This is a discussion on Beware of your Smith & Wesson! some are prone to failure state say's! within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Jack - the 442 (.38 spl Centennial Airweight) - Satin Nickel with night sights was one option. 442 Introduced as newest alloy J frame Centennial ...
Jack - the 442 (.38 spl Centennial Airweight) - Satin Nickel with night sights was one option.
442 Introduced as newest alloy J frame Centennial 1993.
Became 442-1 1996, frame change and cyl to J magnum. Rated +P.
1997 deleted the Nickel finish, for 642-1 in stainless - which I take to mean the 642 takes over. Not sure.
Chris - P95
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thanks Chris. Think I'll still keep an eye on that area when cleaning - though I'd think the folks in the shop would be particularly cautious of overtorque on an Al frame. Never though of the exterior front strap as a potential problem area, I usually watch for problems around the forcing cone and for flame cutting where the inner top strap meets the front strap.
Glad I've got leather coming for my Mil-Spec - no feel good locks, no bullet setback issues (I shoot std. pressure 230 gr.), just good ol' JMB engineering. Of course, my 642 will still get BUG duty and carried when the 1911 is too big.