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09-12-2014 09:07 AM
Gem1950 The best synthetic holsters I've ever seen is Front Line but they are hard to find.
09-11-2014 06:24 PM
puttster
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Originally Posted by Rockchuck View Post
Originally Posted by puttster
I bought the Ruger SP101. Sad to say I cannot hit a dam thing with it. I wish it had 20 shots instead of just five.
Yeah, more range time needed. Mine is every bit as accurate as my GP100; the sights are dead on too.
Probably more range time would help, maybe a laser sight would help, too. But for sure 3 times as much lead would help!

I don't regret the purchase though. When family comes to the house for the emergency I will need to arm them, and someone gets the .38, maybe someone not versed in firearms. At least with a revolver they will get off five shots. If I gave them a 9mm I am not sure they would even get one shot off.
09-11-2014 04:21 PM
Rockchuck Originally Posted by puttster
I bought the Ruger SP101. Sad to say I cannot hit a dam thing with it. I wish it had 20 shots instead of just five.


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Originally Posted by Starblaster View Post
I love mine and they are accurate. You might just need some more trigger time
Yeah, more range time needed. Mine is every bit as accurate as my GP100; the sights are dead on too.
09-06-2014 12:12 PM
angler I use High Noon holsters for all my IWB carries. Wife has her LCR in one. Great gun!! High noon has lots of options and price is right. https://www.highnoonholsters.com/
09-05-2014 03:15 PM
Nomad, 2nd There's a reason many of us own .22 j frames....

Meantime, yea. Snap caps....
09-05-2014 02:33 PM
samwise
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Originally Posted by gaxman View Post
Range Report:

I have 30 minutes today to I headed to my local range...I was a bit disappointed with myself. This is my first wheel gun but I really thought I would have done much better. For those with revolver experience maybe you can tell me what I'm doing wrong.

Quick thoughts
- Great trigger (need to get used to it)
- Feels great...kick with a .38 special not bad at all
- 5 rounds goes real quick
- I need a lot of practice

I shot 50 rounds in the 30 minutes trying to take my time...The distance was 15 yards (maybe I should had started a bit closer?) I did "hit" the target at 15 yards but my groupings sucked. Keep in mind I was aiming for the center with each shot (which I did hit a few times). The front site was swapped I have a green optic not the original...The sites can't be adjusted. I thought my grip and stance was good....well see below and I would love your thoughts...

PS - I shot off 50 rounds with my Ruger P95 right after and kicked butt with that (still at 15 yards). I needed to do something for my deflated ego. I see a lot of range time in my future.

I start out at 7 ft and gradually move it out to 15 ft. Also like someone else said snap caps really help with trigger squeeze. I shoot my j frame once sometimes twice a month, but us snap caps a couple times a week.

Still good for first time at 15 ft.
09-05-2014 11:27 AM
samwise
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Originally Posted by gaxman View Post
Ruger LCR .38 Special ($399 OTD)... Just ordered a ankler holster for it. It will be a backup most of the time, but it might be my only cc at times. Any recommendation on a IWB holster?


Nice eagletac!
09-05-2014 11:26 AM
samwise
My holsters

Here are my two. The desantis for pocket carry and the Galco for IWB. It is nice for appendix.
09-05-2014 09:16 AM
Wallimiyama
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Originally Posted by sarky View Post
I really don't understand why 38 special revolvers are even still made. A .357 will be only slightly larger (cylinder length) and gives you the option of either caliber.
Weight...in daily CC, every ounce counts as far as comfort is concerned.

Even in the Ruger LCR series, the .357 is 4 oz. heavier than the .38 +P.
09-05-2014 08:15 AM
gaxman Great info @doczeus Thanks!
09-05-2014 07:20 AM
doczeus Don't be disappointed, Gaxman, that ain't too bad for your first whirl with a wheelgun!

ANY revolver needs to "wear-in" some, to smooth-out the trigger even more; and folks used to single-action auto triggers ain't used to the longer pull of a double-action revolver, so you just need some more trigger-time with it, to get more accurate and proficient with it....

One reasonably-priced accessory that will help smooth-out that trigger MUCH faster, and give you some good "at-home trigger time", are some quality snap-caps.....I buy a few sets of these every year, in the various pistol calibers I need, for practice on the draw, or smoothing-out a trigger on a "new-to-me" revolver or auto-loader that hasn't been fired much:

http://www.natchezss.com/product.cfm...8&src=exrbSrch

Dry-firing with snap-caps will really show you just how much you're pulling the revolver off to one side or the other, or up and down, before the hammer falls, and they'll help you get muscle-memory of the proper finger placement on the trigger, to keep the front sight on the target as the hammer falls......Try to keep the pad of your trigger-finger, JUST before the first joint, placed on the face of the trigger, or wherever your particular finger geometry will keep the revolver on-target, as you press the trigger.....Snap Caps are also good for fast reloading drills, as you're not fumbling with live ammo in the house.....That new hole in the 60" LCD TV might be hard to explain to Momma when she gets home.....

This set has had MORE than a few thousand hammer strikes, and is still protecting the firing pins on my revolvers as I practice dry-firing at home, from time to time:



I prefer the A-Zoom Snap Caps, with the polymer primer area, as they last a LOT longer than the plastic Pachmayr's or Carlson's made of plastic, with the brass, spring-loaded primer area.....and they cost half as much, to boot....They're CNC-machined from aluminum, so they won't break or deform from jamming them in a cylinder or magazine......

