Possible Defective S&W 642 Trigger

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    Possible Defective S&W 642 Trigger

    Hello,
    I purchased an S&W 642 with a factory Super Tuned Action about two weeks ago. I have not been out to shoot it yet, but I have noticed that the trigger is substantially skewed to the right side of the trigger guard. In fact it is almost flush with the right side of the guard and much further away from the left side. I have tried to capture this on Macro and hopefully you guys will understand when you see the pics. Is this normal, i.e., is the gun built for right-handed shooters and the trigger naturally skews to the right? OR is this a defect for which I need to call S&W to resolve. Any Insight you guys can provide is greatly appreciated.


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    Do you notice any side to side play in the trigger?

    I'd go ahead and shoot it, slow fire, tho, that is, cycle the trigger very slowly thru the DA stroke.

    You might e-mail your pics to S&W.


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    There is no side to side play, it is just substantially skewed to the right. Seems odd as none of my other pistols have this trait.
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    It's common for a S&W trigger not to be perfectly centered in the trigger guard.
    Why? I have no idea but, I have noticed that on brand new in box revolvers before.

    With the muzzle pointed in the direction of the target and looking at my J-frame from the rear ~ the trigger is more over to the left side of the guard.
    After many hundreds of rounds it has never been a problem & I've never had any function related with it.

    I doubt if the incredibly slight amount of stoning/polishing of internal contact points for a revolver "tune up" would in any way change the position of the trigger in the guard.
    Go & shoot it.

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    Just examined my fairly new 442, essentially the same gun, and found the trigger off to the right side of the guard also. The gun is tight and shoots well. I see no cause for concern.
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    Just checked my other Smith, a model 28 in 357 and the trigger is only slightly toward the right side of the guard. My other side arms all have the trigger pretty much centered.
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    My fathers S&W model 60 now that you mentioned it also has the trigger to right a bit. Never saw it as a problem, functions fine, never any slop in any of the parts.
    I know not what this "overkill" means.

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    Thanks for the replies so far. It seems like this offset is well within the realm of "normal" by the comments posted above. It just seems weird to me given the reputation that S&W has for building top quality revolvers. I am somewhat of a perfectionist and it bothers me a little bit that there is this much variance in the final product. I have other pistols including a Glock and a Sig Sauer, and all of those manufacturers managed to get their trigger right down the middle. I understand we are talking about essentially a cosmetic problem and not a functional problem, I think I just expected better quality control from S&W.
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    Just looked at some Smith's and they are all down the center, so who knows

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    I'd suggest you give S&W customer service a call, and follow-up with e-mail of the pics you shot.

    If they want to look it over they will provide free shipping both ways, so it doesn't hurt to have them check it out.

    Good luck.
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    Same here........

    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyC4 View Post
    I'd suggest you give S&W customer service a call,
    If they give you the go ahead fine, otherwise there might be a problem. JFYI I checked all my Smith guns, which are older models from '77-99. All triggers are dead center.
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    i just looked at my girlfriends 36 and it is off to the left!!
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    I have an older model 60 that has a perfectly centered trigger,my three year old 642 trigger looks just like the OP,Never been a problem.Smiths QC is not what it used to be,the barrel on my 642 is overtorqued also,causing it to print a few inches to the right at 50'.

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