Revolver Barrel for CC?

Discussion in 'Conceal & Open Carry' started by randomguy, Apr 18, 2020.

  1. randomguy

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    Hey everyone, I’ve only been into guns a few years now, so I’m trying to cover several bases. I’m trying to be proactive and get a revolver rig setup for carry if or when a semi-auto ban were to come across. Plus revolvers are cool and I’ve only got one, which is a big .44 that’s more of a hunting setup.

    Anyway, I’m thinking of a S&W 586. I like black better on a carry gun for various reasons. Anyway, I’m decent size, but not huge. 6’0”, 225lbs or so. I don’t really want to carry a snub. Looks like there are some 3” barrels available but they’re crazy expensive and usually more available in a 686 stainless version, which isn’t what I’m looking for. 4” seems much more reasonably priced. Thoughts on carrying a 4” revolver most likely at 3 o’clock pretty deeply concealed?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Lucian_253

    Lucian_253 Well-Known Member Supporter

    How tall are you & what’s your weight?

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    5’8” 165 pounds. In the pic is a model 69 which is the same frame as the 686 I think. This is what owb concealed would look like, fwiw.
     

  3. Lucian_253

    Lucian_253 Well-Known Member Supporter

    Personally I’d go 2.5” to 3” for concealed carry. I can carry my sp101 2.5” cross draw so the butt curves with my body really easy.

    Sorry I missed that you had height in weight in first post.
     
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  4. Danzig

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    I’m partial to 3” revolvers for concealed carry. The all steel guns are kinda heavy though, hence the reason I usually carry Glocks.
    The Scandium frame Guns are light as a feather but are expensive and have heavy recoil in full power loads. 0D8EBC41-0438-4333-BA07-080671367CD5.jpeg
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    below the 327 is a 386PD and below that is the 329 in .44 magnum.
    I don’t recall ever firing full house loads in the 329.
    If I could only carry a revolver the 329 with a stout performance load in .44 special or light load in .44 magnum would be good IMO.
     
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  5. Lucian_253

    Lucian_253 Well-Known Member Supporter

    Don’t you have a 686 3”, Danzig?
     
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  6. Lucian_253

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    I’m looking at getting a 2nd Sp101 2.5” if I can get it for the right price. It has some wear on it.
     
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  7. Danzig

    Danzig I do hood rat sh%t! Supporter

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    3” 686 53C07FC3-E131-4BAB-8FA4-534457FCC746.jpeg 3” 629 5D1B48DA-6168-4086-9077-08CDF236DE31.jpeg
    3” 624
     
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  8. Danzig

    Danzig I do hood rat sh%t! Supporter

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    I’ve always lusted for an SP101 with badger grips.
     
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  9. Lucian_253

    Lucian_253 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    From google pics. I’d like to get some for mine also.
     
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  10. Danzig

    Danzig I do hood rat sh%t! Supporter

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    I think Gemini Customs used to use Badger grips but now they make their own.
    This is their NightStalker. I believe those are Badger grips with custom inset medallion. 1B41C06F-28CC-4BE5-9193-D0D817470E5E.jpeg
    Their guns are top drawer but priced out of my range.
    https://www.geminicustoms.com/
     
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  11. John in AR

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    I have a 4” 681 (same basic gun as a 586 but fixed sights & stainless), and it’s a great gun. But if I were going over to a revolver for CCW use, my first choice would be my S&W 986. I’d prefer a 3-3.5” barrel for ccw purposes, but the 2.5” they put on it works fine. It’s the same cylinder diameter as the 681, but holds seven rounds instead of six. This happens to be a Performance Center gun, but there's no need for it to be. There are numerous others from numerous manufacturers that would be substantially less expensive and would work every bit as well for defensive purposes.
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    When you get down to barrels 3” or so, the 9mm substantially narrows the power gap with .357 magnum and greatly outperforms .38 special, so ballistically it’s well within my comfort zone.

    IMO the biggest advantage about this particular gun is that it uses moonclips instead of speedloaders, which are both smaller to carry and hugely faster to use. On the left is 42 rounds for the 986 in moonclips, not taking up nearly as much space as the same number of revolver rounds would in speedloaders:
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    (On the right, are six-round moonclip loads for the redhawk in .45acp; the 9mm puts a lot more rounds in the same belt space.)

    I only started using moonclips a year or so ago, and even though I started using speedloaders in competition in the 70’s, the moonclips are much faster for me. With practice, it’s stunning how much faster they are; I wish I’d tried them much earlier.

    For revolver ccw use, the strongest recommendation I’d make is to see if you can find one you like that uses moonclips. There are some guns in .357 mag and even 45 caliber that use them, so it’s not as though we’re stuck with just one or two caliber options. In the short time I’ve been using them, moonclips have won me over big-time.
     
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  12. Lucian_253

    Lucian_253 Well-Known Member Supporter

    A lot of the performance center S&W will take moon clips even in revolver cartridges. I know the 640 pro does.
     
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  14. Donn

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    Don't carry a revolver too often. When I do, it's a S&W Model 66 Combat Magnum, 2.75" barrel. Problem I have carrying this piece is, with the pancake holster I use, the cylinder rides above the belt loops on my jeans, so the grip is halfway to my armpit. The way I dress, makes drawing a chore. YMMV.
     
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  15. j102

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    That one is very nice!! And the barrel is 2.75” which is perfect for carry. All stainless, a little heavy though for CCW, but ready to take full loads.
    It would be a nice outdoors/hunting sidearm.
     
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  16. Lucian_253

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    Heavy is good. Heavy is reliable. If it doesn’t shoot, you can hit them with it...lol!
     
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  18. John in AR

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    “Why do they call him the “Bullet Dodger”?

    “Because he dodges bullets, Avi”

    The ‘extra loud blanks’ scene in that movie is one of the funniest scenes ever put to film imo. :D
     
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  19. Danzig

    Danzig I do hood rat sh%t! Supporter

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    I’m guessing I don’t know this movie?