Keep up the practice, and Be Safe!

DocZeus
AKA
The Safety-Conscious One......
09-05-2014 12:24 AM
longhair51 Speer Gold Dot made for short barrels would be a good carry load.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/271...d-hollow-point
09-04-2014 06:49 PM
jim243 Different trigger pulls on the LCP than the 95, you need to get use to the trigger on that gun. Shoot it off a rest till you get the feel first, then take it up a notch and go two handed then another notch and go one handed. It will take time, but your shooting will improve.

Jim
09-04-2014 03:54 PM
gaxman Range Report:

I have 30 minutes today to I headed to my local range...I was a bit disappointed with myself. This is my first wheel gun but I really thought I would have done much better. For those with revolver experience maybe you can tell me what I'm doing wrong.

Quick thoughts
- Great trigger (need to get used to it)
- Feels great...kick with a .38 special not bad at all
- 5 rounds goes real quick
- I need a lot of practice

I shot 50 rounds in the 30 minutes trying to take my time...The distance was 15 yards (maybe I should had started a bit closer?) I did "hit" the target at 15 yards but my groupings sucked. Keep in mind I was aiming for the center with each shot (which I did hit a few times). The front site was swapped I have a green optic not the original...The sites can't be adjusted. I thought my grip and stance was good....well see below and I would love your thoughts...

PS - I shot off 50 rounds with my Ruger P95 right after and kicked butt with that (still at 15 yards). I needed to do something for my deflated ego. I see a lot of range time in my future.

09-04-2014 10:47 AM
Shocky1352
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Originally Posted by Nomad, 2nd View Post
Depends.


For instance:
Sitting in a car, the ankle gun becomes your primary as the one at your belt line is too hard to access.


So if you drive a lot.....

Situation dictates gear
True. I recently read the story about a school district police officer carrying a .38 snub on the ankle as backup.

A kid clocked him on the head from behind with a 2x4. He was on his back and had fallen such that he couldn't quickly access his belt gun. The kid had the 2x4 raised for another blow. On hs back, the ankle .38 was easily accessible (right hand-left ankle) and was used to stop the threat.

I've only rarely tried ankle carry, but had always read that kneeling to access the pistol from the standing position was probably the smoothest means of accessing it.

Back to the LCR, Ruger sure got that trigger figured out. Very smooth and stack free.
09-04-2014 10:15 AM
Nomad, 2nd
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Originally Posted by homelandsecurityham View Post
FORGET THE ANKLE HOLSTER!!!!

Ankle holsters are the most deadliest for the wearer. If you ever get into a knock down drag out fight and you are on the ground struggling with the bad guy, guaranteed your pants leg will come up and the bad guy will see it and have the ability to access your gun.

Ankle holsters are old school.
Depends.


For instance:
Sitting in a car, the ankle gun becomes your primary as the one at your belt line is too hard to access.


So if you drive a lot.....

Situation dictates gear
09-04-2014 10:12 AM
gaxman
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Originally Posted by ConfederateColonel View Post
Along with the Speed Strips, get a Speed Strip Wallet - http://shop.ihlusa.com/product.sc?pr...&categoryId=18. I carry a Speed Strip Wallet in my pocket. My S&W 640 is carried in a CrossBreed holster - very comfortable and concealable. I carry the 640 every day (except for "formal" occasions where I need something even flatter, when the Colt Mustang is the choice). I even had the 640 on me at the altar when I married my beautiful bride (who carries an alloy frame .38 Special with her at all times).
Thanks! Never thought of a wallet for the speed strips!
09-04-2014 10:08 AM
gaxman
Quote:
Originally Posted by homelandsecurityham View Post
FORGET THE ANKLE HOLSTER!!!!

Ankle holsters are the most deadliest for the wearer. If you ever get into a knock down drag out fight and you are on the ground struggling with the bad guy, guaranteed your pants leg will come up and the bad guy will see it and have the ability to access your gun.

Ankle holsters are old school.

The ankle holster is when it's my backup weapon.
09-04-2014 03:08 AM
Shocky1352
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Originally Posted by sarky View Post
I really don't understand why 38 special revolvers are even still made. A .357 will be only slightly larger (cylinder length) and gives you the option of either caliber.
The .38 LCR weighs 3 ounces less than the .357 LCR. I can carry the .38 LCR in the pocket and not even feel it. The .357 LCR is not nearly so comfortable, for me I definitely feel it swaying down there.

Same size by the way. Both cylinders are .357 mag length.

I sometimes carry them both, the .38 in the weak-side pocket, the .357 in some type of holster or gunpack.

The .38 Special +P LCR is fairly pleasant to shoot for me.

The .357 magnum LCR with full-house magnum loads is one stout kicking little monster. I guarantee some couldn't handle it. I've got strong hands, and after 5 Remington Express 125 grain SJHP loads, my hand hurts.

The .38 Special, at least in the LCR and other pocket revolvers still has a place.
09-04-2014 12:05 AM
Starblaster
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Originally Posted by puttster View Post
I bought the Ruger SP101. Sad to say I cannot hit a dam thing with it. I wish it had 20 shots instead of just five.

I love mine and they are accurate. You might just need some more trigger time
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