Opinions on S&W 638

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    Opinions on S&W 638

    I have a chance to buy a S&W model 638 NIB for $400.00. But i
    know very little about Revolvers. Any and or ALL opinions and advice
    pro or con welcome.

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    Nice little pocket carry gun. Light weight and can shoot +P's. I also put a Crimson Trace Laser grip on mine, which help (me at least). Pocket holster is a Bob Mika for $18. (Just google his name for url)



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    Good gun, price a little high

    The S&W 638 is an airweight J frame snubby of the old "bodyguard" design with a shrouded hammer that can still be thumb cocked for single action fire if desired. It is an excellent CCW gun for pocket carry, etc.

    I went on Gunbroker.com and looked at the auctions on these guns, and a typical price for a new gun is $350 to $360. Of course, you will have shipping costs and FFL fee to add to that. So the $400 you quoted is a little high, but maybe without the shipping or FFL fee it is normal. Here is one of the Gunbroker auctions:

    Gunbroker auction on 638 for $344

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    Great gun that has been pretty much "replaced" in the holsters of a lot of gun carriers in favor of newer Centennial-framed S&W's.
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    Thanks to all who replied, Even at 400.00 here in sw Fl im thinking its a good buy, So im going to buy it. I will post a range report soon, But alas i hve no photo capability.
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    I really like the option of being able to cock the hammer manually, unlike the Model 642 (which is also a fine revolver). After a Glock Model 30, I may "need" to pick up a 638 (if they're still available by then).

    Good luck with yours, enigmaone, and post that range report when you can!

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    I prefer DA only. One trigger pull and would not cock the hammer SA even if I had the option. DA combat shooting can be mastered easy. Leave the SA for the single actions and cowboys.

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    One problem with this type of SW is its easy to forget its cocked and put it back in the holster and Boom! You can not see the hammer cocked as easy as a 637 with the exposed hammer. I like DA only for its fool proof.

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    Bought one about a year ago for the times my 1911 is too much bulk. I like the gun and I like the ability to thumb cock it. It's a breeze to carry and conceal. It will take some rounds to get used to and it took about 300 rounds to really smooth out the gritty trigger and get used to the way it shoots.

    I did put a set of after market grips (Altamont) on it to improve the grip when firing +P's. A little less concealable in theory but way more accurate for me so worth the trade off. My limit at the range before my hand says enough is about 70 rounds.

    Enjoy it!
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    I have a 637 that I recently purchased NIB for $359. plus tax.

    It's a great gun. Very concealable. Got a little bit of a kick to it.

    I am probably going to add Crimson Laser Grip. I find my Bersa .380 and Baretta 92 FS much easier to handle and it seems to me less felt recoil.

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    I have an old model 38 Airweight, which is the blued predicessor to that one. Love it, easy to shoot, ugly but handsome at the same time, perfectly concealable.

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    FWIW:

    The 638 Airweight Bodyguard is an excellent little snubby.. The target trigger is light years an improvement over the earlier, serrated narrow J-frame trigger.

    Stick a set of Crimson Trace Lasergrips on it and I think it's the perfect cc revolver...

    In any lighting conditions at self defense range if you can place the red dot where you want it the snubby 638 w/CT's will shortly place a neat 38cal hole there. Or five....


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