S&W 640-1 is a Fighting Gun

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    S&W 640-1 is a Fighting Gun

    Yesterday I picked up a used 640-1 from a local dealer, I have an irresistible urge to buy just about any snubbie I see, and took it to the range. To my surprise it, more than my other snubbie's, felt like a real fighting gun. It had plenty of weight to allow for quick follow up shots, the sights weren't bad, the grip was comfortable and the trigger superb.

    I like it!!!

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    640's are great. I hope you got a good deal.
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    Congrats on the new snub!

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    With only 5 rounds on tap you need to make sure it's a short fight.
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    The deal was just OK, $450, but the pistol was in like new condition, I'm not sure it had been fired.

    It shot a little low with 125 grain bullets; the 158 Grain 357 Mag reloads shot to POA but were pretty brutal. Anyone have a hand load that replicates the 38 Special +P 158 Grain LSWCHP?

    As far as short fights go; I have been shot at a few times and one round zinging by was enough to make me unass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabre03 View Post
    The deal was just OK, $450, but the pistol was in like new condition, I'm not sure it had been fired.

    It shot a little low with 125 grain bullets; the 158 Grain 357 Mag reloads shot to POA but were pretty brutal. Anyone have a hand load that replicates the 38 Special +P 158 Grain LSWCHP?

    As far as short fights go; I have been shot at a few times and one round zinging by was enough to make me unass.
    I run 6.9 grains of blue dot,behind Speer cast SWCHP bullets with CCI 500 primers.
    This load is not +P,but its pretty stout!

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    I've never met a snubbie I didn't like.
    Thank God I can resist some temptation.
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    Thanks for the load, I will give it a try.

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    I'm with Rugergirl on this. I love the Smith snubs, they are classics...

    Congrats on the new wheelgun...
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    Out of curiosity, can anybody tell me why my ~40yr. old, unfired Mod. 60 is marked as .38 special & the new ones are marked as .357 magnum?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabre03 View Post
    The deal was just OK, $450, but the pistol was in like new condition, I'm not sure it had been fired.
    As described I believe you got a real find for that price. I recently had a XS Big Dot put on my 640-1. I didn't like the small black factory sight.
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    Blue Jacket did you put the sights on yourself; if not who did you use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabre03 View Post
    As far as short fights go; I have been shot at a few times and one round zinging by was enough to make me unass.

    That's what I say. So glad to hear I'm not the only person who thinks any bullet in any caliber is enough to unloose the controls. If I'm looking into the business end, thinking about the caliber is the last thing on my mind.

    So many seem to think you need 100 rds of 105 howitzer to protect yourself. How often has anyone here had to fire more than 5 shots?

    "I want a lightweight CW." But then they want to pack five pounds of spare ammo. Huh? What army are they taking on? Time to move to a better neighborhood.

    Go forth and feel confident with you 5-rd snubbie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZX9RCAM View Post
    Out of curiosity, can anybody tell me why my ~40yr. old, unfired Mod. 60 is marked as .38 special & the new ones are marked as .357 magnum?

    TIA,

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    Because technology marches on. If one buys a chamber reamer, and lengthens the chambers of a 40-year-old Model 60, one will quickly wreck that gun if fired with magnums.

    Metallurgy has improved, and there are structural changes, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabre03 View Post
    Yesterday I picked up a used 640-1 from a local dealer, I have an irresistible urge to buy just about any snubbie I see, and took it to the range. To my surprise it, more than my other snubbie's, felt like a real fighting gun. It had plenty of weight to allow for quick follow up shots, the sights weren't bad, the grip was comfortable and the trigger superb.

    I like it!!!
    Congratulations! You got a better deal than a local dealer is asking, $549.95.

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