Depends on where I'm at...I've got three loaded, but all in small safes with combination (push button, electronic) locks. I have a .40 XDm, which would probably be my first one, then a .38 S&W and a .357 S&W.
Billy, I wanted a Ruger GP100 or an SP101. I saw Gary's poll he did a few days ago, and I voted for the S&W 686 because I used to have one. Then I had this fiasco with the gun store and the revolver that didn't shoot right, so I ended up getting a good deal on the S&W 686P...I love that gun and shot it yesterday with outstanding results. However, I think Gary's poll showed that the Rugers have a better reputation for "being built like a tank", and honestly, side by side, I think I like the looks of the Ruger better. However, I have a SS .357 now, so I'll probably move on to the next fantasy gun...maybe a 1911 or a .22 plinker. Either way, for the home gun, get a big caliber with hollow points. All three of mine have HP's loaded. Good luck, B
Now that I like. Yours has the larger grips. Of course I am only judging by photos I have seen. Never handled an SP 101. I guess I have to check them out at the gun show. The grips appear smaller in photos I have seen.
I like the GP100 also, but...a benefit of the SP101 would be that you could carry it like you do some of your other guns. The GP100 would be great to shoot and good for home defense/ car defense, but if I'm not mistaken, the SP101 could travel everywhere with you. I'm guessing on this, since I've not done it. If you want the bigger grips, get some and go for it. That's what I did with my little-bitty 638 airweight. I put some bigger Hogue grips on it and its a lilttle more bearable to shoot +p's out of. If you put some big grips on it, with an IWB holster, I don't think it would be a problem - most of that gun would probably be above your belt. Good luck, B
After giving it more thought I came up with the best answer I can. My home defense gun is the 1911 in my desk, the .357 on my night stand, the 9MM in my night stand draw, the 9MM in my kitchen caninet, the .380 in the end table next to my couch, the .40 that sits next to my wallet and goes with me when I leave the house and the 12 Gage that is in the corner next to my bed. If all else fails my dog will bite them as they are running away limping because I only hit them in the leg.
I have my dad's old sidearm, a S&W .357. Not sure what the model number is (never looked) but it shoots well. It's in an electronic lockbox (because I DO have kids) loaded with 38SP +P Hydra-Shoks. Also have a ridiculously bright 15-LED flashlight in there with it. I miss the days of having a shotgun propped up against the headboard, though.
I'll keep my freedom, guns and money. You can keep the "Change."