I am planning on taking my CCW this Autumn. It is laughable to take a CCW with a .22 target pistol, so I knew I'd eventually be looking for something as a personal protection piece. Not sure that I actually will carry one, but I do want something that I can use as a deterrent at home. Brian got a .40 Browning High Power for himself and it's a little too much gun for me to comfortably handle. Because of the mild weakness in my injured left wrist, I can't cock the darn thing. Perhaps when it's been shot more at the range it'll loosen up some.
But the goal was something smaller and manageable for me. I wanted something I had no fear of taking apart, loading, or shooting. The more I read and looked, the more I decided that a revolver was the right gun for me. I also kept leaning toward Smith & Wesson. And not just because the Guns & Ammo Smith & Wesson spokeswoman is a cute redhead. I just liked their reputation, styling, and accuracy.
After we went target shooting today (and my groupings are tightening up very nicely indeed! Even the grumpy range-master was joking today, admiring my Browning and checking out my targets. He's very transparent in that he doesn't buddy up with anyone that is arrogant, stupid, and/or dangerous. He's decided we don't fit any of those! YAY!) we went in to look at revolvers since William's has such a huge range of guns to compare. I didn't expect to find something today, because I had a rather specific list of requirements: A larger grip on a smaller frame revolver, double action, .38 caliber, and a decent heft (no AirLights), and a fixed site. I looked at about a dozen revolvers and they had 4 or 5 out of 6 requirements. My favorite sales person, Gary, was there. I like him because he talks to me like an intelligent human being (not a customer, not a woman, not a newbie, just a person interested in guns like he is). He really loves to tell me all that he knows about the weapons I'm asking to see and it keeps coming up that we both seem to look for the same types of features, so he understand when I explain what I'm looking for. He's truly a gem.
He was looking for one of the revolvers to explain something to me when he picked up a larger version of the Lady Smith AirLight. He paused and looked at it, then looked at me and admitted that he wasn't aware of that model and we both started looking at it. His eyes lit up and so did mine. It was a 6 out of 6 for my requirements and felt balanced for my hand like the Browning...custom fit. So...the beauty below is now in layaway. It will likely be a birthday present next month.
My new Smith & Wesson 60LS .357 revolver (.357 that shoots .38, .357, & +P)