nicely, but I can tell you from personal experience that firing anything heavier than factory 148-grain wadcutters is down right painful, and if you shoot very much +P in an Airweight J- or even a K-frame frame, they don't last very long.
09-03-2019 12:10 PM
SgtBooker44 .22, based solely on cost to shoot. I would want a new shooter to be able to find and afford as much practice ammo as possible, to keep them shooting.
09-03-2019 08:15 AM
Marlin94
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Originally Posted by Punchy71 View Post
Are there .38 revolvers designed and made for just shooting standard, ordinary, regular .38 rounds ONLY and NOTHING else (So, this means absolutely NO .38+P and certainly NO .357 Magnum loads)? If so, can you give me an example of such a make and model?
Why would you want to limit yourself to such a thing?

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09-01-2019 09:14 PM
Outpost75
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Originally Posted by Nomad, 2nd View Post
3" K frame.

even if it wasn't perfection of balance you get a full length ejector rod.

All N frames should be 5"
+1 on the full-length ejector rod.

But I don't object to a 4" barrel on an N-frame as I have several .38-44 Heavy Duty, .357 Highway Patrolman, and a 4" Model 29-2 in .44 Magnum and in the El Paso Saddlery C-Force IWB holster with steel reinforced opening to permit easy one-hand reholstering, I can carry any of that group concealed, and in winter when wearing a coat I do! Key is to get "full cut" trousers 2" larger in the waist band than you would wear as office casual.

I don't wear 5.11 trousers or anything which screams COP~! but like the Duluth Trading Middle Management Chinos and their firehose work pants.
Carhart also makes work trousers of proper cut for large handgun concealment.
09-01-2019 08:46 PM
Nomad, 2nd
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Originally Posted by ForgedInTheFlame View Post
If you plan on carrying, I'd go with a 2 inch = snubby.

Home protection etc, 4 or 6.

.38 is a fun round.

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3" K frame.

even if it wasn't perfection of balance you get a full length ejector rod.

All N frames should be 5"
09-01-2019 08:20 PM
ForgedInTheFlame
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Originally Posted by Punchy71 View Post
Are 4-inch barrel length's the most common size? ... or just considered to be the defacto "standard" size? ... for a .38/.357 double action revolver?
If you plan on carrying, I'd go with a 2 inch = snubby.

Home protection etc, 4 or 6.

.38 is a fun round.

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09-01-2019 07:48 PM
bilmac
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Originally Posted by Punchy71 View Post
Are 4-inch barrel length's the most common size? ... or just considered to be the defacto "standard" size? ... for a .38/.357 double action revolver?
4" was almost the standard everyday carry gun when LE used 6 shooters almost exclusively. That's what raw recruits trained with. I expect there was a reason for that.

I have 2 1/2, 3, 4, and 6" revolvers. For me as the barrels get longer, the guns are easier to shoot straight. I didn't mind carrying 4" guns when I was doing LE. I never carried a 6" while working, just hunting, but I couldn't see getting in and out of vehicles etc etc with a 6" gun on my hip.
09-01-2019 04:37 PM
Outpost75
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Originally Posted by Punchy71 View Post
Are there .38 revolvers designed and made for just shooting standard, ordinary, regular .38 rounds ONLY and NOTHING else (So, this means absolutely NO .38+P and certainly NO .357 Magnum loads)? If so, can you give me an example of such a make and model?
S&W Model 12 Airweight M&P is .38 Special revolver on the K-frame and is a lightweight aluminium alloy-frame version of the Model 10 M&P. It was made from 1953 to 1986 in both two-inch and four-inch barrel versions. It weighs 19 oz unloaded. While no longer in production, they were a popular off-duty and backup cop gun back in the day and you can find them used on GunBroker and other sites for around $400-500. Lately there have been former corrections department guns on the market which are holster worn, but tight and apparently shot very little. My 4-inch gun was a former private security firm gun with 1972 West German proofs which was also shot very little, but only holster worn.

A common ammo mod is to take a piece of pull-off .38 Special barrel, and make a die to cut off the round nose of standard velocity old style LRN service loads to make them flat-nosed. A 3/8" chucking reamer is run into the barrel to a depth of 1.2", then the chunk of barrel cut off to 1.40" overall and case-hardened file-hard. Nip the exposed nose off with side cutting pliers and true up with a sharp knife or file. Modified rounds will have a 1/4" flat on the nose and bullet weight is reduced from 158 to 148 grains. Velocity is 720 fps from a 2" barrel and 770 fps from a 4", straight-through 30 inches of penetration in water jugs with good crush and no flip. The flattened round nose gives you a more effective, speed-loader friendly reload after you have shot up the six full wadcutter, standard pressure factory loads carried in the cylinder.

Wadcutters are a good choice for carry in an airweight .38 Special: http://mousegunaddict.blogspot.com/2...8-special.html


09-01-2019 03:51 PM
Punchy71 Are there .38 revolvers designed and made for just shooting standard, ordinary, regular .38 rounds ONLY and NOTHING else (So, this means absolutely NO .38+P and certainly NO .357 Magnum loads)? If so, can you give me an example of such a make and model?
09-01-2019 12:48 PM
Punchy71
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Originally Posted by manny View Post
If youve decided on a full size revolver, the most versatile is the classic 4 .38/.357. Tons of them out there both new and used, but if I were looking, Id look just at S&W or Ruger. You wont go wrong with one of those. I have preference for Ruger and have a 4 Match Champion w/ adjustable sights.
Are 4-inch barrel length's the most common size? ... or just considered to be the defacto "standard" size? ... for a .38/.357 double action revolver?
08-23-2019 12:43 PM
hatchet jack There is nothing wrong with buying used guns. I mostly buy used guns myself. I have bought several off Gunbroker and so far everyone I have bought has been better than expected. But if you hit the gunstores and pawnshops or better yet the gunshow take someone with you who knows what they are looking at when it comes to used guns. Heck even new guns need to be inspected. There are many threads about people buying new guns that have to go right back to the manufacturer because of QC issues.

Most of the guns mentioned have been made for many years and there are lots of used examples to be had. Don't let a little finish wear turn you off of an otherwise good gun. I bought a used Ruger single six with both cylinders and lots of finish wear for $215 + tax a couple of years ago and sold it to my bud. We were just shooting it at turtles last month and it shoots ever bit as good as my new single six.

And you don't have to have a double action 22 for plinking and target work. You will be shooting it single action most of the time anyway.

And don't forget your desire to own a 32 caliber gun. I have 7 of them myself. My two favorites are the two Ruger single six 32 mags with 5.5" barrels and adjustable sights. And yes I handload for them. I can load pop gun loads that feel like shooting a 22 to loads that fire and 85gr bullet over 1300fps and exceed standard 38 special loads energy wise. But 32s are a handloaders round for sure.
08-23-2019 12:40 PM
Marlin94
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Originally Posted by Punchy71 View Post
Are all the revolvers mentioned and suggested so far current production examples that can be bought brand new today in 2019? What about 'out of production' vintage examples too?
I have only mentioned current production examples because locating out of production revolvers is iffy and so will be the quality.

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