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S&W 36-7 for CCW

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by FIB, Jul 23, 2013.

  1. FIB

    FIB Member

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    I'm looking at purchasing a S&W 36-7 for CCW if IL will ever get their act together. Any experiences or opinions about using this firearm for that purpose? Thanks in advance...Randy
     
  2. Shooting Coach

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    If it is a regular 2" 38, you will be fine. Bigger guns tend to be left in the car or at home.

    Practice with your carry arm so you can pass the state qualification with it.

    Learn to shoot it double action, single action is not realistic on the street.
     
  3. FIB

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    Shooting Coach, yes it is the 2" barrel. Thanks for the advice!
     
  4. Steve W

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    If you must carry a model 36, practice drawing without hammer catching your cloth. I place my thumb over hammer before it cleared my shirt.

    IMO, 442, 642 is easier for CCW, 640 would be fine if you don't mind the weight.
     
  5. Shooting Coach

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    642 is the Gold Standard, but the 36 was mentioned.
     
  6. Peter Sinclare

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    Agreed. CCW with a J-frame is a no brainer.
     
  7. smokintom

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    My choice is the Kahr CW-9 9mm. Big Time and it will not let you down.This from an ex Cop.
     
  8. dirk

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    I agree with smokintom. I have a Kahr CW9 that I have put over a thousand rounds through without a malfunction. And it is very accurate. More so than a S&W 36. I have a #38 with the concealed hammer. While I love the gun and wouldn't get rid of it, I carry and depend on the Kahr even more.
     
  9. Shooting Coach

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    We have a rental Kahr CW9 at the shop. it is problematic for many folks who rent it. I have shot it and it has never failed to fire FOR ME. BUT if you don't hold it right, it won't work.

    An experienced shooter on the range may have no issues, but a newer shooter, who may be defending their life while in a state of panic or even injury may have issues. Not a good time to find out the gun is persnickety.

    Only the shooter can make a judgement on his level of experience.

    By all means, find a good indoor range and rent several arms.
     
  10. oz

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    640 no hammer, stainless steel and takes 357 mag.
     
  11. Peter Sinclare

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    640 is a lot easier to shoot because it's weight. But it might be a little too heavy for CCW.
     
  12. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Look at the S&W Model 638. It has a shrouded hammer that will not catch in a pocket. Unlike the 640, it can be cocked.

    It weighs 15 oz, aluminum frame, stainless cylinder and barrel.
     
  13. Bazooka Joe

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    Ruger LCR in 38+P, light weight and great trigger.
    Rick
     
  14. Brian in Oregon

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    Plastic revolvers... ugh... I just gotta draw the line there.
     
  15. Auctioneer

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    I know a number of people who do have the 36 but have gotten a second hammer and had the hammer spur cut off so the hammer wouldn't catch anything when pulled out. They then kept the factory hammer in a bag with the S# to the gun. Good sound gun to carry.
     
  16. claybrdr

    claybrdr Well-Known Member

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    If you want a J-frame the Model 38 is tops. Can go with the stainless version, the 638 if you prefer.
     
  17. Drew Hause

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    Taurus 851 Ultra-Lite Titanium .38+P Speer Gold Dot 125 JHP; 3 shots, unsupported 2 hand hold, double action, 21 feet.

    Most civilian shootings are 2 yards, 2 shots, 2 seconds beginning to end; and you won't notice the wicked recoil.

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  18. Brian in Oregon

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    The 638 does have a stainless barrel and cylinder, but it also has an aluminum frame to keep it light. The frame is anodized silver.

    My sister and my late father both have (had) Model 38 Bodyguards. This is the blued cylinder and barrel version with a black aluminum frame.

    I would also have a Model 38 9or 638) were it not for the old (and long discontinued) Model 12 I often carry. This is the larger six-shot K-frame. It's basically a Model 10 with an aluminum frame. It weighs the same as a steel frame Model 36.
     
  19. loweight

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    Mod 37 with a T tyler grip, bobbed hammer. I've carried it for 15 years- Dad for 20. I have and have had all kinds. It is just the right size and I know it will work.
     
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