Stress Crack S&W 642 Airweight

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    Stress Crack S&W 642 Airweight

    Just noticed a crack on the underside of the frame on my 642 Airweight that has never been fired other than factory testing, NIB purchased back in 2002. Has anybody ever seen before or come across it with thier J Frame ? Any information would be greatly appreciated. How is S&W customer service ?
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    Smith and Wesson customer service is awesome. They will replace that for you no problem. They sent me a prepaid shipping label. I had my 642 back the next week. They replaced pretty much everything.
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    That ought to buff right out huh?

    S&W should take care of that, I'd better go look at my wife 642, I'm hoping that's not contagious.
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    Thanks for posting... hope you get that issue straightened out. I am sure Smith and Wesson will get you a new one asap. Bunker

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    The barrel was probably over tightened at the factory. There are a few threads about it at www.smith-wessonforum.com Some have also had cracked frames on nib revolvers.

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    Never seen that before. Mine's been rock solid. Keep us posted on how it turns out.
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    WOW! Well, at least I can guarantee you that you will get a brand new S&W 642. So at least you are getting a brand new model.
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    Bummer! But I'm sure S&W will take care of it.
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    Had a problem with the clear coat coming off of the frame also so I was thinking about going with a 442 in the black finish. Are they all clear coated ?

    I've been wanting one of these 642 Deluxe models wonder what the chances are they'll throw in the 642 with the Textured Wood Grips that has the pinky groove ? saw one for the first time a few weeks ago http://www.smith-wesson.com/wcsstore...0551_01_md.jpg Thanks for the reassuring/info guys, had pretty good idea S&W would take care of it,

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    Factory QC problem. S&W will take care of it.

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    Another gunsmith that I know actually had a barrel go down range when he was shooting one. I haven't been to impressed with S&W revolvers that last few years,guess I'm to old school.
    A note about S&W clear coat, Hoppes #9 will strip it off if left for to long.

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    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.
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    Wow, thats not a crack, thats a 'broke'. Its sounding like there is a lot of confidence in S&W's customer care, which is a very good thing.
    You say you've not shot this one since 2002 ? For 'muscle memory', Wife puts at least 50 rounds through her S&W model 60 every quarter, and only so few because her primary is a 9mm PPS.
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    That's why I like steel frame revolvers instead of alloy. I'd rather carry the extra weight. Ask them if they'll replace it with a Ruger SP-101.

    Okay, all kidding aside, I'm glad S&W will take care of it. I just hate having defects like that in the first place.
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    Wow that is aweful.How did that even leave the factory?
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