A snub nosed revolver is the most elusive concealed carry weapon in existence and has a history that proves its worth its weight in gold. But like said above, if its higher velocities youre looking for unique being a slower powder than w231 will deliver higher velocities. Best 38 special revolvers 2020 complete roundup gun mann. With the first snubnosed models with barrel lengths of 2.
Effective range is actually a mix of variables that ca. Each holster is customized to fit the specific firearm selected and is not a one size fits. So, in essence, its pretty dang accurate for applications that involve closerange shooting. When i entered law enforcement in the mid1970s, the revolver was king. Charter also makes lighter revolvers, some with concealed hammers and various other options like finishes and laser grips.
Snubnosed revolvers are available in some very solid, proven defensive calibers such as the. Anyway, these guys are regularly capable of shooting less than 2 inches at 25 yards or 2 inches at 50 using a ransom rest. Seek out centerfire revolvers with single and doubleaction triggers, which let you fire two ways. A snubnosed revolver is any small, medium or large frame revolver with a short barrel. Soft rubber grips and the virtue of having the hammer shrouded rather than removed like other jframes means singleaction shooting is possible. Revolvers in general may not be nearly as popular as they once were, but the small, lightweight. Common shooting challenges with the snub nose revolver. The snubnose revolver may be the easiest gun to carry, and the hardest to shoot.
And one of the most popular cartridges if not the most popular cartridge for those revolvers is the. Plenty of components for handloading are available, so there arent any concerns there. That is why it is far larger than necessary for the powder charge it contains. This gun has everything you could ask for in a ccw and has become a favorite among law enforcement officers. Its optimized for concealed carry, with a light alloy frame and hammer shroud to ensure a snagfree draw from concealment. One of the most popular firearms for self defense and personal protection for over 100. Snubnose revolvers continue to be popular for selfdefense. Most see it as an urban gun, something to hide under the suit in the dangerous streets of the big cities. In production since 1899, it is a mediumsized, 6shot. Regarding ammunition, the choice for use in a snubnose. Despite the fact that revolvers are among the most recommended carry guns for. None have been able to get anything but rnl to shoot.
While the snub nose revolver is generally thought of as a 38 special or 357 magnum, they offer greater diversity. Shooting fireball, dinosaurslaying loads through your snub nosed carry piece is as much fun as a trip to the dentist. If youre looking for the highest velocities and are willing to switch powders hs6 is an excellent choice. In 1951 an aluminum j frame was created, which went on to become the model 37. Best snub nose revolvers 2020 ultimate roundup gun mann. These short barrel revolvers are probably most often chambered in. These, too, see regular duty in my snub nosed revolvers. Adjustable rear and ramp front sights allow for precise shooting, while transfer bar mechanisms help prevent accidental discharge 38 special revolvers. Im a big fan of w231 especially in standard pressure.
Frame size small j medium kl large n xlarge x governor z. Shooting the snubnose revolver a retired detective reflects on what it really takes to shoot a. A speedloader, shown here with a colt cobra, requires practice to use skillfully. Protect yourself with your snubnose revolver ebook. Rock island is mostly known for their 1911 pistols, but they actually make two revolvers including a servicesize. Just like the black hills ammo, these rounds fire at a velocity of 1,050 fps, delivering 306 footpounds of energy. Action single action double action only singledouble action. You might be more familiar with creedmoors rifle rounds, but the company also makes a. Charter arms pathfinder snub nosed revolver ruger from ruger, i requested two samples that are basically at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of snubnose design and concept a stainless. However, mastering a snub nose, especially one of the newer, ultralight weight models, especially with high pressure loads, is one of the hardest things to master. Depending on ones shooting ability and need for power, a snub nose can be had in. The first snubnosed revolvers were the 6 shot, 3 barreled colt single action army revolvers made without ejector rods, officially called the sheriffs. Sights are reportedly regulated for heavier bullets at standard velocity.
Many snubnose guns shoot the popular lighter bullets 110125 grains low. If you own a snub nose revolver, odds are very good that its chambered for. Improve your shooting skills by facing these shooting challenges with the snub nose revolver. What makes one gun better than the other if they are the same caliber or is it just a. The drawbacks of the snubnose revolver by david tong while many people carry a revolver for personal protection, primarily a. Shooting gallon water jugs from 25 and 75 yards with my ruger sp101.
Any revolver, snub or otherwise, will be inherently more accurate than nearly any semiautomatic pistol. The standard undercover weighs 16 ounces and is a traditional doubleaction, snubnose revolver chambered for. The colt detective special and the smith and wesson airweight are legendary. There are some characteristics and features you should look for in a. Im not sure when the snub nose revolver became the defacto choice for a first gun, or why gun shops push them in this role so hard. The proof pressure map specified by saami is 29,500 psi for both rounds. The smith and wesson model 638 is the best of all worlds in a concealed carry. Competition called distinguished revolver where 38 special revolvers and you must shoot 158 rn or swc lead bullets.
These bulldog revolvers have a frame size that is easy to handle but feature a short barrel, usually 3 inches or less. However, over the last decade or so, a variety of affordably priced pocketsized polymer framed. Concerns over weapon effectiveness were normally directed towards the caliber of the gun as few doubted that the revolver could deliver. Orders placed today ship within 24 hours of purchase excludes firearms. Ive found this to be roughly true, mostly at distances of 15 to 25 yards.
Protect yourself with your snubnose revolver cunningham, grant on. I shoot a sp100 and we shoot at a maniquin torso and i know by the holes left with lots of knowing your gun and your loads you can hit at 75 but on a quick pull and shoot 40 yrds. But handloaders need to know a few peculiarities about building the ammunition for. If just a little of the front sight is out of the notch, the impact on the target is substantial and results in shots hitting too high, even at three yards. That said i wouldnt be comfortable carrying a snub nose. Barsony new inside the waistband gun holster for 2, snubnose.863 544 636 1191 806 17 740 241 220 128 820 101 1550 760 1604 95 1353 971 123 1200 293 818 249 145 1057 1081 68 451 1453 1033 177 1407 300 1550 831 446 154 542 1334 494 1183 1423 691 874 1284 76 52