J frame

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  1. Orive 8

    Orive 8

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    I've owned a lot of different J frames. A J frame was always my BUG while on duty - different models over the years. I still own one J frame, a S&W Model 38 Bodyguard (original bodyguard). It fills my "I'm not carrying a gun" gun role.

    Used to have cocobolo Spegel boot grips on it, but now have the Crimson Trace Laser Boot Grip on it.

    Consider me a fan of the J frame snubby!
     
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    I don’t know what brand it is, but Walmart has a nail polish with color “Traffic Cone” - works great.

    I usually put down one base coat of white, then the orange, followed by a coat of clear.
     
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    Sounds like a carry rotation to me :)

    Doesn't mean switching guns randomly, but instead having several carry guns from which to choose for the day's needs.
     
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    Crimson Trace laser grips work great. They turn on automatically by gripping, but also have a master on/off switch on bottom of grip. Easy to practice with them on or off. Have someone set it for you so you don't know which. Night time at distance is a huge advantage. So is remote aiming. Both rare, but still nice to have. Regular accuracy is improved if any precision needed. Just a tool. They generally don't fail, but if they do just pull the trigger. That's why you practice :)

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    Some nice kydex IWB holsters, with the belt loop off to the side, so not adding thickness over the cylinder. Whole holster fits in pocket when needed to (not to replace a pocket holster, but special situations). Practice one-handed thumb push off the holster for that. Good for nightstand or under pillow, or under covers. Can go no holster, but your choice.

    640 Pro and 642

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    Moonclips and 3-dot night sights for the 640 Pro.

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    4 J's and an L :)

    686 2.5" .357mag
    637 1.9" .38+P
    63 3" .22lr
    640 Pro 2.1" .357mag
    642 1.9" .38+P

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    When I think *rotation*, I picture the guy who gets up, scratches his head and says “hmm, what am I gonna carry today?” Might be OK for some but not me. :dancing:
     
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    The J-Frame is a Great gun and always will be! I was trained with a S&W Model 10 and I carried one for many years before we switched to semi auto's. Even after the switch, I would carry my J-Frame in my ankle holster as my back up gun. Now I'm retired but I still have my J-Frame Model 638 W/No Lock. Every time I purchase a new gun, I take out the S&W and get it ready to trade it but every single time, I put it back and I have done this the last 4 times. The bottom line is that I will never let it go!
     
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    I’ve been carrying my 438 (de-locked) today in honor of this thread.
     
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    I still carry my .38 special J frame in the summer. Easier to conceal.

    I sort of wish I still had my J frame in 9 mm. It was NO fun to shoot though.
     
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    How did you de-lock the gun? Mine has the lock too and is the only thing I dislike.
     
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    Never shot a j in 9mm. Did it kick more then .38?
     
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    Definitely!! I think it was an S&W 940.
     
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    I took it out, completely, and left the hole. Ugly, but I don’t care.

    Youtube has a few videos on it.
     
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    Never shot a J-frame in 9 mm but I do have a LCR9 and my carry for it is 135 gr Critical Duty +P and no, it doesn't and I have arthritis in both hands, especially the thumbs. I don't have
    a problem shooting my S&W m60-14 with .357 mag 135 gr Gold Dot Short BBL either. I've
    been carrying j size revolvers most of the time anymore due to arthritis restricting my
    ability to rack the slide and to dis-assemble. The only exception is my P365 which I carry on
    my good days when the pain is less. With all that said, I have a hard time understanding this concern with kick. Heck, my wife is70, tall and small build and she carries a m642 but shoots my m60-14 with full house .357 magnums when we practice just in case there comes a time when she has to use it. Yes it has a kick to it but if she can manage it, I just don't see anyone healthy having a problem with kick in a j frame size pistol. The only caveat I know of is a S&W 340PD with full house .357 mags in it. I traded mine a few weeks back for a real nice AR for 2 reasons, 1. I wanted another AR and 2. it was hurting my left hand when I'd shoot it non-dominant handed and with .357 mags in it. All this is personal knowledge and applies to me and my wife. If you're different then that's you and all that really matters is what works for you.
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    Mine, too...