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    642 performs

    I started out carrying one of these a couple of years ago. I sold it later and went with a couple of different autos for awhile but could never find one that I could conceal as well as the little 642. It is so light and small I decided the other day to buy another one. It has the LG305 CT laser grips which I love. So I am back in the snubbie fan club. Here are a few pictures and the first target is 10 shots while I adjusted the laser. The last target measures 1-3/8" center to center. I think I can do a little better but thats not bad. 21 feet away with a two hand hold. Yes the 642 snubbie does perform!









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    I'm back to carrying snubnose 38s a vast majority of the time. They are often overlooked, but the perfect cc weapon in my opinion. Simple, easy, small, light, but still capable of putting rounds on target quickly if you practice with it. Good choice!!! Welcome back to the snub club.
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    Great shooting! I have one, my groups are about 5 feet at 3 yards lol. If I had a barn 3 feet in front of me, I'd miss it...

    I never carry it though, I find it easier to carry my PM9 - it's smaller than the 642. My 642 has been designated to glove box duty.

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    Ive gotten my paterns down to about 3 feet at 7 yards, thats not bad though considering I could barely hit the targest when I got my 642. I dont have laser grips though.

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    always carried a 38 spl; seldom as primary, most always as the secondary.

    practiced to shoot at 3-5 paces through a jacket pocket at a 6" plate positioned at the belt buckle
    and, still weak hand, POA is the 2nd button down on a shirt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by claude clay View Post
    always carried a 38 spl; seldom as primary, most always as the secondary.

    practiced to shoot at 3-5 paces through a jacket pocket at a 6" plate positioned at the belt buckle
    and, still weak hand, POA is the 2nd button down on a shirt.
    I should clarify I guess. The 642 is for summer duty. I plan to use either a Glock 26 or a SiG P239 under heavier clothing. And because of work I can not carry everyday.
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    interesting as my 642 often travels with a p239/40.

    perhaps they have an affinity for one another...
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    I have no problem keeping my shots within a 5 1/2" circle out to 25 feet. I do practice a lot, including daily with a S&W 317/ weekly with the 642. I also went from sometimes carry with a G23 to all-the-time carry with the 642.
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    Nice shooting!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder71 View Post
    Great shooting! I have one, my groups are about 5 feet at 3 yards lol. If I had a barn 3 feet in front of me, I'd miss it...

    I never carry it though, I find it easier to carry my PM9 - it's smaller than the 642. My 642 has been designated to glove box duty.
    In Washington state we would never get away with glove box carry... It is the law that it has to be on the permit carrier while in the car...
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    Love mine but don't carry it all the time. One thing about these guns......pull the trigger...it goes bang....simple as that. Great gun!
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    I've got that same gun and love it.

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    The 642 was my first carry gun, and I still love it.
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    I started out with a 637 then a 638 and now the 642. This is the gun I should have bought first. The covered hammer makes the frame just different enough to fit "my hand" perfect. Hope you have a good and long life with your 642, I intend to.
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    While I'll admit that the 642 is a excellent J frame. I personally prefer my 638 over the enclosed hammer of the 642. With the 638 I have an option for SA fire verses the staged trigger. YMMV
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