442/642 longevity

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    442/642 longevity

    My first revolver ever, a S&W 442 is about 2 months old now. I've chanced upon a surplus of Winchester Silver Tips, about 2000 rounds for FREE.

    Is there really proof that there is a life span for 442/642 Airweights that shoot a lot of +P's?

    I know some people say they have shot thousands without a problem, while others suggest the frame is only meant to endure only so many +P rounds.

    I know it can be considered a shoot a little, carry a lot gun but what gives?
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    There was a similar thread not too long ago. Fire away. my friend, I believe that you will get tired of shooting the +p rounds before your firearm does.

    I am currently keeping my eyes peeled for a 442 without the internal lock. Great little peice. Good luck.
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    Like NY27 said - YOU will get sick of the +P's before your lil' Smith does! Awesome guns those lil' airweights...I want one really bad!

    And congrats on the Silvertips. They aren't the BEST round, ballistically, but the will do the job if you do yours!

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    Quote Originally Posted by semperfi.45 View Post
    My first revolver ever, a S&W 442 is about 2 months old now. I've chanced upon a surplus of Winchester Silver Tips, about 2000 rounds for FREE.

    Is there really proof that there is a life span for 442/642 Airweights that shoot a lot of +P's?

    I know some people say they have shot thousands without a problem, while others suggest the frame is only meant to endure only so many +P rounds.

    I know it can be considered a shoot a little, carry a lot gun but what gives?
    Oh, yes, you must get a n frame .357 to properly shoot that ammo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by semperfi.45 View Post
    Is there really proof that there is a life span for 442/642 Airweights that shoot a lot of +P's?
    S&W indicates the 442 Airweight is a .38spl, not for +P's. It's an aluminum alloy. It will fracture at some point. S&W's refusal to warrant the gun if fed a diet of +P's is answer enough. Will some folks get lots of rounds through it, +P's and all? Sure. But not reliably enough to warrant.

    Had one for 10yrs, putting a hundred rounds through it a year. Over that period, it probably had less than 100rds of +P's, about 100rds of Glasers. Given the materials, it's designed to be shot little, carried much.

    IMO, if you want to shoot +P's and continue to rely on the gun as a primary carry weapon, it should be +P rated, made much stronger. Such as the Ruger SP101 .357 or similar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    S&W indicates the 442 Airweight is a .38spl, not for +P's.
    According to S&W’s website, the 442 and the 642 are both rated for +P…

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    I don't have a 442, but my 642 says ".38 S&W SPL.+P" on the barrel.
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    Your hand will give out before the gun . . . and there is no warranty on your arm/hand!

    If the gun needs repair, S&W will do so FOREVER for FREE! So shoot to your heart's content and don't worry about the gun.
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    SKU: 162810
    Model: 442
    Caliber: .38+P
    Capacity: 5 Rounds
    Barrel Length: 1 7/8"
    Front Sight: Black Blade Front
    Rear Sight: Fixed
    Grip: Rubber Grips
    Frame: Small - Centennial Style
    Finish: Blue / Black
    Overall Length: 6 3/8"
    Material: Alloy
    Weight Empty: 15 oz.

    How would S&W know what it's diet was?

    So what's the verdict? Shoot 'em or not?
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    Shoot 'em. S&W says it's ok, and they should know best. I shoot and carry them in my 642.
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    +P it....says so on the left side of the barrel.

    Congrats on your new little friend and the silver tips...your going to love it.

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    Much like the above your hand will go before it will. Have fun and stay safe. Usually use 38 to plink and practice however if going to carry would load with +p

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