Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    mailstorm's Avatar
    mailstorm is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    1

    Ruger LCR vs. S&W 638 Airweight

    Please help me out. I've narrowed my pocket carry down to these two guns. They both fit the bill so its just a matter of reliablity. I prefer the shrouded hammer and the SA/DA of the 638 but I've read about S&W's quality control issues so I'm leaning towards the LCR. I want to get my money's worth and also get something I can depend on if I need to pull it out of my pocket. Ultimately this is my decision but I could sure use some input.

    Mailstorm

  2. #2
    VAMarine's Avatar
    VAMarine is offline Administrator
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Iowa
    Posts
    3,360
    So you're worried about Smith's quality, but the fact that almost every "new" gun Ruger has put out has been subject to a recall doesn't bother you?

    Just what have you been reading about S&W? The SP101 and GP100 are fine guns, but I tend to shy away from the "latest and greatest" until it has a more solid track record. A S&W Revolver is hard to beat and their customer service is pretty damn good if there's a problem with the gun.

  3. #3
    Steve M1911A1's Avatar
    Steve M1911A1 is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Northwest Washington State
    Posts
    5,386
    In all probability you will never use the SA feature of the S&W Bodyguard .38 Special, so that should not be a deciding factor. Both pistols will be used in DA mode because, in self-defense, you won't have time to thumb cock and you won't need the level of accuracy an SA trigger might permit.
    If you're worried about S&W's quality control, buy a well-cared-for, used pistol that has been broken in and proved. Get a return-for-exchange guarantee (in writing), so if you run into trouble with the S&W you can go back and get the Ruger LCR instead.
    We have the S&W Bodyguard. It came to us used. My wife is very well pleased with it, and can use it quite well. It has never stuttered or otherwise failed, and it has a lovely trigger action.
    "Your mileage may vary," as they say.

  4. #4
    cougartex's Avatar
    cougartex is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Jefferson County, TX
    Posts
    1,775
    s&w 638

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Chino Valley, AZ
    Posts
    518
    Quote Originally Posted by mailstorm View Post
    . . . narrowed my pocket carry down to these two guns. They both fit the bill so its just a matter of reliablity. I prefer the shrouded hammer and the SA/DA of the 638 . . . Mailstorm
    I've posted a couple of "really detailed replies" on these snubbies before. Search on my moniker.
    I have the 642 (S&W snubby, alum. with steel cylinder, totally shrouded hammer so DA only).
    A lady friend has an LCR. Lots of issues involved, but I think both are good guns.
    Both were right at $400 "actual".

    I just like the DA only version (642) which keeps dirt and lint out of the "works".
    The DeSantis "SuperFly" pocket holster (newer than their Nemisis) works great for a low price.

    I like training with DA only, because I doubt I'd cock the hammer for SA if the SHTF occurs.
    I do like the LCR trigger a lot, but the 642 is much better after a few thousand dry-fires.

    Good Luck !

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Search tags for this page

lcr vs airweight

,
ruger lcr 38 vs s&w airweight
,
ruger lcr or s&w airweight
,
ruger lcr vs s&w 638
,

ruger lcr vs s&w airweight

,
ruger lcr vs. s&w airweight
,

s&w 638 vs ruger lcr

,
s&w airweight vs ruger lcr
,
smith airweight vs lcr
,
smith and wesson 638 review
,
smith and wesson airweight vs ruger lcr
,
sw 638 vs ruger lcr
Click on a term to search for related topics.

» Springfield Armory

» HGF Sponsors

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v4.2.1