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7 Best Concealed Carry Revolvers

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.

    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.

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    Empty Revolver Chambers

    Classic lines and reliability have kept revolvers a solid option for self-defense throughout the years, and modern wheelguns still remain an excellent option.

    If you’re interested in carrying a revolver for self-defense, read on to find out the pros and cons of carrying a revolver as your CCW weapon and our list of a few great modern revolvers that make for excellent carry guns!

    Summary of Our Top Picks

    1. Best CCW Revolver

      Ruger LCR

      The low weight, Hogue Tamer grip, and small form factor make the .357 Magnum Ruger LCR a great overall choice.

    2. Most Durable

      Ruger SP101 DAO

      If you are looking for a revolver than can stand up to the harshest use, the SP101 is an absolute tank built upon a proven design.

    3. Highest Capacity CCW Revolver

      Smith and Wesson 686 Plus

      While it is a bit larger than the other revolvers on this list, the 7-round S&W 686 Plus is still manageable to conceal with its 3-inch barrel.

    4. Editor's Pick

      Kimber K6s

      The thin cylinder, excellent fit and finish, and smooth lines make the Kimber K6s our top pick for for a concealed carry revolver.

    5. Lightest CCW Option

      Smith and Wesson 642

      At 14.4 ounces, the S&W 642 is exceedingly easy to conceal; you might forget you are even carrying it.

    Table of Contents


    Why You Should Trust Us

    We here at Pew Pew Tactical believe in bringing you the best information based on testing we’ve done, whether it is research, range testing, or concealed carrying these guns.

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    Many of us at Pew Pew Tactical love our revolvers and have experience using them for both recreational and protection purposes, and this is our list of some of our favorite revolvers for the latter.

    Revolver Reliability

    Everything in firearms is a trade-off, and revolvers vs. semi-autos is no exception.

    Modern semi-automatic pistols are extremely reliable compared to 30 years ago, but they have two weak points — feeding and magazines.

    Magazines are hands down the most common source of malfunctions in a semi-auto. A revolver doesn’t have that problem, ever.

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    “Stovepipe” handgun malfunction

    The second issue is feeding a round into the chamber.

    Almost any semi-auto handles FMJ rounds without much issue, but hollow point rounds (what most people use in their defensive guns) can often cause issues.

    Again, feeding isn’t something that a revolver has to worry about. You have just a basic trigger, a hammer, and a cylinder. Pull the trigger; the hammer cocks back, the cylinder turns, the hammer goes forward, and bang.

    The vast majority of revolvers are similar designs that all share the simplicity that makes them reliable.

    Pull the trigger again, and the same thing happens — pretty simple execution.

    The trade-off?

    A semi-auto malfunction can almost always be resolved with a simple tap-rack-bang drill.

    But when a revolver malfunctions, it almost always cannot be fixed quickly, or at all, in the field.

    Downsides of Revolver CCW

    Revolvers are not the end-all-be-all gun for concealed carry; there are a few shortcomings.

    A revolver holds fewer rounds overall; most CCW revolvers have 5 or 6-shot cylinders. Most of your semi-auto CCW pistols hold more rounds. Even the smallest subcompact guns hold 6+1 (6 rounds in the magazine and 1 round chambered) minimum.

    You can also get extended magazines to maximize your capacity even more.

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    The width of most revolvers is also something to take into consideration. They are thicker than most similar caliber semi-auto pistols, even ones with double-stack magazines.

    For example, a Glock 33 Gen 4, chambered in .357 Sig, has a width of 1.18 inches and holds 9 rounds. The LCR .357 Revolver is 1.283 inches and holds 5 rounds — that extra width can make a difference. 

    The weight of the LCR is less than the Glock 33, though, which might make the trade-off worth it. 

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    Ruger LCR

    Types of Revolvers

    For the most part, revolvers are very similar. They have all the same basic elements, but they might have a feature or two that sets them apart.

    Aside from barrel length, there is something to consider when using a revolver for your concealed carry gun.

    Do you want the hammer accessible, or do you want it covered so you won’t snag it on something when you draw your gun from the holster?

    Check revolvers to be sure the cylinder fits well and is not loose. Also check to see I the cylinder lines up correctly with the barrel.
    Hammerless (middle and right) or exposed hammer (left)? It mostly comes down to personal preference.

    A lot of the manufacturers make a revolver with an internal hammer. These hammerless revolvers are double-action only. This means you pull the trigger, and the gun goes bang; you can’t cock the hammer back manually for that shorter, lighter trigger pull.

    Best Concealed Carry

    If you’re interested in a CCW revolver, there are a ton out there. We’ve rounded up a few that will serve you well for a CCW.

