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    I notice from the conversations on this board . That everyone carries exspensive firearms. And I never hear anyone talking about OCing a revolver.

    Does anyone on here OC a revolver besides myself.

    I carry a Taurus 357.And somtimes- not often,but somtimes.I feel like I should get me 1 of those exspensive semi autos. The Taurus that I carry is 1 of my favorite and certainly 1 of my most reliable firearms ,that I own. Being that it is about 25 years old I still love the way it shoots.

    What is the best bang for your buck .

    My son is a big fan of 45s,Input would be appreciated. Thanx.

    Not a big fan of paying 10 bucks for a magazine about guns to read up on whats out there.

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    I'm a Glock guy but sometimes I carry my S&W model 65 wheelgun.
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    I carry a Taurus Ultralite 38 as a backup gun in an ankle holster, CC of course.. Primary is a Sig SP2022 in 357 Sig, OC'd on right hip normally..

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    .38 snubby in a Blackhawk nylon holster on the right hip about 4 o'clock.

    Belt is a 5.11 brand nylon military belt, reinforced for handgun carry.

    Left side is a Mini-maglite in a nylon holder.

    If I need anything more than the above, I'm going for the 870with #4 buck.

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    I carry a little S&W 38 OC often enough. It is also my concealed carry gun, but sometimes I find it more convenient than the .40 pistol. I haven't worked out a good system for concealing the .40 yet, so .38 is in my pocket and I always have a holster in the car if I want to OC it.
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    I carry an SP101 in .357 mag. I am also a fan of a .45 and carry a 1911. There are times when I carry both. I believe in equal opportunity

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    My wife carries a wheelgun (.38) in her truck... but OC's my Mak. The problem she has is with the slide... and even flippin' the safety. On the down side... wheel guns have limited capacity and take time to reload compared to semi-auto's. Most wheel guns will fire faster that semi-auto's. But... with the little J-frame's... ya got 5 shots 'n done. DA wheelguns have no safety's to mess with... 'Just point 'n click.

    There's still folks here who'll carry an SAA... which is an antique if facing a semi-auto. You better be really good with the first shot. Personally, I would not carry a wheelgun for self defense 'cept maybe a large bore for huntin' or defense against bears. (Like a .454 or .50)

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    Papabear, if you are most comfortable with and most confident in your Taurus 357 then that's the firearm you should carry.

    By all means, shoot some semi-autos to find one you might like.

    If you go to the range day MSC.45ACP (sorry if I butchered that) is holding next weekend you may be able to shoot semi-autos of many makes, models and calibers.

    Cheers!

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    I notice from the conversations on this board . That everyone carries expensive firearms.
    Not everyone carries an expensive handgun. I do now but started out with less expensive handguns.
    I started out carrying a $140 Taurus 85 concealed or semi open, same IWB holster just not concealed.
    I then acquired a $260 Kel Tec P3AT for a backup but soon stopped carrying it because of lack of penetration. I wanted to stop a problem not just piss off the bad guy.
    I then acquired a Kel Tec P11 9mm. Again not an expensive weapon that I carried either concealed or semi concealed. It is a perfectly fine weapon just not powerful enough for me. They don't make the P40 any more and the conversion kits cost more than the P11 making it an expensive weapon. I also couldn't find a Owb holster I liked.
    At that point I started doing research on holsters to find what I liked and what hand guns they fit. After narrowing it down to several pistols I then started checking out which hand gun fit me the best and pointed naturally for me.
    I settled on the Springfield XD40 ($532 OTD) and the Blackhawk Serpa.
    After carrying that way for awhile I got another Serpa holster for my Beretta 92 and a Serpa holster for a S&W "J" frame revolver thinking it would work for my Taurus 85 (that I still wanted to OC), unfortunately the underlug is bigger on the Taurus than the S&W so does not fit in the holster. Now I am looking for a S&W to fit the holster. I am also looking for a .357 revolver.
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    I still carry a S&W .38 or Ruger 357 sometimes.

