Shopping for a snubby- got recommendations?

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  • surevaliance

    Make Glockarev happen!
    Jan 26, 2024
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    I am surprised that nobody mentioned S&W 638!
    SA/DA, 14.6 oz

    It was my pocket carry gun for a few years and I REALLY regret selling it.
    IMO, it’s the best option from all snubbies.

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    hornetguy

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    Feb 21, 2021
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    Allen, Texas
    I am a Taurus fan and will look for that one too! Thx for suggestiing
    I will "second" that recommendation.... I have had two of them... a 2" steel frame, and a 3" airweight. The recoil in the 2" is less, so I sold the 3" to a friend... actually, the guy I bought it from. He wanted it back...

    I'm not a gunsmith, but it was simple to open it up and very lightly stone the curved surface of the hammer... after three gentle stonings, the double action is as smooth as nearly any smith and wesson. Not quite, but nearly. It's a pleasure to shoot, and it holds 6 rounds.

    Personally, I don't want a snubby in .357.... the .38 has all the recoil that is needed (for me, of course)....
     

    Iowashooter

    Bitter Clinger
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    Feb 21, 2024
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    I would like to know what you think about the recoil after you give it a test.
    I have some low recoil 90gr SD .38spl ammo and am likely only to shoot it a few times (to ensure it is reliable), then simply carry it often… but shoot it very little for the rest of my life.

    I have to imagine the recoil will be “yikes” on a 12oz gun! even with my low recoil ammo

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    Pistol Pete

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    May 10, 2010
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    Texas
    I have 2 642's, front pocket ok. I don't think I could handle one in .357 mag. .38 has plenty recoil. I wear cargo pants, front pocket carry works fine. I can actually get a grip on it and draw, can't with my LC9. It will also fit in the cargo pocket while driving and be accessible. IWB ok if you're not fat like me.
     

    Iowashooter

    Bitter Clinger
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    Feb 21, 2024
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    Iowa
    It arrived yesterday at LGS and I picked it up a few minutes ago

    has the wrong grip (has a rubber, longer combat grip vs the smaller boot grip)

    called Davidson‘s /GunGenie… and they were no help… played the “we’re just the distributor card”. They didn’t care they advertise one item in their picture and description… and the item differs from the pic and description when it arrives.

    morons

    I then called Charter Arms (right after telling Davidsons I’ll never do business with Davidsons again)… and Charter Arms was FANTASTIC

    guy explained they switched grips on this model snubby recently to the larger one, but he’ll send the smaller one right out to me! Well done Charter Arms.

    what arrived
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    what grip was advertised to look like
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    the combat grip is comfy… but the smaller grip will help with concealability
     

    hornetguy

    Active Member
    Feb 21, 2021
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    Allen, Texas
    Good for Charter.... my only experience with them was with one of the early Bulldogs in .44 Special... it was nice, no issues with fit/finish, etc.... but it had a healthy kick to it. I'm not particularly recoil sensitive, but something else came along and I traded it off.
    Another one of those I wouldn't mind having back "in house"....
    It's good to hear that their customer service seems to be as it should be.
     
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