442s are black, 642s are silver.
This is a discussion on S&W 442 or 642 within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Guess I should introduce myself since I'm here as well. I'm JP, from FL. I'm 25 yrs old and thank God that I live in ...
Guess I should introduce myself since I'm here as well. I'm JP, from FL. I'm 25 yrs old and thank God that I live in a country that allows me the right to protect myself. I've got (2) Glock 23's, a Springfield XD-40 SC, Bersa 380 Thunder, Kel-Tec P3AT, and I recently purchased a Kahr PM9 about a month ago as my main carry pistol.
Can someone please tell me what the difference is between the Smith and Wesson 642, and the 442??? I am looking for a carry pistol for my fiance and I might have to pick one up for myself . I have been looking for two days and all I could find is that I need to get one with out the locking mechanism and THANK YOU GUYS FOR THAT!!!
Are you serious? Wow, sorry to waste the thread, what a let down. Sorry everybody.
The S&W Model 442 has a matte (black) finished aluminum alloy frame with a blued carbon steel barrel, cylinder and yoke.
The S&W Model 642 has a satin (silver) finished aluminum alloy frame with a stainless steel barrel, cylinder and yoke.
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Well that being said, any advantages or disadvantages to carbon steel or stainless steel?
The Stainless parts(i.e.,the 642)have a better rust-resisitance. This does NOT mean they're rust-proof. You would be served well with either. Smith is now offering as a catalogged item NO-Lock 642's and(I think)442 Airweights. THAT'S the way to go !!!!!!! WELCOME TO THE SITE!!
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One consideration you might thing about. Personally, I think the black does not show as well compared to shinny steel. Therefore, it is not seen as easily. Its not a big deal and others probably will disagree, but that IMO. Plus I think the black one is less expensive!
I preferred the 642, because it was stainless, making it less prone to corrosion. This is especially useful on a carry gun, as it will be subjected to moisture from both the body and the environment when out and about with you.
Just as a small bit of education....All Smith revos that start with a "6" are stainless...640, 638, 642, 637, etc.
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At the end of the day, the pistol I pull from my IWB holster is often wet with sweat.
The moment that stainless and alloy pistols started becoming available, I always looked for those metals in any pistol I was considering as a carry piece.
If I "need" it to be black, I'll just take a spray can of black paint to it.
Haven't had to yet.
Something else to consider, the finish on a blued gun will wear off while stainless
is forever. Nicks and scratches on stainless guns can be easily polished out, whereas blue guns must be completely refinished. I have a large handgun collection and only 1 is blue, an old S&W M-29 that I never shoot. Even my springfield XD has a stainless slide.
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CB0- Just a heads up, the wife really liked the 642 until she put 25 rounds through it at the range. If your buying one for the little woman the fun runs out real fast after the 1st box of ammo. Great pocket revolver but its snappy.
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