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    I carry a Glock 27, and occassionally a Taurus UltraLite .38

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    There seems to be a sudden interest in revolvers right now, for some reason. I have been looking for a hammerless .357 snubbie lately (specifically a Taurus model 650 in stainless), and today when I was out running errands, I stopped in a local gun shop to see if they had any in stock. The owner said he didn't have have any hammerless revolvers, but he was going to be getting some in in a week or two. He said he never had much call for them, but in the last 2 weeks, he's had about a dozen people ask about them...

    We talked about it for a while, and neither of us could figure out why the sudden interest in ANY revolver, let alone the hammerless variety. I want one because a hammerless model is a LOT easier to draw from CC. We both agreed that must be it--there are a lot of new CHP holders in NC right now, and perhaps they are going for the snag-free wheel guns as entry-level handguns.

    Has anyone else run into this? I'm curious now, why the sudden interest in hammerless wheelguns? Was there a magazine article I missed somewhere?
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    Ha, I'm one of the "suddenly interested" Dreamer mentions!

    I happened by a gun shop while out running errands last Tuesday and they had a Ruger LCP as well as a P3AT in the cabinet. Always looking to rationalize a new gun I figured a small .380 would be useful in a jersey pocket while out riding my bike but the shortage/scarcity of .380 ammo gave me pause. Enter the guy working at my range, the one who had had some really bad luck with a Kahr CW9 and as a result went back to carrying a S&W Airweight. After discussing the matter for a bit he suggested I check out a .38 snubbie instead of the .380 and offered the Ruger LCR they just put out for range use. Long story short, I shot it pretty well, better than I remember shooting a snubbie, and I'm now on the path to revolver ownership...

    Zero to revolver obsession in less than a week...

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    Dammit. Now y'all got me thinking again about getting a Ruger GP100 or a 3" SP101. Or, maybe an old Smith 4".

    I had just about gotten over my cravings.'Til this thread came along.

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    Heh im fixin to get a GP100 with a 4 in' barrel.

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    MontgomeryXIII wrote:
    Heh im fixin to get a GP100 with a 4 in' barrel.
    Arrrrrgh!! Stop!! I can't take it!!
    I'll make you an offer: I will argue and fight for all of your rights, if you will do the same for me. That is the only way freedom can work. We have to respect all rights, all the time--and strive to win the rights of the other guy as much as for ourselves.

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    Hola Papabear,

    Yea, I sometimes OC and CC a wheelgun, an N frame S&W when not packing an expensive 1911. Not all 1911's cost a bunch, but 1911 fans tend to get a little nutty when it comes to price....ask my wife, I’ve had to explain a couple of them.

    Wheel guns...nothin wrong with them...5 or 6 rounds are more than enough for 99% of the gunfights we as civilians will find ourselves in. I personally have never felt under gunned or a lack of ammo with a wheel gun. If you are concerned with living with 5 or 6 rounds, have the cylinder chamfered for easier speed loading, get 3 or 4 speedloaders and practice loading. Jerry Miculek as an example is amazing and blazing fast firing 12 rounds with a revolver under 3 seconds.

    That said, if you want to spend some bucks on a 1911 look up Kimber on the low end of expensive and move upscale to Wilson Combat, Les Baer, Nighthawk and Ed Brown. These guys can help you lighten your bank account by several thousands bucks.

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    I traded my S&W 642 Airweight for a Ruger SP-101, 3" barrel since 1) I like Ruger's a lot more than S&W and 2) I always regretted selling my 4" GP-100.

    I've got another Ruger that I'll be getting this week (7.5" Redhawk) effectively putting my revolver count over my semi-auto count.

    The SP-101 is a good size for OC and CC, even the 3 inch barrel configuration without the bobbed hammer (although I have thought about shaving it down). I just need to get me a holster to OC it in. But man I love it. The guy I traded it with put some Pachmayer Compac grips on it and man this thing is sweeeeeet.

    I can't wait to get a holster for it. Planning a move here at the end of the month so money has to be budgeted tightly for a while.... maybe a Christmas present.

