Airweight durability

Airweight durability

This is a discussion on Airweight durability within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I've read comments (not necessarily credible sources) on the web that the Airweights, especially the .357 mag models, aren't designed to be shot on a ...

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    Airweight durability

    I've read comments (not necessarily credible sources) on the web that the Airweights, especially the .357 mag models, aren't designed to be shot on a regular basis. Even shooting the .38 +P models will be loose as a goose after 500-600 rds. because the design is for PD rather than target shooting. Any truth to this?

    Also, how durable is the black finish on the Airweights, do they scratch easy?

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    No truth to this. I have a new 642 ( 5 weeks) that has almost that many rounds through it and it is as tight as new. The older ones have multiples of that number and they are still tight.

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    poppycock. Shoot it all you want. The finish is about as good as anyone elses. It scratches, but not exceptionally easily.
    Last edited by SIXTO; February 9th, 2011 at 08:32 PM.
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    The black finish on my 442 has been pretty darn durable considering how much it has been carried. I've shot the thing over 1,000 times and it hasn't bothered it a bit. Its one of my favorites.
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    I shoot exclusively .357 mag ammo through my 340PD.... its over 500 rounds - had one small issue with the timing (I think caused by one of our department armorers :-(.....) other than that it has been a little wheel gun machine! no issues from me.
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    I call it hogwash....even if the gun gets "loose" Smith has great CS and a lifetime warranty. That gun will outlast you by a long shot most probably.
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    Somebody forgot to tell my 442. I have had it for years and lost round count long ago, it's fine.

    It shows holster wear on the barrel end and cylinder (working gun character to me) but the black finish on the frame still looks new. The only scratch on it is from me being careless with a screwdriver on one of the side plate screws.

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    I have a 1979 Model 12-3 4" Airweight. It is tight as ever. Granted, before I got it there hadn't been a heckuva lot of rounds through it, but it is tight as ever. It gets almost weekly (minimum bi-weekly) range time. Granted I only run standard 158g loads through it because S&W doesn't recommend +P rounds, however, there are plenty that do run +P through these old airweights. So one would think that in the last 30 years there have been improvements in design and metallurgy that can only enhance the strength of these weapons.

    So I'm gonna call poppycock on that too (thanks SIXTO).
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    My 2" airweight was purchased in 1970 and has been carried and fired extensively ever since. It's as good as the day I bought it.
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    Well...I don't have to wonder about that anymore....thanks.

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