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Posted: 2/16/2006 1:03:46 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/16/2006 1:04:39 PM EDT by triburst1]
This will serve as my new back up gun.



The 642 will fill a role between my primary weapon, the GLOCK 19, and my deep concealment pistol, the Kel-Tec P-32. Part of me says I should have bought a Kahr, but something about these little guns just seems "right." Thanks for all of the help and answers to my revolver noob questions.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 1:27:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By triburst1:
This will serve as my new back up gun.

img.photobucket.com/albums/v384/glocker199/jj.jpg

The 642 will fill a role between my primary weapon, the GLOCK 19, and my deep concealment pistol, the Kel-Tec P-32. Part of me says I should have bought a Kahr, but something about these little guns just seems "right." Thanks for all of the help and answers to my revolver noob questions.



Absolutely a great choice!

Congrats...you've got great ammo, too, to go with that great little revolver!

HH
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 2:21:41 PM EDT
Congratulations. S&W revolvers are seriously very good products. You will be happy. Charles.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 9:20:08 AM EDT
Well, I must say that after shooting it for the first time, I am less than impressed. I was hoping to use the 642 to tranistion my wife to carrying her own gun. There is no way in hell she will shoot this thing more than once. I can make pretty god hits with it out to 10 yards and muzzle flip is not bad but recoil is punishing. I knew the littel J-frames were snappy, but this gun has about twice the felt recoil of a GLOCK 29 shooting full power 10mm.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 11:18:53 AM EDT
Does anyone know of a replacement grip that provides some padding over the frame without extending the length of the grip a great deal? I really like the feel of the Hogue monogrip, but it makes the but over an inch longer.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 4:30:49 PM EDT
Take a Look at the Pachmayer "compac" rubber grips

www.lymanproducts.com/pachmayr/index.htm
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 4:40:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/17/2006 4:42:10 PM EDT by ikor]
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 5:05:12 PM EDT
I guess the fact that all recoil is transfered through the thin backstrap is what makes the J-frames bite so bad. A 15oz compact 9mm shooting a similar weight +p round generating almost twice as much muzzle energy is a pleasure to shoot.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 5:12:49 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/17/2006 5:14:02 PM EDT by 1IV]
Practice with 38 SJP. Shoot one cyl of 357, cary 357. Dont abuse yourself ... it is a back up gun. If you ever need it you will want a howitzer in your hand...
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 5:21:17 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 1IV:
Practice with 38 SJP. Shoot one cyl of 357, cary 357. Dont abuse yourself ... it is a back up gun. If you ever need it you will want a howitzer in your hand...



The 642 only fires .38spl, but that is similar to how I practiced today. I shot 25 rounds of WWB and 5 rounds of Gold Dot 135 grain +p Short Barrel JHP
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 5:30:22 PM EDT
Pachmayr "Compac" grips for J frame:



You can buy them HERE , but they're about $10 cheaper on eBay.

Link Posted: 2/17/2006 5:30:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/17/2006 5:34:22 PM EDT by Minuteman419]

Originally Posted By triburst1:

Originally Posted By 1IV:
Practice with 38 SJP. Shoot one cyl of 357, cary 357. Dont abuse yourself ... it is a back up gun. If you ever need it you will want a howitzer in your hand...



The 642 only fires .38spl, but that is similar to how I practiced today. I shot 25 rounds of WWB and 5 rounds of Gold Dot 135 grain +p Short Barrel JHP



I think that the 642 will handle 38 +P also. I checked S&W's website when I got mine and it showed it would.

Though mine is not marked +P.

Off their site:

When you need a lightweight carry revolver, you turn to Smith & Wesson's Small Frame Airweight Series. They are the original aluminum, small frame revolvers chambered in .38 S&W Special +P or .32 H&R Magnum.

Danny
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 6:04:32 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Minuteman419:

Originally Posted By triburst1:

Originally Posted By 1IV:
Practice with 38 SJP. Shoot one cyl of 357, cary 357. Dont abuse yourself ... it is a back up gun. If you ever need it you will want a howitzer in your hand...



The 642 only fires .38spl, but that is similar to how I practiced today. I shot 25 rounds of WWB and 5 rounds of Gold Dot 135 grain +p Short Barrel JHP



I think that the 642 will handle 38 +P also. I checked S&W's website when I got mine and it showed it would.

Though mine is not marked +P.

Off their site:

When you need a lightweight carry revolver, you turn to Smith & Wesson's Small Frame Airweight Series. They are the original aluminum, small frame revolvers chambered in .38 S&W Special +P or .32 H&R Magnum.

Danny



Yes, it will take +p, but one poster thought it was a .38/.357. That is what I was referring to when I said it only shot .38s.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 6:38:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By triburst1:

Originally Posted By Minuteman419:

Originally Posted By triburst1:

Originally Posted By 1IV:
Practice with 38 SJP. Shoot one cyl of 357, cary 357. Dont abuse yourself ... it is a back up gun. If you ever need it you will want a howitzer in your hand...



The 642 only fires .38spl, but that is similar to how I practiced today. I shot 25 rounds of WWB and 5 rounds of Gold Dot 135 grain +p Short Barrel JHP



I think that the 642 will handle 38 +P also. I checked S&W's website when I got mine and it showed it would.

Though mine is not marked +P.

Off their site:

When you need a lightweight carry revolver, you turn to Smith & Wesson's Small Frame Airweight Series. They are the original aluminum, small frame revolvers chambered in .38 S&W Special +P or .32 H&R Magnum.

Danny



Yes, it will take +p, but one poster thought it was a .38/.357. That is what I was referring to when I said it only shot .38s.



Cool Bro, hope you get good service out of it.

Danny
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 7:22:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By AKsRule:
Take a Look at the Pachmayer "compac" rubber grips

www.lymanproducts.com/pachmayr/index.htm



Bingo...he's exactly right.

Give them a try...that's a GREAT gun.

HH
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 8:57:48 PM EDT
Thanks for the clarification. I only own a model 29, so my S&W foo is weak. I do also own a ruger 357 SP101, and it is a whopper with full house loads. If you miss atleast youll get a good mental picture of the bad guy from the flash.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 12:01:08 PM EDT
+1 to HoustonHusker's comment, that is an awesome little peice.

I prefer my M37 though
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