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J frame 100% of the time. I rotate between a 342 and a 637-1. For my body type/preferred carry location, J frames are the best for shorts/t-shirt weather.
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I'm guessing about 20% I carry a revolver. My Governor. In my conceal-carry vest. I carry my Bodyguard. 380 about 65% and the rest of my stable about 15%.
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When I carry a revolver I carry a 686-3 2 1/2" in a simply rugged holster. With a good belt, I forget I have it on. I also carry a speed loader and I keep a box of ammo in the truck.
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Shortly after my post last December about carrying J frames, and switching to 32 caliber, I had occasion to try some of the micro 9mm autoloaders that have become so popular of late - mainly to prove to myself that they would be so uncomfortable for my ageing hands and wrists that I could dismiss them from my thinking.

But I was shocked to find that virtually all the ones I tried (SIG 938, S&W Shield, Walther PPS and Glock 43) were MORE comfortable to shoot than any of the J frames I carried. I went through more than 100 rounds of 9mm range ammo in my testing session, with no discomfort from any of the guns. I have to have big cushy Pachmayr grips on a J frame to have fun shooting that many rounds of full power 38 or 32 defensive loads.

Given that and the opportunity to carry 8 or 9 in the gun plus 8 more in an instant reload device (as compared to 5 or 6 plus that many more in a speed strip) I made the decision to switch my daily carry gun pretty much on the spot. Ordered the S&W Shield 9, and have been shooting it, heavily, ever since. In the course of which I discovered that the Speer Gold Dot and Federal HST 147g standard pressure defensive rounds give MORE energy out if the 3" barrel than 158g 38 Special +Ps or 100g 32 Magnum +Ps (Buffalo Bore) out of a 2" J frame. So I don't give up anything in performance.

As a final bonus, there is now an IDPA class for these little guns, so I can use one in organized competition like I used to do when I carried a Glock 26. But not available for J frames except in the rare (in my area) BUG gun match.

I miss the light(er) weight of an alloy J frame in 32, and the absolute certainty of revolver reliability. And I am re-learning how much I hate picking up 9mm brass after a range session. But the ability to practice comfortably, and the additional ammunition capacity and easier reloading (however statistically irrelevant those latter features may be in real world civilian defensive situations) won me over. And after the fact, the Shield has been 100% reliable for going on 1000 rounds.
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My usual carry is my 64-2 snubby. It's the perfect mix of size & power for me.
I also carry a glock 43 occasionally, but am just more comfortable w/ my 64, only because I'm more familiar with it having shot it in some local IDPA matches.
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My S&W 442-2 & 638-3,.38 SPL+P 5 shot revolvers!
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Since I retired three years ago, I've come to realize that I no longer need to carry a high capacity auto on my body everyday. I like my J-frames and have carried them for years, both off-duty and as a backup. Most of the time, I carry either my M&P 340 or my 640-1. I'll carry something with a bit more capacity if I'm traveling on the road or going into one of the metropolitan areas, but I still prefer the J-frame. Now that S&W has finally been able to get the Peoples' Republic of Kalifornia to certify the 66-8 2.75", I'm going to have to get one and qualify with it. That should make a great carry gun.
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I carry my 640 daily. Either bug at work or primary off duty. But I just picked up a 66-8 last week. Once the holster comes in it might quickly bump the 640 down to BUG.

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I carry S&W revolvers exclusively. My duty gun is a 4 inch Model 686-6 with my Model 642-2 in my pocket. Off duty my 3 inch Model 13-3 has pretty much been supplanted by my Model 12-2. The Model 642-2 stays in my pocket.

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I carry S&W revolvers exclusively. My duty gun is a 4 inch Model 686-6 with my Model 642-2 in my pocket. Off duty my 3 inch Model 13-3 has pretty much been supplanted by my Model 12-2. The Model 642-2 stays in my pocket.
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Yes. The 13 balances better in my hand and conceals well even in an OWB holster. I don't worry about the 686 getting battered to pieces. Shooting the Model 13 with full power loads takes concentration. The Model 686 is like shooting a .38.

One more thing, now that I think of it: The Model 686 is damn' heavy while the Model 13 is just a bit heavy. Since I turned 65 I find myself carrying my 2 inch Model 12-2 more off duty than the Model 13-3. The combined weights of my Model 12-2 (22.5 oz loaded) and Model 642-2 (15.9 oz loaded) are less than my 686-6 alone.


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I have 6 J-frames to pick from, but 98% of the time it will be my M49. This particular revolver just "fits" better than anything else I own.
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I have a 642 & a 638 and lately I find myself carrying the 638 more often than not.

