Smith and Wesson 442 and 642

Smith and Wesson 442 and 642

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    Smith and Wesson 442 and 642

    What's the difference?


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    Quote Originally Posted by G19inLV View Post
    What's the difference?
    In short, the paintjob.

    They are the same gun, just different colors. I'm sure someone can give a more technical answer, but that's the nitty-gritty of it.

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    642-Stainless steel barrel/cylinder/aluminum frame
    442-blued carbon steel barrel/cylinder/aluminum frame

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikerRN View Post
    In short, the paintjob.

    They are the same gun, just different colors. I'm sure someone can give a more technical answer, but that's the nitty-gritty of it.

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    +1.

    And cost. The 442 is a cheaper! Everyone needs a snubby.

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    yes, it is the paint job.
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    I prefer the shiny one...starts with a "6"...
    Get the 642, mine is the 637...
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    Quote Originally Posted by roadrash View Post
    642-Stainless steel barrel/cylinder/aluminum frame
    442-blued carbon steel barrel/cylinder/aluminum frame
    I bought my girlfriend the 642 and we are both pleased with it both functionally and cosmetically.

    I like RoadRash's answer because there is a difference beyond the color.

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    Makes no difference, they both are A#1 in my book!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadrash View Post
    642-Stainless steel barrel/cylinder/aluminum frame
    442-blued carbon steel barrel/cylinder/aluminum frame
    This is the correct answer. Older 442's also had a matte nickel finish available.

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    Yeah, the only practical difference is that a 642 has a stainless cylinder, and the 442 is carbon steel.

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    Same firearms, can't go wrong with either. I own the 642 but should have gotten the 442, 'cause I like black guns.

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