Blannelberry Gets His Concealed Carry Permit: Ep. 2: ‘What Gun to Carry?’

Once one decides to become a concealed carry permit holder, the next question is what gun to carry? At the time of writing this, that’s the question I’m asking myself. What gun do I want to carry every day?

The Right Gun Finds You

What gun shall I carry?  It’s a big question, and there’s a lot that goes into answering it. Let me start with a philosophical underpinning that I can’t help but to ignore, which is that I think your carry gun should choose you as much as you choose it.

If you think about it, that’s the case with a lot of the material decisions we make, particularly if you tend to see things — like I do — from a utilitarian standpoint as opposed to one concerned with vanity, e.g. If I carry this, will I look cool? Will it make my friends jealous?

To give you a non-gun-related parallel, I buy jeans from American Eagle. It’s not because I am fond of the brand (frankly, at age 32, I’m probably too old to be shopping at American Eagle), nor is it because I have a particular affinity for the style. I buy AE jeans because the quality is above average and they fit better, feel better and look better on me than most other jeans in the $40 price range.

I discovered this the only way one can, by process of elimination. Levis were too tight in the crotch (“nut-huggers” as I’ve heard them described). Gap jeans had shallow pockets with openings that were really tight and narrow, so that whenever I wanted to retrieve my keys or my cell phone, I’d have to wedge my hand down in there and invariably scrape the back of my hand on the ridge of the pocket. It’s not very convenient to get a brush burn on your knuckle every time your phone rings. Lucky jeans were too long, the 32” length turned out to closer to 34,” which made them appear baggy, especially when wearing boots… In any event, I can keep going on with this goldilocks testimony, but you get the idea. AE jeans fit just right, the others did not.

The larger point I’m making is that the specific construction of AE straight-leg jeans fits my specific body type better than any other $40 jean I’ve tried on. The decision to purchase them over the others was based solely on intuition and comfort. It had nothing to do with the brand, style trends, the company’s corporate ethos, what Brett Favre wears, what jeans my friends think are cool, etc. In short, AE jeans and my lower extremities are a perfect match. Were I to decide on a different pair, I’d only be going against what felt natural.

I think the same holds true for concealed carry handguns. Your carry gun should choose you as much as you choose it. Put another way, you need to let go of any particular loyalties you may have toward one manufacturer or another when beginning the process of elimination. You may be a Glock devotee, for example, but if the Springfield fits better, feels better, shoots better go with the XDs.

You know, I often wonder how many concealed carriers out there are toting firearms that are not the ideal gun for them, not a natural fit. How many are carrying the gun that their favorite tactical guru likes? How many are carrying a gun for nostalgic purposes (1911 fanboys)? How many are carrying a fancy, expensive gun because they want to look cool or keep up appearances with their range buddies?

I don’t have the answers to those questions, but I’m sure it’s more than a few. The correct approach to this process I believe is to shoot as many handguns as you can get your hands on. Shoot em some more. Practice drawing them from a holster. If possible, carry them on your person for awhile. Then let the right gun find you. You’ll know, because it’s the one that feels right, that shoots right, the one your inner-voice is telling you to carry. My boss puts it this way, which is also a way of saying the same thing, it’s the one you’ll actually carry every day.  It’s really that simple.

The Series

Ep. 1: Introduction Why Carry — Introspection on why I want to join the 12 million Americans who have taken the plunge and obtained a license to carry concealed.

Ep. 2: What Gun to Carry — A look at various options for concealed carry. What handguns I’m leaning toward, pricing, cost/benefit of each platform.

Ep. 3: Buying the Gun on GunsAmerica — Sure, a shameless plug for the GA retail site. But I’m going to go step-by-step to show how easy it is to purchase a gun on GunsAmerica.

Ep. 4: Accessorizing — Options for holsters, belts, magazines, etc., and a discussion of what type of carry works for me, e.g. appendix, behind the hip, shoulder harness.

Ep. 5: Kentucky State Law — What are the gun laws here in Kentucky. What are my rights as a concealed carry permit holder. What are the self-defense laws in the state, e.g. Stand Your Ground.

Ep. 6: Application Process — The paperwork, the background check, the fee, etc., all the stuff you need to get together in order to get the permit.

Ep. 7: Training Class — What does a concealed carry class in Kentucky entail? What are the shooting requirements? How many hours of training. How much does it cost. My experiences going through the class.

