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Old 08-27-2010, 09:17   #21
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I have shot an LCR on a few occasions and the trigger was great. I also found the grips to be very comfortable and nice for extended practice sessions. I really think the LCR is the pinnacle of a lightweight CCW revolver at the present time. Still, I really am tempted to get a Chief's Special. There's just more style to it.
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Old 08-27-2010, 10:55   #22
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Do you shoot a s&w j frame as well or better than the LCR?

If yes then its a great choice for you.

If no, and you are basing the large part of your decision based on looks that is very short sighted. Unless that is you just want it to look at and not use to defend your life.

I really wanted a 642, bit I shot the LCR SO much better it was absurd to even conider the 642 any longer...

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Old 09-03-2010, 20:10   #23
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I prefer the 442.
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Old 09-03-2010, 22:34   #24
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I have both a S&W 642 CT and Ruger LCR. Both are great guns and conceal well in pocket and IWB. I shoot the LCR better at longer ranges due to its lighter trigger. Plus it weighs a little less. It is also less expensive than a S&W. Try one if you can and I think you will like it. So many people I know bought them and love them.
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Old 09-28-2010, 04:27   #25
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I just got a 357 LCR. It shoots great. The grip takes care of the recoil and makes the Gun easy to control. I have stopped carrying my 442 and the LCR is now my backup to my SP101 or my Taurus 617. I like carrying Two 357 Revolvers.
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Old 09-28-2010, 20:02   #26
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I have the 340 M&P 357 magnum. You can't beat the power to weight ratio in this revolver. Also, I really like the sight set up on this model: XS Sight tritium front sight and U notch for rear.

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Old 09-29-2010, 19:56   #27
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I like my older 342.
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Old 10-01-2010, 20:22   #28
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Since my last post in February I have added a Ruger LCR 357. Nice gun handles 357 good. It is verry easy to carry and has taken over as my backup gun.

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Old 10-01-2010, 21:22   #29
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I have a 340 PD and a 342 PD. Since I don't shoot magnums in the little stingers, the 342 is everything a lightweight snub ought to be. Mine wears a Crimson Trace 405 grip and is not too uncomfortable to shoot. I also have the 642 and 442 and a gaggle of 36's but the 342 PD is to me the perfect snub. Mine is with me always in a Robert Mika pocket holster.
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Old 10-03-2010, 08:50   #30
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Originally Posted by Gunmeister View Post
It's no secret to any of us--to be efficient with a 2" snubby you have to practice, practice and practice some more.
The ultra-lights are great to carry but can become a genuine bear to shoot. An ounce or two (or more) makes a lot of difference when it comes to practice shooting and can be a major factor in the amount of practice shooting that you actually do.
I once owned an 11.5 ounce S&W 340PD, the recoil was brutal, it was punishment to fire any .357MAG loads, much like getting smacked between your thumb and index finger with a baseball bat and not much better firing .38SPL +P. I sold it because I could not get proficient with it. It was great in my pocket but didn't work for me as a SD piece.
My advise to anyone considering a snubby is to shoot as many different types as you can find to help you decide. What might be a easy for one person could be impossible for another.
Remember that a concealed weapon may not always be comfortable but they are comforting. Weight is an important factor but please don't let it be the only consideration.
+1 I would not cary a gun that I don't shoot frequently and am proficient with. I've got a S&W Model 36 and an SP101. Both guns shoot well, but even the heavier SP101 can be brutal with a medium hot .357 load. That said, my wish list includes some sort of an alloy bodyguard (maybe a 638).
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Old 10-03-2010, 14:31   #31
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I have no problems with long shooting sessions and my SP101. The Factory Grip and weight of the gun are easy for me to handle. The LCR is much lighter but it has a good grip. My first practice session with it was 100 rounds. That was enough to find out that it was easy to be accurate with and it was controllable enough to get a good follow up shot. The LCR is my backup gun and won't be shot as much as the main carry gun.
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Old 10-05-2010, 08:08   #32
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S&W 640 38 spl. This Ruger LCP is starting to pique my curiosity....
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Old 01-01-2011, 21:47   #33
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I've shot Smith J frames quite a bit but have owned 2 LCRs. I shoot the LCRs much better than Smiths in .38 and .357. The trigger is better, the grips are better and the recoil seems less snappy. The LCR is definately a better value.
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Old 01-02-2011, 00:24   #34
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+1, agreed

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S&W 642 or 442. An American classic.
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Old 01-16-2011, 16:31   #35
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Old 02-15-2011, 17:21   #36
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I got me an old school Colt Cobra in .38 spl. Pretty sweet ride.
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Old 02-25-2011, 07:35   #37
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All that molded plastic on the LCR looks cheap and big. The 642 has cleaner lines and finer finish &fit. I like SW ,s design and performance.
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Old 03-06-2011, 04:14   #38
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I traded in a Smith for the LCR and I'm not looking back. Better trigger and much better accuracy for me anyway. I could never shoot a J frame the way I can this Ruger.
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Old 03-09-2011, 10:23   #39
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if you are an experienced handgun shooter, and don't mind recoil, i honestly think the 340pd is the ultimate concealed carry gun. 357 provides stellar stopping power, and the gun is as light as, or lighter than anything else out there. the heavier trigger, and the recoil are probably a little unnerving for lots of folks, but it just isn't intended to be a target/plinking blaster. it is meant to be a very powerful, easily concealable, easily carried personal defense handgun!
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my second choice (or my first choice for less experienced shooters) would be a model 38 (438, 638, etc.), loaded with 158 grain federal h-s .38. still a good stopper, lots less recoil, easier sa/da trigger. still very concealable, and still very light.
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i will admit to being a s&w fan, and i will admit that i just haven't warmed to the new crop of plastic revolvers!
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Old 03-09-2011, 12:14   #40
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Nothing wrong with being a S & W fan. I may carry my Ruger 357s more but, that is because they are 357s. My favorite looking gun and my first love is the 442. I think that is the finest looking small Revolver there is. I still carry it when I have a small pocket that the Tamer Grip on my 357 LCR can't fit. The 442 fits my zipper pocket on my Leather Jacket. When I go to Weight Watchers and need to hang my Jacket on a chair, while I weigh in, it stays secure in the pocket while the Jacket is still in sight. Believe me I don't need that extra pound on me at that time.
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