Revolver newbie (am use to semi's) with questions (S&W 442)

Revolver newbie (am use to semi's) with questions (S&W 442)

This is a discussion on Revolver newbie (am use to semi's) with questions (S&W 442) within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; So I wanted to check out the other (and I know it, original) side and look at revolvers for ccw. Actually, more of a BUG ...

Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Revolver newbie (am use to semi's) with questions (S&W 442)

  1. #1
    Member Array treebark's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    central US

    Revolver newbie (am use to semi's) with questions (S&W 442)

    So I wanted to check out the other (and I know it, original) side and look at revolvers for ccw. Actually, more of a BUG for me but obviously I still need to be competent with it.

    My questions, and I already settled on a S&W 442 for better or worse:

    1) moon clips don't fit it correct? (I didn't get the pro version, though maybe should have, but too late now!)

    2) are all speed loaders created equal? I assume you have to buy gun specific ones so the diameter size is correct? Any suggestions?

    3) Other than using a bore snake down the tiny barrel, wiping out it a chamber where the striker pin/hammer deploys?, and I assume run something through each cylinder, is there any other care I should be aware of?

    4) Any other accessories I should be considering? I am going to put LG-305 crimson trace on it (though I am going to use the stock sights for quite awhile before relying on the laser).

    Sorry for such the newbie questions...can't believe I now own a wheelgun!

  2. #2
    VIP Member Array BugDude's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Congrats!! You've made an excellent choice. I too have the 442 and it is excellent for CC, pocket, ankle, IWb. Very versatile. Moon clips will not work with this revolver. The speed loader has to be made to fit the S&W 5 shot revolver (the package will indicate S&W). Speed loaders do not work well with the factory rubber 442 grips. Try speed strips. They hold 6 rounds. Load 2 on one end and 3 on the other leaving an empty slot in the middle making it easier to hold while loading.

    For cleaning, I use break free and a brush with cotton patches and a rod to dry and then a very light coat of rem oil. I clean the entire gun everytime I come back from the range.

    Get a pocket holster and/or IWB and you'll be good to go. Practice the DAO trigger as it has a lot of resistance and takes some getting used to. Try both standard and +P ammo. I practice mainly with cheap standard, but do run some +Ps occasionally and carry +Ps. Practice with both one hand and two, and practice weak hand firing.

    Last edited by BugDude; January 12th, 2010 at 10:26 PM. Reason: add carry +Ps
    Know Guns, Know Safety, Know Peace.
    No Guns, No Safety, No Peace.

  3. #3
    Distinguished Member Array WC145's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Downeast Maine
    Great choice, very nice gun.

    You can use moonclips if you have the cylinder machined to accomodate them. It is a simple job and it costs <$100, you just send your cylinder in, they do the work and return it. The moonclips are readily available. Plus, you can still shoot the gun without them. Check out Pinnacle High Performance and TK Customs.

    There are two kinds of speed loaders - HKS, they have a knob that you turn to release the cartridges into the cylinder, and Safariland, they have a push button release. Just a matter of personal preference, but I think the Safariland are faster. Moonclips are faster than either.

    When you clean it, make sure you don't leave the chambers oily.
    "If violent crime is to be curbed, it is only the intended victim who can do it. The felon does not fear the police, and he fears neither judge or jury. Therefore what he must be taught to fear is his victim." - LtCol Jeff Cooper

  4. #4
    Member Array Major G's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    New Hampshire
    As far as cleaning goes, basically if it looks dirty, clean it. Clean the barrel and charge holes (the holes in the cylinder) with a rod and brush. Clean around the forcing cone (the entrance to the barrel) with a toothbrush dipped in solvent. Push the ejector rod and clean under the ejector star with a rag or brush depending on level of dirt. Not having a 442 myself I don't know how the black finish shows powder and lead, but for my stainless revolvers I use a "lead clean cloth" to clean the front face of the cylinder. That's really about it. Welcome to the revolver cult, you can't buy just one.

  5. #5
    Member Array treebark's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    central US
    Thanks for the input. I can't wait to hit the range this weekend with it.

  6. #6
    Senior Member Array Hot Wing's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Melbourne Florida
    I got a new 442 about a month ago

    It's a great Gun enjoy

  7. #7
    VIP Member Array Eagleks's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Push your extracting rod in the wheel ..... clean it and oil it lightly. Make sure the wheel spins freely and easily. Make sure the wheel locks in well and all the way. I've seen people new to revolvers not push the wheel in all the way locked, and then raise it to shoot..... plop... nothing and the wheel falls open.

    remember finger control and not putting your finger on the trigger until you plan to shoot it.

    Keep your fingers and hand away from the wheel and especially the front of the wheel when you are shooting it..... or you will regret it. Gases escape here under some high pressure, and enough to cause you some serious damage.
    Watch where you put your non-grip hand and that you aren't putting it in that area, or any appendages.

    NO.. not all speed loaders are the same . I have HK, but want to go to Safariland.... as with them it's pushing the button to release the cartridges into the wheel and much easier / faster. Carry a couple of extras , loaded, on you.

    You didn't ask, but NO ... you do not need to leave an empty at the hammer when you carry. It's safe. Some older guns (50'/60's) the hammer would hit the bullet if dropped right and go off.. but today's guns are designed not to do that.

    You'll end up loving it.

  8. #8
    VIP Member
    Array Saber's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Yuma, Arizona
    Congrats! You made an excellent choice for a CC gun. I recommend you don’t start out with +P loads. There are plenty of standard .38 loads that will work great. Especially if you’re somewhat new to guns.

    All the other horns and whistles will come and it’s a good idea to scan this forum and others’ for what works and doesn’t. Decide on how you want to carry and carefully make a selection on a good quality holster. If you’re anything like the rest of us, you will end up with more than one holster to match your season, wardrobe and physical demands.
    “Monsters are real and so are ghosts. They live inside of us, and sometimes they win.”
    ~ Stephen King

  9. #9
    Member Array randyc74's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    You made a good choice with the 442. I weakside pocket carry mine for my LEO backup weapon. When my primary weapon gets put away, the 442 is transfered to my strong side pocket until I go to bed.

Sponsored Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Similar Threads

  1. Is your primary CCW a Revolver or Semi Auto?
    By ArmyCop in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 101
    Last Post: November 28th, 2010, 08:58 PM
  2. What's best for CC? Revolver or Semi
    By Beergut in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: March 26th, 2009, 10:35 AM
  3. Poll: Semi-automatic or Revolver, Which Is It For You?
    By bmcgilvray in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 54
    Last Post: June 17th, 2008, 08:37 PM
  4. Revolver vs. Semi Automatic Pistol
    By taurus in forum General Firearm Discussion
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: August 19th, 2006, 01:30 PM
  5. Revolver vs Semi automatic
    By HighFever in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 34
    Last Post: February 2nd, 2005, 10:50 PM

Search tags for this page

442 moon clip

442 moon clips
best way to clean s&w 442

how to clean s&w 442 revolver


how to clean smith & wesson 442 revolver


how to hold a s&w 442


how to hold a sw 442


how to oil my smith and wesson 442

oil a s&w 442

sw 442 revolver


sw442 revolver


where to oil smith 442

Click on a term to search for related topics.