Ep. 8: Final Thoughts — After filling out the paperwork, completing the training and submitting the application, what are my final thoughts about the process. How does it compare with other states?

Debate: Pistol vs. Revolver

Is there anything more reductive than the age-old pistol versus revolver debate? I mean, at the end of the day, you shoot well what you shoot well and I shoot well what I shoot well. Period. End of story.

But the firearms community, being comprised of many well-informed and opinionated individuals, is one of a know-best mentality. Everyone is an expert — at least they think they are — or has a strong position on the matter and they are 100 percent certain that revolvers are vastly superior to pistols because revolvers are infinitely more reliable or that pistols are vastly superior to revolvers because of capacity (I’m being somewhat facetious with my characterization of gun owners as know-it-alls, buy you know what I’m talking about).

I mean, more or less, that’s what the debate boils down to in most circles. Capacity versus reliability. I’m not going to pay too much homage to this tired debate. I’m a wheel gun guy. I always have been. It’s not that I don’t like pistols, I do. But I’ve always felt more comfortable and confident shooting revolvers. I think it has to do with the universality of the platform. More or less, they’re pretty much the same in terms of basic operation. Point. Aim. Shoot. That’s not to say that pistols are incomprehensibly complicated. But there are more nuances from pistol platform to pistol platform and issues with magazines and malfunctions that don’t occur with revolvers (e.g. stovepipes). I guess I just like the simplicity of the revolver.

That said, to address the capacity issue for a moment, a Colt Python, one of the most iconic revolvers ever made (check out our awesome review), holds six rounds of .357 magnum or .38 special. A Glock 17 holds 17+1 of 9mm. Comparing a full-sized pistol against a full-sized revolver there is no argument, the pistol has the clear advantage in terms of capacity.

The debate, however, becomes more interesting when you compare revolvers to compact or subcompact pistols, which are more aptly suited for concealed carry. To take a popular example, the Glock 43 — which is classified as a subcompact or single stack — has a capacity of 6+1, only one more than many popular six-shooters designed for concealed carry. Yes, there are five-shot revolvers that are popular concealed carry guns. So, in that case, two more rounds.

I suppose one can argue that one or two more rounds could make the difference between walking away from a gunfight or being carried away from one. That’s true though regardless of the number of rounds were discussing, more rounds are always better. Yet, from my experience in covering defensive gun use stories I will say that, anecdotally speaking, capacity is almost never comes into play in a gunfight. In other words, very rarely do I watch a DGU video or report on a DGU story where I see the good guy run out of ammo during a gunfight and have to stop, reload and re-engage the threat. In the vast majority of situations, after the first shot is fired the perpetrator(s) is already fleeing the scene. And this is true whether or not the perpetrator is armed. Gunfire sends over 90 percent of criminals running, I’d wager to guess.

Beyond that, it really comes down to personal preference, as I mentioned. What are you confident shooting? What can you handle well under the stressful conditions of a gunfight? What is comfortable to wear and conceal on your person? All of which leads to an obvious conclusion: carry the handgun, be it a pistol or a revolver, that is right for you!

The Contenders

Some of the revolvers listed below I’ve shot and others I have yet to fire. Over the next couple of weeks I plan to hit the range with all of the guns I’ve listed below — well, most of them anyhow, as at least one of them on the list will be hard to find.

I’m hoping if I left any revolvers off the list that you think I should test out that you’ll suggest them in the comment section below. If you carry them, please explain why you like it and how you carry it. I certainly have my early favorites but I want to keep an open mind. I don’t want to leave any stone unturned as the gun I go with will hopefully be the gun I carry for the next 40-plus years.

Ruger LCR

For this test, I decided to use a snub-nose revolver, a Ruger LCR 357.

Ruger LCR 357.

The Ruger Lightweight Compact Revolver is a quality platform at an affordable price with a lot of customization options. You can get an LCR in a number of different calibers: .38 Spl +P, .357 Mag., .22 WMR and .22 LR, you can get one with an exposed hammer(LCRx), or one with a laser-sighting system from Crimson Trace.

The LCR is comprised of three main component parts: a polymer fire control housing, an aerospace grade aluminum monolithic frame, and an extensively fluted stainless steel cylinder. The DOA trigger is incredibly smooth and surprisingly light. Capacity varies depending on the model you pick, (five rounds for .357)

Overall, the LCR is a really solid option. It’s not only great for concealed carry, but for backpacking, home defense and even plinking (though, if you get one chambered in .357, not sure how much plinking you’ll want to do).

