From our friends at Survive2balive thanks for the review GA!
Everybody has their own ideas and opinions regarding firearms. Since opinions vary so much, I don’t spend a whole lot of time posting articles about firearms. Don’t get me wrong, in my humble opinion; firearms are just as important as stored food and potable water. We own several guns and are constantly adding to our ammo stores. What good is it to have a year’s worth of preps and not being able to defend yourself, your family, or your preps?
I have worked with guns for my entire adult life so I can speak with some experience. Whether in service to our nation or service at the community level, firearms have always been one of my primary vocational tools, and still are to this day. Guns have also been a part of my off-time activities as well and they have brought countless hours of hunting enjoyment. While I am in no way a firearms expert, I believe I am qualified to offer opinion to folks within the preparedness community.
If you are in the market for a reliable gun to carry concealed or a sound back-up weapon, then I would suggest taking a look at the Smith and Wesson Model 36 and 37. The Model 36 was originally introduced by S&W in 1950.
Immediately following World War II S&W wanted to create a revolver that could fire a more powerful round, in this case a .38 special, and be easily concealed. Subsequently, the Model 36 was produced. In 1951, in an effort to make the Model 36 lighter, S&W came out with the Model 37 Airweight. This revolver was the same as the Model 36 but the frame and cylinder were made from aluminum. Later the aluminum cylinder was abandoned for a steel one due to some problems.
The original Model 36 and Model 37 have changed little over the years and are still in production today. These guns retail in the area of 700.00 and can be acquired through just about any gun dealer.
The Model 36 / 37 are compact, having a 2 inch barrel. It has a 5-round capacity in a swing-out cylinder, and features an exposed hammer. It features a nickel-plated or blued finish and either wood or rubber grips. The gun weighs in at 19.5 ounces and its overall length is just less than 7 inches. The gun is double-action and comes equipped with fixed rear sights and a front sight blade. The maximum effective range is 25 yards, but you definitely want to get out and practice if you expect to be proficient at that distance.
Mrs. GA carries a Model 37 with Pachmayr grips. Lighter than the Model 36, the gun slides easily in her purse and is a
nice fit for her smaller hand. This was her first gun and she has become quite proficient in its use.
The Model 36 is not built for accuracy and I would not rely on it as a primary battle weapon. The short 2 inch barrel does not allow precision at long distances. Guns of this nature are purely for defensive situations that
are up close and personal, or as a means to retreat to a more advantageous position or to a larger weapon. Additionally, they can serve as a defensive back-up if your primary weapon suffers a critical malfunction while you are engaging a threat.
- Practical Handgun Carry, by Sarah in Texas (survivalblog.com)