My 1990 Ruger sp101 with 17/8'' barrel. I purchased this gun when they 1st came out. I was working as an armened courrier in brooklyn. My berretta on my hip, sp101 IWB holster as backup. Hammer spur use to cut a hole in my stomach. I borrowed my brother in laws dremmel, and cut it off. Year or two later, Ruger offered this pistol with spur hammer. Only difference is mine is Single and double action. New one is only DA. If i pull the trigger a little bit,i can get my thumb behind the hammer and put it in single action mode. A lot easier then it sounds. This gun is heavy compared to the S&W airweights though, i do admit. Lately i have been using them more. I have a model 37 1st model airweight, and a model 36 black parkerized snub also. one of them is usaully in a fobus ankle rig. I like the Fobus ankle alot. The gun clicks in and stays there, no straps or snaps to worry about.You can run with this thing on and not have to worry. Very comfortable. Jack. :lol:
A hammerless Smith & Wesson J frame is the ticket. The internal hammer models are referred to as Centennial models. They are a little smaller and lighter than the Ruger SP-101. The Ruger is stronger. I have a S&W 640 which is an all stainless steel 2 1/8" J frame .357 Mag. The 340 someone mentioned above is the new alloy framed, titanium cylindered lightweight version. It is so light that recoil is brutal with .357 loads. There is a new M&P 340 that uses an alloy frame, but with a blackened stainless cylinder. I just put one on layaway and will bring it home after Christmas. I love my 640, but it is heavy for pocket carry, which is my preferred method of carry. My 640 saved my life once, so you could say that I am a devotee of the J frame Smith. Whatever you get, make sure it is snag free. Whether its the bobbed hammer SP-101, a shrouded hammer Smith Bodyguard, or the internal hammer Centennial, a snag free draw is essential. Remember that.
That definitely is a lot of ideas for the best .357 for concealed self defense and I am a little confused with that list there – each one has some unique feature to its advantage!! I am also planning to buy something I guess I’ll again have to ask for some more opinions from among these before I finally make up my mind!!
You have to get out to gun shops, gun shows, etc., and handle the different short barreled .357 revolvers and decide for your self which one fits you best. And, please stick with a name brand if you are going to get qualified and carry it.