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Old 11-05-2011, 07:44   #51
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Since I posted a question about the LCR, I'll post my outcome. I went into the store planning to purchase an LCR. But it was a little higher than I remembered ($399), and the S&Ws were a little cheaper than I remembered ($329). I stood there for 30 minutes trying to decide. The guys behind the counter were patient, and even offered their opinions. All owned S&Ws and, none owned LCRs. But they all wanted LCRs.

In the end I got the 442. It is easier for me to pocket carry, and that for me was the bottom line. I would still love to shoot an LCR. Hell, I'd still love to own an LCR! The 442 isn't too "snappy", but it isn't really a range gun. And I'm not sure how accurate I'm going to be with it. But it is small and well-built! Wife carried it last night.
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Old 11-07-2011, 06:22   #52
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Old 11-07-2011, 08:27   #53
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I love my LCR, but you can't go wrong with a J-Frame. I've got an LCR with XS front sight and I still have an urge to get an M&P340.
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Old 11-07-2011, 09:18   #54
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It is easier for me to pocket carry, and that for me was the bottom line.
You know there is a Boot Grip for the LCR that makes it as pocketable as a J frame. Then you'll have the lighter gun, with a better trigger, and with the ability to add the XS sights.
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Old 11-07-2011, 09:22   #55
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I've got an LCR with XS front sight and I still have an urge to get an M&P340.
My first J frame was a 642 and when the M&P340 hit the market I bought one b/c the XS sight was so much easier to use under stress. I still only shoot .38s through it and it recoils plenty for me.

Then I got a .38 LCR with the XS front sight. With the Hogue boot grips on it compared to the M&P340 the LCR is 1.1oz lighter and it cost me $250 less, has a better trigger and it hurts less to shoot it b/c even the Hogue Boot Grips have a small gel insert.
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Old 11-07-2011, 14:54   #56
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I love my LCR, but you can't go wrong with a J-Frame. I've got an LCR with XS front sight and I still have an urge to get an M&P340.
I know. It was a difficult decision, and I wish I could have said, "I'll them 'em both!" On the bight side, I walked out the door with IWB and pocket holsters and the gun, all for under $400.
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Old 11-08-2011, 19:03   #57
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Gotta admit...I own a S&W 340 M&P. Very light, very easy to drop in a pocket or stick on yer hip. Tho she is a walk in hell to shoot .357s out of. If Ruger came out with the LCR sooner, I would have probably owned one....definately in the newer .357 version. Ive shot em and I actually like em better than my twice as much Smith.

Since Ive sold off my GP100 and SP101....I'll probably buy one of those for my main shootin. Just too darn painfull these days to put 400+ rounds down range outta my Smith these days. Figure a box outta the smith + 2 cylinders of my carry choice and the rest outta a tank like the sp101 would be just about perfect.
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Old 12-25-2011, 22:15   #58
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From what I can see on the web the plastic revolvers don't weigh any less than the titanium metal revolvers. so what is the advantage of plastic over metal?
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Old 12-27-2011, 06:55   #59
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From what I can see on the web the plastic revolvers don't weigh any less than the titanium metal revolvers. so what is the advantage of plastic over metal?
When you were looking, did you notice any difference in price?
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Old 12-27-2011, 14:02   #60
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actually I did not look at price. In a self defense gun, for me price is not that big a deal. So I save a few bucks and then the gun doesn't work when I need it. I rather spend more and have it work when I need it.

Bud's has new J frames starting at $361 and they go up.

The body guard starts at $418, but comes with an awkward laser sight.

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/i...Path/21_39_922
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Old 12-27-2011, 14:09   #61
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I came here to look for input on the Smith Bodyguard. Seems everyone picks the LCR over it.
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Old 12-27-2011, 20:04   #62
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I came here to look for input on the Smith Bodyguard. Seems everyone picks the LCR over it.
I ended up buying a S&W 442, but I've got nothing bad to say about the LCR. The funnypart is that I ended up putting Hogue grips on it. It now looks a lot more like an LCR.
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Old 12-28-2011, 10:24   #63
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In my experience I have found if you are only going to shoot 38 and 38+P the S&W 442 or 642 is great. If you want to shoot a lot of 357mag it's LCR all the way. We sold a few of the S&W Body Guard 38s. The grip dose not fit most peoples hand as well as the 442/642. If you like Lasers, Laser Grips are the way to go. I like the LCR best because I like 357. I have a 442 and I like it as a light weight pocket back up on occasion but, the LCR 357 fits most pockets so it gets the job. As for a steal gun I picked the SP101. As it comes stock out of the box you can shoot 357 all day. Most of what I have read about S&W 357 light weights is they are no fun to shoot. The Model 60 with the right grips would be O.K. That's my opinion If it's worth anything.

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Old 12-28-2011, 10:36   #64
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That's my opinion If it's worth anything.
It's worth as much as anybody else's.

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Old 12-28-2011, 19:31   #65
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I like the sp101 all metal with 357mags in it and pachmyr compacs on it . Real control and fight-stopping power! No use for plastic wheelguns or alloy airweights.
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Old 01-21-2012, 18:59   #66
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I got snubby fever again this week and started looking for something to replace my 442 I traded off a while ago. Looked at a no-dash Model 36, another 442, BG .38 and an LCR. Liked the trigger on the LCR the best of that bunch, but thought it looked weird and felt too light. I really disliked shooting the 442 because it was so light, and the LCR felt even lighter. I was leaning towards the Chief's Special because of the steel frame, but then I stumbled on a Colt Detective Special. Now my new pocket snubby.

I prefer Colts anyway. My other DS was too nice to EDC, this one had the suggestion of a turn line on the cylinder so it got the nod.

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Old 01-29-2012, 20:10   #67
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I was at Cabela's today and counted 10 used LCRs for sale. Guess there's plenty of folks who didn't like 'em.
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Old 01-30-2012, 06:09   #68
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I would buy a second LCR357 and carry Two except, I hate to put the SP101 away.
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Old 01-30-2012, 06:18   #69
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I was leaning towards the Chief's Special because of the steel frame, but then I stumbled on a Colt Detective Special. Now my new pocket snubby.
I ended up going back and also picking up the Chief's Special for my wife. She loved the way if fit her hand.
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Old 01-30-2012, 12:16   #70
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Heres my LCR .38spcl with XS front sight and Crimson Trace Lasergrips.
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Old 02-02-2012, 02:51   #71
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Does anyone make a grip similar to the Crimson Trace (hard plastic or non-sticky rubber)? Can't find one....
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Old 02-02-2012, 13:35   #72
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The Houge Boot grip. I didn't like mine though.
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Old 02-03-2012, 02:31   #73
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What didn't you like?

I really want Crimson Traces or equiv without the laser, but..
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Old 02-03-2012, 11:58   #74
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I found the recoil with .38spcl 130gr +p or standard 158gr to be a little brutal with the boot grip. I'm talking 30 rounds a session brutal. With the CTC's on it's much better. I put 125 rounds through it yesterday with no discomfort keeping all my shot's inside a 6" circle at 7 yards. There's no way I could shoot that many quality shots or maintain the accuracy without flinching using the boot grips.
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Old 02-17-2012, 09:14   #75
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I saw the Taurus plastic one in the LGS the other day.....That needs no ammo......just the sight of that thing would scare off an attacker. Man,....is that thing ugly.
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