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Old November 10th, 2019, 11:16 AM #1
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C&R Snubnose .38 - Which One?

What would be a good choice for a C&R snub nose revolver? 38 Special preferred.

Wife asked me for "something small" to keep in her night stand in case she is unable to get to the 12 gauge I keep for some reason.
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Old November 10th, 2019, 11:23 AM #2
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I like the S&W Model 40. It's a Centennial model, with a concealed hammer. The original "point and click" interface.

If you get one with a grip safety, you can pin it down with a short length of wire. Just pop the grips off. There's a hole in the grip frame for exactly that reason.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_...son_Centennial
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If it's a night stand gun, then a S&W Model 10 perhaps? Or a model 64 (stainless steel version)? Lots of those around.
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Model 10 with a short barrel. Or a chopped one for $150.
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I know you specifically asked for C&R, but IMO, defensive guns should be functional as well as inexpensive, with little or no historical value. Odds are pretty high that if used for their intended purpose, you will never see that gun again or the price of recovering it from an evidence room will be far higher than the value of the gun.

For a self defense revolver my choice would be a Ruger SP101 2.25", chambered for .357 Mag. Load it with whatever .38 Spl +P+ JHP you like. Get a Wolff Spring kit for it to get the trigger pull where you like it, and shoot a lot of targets from contact to 3 yards.

Good luck finding what you want. I pray you or your wife never need it.

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I think most stainless ones will be newer than 50 years. No HQL so I need something 50 years or older
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I know you specifically asked for C&R, but IMO, defensive guns should be functional as well as inexpensive, with little or no historical value. Odds are pretty high that if used for their intended purpose, you will never see that gun again or the price of recovering it from an evidence room will be far higher than the value of the gun.

For a self defense revolver my choice would be a Ruger SP101 2.25", chambered for .357 Mag. Load it with whatever .38 Spl +P+ JHP you like. Get a Wolff Spring kit for it to get the trigger pull where you like it, and shoot a lot of targets from contact to 3 yards.

Good luck finding what you want. I pray you or your wife never need it.

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I've got a used K38 police trade in which while C&R is pretty cosmetically rough but mechanically perfect. It's just bigger than she wants to deal with.
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I think most stainless ones will be newer than 50 years. No HQL so I need something 50 years or older
Yeah, I think the only C&R stainless would be the 60 introduced in 1965. The next stainless revolver that S&W did was the 64, which they introduced in 1970.

I've seen factory 2" barrel 10s and M&Ps in the $350-500 range in recent months, depending on condition. The 36s are about in the same range. Colt Detective Specials are stupid money now.

Is her issue the grip size or the weight? If it's the grip size, full size K frames can come in round butt too.

There's a 1968 Charter Arms Undercover for $325 on VA Armslist. The listing is still live, so I don't know if it's still available.

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Yeah, I think the only C&R stainless would be the 60 introduced in 1965. The next stainless revolver that S&W did was the 64, which they introduced in 1970.

I've seen factory 2" barrel 10s and M&Ps in the $350-500 range in recent months, depending on condition. The 36s are about in the same range. Colt Detective Specials are stupid money now.

If she's not carrying it, does it have to be a snub nose?

There's a 1968 Charter Arms Undercover for $325 on VA Armslist. The listing is still live, so I don't know if it's still available.

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Guess it doesn't necessarily need to be. I know she prefers the smaller grip size which seems to accompany many snub nose wheel guns though. She has small hands.
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Colt Detective Special...the quintessential detective piece. Six round capacity...well proven...well made. They can also be found with 3" barrels but due to being uncommon they're more expensive. The Colt Cobra and Agents are excellent choices as well but being aluminum framed will exhibit more felt recoil. I used to carry a Cobra off-duty...great carry piece.
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