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What is the Glock 19 of the Snubbie world?

Discussion in 'The Snubbie Club' started by silverbear, Apr 4, 2010.

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  1. silverbear

    silverbear

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    Hi all, looking to add a snubbie to the collection. Love my Glocks, so thought I would ask - What is the G19 of the snubbie world?
     
  2. DJ Niner

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    My votes would go to the 3" Ruger GP-100, the 2.75" Ruger Security-Six/Speed-Six, or the S&W 2.5" Model 19 (blue steel) or Model 66 (stainless). I've owned all of these guns except the M66 (but I've shot several) over the last few decades, and still own the 3" GP-100. The Rugers have the Glock toughness and utilitarian construction/look; the 'Smiths are smoother and perhaps easier to shoot, but less tough in the long run (IMO).

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  3. Glock 17L

    Glock 17L *GLOCKAHOLIC*

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    I would have to say the Centennial Model 642 Airweight..
    It's My go everywere do anything revolver..
    I even fitted a 940-1 9mm cylinder to my 642 NO DASH so that it's a convertable by simply swapping the cylinders, also the early ones frames are Anodized instead of painted & have 100% forged hardchromed hammer & triggers..
    The weight of the Airweight & Airlites are thier beauty..
    Makes them very pocketable..

    BTW Nice looking Ruger GP100 DJ Niner

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  4. Messer

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    I'd say you have to define what the G19 means to you. My way of thinking can take it two ways...

    If what the G19 means to you is a mid-size, easy to carry, but still gives a good size grip for most adult hands - I'd vote S&W model 65, 357 magnum with a 3" barrel. Here is my model 65 Lady Smith with Ahrend grips...

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    If what the G19 means to you is one of the most popular carry guns, I'd say it's one of the S&W J-frame Centennial series. 640/642/442 etc... Here is my 640-1 in 357 magnum...

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    So - what's the G19 mean to you?

    Take care,
    Bob S.
     
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  5. silverbear

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    Bob, good point. It means the latter to me - "one of the most popular carry snubbies".

    When I asked around for ccw options, the G19 came up consistently as "the" carry option for many at gun shops, ranges, etc. I ended up with the G26 on the recommendation of my chl instructor who thought it shot about as well as the 19 but had more concealment options. Both the 19 and 26 are good guns for me - they fit well in my hand and I shoot them well - apparently many others do as well.

    I appreciate your response and question. I hope my answer helps. The 642 and 442 in .38 seem to be popular models. Yours look great!
     
  6. Messer

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    Yup - if someone asks me for the best snubnose CCW revolver, I point towards the S&W Centennial's - and the 642 or 442 lead the list. The 640-1 above is my wife's daily carry gun - the only change from stock is the XS Bid Dot night sight up front. She likes the extra weight of the all steel frame for taming recoil.

    Hope this helps,
    Bob S.
     
  7. silverbear

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    It does help - thanks. I appreciate you helping me narrow my search. Now I know what to search for on the "for sale" forums and gun shows!
     
  8. captcurly

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    IMHO and many years of concealed carry I would have to go with the S&W 642. If one is in need of an external hammer the 637. I own both and use Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel 38spl +P. Carry weapons are a very personal thing. What works for one may not work another. Just carry what you feel confident with.
     
  9. Ganesh

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    I'd have to vote for a S&W Centennial also...if you mean very light, and a very good high hold for such a small size. Tho my choice that I choose to carry is a S&W 340 M&P. Very light and can choose to carry either 38s or 357s. Tho it isnt the most fun for plinkin when it comes to shootin the 357s. Or should I say..its fun in a HOOOOAH!!! kinda way, lol. Even in my smallest pants pocket and usin a cheap uncle mikes pocket holster...all that shows is the very tip of the backstrap on the lower part of the grip. So it conceals very well and you forget you have it on you practically when you drop it in there. Tho the model I own came with the standard two piece grips, I plan on replacing them with the Crimson Trace LG-105 laser grips. They wont give me any more control than my stock grips, but they will give me the added benifit from the laser if needed.

    Sorry no pics...need to stop or slow down on gun related stuff long enough to buy a camera, hehe.
     
  10. fowler

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    642,442 of course for back-up or ccw.
     
  11. GreyEclipse

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    The Ruger LCR is becoming the G19 of snubbies, lol.
     
  12. "Popular carry snubbie": S&W Model 36, direct descendant of the original Chief's Special.
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    The stainless steel version Model 60.
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    Regards,
    Greg
     
  13. Glock 17L

    Glock 17L *GLOCKAHOLIC*

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    Smith & Wesson 642/942 Convertion + 940 & RTF2 G19
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  14. Berto

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    I'd also say 442/642. Reliable, easy to carry, great shooters.
     
  15. silverbear

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    Great feedback - thanks guys!
     
  16. VT RAIDER

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    Ruger LCR since it is polymer... Unfortunately, it has not been around as long as the other choices... I love mine, it has convinced me that polymer revolvers can work...
     
  17. silverbear

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    Hmmmm....., there's an LCR (no laser) locally for sale for $400. Comes with pocket holster and a couple of speed strips. H

    How does that sound?
     
  18. S&W 442 or 642 with +P ammo.
     
  19. Two Guns

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    I would say the S&W 37 Airweight.
     
  20. AZ_Quailhunter

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    I would say any J-frame, steel frame....I have a bunch but my fav. is still the Model 36.