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Best hammerless 2" .38?

What do you think is the best hammerless 2" .38 caliber and why?

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Re: Best hammerless 2" .38?

Have only fired one, a S & W Bodyguard .38. It is very lght and kicks some but hey you can always practice with reduced loads and fill it up with +P for self-defense.

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Re: Best hammerless 2" .38?

I usually vote with my wallet.
I first bought a Taurus 85.
A little while later, purchased a S&W 642 Airweight. That little Smith is a noraml companion of mine nowadays.

Nothing really wrong with the Taurus. The S&W is more accurate, finished nicer, and the action is way smoother. I still own the Taurus, I find uses for both, I just feel the Smith is nicer, and hence better in my mind.
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Re: Best hammerless 2" .38?

I had a Taurus 85 that had a hammer. It was a good gun, but I like the j frame S&W revolvers better. I had a 442 & upgraded to a M&P340. 38+p or 357 mag rounds are manageable, but your palm will feel it the next day.
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Ruger LCR hands down..........

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Re: Best hammerless 2" .38?

I carry a S&W mod 638 Body Guard. Not "hammerless" so to speak but the hammer is shrouded and it can still be fired single action. Its always either in my pocket or on my ankle.

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Re: Best hammerless 2" .38?

The Smith & Wesson J-frames are the best.
I like the 442 personally. When they came oout about 15-20 years ago I got one (alloy frame) carried ever since. Two family members, both experienced shooter, liked mine and now it is their primary carry guns.

P+ is really no problem, just don't have any need in a 38 ad defense shots will be at 10 feet or less, and the standard 38 wad cutter is devestating at that range.

Any 2 inch snub nose is terrible to shoot (but excellent as a CCW). It takes a lot of effort to learn how to shoot them with any accuracy...especially the light weight DAO (double action Only) hammerless models.
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Re: Best hammerless 2" .38?

Nothing beats a smith!

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Re: Best hammerless 2" .38?

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Re: Best hammerless 2" .38?

S&W 442 is looking like a good choice.

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