S&W Smith & Wesson Don't Forget About Us!
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Still Totally SNAG FREE but, you sure can easily cock that hammer for a possible necessary SA shot.
April 15th, 2007 12:32 PM
April 15th, 2007 12:32 PM
April 15th, 2007 12:33 PM
I've had a craving for snubs lately, I got out my old m36... I forgot how nice it is. I need an airweight now. I just wish they made the 642/442 with a full underlug.
April 15th, 2007 12:52 PM
With the soon arrival of summer my 638 Airweight will be seeing more carry time. I love the shrouded hammer, just an extra option for SA if desired. Not as fun to shoot as a 1911 but they sure have their place!
I'd LOVE to get my hands on an old bodyguard as well......
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April 15th, 2007 01:04 PM
April 15th, 2007 02:21 PM
April 15th, 2007 02:24 PM
I just got a 638 a week ago, and love it. I really like having the SA available. I could have gotten the 642 for 10 dollars cheaper, but opted for the Bodyguard. I am predicting it will see a whole lot of use as the weather warms up.
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April 15th, 2007 02:29 PM
My Wife Has A 637...
She likes it...I have thought of 'clipping' the hammer, but she likes it as it is...
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April 15th, 2007 02:40 PM
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I've owned both a Model 42 Centennial and a Model 38 Bodyguard. Sadly, I let them both go years ago. The M42 still had the factory supplied pin to lock out the grip safety.
I can't say as I prefer one over the other. I'd like to have both of them back.
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April 15th, 2007 03:39 PM
They are sure selling a lot of 642s from what I see around.
Personally, I prefer the 642 setup (double action only), since I don't picture the need for single action in a fighting revolver.
"It's a big gun when I carry it, it is also a big gun when I take it out” – Clint Smith
April 15th, 2007 04:33 PM
Is the 637, 638, & 642 the same gun with different hammer configurations? I think I've got it figured out below. Am I right?
637 - hammer exposed (Chief's Special)
638 - shrouded hammer (Bodyguard)
642 - enclosed hammer (Centennial)
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April 15th, 2007 05:01 PM
I think you have it right, they are the lightweight alloyed versions with the hammer configurations you stated!
I also like the bodyguard version, we have a 649, it tends to not be carried as much as our lighterweight versions for CCW. However it is an often used trail gun when I want to travel lighter than usual.
April 15th, 2007 06:01 PM
I'm partial to the 442/642s...I find them asthetically more pleasing than the bodyguard...of course, form follows function and if I could think of a reason why I'd need a hammer on my belly gun, I would take the humpback.
Wait a second, I'm on line in the bank...a robber grabs a hostage....I have a head shot from 30 feet but I'm worried about my double action accuracy...slowly I cock my snub....but then I think, hey it ain't my money... and if I hit the hostage I'll be sued by him/her or his family....and if I miss entirely and hit the employee of the month plaque on the rear wall, I'll be sued by the employee of the month...so I slowly back out of the bank, reholster...and call 911.
April 16th, 2007 12:35 PM
My current back-up/off duty set-up. I have added the Crimson Trace LG-405 grips.
If we treat every gun as if it was loaded, then why not treat every individual as if they are armed.
April 16th, 2007 12:44 PM
I've been thinking about going back to a wheelie lately. The 642 is the one on my mind. After I tote it for awhile, my body may REJECT the Glock when I try to don it again!
April 16th, 2007 12:48 PM
The 638 is one of my favorites. Much better IMO than a 642 or Bobbed hammer. Not much bigger easy to draw and a SA option.
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