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6 Best Concealed Carry Revolvers of 2024

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Revolvers make for excellent CCW weapons...reliable, consistent, and easy to conceal. We've rounded up some of the best CCW revolvers on the market.
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    You may have grown up watching cop and cowboy movies.

    And if you’re anything like me, these films gave you an appreciation for revolvers.

    Empty Revolver Chambers
    Empty Revolver Chambers

    Classic lines and reliability have made revolvers a solid self-defense option throughout the years, and modern revolvers remain viable options for protection.

    If you are unsure of whether a revolver is right for you, we have a whole article on revolvers vs. semi-autos. But if you are already keen on the idea of carrying a wheelgun, keep reading to check out some of our favorites.

    THE QUICK LIST

    1. Best Overall CCW Revolver

      Ruger LCR

    2. Best for Pocket Carry

      Smith & Wesson 642

    3. Best DAO 6-shot Revolver

      Colt King Cobra Carry DAO

    4. Smallest 6-shot .357 Magnum

      Kimber K6s

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    How We Chose the Best Concealed Carry Revolvers

    Most of the Pew Pew Tactical staff loves their revolvers, and we have shot, carried, and reviewed our fair share of them as a result.

    Gripping a S&W 686 Revolver
    Shooting a S&W 686 Revolver

    We have full hands-on reviews of at least one variant of every gun we included on this list, and trigger time behind many of the other variants as well. Each revolver was evaluated based on performance, features, concealability, availability, and cost.

    Best Concealed Carry Revolvers

    If you’re interested in concealed carrying a revolver, there are a ton of excellent options out there. We’ve rounded up a few current production models that we feel are some of the best CCW revolvers on the market.

    1. Ruger LCR – Best Overall CCW Revolver

    Best Overall CCW Revolver
    $536
    at GrabAGun

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Available Coupons

    Ruger LCR Pros & Cons

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Various caliber options
    • Smooth double action pull

    Cons

    • Polymer frame feels odd

    Specs

    Caliber
    .22 LR, .22 WMR, .327 Federal, .38 SPL +P, .357 Mag, 9mm
    Action
    Hammerless DAO or DA/SA
    Capacity
    5 rounds (.38 SPL, .357, 9mm), 6 rounds (.22 WMR, .327 Federal), 8 rounds (.22 LR)
    Weight
    13.5 oz - 21.3 oz
    Barrel length
    1.87", 3"
    Overall length
    6.5" - 7.5"
    Height
    4.5" - 5.8"
    Width
    1.28"

    Features

    Hogue Tamer Monogrip
    Replaceable, pinned ramp front sight
    Polymer fire control housing
    U-Notch integral rear or adjustable rear sight (model dependent)

    Some guns are just popular because they don’t cost that much; others have rock-solid performance. Unsurprisingly, the Ruger LCR is on most concealed carry gun lists because it is the latter.

    The LCR is a lightweight aerospace aluminum and polymer-framed revolver. It has an ultra-smooth double-action trigger pull that helps make it easier to keep your sights on target.

    Ruger LCR
    Ruger LCR

    Ruger offers the LCR in both hammerless and hammered (LCRx) versions. Caliber options are .38 Special, .357 Magnum, .327 Federal Magnum, 9mm, and .22 LR.

    This gun also has a grip peg that allows you to easily remove the grip and swap it out for a different style. You can stick with the short boot grip for concealment or opt for the longer options that allow for a fuller grip.

    Ruger LCR 9mm
    Ruger LCR in 9mm with a longer Hogue Tamer grip.

    The .38 Special +P hammerless model is by far the most common and popular for concealed carry. However, those looking to squeeze in an extra round of capacity would be well served by the .327 Federal model.

    Be sure to check out our full review of the 9mm LCR!

    2. Smith & Wesson 642 Airweight – Best for Pocket Carry

    Best for Pocket Carry
    $468
    at GrabAGun

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Prices accurate at time of writing

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    Smith & Wesson 642 Pros & Cons

    Pros

    • Extremely lightweight
    • Very easy to conceal
    • Tons of holster options

    Cons

    • No ability to shoot in single action
    • Stiff recoil

    Specs

    Caliber
    .38 SPL +P
    Action
    Hammerless DAO
    Capacity
    5 rounds
    Weight
    14.6 oz
    Barrel length
    1.88"
    Overall length
    6.31"
    Height
    4.3"
    Width
    1.3"

    Features

    Lightweight alloy frame
    Integral rear sight
    Snag-free enclosed hammer

    Some guns are simply iconic — the AR-15, the Remington 700, the Glock 17. Smith & Wesson’s Centennial Airweight line is that gun when it comes to CCW and backup revolvers.

