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CCW with Model 60 S&W?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by DEE50, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. DEE50

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    I am considering the snub version of the Smith and Wesson model 60 for CCW and I have a few questions for anyone who can help. (you guys always do!)

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    With an average or large hand can you get a full grip on the handle? (three fingers) :supergrin:

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    Is it relatively easy to conceal even in the summertime? :dunno:

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    Is the recoil too stout for defense? (I'm used to shooting big bore handguns.)

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    Is there a variety of holsters for the gun? (I am wanting something that is not pliable, no leather.) :embarassed:
     
  2. pennlineman

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    1. Yes they make oversized boot grips.

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    2. Never a problem. A J frame is my go to gun for summer carry.

    3. Depends on the load and how sensitive you are to recoil. Try the standard pressure SWCHP. These have been working well for years.

    4. The J frame has been around for years, You should have no problem finding a holster you like.
     

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  3. countrygun

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    Why do you think they have been making them all these years?

    pennlineman summed it all up well.
     
  4. WT

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    What pennlineman said.

    Just remember that there is a J-frame Model 60 and a J Magnum frame Model 60. The former is smaller than the latter.
     
  5. byf43

    byf43 NRA Life Member

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    pennlineman just about said it all.


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    I had one like this, several years ago. (And also carried a Charter Arms "Undercover".)
    Using "Nyclad" 125 gr JHP ammo, I felt very well heeled.
     
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  6. DEE50

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    What pennlineman and you have just said is very very helpful.
     
  7. Berto

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    There's a huge selection of aftermarket grips; Boot grips should give you a 2 and a half finger grip with the pinky partially gripping and curled under the base of the stocks.
    Hogue and bunch of other make 'full' grips if you want more.


    It's a very easy gun for concealment, either by pocket carry, ankle or IWB.

    Being an all steel 21oz gun, it should be easy to manage with mainstream +P loads like the (very good) 135gr Gold Dot.

    I use a Blade Tech Kydex for IWB, it works great with the J frame. Lots of others out there just like it.
     
  8. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    You broke my heart. Plastic holster for a wheelgun?:crying:
     
  9. Berto

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    I generally pocket carry a J frame, but I have the Blade Tech for belted carry. Usually with a belt, I carry a bigger gun though.:supergrin:
     
  10. WT

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    I have to go with Berto here. I know it is tough to fathom but a plastic appendix inside the waistband holster works wonders for me.

    I also put the S&W 'Pro' grips on my Model 60. (P/N 411740000)
     
  11. NAS T MAG

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    Mine is the Pro 60 with a 3" barrel. I added Crimson Trace grips and carry it in a Kholster I modified.
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  12. DFin

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  13. Bruce M

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    A Model 60 arguably was the standard for concealed/plainclothes carry for a decade or three and I am reasonably sure that J frames are still one of S&W's more popular sellers. I never had problems concealing mine even in the summer in monsoon season. I would check eBay for holsters and grips; you might be able to find what you want or want to try for a bit less.
     
  14. Unk

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    My 1969 60 carried as backup in homemade, rough-out leather square. Using up some old Federal Nyclad .38 HP.

    I had the hammer bobbed.

    Best
     
  15. hogship

    hogship It's MY Island

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    I no longer ccw a revolver, but it's not a bad choice for those who make that decision.

    Using the DH belt holster shown above, it carried very well. It would work fine for summer, or any season, with the right cover garment.

    I found the m60 in a pocket holster just too big for my use. Others may like it better than I did, and any one person's body type, plus clothing styles used will determine that. The size was too big for my pocket......and that cylinder was much wider than I could accept.......kinda like having a golf ball in your pocket. I usually wear relaxed bluejeans, but cargo pants were better for pocket carry.

    I sold the m36, but still have the m60.......I may use it again sometime, but it's been a few years since I have.

    ooc
     
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  16. Sgt127

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    I've carried some variation of a J frame for 28 years as a back up in uniform. The last 19 years or so a 642. It's also the occasional drop in the pocket to run and get milk gun.

    I think the all stainless .38 is the ultimate variation if you plan to shoot it quite a bit and carry it. The aluminum and stainless shine if you are gonna carry it a lot and shoot it a little.

    For me, and my dainty hands, the Ruger SP-101 is as small and light as I will go for a full on magnum.

    Bottom line, they are all good.
    I would carry an old school Chief Special any time.
     
  17. ronin.45

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    I have a 3" 60 that gets carried from time to time. I like boot style grips. It currently wears VZ micartas. There are so many holsters available for it that you can get anything you can imagine. Recoil is not bad, but the various loads make a difference.
     
  18. Ceapea

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    Here are two of mine, both 60's. They both had the same, very easy to hold, grips that you see on the 2" gun. I wear XL gloves! You'll have no problem holding onto it.
    The 3" gun has CT grips...very nice!

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    And a pre-36, flat latch...just for kicks...

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    I know what you're thinking...rubber on a classic?
    Hey, the CT's turn that gun into a sub 2" shooter at 25'-30'!
    That's why.:cool:

    And yes, I do have the original wood stocks for the pre-36. The box too!
     
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  19. Ceapea

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    Aw shucks, here's the whole bunch of 'em...with some extras.


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