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Old 09-17-2012, 1:38 PM
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Question Looking for a bug-out revolver

I've been shopping for a revolver to compliment my bug-out bag. I was wondering if perhaps you might have suggestions. I have small hands and I really love my Sig P226. This is the criteria that I'm looking for-

- Must be a revolver
- Ideally 9mm or .45. I like to minimize the caliber in my inventory.
- Total price $500-$600. I figure 80% of the time I am away from home, I am with my car. This means there is a possibility it might get stolen, so I'd like it to be inexpensive.

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What's a bug out bag? I'm relatively new to firearms but I don't know that that is.
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Oh sorry! It actually has nothing to do with firearms... it's for survival. Can you read this? I don't know if it is accessible if you are not my friend or have a FaceBook account. http://www.facebook.com/notes/cather...50711407647991.
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I'm a pretty big advocate of being prepared especially for women. Most of the time I wear high heels to the office. In case there was an earthquake or an emergency I would have to make it home some how and also help other people. It's a "just in case" precaution... extra food, supplies, self defense, etc...
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OH! I gotcha! LOL We have those bags too for each of us in the family, even our 14yr old has one. Hubby is 28yrs Retired AF so preparedness is a HUGE issue. Yeah I was able to see it. We also have copies of important documents just in case. Thanks for the info!
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not 9mm or .45 but i'm a BIG fan of S&W Model 60 .38/.357....a nice revolver for smaller hands like mine.

you might also look at .40 revolvers. i don't know much about them 'cause i haven't wanted to purchase one. i'm quite content with my family of .38/.357 revolvers.

i too was trying to minimize the inventory but i took the leap and just purchased a 9mm semi-auto pistol.....sigh.
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not 9mm or .45 but i'm a BIG fan of S&W Model 60 .38/.357....a nice revolver for smaller hands like mine.

you might also look at .40 revolvers. i don't know much about them 'cause i haven't wanted to purchase one. i'm quite content with my family of .38/.357 revolvers.

i too was trying to minimize the inventory but i took the leap and just purchased a 9mm semi-auto pistol.....sigh.
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OH! I gotcha! LOL We have those bags too for each of us in the family, even our 14yr old has one. Hubby is 28yrs Retired AF so preparedness is a HUGE issue. Yeah I was able to see it. We also have copies of important documents just in case. Thanks for the info!
That is awesome your entire family is involved!!!
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not 9mm or .45 but i'm a BIG fan of S&W Model 60 .38/.357....a nice revolver for smaller hands like mine.

you might also look at .40 revolvers. i don't know much about them 'cause i haven't wanted to purchase one. i'm quite content with my family of .38/.357 revolvers.

i too was trying to minimize the inventory but i took the leap and just purchased a 9mm semi-auto pistol.....sigh.
Perhaps there's no way getting around having to buy a bunch of different calibers! Thanks for your input!
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That is awesome your entire family is involved!!!
Oh yeah, it's a family thing. Even the 23yr old in KY still has his bag. As a matter of fact, we just bought our 14yr old son his first shotgun(he shoots compound bows and rifles and handguns) a Mossberg 12g and that was some funny stuff! He's small for his age and it's so mean to laugh but he was using low load birdshot and still was bruised. LOL I'll see if I can send you the link. He shoots archery, rifle and shotgun in 4-H.
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S&W are nice Colts are too but ridiculously expensive.

I have used a few Taurus revolvers and they are reliable accurate and take a beating I would get the model 608 for my bag look it up its an inexpensive 8 Round capacity .357 cant go wrong with self defense rounds.
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model 60 has gotten pricey since i bought mine 5 years ago. but not nearly as pricey as a colt which admittedly is a piece of art. and people complain about the price of Smiths!!!

i'd go a ruger sp101 before i'd go a taurus...that's just me, though. the ruger sp101 is made to take a beating.. changing out the original grips can make it more comfortable for a smaller hand.

the model 60 smith is a j-frame. the ruger is a bit bigger but not as large as a smith k-frame. again, changing out the grips on the ruger can give one quite a bit of bang for the buck. although a friend who has one ended up having to do a bit of clean up on the innards to smooth it out. however, it still a .38/.357 although apparently they did make one that was only .38. personally? i think getting a .38 caliber only is a waste.
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What's a bug out bag? I'm relatively new to firearms but I don't know that that is.
Bug out bags...

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I have a Smith and Wesson model 649, Bodyguard, in .357/.38.
A Rossi M92 in .357/.38.

I chose these two firearms for a specific reason.

First, they are both the same calibers, just as you are doing to keep your inventory down.

Second, handguns are all about self defense. The rifle is for hunting game. A .357 rifle will take down most large game in North America...I'm thinking deer, hog, coyote and etc...

Third, specifically the M649 has a shrouded hammer and is easily concealable. The M92 has an "old west" look, with a round capacity of 10. The rifle does not look "assault rifle-ish", plus it's compact and easy to shoot.

With all that said, I have an MP 40 and MP15T as my main load out.
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Hey Kitty, I think you can see it now.