    It was a home run as soon as it was released in 1952. While there are a ton of options in Smith and Wesson’s lineup, the 642 is by far our favorite and one of the most popular to this day.

    Smith and Wesson 642 (5)
    7 of Clubs with a 5-shot group at 10 yards, accurate enough for a CCW revolver!

    Chambered for .38 Special, this gun is small, reliable, and affordable. Holster options are innumerable, and upgrades are widely available.

    Everything about the 642 is designed to be perfect for concealed carry or as a backup to your main firearm.

    Coming in at a feathery 14.4 ounces, the “Airweight” moniker is well-deserved. Its light weight combined with a short 1.875-inch barrel lets this gun disappear no matter how you choose to carry it.

    Smith and Wesson 642 (3)

    Various members of the Pew Pew Tactical team own and carry J-frame revolvers on occasion; they are just tough to beat.

    I could go on, but if you want the whole story — take a look at our complete review of the S&W 642!

    What do you think of the S&W 642? Rate it below!

    Readers’ Ratings

    4.96/5 (1801)

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    3. Colt King Cobra Carry – Best DAO 6-shot Revolver

    Best DAO 6-shot Revolver
    $799
    at GrabAGun

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Available Coupons

    Colt King Cobra Carry DAO Pros & Cons

    Pros

    • 6-shot capacity
    • Smooth trigger
    • Recoil absorbing grips

    Cons

    • Fairly large for concealed carry

    Specs

    Caliber
    .357 Magnum
    Action
    Hammerless DAO
    Capacity
    6 rounds
    Weight
    25 oz
    Barrel length
    2"
    Overall length
    7.2"
    Height
    4.9"
    Width
    1.4"

    Features

    Hogue overmolded grips
    Brushed stainless steel frame
    Bobbed hammer
    Brass bead front sight

    It wouldn’t be a revolver list without a Colt. I was cautiously optimistic when Colt announced the King Cobra a few years back, but when I finally fired the gun, I fell in love.

    This reincarnation of a past revolver is a six-shot chambered in .357 Magnum — and it’s very robust. Thanks to its stainless steel barrel and frame with a brushed finish, this gun is well-suited to daily use. It ships with Hogue Overmolded grips and has a brass bead front sight.

    Colt King Cobra Carry DAO (Photo: Athlon Outdoors)

    The Colt King Cobra Carry features a two-inch barrel and is available with or without a hammer. I like the hammerless DAO version for its extra concealability and snag-free design. The trigger is pretty good — no heavy or rough double-action pull here.

    As I mentioned before, it’s chambered in .357 Magnum, which means it can also use .38 Special. While .357 Magnum has quite a bit of recoil and flash from a short barrel, sometimes it is good to have options.

    Colt King Cobra with american eagle ammo
    Colt also makes a 3-inch version, which is still great for concealed carry.

    The King Cobra Carry weighs in at 26 ounces, empty, and with the right holster, it practically disappears against your body. Plus, it’s accurate, reliable, and durable. I call that a win.

    We have a complete review of the slightly larger 3-inch King Cobra, and it’s awesome!

    4. Ruger SP101 – Most Durable

    Most Durable
    $669
    at GrabAGun

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Prices accurate at time of writing

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    Ruger SP101 Pros & Cons

    Pros

    • Robust and durable
    • Well balanced handfeel
    • Various caliber options

    Cons

    • Heavy for its size

    Specs

    Caliber
    .327 Federal, .38 SPL +P, .357 Mag, 9mm
    Action
    Hammerless DAO or DA/SA
    Capacity
    5 rounds (.38 SPL, .357, 9mm), 6 rounds (.327 Federal)
    Weight
    25 oz - 27 oz
    Barrel length
    2.25", 3"
    Overall length
    7.2" - 8"
    Height
    4.5"
    Width
    1.35"

    Features

    Cushioned rubber grip
    Pinned, replaceable black ramp front sight and integral rear sight
    Transfer bar safety mechanism
    Triple-locking cylinder

    Ruger has firmly entrenched themselves in the revolver world by producing guns that are known for being extremely durable and relatively affordable.

    Their small-frame SP101 is no exception. It has proven to be a consistent performer since its release in the late 1980s.

    There are multiple variants of the SP101, but the best carry models are their standard 2.25-inch and 3-inch barreled versions. Caliber options are .38 Special, .357 Magnum, 9mm, and .327 Federal.

    Ruger SP101 2.25-inch (Photo: Arnzen Arms)

    These are all 5-shot models, with the exception of the .327 Federal, which holds six rounds. Typical models feature stainless steel construction, ramped black blade front sight, and integral rear sights.

