S&W J-frame question (model 642 or 638)

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    S&W J-frame question (model 642 or 638)

    For those of you out there with a S&W model 642 (completely enclosed hammer, DAO), what convinced you to go with a DAO revolver, as opposed to revolver like the 638 that has a SA option via the shrouded hammer.

    I ask because it seems to me that it would be nice to have the SA option, while at the same time having the same level of snag-free frame performance for CC. Thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by clint View Post
    For those of you out there with a S&W model 642 (completely enclosed hammer, DAO), what convinced you to go with a DAO revolver, as opposed to revolver like the 638 that has a SA option via the shrouded hammer.

    I ask because it seems to me that it would be nice to have the SA option, while at the same time having the same level of snag-free frame performance for CC. Thoughts?

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    I just purchased the SW 340 with a completely enclosed hammer. I like the fact that I can pocket carry without the hammer being an issue. Most importantly, I cannot imagine any personal defense situation where I would cock the hammer and use SA. Draw, shoot.

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    Well, I can think of at least one situation where you'd want a nice light trigger break on a small revolver. If it's all you've got, and say for example your vehicle dies in the middle of nowhere, you may need to take a shot to down some game to survive.

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    If you grow familiar with the action of your S&W, you will figure out the trick pretty quickly to getting an excellent trigger break for longer-distance shooting out of the DA-only ones.

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    Point and shoot. Nothing to fumble with, nothing to think about. For my wife, perfect rig. She appreciates simplicity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfDefense View Post
    I just purchased the SW 340 with a completely enclosed hammer. I like the fact that I can pocket carry without the hammer being an issue. Most importantly, I cannot imagine any personal defense situation where I would cock the hammer and use SA. Draw, shoot.
    +1, I bought a 642 for the same reasons.

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    Fewer places for crud to get into the action, easier draw. With a little practice you won't miss the SA.

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    For me personally if I had it to do all over again I would go with the shrouded hammer.

    Both conceal and pocket carry just as easily. Both are snag-free.
    The shrouded hammer will pick up a bit more internal lint but, not a problem with regular firearm maintenance.

    I miss not having the SA option even though my DA trigger is extremely smooth.

    I can imagine numerous self defense scenarios where I would rather cock the hammer for a deliberate pin point accurate light SA pull first shot.

    But, that is just my opinion that I would probably choose a 638.

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    642. For me it was just the simplicity of it. And that's the one I found first. :) I will probably get a 638 sometime down the road to ride on my ankle and that way I will have both. :-D And for what it's worth, which is less than nothing, I have heard that a good smith can make the trigger on the 642 smoother than a 638. Something about the way the 642 is designed vice the 638. But I'm not sure if that holds any water or not. There was a post on this topic a while back by Mr. Camp. http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...ead.php?t=7270
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    I personally love my my 638. I know that I will never use the SA option in a self defense situation, but I like the option. And its fun to use at the range.

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    I can't imagine de-cocking a snub under stress...sweaty, perhaps bloody or injured hands, and there's no way to stick a finger in front of the hammer to ensure a safe lowering. I stuck with a 442 centennial model, myself.

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    Simplicity in design and carry was my reason for buying a 442. I too, would also not use SA in a self defense situation. Like bae said the trigger is easily staged for a light trigger break. My 442 only gets 180 rounds a year through it to qualify. It's my carry a lot, shoot a little gun.
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    I have a 642 and chose it over the other revolvers for two reasons: first, I like to practice shooting the same way I would use a firearm if the need arose to save myself or loved ones from harm. Double action requires a very deliberate squeeze of the trigger, with less chance of accidental discharge.
    second: there is no slot where the hammer would travel to collect dust or pocket debris that might possibly jam up the mechanism.

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    I too, chose the 642. Many have said this, but I wanted a no nonsense point and shoot gun. That is what I got. As for accuracy, I am sutprised just how accurate it is. Really they are both great guns, but the 642 would still be my pick.

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    I picked the 442 because I like blued guns.
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