S&W 638 no lock?

S&W 638 no lock?

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    S&W 638 no lock?

    I was wondering if anyone here knows if S&W has any plans to make the 638 or any other air weight J-frames without the lock like they've done with the 642? I've been wanting a 638 but was going to wait to see if they will make one without the lock first,or should I just get one and have the lock removed?,as I don't prefer a ccw revolver with the lock.


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    I believe that any NEW S&W will have to come with that....my friend Mark call's it a Hillary h**e....I just about laughed myself silly first time I heard him say that....I digress, only the NEW retro lemon squeezer, Product: Model 40 - S&W Classics - 1 7/8" - Blue, Color Case or Nickel
    doesn't have a key lock because it has a grip safety.....
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    Along with the no-lock 642, S&W is also making a run of bobbed hammer M37s without the lock.

    I've seen or heard no mention of any new no-lock Bodyguards.

    Go to the S&W Forum for up to date info.


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    I hope when S&W sees how well their "NO LOCK" series sell they will eliminate the lock altogether!! Surely somebody in marketing has a clue on how bad this hole has hurt them?

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    My theory

    Quote Originally Posted by NCHornet View Post
    I hope when S&W sees how well their "NO LOCK" series sell they will eliminate the lock altogether!! Surely somebody in marketing has a clue on how bad this hole has hurt them?
    I suspect the problem is with the S&W management, rather than the marketing department. S&W was acquired a few years ago by a small Arizona company named "Saf-T-Lock" (or something like that) which had developed this lock design. Shortly after that S&W began to put the lock on all their revolvers. I would speculate that somebody high in management thought this was a good idea. The marketing department, being closer to the customer, would have quickly seen the folly of this move but were probably unable to change the policy.

    The net result has been that customers with some knowledge of guns have strongly resisted the lock, while neophytes and first time buyers probably didn't notice it or didn't care. But it has to have hurt S&W sales significantly. Perhaps the management genius, whoever he is, has finally decided to eat some crow and ditch the lock.
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