    Once again, hammered and hammerless versions are available, but the Pew Pew Tactical team prefers the exposed hammer version on this gun. The Ruger SP101 also features a transfer bar mechanism for added drop safety.

    A tiny package that delivers a titanic hit!
    SP101 TALO Exclusive factory engraved version.

    It’s accurate, too, partly due to its triple-locking cylinder. When a cylinder locks into the frame at its front, rear, and base, cylinder-to-barrel alignment improves, and you are rewarded with greater accuracy and reliability.

    Want to learn more? Check out our video on hammerless SP101 below!

    5. Smith & Wesson 686 Plus – Highest Capacity

    Highest Capacity
    $855
    at GrabAGun

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Prices accurate at time of writing

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    Smith & Wesson 686 Plus Pros & Cons

    Pros

    • 7-shot capacity
    • Great trigger
    • Adjustable sights

    Cons

    • On the larger end for concealed carry

    Specs

    Caliber
    .357 Magnum
    Action
    DA/SA
    Capacity
    7 rounds
    Weight
    35.8 oz
    Barrel length
    3"
    Overall length
    8.18"
    Height
    6"
    Width
    1.55"

    Features

    Pinned red ramp front sight, fully adjustable rear sight
    7-shot cylinder
    Synthetic finger groove grips

    Let’s address the elephant in the room right away. Yes, the 686 is a large revolver, and yes, this is a carry revolver article.

    So why the 686 Plus? Well, because not everyone is stuffing their gun into a pocket, a purse, or the inside of their pants.

    For me, throwing on a baggier shirt to conceal a somewhat larger revolver is far preferable to wearing some cute little shirt and a mouse gun or no gun at all. What’s more important, your fashion or your life?

    S&W 686 Plus 3-inch (Photo: Guns International)

    The Smith and Wesson 686 Plus is a 7-shot .357 Magnum built on Smith and Wesson’s L-frame revolver for durability. While various barrel lengths are made, we really like the 3-inch model.

    Short barrels can greatly hinder the performance of full-power .357 magnum. But moving up to a 3-inch barrel over a 2-inch can help reduce muzzle flash while getting some of that velocity back.

    Its 3-inch stainless steel barrel bumps its overall length to 8.2 inches and a heftier empty weight of 36.8 ounces.

    S&W 686 ADS
    The gun’s factory sights are actually good; the sights are highly visible and facilitate rapid re-acquisition of targets (or as rapid as you can get with .357 Magnum recoil).

    The gun ships with black synthetic grips with finger grooves (I actually like these factory grips) and a red ramp front sight with an adjustable white outline rear sight. It’s ridiculously precise and comfortable for me to carry. Get yourself a decent pancake-style leather holster and you are good to go.

    The 3-inch model is among my favorite revolvers, and for good reason. I can be hard on my guns — and the 686 Plus can take the punishment while offering increased capacity.

    If you want to learn more about this gun in general can check out our full review of the 4-inch 686 Plus.

    6. Kimber K6s – Smallest 6-shot .357 Magnum

    Smallest 6-shot .357 Magnum
    $896
    at GrabAGun

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Prices accurate at time of writing

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    Kimber K6s Pros & Cons

    Pros

    • Good trigger
    • 6-shot capacity with a thin profile
    • Adjustable sights

    Cons

    • Expensive

    Specs

    Caliber
    .357 Magnum
    Action
    Hammerless DAO or DA/SA
    Capacity
    6 rounds
    Weight
    23 oz - 25.1 oz
    Barrel length
    2", 3"
    Overall length
    6.62" - 7.62"
    Height
    4.46"
    Width
    1.39"

    Features

    Brushed stainless steel frame
    3-dot sights with pinned front sight and drift adjustable rear
    Black rubber or diamond-checkered wood grips

    Surprised to see Kimber on this list? I was amazed that I like this gun as much as I do.

    Featuring a 6-shot .357 magnum cylinder, Kimber set out to make a lightweight revolver with improved features specifically for carry.

    Kimber K6s

    For starters, the K6s uses flattened cylinder sides, making it easier to conceal. Kimber claims it is the smallest-diameter 6-shot cylinder.

    Low-profile black three-dot sights grace the top of the gun. The rear sight is also drift adjustable — a nice touch. It also has a match-grade trigger, rubber grips or wood grips, depending on the model, and a textured push-button cylinder release.

    You can see the flat cylinder sides and how close the rounds are packed together here.

    As far as carry models go, you have a choice of either a 2 or 3-inch barrel. Kimber offers these guns in both DAO and DA/SA, so you can pick your poison here.

    The frame and barrel are stainless steel, making this a very durable gun that is capable of handling full-power loads. As soon as you handle one of these guns, the build quality and craftsmanship are evident. They just feel nice.

