Stress Crack S&W 642 Airweight

This is a discussion on Stress Crack S&W 642 Airweight within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; "Wow that is aweful.How did that even leave the factory?" It didn't. Thread tolerances too tight...probably "work hardened" the alloy frame force threading the barrel ...

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    "Wow that is aweful.How did that even leave the factory?"

    It didn't. Thread tolerances too tight...probably "work hardened" the alloy frame force threading the barrel in...barrel expands when it heats up a bit....crack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TWO GUNS View Post
    Wow that is aweful.How did that even leave the factory?
    THIS^^^^^

    Should have never got past final inspection, one would have though they would be looking for that weak point.
    While people are saying "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, ... and they will not escape. 1Th 5:3

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    Checked my wife's 642, it looked fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BugDude View Post
    The 442 doesn't appear to have any type of clear coat. I've shot mine a ton and it still looks great. From what I've read, the black annodized finish of the 442 is somewhat more durable than the finish of the 642.

    I've seen a couple other examples of that same frame fracture on j-frame airweights. Not very common, but S&W will hook you up. If you tell them you would rather have a 442, they will most likely replace it with one without hesitation.
    Talked to S&W Customer service yesterday and their going to email me a return ticket threw FedEx within 48 hours. When talking/explaining what was wrong I asked about getting a black 442 without the internal lock instead of the clear coated 642 ? First He said they would just replace the frame ? and after some back and forth He said they'll make a decission wants they receive the weapon.

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    Good luck...thanks for keeping us informed.

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    Poor casting. It can happen with any metal.

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