Air weight J frame recommendations

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    My EDC handgun is a Commander sized 1911 but lately I've been thinking about a smaller pocket type revolver that I can stick in my back pocket while walking the dog, taking out the trash and answering a late night knock at the front door etc... I'm familiar with the S+W 642 but was wondering if Smith+Wesson has updated it or there may be something new I'm not aware of? Thanks in advance.

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    The 642, and its sister, the blued/black version are hammerless, while the 637 has a hammer.
    I have a 442 and a 637, and mom has a 642.

    There is one that has a recessed(kind of bobbed) hammer, but I'm unsure of the model #; my brother has that.
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    I have had a 638 for years it has the bobbed hammer and can be cocked single action. but would get a 642 now because it's easier to keep pocket lint out of it and this type gun doesn't need sigle action IMHO.

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    As a 40 year snub nose shooter I will say that the 642 is the quintessential snubbie. However in the last two years I have grown very fond of the Ruger LCR's. shoot one and feel the difference in the trigger and weight. I personally carry the S&W 340PD which is so light, even loaded, that most who hold it ask if it is real. The cost is substantial though. The .38 spl LCR is only 2 ounces heavier and what I carried before I got the 340PD.


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    My little S&W 38 is probably my most carried gun although I also have a Colt Commander in case I feel the need.
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    642 is my pocket gun of choice, handles plus p like dream with a good action job I can empty it in a paper plate at 15 feet in a blink of a eye image.jpg
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    642 here as well. Get one and don't look back!
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    S&W 360. Lightweight, has a hammer (which I prefer), shoots .357, and is relatively inexpensive.
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    Excellent, thanks for all of the great info! I think I know what I want for Father's Day...

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    I do love my 638, hump back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthem View Post
    Excellent, thanks for all of the great info! I think I know what I want for Father's Day...
    Well don't keep us in suspense. Which one did you decide on?

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    642 or 442 in the j frame, or the LCR in the Ruger. I switched to the LCR from the 442. I have the xs sights on the LCR and it's fantastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by southchatham View Post
    642 or 442 in the j frame, or the LCR in the Ruger. I switched to the LCR from the 442. I have the xs sights on the LCR and it's fantastic.
    I did the same because I like 357 better so I got the LCR357 but, I still like the 442 so I use it for a third gun sometimes.

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