differences between j-frame models?


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piece of meat
October 7, 2010, 02:42 AM
the 642 and 442 seem to get mentioned the most and seem the most popular; what is the difference between the 2? also, the 638 offers the hammer shroud AND the ability to shoot in SA...so im wondering why it gets very little mention compared to the others. all 3, as well as the 637, apparently have the exact same dimensions and weight...do they all have different trigger feels or something?

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David E
October 7, 2010, 02:48 AM
642 is stainless/alloy, 442 is blue/alloy.

638 isn't as svelte as the others and, once you master the DA pull, you can shoot a 642 just as accurately as the 638.

Plus, no place for lint to accumulate in the 642.

Still, the 638 is a cool gun and has many fans, as you'll soon see post their pics here.

jfh
October 7, 2010, 11:40 AM
As for the differences of the three models, you seem to have them sorted out. That is, the primary difference is the availability, or not, of single action shooting. The 638 with its hammer shroud allows both.

It all depends on what you want, I guess, and in this world of expanded civilian carry, S&W provides whatever the consumer wants. Part of what the consumer wants is shaped by perceptions of good taste and aesthetics--and I suspect that, subconsciously, many people think the shrouded j-frame just doesn't look good.

But since that kind of reasoning is not highly valued--e.g., the primary characteristic of a good revolver would rank appearance low on the list--the current more popular reason is that carry-ers might consider DAO, as there will be little time to cock and aim a firearm when one is in their mess. Personally, I carry a DAO version (M&P 340), but I even bought and carried a 360 to confirm my DAO decision.

I also rationalize my decision by noting that, once one is proficient in DAO shooting, there's no need to use SA shooting for self-defense scenarios: at distances under ten yards.

YMMV.

Jim H.

9mmepiphany
October 7, 2010, 12:28 PM
The most popular S&W J-frame, based on numbers sold, is the 642/442. This would likely be based partially of aesthetics (how cool it looks), recommendations (that's what the experts carry) and practicality (DA really can do everything SA can do)

The 637 has an exposed hammer for the more traditional look.
The 638 had the sides of it's frame extended upward to shield the hammer from snagging when carried in the pocket (I believe this was done at the request of NYPD), while still allowing the ability to cock the hammer.
The 642 encloses a cut-down hammer interally

pikid89
October 7, 2010, 12:43 PM
+1 for the 642...thats what i carry

piece of meat
October 7, 2010, 01:42 PM
cool, thanks for sorting it out for me lol

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