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Old 10-02-2018, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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You might want to consider a Ruger LCR revolver. Quite a few variations & calibers in a lightweight package with with a nice trigger.
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Old 10-03-2018, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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You know, OP, if you are otherwise satisfied with the Bearcat, maybe you just want a better holster for it?



If you want a centerfire, any of the S&W or Ruger gats mentioned already would work fine. I would note that first model Ruger LCR in 38 Special are usually available for good prices used. It is just 5 shots though.



If you are thinking anti-snake duty, you can "Dutch" load with a shot cartridge to come up first on any of these revolvers, including the Bearcat. CCI makes shot shells for .22 lr, for 9mm, for .38 Special (can use in .357 as well), and 45ACP.
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Old 10-05-2018, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Rathdrum, ID
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CCI makes shot shells for .22 lr, for 9mm, for .38 Special (can use in .357 as well), and 45ACP.
They also make shot shells in a .45 long colt caliber.
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Old 10-05-2018, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Cody, WY
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They also make shot shells in a .45 long colt caliber.
There is also the Taurus Circuit Judge which is an alloy frame gun, but it's big and has mean recoil with a .410 shell. Taurus also made or makes a large frame revolver with a 2" bbl. in .45 Colt and .44 special.
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Old 10-05-2018, 09:58 PM
 
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Do we know if the OP wants a .22LR revolver or just a revolver?
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Old 10-06-2018, 02:12 AM
 
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"I love my .22 bearcat but I want a smaller/shorter barrel revolver..."

Close enough.
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I (I live the the country and there could be rattlers, coyotes, and (very rarely) cougars). .

Happy got it right the first time.

...although I love my 317!
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Old 01-31-2019, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Sinkholeville
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If you want smaller and lighter, and since you already shoot a single action .22, the ultimate tiny revolver would be a North American Arms mini-revolver. You can get some models which are convertible between .22LR and .22 magnum, if you like noise. And if your problems can be solved with only 5 shots.

The above sensible suggestions for a S&W 43c or a Ruger LCR or LCRx involve larger guns which are more shootable, yet still pocket-sized.
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Old 02-03-2019, 11:29 AM
 
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If you are really thinking about large animals, one might question a Bearcat.


The two guns that come to mind are the J frames (of various configurations) and the LCRs.


For a little more power than a 22 LR, your choices are:


22 Mag


Various 32s, from SW 32 Long,32 HR mag and 327 mag. The last is no slouch. However, for small gun, you are pretty limited to an LCR nowadays. There are older SWs around but expensive.


38/357 guns.


9 mm revolvers - LCR primarily.



Downsides - the smaller guns are not the easiest to shoot and the powerful rounds are quite a handful. I would recommend if you go that route, you need to train and practice with them. You need to see if you can handle the more powerful rounds.


Yes, people have used them successfully without training in point and pray mode, but you are better off knowning what you are doing.



Shrouded hammer guns are fine for pocket carry. If carry is belt oriented, then there are models with hammers and in various materials and weight. More weight helps with the more powerful guns.


Don't trust gun store 'experts' - read. If you want tips on smaller guns, Lucky Gunner and Claude Werner (google them) have a wealth of info on running the small ones.


The NAAs are bugs and not really for primaries.
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Old 02-03-2019, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Rathdrum, ID
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If you want smaller and lighter, and since you already shoot a single action .22, the ultimate tiny revolver would be a North American Arms mini-revolver...
A lady here in our 55+ community "gave away" her semi-auto mouse gun because she didn't have the hand strength to rack the slide. For hiking with her mutt solo, she wants a self-defense gun. She really needs a revolver, and wants a small, lightweight, pocket one. I've been looking at the NAA revolvers the past couple days with the intent of recommending one to her.

I decided that this is not the gun for her. I have no problem with only five shots or being single action. What scares me is the "safety" mechanism. While loaded, you have to half clock the hammer, move the cylinder to a notch between two rounds, then lower the hammer into the notch. I can even now see her 'fumble fingers' slipping and letting the hammer drop on a live round. For someone knowledgeable and experienced, no problem. Her? No way! I'm even reluctant to have one myself and trust that my finger won't slip one day and shoot off a round.

Too many people don't know how to lightly drop a hammer on a single action revolver without it getting away from them. I don't trust her to be able to do so.

p.s. the word "clock" substituted for the action verb used when manually moving the hammer on a revolver, actual four-letter word is censored.
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Old 02-04-2019, 02:00 AM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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A lady here in our 55+ community "gave away" her semi-auto mouse gun because she didn't have the hand strength to rack the slide. For hiking with her mutt solo, she wants a self-defense gun.
Take a look at the Baretta TomCat (.32) or BearCat (.380). Both are tip-up models, so there's no requirement to rack a slide to load a round in the chamber, yet it's got a bit more punch than a .22. My wife has one of each. She can rack a .45 just fine, but the smaller guns have a smaller slide, which when coupled with the stronger spring needed because of the short throw of the slide, makes it almost impossible for her to operate.
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