Smith and Wesson 442 v 642

Smith and Wesson 442 v 642

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    Smith and Wesson 442 v 642

    I am in the market for a new J frame sized revolver. What is the substantive difference between the S&W 442 vs the 642. On the net they appear virtually identical. Is there a difference?
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    They are identical in size. Only difference is the finish. 642 stainless, 442 is not. 642 cost a little more for the stainless. Boils down to the finish you want. Both are excellent. I have the 442 and carry it allot. You will love having a snubby.

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    It's either/or blue or stainless. Excellent carry gun. I carry mine in a galco ankle glove, pocket holster, IWB and also a shoulder rig depending on how I need to dress and where I'm going. Lots of times I carry two. A very versatile gun. Enjoy whichever one you get or, both if you have the cash. Well worth the investment.
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    Don't forget about the 649!!!! I love mine and I believe it is the ultimate pocket cannon. I am not a fan of the air weights!!

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    Is there a NEW steel-framed snubby Smith other than the Model 40 that has NO-LOCK ?
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    Yes the model 40. it has a grip safety, but no lock.

    Stay tuned for 2010. A well placed source tells me that there will be a run of steel framed lock free 640's, in 357.

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    I'm gonna go with the 442, only because i own an oldsmobile 442

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    I got a 637 Airweight Chiefs Special. It is truly my Little Friend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wormy View Post
    I got a 637 Airweight Chiefs Special. It is truly my Little Friend.
    Me too! It's my only snubbie...everyone should have at least one. I actually like the hammer.
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    I carry a 642 in a pocket, in summer. I chose the stainless because of the humidity here in Tx.
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    I chose the 442 over the 642 because of the black finish--stealthier. I pocket carry, and if someone glances inside my pocket, I just want them to see black, or, in other words, nothing at all! Also, when I draw in the dark to defend my life against some BG, I don't want my gun to have any glint for the BG to target.

    The 642 may be prettier, but I don't buy a Centennial for being pretty, it is to save my life with! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and to my eye, the 442 is a pretty little gun. If it ever saves my life some day, it will be even prettier still!
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    442, once you go black you'll never go back

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    The black 442 (no lock) is an alloy frame with a carbon steel cylinder and anodized finish.
    The silver 642 (no lock) is an alloy frame with a stainless steel cylinder with a painted finish.
    Both models weigh 15-ounces with an overall length of 6-5/6 inches.
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    I've got a 642 because I think it does better with weird humidity changes here in Texas, but both I'm sure are fine revolvers. Can't go wrong, I pocket carry and am in the market for an ankle holster sometime when I find the cash.

    Hope that time is soon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saber View Post
    The black 442 (no lock) is an alloy frame with a carbon steel cylinder and anodized finish.
    The silver 642 (no lock) is an alloy frame with a stainless steel cylinder with a painted finish.
    Both models weigh 15-ounces with an overall length of 6-5/6 inches.
    Saber is correct in his descriptions of the differences. I chose the 442 because of the flat black finish being somewhat less noticeable. Great guns for concealed carry, versatile for multiple methods of carry.
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