The LCR line of revolvers are available on GunsAmerica for $400-$500, depending on the options, model one chooses.

Chiappa Rhino 200

 Chiappa White Rhino 200DS 357 magnum "Chrome" for Sale on GunsAmerica.


Chiappa White Rhino 200DS 357 magnum “Chrome” for sale on GunsAmerica.

At first glance the Chiappa Rhino 200 appears to be a novelty gun. It’s unconventional design is sure to turn some heads. Personally, I think it’s rather ugly. But as I mentioned above, I don’t really care about a tool’s aesthetic shortcomings. The real question is can I shoot it well? Is it reliable?

As it turns out the fact that the barrel is aligned with the lower chamber makes it a really balanced and accurate shooter. Compared to other revolvers chambered in .357, the Rhino has reduced recoil and muzzle flip. Consequently, it’s easier to stay on target after firing and there is less hand-punishment if you’re putting a lot of lead down range.

With a six-round capacity, the 2” Rhino can be purchased in both double and single action, and double action only. I’ve seen it priced in the $800 range on GunsAmerica.

Charter Arms Undercover Lite

Charter Arms Undercover Lite, Red/Black for sale on GunsAmerica.

Charter Arms Undercover Lite, Red/Black for sale on GunsAmerica.

The Charter Arms Undercover Lite is a budget revolver. But by “budget” I don’t want you to infer the negative associations that sometimes follow, i.e. that it is poor quality or cheaply made.

While the UL is comparatively inexpensive, you can pick one up on GunsAmerica between $300-$400, it’s just as reliable as any of the other revolvers on the list.

The UL is made from aircraft-grade aluminum and steel. The UL is lightweight (12 oz.) and comes with a 2” barrel. It has a five-round capacity and is chambered in .38 Special +P. With spurred hammer or without, the option is yours.

Colt Magnum Carry

Colt Magnum Carry. A real beauty, for sale on GunsAmerica.

Colt Magnum Carry. A real beauty, for sale on GunsAmerica.

I had to put a Colt on the list. They’re a tried and true option for anyone thinking of buying a revolver. The problem is, all the one’s I’d like to own and potentially carry are outside of my price range.

The Colt Magnum Carry, for example, is one of those elusive and cost prohibitive revolvers that I’d love to get my hands on. No i haven’t shot one yet, but eventually I’ll get to give one a whirl.

The CMC came with a 2” or 3” barrel and a six-round cylinder chambered in .357. It was launched in 1999 and was discontinued the same year after Colt ran into financial hardship. From what I’ve read and heard, it’s a dream to shoot (I mean, relatively speaking, shooting .357 from any 2” small-framed revolver is going to be an “experience” for lack of a better word).

For those with a larger pocketbook than myself, I’ve seen the Colt Magnum Carry available on GunsAmerica for around $2,500. It’s more than a solid carry gun, it’s an investment.

Taurus CIA 650

New TAURUS MODEL 650 CIA 2" FIVE SHOT ENCLOSED HAMMER REVOLVER 357 MAG,BLUED NEW

New Taurus Model 650 CIA chambered in .357, for sale on GunsAmerica.

The Taurus CIA 650 shouldn’t get overlooked. It’s a legit .357 revolver that comes in at a nice price, in that $400-$500 range.

A hammerless, five-shot snubby that weighs around 24 ounces the Taurus CIA 650 is great for a coat or jacket pocket.

The trigger isn’t as smooth as some of the other revolvers listed, but overall it’s a solid gun.

But to be honest, Taurus has a bunch of other revolvers that I’d be interested to try out at the range. The one thing they have in common is that they’re all affordable and well-built.

Smith & Wesson Model 60

Smith & Wesson Model 60 revolver, caliber .38 special, with a 2 inch barrel. This is a model 60-7, early 1990s production. The Model 60 is a stainless double action revolver with a 5 shot cylinder for sale on GunsAmerica.

Smith & Wesson Model 60 revolver, caliber .38 special, with a 2 inch barrel. This is a model 60-7, early 1990s production. The Model 60 is a stainless double action revolver with a 5 shot cylinder for sale on GunsAmerica.

Rounding out the list is Smith & Wesson. Arguably the king of small frame revolves, I picked out the Model 60 because it’s a classic and really needs no introduction.

