What's your lightweight kit gun?

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    Been thinking about picking up a new carry/kit gun was wondering what you guys are carrying for a lightweight woods gun. living in the south i don't have to worry about bears or bigger predators so i usually just carry my ruger lcp 380, been thinking about buying a ruger lcrx with the 3 inch barrel.
     
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    Ruger Mark III 22/45 here. But if I didn't have it I'd look at the LCR
     
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    For carry in hot weather (light) I use a Glock 26, sometimes a Taurus 740 Slim, or if I'm got to a State park I use a NNA Mini Mag with folding grip and 1 5/8" barrel.

    In my bush bag I just started carrying a Rough Rider with 5.5" barrel and a 22lr and 22 wmr cylinders, cheap but effective. Not the lightest gun in it's class but with one cylinder the can be had for $135 around here and second cylinder is just under $50.

    I have thought about the one gun for everything but haven't found just what I'm looking for yet at least not that fits the light requirement, cause my 686 would do all but don't fit for what I think you are talking about.
     
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    This is woods carry right? What will you be using it for? If .22lr is enough then I say either the Ruger 22/45 Lite or the 10/22 takedown if you want a little more accuracy.

    If you need something with more power, but still want lightweight, I'd go with at least a 9mm. My favorite sub compact pistol is the Kahr CM9 but I'd also try out the other small, poly frame 9mm pistols and revolvers to find out which one shoots best and is more comfy for you.

    If you need more accuracy, and power... but still want compactness, I'd suggest the Kel-Tec Sub 2000 rifle in 9mm.
     
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    Well, heck. You reminded me of one I should have kept...
    S&W m63 "Kit Gun"
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    Sigh. Oh well. lol

    I have a FDE framed g19 that I use in the woods and garden.
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    I go gun heavy. S&W 13 or Glock 23 for handguns. I most often have a long gun too but that varies depending on a lot of factors. I seem to be bringing my .357 lever gun a lot lately though.
     
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    Glock 26 here
     
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    Don't be silly, if I need a kit gun then I carry one of my "Kit Guns" 63, 651, 34 or 51 depending on mood. If I need to go heavier I go to my custom 31-1 rechambered to .32H&R with added adj sights. If even more is needed I move on up to the M60 3" adjustable sights.

    Hi I'm Samuel and I have a problem(deciding which one to carry)
     
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    Just picked up a ruger sp101 in 327. Haven't even gotten a chance to shoot it yet. It's a super versatile caliber, can shoot 32 acp, 32 s&w, 32 s&w long, 32 mag, and 327 mag. I reload, so I've got a ton of options.

    If you havent checked out the ballistics on the 327 mag, give it a look. They're impressive.

    And yes, i have 357s and 44s. I really just wanted something else to play with.
     
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    What are you concerned with needing to shoot?
     
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    i dont know about light but a ruger single six with the 22 mag cylinder is bomb proof i have one ran it over with the jeep dropt it in the ocean taught 2 sons how too shoot it is the only thing my daughter wants to carry and my grand son wants it when he gets older..............great all around favorite but not so light.
     
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    Pocket carry Body Guard .380 with Crimson Trace and Critical Defense loads. Sometimes the Shield 9. Coyotes are about all I'd have to deal with other than drunken hunters.
     
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    Glock 17 when I' keeping it light.

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    I just bought this today in .357. We'll see how it works out.
    It's not that lightweight, but way lighter than my .357 blackhawk.
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    If you can get by with a 22 take a look at the ruger stainless bearcat with the adjustable sights. It shoots as well as my single six and only weighs about 24 ozs
     
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    Or a S&W 351PD -- 12 or 13 ounce, Scandium, seven shot,.22 magnum.

    @6gun If you can find a copy of the July 1990 American Rifleman, check out the article Elmer Keith's "Little Cutie" by Art Bevan. About the Model 51. Interesting read.
     
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    And you can covert it to .327 Mag. :yup:
     
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    I have several fairly equal (in my mind) choices, each with advantages in weight, caliber, or distant-accuracy... a Ruger 10/22, a .357 revolver, or a .22 auto pistol... all depends what I feel like doing and how snakey it is.
     
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    Well the 351PD goes with me 24/7 on the ankle so it is always there regardless, After 9yrs with it I walk funny if it ain't there! I have entertained the idea of picking up a 317 based on how much I love my 351.
     
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    It's the Ruger LCRx 3" 38 for me.
     

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    I've been thinking about that 3" lcrx for a bit now. Main stopping point is whether my wife would be comfortable using it with +p since it's so light. How has your experience with it been?

    Oh. For the thread, Glock 23 all the way for me.
     
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    Kel-Tec PMR30. Semi-auto pistol in 22 magnum. 30 round magazines. Comes with two magazines. Made in USA. Is very lite weight even when fully loaded. If you can't get it done with 60 rounds then there's a problem.
     
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    after careful consideration and thought, I chose a XDS 4 inch 9mm as a use everywhere carry gun. it is a balance of light enough to carry with out dragging my pants to my knees and big/heavy enough to shoot accurately. Anywhere we walk the most dangerous predator we face is Man and in predator mode that often means more than one and drunk.
     
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    Since we cant carry a handgun in Canada, i usually bring my Henry AR7...
     
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    Walther PP in 22lr.
     
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    Ditto on the 317. Would make a great trapline gun.
    Also the internal hammer (Centennial) version of the 351.
     
