Smith Model 640?

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    Smith Model 640?

    I was looking at a S&W model 640 today at the LGS...it was a .357? I have had a 642 before..is this the same thing but .357??It also had a 2" or 2 1/8th in barrel. Thanks Robbie

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    Believe it is all steel, not alloy like 642 and yes it is .357, but they did make some models that were also .38. They are a very well made revo.
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    The 640 is stainless steel.

    It has the distinct and honorable reputation as being the first stainless made S&W Centennial and the first Centennial to be made in the 357 magnum round.
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    That's what I carry and I like it for what it is. Being solid steel alloy and enough weight to absorb moderate recoil is a perk that I like vs. the vapor-weights.
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    My J-frame carry gun is 640 - all steel .357 Magnum.

    I bought it in lieu of the lighter 642 to master the "all so difficult J-frame," before purchasing the 642 or 442.

    It turned out that shooting any of the light J-frames well is not a big deal, but I got so used to the heavier gun and .357 potential that I decided to keep it. It shoots well and it's not too heavy for daily carry either as a primary or a BUG.

    Excellent gun.
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    I picked up the 640-1 today and look forward to shooting it this weekend.

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    Congrats.

    Must-see-photos. !!
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    Love my 640-1; I use .38 Special vice 357 mag; I fired a 357 Mag 158 grain SWC reload I shoot in my Python and I had to walk away for a minute until my hand recovered, I may just be a wimp but I couldn't see letting loose 3 or 4 of those with any sort of control.....with only 5 rounds I want my 5 to be controlled.

    The other thing about the 640 is the trigger is significantly better than my other J frames, not sure if I just got lucky or if anyone else has the same experience?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saber View Post
    That's what I carry and I like it for what it is...
    Yours is a 640 on Steroids..! Arguably the nicest one on the Planet.
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    I have it stoked with 125gr +P's... I have shot a snubby in 357 before and it's not fun. I really do like the trigger. Just got to find me a holster for it now. WHat are you guys carrying yours in??? Thanks Robbie

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    I have a 640 that is chambered ONLY for .38. I purchased it from The NYPD Equipment Section back in 1997. It was my BUG on duty and my EDC off-duty for many years when I worked for the NYPD. Great little CCW, she went everywhere I went.
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    I carry a 640 with a light 340 M&P for back up.

    The 640 triggers are considerably better that the other J frames IMO. I don't believe it's your imagination.

    The 640 was just plain smoother and lighter right out of the box.

    I had extensive trigger work done on both of these carry guns. The 640 is head and shoulders above the other gun even after work by a real expert and sparing no expense to make them both the best they can be.

    I wouldn't want to try to carry the 640 in my pants pocket because of the weight. Both guns have their place. But the 640 is my favorite by a long shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by southarkrob View Post
    I was looking at a S&W model 640 today at the LGS...it was a .357? I have had a 642 before..is this the same thing but .357??It also had a 2" or 2 1/8th in barrel. Thanks Robbie
    Get it, You will love it.My 640-1 has the smoothest trigger of any S&W revolver I have ever owned.

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