Just wondering...S&W 638 v 642??

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    Just wondering...S&W 638 v 642??

    I know the difference is the enclosed hammer on the 642 v the 'bodyguard' style concealed hammer on the 638. Just wondering what's the purpose/advantage of the bodyguard style?

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    I have both and truthfully carry the 638 a lot more. Ability to go single action on a first shot is the primary difference. I just prefer the balance of the 638. On vacation I do grab the 640 more often as it goes into a pocket more often and has a smaller profile.

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    I have neither the 642 or 638, but I do have the 637. Like the 638, with the 637 you do have the option to cock the hammer for a very light, crisp single action shot. Having cycled my 637 many hindreds of times, the trigger smoothed out to about 3 lbs S/A, and I'm a very happy camper. So, of the two you mentioned, I would choose the 638 for the "option".

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