    The push-button cylinder is well-executed and is perfectly sized. The sights are awesome too!

    For up-close use, this is an excellent little revolver. For deep concealment, the 2-inch barrel model is great, but we definitely fell in love with the DASA 3-inch model for all-purpose carry.

    Kimber K6s DASA 3-inch

    If you aren’t a fan of Kimber, it might be time to reconsider that for this revolver’s sake. 

    We have a hands-on review of the K6s as well, so check it out!

    How to Choose the Best Concealed Carry Revolver

    The main three things to consider when looking at a concealed carry revolver are comfort, concealability, and shootability.

    If the gun is too large or bulky for concealed carry, you are more likely to leave it at home due to the hassle or wardrobe changes it might take to effectively and easily cover it up. Those 8-shot N-frame .357 Magnums might seem awesome, but man, are they bulky.

    Ruger-GP100-44-Special
    One of our editors carries this 3-inch Ruger GP100, but he still prefers to carry his SP101 due to its smaller size.

    Decide how you want to carry the revolver. Is it going into a pocket? Then a small, light J-frame like the 642 will be your best bet. Hammerless options are also preferred for pocket and handbag applications to minimize the chance of snagging.

    If you are looking to carry the gun in a holster outside the waistband, you may want to consider something a bit bigger that is easier to shoot and has more capacity, like the 686 Plus or 3-inch K6s.

    .38 Special & .357 Magnum Ammo in Stock

    Deal
    Grain
    Cost Per Round
    Notes
    125gr
    $0.58
    125gr
    $0.47
    125gr +P HP
    $1.25
    Free Ship $149+
    Assorted
    $0.64+
    158gr
    $0.75
    Free Shipping

    You may have noticed we didn’t include any calibers larger than .357 Magnum on the list. CCW-sized guns in .44 Magnum or larger are usually still bulky but have harsh recoil and excessive muzzle flash. We recommend .38 Special, 9mm, or .32 caliber rounds for snub-nose guns, as they balance performance and shootability.

    Final Thoughts

    Despite their aging status, revolvers are still favored by some shooters and definitely have their place in the modern shooting world. We love our revolvers here at Pew Pew Tactical, and we hope you do too.

    Smith and Wesson 642 (6)

    Remember, this is not the end-all, be-all list. It’s just a roundup of a few nice options for a solid concealed-carry revolver.

    What do you think about carrying a revolver for your CCW? See something on this list that’s caught your eye? Want more revolvers? Check out our Best .357 Magnum Revolvers article.

    Latest Updates

    May 14, 2024: Removed S&W Bodyguard. Added data detailing how we chose the guns on this list and how to choose a carry revolver. Added supplemental data to each product with more information, changed photos to better reflect specific models, and changed the organization of this article.

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    • Commenter Avatar
      ARAV 87-23

      All the choices given by Pew Pew are decent, however they could be much better. Massad Ayoob and Grant Cunningham, notable revolver instructors, both emphasize, Do NOT use S&Ws with the trigger lock for defense. When fired the lock can break preventing the gun from firing again. Massad Ayoob also teaches any revolver intended for defense against humans should not have a hammer spur and should be double action only.

      I own S&W J frames: 642, 342 Airlite Ti and 43C. I also own a pre lock S&W 686 plus with 4" barrel, so I have no prejudice against S&Ws. The Kimber K-6xs is definitely superior for a pocket gun to the S&W 642 or any other J frame. The Kimber has a nearly identical weight and is only .09" wider even though it is a 6 shot.

      Pew Pew categories of defensive revolvers are wrong! They should be House Gun, Belt Gun both IWB/OWB, Pant Pocket Gun and Ankle Gun.

      Best House Gun: S&W Pre Lock 686+ (7 shots) with a 4" or 6" barrel or Ruger Super GP100 (8 shots) 5 1/2" or 6" barrel

      Best Concealed Carry Belt Gun: Kimber K6S 3" with enclosed hammer

      Best Pocket Gun: Kimber K6S 2" (if you don't mind the weight) or Kimber K6xs (if you want light weight) The K6S has much better sights than J frame Smiths, except for the heavy S&W 640 5-shot and the 5-shot (in .38 Special) UC J frame from Lipsey's, and K6S' and K6xs' have 6 shots. The K6S and K6xs both have better triggers than standard J frames. The K6xs still has slightly better sights than standard J frames.

      Best Ankle Gun: S&W 342 Airlite Ti 10.8 ounces
      or for those that don't mind a pound on the ankle Kimber K6xs

      Best Future Ankle Gun: Kimber K6S with aluminum frame and titanium cylinder (the Ayoob Special) This gun would have the fantastic sights of the K6S and smooth light trigger, the weight would also be as light as the S&W 342 Air Lite Ti. Note: Kimber ruined the the K6xs because of the inferior sights.

