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Milquetoast
2/28/2008 6:09pm,
Looking for general advice on a concealed carry hand gun. I already own a USP .40, but I'm not sure I can dish out the cash for the compact H & K's. I'm leaning towards trying to find a used snub nose .357 revolver. I'm open to any suggestions though.

JMass
2/28/2008 9:25pm,
I have a SW 3913 for carry. I love it. Single stack, 9M, 8+1 rounds, stainless.

They make a cheaper model that is the same except some minor changes like single sided saftey and some cosmetic checkering.

Joe Doggs
2/28/2008 9:34pm,
Ruger SP101 in either 2.5 or 3" barrel 5 shot and a little heavy , but will eat 357 without problem. Its built like a battleship. You can run 38spl for practice and use 38 +p for carry if muzzle blast from that small a barrel bothers you.

JD

Lord Skeletor
2/28/2008 9:56pm,
Ruger SP101 in either 2.5 or 3" barrel 5 shot and a little heavy , but will eat 357 without problem. Its built like a battleship. You can run 38spl for practice and use 38 +p for carry if muzzle blast from that small a barrel bothers you.

JD

The SP101 is okay...but probably a little pricey. I've got one of these:

Taurus Model 650-CIA; hammerless .357 Magum. Lifetime warranty---I got mine new for like $275 a couple years back. If something happens to it, big deal...I paid under 300 for it.
But...it shoots like a champ, and you just can't beat a .357, especially when a comparable S&W revolver is like $500+.

http://aycu22.webshots.com/image/44901/2002440477661280414_rs.jpg (http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/v/2002440477661280414)

Robstafarian
2/29/2008 2:47pm,
The SP101 is okay...but probably a little pricey. I've got one of these:

Taurus Model 650-CIA; hammerless .357 Magum. Lifetime warranty---I got mine new for like $275 a couple years back. If something happens to it, big deal...I paid under 300 for it.

But...it shoots like a champ, and you just can't beat a .357, especially when a comparable S&W revolver is like $500+.
Scrapper has the exposed hammer version (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=61114), model 605, and last I heard he was quite happy with it. If it was me, I'd get the model 651 "Protector," which has a shrouded hammer and can be cocked for a single action trigger. I might as well also point out that Rossi makes a clone of the Colt Detective Special (exposed hammer, 6 shot cylinder), which they call model 461. Finally, Taurus has added a .357 snub with an exposed hammer and a 7 shot cylinder which they call model 617.

A note about Rossi: My father has the precursor to the model 971, and it's as close to perfect as I would want in a gun that's not going to sit in a case and look pretty; the action is so smooth, I can't feel any force on the hammer other than my own when cocking and decocking it. Rossi, like Taurus, gives all their products a lifetime warranty.

As per my habit, here are links for each model to their respective listings at Bud's Gun Shop (I swear, I'm not paid to do this):

Taurus 650 CIA $302 (http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_50_494/products_id/31866)
Taurus 605 $297 (http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_50_494/products_id/31560)
Taurus 651 Protector $302 (http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_50_494/products_id/32125)
Rossi 461 $268 (http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_386/products_id/80027)
Taurus 617 $319 (http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_50_494/products_id/31313) EDIT: Now links to blued version.


Note: I link to blued versions because I prefer blue, but Bud's typically has each model in both blue and stainless; if I link to a stainless version, it's because they don't currently have the blued.

Milquetoast
3/01/2008 9:33am,
Thanks for all the advice so far. I'm going to end up price stalking for a little while, but I'll report back when I've figured things out. It's still tempting to just buy the p2000sk, but then I'd end up homeless, which probably makes concealed carry a crime, even in Virginia.

Lord Skeletor
3/01/2008 9:03pm,
Thanks for all the advice so far. I'm going to end up price stalking for a little while, but I'll report back when I've figured things out. It's still tempting to just buy the p2000sk, but then I'd end up homeless, which probably makes concealed carry a crime, even in Virginia.

Nah, here in Virginia---we have OPEN CARRY; so you'd be okay. Getting a concealed carry permit here is pretty easy. Take a 4-8 hour class, pass a test, get fingerprinted, pay a fee to the courthouse in the jurisdiction in which you live, and a few weeks later (sometimes sooner) you have a shiny, new permit! :booty: