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I'm looking to buy a .357 Magnum hand gun, mag of revolver. I am leaning towards a revolver because of the smaller size and CCW reasons. I'd like to keep the cost down to a reasonable amount. Any thoughts?


I am not a fanew of revolvers. I would go with a mag or look at a Glock .45 GAP.
 

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S&W Model 19, 2 1/2 barrel (blued)

S&W Model 66, 2 1/2 barrel (stainless)

I will throw this one out there....haven't owned one, but shot one and thought it was awesome: Chiappa Rhino
 

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Thanks, J. Marines know weapons, and I know you are right. I do like the .45 round, and I love my Glock. This will likely wind up being something my wife would carry, and the simplicity of a wheel gun will have advantages for her. Plus she can practice with .38 ammo to start.

For her look at the G lock 17 9mm. It is small. Even smaller is a g lock subcompact ,45.

Train with a mag and you'll fine.
 
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Is pocket carry a consideration? IMO, the Ruger SP101 fits the hand well, points naturally, and has a little bit more weight..making the 357 less painful to shoot than a J-frame, but also effectively ruling out carrying it in the pocket (but leaving in play other options such as IWB/OWB carry). If you're looking at compact/snub 357's I'd take a look at that option, along with @Kraut783's S&W suggestions.

Just my two cents, and where I'd start looking myself if I were to go down that path.
 

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I'm not a big fan of snub revolvers, needs to have at least a 4 inch barrel to get the full effect of magnum ballistics. IMHO.

Big fan of S&W 586/686. S&W Model 10 with 38+P is a winner as well.

S&W and Ruger offer retired military discounts as well.
 

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I have a S&W Model 66 2 1/2 inch. The baby kills on one end and wounds on the other, but it is faithful.

It's a great buy and will last several lifetimes if you choose to purchase that one. It is a great "get off of me" pistol.
 

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For her look at the G lock 17 9mm. It is small. Even smaller is a g lock subcompact ,45.

Train with a mag and you'll fine.
G17? Small? That's the full size. G17, G19, G26 largest to smallest in 9 mm.

@Red Flag 1 I have no idea on your size or your hand size. Go to a range that rents. I love Glocks but they are not for everyone. Look at S &W, Springfield XD, or Glock. All are out of the box shooters. Think about how often you want to shoot it. Of decent ammo 9 mm $350 for 1000, .357 $450. If shit hits the fan what are you going to find 9 mm or .357? And for god sakes don't buy a GAP
 

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I have a S&W Model 66 2 1/2 inch. The baby kills on one end and wounds on the other, but it is faithful.

It's a great buy and will last several lifetimes if you choose to purchase that one. It is a great "get off of me" pistol.

The good thing about the .357 revolver...you can always put various degrees of .38 in it.... +p +P+...etc.
 

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G17? Small? That's the full size. G17, G19, G26 largest to smallest in 9 mm.

@Red Flag 1 I have no idea on your size or your hand size. Go to a range that rents. I love Glocks but they are not for everyone. Look at S &W, Springfield XD, or Glock. All are out of the box shooters. Think about how often you want to shoot it. Of decent ammo 9 mm $350 for 1000, .357 $450. If shit hits the fan what are you going to find 9 mm or .357? And for god sakes don't buy a GAP

I would say small to me. I own a 19. Size will vary based upon one's hand size so when I held a 17 it was small to me. Perhaps I should have explained further.
 

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If I were looking for a conceal-carry semi-auto (as opposed to the wheel gun originally suggested) that my wife could use, I'd probably pick up a HK P2000SK (essentially the USP v2.0) with the LEM trigger and extended magazine in 9mm. To me, it's a very attractive compact package that's wicked accurate and reliable. With 9mm, there is plenty of stopping power without going to P+ and follow on shot accuracy. As far as reliability, they're like the Energizer bunnies - they just keep going and going. Of course, the only thing more reliable would be a wheel gun...but that brings us full circle, sts. So, that said, if revolver and .357 are still absolute musts in your book, I'd consider the Ruger SP101.
 
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@Red Flag 1

J, have you considered the Ruger LCR 357/38? This is mine:





It's a five-shot wheelgun and you can get 5-shot speed loaders. Very light weight, good ergonomics.

Also, if you decide to go auto, Springfield Armory makes a nice 1911 GI Champion with a 4" Barrel.




I carried a stainless Ruger Speed Six 357 snubbie in a Bianchi shoulder rig for 20 years. I love wheel guns but gave them up as EDCs some years ago and now carry either the Champion or the full-size SA mil spec version.
 
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