      OR

      a S&W 342 Lipsey's Ultimate Carry Airlite Ti with a 6 shot .38 Special titanium cylinder. (Yes, of course this is also an Ayoob Special!)

      An important point not made by Pew Pew, if you are carrying OWB and probably IWB, have at least a 3" barrel. There's no reason not to have a longer barrel that makes the gun much easier to shoot and the ammo more effective.

      Why put a long grip on a 1 7/8" or 2" barreled gun? If the grip can be that long have a decent barrel length, at least 3". The barrel is easier to conceal than the barrel.

      The Ruger LCR has a better trigger than a standard J frame, but what role does it play? It's too big for pants pocket carry and probably ankle carry, yet it has a short barrel. Only go with a short barrel if it's for pocket or ankle carry. Also, it's only a 5 shot.

      Rubber Grips or any tacky surface grips? Jerry Miculek says they make for a slow draw or an improper hand position on the grip from a fast draw because the hand cannot slide into correct position as the grip is being attained.

      May 20, 2024 10:03 pm
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      LazrBeam

      Ruger LCR/LCRx or SP 101 in .327 Federal Magnum is the way to go. Six rounds of MAGNUM power AND the ability to download to the quite capable.32 H&R Magnum for defensive purposes. For range time can also use .32 S&W Long, .32 S&W, or even .32 ACP. What’s NOT to love?

      May 19, 2024 11:26 pm
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      vincent N sabatino

      I have 30 weapons. Without any doubt, the CHIAPPA 40DAS 357 is my favorite revolver! Super accurate, great trigger in single or double action and hardly any recoil firing 158-357 all day long! On top of that, it looks awesome! If I purchased the CHIAPPA as my first revolver I wouldn't have any SW, Taurus or Rugers in my stash! However my choice for EDC is the M&P 9 SHIELD PLUS. Test the CHIAPPA?

      March 17, 2024 8:07 pm
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      Alan Bycroft

      My wife and I each have several semi-autos we carry. A couple years ago, I bought a Taurus 856 .38spl mostly because I didn’t own a wheel gun. It runs very well and the round is pleasant to shoot. My wife liked it a lot, so we got her one too. She now carries the Taurus and her Shield is parked in the safe. I carry my Shield Plus 9mm daily, but when I go in the woods, I take the Taurus loaded with a couple rounds of my hand loaded snakeshot.

      February 28, 2024 6:37 am
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      JohnH

      I carry a 7 shot S&W 351 PD. Goes with me everywhere in the warmer weather, and I don't even notice I'm carrying it

      January 25, 2024 6:57 pm
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      José

      Despite pictures not matching descriptions, it is a good article. I love seeing stuff on revolvers. The S&W 642 is a great gun, but it is by no means the lightest even amongst S&W J-frames. The 340 and 340PD weigh 95% and 80% what a 642 weighs, and you have a bigger selection of ammo. Of course not everyone wants to shoot .357 mag out of an 11.8 ounce revolver. I carry a 340 every day and love it. The 642 is light and and easier on the wallet than a 340, but vastly improved sights and the even lighter weight make the 340 the clear winner for me.

      January 19, 2024 4:47 pm
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      Bob Nilles

      I have great affection for wheel guns and own many. I’ll note that some of the hammer less models (and others in general) have stiff trigger pulls. I installed an Apex spring kit in my Airweight and was very happy with the results.
      Bob

      October 21, 2023 8:45 am
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      Jim

      You said "Ruger SP101 Spurless DAO", but the first and second pictures showed one with an external hammer. Finally, the Gunprime ad showed the DAO model with a spurless hammer.

      I tried out an SP101 with an external hammer. It had a H E A V Y double action hammer. That's why I am hesitant to buy one with a spurless hammer - no way to cock it prior to shooting.

      September 30, 2023 5:33 pm
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      Karl

      One revolver that should be considered here is the Charter Arms Professional in 32H&R Magnum. Small revolver with seven rounds in a cartridge that hits at least as hard as a 38. I know Charter Arms isn't as popular as the other manufacturers but this handgun is worth a look.

      December 26, 2022 8:44 am
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        Jim

        A couple of months ago, I found a Taurus .327 Federal Magnum revolver in a pawn shop; and they had one box of .32 H&R Magnum ammo for sale! I really wanted that gun; but the problem is, where can you get ammo for it? I have found a place or two online that sells .327 Federal Magnum ammo; but so far I have not found any .32 H&R Magnum ammo for sale anywhere, except for that one box at that pawn shop.