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Tie between 627 and 586 L-Comp. The 586 Has night sights, so it goes out at night more. Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel .357 Magnum in the cylinder, .38+P in the pouch.
Since posting this two years ago, as much as I love the 586 L-Comp and 627 UDR, I have completely switched over to a 5th Gen. Glock 17 (same as my 4th Gen. duty gun but 9mm instead of .40) with 800 Lumen TLR-1 and Galco Halo Holster for most all carry; on a hot Summer day a Glock 43 for pocket carry. Both loaded with Fed Prem HST.

I still use an S&W M&P R8 or TRR8 in the wilderness for the longer range and almost double the energy (also, if Moses and Thor get too far out as I watch them on GPS, they immediately return to me if they hear the report of the .357).

As an aside, qualifying with the 586 L-Comp on our 50 round timed course-of-fire took 7 reloads, the G-17 takes two.
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The best fit for me has been my 637. I really want to carry a DA/SA in 9mm, but have not found one that is as comfortable as the 637. My search continues. I do have a SIG p938, but I am not a fan of SAO. I have some p239's and a Smith 908; they are just a tad uncomfortable for my carry method.
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When i'm not carrying my CA Bulldog .44 Spl.,I rotate my three S&W's 442-2. 638-3 & M&P BG .38 SPL+P J-frames.
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I carry my model 60 no dash in a Gun Toting Mamma purse. I will sometimes put my model 659 in there if I really think i need something like that. Actually I'd rather not go somewhere like that. I keep one speed strip for model 60 just in case.

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Smith 442 primarily

Charter bulldog rotated in sometimes

Both aiwb in galco stow and go holsters

When I don't carry one which is rare. Such as a city or other high risk area visit It's my glock 26.
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I carry revolvers as that is what I have been shooting and useing for 40 plus years .I don't have an argument against automatics just revolvers work best for me and my situation .Caliber? Well anything from a single six 22 mag right around the yard and home or a 357 like out on tne back forty ,have been playing around with 32/20 some also as a woods companion .In town it's a 357 but I don't go there much and don't tarry long if I do me and my friends kinda like it out in the sticks I guess.
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I carry my model 60 no dash in a Gun Toting Mamma purse. I will sometimes put my model 659 in there if I really think i need something like that. Actually I'd rather not go somewhere like that. I keep one speed strip for model 60 just in case.

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Used to be my 60 no-dash until I lent that to my daughter. Tried carrying my 2.5" round-butt 19-4 in a high-ride OWB holster, but discovered I was totally spoiled by the 60, so I started looking for another J-frame. I got a good deal on a 1955-vintage pre-36 that I'm carrying now, and I'm anxiously awaiting arrival of a slightly newer 49 no-dash that I just found online. Each one cost me right about the street price for a new 442, but I'm old-school. I just like the feel of the steel guns. There's a weight penalty, but at 6-0 and 200+ pounds, I don't really notice an extra 7 or 8 ounces, except when I'm shooting. Then it really helps to soak up the recoil. I've never found any J-frame 38 to be particularly pleasant to shoot, particularly with small concealment grips, but the alloy guns are particularly nasty in that regard. In my personal opinion, very few people who buy and carry them practice nearly enough, and that's one of the reasons. I get asked for recommendations for CC and home defense fairly often. I generally mention the J-frame snubbies, but I describe them as an expert's gun, one with a steep learning curve to reach acceptable proficiency and one that requires frequent practice to maintain that level. Much as I love mine, I'd have to say it's probably the least user-friendly revolver S&W makes, except perhaps for the X-frame portable artillery. No opinion on the Governor; never felt the urge to shoot one.

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I'm fond of the fully enclosed hammers, less lint/sand. For me now it's a 640 no dash & 38 special is fine for arms length WITH a good load, (IMO). Humpy's, ultra lights, & 357's certainly have their following.
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One of these. 66 off duty. 640 on duty.
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642-1 most of the time, shown at left.
I have tried several different grips, but always go back to the
Spegel designed boots shown in the photo.
PWL model 320 holsters are a favorite for OWB carry.
I have them in black, chestnut, and Havana, shown 2nd from left.
For a high ride, I like this Black Hills shark on a Crescent shark belt.
The knife is a Piranha. Third from left.
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Who makes the grips on the bottom centennial? They look like the ones that ship with the UDRs.
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Who makes the grips on the bottom centennial? They look like the ones that ship with the UDRs.
These are the Eagle "Secret Service" grips. I got these off of eBay, but they are still being made by the company. Just google them. They re really high quality, good fit and comfortable. Rosewood, IIRC.

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I carry a Colt Cobra everywhere I go and usually have an old Patent Pending Titan .25 in my front pocket . I usually carry the Colt hip pocket or Mexican . Sometime I carry a 1920's .38 HE ( Most carried Smith ) or my 70 series .45 I have owned since early in 1970 .
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99% of the time in the summer it is my 642PC gun. I absolutely LOVE this J frame.
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