    1. Ruger LCR

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

    The Ruger LCR is the latter.

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    The LCR is a lightweight aerospace aluminum and polymer-framed wheel gun. Pair this with the internal hammer design, and you have the makings of a great CCW revolver.

    This gun also has a feature called the Grip Peg. What the Grip Peg allows you to do is remove the grip and add a different style.

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    Ruger LCR

    People buy and carry a gun more because they like the way they “feel,” and the Grip Peg gives you the option to get the feel you want and take a lot of the hassle out of swapping grips.

    What do you think of the LCR? Rate it below!

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    2. Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard 38

    The S&W Bodyguard 38 is a hammerless offering made for concealed carry. It’s a small frame and lightweight revolver that comes with a built-in Crimson Trace laser.

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    It is chambered in .38 Special and is rated for +P ammunition.

    Like most guns on this list, the barrels are pretty short, meaning accuracy is tougher at longer distances. These guns are usually used at a closer range, maybe 5-15 feet, and for that, this thing is perfect.

    S&W Bodyguard with ammo
    S&W Bodyguard with ammo

    To help keep the weight down, Smith & Wesson used a one-piece aluminum frame.

    The short overall length and the light weight make this revolver a solid choice for concealed carry. 

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    3. Colt King Cobra Carry

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

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    Colt King Cobra with American Eagle Ammo

    Colt did an excellent job with their King Cobra, and this variant is a fantastic choice for concealed carry.

    This reincarnation of a past revolver is a six-shot chambered in .357 Magnum — and it’s solidly made.

    The Colt King Cobra Carry is well made for use as an EDC thanks to its bobbed hammer and two-inch barrel, but there’s more to it than ease of concealment. It’s a DAO, Double Action Only, which is just fine for a CC gun.

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    Having a DAO adds a layer of safety to your carry. And as far as DAO revolver triggers go, this is a nice one.

    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.

    As I mentioned before, it’s chambered in .357 Magnum, which means it can also use .38 Special. Using .38 Special is fine, but don’t discount the value of .357 Magnum.

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    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 Colt King Cobra, and it’s awesome!

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    .357 Magnum Colt King Cobra

    4. Ruger SP101 Spurless DAO

    If your priority is reducing snagging, you need to check out a spurless revolver like the Ruger SP101 Spurless DAO.

    First of all, it’s Ruger, a company I’ve grown quite fond of, and second, it’s just a cool little gun.

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    The Ruger SP101 is yet another .357 Magnum designed for concealment.

    A few specs on this one. This revolver has a 2.25-inch barrel, stainless steel construction, ramped black blade front sight, integral rear sights, and a five-round cylinder.

    Its overall length is 7.2 inches, its empty weight is 25 ounces, and it ships with comfy, cushioned black synthetic grips (you can get it with hardwood grip inserts, too). As expected, it has a satin stainless finish.

    The engraving work on this pistol is beautiful, also, note the shrouded ejection rod
    SP101 Talo Exclusive with the amazing and detailed engraving work

    One nice thing about those factory sights is that they’re both pinned and replaceable, which isn’t something you can say for all the revolvers on the market. 

    The Ruger SP101 has a few safety features, namely being DAO and having a transfer bar mechanism. As always, follow the four golden rules of gun safety, but this revolver is built with EDC use and safety in mind.

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

    Basically, the Ruger SP101 Spurless DAO is a fantastic revolver. I wish the grips were a bit different, but they may be great for your hands.

    Keep in mind these snubby revolvers produce some significant muzzle rise. You’re going to feel that recoil, but you can learn to manage it — It just takes practice.

    Want to learn more? Check out the review below from Johnny B!

    5. Smith and Wesson 686 Plus

    Many of you might have expected to see a Smith and Wesson on this list but might be thinking, “Why the 686 Plus?” Well, because you can adjust your wardrobe to accommodate larger guns.

    For me, throwing on a baggier shirt to conceal a 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?

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    Smith & Wesson 686 Plus

    The Smith and Wesson 686 Plus is a 7-shot .357 Magnum with a 3-inch barrel built on Smith and Wesson’s L-frame revolver for durability. It is a DA/SA revolver, meaning you can cock the hammer for that sweet for greater precision.

    The cylinder is unfluted, with a 6-shot model also available. This revolver can be banged around, beat up, and keep on going; I’ve used mine pretty hard, and it has survived.

    This is a slightly larger gun. Its 3-inch stainless steel barrel bumps its overall length to 8.2 inches and has 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 it’ll fit you well, too.

    It’s worth mentioning the Smith and Wesson 686 Plus is offered with a variety of barrel lengths, so you aren’t limited to a 3-inch design.