        I believe there is a market for .327 Federal Magnum / .32 H&R Magnum revolvers and ammo. Federal is tapping into a similar market by pushing .30 Super Carry for semi-autos. A lot are expressing interest in .327/.32; but almost no one is listening.

        September 30, 2023 5:41 pm
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      Bemused Berserker

      Sorry, but after Ruger's CEO' disgusting Butt kissing at Rep Mahoney's Gun Industry Congressional Hearings, Ruger forever lost me as a customer. Ruger has a long history of Butt Kissing the ATF' and even suggested measures that Infringed upon the 2nd like their support for the 1994 AWB and Cap Restrictions. Bill Ruger was who suggested the Capacity Restriction.
      To Hell with Ruger.

      December 20, 2022 4:03 pm
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        Dean Livelsberger

        I spoke with someone who attended the meeting, and he was able to speak with Ruger afterwards. This guy explained to me how congress was just about to ban all AR's (etc), but Ruger schmoozed them into "just" being satisfied with the capacity restrictions-thus saving the weapons themselves. This guy said that Ruger played them like a fiddle.

        March 10, 2023 5:05 pm
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      ED RICHARDSON

      Put an auto in your vehicle (or anywhere) for a year, not lube it, and the lub will dry up. Then they fail to cycle. I know - it has happened to me. How many people lub their guns yearly? Not many I think. They put it away and pull it out when they are in trouble. Not the best time to find out. A revolver will always function. Also how many gun owners keep fresh ammo every few years? And if you get a misfire in a wheel gun just pull the trigger again - no tap, rack, bang drill. Most auto owners don't even know that. I always tell new gun owners who plan not to lub their gun annually, or track the age of their ammo to go revolver. And I am afraid most gun owners fall into this catagory.

      December 19, 2022 8:16 am
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      Bradley Mathews

      Have the S&W model 638 airway. Not the hammerless like the 642, but this one has the shrouded hammer. Shrouded enough to where it won’t snag, but you still have access to the hammer for that crisp and accurate single action first shot. Got it mainly for my wife, but it also works nicely as a back up boot gun.

      December 19, 2022 6:58 am
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      Joe Nunzio

      My choice this past spring for a pocket wheel gun was the Taurus 605 Protector Polymer Black .357 Mag 2-inch 5Rd . The sleek polymer frame partially shrouds the tapered hammer. It has a fiber optic front sight and a larger slightly oversized polymer grip (it comes w/ 2) for improved handling. The exceptional bang for the buck factor provides great performance and accuracy in a durable, lightweight, and reliable revolver design for ~$300.

      December 19, 2022 4:07 am
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      Papa Rulz

      Let’s be realistic. Sane people carry because of fear that they will be defenseless in a worst case scenario. Some people carry because they actually hope to be in a worst case scenario because they have seen too many movies, and/or have delusions about being “tacti-cool”.

      Some carry because they want to “put a hurtin’ on another human being.

      If one actually does have to face a worst case scenario and survive, the authorities will confiscate the weapon used.

      Too many gun writers ignore the fact that the “them or me” scenario will never be “cool” because one or more lives will be drastically changed, if there are no fatalities, or ended if there are.

      The best weapon is not the CCW in your pocket but your mindset.

      Stay away from trouble. Avoid the fight.

      Do train as much as you can afford to, but do so with the hope that your training will never be necessary.

      December 18, 2022 8:11 pm
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      Raymond De Mello

      Good recommendations...I conceal and carry a S&W Model 629 .44mag with 4.25" barrel...benefits of being 6'3" 230lbs hehe

      December 18, 2022 6:31 pm
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      Diver 21

      the SW 642 with a crimson trace grip laser is the way to go with a stick style holster for multiple concealment options

      December 18, 2022 6:25 pm
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      Art Baker

      Growing up in my early years on a ranch, I gravitated toward wheelguns from the get go. I have carried a number of small wheelguns concealed and still do from time to time. The one revolver I carried the most was a Colt Cobra .38 - a six shot, alloy framed revolver. Great gun. Two of my other favorites are the Charter Arms .44 Bulldog and the Ruger SP101 in .357. (love that .44 Spl.!) I even built a .45 ACP carry gun out of a Columbian Army Smith and Wesson. I cut the grip frame to S&W K frame size, shortened the barrel to a bit over 3" and smoothed everything up as much as I could. Still too big to carry concealed, but its a great outdoors revolver. For carry - even tho I am kind of a wheelgun guy, I carry Sigs.

      December 18, 2022 6:01 pm
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      Chuck Cochran

      Occassionally, I still carry my S&W Model 36.
      My better half carries her Model 60 (my Wedding gift to her 41 years ago. She prefers it to any automatic I've had her try.

