I finally got to shoot my 642 I recently purchased. I was not expecting much as far as accuracy, but boy, was I surprised! At the 7 yd. range, that little gun put 5 rounds into a 2" circle exactly to point of aim. That was using Winchester 125gr. +P personal protection half jacket HP. The recoil was snappy, but not bad at all. Other than the fact it's only a 5 shot, I found a keeper that's a pleasure to carry all day. I usually carry a G27, but there are times when that Smith will work better, and I'm fully confident with what it will do now. I don't know if that is a common experience with this snubbie, but I would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone looking for a reliable, light weight carry gun.