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Old November 25th, 2017, 11:27 AM #1
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Snubby.38 Revolver Suggestions?

Hey guys, looking to purchase a snub nosed .38 revolver for my lady for Christmas. I'm looking to stay around $400 or less.

I'm leaning towards the Taurus 85 or the S&W 637 or Bodyguard 38.

Suggestions? Comments? Other options you have experience with?
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None of the above.

I am not a revolver guy but I do own a LCR in .38 and love it. Super light weight, super smooth trigger (best revolver trigger ever IMHO), I can't imagine a better .38 snubby.

If you were asking about .357 snubbies I'd have to go with my SP101. I am almost as biased on the subject of revolvers as I am about semi-auto pistols.
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I really feel that the Ruger Sp-101 is hard to beat in that category. I do not trust any gun made by Taurus.

As an aside, is this for a range gun or a protection gun? If it's protection than I'd largely advocate letting her pick what she wants. The smaller the gun, the less it weighs and the less it weighs the more recoil the shooter feels. My experience is that many of my female friends did better with a Glock 19 than an Sp-101. Just my opinion, worth what you paid for it.
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I'm partial to Smiths especially the 60 series. They can fire +p and I've never found a better out of the box trigger pull. The 60 is the foundation for the lady smith. I prefer to have the hammer.
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None of the above.

I am not a revolver guy but I do own a LCR in .38 and love it. Super light weight, super smooth trigger (best revolver trigger ever IMHO), I can't imagine a better .38 snubby.

If you were asking about .357 snubbies I'd have to go with my SP101. I am almost as biased on the subject of revolvers as I am about semi-auto pistols.
I have been considering the LCR and just discovered the sp101.

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I really feel that the Ruger Sp-101 is hard to beat in that category. I do not trust any gun made by Taurus.

As an aside, is this for a range gun or a protection gun? If it's protection than I'd largely advocate letting her pick what she wants. The smaller the gun, the less it weighs and the less it weighs the more recoil the shooter feels. My experience is that many of my female friends did better with a Glock 19 than an Sp-101. Just my opinion, worth what you paid for it.
Range and self protection. I have a Glock 19 personally and she shoots it very well but prefers a revolver for protection.

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I'm partial to Smiths especially the 60 series. They can fire +p and I've never found a better out of the box trigger pull. The 60 is the foundation for the lady smith.
I had looked at the lady Smith but I'm still back and forth on exposed hammer or internal hammer. Opinions?
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Depends what you're doing. I have a s&w airweight 642 (internal hammer) that's a great pocket gun but it's doa and has a heavy trigger pull, which it's supposed to, but being +p you get more bang if you want for self defense. Also have a Taurus snub nose 38, not sure which model, that's single or double action that I prefer for plinking/target shooting.
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The Taurus Model 85 is a great little revolver.....fifteen years ago. I wouldn't go near Taurus now.

As Joppa suggested, the Ruger SP101 is the cat's meow in a five shot snub nose. Takes .357 Magnum and .38 Special.

Surprisingly controllable when firing .357 Magnums too.
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I had looked at the lady Smith but I'm still back and forth on exposed hammer or internal hammer. Opinions?
Personally, exposed. I can attest a .357 in a lightweight revolver can be a handful it shoot especially for a woman. I own a model 60-9 and the recoil is stout and it's a steel frame. My doctor uses a scandium ( I think it's pronounced and he hates to practice with it with .357.
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Depends what you're doing. I have a s&w airweight 642 (internal hammer) that's a great pocket gun but it's doa and has a heavy trigger pull, which it's supposed to, but being +p you get more bang if you want for self defense. Also have a Taurus snub nose 38, not sure which model, that's single or double action that I prefer for plinking/target shooting.
I'm not familiar with revolvers, but is only the first pull DA with an exposed hammer then the rest are S.A.? If so I definitely want an exposed hammer.

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The Taurus Model 85 is a great little revolver.....fifteen years ago. I wouldn't go near Taurus now.

As Joppa suggested, the Ruger SP101 is the cat's meow in a five shot snub nose. Takes .357 Magnum and .38 Special.
She held an SP101 yesterday and liked it. I've been telling her I'm looking at them for a carry gun for me lol.

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Personally, exposed.
Why? Just curious.
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I'm not familiar with revolvers, but is only the first pull DA with an exposed hammer then the rest are S.A.? If so I definitely want an exposed hammer.
No, single/double only refers to trigger operation. Every revolver is double action as the hammer must be cocked and then released (two actions). Single action simply means you can manually cock the gun then release with the trigger (single operation by the trigger), and must be done manually for every shot.
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