As promised here is my range review from today. Three pistols compared. Glock 19 stock. Charter Arms Undercover 38 (first GEN) with Pachmyr Compac Grips and my new baby S&W 649. All shots taken indoors @ 25 feet. Shots taken in the first round @ 2 to 3 seconds apart. Just enough time to take a breath and exhale before firing.
My question is for anyone willing to share their valued opinion... Since being introduced to the S&W 642 yesterday (which I liked), I've been researching other small, easily concealable handguns. I like the idea of the 642 (double-action, reliable, easy to conceal & use quickly if needed), however, I do worry a little about the recoil with the 642 (especially since I'm a woman and a novice gun user).
The compact snub nosed revolver market has been dominated by Smith & Wesson ever since they introduced the J-frame .38 Chiefs Special in 1950. Sure, Colt, Ruger and the others have had their snubbies, but they have come and gone while the J-frame revolvers have been in continuous production, in one form or another, for more than sixty years.