Any thoughts on S&W 442 Airweight?

Any thoughts on S&W 442 Airweight?

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    Smile Any thoughts on S&W 442 Airweight?

    I have a chance to buy a almost new(less the 250 rounds through it) S&W 442 Airweight in 38spl, as well as about 6 boxes of ammo, holster and 2 sets of grips for a VERY reasonable price. Think under $550 for the works. Now my question is does anyone have any experience with these small (J) aluminum frame Smiths? I don't, I have always carried larger all steel revolvers. Also are there any issues I may need to know about with these, besides the fact that a steady diet of full power +p ammo may be detrimental to it's well being.
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    IMO, the appropriate price for a used 442 Airweight is under $400 if like new, or under $350 is fairly well-used. Perhaps that's just me.

    The 442 is a great gun, for what it is. At 15.8oz, it's wonderful in the pocket. As a baby revolver, it fits well in a good holster. It is a .38spl gun, not a .357 like some of the scandium-framed alternatives out there. Caution, but +P gets hard to handle. With "hot" ammo, it has a very sharp, painful recoil with the stock boot grips. And these teeny grips are what help it be so concealable.

    Mine wasn't rated for +P. Though, that's what I had in it, for carry. I had put ~500 rounds through it, in total, by the time I sold it. Almost all of that was standard .38spl. It seemed to be very manageable with Remington's standard Golden Saber JHP .38 ammo.

    I wasn't ever very accurate with it. I would strongly suggest first trying one out at the range. You might find you can't hit the broad side of a barn.

    By comparison, I was deadly accurate with a 3" Ruger SP-101. The extra 10oz and longer barrel changed the balance enough to make all the difference, for me. YMMV, but I'd suggest a test-drive, if you're able.
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    I personally own one. Runs like a top, but hey, it's a revolver. Only issue I had was the piece that screws into the ejector and holds the cylinder in place. It loosened and wouldn't allow the cylinder to close. Only thing I have found so far. Otherwise they're great. Enjoy it, as it will serve you well.
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    Is $550 reasonable for all of that?

    In my area a brand new in the box 442 can be bought for $400-$450 depending on the dealer.

    Anyway nice guns...own a 642 and carry it alot and shoot it occasionally.

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    Personally I would keep looking until you found a Ruger LCR. They handle the recoil better and have a much better trigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Compact45 View Post
    Is $550 reasonable for all of that?

    In my area a brand new in the box 442 can be bought for $400-$450 depending on the dealer.

    Anyway nice guns...own a 642 and carry it alot and shoot it occasionally.
    Cheapest I have found a new one here is $470 plus tax and background check. I asked and I can get the gun and everything for $500. I know the owner of this one and he bought it 6 months ago and can't shoot it very well, he replaced it with a Sig 238. I've looked at it as well and it is in as new condition, shot a little and never carried. That and the extras I believe make it worth 5 bills.

    Jackawala: I have been perusing the Superduper Snubby thread as well. Lots of good info on snubbies but not a lot on this one in particular.

    I used to have a Taurus 605 .357 mag and have ben kicking myself for selling it about 10 years ago. I think I may like this one a bit better as it is lighter and has no exposed hammer.

    IDbound: I'm not sold on the LCR yet, I've handled one but not shot one as of right now. I know Smith & Wesson makes darn good small revolvers though.

    Thank you toeveryone for their input thus far.
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    I think that's a good deal... You know the history of the gun and you're getting the extras, I'd say get it. The 442 is a great pocket carry gun. Carry it with +P's, do most of your practicing with std. power .38's, shoot a few +P's so your comfortable and you're good to go... My 642 is one of my favorites...
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    IMO...that is a good deal on a great gun....642 and 442 is the same firearm in different colors. both are great, and will last forever...I haven't heard of any breaking...
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    If the grips are above average then the deal is probaly worth it. I can get a new one around $450.00. 6 boxes cheap ammo $75.00. A good holster $50.00. I have a 637 and its very close to being my favorite gun in the safe. Shoots well with standard ammo and a joy to carry. I added a set of grips from www.esmeralda.com. I would take an Airweight over a pocket pistol jammer mousegun .380 anyday.
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    Take $500 cash with you. Put $450 in your right pant pocket and the rest in your left pocket. Offer him $450 and put the wad of cash in his hand and see what happens.

    Under the circumstances, as you describe, I think the packet is worth $500, but you may feel better if you got it for less. Right? Go for it!
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    I hpocket ave carried a 442 for over 12 years. It is a speciality gun for me. I use it when i know I will be wearing a jacket and can carry it in a jacket pocket. Or, I carry in a Thunderwear holster when I am wearing gym shorts, which, in Florida, is often.

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    I Have A Question

    It is 20 years old and has an aluminum cylinder, I beleive. I have Magsafe P+ in it when I carry and just wondered if anyone here thinks that it will not tolerate such a strong load and, perhaps, explode??? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    IMO, the appropriate price for a used 442 Airweight is under $400 if like new, or under $350 is fairly well-used. Perhaps that's just me.

    The 442 is a great gun, for what it is. At 15.8oz, it's wonderful in the pocket. As a baby revolver, it fits well in a good holster. It is a .38spl gun, not a .357 like some of the scandium-framed alternatives out there. Caution, but +P gets hard to handle. With "hot" ammo, it has a very sharp, painful recoil with the stock boot grips. And these teeny grips are what help it be so concealable.

    Mine wasn't rated for +P. Though, that's what I had in it, for carry. I had put ~500 rounds through it, in total, by the time I sold it. Almost all of that was standard .38spl. It seemed to be very manageable with Remington's standard Golden Saber JHP .38 ammo.

    I wasn't ever very accurate with it. I would strongly suggest first trying one out at the range. You might find you can't hit the broad side of a barn.

    By comparison, I was deadly accurate with a 3" Ruger SP-101. The extra 10oz and longer barrel changed the balance enough to make all the difference, for me. YMMV, but I'd suggest a test-drive, if you're able.
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