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Old 11-17-2008, 11:55 PM   #1
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I am in the hunt

Time to add another resident to what I like to call the 'closet of pain.' Over the weekend I moved all my weapons, ammo and accessories into the closet of my den. Doing so meant putting new shelves in the room, as there was no room for my clothes anymore. A worthy sacrifice. Seems I had about 700 more rounds of 38 than I previously thought, so I better get something to go with that. This is what happens when you buy ammo in bulk I guess. As usual, I am being very particular. Seeing if anybody has any experience with the field.

The criteria:
NO RUGERS. I will not be funding them, for various reasons. The one exception is if I spot an SP101 used
Looking for a 357 snubby. Must fit in a jacket pocket
Exposed hammer. I'm old school.
Prefer a 5 round cylinder, as this will be a carry piece
No laser grips or other fancy crap.
Blued finish, I don't want it to inadvertently expose itself by being all shiny
Price is a factor, it is a carry piece, not a fine rifle.

The front runners are
Taurus 605
Smithy 637, but it is a 38. Small matter
Charter

I am wary of the Charter. I mean, Berkowitz apparently had one that functioned flawlessly, but I get wary of the least costly guns.

Ideas, input? Any that I have not thought of?
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Old 11-17-2008, 11:59 PM   #2
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Re: I am in the hunt

Also, I think I need a rifle rack or cabinet. My friends will only want to play xbox and drink beer staring at my underpants for so long.
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Old 11-18-2008, 01:56 AM   #3
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Re: I am in the hunt

I have had limited experience with Taurus revolvers....model 65 in .38sp.....wife has had one for years.....I traded one on my SP101 years ago....having said that, there has never been a problem with her Taurus....but, the trigger is no where near "nice" and most gunsmiths down here don't want to work on them.....that's why my wife just got a S&W 642.....
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Old 11-18-2008, 02:51 AM   #4
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I had a Taurus M85 snubby. It was a 357 and was a nice gun imo. I'd still go with the SP101. You can't beat 'em. If you decide you're in the market for a 3" SS one let me know.



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Old 11-18-2008, 02:59 AM   #5
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the smith would be the #1 choice though i despise the key lock and there has been some issues reported about it.i would actually prefer to find a pre-lock. excellent service and lifetime warranty.

the taurus-----solid steel snubbys---85--- i think taurus does fine with. Have seen and heard of horror stories about their "Ti" series with mechanical issues and their lifetime customer service, well frankly bites the big one.

charter-----the current charter arms (charter 2000) is a diferent company from the old charter. Their examples i have handled seem to be a big improvement over the old ones in quality and fit. The one example i have shot was a good one. Don't care for the design of the cylinder release. Lifetime warranty and from what i've read, some folks that have used it report friendly and fast service. Snuffy could probably give you a shooting report of his.

still of the opinion the ruger is the toughest of them all and a weapon you can count on the most. and unfortunately the biggest and heavist..............
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Old 11-18-2008, 03:11 AM   #6
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Re: I am in the hunt

...if I could have only one revolver, I'd go with my Smith 649...the stainless 2" humpback .38---you can cock it, but the hump hides all but the end of the hammer that hits your thumb...you can fire it in a jacket pocket...can't hang up on the draw...and you keep your options open...I gave $350 used and no keylock...had the action honed, and it's like butter on a hot pancake....wouldn't sell it at any price...I believe the newer models can be had in .357 but I wouldn't take a brand new lock model at $10....mine's dull not shiny...you can buff 'em dull and fine at night..

Charter...not with my life, you don't

Taurus...pretty good quality...shitty customer service...I'd risk it...all-steel only..you couldn't give me an airweight or Ti anything...Taurus made some 6 and 7-shot .357 snubs awhile back that were sweet...

I'm actually happier with this Bodyguard than my M65 3" SS .357---lighter yet I can shoot 2 boxes through with comfort...have Packy Compac grips...made for my hand...



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Old 11-18-2008, 03:21 AM   #7
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I have had a Charter 2000 for some time now , a Ruger its not, but it has been very reliable.
It was bought because of the weight, much easer to carry then the SP 101 that it replaced .
Used customer service once and they were fast and friendly.
Mine is a 44spl. But I think it is the same frame as the 357 but not sure.
Nothing hides like a S&W, mine happens to be and old Mod 60 38spl and is the smallest of the three.
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Old 11-18-2008, 07:40 AM   #8
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I would go with an airweight smith in any of its configurations for pocket carry. I am a huge fan of the ruger sp101, it is one of my favorite carry guns. I don't like it in my coat pocket. It is heavy enough to make your coat hang caddywampus and awkward.

However, you could get rid of your 700 rounds of .38 by sending it to me.
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Re: I am in the hunt

Thanks for the help. I'll probably look for a Smith first, and keep a sharp eye for a deal on a Taurus.
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rp....................

here is a site that seems to have some nice selections in some used guns. they currently seem to have pre-lock smiths in:
model 36
model 37
model 38
model 49----------HELLO SHEEPDOG!!!!!!!!!

they also have a ruger sp101, a colt detecive special and some more nice ones to select from.....though the colt annaconda, diamondback, and python are a bit proud.........

anyways, just follow the link, click on handguns, then choose revolvers and you get 6 pages worth to look at.........
the old military rifle section trips my trigger as well........the semi-auto section, well, i'll just let you check it..... prices will either be below the pic or will display the price after you click the pic -----usually in the left side or above it. click the pic again and get a huge pic of the gun..

enough rant.........here is the link... http://gatgunsc.ipower.com/gallery/main ... _itemId=12
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Old 11-18-2008, 01:08 PM   #11
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I am with Deputy on the Taurus Titaniums. Stay away from them. They are wonderful as a carry being so lite but I had a ton of problems finally tracking them down to the fact that I SHOT THE GUN. Seems if I ran more than 50 rounds thru it all those exotic metals got their molecules in an uproar and swelled up. This caused the cylinder to bind and the gun to cease functioning. Nice gun to carry but shooting it screwed everything up.
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...thanks Dep, but it's gotta be a 649 Stainless...and I won't buy guns off the net...I appreciate the heads up....I would drive a piece to pick up one in Tx....



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