Firearms are tools. If I get a tool, it is because I have a need for it. I don't go around buying stuff for the heck of it. Not everyone is like that, though.
This firearm doesn't serve any need of mine. I can't think of any need that couldn't be met by something better.
$333 and 15.5oz?? A S&W442 is $360 and 15oz, fires a better round too.
The (potential) advantage I could see would be in cylinder length: the .380 ACP round is significantly shorter than the .38 special round (more than 1/2") and could therefore theoretically use a shorter cylinder to either get a shorter overall gun or a gun the same size as a .38 snub but with a longer barrel.
On the other hand the .380 is a bit weaker than the .38 and would require moon clips. I actually would prefer they chamber it in 9mm parabellum (would require a slightly longer cylinder but still less than a .38) and then you could shoot either round out of it like you do a .357 gun.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruger_Security_Six I have the 3 inch speed six in nickel. I would have to load magsafe's in the new ruger and +1 on the 380 9mm option.
Last edited by MondoJ; 09-29-2011 at 06:30 PM.
I'm a 380 fan! Kel Tec, Sig, Ruger.. but just don't understand a 380 revolver and I like revolvers.
I believe Ruger and S & W both did 9mm revolvers. They never caught on and thats why they are not regular catalog items but instead something interesting that pops up now and again for a limited run. 45 acp does work with the moon clips and was intended for the military to feild in addition to the 1911. Now a days I don't see much use, and this is coming from a guy that owns 2 original S&W 1917s.
I don't see where the 380 makes much sense in a revolver. Ammo is about the same price as 38 with less potential. It will probably be less reliable with extraction due to the rimless cartridge. You can get a plethrora of small light 380 automatics that will be more reliable, more compact, and hold more rounds for the same money appx. The one exception I could see would be if an individual already has a 380 Automatic and wanted to pick a up a revolver for the ammo compatiblity.
Solution in search of a problem, IMO. My 5-shot Taurus snub with Eagle secret agent grips (small wood) fits easily in a jeans pocket and with .38 spl +P is fine for git 'r done purposes.
If I can get it in my pocket, why would I want to knock a 1/2 inch off the gun and trade that terminal ballistic goodness? I mean I'd rather have my .45 but sometimes you need a pocket gun. I want the most gun I can get in my pocket, not a .380.
If you want a .380 get one of the micro-pocket autos?
I don't understand this gun. I just don't.
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I've had 9mm and .45 acp wheel guns. The 9mms SUCK! The moon clips are just to fragile!
A .380 wheel gun makes absolutely NO since to me at all!!!! I understand it in a pocket auto, but why limit the power and get a similar size to a more powerful round like the .38 special....
I carry a .380 sometimes but I do not think it is a great round. I would not carry it as a revolver.
Dumbest thing I have ever seen
S&W made a 9mm J-frame, the 940, for years.
Taurus has less to gamble, they come out with all sorts of weird one-off designs.
Add in the fact it probably won't work anyways....eh. Your money.
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Agree. That's a strange one. Can't see the benefits. I carry a J Frame all day every day where able to, and Gold Dot 135gr +p rounds or 158gr LSWCHP +p rounds are a heck of a lot better than .380. .380 has it's place in small pocket pistols, but makes no sense in a wheelgun.
This is like the Taurus Judge and I don't mean that as a compliment.
.380 ... Nope! .38 may be slightly bigger but worth extra length.
If size is the main concern ... how about a .25 revolver? What some idiot company makes those? The semi-auto .25s are usually stamped metal JUNK!
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