I took my new Smith & Wesson 442 out today to do some shooting.
It is the current production standard 442 with the lock. I have not done any modifications to it but had done a lot of dry firing with A-Zoom snap caps.
The fit and finish is top notch. There are no machining marks anywhere and everything fits and functions perfectly. The trigger is heavy, (10+ pounds) but very smooth. I have a set of Wolff springs and wood grips on order, but it shoots just fine out of the box. I shot about 200 rounds out of it today and as is to be expected from a S&W revolver, functioning was 100%.
I brought a wide variety of loads to try out.
Horanday Critical Defense 110 +P (my carry load)
Remington 130 gr FMJ
Winchester 125 gr JHP +P
Several different 158 gr LSWC +P s
The accuracy of this gun was surprising to me. This is not my first snub nose, I have owned 2 different Charter Arms (my mother still has one of them), an older 80’s Rossi, and a Taurus 85. None were close to this one.
Here is a 5 shot group from 7 yards.
Here is a 5 shot group from 25 yards.
I even tried it out at 50 yards. I did not get a great group but could keep all five rounds on the 16” x 26” target back I was using.
The limiting factor is the minimal sights on the gun. With a better sight, I am sure the groups would be even better.
I did some penetration and expansion testing on the Federal 110 +P ammo.
The Federal penetrated 2 layers of denim and 3 one gallon water filled jugs, almost exiting the third jug.
Here is the expanded bullet.
Worked just as advertised.
Here is a video of one test and some point and two handed draw and fire drills at about 5-6 yards