Help me pick a J-frame: S&W 360 or 642

Help me pick a J-frame: S&W 360 or 642

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    Help me pick a J-frame: S&W 360 or 642

    I want a J-frame. I bought a S&W 642 for my dad a while back. I'm a big fan of it and don't mind shooting it. However, I am also interested in a Scandium, possibly with the exposed hammer; Bud's has a 360 for a good price. I'm open to virtually any of the .38+P J-frames and would like to get your thoughts. I plan to carry in possibly any pocket and also in a Comtac 2 o'clock. Which one do you like best? Tell me your thoughts.
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    I had a S&W 642 and I am seriously thinking of going back to it for pocket carry. No experience with the S&W 360, although I imagine that the recoil would be more readily felt with the Scandium frame than with the aluminum alloy one.
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    What about a .357 J frame such as the model 640. You can still shoot .38's out of it, but if you ever want to use magnum loads, you have that option.
    You might find that an exposed hammer could work to your disadvantage in what's essentially a pocket gun.
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    I like the heavier J Frames because I can shoot follow-up shots faster, so I would go with the 642. I personally like the 649 Bodyguard myself
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    I'd (did) buy the 642 or 442.
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    If you are ever a pedestrian in an urban setting, I would recomend the "hammerless" for pocket carry.

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    The exposed hammer is just another snag...plus, in a fight there won't be any single-action action...I say go with 642 with CT grips.
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    IMHO The only advantage the scandium frames have is the pinned front sight.You have no other front sight options with the 642 other than the hard to see forged blade!I would love to be able to put a tritium front sight on my 642.

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    I'm with the "642 because it is eay to pocket" crowd. It's easier to "ankle" too, I bet, as the hammer on another gun might catch on loose pant legs (just guessing). I'd like to have a better sight, too, but have just made myself make do with a black marker on the front. I even checked into getting it cut/dovetailled and the 'smith I talked to (maybe EGW?) said there just wasn't enough metal there to make it work.
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    642, forget about having a hammer spur, it only snags or digs into you. 642 is light and won't hang up on you.

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    I have the 360, got it from buds. The hammer isnt a big deal. Just got adjust to it, and with a good pocket holster it becomes even less of an issue.
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    I bought a 642 for my first gun, gave it to my son and bought a second one for me. Both have CTC grips. I can't imagine looking for another small gun with any more recoil.

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    +1 on the 642. Light enough to carry comfortably all day in a pocket holster. Recoil can bit a bit, but with low recoil ammo made for short barrels it is not all that bad.
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    My vote goes to the 642 also...... great gun , i replaced my grips with smooth wood ones, the rubber ones held my shirt up on them.

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    Attached is my S&W 637 J frame 38 with exposed hammer. ( if the attachment works)
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