S&W 642 vs. Ruger LCP

S&W 642 vs. Ruger LCP

This is a discussion on S&W 642 vs. Ruger LCP within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I was wondering if anyone would have side by side size comparison pictures of these two pistols available? I would like to compare the dimensions. ...

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    Question S&W 642 vs. Ruger LCP

    I was wondering if anyone would have side by side size comparison pictures of these two pistols available? I would like to compare the dimensions. Thank you.
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    Do you really mean the Ruger LCP (clone of the KelTec P3AT), or are you thinking of the Ruger LCR, which is marketed directly against the S&W 642?
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    I really meant the Ruger LCP. Looking for the difference in the dimensions between the S&W revolver and the Ruger Automatic.
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    You need to compare thickness too. 642 cylinder is wider and not as easy for pocket carry for me. LCP will back pocket carry very easily. I like IWB for the snubby!

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    I have no problem pocket carrying a 642. And I have much more confidence in it than I would a LCP.
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    642 seems to be quite a bit longer than the LCP. My pocket carry would be front pocket cargo shorts only. Never back pocket, just my preference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chains1240 View Post
    Never back pocket, just my preference.
    The only time I back pocket carry is when I slip my 642 in the back pocket when answering the door. Fast and easy to get at.
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    Another reason I would like a LCP or 642, when I answer the door or get the mail.
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    I have both 642 is by far the superior carry gun, I only carry the LCP when being descreet is more important.

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    For dedicated pocket carry, the 642 and LCP are light years apart. I'm not talking caliber or quality of firearm, just size and shape. The LCP is so flat and thin that it easily sits in a pocket with no printing. The 642 is more bulky and the cylinder bulge sticks out more and prints more unless you get a good pocket holster (and you should!) so the whole package is bigger and definitely heavier.

    In Jeans I can easily see the backstrap of my 642 peaking out but that, of course, has a lot to do with your size and the size/depth of the pockets on your jeans.

    I'd trust the .38 and the 642 100% more than I'd ever trust a .380 LCP but for pocketability, the LCP has it HANDS DOWN.

    Now you have to weight the options and make the choices.

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    I own a 642 and owned a LCP, I carry the 642 often and traded the LCP on a Kahr PM9 and could not be happier I did. It may not be apples to apples but the J frame is far superior to the LCP IMO. Typically CCW is about trade-off.......size and weight and concealability or power and reliablity. Not one handgun fits all the mold, but one thing I will never trade-off on is reliability and the 642 is as close to 100 percent as they come for a small CCW handgun. Its the gold standard for a reason....its proven and reliable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pirate View Post
    Typically CCW is about trade-off.......size and weight and concealability or power and reliablity. Not one handgun fits all the mold, but one thing I will never trade-off on is reliability and the 642 is as close to 100 percent as they come for a small CCW handgun.
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    I just got rid of my second LCP due to reliability issues. My choice after lots of experimenting and soul searching is the 642.
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