      December 18, 2022 5:59 pm
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        Papa Rulz

        In my state there is legislation that will soon be passed and enacted that will render most semis illegal - only 10 rounders will be legally available for CC - thus revolvers will no longer suffer a “firepower” disadvantage.

        I do not yet carry, but once I decide to do so I will probably put my Taurus 905 into play. It is a revolver that holds 5 rounds of 9mm Para in what Taurus (who discontinued them) calls “Stellar Clips”, that make spent cartridge ejection and fresh cartridge insertion pretty fast. Spare clips (yeah, we Taurus 905 users can legitimately use that term) can be kept in speed loader holsters or even a pill bottle (two clips, 10 rounds).

        I bought the 905 with CC in mind because 9mm Para is cheaper (in my area) than revolver ammunition, and the gun is - as far as I am concerned - disposable if the cops need to confiscate it if I am ever unlucky enough to have to use it. A Ruger LCR in 9mm Para might offer a better quality weapon, but, for the price, the Taurus 905 is an acceptable choice in my book.

        December 18, 2022 10:18 pm
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      Alan

      Would love thoughts on the chiappa rhino 20ds

      December 13, 2022 7:33 am
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      Bull o' the Woods

      From elsewhere on the interwebs (cannot post links in these comments but you might google for a website called Revolverguy):

      "[T]he ugliness of the [Smith & Wesson internal] lock transcends what the eye can see. When we see the lock, we see a reminder of the powerful, anti-liberty, anti-gun forces that colluded to deprive us of our civil rights in the Clinton era. We also see a reminder of one of their most important victories -- a signed agreement that turned one of the most prized and beloved of American companies against its own customers, against its industry brothers, and against the Constitution itself."

      October 12, 2022 10:12 am
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      Bull o' the Woods

      How about the Ruger GP100 7-round version? I particularly like the Talo distributor exclusive model #1789 with 3" barrel. Does everything the Smith can do but without the darn lock. It's what I would buy if I were in the market for a revolver. Sure, you can remove the lock from Smith revolvers, but it annoys me and drives me away from their modern offerings. I also have a sneaking suspicion (unconfirmed) that current Ruger quality exceeds current Smith quality. I have no experience with carrying a concealed revolver, but Chick Gaylord claimed that 3" barrels were easier to conceal than snub-nose revolvers. For your next review, latch on to a GP100 and see what you think.

      October 12, 2022 9:47 am
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      PM in Fl.

      Seems to me that revolvers report ACTUAL barrel length whereas semi automatics feature the total of the breach AND barrel. Why is this?

      September 2, 2022 11:49 am
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      Chris Martens

      I just bought a S&W 686 plus and it is far from reliable. Multiple trigger lockups, like 5-10 times for a 50 round box of ammo. I’m sending it back, which is a major hassle. Have never had a problem with any revolver til I bought this lemon. And I researched it and this seems like a common problem. So their quality control sure ain’t what it used to be.

      September 1, 2022 5:28 pm
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      Rachel Harrison

      Thank you for the article. I carry a 642 and have been looking for a new carry gun. Thank you for the info. R

      April 23, 2022 10:14 pm
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      William Marshall

      I feel perfectly comfortable carrying a five round revolver, because unless someone is using a firearm to try and kill me, I probably won't need the use of deadly force. I'm also more aware of my surroundings and the situations I put myself in. If I think i'm too far away from my comfort zone, i'll just carry a speedloader or even a couple speed strips. If I carry a .38 special I use the standard loads. If I carry a .357 magnum, i'm probably using hunting cartridges because I will have the most serious stopping power. Of course i'm also going to be aware of what's behind my target. I always practice with the .357 magnum cartridge in a revolver chambered for such. And .38 special can only be loaded in a .38 special obviously. Also the .357 magnum is going to be the more heavy carry option. Enclosed hammer on the .38 special, for a more casual outing. But with a heavy .357 magnum I like the exposed hammer so the strap on the holster makes for a more secure retention, Different carry styles for the two also. I've had the ability to do a lot of ballistic testing to chose the right cartridge/bullet combination. I don't fear an open hammer snagging on clothing, since by the time you have the revolver cleared, your thumb is solving that problem. As far as using a shrouded or hidden hammer, if you do use it in self defense, it may show "less intent" because you can't stage the trigger taking time on your target. A .38 special with enclosed hammer is always with me, but when I go where i'm unfamiliar, I will step it up a notch with a .357 magnum DASA

      June 20, 2021 5:44 pm
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      Hayden Rosler

      I've watched somebody at an outdoor range consistently hit targets at 50ish yards with a snubby .357. Why did the author claim short barrels are inaccurate past 7-8 yards? Heck I can, and often do, get the job done within 15ish yards, and on a good day I can shoot out to 25 (the farthest at my local indoor range) with my S&W 69 Combat. Also, 44 mag snubbies should not be ignored as long as 44 special exists. 44 mag for four legs and 44 special for two. Man this one was a swing and a miss. I love you guys, but c'mon.

