am i the only one who wishes S&W would make something larger than a j frame with no exposed hammer?
i just got a 2" 327 and thought it would be so cool if it had a shrouded hammer like a 638
or maybe a 386 Sc/S with a shrouded hammer
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April 13, 2007, 12:12 PM
The 296 was an L frame with an enclosed hammer.
April 13, 2007, 11:49 PM
I have a Taurus 445 CH which is a .44spl 5 shot (L frame) with a bobbed hammer.
April 14, 2007, 12:01 AM
S&W Model 296 in .44 Special and Model 242 in .38 Special. Both L frames.
April 14, 2007, 12:27 AM
They made 'em, and were made with a resounding ho-hum from the general shooting public.
I sort of regret not getting one, but the couple I handled were, um, well, a hand full! It was really not as pocket oriented as one might think, at least to me, YMMV.
April 14, 2007, 07:40 AM
I think the last MSRP I saw, early '02, for that 296 was $789. I said something a bit different from 'Ho hum!' when I saw that. Of course, during that year, it was canned... and by year's end, it was closeout priced $349 locally. Of course, I said something different then, too... "I'll take THAT one, thank you!". Neat gun... real 'kick' to shoot. Think of a 642 with +P's - on steroids.
No, if they make a hammerless - or shrouded hammer - .500 Magnum, don't count on my patronage... until those closeout prices appear, of course!
April 14, 2007, 05:37 PM
i think that 242 would be the perfect pocket gun considering i can fit my 327 in my pocket only prob is the hammer
April 14, 2007, 07:04 PM
A good solution, per my M28, is a bobbed hammer and trigger job... makes for snag free and, smooth as butter :) I will admit there is snag potential from rear sight but never had any problem when this was a carry piece.