It was first introduced in 1965 as the world’s first stainless steel revolver. It was enthusiastically adopted by law enforcement and praised by sportsmen and collectors. Derivations of the J-Frame line are chambered in .22 LR, .22 Magnum®, .38 S&W Special and the more powerful .357 Magnum, and M&P, Pro Series, and Classics lines in three diverse hammer designs; internal, exposed and shrouded.

The Model 60 and other J-Frames can be found on GunsAmerica north of $550.

I’m also hoping to look at the Model 642, which GunsAmerica editor-in-chief David Higginbotham just reviewed.

Conclusion

So, that’s what I’m starting with. I think it’s a good selection of what’s out there, what’s affordable, what’s popular, and what’s reliable.  As I said, I’m open to other options.  By all means, please throw out some suggestions and I’ll try to get them and spend some time with them at the range.

Also, if you have experience carrying a revolver or have any thoughts on the ones I listed, please share as I want this series to be a solid reference point and resource for anyone thinking about taking the plunge to become a CCW holder.  The more people that weigh in and share their opinions and insight, the better a resource this series will be.  Thanks in advance!  And I look forward to reading your comments.

 

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  • Wayne A Lincourt March 5, 2017, 2:54 pm

    Over many years and many guns, I always come back to my S&W model 649 in .357 magnum. It wears the Crimson Trace laser grips and with thousands of rounds through it has never let me down. The hammer is completely enclosed except for the end which you can easily access to cock manually but which won’t snag on anything; the ideal “exposed” hammer. Being all stainless steel it’s a little heavy for all day carry at 22.2 ounces empty. If you want a lighter version, the S&W model 638 Airweight is just 14.6 ounces. You’re limited to 38+P in the Airweight but that’s what I generally carry in the model 649 for personal defense anyway.

  • PEZ February 3, 2017, 2:56 pm

    I have quite a few carry guns. I have made the decision that I will carry on my body 100% of the time. This means summer, winter, while coaching sports, etc… SO, I carry the biggest gun I can carry based upon what I am wearing. This means a different gun when wearing a coat in winter vs shorts and a T in the summer. Lots of holsters, belly bands, etc. I carry a Sig P226 in .40, a Kimber Ultra CDP in .45, Ruger LC9 in 9mm, a S&W Bodyguard in .380 and lastly a Keltec .32 (that I almost never carry anymore). You’ll see. Keep at it and you’ll have a few too, I’ll bet.

  • LG December 5, 2016, 10:39 am

    Hello
    Just my two grains of Hogdon Smokeless. I normally carry a Walther PPK/S 380. Capacity 7+1. Now I have been trained and to never fill a magazine to maximum capacity. A 32 round magazine (9mm), I never put in more than 29 or 30 rounds and in my location long time ago I rotated my magazines with a spare empty one every day. Therefore, in the Walther I never put more than 6 in the magazine and in my Browning DA 45 same procedure. So let’s add one in the chamber I have a total of at best 7 rounds.
    So in the case of the Walther I have 7 rounds of 380 in a 3.3 inch barrel. I am considering either a Charter Arms 357 2.2 inch barrel, unless I could find a pre-safety first generation Smith and Wesson model 60 with a hammer.
    So what is better a 7 round 380 or a 5 round 357 or 38+P ?

  • Dick April 24, 2016, 4:53 pm

    I carry a Seecamp 32 in condition 3. Fits inside my Wrangler watch pocket. It’s been tuned by Actions by T.

  • Rudy September 24, 2015, 1:54 am

    Taurus 817 Ultra light 7 Shot .38, Taurus 605 poly 5 shot .357 mag., Have had no issues with these 2 IWB CC. Third revolver I carry in bear country is a Taurus 627SS, 4 inch 7 shot .357 mag in a shoulder rig. I think my ultimate carry revolver is a Smith & Wesson performance center Model 327 Titanium 8 shot .357 mag. Just haven’t been able to cough up the $1000 for one. Due to our heat I’ve been opting more for my pocket autos, SCCY 9mm or a Taurus 738.

  • Steve September 23, 2015, 1:16 am

    As for the revolvers, I have to agree with you on the Charter Arms Undercover in 38 special. Very good quality and very few revolvers feel this good in my hands! May I also suggest the Charter Arms Undercoverete. Clambered in 32, this gun can shoot S&W short and long rounds with the advantage of the 32 H&R, magnum, for concealed carry. Every lady who shot this revolver immediately fell in love with it!
    For those out there that will roll their eyes at the C.A. Undercoverette, checking out the impressive H&R Magnum ballistics and knowing your lady can comfortably shoot it with amazing confidence and accuracy…….what more could we hope for? In my eyes, this is the perfect carry or home protection gun for most women. Sure, a 38 special or 9mm packs more punch but if she isn’t comfortable shooting it, she won’t.

