S&W 22 Mag J-Frame

I have been eyeing these 22 Magnum J-frames for a while. Which seems strange to my old co-workers. You see, I once…now infamously…said to industry renowned, snubby instructor Ed Lovette,

“Do you know why I don’t own a J-Frame revolver?”

“No” he replied.

With a grin, “Because I would fucking carry it”.

7 Shots in a J-frame. Pretty nifty.

7 Shots in a J-frame. Pretty nifty.

Yeah, yeah. I know. Kind of an asshole thing to say but years of working in shit-holes made me very opinionated. Even today, I question the validity of carrying a 5-shot J-frame in lieu of a Glock 19 with 16 rounds at about the same size.

But…I did finally break down and attend some formal snubby training cycles and did pick up some new tricks. Things you can do with a J-frame that may not be optimal with a Glock 19. Right off the bat, think ground fighting. And considering most fights end up on the ground eventually, that muddies the waters just a bit.

I sent these two pictures to my now life-long buddy, Ed Lovette, wanting to know what he thought? 7 shots of 22 magnum at point blank range is crossing, a little, into the 380 territory. Still amazed that he even will talk to me, much less call me friend replied,

I have, somewhat, new respect for J-frames these days.

I have, somewhat, new respect for J-frames these days.

“That is a nice looking revolver and without frame lock! That may be the best selling point IMHO. During my LE days I learned of two shootings with a .22 mag: One was a .22 bolt gun and the owner had drilled out the chamber to accept .22 mag. His wife held it to her chest and committed suicide, the muzzle blast nearly severed her left breast. The second was a bar fight in which one shot was fired from a Ruger Single-Six. According to witnesses the man was hit and he spun around and dropped DRT. If I was a prepper I think this would be my first choice, it doesn’t get the credit it deserves. Use the solids for hunting and the HP’s for personnel…”

I think Ed just told me to buy it!



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