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    Smile Which one advice needed

    For a combination of range and self defense.
    I have decided on the Ruger lcr model 5401 or S & W 442.
    Both will be in 38 caliber.
    Any advice on which one to choose?
    Thank's

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    Default Re: Which one advice needed

    Neither. Model 640.
    There's no such thing as a free lunch.

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    Default Re: Which one advice needed

    Quote Originally Posted by sprrdhawk44 View Post
    Neither. Model 640.
    What he said.

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    Default Re: Which one advice needed

    The LCR is polymer grip frame with an aluminum frame. The 442 is aluminum frame. I personally do not like polymer nor aluminum pistols. I'd personally go with a stainless J-frame if you want light weight and power.

    If I HAD to choose a lightweight 38, it'd be a Smith J-frame with the scandium frame and stainless cylinder, model M&P340. The scandium will hold up better, and you can shoot 38's out of it for a long time.

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    Default Re: Which one advice needed

    S&W 638

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    Default Re: Which one advice needed

    LCR

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    Default Re: Which one advice needed

    The other S&Ws are good options over the LCR. However, go with the 442 out of the two you asked opinions on. Much more durable and better looking to boot. If you want the option to fire single action as well as double, then the Models 38, 49 or 649 are in order. Try to find an older model without the lock.

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    Default Re: Which one advice needed

    Neither....Ruger SP101 .38/.357

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    Default Re: Which one advice needed

    Personally, I'd go with the 442 given the OP's choice. For a combination of light weight, durability, smooth trigger, and snubby I'd actually opt for a lightly used S&W Model 37. No +Ps with the Scandium frame, but still well built.
    A Russian tale: Prince Igor is hunting in the woods in the dead of winter. The icy wind makes his eyes tear. A bird turns to another bird and says,"Look! He's crying!" The other bird says,"Don't watch his eyes, watch his hands."

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    Default Re: Which one advice needed

    If I had to choose one of the 2 listed it would be the 442 its a well built little revolver and easily concealed but like all little things that go boom it's quite uncomfortable too shoot after a hand full of rounds, and the LCR ain't much better if at all. You want a revolver for double duty then I would look into one of the other more shootable options mentioned strictly for lightweight deep concealment the 442.

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