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Old 01-05-2021, 07:24 PM
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Went to a LGS today to look at a used S&W 65 they got on trade Saturday.. but I was late .. already gone ... but the gentleman traded in a lightly used 649 .. nice looking revolver.... solid gun .. better than average trigger ... clean .. I didnít get it ...another LGS got a few SP101ís .. not sure which I will go with .. same price ... Its going to be carried OWB ... trying to decide which one

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Old 01-05-2021, 07:38 PM
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I'm assuming that you meant to say 640 or 649?
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Old 01-05-2021, 07:56 PM
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I'm assuming that you meant to say 640 or 649?
Yep 649 .. fat fingers
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Old 01-06-2021, 09:50 AM
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I'd say, if the 649 is a -3, buy it. If it's a -5, buy which ever feels better in your hand.
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Old 01-06-2021, 10:45 AM
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A while ago I traded for a 649.
Neat gun, itís a little Frisky with 357s.
Usually shoot 38+P in mine.
In any case, you need some grips which fit your hands.
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Old 01-06-2021, 09:36 PM
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I somehow see the SP101 and the SW as apples and oranges. I have both and never have seen them as surrogates for one over the other. For me anyway, the SW is the CCW of choice and the Ruger is the nightstand option of choice. I haven't put them on the scale really, but I have toted both and the SW just seems to carry and "conceal" a little better and the Ruger seems to "grab and go" a little better. For me anyway, the SW is the CCW and the Ruger is the, "grab and jump on the tractor, head to the woods, head to the pond, etc"... choice.
Is this "scientific", nope, but it is delivered with a tactile experience of both.
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Old 01-08-2021, 04:34 AM
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^^^what Mod34 said. I find my Model 60 LadySmith (similar in weight, mfgr and caliber) to be superior to my SP101. I've never become accustomed to the DA of the Ruger, so it sits in the safe while I occasionally carry the 60. Either gun benefits recoil-wise from 110gr magnum ammunition as I find it to be controllable in either gun.

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Old 01-08-2021, 07:54 PM
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I bought one of those back in 1985 or 86... the Bodyguard 649 and it was .38 Special only and according to the manual that came with it and still have it said to limit use of +P loads. Was the first revolver I had owned and bought for SD use since I was working night shifts.
Traded it for a new Glock 23 years later and was amazed at the trade in value I got. Wasn't up to speed on the S&W's back then.
Think I paid 85 bucks for it new if I remember correctly and still have some of those old Glaser Safety rounds that I had for it that were the big thing back then.

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649 and 638 are my two favorite jframes. Both mine are fully worked, cut for moon clips, and carried often.
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Before all the craziness set in a local shop had a 649 IIRC price at right around $649-$695! 638s were about $200 less.
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