Looking for the best snub nose revolvers? We’re going to go over the best ones that are available today.
Revolvers make great carry options for not only concealed carry but for home defense in general. So if you’re looking for a weapon that is ideal for home defense and security, a snub nose revolver is a good choice.
After we go over the list, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions on snub nose revolvers so you can make a better-informed decision on whether or not it will fit your needs.
There are two primary reasons for researching revolvers and even more so for the concealed carry community. You’re exploring options for home defense and don’t want to opt for a home defense survival shotgun quite yet, or you’re considering one for concealed carry. Or both.
1) Charter Arms Undercover Lite Double-Action Revolver – .38 Special
The Undercover Lite Double-Action Revolver from Charter Arms is constructed with a tough, aircraft-grade aluminum frame and a stainless steel cylinder, and barrel. Incredibly lightweight and corrosion–resistant, this revolver makes it an ideal concealed carry weapon.
The Undercover Lite shoots quickly in double-action, or you can cock it with the traditional spur hammer and take a cool aim. The fixed sights interfere minimally when drawing the double-action revolver from a concealed position, and rubber grips provide a solid hold, while absorbing recoil. The aluminum frame stainless steel cylinder and barrel make it ideal for concealed carry.
- Very small (which is ideal for EDC)
- Limited Supply
2) Ruger LCR
1) Charter Arms – Pitbull
The Charter Arms Pit Bull revolver is made after the Bulldog with a slightly shorter barrel and is available in .40 S&W caliber. It is just as capable of harnessing the stopping power of .40 S&W ammunition as the Bulldog is with the .44 Special.
The Pit Bulls 2.3″ barrel and 21 ounces make this a lightweight powerhouse. Soft rubber pancake-style grips make shooting the Charter Arms Pit Bull comfortable and lightweight. The small frame, fixed sights, and tremendous stopping power make the .40 S&W Pit Bull another ultimate carry gun Mfg: Charter Arms
Here’s a detailed video of the Pitbull.
2) Ruger SP101
The SP101 is now offered in a 22 LR. and features adjustable fiber optic sights, 4.2″ barrel, black rubber grips with wood inserts, and a Satin Stainless finish.
The SP101 is strong and reliable shot after shot, all SP101 revolvers boast solid steel sidewalls (no side-plates), making them rugged, reliable, and dependable. Mfg: Ruger
3) Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard .38 Crimson Trace
Chambered in .38 S&W Special +P, the M&P BODYGUARD BG38 continues Smith & Wessons broad line of reliable, small-frame self-defense revolvers. The M&P BODYGUARD BG38 delivers the optimal combination of accuracy and simplicity for personal protection needs. With its lightweight design, the M&P BODYGUARD BG38 allows for discreet carry and its hammerless design provides a snag-free presentation.
The five-shot revolver features a short 1.9-inch barrel, which contributes to a compact overall length of 6.6 inches and an empty weight of 14.4 ounces. Lightweight and simple to use X”X nothing protects like a BODYGUARD.
4) Rock Island Armory M206
This snub is seriously cheap. This is a perfect revolver for a first-timer just getting into concealed carry.
The M206 Revolver is ideal for self-defense. It’s simple, easy to carry and conceal. Designed to perform when it counts. Chambered in 38 Special, this firearm comes equipped with a checkered wood grip and a parkerized finish. Mfg: Rock Island Armory Less
Frequently Asked Questions
When is a revolver barrel considered a snub nose?
When the measurement of the revolver barrel is 2.5 inches or less, it is considered to be a snub nose revolver. There is some debate over this since there’s no definitive answer. Some say that since there is an apparent gap between 3′ and 4′ barrels that anything 3′ and under should be considered a snub nose. I mostly agree with that. Others will say anything 2.5′ and shorter is the snub nose.
Are revolvers good for concealed carry?
Revolvers, including snub nose revolvers, make excellent concealed carry handguns for personal defense and protection. Revolvers are known to be safer than other handguns.
Snub nose revolvers are excellent choices for concealed carry and home defense. Now you know the best snub nose revolvers on the market. Enjoy.
Do you own a snub nose that you think should be in the list?