There are lots of criteria to look at in choosing the best revolver for concealed carry handguns. Some may prefer power over precision, others go for design over quality. This post will discuss five of the best ranking guns considered above average in these categories.
Ranking The Best Revolver for Concealed Carry Handguns
1. Concealed Carry Revolver: Ruger SP101
The Ruger SP101 revolver has the power to complement the extremely powerful 357 Magnum cartridge in a small-framed double-action revolver. What gives this gun the edge over its competition is it’s engineered for smooth performance. It comes with a recoil-reducing grip, making the SP101 ideal for personal defense or a cop’s primary weapon.
2. Concealed Carry Revolver: S&W 642
The Smith & Wesson J-Frame is arguably the most preferred small frame defense revolver today. As a testament to its success, the J-frame line has been customized to be compatible with .22 LR, .22 Magnum®, .38 Special and even the .357 Magnum loads. This is, hands down, the top-tier model of the J-frame Smith & Wesson .38. Its frame is made of alloy and only weighs 14.6 ounces. However, It is rated for +P rounds, which means it might be difficult for some to control.
3. Concealed Carry Revolver: TAURUS JUDGE PUBLIC DEFENDER POLYMER REVOLVER
Considered as the poor man’s Taurus Judge, the Public Defender Polymer is not to be underestimated. Its polymer body frame equates to improved handling and accuracy. This bad boy delivers amazing flexibility and mind-blowing firepower. Why opt for a simple semi-automatic pistol when you can have this beast?
4. Concealed Carry Revolver: CHARTER 2000 UNDERCOVERETTE
The Charter 2000 Undercoverette utilizes the powerful .32 H&R Magnum cartridge which is often compared to the .32-20. Its .32 bullet is tinier than the .38, but its higher velocities make the H&R Magnum cartridge stand out. What’s more, the Undercoverette is more portable and has top-notch precision. It is recommended for gun enthusiasts who are recoil-sensitive. The double-action trigger is average and is no match for the Colt or Smith & Wesson. I’ve thought about putting a reduced-pull hammer spring in the Undercoverette, but haven’t done so yet.
5. Concealed Carry Revolver: COLT DETECTIVE SPECIAL
The Colt Detective Special is a short-barreled revolver made of carbon steel framed double-action. It is popularly known as “snubbies” or “belly guns.” The “Detective Special” moniker was a homage to police detectives dressed as civilians.
The Detective Special was considered a prototype of the first short-barreled revolvers but with a modern swing-out frame. It was meant for higher-powered cartridges such as the .38 Special.
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These guns, despite their sizes, pack a lot of punch and are more than enough to protect yourself and your family. Keep in mind though to secure it in a safe location within your body to avoid self-inflicted injury. One last note, owning a concealed carry holster will definitely go a long way if you decide to pack concealed carry guns. If you want to look a bit more badass, perhaps an ankle holster will do the trick.
What’s your concealed carry revolver of choice? Share your favorite revolver and why in the comments below.
Editor’s Note: This article was first published in May 2016 and has since been updated for quality and relevancy.