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best way to carry handgun for backup

Think i started to carry a .357 , 6 inch while hunting about 1 yr ago. first a right side belt holster. didnt really like it. then i got a shoulder rig. im a right handed shooter, so its on the left side, butt forward. its an uncle mikes "sidekick". i really like it. the belt rig is uncle mikes too, also "sidekick" . the reverse set up for cross draw sounds like something i need to look at. i dont like the weapon under my jacket in the fall, unless just hiking/scouting /fishing. we dont have "dangerous game" in vt, so i dont need to worry about griz attacks or any thing. consider the accuracy advantage of the 6 inch before you get rid of it. they shoot great, less "felt recoil" than a 4 inch. its all about proficiency and accuracy. this is a great site. lots of good info being passed around. sign up a new nra member today!

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Best way to carry handgun for backup?

Thanks for the recommendation. Two questions:

1. Uncle Mike's doesn't seem to list a holster under the name "sidekick" (only belts). Can you double-check this for me?

2. Is it really true that a longer barrel produces less "felt" recoil? I'd have thought the opposite -- that the longer the barrel, the longer the explosion is contained, and the more the shooter would absorb before the bullet is past the muzzle. Not so?

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I can't help you on the Uncle Mike holster question, but I can give you my opinion on the barrel length and recoil issue.

On smaller calibers of handguns I don't see much difference in recoil, but I still prefer the longer barrels better, they're more accurate.

Now on bigger calibers, lets say .357 and larger, there is recoil with all handguns, but the main difference I see between the shorter and longer barrels is that the recoil does not "snap" your wrist as badly with the longer barrels. My wrist will actually hurt after shooting a short barreled handgun for 10 rounds or so. I can shoot for hours with a longer one.

When I say short, I'm talking like an average of 2-4" and long is usually at least 6" or more.

All depends on what you want to do with your handgun. If you shoot it a lot, I'd say go for a longer barrel, for protection a short one is probably best.

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I use a Ruger 44 Mag for back up i shoot right handed all i done was put my hoster on the left hip to where it will be out of the way of rifle on my sholder but if i use a bow i wear it on right side, it all up to you and what else you are hunting with, try it you don't have to buy a special holster.

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So...I took this gun out to the range yesterday. Mind you, this is the first time I've *ever* fired a handgun, and the first time I've fired anything other than paintballs in over 30 years. I scored a 51 on my first six, at 25 yards using a timed competition target. Not earth-shaking, but hey, I was just pleased that I hit the paper all six times!

I was pretty surprised at the mildness of the recoil...of course, I was shooting .38 rounds, so that helped. Next trip will use the .357. I still don't think I want to use it as a hunting backup, since I just like the idea of a shorter barrel, but it was an enjoyable shooting experience.

BTW: I called S&W's historian again...this is a Pre-28. The rangemaster offered me $50 (jokingly) for it yesterday. Here's a pic:

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Looks like a great piece congrats! Long sight radius (distance between front and rear sight) and lighter cartridges are a great way to get started.

One of the joys of guns is to discover older designs that are still quite relevant. S&W is one of those companies that the fit and finish of today's guns is as good or better than the old ones; although they are pricey these days.

I'll give you $75! Thumbs up

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