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    New 642 CT

    This is my first CCW. I shot 100 rounds down the barrel and have a sore index finger now. Is this normal or am I doing something wrong?
    I am shooting one handed due to Polio that paralyzed my right arm.
    I am using a nemesis pocket holster and like it very well.
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    Just shooting one handed, I would say a little soreness probably would be normal. Guess it would also depend on the load you were shooting. That is a great gun, though. Hope you enjoy it. I also have a nemesis holster, for my Kel-Tec P11.
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    I was shooting 38 special 130 grain WWB.

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    If your index finger is sore it could be from the trigger pull, DA pull for S&W's can be kinda heavy. But the more you fire it and dry fire it, it should smooth out some.

    I carry my 638 in a Nemesis, its a good holster as well. Enjoy.
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    For one handed shooting that is a sweet pistol. Trigger finger soreness is common as your using a muscle you typically dont use. You can have a quality smith slightly lower the factory trigger pull down a bit to a reasonable 6 to 8 pounds.
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    I've got the 642 with CT, but its the smaller grip. I can shoot it alot with no problems. I shoot with one hand occasionally and probably should more often. That may make a difference. I'll have to try it and see if I get sore.

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    Nice gun, normal to be a bit sore, if you are not used to shooting on a regular basis and run through 100 rds, especially with a new gun.Firing a light weight snubbie one handed can add to that. New gun can be a bit stiff, until they wear in a bit. As mentioned, you can have the springs lightened a bit to reduce the trigger pull weight. Wolff Gunsprings sells reduced power springs for S&W's. Fairly easy job to replace a hammer spring. I do it on all my Rugers.

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    Hey thanks for the posts. I should have been more discriptive in my first
    post. My trigger finger is not sore from not been strong enough its sore
    between the nail and topside finger pad I think from being beat around
    at recoil against the trigger and or guard I am not sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesp2000 View Post
    Hey thanks for the posts. I should have been more discriptive in my first
    post. My trigger finger is not sore from not been strong enough its sore
    between the nail and topside finger pad I think from being beat around
    at recoil against the trigger and or guard I am not sure.
    I'm just guessing but from your description I think you're shooting with just the "Pad" of your trigger finger. Try shooting with the first joint centered on the trigger. That's the way I shoot my Mdl 37 Airweight™ and it makes a world of difference, particularly with hot loads.

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    Thanks dawei,
    I am just shooting with the pad of my finger tip.
    I take your advice and put the first joint on the trigger.

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    Another possibility is a very tough trigger pull. Spec (per S&W Tech Supt) is 10-12#. Mine was >12#, another lady friend reported hers at 14# and a third person (in another forum) also reported a very tough pull. This will definitely contribute to fatigue.

    I had S&W take care of mine and it is now 11#. Seems better but the acid test will be later in the week when I fire it.

    You might have it checked and if it is too high, contact S&W. If you ask nicely they will pay shipping to them. They will fix it for you.
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    I've heard that the triggers for Smith & Wessons suck and know of a few people who had to replace the trigger springs right after buying them to smooth out the pull and adjust the weight to their liking. There's a user on here named "CCMO" who did just that... I believe the adjustment set him back only $60. That might solve your problem. Hope this helps...

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    Normal, it is only a 15 oz revolver.

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    Now you know why folks say snubbies (specially light weight ones) are to be carried a lot and shot a little. I rarely shoot mine except when I qual with it, which isnt much of an issue. I occassionally put rounds through it for practice, but when I do, its almost always single handed and using down officer positions. My personal thoughts on my snubby, is that its a back up gun and used if my main gun goes down or I'm down, either way, I'll likely be shooting it one handed with my off hand fisted over my heart.

    Have fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fed_wif_a_sig View Post
    Now you know why folks say snubbies (specially light weight ones) are to be carried a lot and shot a little. I rarely shoot mine except when I qual with it, which isnt much of an issue. I occassionally put rounds through it for practice, but when I do, its almost always single handed and using down officer positions. My personal thoughts on my snubby, is that its a back up gun and used if my main gun goes down or I'm down, either way, I'll likely be shooting it one handed with my off hand fisted over my heart.

    Have fun.
    I actually enjoy shooting my 642 and can hit well with it.Most of my gun buddies shy away from it when I offer it to them to shoot.

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