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Posted: 2/20/2006 5:57:42 PM EST
Talk me into one of these pretty little guns. I have a ton of .38 laying around. No use for a large frame revolver. I like the weight and size of the 642. Probably not a fun gun to shoot? Worth the $399 price tag. Is the 442 a better option?

Talk to me.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 6:07:13 AM EST
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 6:19:43 AM EST
Get it, you will not be disappointed. I use one as a BUG and nightstand gun.
I stuck a Hogue grip on mine because the +P stings a little with that stubby stock. I can still conceal it well.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 7:28:44 AM EST
Thanks for the responses. Kind of figured I wouldn't get any thumbs down on the S&W board. Cheers
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 12:27:06 PM EST
Picking one up tomorrow. $359 NIB. The shop has more if anyone is interested.

Thanks again for the input.
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 5:19:05 PM EST
Haven't shot it yet, but it is a part of the arsenal.



Link Posted: 3/1/2006 2:21:40 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/1/2006 2:23:32 AM EST by mini14jac]
My wife had me put the same goofy looking grips on hers.

She doesn't carry it concealed, and it makes it way more comfortable to shoot.

Every time I read one of these threads I start itching to go get one for myself.

A great value, easy to carry.....

Must resist!
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 4:21:34 PM EST
Quick range report:

Shot about 150 rounds today. From the 3, 7, 15 and 25 yard lines. Standing, kneeling and from behind cover.

Shoots a lot better than expected. 95% of my shots were center of mass, even out at 25 yards. Not as much bite as I thought there would be. Very manageable in all aspects. Five rounds isn't enough. Speed strips are a slow reloading option. The HKS speedloader I tried was a much better choice.

I feel confident enough to carry the 642 as a secondary/BUG/pocket gun.
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 4:42:19 PM EST
I own a model 60 and a 442. I carry them one of them daily. Make sure you get one of the older versions without the dreaded key lock and MIM parts. Better resale and more durable/reliable IMHO
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 4:45:23 PM EST
Bought my dad a 642

Now I want one
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 7:12:34 PM EST
I purchased one new in December for 339.00 at the local Sportsmans Warehouse store. Just to give you an idea of the pricing issue. Great gun. Carry it every day.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 7:55:01 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/14/2006 7:56:01 PM EST by ThEWayOftheGUn1]
I have had one for about 5 years. Had to send it to S&W once. I was dryfiring it with the .38 caps inside to not damage the firing pin and something happened that the cylinder could not align into the frame when i unloaded the pistol and try to push the cylinder back into the frame. I sent it back to S&W and problem solved. I think they did a free trigger job on it cause the trigger was alot smoother when I got it back. Nice pistol for concealed carry if you can live with carrying 5 rounds. Its also alot more fun to shoot then the super light scadium S&W pistols. I have a high noon holster called the "sky high" that fits it like a glove. Was my concealed carry piece for a while till i replaced it with my HK.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 7:56:41 PM EST
I have had one for 10 + years, before they came out with the +P version. I bought it from Novak's with a carry bevel and trigger job. I really like it. I have seen them priced around $350 at the Academy Sports chain.

Good shooting!
Link Posted: 4/2/2006 6:36:47 PM EST
[Last Edit: 4/2/2006 6:42:15 PM EST by new-arguy]
Link Posted: 4/16/2006 5:26:23 PM EST
[Last Edit: 4/16/2006 5:27:49 PM EST by maxell27]
I think I might get one of these too. How hard is it to find one without the locking thingie?

Link Posted: 4/16/2006 5:58:17 PM EST
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 6:29:00 AM EST
I've got a pre lock 442 that I like to carry. They have the same alloy frame as the 642 just a different finish. No rusting or pitting issues.
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