This is a discussion on 642 Review within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by 40FIVER You guys that keep saying the 642 just hides in your pocket must be kin to Goliath. Or else you've got ...
"It does not do to leave a dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him."
J. R. R. Tolkien
My wife has a 642 (w/Crimson Trace). We spent about $40 and had a local gunsmith smooth it out and add a different spring kit. While it lightened it up slightly (not enough to add any danger), the best outcome was the smooth pull.
With my model 36, at 5 yards, using an IDPA target, I draw and empty the cylinder as fast as I can shoot, pointing and not aiming--it's amazing how well I hit.
Enjoy that light little snubby!
"It's a big gun when I carry it, it is also a big gun when I take it out” – Clint Smith
I replaced my rubber grips with wood grips. I found that the stock grips would grab my shirt tail and expose my rig.
Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft!
-- Theodore Roosevelt --
I think I've commented on my 642 before, but it's worth saying again. I sold all my revolvers when our agency switched to autos. Then, the 642 came out and I read a gun ragazine article. It made so much sense that I bought one, and haven't looked back. Like somebody else said, if you ever carry a gun, you need one of these. I have an UM pocket holster that works-the only cheap holster I've ever had that works-and two or three grips for it, two ankle holsters, speedloader, speed strips, and a small horde of Nyclads for carry. I put bigger grips on it and shoot it every once in a great while when I shoot a Q course. I'd like the action to be smoother, and keep threatening to get a spring switch kit. I've tried to make the front sight more visible, but wound up with black Sharpie as the only cheap and workable answer. I like it because I can carry it anywhere, all the time, even in shorts and a tee shirt. It is not a shotgun or 1911, but it is always there with me, at least!
What Would Gumby Do?
Great review! My wiffe bought me a 642 for xmas, and I really love it. I, too am surprised at how accurate it is. If anyone is contemplating this gun, get it. It is truly a fine fiirearm.
I love my 642 and can shoot it well. I probably have 900 rounds through it. People I shoot with dont like shooting it, but I love it. . I also love the way it conceals.
I have never shot a 642 but did spend 15 years with a close relationship with a S&W 37. I carried very often with a Barami Hip Grip and stuck in my waistband at about 1:00. It carried as if it was not there, got me out of possible life threatening situations twice and was 100 % reliable.
I also found it to be very accurate.
I don't have that gun anymore due to a sad situation but I do have an old S&W 60 and a Taurus 85. I have tried both of them in my pocket and find them too heavy and bulky. The 442/642 might carry better but I would have to try it first.
Any ways S&W J frames are great guns and will always have a warm spot in my heart. Maybe a 642 will be in my future!
I love my 642. just orderd a pocket holster from HighNoon.
Nothing begins, and nothing ends, That is not paid with moan; For we are born in others pain And perish in our own.