This is a discussion on 640 vs 649 within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I think when you get a better feel for it, and start pulling the trigger more aggressively, the cylinder will lock up on all 5. ...
I think when you get a better feel for it, and start pulling the trigger more aggressively, the cylinder will lock up on all 5. I can pull my back quick and hard, stoping it just before the hammer falls, and the enertia created by the cylinder being forced quickly and then stopped quickly, makes a very positive lock up. Like Guantes stated, it may be a bolt notch slightly off, and this is more noticable rotating it slowly.
A lot of folks who don't like revolvers are ones that had never handled or shot one and their first experience was with a snubnosed airweight. The initial shock at the difference froma bottom feeder and their inability to just pick it up and hit anything with it turns them off immediately. Much like a person that's never touched a golf club and their first experience is with a really good foursome on a busy Saturday with tons of people watching. It is frustrating and turns them against it never to try it or practice ever again.
A snubnosed revolver is a very specialized instrument and is unique in the firearm world (especially a DAO airweight). It is unique even within the realm of revolvers. With about 30 minutes of reading on proper technique and a couple hundred rounds of focused practice, you can start to see real progress. Work at it and inside of 500 rounds you can develop great accuracy. With a DA/SA model, spend 95+% of your practice in DA mode and SA mode will be like a vacation...just for fun. My Dad gave me an H&R 922 snub revolver in .22lr. That thing has been tremendous for my snub training. I highly recommend one for developing snub techniques. I like shrouded hammer models (I have a 1960 S&W 49) and I think the steel versions feel better in hand and while shooting. The airweights are more versatile in carry methods.
If you commit to it and put forth the effort in practice and time, you will achieve proficiency and develop skills that will carry over into your overall shooting. You will also develop a tremendous respect and appreciation for revolvers and these specialized renditions. Keep practicing, and add speed loaders and reloads to your practice.
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Each to his own but I own 3 of the Bodyguard types with the shrouded hammer, S&W 649, S&W 638 and Taurus 651ss. I prefer the ability of single action fire if I need it. The completely concealed hammer type, 640 and 340PD, just wasn't for me.
I agree. That's why everything that I carry has a single action capability.
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