My new 642

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    My new 642

    Been debating on the 442 for a while now and Fleet Farm had a sale on the 642, enough to sway my wallet that way.

    I tell ya, this thing was made for a Smartcarry.


    S&W 642 by Light Artisan Photography, on Flickr

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    Congrats!

    I have one and love it.

    Is your gun a "no lock" model?

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    Nope, has the lock... At first I didn't want that model, but after reading I realized it's a non-issue for the 442/642 and was ever only a problem with the .357 versions running magnum loads. I'll probably never lock it... but it's there anyway.

    Is yours?

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    Very nice and excellent choice...


    I removed all the locks from my Smiths..
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    Great choice! I added CT Laser grips to mine. In addition to the benefits of the laser, I founded the grips themselves to fit my hand better than the factory grips. Improved my shooting and comfort a quite a bit. YMMV

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    Very nice. Congrats and enjoy!
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    Congrats. I BUG my 442, but I'd much rather have the stainless flavor. With a hammer. Sorry. Mine has a lock too, but I have no idea where it is or how it works :)

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    You just picked up one of the most versatile carry pieces you can buy. Easy to carry in any manner and with just a little practice you can become very proficient with it. Get you a couple speed loaders and speed strips and practice reloads. You'll love it.

    I've got a 442 and I put a Wolff shooters pack spring set in it, polished the internals, and took out the internal lock flag while I was in there. Smooth easy trigger pull now, and no worries with the lock. So many grips options too. Everyone should have a j-frame.
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    Good choice!
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    Thunder71, mine is a no-lock model.

    Two or three years ago, I was eyeballing them, but didn't really want one with a lock. My LGS got in some of the new no-lock 642s, and I grabbed one.

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    Everyone who carries should own a j-frame. I don't carry mine all that often, but when I do, it is the perfect gun for the occasion.
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    Thanks guys!

    I'll have to check out how to do the internals... this is my first wheelgun so I have some learning to do. :) I put 60 rounds through it tonight (50 Federal bulk lead and 10 Winchester PDX 130gr +P).

    Seems I shoot it high and to the right (I'm a lefty).

    Trigger is better than I thought it would be, almost has a breaking point at the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder71 View Post
    Thanks guys!

    I'll have to check out how to do the internals... this is my first wheelgun so I have some learning to do. :) I put 60 rounds through it tonight (50 Federal bulk lead and 10 Winchester PDX 130gr +P).

    Seems I shoot it high and to the right (I'm a lefty).

    Trigger is better than I thought it would be, almost has a breaking point at the end.
    That's good news because it's the worst trigger you'll ever encounter. But then again, that is the safety. I've dry fired mine literally 10K times to try to see where I can get it to. It still sucks large wang, but then again, when I need it, I'll probably not notice how bad it is....

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    Looks like its super-easy to carry conceal. Congrats on the new addition. It makes me wanna go out and check one out...

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    My LGS has the 642 in 1.875" and 2.5" barrel length. The 2.5" has a CT laser for $599 The 1.875" is $399. Are these a good deal, and which is recommended?

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