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    Here's my woods loafing companion. Until the 3" .357 LCR comes out, this works great.
     

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    You never know what you might run into out in the woods.
    how do you guys like the lcr's? how do they shoot/compare to a regular all steel snubbie?
     
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    Wow. So many threads can spin off into so many directions. This one is easy. For ages, my go-to ultralight carry gun is a S&W Airlight 22 with a 3" barrel.

    I challenge anyone in this forum to find a more useful gun that weighs less.

    And if circumstances dictate more than a 22, my next ultralight carry is a G26.
     
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    For super light weight, I have been pretty impressed with the S&W M&P .22 Compact semi-auto. Holds 10 shots, full size handle, nice 3 dot sights, very reliable.
    When I want a bit more power on tap, my 3" M60 .38 Spl. S&W carries very well. I carry either 148 gr. wadcutters or 158 gr. semi-wadcutters and some 110 or 125 grain +P JHP in reserve.
     
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    My GP100, of course. It's plenty for everything in my part of the country...

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    What is this "lightweight" of which you speak?
     
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    In that case a S&W 329PD. 25 ounces of .44 magnum torture.
     
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    Ruger SR .22 or Glock 27. If I wear heavy clothing, its a 1911 or GP100, which aint so light.
    I'll add I'm 6'3", 270 so it doesn't really matter what the weight is.
     
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    I've carried several "kit" guns. Hard to decide which one is best - and for what. For a long time it was an old style Vaquero in .45, but I just got a Shield 9 so I'll be bringing that along for awhile, I guess. Even though I camp in places with lots of curious-to-bold bears, the main issues in Washington State anymore is other humans, often from somewhere else, and living loose in or near campgrounds. In the past I've preferred my old M-60 as well as a Ruger MkII, target everything. My M-17 is a bit long to be considered a kit type, and heavy as well, but I've dragged it out there a few times for plinking. If I know I'm going where there is little chance of a human encounter but a good chance of being checked out at night by bears, I bring the 20G Rem 870 shorty with slugs, and forget about kit guns.

    Been thinking about one of those cute Browning 1911-22's...
     
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    I have been tucking the LCR/.357 version....(17.1 oz)... in my pocket/pack/holster/truck more often than not these days.
    Past days was always Single 6 w/22mg cylinder...(33 oz)
    Just won a Ruger Single .327 SS ( 43 oz)..in a raffle...So maybe?...Heavier though....

    LCR is a shooter....surprised me for a light stubby..38's are a whole lot more comfortable than the .357's....357 are a hand full....but nice to have that option...

    I'm pretty good with it and is a favorite
    H63 Approved.
     
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    Honestly, I seem to always bring the Kimber these days.

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    It's even lighter than my little air rifles ferchrissakes.

    A 5 lb .308 seems to always have a hugely compelling argument to come along :4:

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    image.jpeg At 10.3oz the 342ti is the lightest I've got that's worth shooting at anything other than a copperhead.
    Dang things hell on the wrist though!

    But this is my favorite for keeping the squirrels on their toes!
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    i dast not call it a "kit" gun, but my .380 beretta pico weighs 13.4 ounces with a mag full of 90-grain hollow points. it goes' bout everywhere ...
     
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    The 3 in LCRX makes a lot of sense. They plan to bring a .22 LRversion soon.

    As for my favorite light weight woods gun? A S&W Model 651 SS 4" Kit Gun in .22 Magnum.
    Other freqent carries; S&W 63 ss Kit gun in .22lr, Taurus 4 in Ti Tracker in .357 Mag, Glock 9mm,
     
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    I like this gun very much. Very light. Almost forget it's on my hip. The trigger is very unique with the cam action.
    I used to carry this IWP in a kydex holster. It was a little uncomfortable. Since making the flap holster, carry is a pleasure.
     
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    my fav lightweight kit gun is the little S&W 317, 8 rounds of .22 LR and weighs just a little more than nothing :4:- many a grouse and snowshoe rabbit have fell to this guy :)

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    Right now I'm thinking a S&W 317 is next on my shopping list, to fill this niche in my collection. I've been wanting one of these for a while now. I missed a chance at a beautiful used example a couple years ago for around $425 and I've been kicking myself ever since. I think I would have to swap out the factory grips for something nicer, though.

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    If lightweight is more important than caliber or accuracy this one fills a niche...Charter Arms Police Undercover. Six shot .38+P. It's always in my fanny pack when hiking to back up my SP101.

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    4" NAA Mini-Master, if lightweight is the critical part. Usually just the 22lr cylinder, unless I want to make a lot of noise with the 22mag.
     
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    I love the 22 magnum for loafing and bumming in the woods, as well as SHTF applications. VERY under rated caliber.

    I bought a Keltec PMR-30 specfically for this. Light aint the word and with 30 rounds hords of rodents would not out flank me! But seriously. No dog, coyote or hog would survive me if I did not want them too. Personal defence its up to it too putting bullets where they need to go.

    My serious business trail gun us my G20 with heavy handloads, stoked with hard cast 200g WFNGC bullets.

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    My favorite. I'd love to take this hunting some big game.

    Really, this thing is in business near-far, wherever you are it would get the job done.
     
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    As a rule I pack the gun necessary to handle the worst critter in the bush I'm headed in. if it's not bear it's people.
    .357 mag security 6.
     
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