S&W 442 or 642

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    S&W 442 or 642

    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!!!

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    442s are black, 642s are silver.

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    Are you serious? Wow, sorry to waste the thread, what a let down. Sorry everybody.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadsiderob View Post
    442s are black, 642s are silver.
    That's a little oversimplified.

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Crunch View Post
    That's a little oversimplified.

    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.


    Yep.. one is black one is silver.

    the 442 is carbon steel barrel etc..

    the 642 is stainless in the places the other is carbon steel.

    But other than that they are the same gun. they are the same gun with just differant materials making a few of the parts.
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    Well that being said, any advantages or disadvantages to carbon steel or stainless steel?

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    Pick one

    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!

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    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.

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by jwhite75 View Post
    Just as a small bit of education....All Smith revos that start with a "6" are stainless...640, 638, 642, 637, etc.
    +1. And like everyone says it is a great revolver. But one concern is the recoil is greater than one might think due to it only being 15ozs. FWIW
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    Quote Originally Posted by sass20485 View Post
    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.
    Absolutely! I live in Houston, a hot, sweaty climate during the summer.
    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.

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by JAT40 View Post
    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.
    Thanks for all the info everyone. And thats what I was thinking about with the snappy-ness too. I just think the revolver is a good route to go for her bc its a sure fire thing. No having to worry about racking the slide for a mis-fire or failure. All she has to do is pull the trigger if the the time ever came. And with that gun, she could leave it in her purse and shoot through it if she needed too, not the case with an auto. I wish they still made a 9mm revolver which my guess would be a little lighter on the recoil? I know Taurus used to, but I'd rather stick with S&W...no offense to Taurus people...and I dont want to start that discussion.
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