I finally got a J-frame. It is going on my permit because there is a need here for low-profile carry: An always gun. The G17 is great, but there are too many times when I leave home without it because of its size. I am not a revolver guy, but I went with the S&W 442 because it is light, compact, and I can get a good grip on it. The latter is something I cannot do with the small autos.
According to the envelope that contains the fired shell casing, Richard V tested mine at the factory on 9-18-07. Yes, it is one with the built-in lock and the internal firing pin. I prefer the older system, without lock and the firing pin on the hammer, but I wanted something with a "new car" look and smell. The revolver has also a dark well-applied bluing that helps keep it low-profile. It will be stoked with +P 125 JHP rounds.
Any suggestions on IWB holsters?