  • Dale September 21, 2015, 11:44 pm

    I made the choice NOT to chose. Semi-auto or revolver? My main carry piece is a Glock 19. It’s the one I carry most often. But there are time when I carry my Kahr P9. Personally, I hate the Karh – but it functions perfectly and is thinner and lighter than the Glock.
    But being a revolver guy (my 1st gun was a single action revolver…) I also carry on occasion a 2 1/2 inch S&W 19. I’ve also carried a Ruger GP100 with a 3 1/2 inch barrel. Usually I carry the revolvers close to home, when just gassing up the family car, mowing the lawn etc… I usually carry the Glock when making longer trips, out of town, to work, etc… The Kahr finds itself being slipped on when I am just stepping out for a few minutes (a shoulder holster is quick to put on/take off…).
    The one I wear while on horseback in the hills is a S&W 28 Highway patrolman w/4 inch barrel. Yes it’s a big heavy gun, but in .357 it is powerful enough to get the job done should I run into predators of 2 or 4 legged variety (I don’t live in big bear country, But do encounter the occasional cougar or smaller black bears…).
    I guess my point is that they all have a place and use. And no matter what I’m carrying, I ALWAYS carry at least one reload, if not more.

  • STEVE WILKERSON September 21, 2015, 2:14 pm

    S&W CS40 CHIEF’S SPECIAL IN OWB DESANTIS. A GREAT HOLSTER MAKES FOR A MUCH BETTER EXPERIENCE. IF YOU CAN’T CARRY EVERY DAY WHAT’S THE POINT. LOVE THE AMBI DECOCKER DUE TO THE FACT OF MY LEFT HANDEDNESS!!

  • Larry September 21, 2015, 11:39 am

    I sure wish you would look at the Beretta Storm sub compact in 40 caliber. Mine fits nicely in my Sam’s store bought jeans pocket right now & it holds 10 plus 1 for lots of fire power, if ever needed.

  • Jack September 21, 2015, 9:30 am

    +1 on the SP101 bobbed hammer. I have had mine for many years, and have put many thousands of rounds through it without a hitch. It is slightly heavier than most carry revolvers, but it helps take the bite out of heavy 357 loads. I carry with a Simply Rugged pancake holster OWB. I too carry pistols on occasion. My favorite when not packing my SP101, is a CZ75d compact in 9mm.

  • Russ September 21, 2015, 9:29 am

    I also own and carry an LCR chambered in 357. I tend to carry it in my vest or wasteband in a sticky holster. All that said I have an XDs and an XDM that I carry in an IWB holster. Love the LCR and have a speed loader if I need the extra rounds. Good Luck with your quest!

  • Griffendad September 21, 2015, 9:18 am

    You should try the S&W Model 586-7 if you insist on .357. As the name implies, it’s a 7 shot, 3 inch barrel which is top ported and has a Trijicon front night site with adjustable rear. It’s also flat black. I can never understand why anyone would want to carry something bright and shinny when it’s not supposed to be seen in the first place. Fit that with a good dark holster and invest in a solid belt. Lightweight .357 theory is great, but reality is wrist abuse. It really shoots soft for a .357 as the porting really helps and is more accurate than the smaller 2+ inch models. You won’t flinch while shooting it. There’s a rosewood two finger grip that’s standard and shortens the length to make up for that 3″ barrel but you can find three finger tactical grips easily on line or elsewhere as the frame is standard size Smith. Confidence is three fingers on a solid frame 7 shot 357. Carry that and a speed loader. You’ll even sleep better with it bedside. Good luck!

  • Magic Rooster September 21, 2015, 8:36 am

    First off, I can see why you would mention/choose the S&W Model 60.
    However don’t overlook the model 36 which can be had for far less, provided you limit yourself to 38 special non +P ammo. My EDC is a 1972 edition J Frame which I bought for a mere $250.00
    Second, I have no opinion about the Rhino, other than it, like the Colt , it way too pricey. Almost never is your first EDC purchase the gun you will be carrying a year later.
    Lastly, the fact you mention Taurus, tells me you must have owned one of the “2% ers”. 98% of Taurus guns are “f*cked from the factory”, and will never be reliable no matter how many times the go back to Miami. Been there, washed my hands of that.
    ” Carry on!” How fucking stupid is that to say to a customer who has a problem with your product??
    Should be ” good damn luck with the crappy gun we sold you”
    No one can “school” you on which brand/model of gun to carry. You simply have to sort through most all of them until you find your favorite.
    And when you find it, practice, practice, practice!

