Lcr, 642, 442???

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    Lcr, 642, 442???

    Ok, this will be my first revolver. Have a few polymer 40's and a browning buckmark. Next up is the Ruger LCR, S&W 642 or the S&W 442 chambered w/ 38sp. I have handled all three and from my research they are all excellent guns for their intended purpose. However, I am looking for ownership input on all three of these models. If you own or have owned any of these three please let me know your thoughts.

    Prices are all very close. The 642 has the CT grip so it is a bit higher for the added feature, which I like.
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    Hi shjourdan;

    I've fired the Ruger LCR, have owned a S&W Model 642 for 14 years and the Model 442 is the same thing as the 642 except in blue finish. I don't know anything about the CT grips, having had only a little experience with others' laser sights.

    I'd go with one of the Smith & Wessons as I prefer their trigger pulls over the trigger on the Ruger LCR I tried which had a disconcerting amount of over-travel. It was off-putting to someone used to the goodness of the double-action Smith & Wesson trigger. On the plus side for the Ruger LCR, it has less perceived recoil with any given load than the Model 642 does when both are fired side by side with the same types of ammunition.

    I think the blued Model 442 is better looking than the stainless Model 642 but purposely chose the 642 as I'd never owned a stainless steel firearm before. Actually both of these revolvers' frames are made of aluminum alloy.

    After owning one of the Model 642s for some time I think I'd rather have a steel-framed Model 49 Bodyguard. I have a Model 36 Chief's Special which is all steel and like shooting it better than the Model 642.
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    If you end up opting for a S&W, try to find a no-lock version.
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    I have handled the 642 and I own an LCR .38. I prefered the trigger on the LCR. It gets better the more you shoot. The recoil is very manageable and the LCR is very accurate.
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    As a owner of both the LCR and a couple of S&W (638, 637) I'd suggest one of the Smiths as well. The LCR is a good shooter, but IMO after about a year or so of carrying both the LCR and my 638, I would opt for one of my Smiths due to ease of carry... The grip on the Smith is smaller therefore making it easier to carry in deep cover mode and after the trigger job I had done on my 638, the LCR doesn't have anything over my Smith.. Both are good guns, but for me the Smith is a better overall revolver. JMO, YMMV..
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    I chose the 442 over the LCR, because it is easier for me to pocket carry.
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    I bought the 17 ounce LCR in .357 Mag and use it for 158 grain 38Spl +P ammunition. I wouldn't want the 13 ounce 38Spl version. I compare my LCR to my J Frame Smith of similar weight, (15 ounces), using the same ammunition, for shooting comfort, over all ergonomics, felt recoil, and trigger, and give the nod to the LCR. The trigger is different but quite smooth and very suited to the gun's intended purpose as close up self defense. For pocket carry the Tamer Grip can be swapped out for the Boot Grip.
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    i gave carful consideration to all 3 guns you mentioned before deciding on the lcr.the deciding factor for me was the better trigger,Hogue Tamer grips and lower weight of the lcr..if you end up buying the 642/442 they are great guns too,they've been around forever and have a proven track record..good luck

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    For me it is the 638. I have had my trigger lightly worked over and I think the added ability of single action if needed makes this the best gun for me.
    I looked at the LCR and, while I admit it is a nice gun, the width of the gun and the vague trigger sealed the deal for the S&W. For me a self defense gun should have a solid, possibly heavy, double action and that is the 638 for me. Just my opinion and you need to make this your opinion. You are the one having to depend on the gun you choose and of the group you are considering you can not go wrong.
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    I have the 642 and thats because of it's alloy and stainless contsruction. Great for concealed carry. The LCR would work too, but I have no experience with it. I was impressed with the 642's accuracy for it's size, and it has a good DA trigger. JMO, for what it's worth.
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    I chose the 442. I really like it. I hate the idea of pocket carry so I am working on another mode of transportation. It is my BUG. It is a bit snappy as its scadmium, but with 38 or 38+p it is manageable. I take it to the range and put 50+ rds down range without issue. I believe that you will be happy with any choice. It was my first revolver and was purchased as a BUG, function over fun. I like it very much. Buying fun guns now
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    I have both the LCR and the 442. I prefer the Smith in whatever flavor and as a plus CDNN has a few of the 442 at $329 that is a great buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigJon10125 View Post
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    I chose the 442. I really like it. I hate the idea of pocket carry so I am working on another mode of transportation. It is my BUG. It is a bit snappy as its scadmium, but with 38 or 38+p it is manageable. I take it to the range and put 50+ rds down range without issue. I believe that you will be happy with any choice. It was my first revolver and was purchased as a BUG, function over fun. I like it very much. Buying fun guns now
    The 442 is not scandium. It has an aluminum frame, steel barrel, and steel cylinder. I would choose the 442 over the others because I like a black gun and I like Smith and Wesson.
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    I agree with both of the above, black over silver finish...I bought what was available then. Leaves my shopping options open later! The 442 at $329, sounds like a great deal to me.
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