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This is a discussion on 9mm revolvers within the Wheelguns forums, part of the Armory category; I used to have a 9mm Ruger SP101. I purchased it used but unfired for around $350 in 2004. I found that it didn't do ...

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Old January 11th, 2009, 12:38 PM   #16
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I used to have a 9mm Ruger SP101. I purchased it used but unfired for around $350 in 2004. I found that it didn't do anything for me that my .357 mag and .38 spc Ruger SP101 couldn't do. The moonclips make for a reload that is slightly (milliseconds) faster than reloading with a speedloader but that's about it.

Once I found that the 9mm SP101 hadn't been made since 2000 or so and that they were "highly sought after collectors guns" I sold mine for over twice what I had paid for it.

I don't own guns to collect, I own guns to shoot. That's just how I am.
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Old July 26th, 2009, 06:57 AM   #17
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Charter Arms is coming out with .45 ACP, .40 S&W, and 9mm wheelguns. Due to come out this year sometimes. No moonclips required.

I have no idea the quality of charter arms, but a 9mm revolver would be a neat addition to the collection. 9mm target ammo is about half the cost of .38 special. (Walmart BB 9mm $8.47 for 50. WWB .38 spec $29.99 for 100)

That alone would make it a good plinker. I have gobs of 9mm, but have to hunt for .38 special.

I think ammo availability alone will make this a hot seller if the ejector system works as advertised.
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Old November 16th, 2009, 11:40 AM   #18
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I researched getting a S&W 940 earlier this year. I wanted a j-frame size BUG, and the idea of not having to buy, store, handle another caliber appealed to me (already own a 9mm). I have a S&W 625 that uses moon clips for the 45ACP ammo and it works quite well, so I figured the 9mm moon clips wouldn't be a problem. Whatever the difference (frame size, caliber, etc.), the 940's were known for being problematic and not reliablie enough to carry.

The other issue was cost. Since they are no longer made, the used ones were going for $900+ and I wasn't willing to pay that for a used j-frame.

I've given up on the idea of a 9mm wheelgun, thus my search for an M&P 340.
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 08:46 AM   #19
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My Ruger Blackhawk .357/9mm convertible eats anything.

As 9mm loaded ammo is generally less expensive than .38 Special, when you can find either, the option of being able to shoot more economically is great.

Of course, if you reload, it doesn't matter too much whether you load 9mm, .38 or .357.
All three can be reloaded inexpensively, depending on bullets used.

The advantage to 9mm double action revolvers are the quick reloads with the quite rugged moon clips.

The disadvantage to 9mm double action revolvers are the moon clips as you may, or may not, be able to do much with the revolver without them.

Just my 2 cents.
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Old October 18th, 2014, 04:59 AM   #20
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The Smith & Wesson J frame in 9mm had a habit of seizing up, it had to do with chamber pressure - there is a big difference in the pressure of a 38 as compared to a 9mm.
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Old October 19th, 2014, 08:35 AM   #21
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I realize that this is an old thread, but there are 9mm revolvers being made. S&W makes the 986 and the 929, both of them in 9mm. I have played with the 986 and the trigger was not all that bad.
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Old March 2nd, 2015, 06:48 PM   #22
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I've been looking at the Ruger LCR in 9mm for my wife.
Thanks for pointing me to the S&W offerings!
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Old March 3rd, 2015, 04:50 AM   #23
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If done from the ground up as a 9mm, there could be very good results from a 9mm revolver imo; especially one intended for ccw. It could be around a quarter-inch or so shorter than a .38/.357 revolver with the same barrel length, moon clips can be crazy fast to reload with if practiced, and (most important imo), there's been a much greater improvement in 9mm ammunition than in .38 spl ammunition over the past 20-30 years.
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Old March 3rd, 2015, 08:11 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by AgentOrange View Post
I've been looking at the Ruger LCR in 9mm for my wife.
Thanks for pointing me to the S&W offerings!
The LCR and the 9 mm S&W offerings are in vastly different categories. The 986 is a 7-shot L-frame and the 929 is an 8-shot N-frame. These are large, long barrel, heavy competition guns from the Performance Center and list at about $1150 each.

Both are far larger, heavier and much more expensive than anything you want for CCW use.
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Old March 3rd, 2015, 08:12 AM   #25
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Yup, figured that out after looking around for them!
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Old May 25th, 2015, 09:24 AM   #26
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I recently tried the Ruger LCR in 9mm...I did not like the "moon-clips" (yeah I know there quicker to reload), so I traded it for a S&W 642 with "no-internal lock", in the end I like speed-strips better...

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