    • GlocksRock May 16, 2016, 1:34 pm

      I must be one of those 2%-ers also, then. I have owned, carried, and put a lot of rounds through my Taurus 85 wheelgun for many years and never had a single issue with it. I cant speak for the reliability of their pistols, as only one model is currently available to us who are unfortunate enough to reside in Kaliifornia, and it is a full-sized gun and not one that I would consider for concealed carry because I am of small stature. I am sorry that your experience with Taurus was so negative.

  • Nick September 21, 2015, 8:20 am

    I got an owb holster for my S&W 586 L comp. 3″ barrel, 7 shot .357. Still a fairly big, heavy gun. But 7 rds of .357 with a just long enough barrel is what set it apart for me. That said, I have become a semi auto guy for most ccw situations. My CZ SDP is reliable and a real tack driver with over double the capacity of the Smith (granted in 9mm). The one gun I do carry most is a Ruger LC9s. It is my only gun with a manual safety as I pocket carry it.

  • Pat September 21, 2015, 7:27 am

    I carry a number of guns, depending on weather, type of clothing, and environment. I shoot equally well with all of them. Here’s the list, in no particular order.
    1. Taurus 605
    2. Springfield XDs 45
    3. Springfield XDs 9mm
    4. RIA 1911 Compact
    5. Beretta 92FS

    My favorite overall? I’m torn between the XDs 45 and the Beretta. YMMV

  • Dan Miller September 21, 2015, 7:24 am

    What to carrier is personal choice! What ever you choose……. Train, train, train with it and learn tigger control a long with sight picture. Bottom, line training is the key. Time will tell! You may even change your mine what to carry later! Shoot safe and carry often .

  • Dave September 19, 2015, 11:45 pm

    I own the Ruger LCR in the .357 and i just love it..im a wheel gun man and find it very reliable and comfortable to shoot and accurate….

  • Slim September 19, 2015, 10:28 pm

    I’ve been carrying a Springfield XDS with a Cremson Trace laser in 45 acp. I bought this for concealed carry and I love everything about the gun. My personal favorite thing is the safety on the grip like a 1911. I feel more safe having a round chambered which is what you should do if your CC.

  • Rogue September 19, 2015, 7:48 pm

    My first CCW was a Taurus model 605 (snub nose, stainless steel, 5 shot, 357 mag). A solid little gun that went bang (actually KABOOM) every time. It was a nice gun with overwhelming power. The main problem was that I could never master the point-of-aim. I had a lot of pistols and shot them all at a well above average levels of accuracy. But with my 605 revolver, I persistently shot high/left by several inches at 7 yards (by 25 yards, I was completely off the target). I don’t know if it was me, the gun, or snubbies in general, but regardless, I could never shoot the gun accurately. At the time, however, was of the mindset that, in my safe city, any lethal encounter would be face-to-face, anyway. As long as I could point shoot at 5 yards, it was good enough. Then came some active shooter incidents in Anytown, USA. And I had to ask myself, “If I was in a similar situation could I confidently make the long and/or difficult shot someone might need to make in a mall, theater, etc, with my snubbie?” And the answer was “no.” So I retired the 605 and bought a compact pistol that I can shoot with complete confidence.

  • Will a drider September 19, 2015, 3:17 pm

    https://www.gunsamerica.com/Search.aspx?T=ruger%20sp101%20dao
    Ruger SP101 bobbed hammer.

    As the High Point is to a brick so is the Rhino. Do they have speed loaders for them?
    Because carry positions WILLvary based on your attire (you mentioned coat pocket) a revolver with a spurred hammer is asking for trouble. Revolver DAO is not a hinderance if you practice with it.

    With few exceptions for people that own one handgun, don’t shoot often, don’t like “slides” or the maintenance and mag rotation: most CWP who start with a relover switch to a pistol within a year or two. Let us know when you become a convert.

    Fashion review didn’t add to the topic and just saying you wanted something comfortable to fit your body shape would suffice. Holster selection is 50% of comfort level.

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