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S&w 442

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    S&w 442

    I ordered a 442 today and I plan on it being my main carry piece for summer and at other times throughout the year. Anything that I should do to this handgun when getting it? Will the Hogue grips allow me to use HKS speed loaders without a problem?


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    Stock up on plenty of ammo to practice with! Enjoy your new gun!
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    I've found the "plus" sized grips (Hogue and Pachmayr) to be a bit tight for use with speed loaders, on the 442 Airweight. Isn't anything near as smooth as when using speed loaders with a K-frame revolver, for example, mostly because (at least, in my experience) the loader jams up against the edge of the grips. My alternative was to go to a couple of speed strips instead. Slower loading (for me), but about the only way I could carry 10 additional rounds while assuring myself I could load them if needed.

    Might be able to "file" down that section of the grips to accommodate. Never did try that, myself.
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    Great gun use snubs everyday, milt sparks summer special works great also wear bullards cross draw another winner for j frames I carry low flash short barrel 158 grain buffalo bore really like it.

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    Any certain brand of speed strips I should look for?

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    I added Eagle Secret Service grips in checkered Cocobolo. I prefer wood grips because I pocket carry my 442 and their slickness makes for a better draw over sticky rubber grips. You may want to remove or disable the internal lock mechinism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matthew03 View Post
    I added Eagle Secret Service grips in checkered Cocobolo. I prefer wood grips because I pocket carry my 442 and their slickness makes for a better draw over sticky rubber grips. You may want to remove or disable the internal lock mechinism.
    The model I ordered lists it as no lock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich219 View Post
    Any certain brand of speed strips I should look for?
    Congrats on your new gun!
    Bianchi makes great speed strips. Depending on how smooth the trigger pull is, you may want to have a good gunsmith work on it a bit. Others will suggest dry-firing it a couple thousand times for the same effect. If you're not used to the longer, heavier pull of a revolver, you'll want a lot of practice/range time (but that's the fun part, right?).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich219 View Post
    Any certain brand of speed strips I should look for?
    I like the Bianchi's.
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    Great guns . You have a lock or no lock gun ? lock gun 2Mvc-008f.jpg

    Here is my old 638 j frame 20130818_142019.jpg the grips are big but low recoil Amazon.com: Hogue Rubber Grip S&W J Frame Round Butt Rubber Monogrip: Sports & Outdoors but I am going to try these for a while they seem to fit the hand good and not to big Amazon.com: Pachmayr Compact Grips for S and W, J Frame Round Butt: Sports & Outdoors also at leat wth my sig this holster was nice Amazon.com: Crimson Trace S and W J-Frame Round Butt, Lasergrip with Holster: Sports & Outdoors nice laser too if you are into that

    and for holster I like Amazon.com: Galco Concealable Belt Holster for S&W J Frame 640 Cent 2 1/8-Inch .357 (Havana, Right-hand): Sports & Outdoors but I just got this for my bodyguard and love it and I am planning on trying it soon Amazon.com: DeSantis Mini Scabbard S&W J-Frame Right Hand Black: Sports & Outdoors good cant and hids very well and fits me good . I have try galco pocket holsters Amazon.com: Galco Pocket Protector Holster for S&W J Frame 640 Cent 2 1/8-Inch .357 (Natural, Ambi): Sports & Outdoors not the on pic but they are a bit big for me I might try a remora or de sanits next.

    And I have only used this Amazon.com: HKS 36-A Revolver Speedloader for S&W 36, 37, 38, 40, 42,49, 60, 340, 360/ Taurus 85, 605, 651, 851/ Ruger SP101 (5 Shot): Sports & Outdoors so far and I like it bough a cheep nylon carrier for two and they work great ..

    Good choice have fun
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    Holster recommendation

    I've had good luck carrying my model 642 snubby (same size as your 442) in this Comp-Tac 2 O'clock appendix carry holster. Appendix carry makes for a very fast draw, especially when seated, as in a car.

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    My 442 is my favorite handgun. I use an offset belt clip from Lobo Gun Leather (horse hide).

    http://lobogunleather.com/9_offset_b..._iwb-style_new

    I dried fired mine 100s of times with snap caps to smooth out the trigger. 135gr Speers are my favorite ammo. Easy to carry and way more reliable than a micro 380 in my experience.

    Enjoy! Its a classic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WrongRecroom View Post
    +1 on the Galco Concealable Belt Holster. GREAT holster for j-frames!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich219 View Post
    The model I ordered lists it as no lock.
    You did great then. My 442 has a lock and every time I see that hole in the side plate the hole in my soul hurts a little more; the unnecessary safety feature makes me feel
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    I Put the old Uncle Mikes Boot Grips on my 442. That's how they used to come. Speed Loaders work fine with them. I also dri fire the crap out of all my Revolvers to smooth the action.
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