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Old 12-04-2007, 11:07 PM   #1
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What is the general opinion of this model? S&W 38 Special J frame. The obvious is "not very accurate beyond 7-10 yards. all opinions welcome. The weapon is new to me.
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Old 12-04-2007, 11:19 PM   #2
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Hello and welcome to the site. I am a fan of the J-frame Airweight snub .38's. I own several and tote one daily. Around the house, it is always present and goes with me whereever I can legally tote it. Frequently, it is all I carry ( plus one reload) as my orbits are so very tame these days but on ocassion, it plays backup to a concealed belt pistol, which is usually either a Browning Hi Power or a 1911 .45 of some type.



The little snubs are very easy to carry but do require fairly regular practice in my opinion.



If interested:



http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/Feedingthe38Snub.htm



http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/S...at%20Snubs.htm



http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/M...ame%20Work.htm



http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/3...mmo%20Test.htm



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Old 12-05-2007, 01:44 AM   #3
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Howdy Mr. Spinnaker84,



Welcome to the site sir. As Mr. Steve stated they are excellent weapons, but do require regular practice to become and remain proficient with in my opinion. From memory, the J frames were largely introduced to fill a need of police administrators who were required by policy to be armed, and for use by narcotics officers needing to conceal a small but powerful handgun.



But I would argue with folks who claim they are inaccurate beyond 7 yards. When I carried one as my back-up/ankle gun, during quarterly qualifications I routinely fired possible scores with mine (perfect targets). But to do so, I did reguarly practice with mine, and did not only try to shoot one every 3 months at qualifications.



Enjoy your new handgun, and we look forward to you sharing your thoughts, experiences and questions with us.



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Old 12-10-2007, 06:51 AM   #4
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Our club has steel swingers hung at 25 yards. I plink at them with my 3 inch model 36 S&W all the time. Shooting single action I don't hit it quite as often as with full size pistols. Same target with a 2 inch J frame shooting double action it's very hard to hit.



How you shoot single or double action, then the sights and sight radius are the big factors. Size and weight are not as important.



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Old 12-10-2007, 08:18 PM   #5
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I shoot soda cans with my model 36 2" [acutally 1 7/8"] in SA mode at 30 ft. With my 3" model 36's I bust em a lot at that distance but of course I have practiced with them quite a bit. I like my J frame 36's, if I carry em, I shoot em!































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Old 12-12-2007, 06:52 PM   #6
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Papabear those 3 inch 36's shoot real nice. No fly's on a 2 inch if it has an exposed hammer too. I used to own a 34 4" in .22 with adjustable sights. For plinking It was every bit as accurate as a M 17 K frame target .22 Paper targets it lost out due to sight radius only.



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The J frames are remarkably accurate, if you put in the effort to become proficient with them. I regularly ring a 10" swinger hangin' @ 25 yards with my 642-1 (no lock), which is DAO (no exposed hammer), using the iron sights. The barrel is only 1 7/8" long. At SD range with the Lasergrips it shoots tight groups......
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J frames are good guns, but are not intended to be target pistols, they are defense guns.. With practice, the accuracy is plenty good enough for that role. The accuracy limitation is mainly the user and his ability to aim the gun (they typically have a short barrel so a shorter sight radius).


I saw a poster whose signature line was:

A J frame is better than yelling "HELP"!

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A J frame is better than yelling "HELP"!
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