This is a discussion on Difference between these two S&W Revolvers? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Any real difference between these two - besides looks? Product: Model 442 Revolver Product: Model 642 Revolver Thinking about getting one for pocket / ankle ...
Not much except one is blued and the other is not. I own the non-blued version. I was told that it wouldn't rust since it wasn't coated, since you live near mobile and near the water I would prob go with the non-blued version. BTW I lived in mobile for 15 years.
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The Airweights are anodized aluminum and are not blued or stainless in a traditional sense. The difference between the two is the color only choice of a black or silver finish. I prefer the 442. The finish holds up pretty well and the black sights are easier to acquire.
I think the most important point, if possible, is to get a no internal lock model.
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I think you should get both and test them out.
Send me the one you like the lesser of the two.
No, seriously....I had a 442 and chose it over the 642 because it was easier to conceal, at least for me and the way I did things. I like black guns...they're easier to blend in, to make look like a shadow or something. Coming without the lock would be a bonus, too.
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It's a matter of personal preference...I prefer the look of the 642, myself. OMO
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The steel parts on the 442 is carbon steel (barrel, cylinder, latch). The same steel parts on the 642 is stainless steel.
Bingo, the correct answer! The remainder of both guns is alloy.
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FWIW, I got the 442 because I feel that a black gun is easier to conceal. I prefer to pocket carry and that dark pistol in a dark pocket made me feel more concealed. I guess all you would really see is the but end of the grip, but my mind makes me do funny things sometimes.