S&W 642 and 686
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September 7th, 2008 12:53 AM
S&W 642 and 686
I'm getting interested in a different type of carry gun, and am considering the 642 -- am I correct in saying that the 642 shoots only .38 and that the 686 shoots both .38 and .357mag? It's hard to tell from the pictures, and I've only held the 642, but are these guns essentially the same size (snub barrels only)? Are there any other s&w snubs the size of the 642 that will shoot the .357's?
I'm also confused on all these different "special releases". As I understand it (and have read), one
has an exposed hammer, one has a shrouded hammer and one has the enclosed hammer. Only that the enclosed hammer version is currently being produced without the internal lock (ughh). I've read several places that a lot of folks don't like this internal lock, thus the reason Smith making these new one's without it. Thoughts on the internal lock? I'm not familiar with it at all, and really only understand that it's a safety feature you lock/unlock with a key....
Sorry about all the questions. I'm just not sure about all the hammer types, and was hoping for some guidance and reasons why one might be better than the other.
One more question when it comes to revolvers, what is ported/unported?
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September 7th, 2008 01:39 AM
Ported means the same thing in a revolver and a semi. Its vents cut or drilled in the end of the barrel to help with recoil and muzzle flip. I'm not a big believer in it at all, and its a bad idea for a defensive gun IMO.
Originally Posted by Zach and Holly
September 7th, 2008 11:13 AM
I own the 642. It has a harsh recoil with 38 +P, believe me shooting a 357 in the 686 will not be a fun thing to do. My 642 is the gun I carry more than any other, although I have several Sigs, I have been spoiled by pocket carry, drop it in and go. Always covered, and always there.....
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September 7th, 2008 02:52 PM
The Model 686 is an L-Frame, listed at 40 ozs. weight in a 4-inch barrel, so I'm guessing the 2 1/2-inch barrel model weighs in at about 37 ozs. give or take. It will be slightly larger than the Models 66-3 and 19-5 that pogo2 posted (they are both K-Frames). .357 recoil will seem to be much less in the L-Frame than in a J-Frame. Plus, you can still drop to .38 Special +P if you wish. For years, the FBI carried 158-grain .38 Special +P lead semi-wadcutter hollowpoints in their 3 1/2-inch N-Frame Smiths (Model 27 .357 Magnum). Like these: http://www.remington.com/products/am.../remington.asp product number R38S12
You are certainly not going to be able to conceal an L-Frame as readily as a J-Frame, but it can be done. People do it all the time. I carry a K-Frame Model 15 snubnose on occasion, and it conceals very readily IWB (but the speedloaders don't).
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