Smith 642 Durability

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    Smith 642 Durability

    I'm a Glock guy so I'm ignorant about revolvers. I just bought a Smith 642, I plan to fire this often until I'm proficient. Approx how many rounds will I be able to put through this before it's time to replace? What usually breaks or wears out first on revolvers? I clean my autos every time I shoot, how often do you need to clean revolvers? Sorry for all the questions, but you guys have a ton of knowledge, and I'm tapping it.

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    Congratulations on the new Smith. I don't think you will ever have to worry about wearing it out. Just continue in your cleaning habits like your auto. It should last you a life time.
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    Assuming you limit the # of +P rounds, it should last well beyond your own lifespan.
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    I doubt that you have to worry about that 642. Just keep cleaning it after every use. I know someone who has a model 60 that is NOT + p rated and he is purposely trying to wear it out. He has put thousands of +p rounds through it with no problems.

    The 642 IS + p rated. So if your hand can handle the punishment, keep shooting +p rounds, if that is what you will be carrying in it.

    I have a 640 that I carry Speer GD 135 gr + P rounds in.
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    Just be careful that you don't use any harsh chemicals when you clean it. That clearcoat finish is sensitive. Hoppe's #9 is fine.

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    A Smith & Wesson revolver is kinda like the Glock - tuff as nails! If you feed that lil guy a steady diet of +P ammo, chances are that YOU will give out before IT does! Congratulations!

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    Got about 800 rounds through mine. Solid as a rock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hd1. View Post
    Just be careful that you don't use any harsh chemicals when you clean it. That clearcoat finish is sensitive. Hoppe's #9 is fine.
    +1 on that - most of my clearcoat is gone thanks to Instaclean. My fault - it says not to use it on aluminum right on the can.

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    S&W warranties ALL their guns for LIFE (yours and the next owner too)! No worries about having to replace it. In the unlikely occasion that anything bad happens to it, just ship it back to them and they will fix/replace it.

    BTW: Just like Glock wrt warranties.
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    You guys and gals think that using the M-PRO 7 cleaner will hurt the finish on the 642? Just fired mine for the first time the other day and getting ready to clean it tonite. That sucker's a hand cannon

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    I purchased my S&W 686 for myself when I turned 21.
    I'm 44 now, and it's still going strong. 23 years of regular shooting... security/bodyguard work. Countless camping and hunting trips.

    lol... falls down cliffs... trips into rivers... It's never failed me, and STILL looks good as new

    Being aluminum... I wouldn't suggest falling down a cliff with it... :/
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    You should be ok with the Mp7. I would suggest investing in Flitz to polish it... Excellent stuff...

    http://www.flitz.com/index.html

    I also use, and readily suggest superlube as an oil
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    This stuff is incredible and comes in many different variations...

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    I use Flitz on stainless, great stuff. Have you used it on the clear coat anodizing on the 642? I was afraid it might be a bit too abrasive for that. On the subject, I just hit the link to Flitz you supplied, I see "new" clear coat wax. That might be fun to make it sparkle.
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