      April 1, 2021 12:42 am
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        Citizen_Mikey

        Because you are comparing carefully aimed, pressure free, no bad guys present, skilled shooting. Of course there are skilled shooter who can hit targets far out, but most ppl are not that skilled. More importantly, this is about defensive EDC carry and the idea is that when you will be using these guns will be up close and personal, like most good guy/citizen gunfights. If you need to take 25-50 yards shots in any gunfight with a pistol, you are undergunned, and in a sticky situation being able to hit a static target in zero-pressure practice won't be all that useful when adrenaline is pumping and you need to make a 25-50 yard short barrel hit while on the move and likely getting fire at.

        April 29, 2021 11:15 am
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          Papa Rulz

          If one is carrying a CCW and is shooting at a target 75 feet away, can one legitimately claim self-defense? Prosecutors might be inclined to poke holes into self-defense claims at that distance.
          The civil liability for each bullet fired at that distance that misses the intended target and goes God-knows-where is pretty daunting as well.

          December 19, 2022 2:22 am
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      KELLY L CAMPBELL

      All these under 900$ are discontinued, you need an update.

      August 20, 2020 6:51 am
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      Bob Thomas

      Though the LCR is an excellent, lightweight gun with a very clean double action pull, I wouldn't recommend it to a new shooter. My wife has the .38 Special version. I have run 130 grain .38's through it, not +P's, and because it's so light, the recoil is nasty. When you're in a fight and the adrenaline is going and all that, you might not realize it, but still, practice is very unpleasant. If you're prepared for it, it's certainly manageable, but it's definitely not something to go out and play with. I do have a discontinued S&W L-frame that I bought new years ago, a 681 4" . It's fixed sight version intended as a police sidearm. Right about the same time semi-auto started to become popular, so my guess is, that killed it. I like to shoot it but don't often. However, my Taurus Raging Bull .44 Magnum, 6.5" ported barrel is actually easier to shoot, for me anyway. The weight and porting help a lot, though it's incredibly loud. My XDs40 Springfield Armory and Glock 27 .40 subcompact are what I usually carry concealed though, because of their size and the .40 is a decently powerful round. But again, even with my full-size Beretta 96 .40, they have a snappy recoil. In my own little experience, I think if you want a semi-auto, an example I would recommend would be a Glock 19 9mm or maybe a 26 subcompact or G43. There are others, S&W M&P, SIG, and more. If a new shooter is not bothered by recoil, then sure, a .40 or .45 auto, or .38 or .357 Magnum, or the .327 Federal. There are compact 6 shot revolvers in that caliber. Lots of options.

      June 5, 2020 10:41 pm
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      Zack w

      I've got a taurus 856 and it's the most accurate handgun I've ever shot. One hole groups at ten yards is outstanding for a snub nose and mine will do that all day long. Much better trigger in single and double action than my great grandfather's highway patrolman. I think the 3 inch 856 defender with better sights is gonna be a perfect gun whenever it hits the shelves.

      May 14, 2020 11:51 pm
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      Mikky Bride

      Like a pocket 38 for CCW. Use the SW BG38 w/o laser. These are slimmer than the Glock 43/36 so not sure where that came from. Unless I am just measuring wrong but I don't have to worry about any print with these.

      February 18, 2020 7:35 am
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      George P

      In a ccw or home defense scenario my GP100 3” is loaded so as the first rotations are .38 +p and the last 3 are .357 125 gt magnum. Love the wheelies.

      November 7, 2019 9:11 pm
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      clarke steele

      I carry a Taurus Poly Protector 5 shot .357 Magnum, 19.7 ozs unloaded, ported 2" barrel, low profile snag resistant hammer for single action and 2 sets of grips with a trigger lock. Price is only $300

      October 27, 2019 6:17 pm
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      Simón Olguín

      I love Colt Cobra .38 Spl. + P, Stainless, 6 rounds.

      October 26, 2019 3:53 am
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        RUSSELL LOSINSKI

        YES SMOOTH AND DEADLY

        November 14, 2019 8:14 am
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      Ollen L Burnette

      My daily carry right now is a Manurhin MR73. Yes, it is a bit larger (4" barrel, 6 round 357 capacity), but I love how it shoots and it conceals just fine.

      October 21, 2019 5:58 pm