    Here is our editor with his 4-inch model

    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 it.

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    Check out our full review of the 686 Plus.

    6. Kimber K6s

    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 designed this to be a lightweight revolver for better carry. Considering it weighs in at 23 ounces, empty, it falls under that category.

    Kimber K6s

    There’s one thing, though: lightweight is all well and good for EDC, but when you’re running .357 Magnum loads, the recoil is a bit much. Even so, this is a great little gun.

    The Kimber K6s has an overall height of 4.46 inches, an overall length of 6.62 inches, and a width of 1.39 inches.

    The Kimber K6s DASA with a 3-inch barrel is a sharp-looking gun right out of the box.

    Even the cylinder of the K6s is made for concealment; it’s slimmer than most, and Kimber claims it is the smallest-diameter 6-shot cylinder currently available.

    The frame and barrel are stainless steel, so they’re tough, and the barrel comes in at 2 inches.

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    Included on the K6s are black three-dot sights. It also has a match-grade trigger, rubber grips, and a textured cylinder release. Kimber offers this model in both DAO and DA/SA, so you can pick your poison here.

    For up-close use, this is an excellent little revolver. If you aren’t a fan of Kimber, it might be time to reconsider that for this revolver’s sake. 

    7. Smith & Wesson 642 Airweight

    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.

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

    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    Final Thoughts

    You might be sitting there thinking, “Hold on, these are all .357 Magnums and .38 Specials.” Where are the .22 LRs? What about the .44 Magnums? Where’s the Judge?

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    Let’s be realistic about self-defense. While it is true that any gun is better than no gun at all, .22 LR is not the most ideal for self-defense purposes.

    Conversely, .44 Magnum is great for handgun hunting or defense from 4-legged threats, but as a CCW, it leaves a lot to be desired. Larger magnum cartridges introduce the threat of overpenetration, heavy recoil, slower follow-up shots, and just being too large for comfortable everyday carry.

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    With .357 Magnum, you can run the hotter magnum rounds or elect to use the lighter-recoiling .38 Special rounds — both of which are logical choices for concealed carry revolvers.

    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.

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    • Commenter Avatar

      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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      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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      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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      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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        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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      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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        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
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      Reggie Turner

      The .327 Federal Magnum which holds 6 rds & has a little less grunt than the .357 is a revolver to be considered!

      October 21, 2019 11:25 am
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        Yes, yes, indeed the .327 Fed Mag Ruger LCR/LCRx or SP 101 are very worthy of consideration.

        August 29, 2020 7:40 pm
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      Ryan Hartman

      The S&W m327 is a revolver to check out. I believe it was first manufactured in 2015 which could be why it didn't make this list, but it is an absolute beast. It's a lightweight 8 shot .357 with a two inch barrel. I have been carrying one for a year now and I couldn't be happier. Surprisingly accurate and easy to conceal.

      October 21, 2019 9:07 am
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      Gabriel Simmons

      Do a SIG P365XL vs SIG P365 vs Glock 43X vs Glock 19 GEN5 vs Springfield Armory Hellcat vs Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield. It would be a very educational video for people looking it CCW.

      October 21, 2019 6:58 am
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        Marcus Aurelius Tarkus

        I'd say throw in a KelTec P11, which was one of the original 10-shot compact 9mms, long before the Sig P365 made its splashy debut.

        October 21, 2019 9:47 am
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          Gabriel Simmons

          but it is a Keltec see the issue

          October 22, 2019 6:22 am
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      Marcus Aurelius Tarkus

      One reason that I love the colder-weather months: more opportunity to carry my S&W 686+ 3" concealed. My Remora IWB holster keeps the revolver secure and comfortably in place all day long. 7 shots available from the get-go.

      For the warmer weather/lighter clothing months, it's my Sig P365, which is just fine.

      October 21, 2019 6:16 am
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      not a single Chiappa Rhino snub nose?

      October 21, 2019 4:59 am
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      Weird exotics but no J frames? Okay...

      October 20, 2019 9:19 pm
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        Scott C.

        My thoughts exactly. My S&W 60LS is a great little wheel gun.

        October 21, 2019 8:32 am
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      What about the Chiappas Rhinos? Certainly concealable with the 2” or 3” barrel, and their unconventional design makes for less recoil.

      October 20, 2019 4:49 pm
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        Victor Castle

        I guess the same place our 50 year old Charter Arms .38 is ?? I bought it for my wife when my boys were babies and I worked night shift.

        October 21, 2019 12:32 am
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      I'm confused. The pictures of the "spurless" Ruger SP101 seems to have a hammer spur. Doesn't spurless mean you can't see the hammer at all just looking at the gun?

      October 20, 2019 4:26 pm