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My routine carry gun(s) are semi-autos, but everyone needs something they can throw into a pocket. I keep a Stainless Taurus 651 in a pocket holster, handy for those occasions.
I love the gun, it's 5 shot, .357, and I find I can shoot it well. Being SS, it's heavy for this category of snubbie. Even so, firing full load 357s is just more fun than you can stand, five times.
If I knew then what I know now, I suspect I'd select something airweight, preferably capable of handling +P and never look back. I'll never get rid of the Taurus, but I just might buy a Smith in the not too distant future! :-) Good luck.
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Glock 19 & 26, Kahr CM9 & P45, Para P12, Kel-Tec P-32, S&W 442, & Dan Wesson 14-2.
Hello. The Model 442's do have steel cylinders that are blued. On either the 442 or the 642, only the frame is aluminum. Everything else except the grips of course, is steel. (There could certainly be variations such as the fellow who posted that his 442 had a stainless cylinder and plated frame, but regardless, the cylinders are not aluminum.)
The 442 is just a Centennial (hammerless J-frame) Airweight (aluminum-framed). The blued finish is pretty new, so the 442/642 thing is not a blue/stainless decision if one includes older models.
Be advised that the guys on the S&W forum haven't ever gotten a straight answer on whether S&W recommends firing +Ps from the original Airweights. Just something to think about.
It's not a bad price for a gun in good shape. As for your sights, it's pretty easy to put in a colored insert in the fixed front sight blade. Our most popular color is a jade green with a kind of pearl or sparkle in it. No machine work necessary, just a steady hand with a file so the average gun plumber can do it. At the shop where I work we do trigger work on S&W and Taurus equally, no looking down on the Taurus. A sight insert and a carry trigger job together should cost you about $40 or so.
Lately it seems price is the primary concern of our customers. Pawns are way up, sales are slowing. Negotiate a little, it's a buyer's market.
And my S&W 940 is not for sale, sorry.
Thats interesting, I didn't realize they had safetys like that on the S&W's.
Cool ,thanks for the tip Superhouse $40 is very reasonable. Your not in north FL by any chance are you? Because I have been convinced.A sight insert and a carry trigger job together should cost you about $40 or so.
I went and looked at the S&W and Taurus revos today and went home with my brand new S&W 642 today. $250 out the door after I traded in my 1st generation Taurus millenium. I can't wait to take it to the range.
I really want to thank everyone on the forum for all the helpful replies, I was not very snubby educated, so thank you very much!!!! I feel confident that I made a good choice with your guys help!
Now whats up with those Mika holsters, are they thin?
Congrats on your new snubbie. I love my 442 in a mika. It is easy to forget it is there.
Enjoy and shoot it alot.
They are soft thin synthetic stuff. With a band of “shelf liner like” something around it. I dig leather but feel this holster serves its purpose well. It doesn’t get hot or sweat. Everyone has their own take. I am SUPER happy with mine. I wear cargo style shorts often in the summer and my pistol just disappears. I never think anyone sees it like I do sometimes with other holsters.
Enjoy your snub!
Great, thanks zero, I will probably try one of those. Hell, for $20 you can't go wrong. I want something that will be thin, not sure how thin leather pocket holsters are.
Yes, can’t beat the price. I did my research here and elsewhere. So far so good. I was surprised by how well it works.
Good to hear it is working well for you. I have been looking at a bunch of different ones but I am still interested in the Mika. I definitely want to stick with something thin. Does everything stay put pretty well when it is in your pocket, and are you using the square cut or round? Sorry for all the questions. Don't mean to interrogate ya, today is the first time I saw that brand of holster.
I know, I know, you are smarter than me..just ask you..