I have been lobbying for gift cards to an outdoor retailer for Christmas and my birthday, and having collected a few, bought a new Smith & Wesson 637. I wanted a smaller handgun that could be used when we finally get CCW in Wisconsin, or if I get a non-resident permit in another state. I originally wanted to get the Heller commemorative 442, but the store I had the cards for didn’t have it, and could only get it through another dealer or something, which would have landed it well over MSRP, and probably close to $200 more that the 637. No dice. $50 more I would do, but $200 is a C&R rifle. And besides, I liked the exposed hammer and finish on the 637 better, so the 637 it was.
After getting the gun, I wanted some Speed Strips, which I figure could be used with both of my revolvers, unlike speed loaders. And, I had heard some good things about them from people who carry revolvers. No speed strips to be found anywhere in this town. At least 3 major outdoor retailers and 5 gun stores didn’t have them, so they are on order from Amazon. I’ll pass on what I think of them once I’ve had time to try them.
The gun is a .38 spl +P J frame with a 1 7/8″ barrel and exposed hammer.
With the hammer cocked.
5 shots of .38 spl +P (Please note: Safety measures were observed taking this picture, and the the guns were unloaded in the rest of the pictures. If you try taking pictures of loaded guns and shoot yourself after seeing this, it isn’t my fault)
2 wheelguns, the 637 and a Model 66 (.357 Magnum, 4 inch barrel)
I’m planning to get out and shoot it tomorrow or over the weekend, and will try to have a range report for you.