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Another vote for the SP101. I have a 3" .357 version and like it a lot. You definitely know when you are shooting .357's but it's not bad with .38's. It is a bit heavier than other snubbies but this helps with the recoil. You might check your local indoor ranges and see if they have a rental.

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Ruger made a speed six in 9mm. I have a speed six in .38/.357 and it's a great revolver so I imagine the 9mm is just as good. You should be able to find one on gunbroker, and I think I saw one in the for sale board here a while back. The S&W 625 is an awesome revolver in .45, but they're a little pricey.
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Bugguts... OMG adorable and thanks for sharing! I love how he took an aggressive stance after the first shot.

Colts are very nice, but out of my price range for this project.

Thanks everyone! I'm planning to hit the range again this weekend, so I'll try out the ones you all suggested.
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Ruger made a speed six in 9mm. I have a speed six in .38/.357 and it's a great revolver so I imagine the 9mm is just as good. You should be able to find one on gunbroker, and I think I saw one in the for sale board here a while back. The S&W 625 is an awesome revolver in .45, but they're a little pricey.
The only downside to the Speed Six is it's not on the Roster so you would have to find one locally for a FTF transfer. I am going through this as well because I want one in .357. Funny thing is there was a 9mm one in the classifieds for several months earlier this year. You might try a search if you are interested.

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My wife has a 5" S&W Model 60 stainless .357 for this purpose. It is one robust, versatile and accurate firearm. If you are in a scenario where you need to travel on foot but don't want to advertise you are carrying a firearm (such as a rifle or shotgun) I think the longer barrel .357 platform provides a wide range of functionality in a relatively light and compact package.
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http://www.ammoland.com/2012/08/03/c...#axzz26r7HHcmJ



Also consider Ruger Blackhawk convertible single action 357/9mm.

They also make range of 45LC/45APC convertibles.

The stock grip is pretty small, and in 4" the gun isn't too big, but is nice and heavy.
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Dizos, i have the snubbie S&W model 60 .38/.357: does your wife have any problems with balance with that 5" barrel? i've fired a 3 inch barrel and it was sweet. i once swore i'd own all three.
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Dizos, i have the snubbie S&W model 60 .38/.357: does your wife have any problems with balance with that 5" barrel? i've fired a 3 inch barrel and it was sweet. i once swore i'd own all three.
Since you are used to the snubbie it may feel a bit forward heavy, it points like a target pistol which is good for keeping on target at longer ranges.
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that's what i assumed.....and it does sound like a nice bugout option for those that won't have a rifle to go with their pistol.
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Go for the gusto - Get "The Judge" - shoots 45's and 410 shotgun shells. You don't have to worry about missing. If someone tries to get into your passenger side door, they will be in for a big surprise. Of course you will lose your hearing for a few days but most of it will come back. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee lol

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Bugguts... OMG adorable and thanks for sharing! I love how he took an aggressive stance after the first shot.
Isn't that funny? That was the first thing I noticed after his first shot. He put a little more of his body(which isn't much lol) into it and leaned into it. I thought that was precious and so do the people that notice. Others want to critique his technique but considering he had never shot a shotgun, I think he did ok. LOL
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Honestly cant go wrong with either S&W or Ruger, I have revolvers from both companies, 38/357. And a few 44s.

Both companies have great customer service! And btw, I have very very small hands :P
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I know I might get some scuff for this but for my bug out bag I went with my bow
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Why? Because you totally ignored her three criteria? Pshaw.... You're a man, give your opinion even when it is completely not what was asked for.
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each to their own for bug out.....i can see the advantages of a bow. silence for one. in the hands of one trained and practiced, a bow could be an advantage...once out of an urban area, especially.
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Smith and Wesson manufacture a few revolvers which you might find acceptable for use.

Models 625, 22, and 1917.

If you can find an original S&W Army model of 1917, or one of the Brazilian contract revolvers of the same type S&W manufactured in the 1930's, in solid working condition, they are fine weapons. Mine has been good company on many an adventure. Full and half moon clips for the ammunition are readily available and speed loading considerably. Set it up with a solid holster and it's Indiana-Jones-Level-of-awesome.



Taurus also makes a .45acp revolver in their Tracker series, in varying barrel length, though as I recall it is a 5-shot cylinder.
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for a bug out bag another thing to consider is the availability/ abundance of ammunition. I dont know much about revolvers so I cant really chime in there but I had thought about putting my tomcat into my bug out bag but how common is .32 bullets? So i settled on putting on my 9mm Sig Sauer P6. That thing has served the German military for years and is pretty much indestructible.
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for a bug out bag another thing to consider is the availability/ abundance of ammunition. I dont know much about revolvers so I cant really chime in there but I had thought about putting my tomcat into my bug out bag but how common is .32 bullets? So i settled on putting on my 9mm Sig Sauer P6. That thing has served the German military for years and is pretty much indestructible.
I guess Sandy needs a revolver for Christmas!
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I got me one of these:



http://www.ruger.com/products/lcr/models.html

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This one is available in 9mm or 45ACP.

