Other than that, itís not compelling.
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My primary carry gun is a 642 but, the only reason its not a 442 is because they did not have a 442 no lock in stock. If your somewhere where moisture is an issue the 642 may do a bit better but, I would prefer the black for pocket carry if I pocket carried much because its harder to spot in more shallow pockets.
Having shot both the LCR and of course the 642 I much prefer the S&W stock from the box trigger. I would never dream of making it lighter. The LCR trigger has a false and mushy reset to me and I tend to short stroke it when going fast. A 12 pound trigger is not an issue if your a revolver shooter but, if your a semi guy with soft hands and weak fingers you will probably hate the S&W trigger.
I like Ruger revolvers just not that plastic thing with the clothes grabbing grip and the weird trigger. The Smith is easier to pocket because its smaller. Over time the Smith trigger gets even better.
Other than that, itís not compelling.
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I have a S&W 442, 642, and 638. All pocket carry easily, all have good triggers which got better with shooting, all seem to wear about the same in a pocket holster. I tried out an LCR, and while it did have a lighter trigger it felt much larger in the pocket to me so I went back to the J-frames. I did put an Apex spring kit in my 442 which almost made the trigger a touch light for pocket carry IMO, but very smooth.
I voted "other".
Find a DAO SP101. Not a lightweight by any means but, will soak up recoil from my stoutest reloads. And yes, I do pocket carry it on occasion.
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I am currently Jframeless. But I have had two 642s and a 649. I could shoot mid power 357s comfortably, but the 642s were just too light for me. My son wanted the 649, so itís his now and the 642s are gone.
The LCR are fine, but I prefer the short, percise stroke of a J frame. The next one will be an older steel, 50s or 60s vintage.
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I am going to suggest you look at a Kimber K6s before you make up your mind. It replaced my Smith 640 pro as my primary,.
Iíve got 642 and an LCR. I had the action on the 642 tuned up a bit, and the LCRís action feels good to me from the get go. Iíve pocket carried both, and they are a pocket full, but itís doable with a good pocket holster. I shoot the LCR better, so I voted LCR. The LCR grip does sometimes want to grab a shirt tail. After thinking further on it, if I went back to a 5 shot revolver, I think I would get a steel J frame with wood panel grips and a T-grip adapter, thanks to seeing bmcgilvrayís post. That reminded me how much I like the grip adapters. And the weight wouldnít be any more than the Ruger LC9s Iím now carrying.
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I pocket carry a 442 often, either strong side as primary or weak side as back up. This week I have carried one weak side as I was carrying my Shield .45 IWB strong side.
I have two of the 442 no-lock models from the Performance Center cut for moon clips. I picked up additional moon clips from TK Custom that will fit my carry ammo cartridge case extractor grooves and also a moon clip loader/unloader from them. If you are going to use the supplied S&W moon clips be aware they will only fit some ammo extractor grooves and if you don't use a loader/unloader you will likely bend them the first time you use them. When I purchased my 442s they were supposed to have stainless cylinders and barrels. I have read conflicting info about this on the S&W forum. One of mine has been carried enough that the black/bluing on the cylinder is wearing thin, but no rust to date. My wife carries a 642 no lock that I did a trigger job on for her. I also have an older M36 that has a fantastic double action trigger pull. I don't pocket carry it as along with the exposed hammer I have added custom walnut combat grips that makes it harder to pocket carry. I have had a couple of hump back 638s, too, and thought they were fine, but passed them along to relatives. I prefer the S&W J Frames over the Ruger LCR, but know there are differences of opinion. I know several persons who have the Ruger LCRs who swear by them.
I have a Kimber K6s that has a very good trigger pull, six shots, and is nice to shoot .357 from, but it is heavier. I'm not sold on .357 out of a 2" barrel anyway. It can be pocket carried, but I usually carried it OWB if at all. It really doesn't get much use. While I would like to have a Colt Cobra, too, I'm afraid it would be like the Kimber and I would find myself carrying the J frames for most of the time I need a small revolver. I guess I'm just set in my ways.
@G26Raven you have a lot to pick from looking at the revolvers that can be pocket carried. For my money, a revolver that I want to pocket carry needs to either be hammerless, have it's hammer bobbed, or have a semi-hammerless design like the S&W humpbacks. I don't want anything snagging on the draw. I'm not going to be shooting it single action and if I need to make a more deliberate shot I can stage the double action pull of my S&W revolvers. I can argue both ways on steel frame versus lightweight alloy or polymer framed, but prefer the lightweight alloy. If you are planning on shooting .357 definitely get the steel frame. I also prefer blue or black over the stainless, but again this is a personal thing I have for something I am concealing as I don't think the blue or black is as visible, but it could be subject to faster corrosion if in humid climates if it wasn't stainless underneath the dark finish. For the same reason I usually use black holsters as I think they are less visible if exposed.
Just opinions from the Old Man you're the one that gets to choose.
I have an LCR but I need a 642, one like this?
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