Do any of you ccw a Smith & Wesson J-Frame? I'm considering buying an M60, M640, or M642 for those times when the dress code / requirements makes it impossible for me to conceal my G36 or 1991 Gov't Model.
Just loved those S&W M60. Elegant, classic and reliable. It went on lliving in my safe for a long time when I met the Glock 26. The Glocks give me 10 rounds versus the snubnose's 5 shots. I also like the better "concealability" of the G26. Reloading is also easier with its 10 round mags versus the snubnose 5 round loader.
Get yourself a 642, my favorite. Ammo choice for .38+p are much better than years past. 15 ounces package, easy to carry multiple ways including in the pocket, IWB, ankle. You'll never know it's there and you'll be sure to bring it with you.
I like the 642 stainless over the 442 for Florida climate.
BTW, I do have multiple Glocks including 27 and 26. I will not deny that you are better armed with the Glocks, but you need to evaluate your situation. The J frame is much easier to carry and conceal.
I also prefer the concealed hammer model. I don't have a need for SA in a small defensive revolver. I am not a fan of the .357 J-frames, whether they are 12 ounces or 22 ounces. To each his own.
Thanks for the information. How is recoil in the 642 / 60 with .38 specials? I need something I can shoot and control--going to take LOTS of pratice to get my confidence to "carry level." My hand starts to hurt after 100 rounds of practice with the G36 using 230 gr. hardball ammunition.
My 1911 Gov't model is my hands-down favorite pistol. My G36 goes where the 1911 can't. Sometimes, neither works with my clothes, especially in summer. This is why I want a small revolver--easier to conceal the curves of a revolver with minimal lightweight clothing than it is to disguise the straight lines and angles of the automatics. (And yes I do have really good belts and holsters!)
I really like the little Rugers SP101, but that weighs, something like 25 ounces unloaded. Built like a shiny tank! I may end up with one yet. The Smith & Wesson M60 is jewelry for your belt (very, VERY nice!). :rollsmiley:
The 60 has a stainless steel frame, and the current ones are .357s and weigh about 22 ounces. The old model 36 Chief's special had a carbon steel frame.
Older model 60s were .38 specials. I do not recall how long ago this changed, probably late 1990s. The model 60 should not be a problem with .38+P loads. The airweight models can be a bit "snappy" with +Ps. With ordinary .38 loads, no problem.
This is really a case of something you have to try for yourself. Try any J frame airweight (alloy frame) - 642, 442, 638, 637. The only differences in the four I listed are the hammer configuration. The weights are the same.
The models 340/360 are the Scandium/Titanium models, are .357 mag, and weigh 3 ounces less.
When I shoot my 642, I go for quality over quantity, and usually shoot about 50 rounds. If you are used to shooting a G36, I would think you should not have any difficulty with the recoil from a 642.
The grips(stocks) you use can make a considerable difference, and there are many choices. If you get one just start with the Uncle Mikes boot grips that come on it. I have a drawer full of J-frame grips, many that I had before Uncle Mikes even produced the "boot grip".
I used to a few years ago. Till I switched to full sized autos. I really thinking though of getting a Taurus 85 UL and still contemplating of a chop job for my S&W M51 .22 magnum. One thing with revolvers is that when they get tied up, they get tied-up really really bad.