http://www.taurususa.com/product-det...ategory=Pistol



Model: 905B2
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Honestly, I stick with SW and Ruger for Revolvers, and I use a 38/357 cali. So my normal munitions are 9mm for pistols and 357 for revolver. 38/357 are easy enough to find btw lol.
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You mentioned the possibility of theft of your bug out bag from your car - look at PacSafe products. You can lock your bag up in your car so it can't be taken. Or lock it up to any stationary object for that matter ( tree, pole, etc). And a model 65 S&W is a K frame, non adjustable sights, and the grip is great for small hands. It's a .357 but I'd be careful using .357 loads in anything shorter than 4 inch because of recoil (the model 65 is kind of light) and muzzle flash.
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the model 66 [which i own] is stainless steel, not blued.....and i can attest to it being comfortable in a small hand.
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I've been shopping for a revolver to compliment my bug-out bag. I was wondering if perhaps you might have suggestions. I have small hands and I really love my Sig P226. This is the criteria that I'm looking for-

- Must be a revolver
- Ideally 9mm or .45. I like to minimize the caliber in my inventory.
- Total price $500-$600. I figure 80% of the time I am away from home, I am with my car. This means there is a possibility it might get stolen, so I'd like it to be inexpensive.

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Okay, Cat. Let's look at this logically.

You want something to fit small hands, relatively inexpensive (but not "cheap"), ideally in a caliber you already own -- 9mm or .45ACP. The use is not necessarily a primary long-term survival gun, but it should have enough capability to be effective. In essence, it's a gun for self-defense (SD) so you can get home or to a safe location after some kind of upheaval.

Logic dictates your gun should be stainless steel or polymer with a highly corrosion-resistant finish on metal parts. A gun stored in a BoB in your trunk will be subjected to temperature shifts that could cause condensation & corrosion.

Since the gun will be mostly carried in your car's trunk, lightweight and concealability may be a secondary concern. A lightweight nylon windbreaker can conceal a full size 1911 or service revolver if needed.

Taurus no longer makes a .45 ACP revolver, though you might be able to find one used in good condition. Despite what folks have said about Taurus in the past, they have made a huge investment in their customer-service and warranty repair center starting last year. They're actually fixing what's broke.

You might consider the Taurus 445 stainless snubby in .44 Special instead of the .45 ACP. Pricing would be about $450-$470. At only 22oz it'll be something of a handful, but still useful. (Note: Their 21oz 415T titanium .41 Magnum with a ported barrel wasn't as difficult to handle as I expected. It was stout but controllable).

The Taurus 905 is still available - a 5-shot 9mm snubby. MSRP is $477 so street price should be about $395.

The Charter Arms .44 Bulldog is a 21oz, 5-shot, .44 Special revolver with a 2½" barrel. Charter guns are less expensive - in the $350-$399 range. They're made to be carried a lot and shot a little. A 4-inch "target" version is available too.

Charter Arms .44 Bulldog

Potential flaws:
Both the .45 ACP and .44 Special are "low" pressure rounds designed for longer barrels. The snubby .45 wheelgun I have pushes a 230gr FMJ out around 745 fps, which is not a barn burner. Likewise the .44 Special isn't a speed demon either, especially from a short launch tube. You're probably better off using a 9mm or .38/.357 revolver to get the desired performance, especially with JHP ammo.

Other choices
Locating a quality used stainless steel revolver will probably give you the most bang for your buck. For the price of a new Charter Arms or Taurus, you can likely locate a good used S&W or Ruger .38/.357.

While the .38/.357 isn't one of your primary calibers, the ammo is relatively inexpensive and commonly available almost everywhere. For around or under $425, you can get some good quality revolvers, like:

Ruger Security Six .357 Mag
This 6-shot, stainless revolver is about the same size as the S&W K-frame, but slightly heavier. It's a durable tank too. The fixed-sight version, the Speed Six, comes with a 3" barrel and is a fine selection too.

Ruger Security Six, .357 Magnum

Concealable snubbies
Keeping a low profile can be a Good Thing™ in the chaos of an upheaval. If you want a snubby, the Ruger SP-101 is good and often cheaper than a similar S&W. But they're heavy for a 5-shooter.

5-shot .38 Special Lightweights
The S&W 442 (black, aluminum alloy frame), 642 (stainless w/alloy frame) are hammerless DAO revolvers. The 438 (black, aluminum alloy frame) has the shrouded hammer. All of these guns run in the under-$500 range new. Be sure the gun you select is +P rated. Taurus also has similar models at a lower price.

I prefer the shrouded hammer (438,638,649) vs. the hammerless design. This gives me the option to fire single-action, should the need arise. In defensive use, it is unlikely to matter, however.

All of this said, if you're not committed to a revolver, look at some of the "other brands" of pistols. Bersa has their polymer Thunder .45 (7+1) that retails around $400. This would meet your criteria save that it's not a revolver. Your local dealer may make you a good deal on the Bersa if purchased along with a simple holster and a box of ammo.

Bersa Thunder .45
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Ruger SP101 in 357 mag, I could be mistaken but I think you can shoot 9mm in it.
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