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    Revolvers are great. No safeties or levers or anything. Jamming is not one of their problems, at least not nearly as much as with semiautos (and we've had the argument, so save it). Sure, they only hold 5-8 shots depending on the model. But with a little practice speedloaders can compensate for that.

    Also, revolvers fire from a locked breech and the barrel moves not at all (except for recoil). This makes for better accuracy, and when you find yourself in a c%$p-your pants scary situation IMO you need all of that you can get to compensate for the effects of fear (which only a fool would not feel and in fact is an element of a righteous shooting) and adrenaline.

    As to semiautomatics, well, all my other weapons are being held at the moment as security for a loan. Including my two wheelguns. The weapon I retain is my Walther P.38; which with its open top ejection port is as jam-proof as a semiauto gets. Eight in the magazine plus one up the spout means nine shots of nine mm in a weapon designed as a battle implement, with another eight in the next magazine. That ougtta see me through.

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    I definately am more accurate with my revolver than with my semiautos.But then again my autos are cheaper brand of firearms.I have shot the more exspensive brands. And they feel great in my hand and the way they shoot. But the cost is what floors me.I will look into some of the ones that yall have suggested.Thanx for the feedback.

    I have a friend that has high end firearms, and hell hes paid as mush for a gun as ive paid for cars.When I see a nice firearm I look at it then I say dam I could put new tires on my truck and pay that bill that i need to pay.

    Who has the best layawy plans and who is the easiest dealer to deal with.Some of these guys at some of these stores, sound like they dont know krap about the gun they are trying to sell me.

    Thanx again.

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    I usually carry my 1911 or my Mak; but, am not opposed to carrying my wife's S&W Ladysmith .357...it's one heck of a gun.

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    I think one of the best features of modern semi-auto handguns is the >5 capacity. We all know that you play how you train, but how many of us train by shooting at paper when the paper is shooting back? How many stories from the street have you read where the police (not an attack on them, just an observation) have fired 60+ rounds at one person firing at them (or not firing at them), yet either never hit the suspect or only hit them a handful of times?

    If you miss with the first 3 shots because you're getting fired at, you're left with 2 more chances to incapacitate with your average wheelgun before you have to reload. With a standard duty-size semi, you're left with 5-15 (7+1-3=5, right?).

    Ultimately, it comes down to what you're comfortable carrying. If you feel comfortable that you'll be able to stop a life-threatening situation in 5-7 shots, no matter what, carry a revolver. If not, I think I know where you'll end up when you go to the gun shop.

    I know a lot of us semi-auto carriers also carry an extra mag (or 3). I do, too (only 1). It's not because I don't think 15+1 is enough to handle a life-threatening situation. It's because mis-feeds and jams happen on semi's. It's a lot easier to drop an almost full mag, clear, and reload a full mag from the hip than it is to try to keep track of the original mag during a fight-or-die situation.



    That being said, I'm currently in the market for a reliable revolver, just because I've never owned one. I doubt it'd replace my M&P40 as an OC gun, but I'd like one none-the-less. Unfortunately, I have a feeling I'll be hard pressed to find one I like, just because I want a 6 round gun. Most of what I've looked at is 5-rd only.

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    The revolver is the most reliable handgun and if capacity is a concern just have a "new york reload" handy. I will have 5/6 shots available in my carrypieceand a 5/6 more in the truck gun if needed. I personallydon'tcarry two snubbiesout and about butit is an option. Lets face it, how many shots are you going to get off anyway in an unexpected situation. After all, aren't you just"trying to stop the threat", not make swiss cheese out of someone?

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    That Ruger is a beauty! I just recently bought one for myself in 3" .357 Magnum

    I would like to get different grips than the factory ones, and I have been reading about some Hogues in wood to limit the catching on the shirt from the rubber grips. How does your new grips feel when conceal carrying?



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    i OC a S&W 581 4" barrel in .357mag. nickel plated. kinda sticks out like a sore thumb, but thats the point ain't it? haha. and as for the only having 6 shots...i also carry 2 speedloaders on my left hip; usually only when i'm going far away from home though

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