442 / 642 Durability


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USBP1969
April 20, 2011, 01:12 PM
Howdy,

I have owned both, but never put many rounds through them. I carry a 442 daily and would really like to get in some diligent practice, but have been wondering if one can take a steady diet of factory Federal / Remington/ Winchester 130 grain FMJ .38 Specials.

I'd really appreciate hearing from those who have had a chance to shoot them enough to get a feel for their durability.

Thanks,
Kent

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ArchAngelCD
April 20, 2011, 02:05 PM
I have shot well over 1000 rounds through my M638, at least 500 rounds through my M642 and a few hundred rounds through my newer M442 and none of the revolvers are worse for it. The more I shoot them the smoother the triggers are.

Current factory ammo for the .38 Special is on the anemic side so I wouldn't worry about shooting all you want in your J frame.

Gato MontÚs
April 20, 2011, 02:29 PM
In the official Catalog of Smith & Wesson or whatever it's called, it stated that the 642/442 was put through a 5,000 rd +P test without any signs of malfunction or unsuitable wear. With wimpy practice ammo I think you have a long time before you have to worry about anything.

USBP1969
April 20, 2011, 04:19 PM
Thanks much gentlemen. That is encouraging indeed.

Nasser, was that durability statement on the Internet or in some other type of catalog?

Thanks,
Kent

9mmepiphany
April 20, 2011, 07:06 PM
Apex Taxtical just came out with their drop-in kit for the S&W J-frame. As their Beta test, they fired 1000 rounds of .38 spl through a M340.

I wouldn't think you should have any problems with the 442 or 642

Evergreen
April 20, 2011, 08:17 PM
I have kept that thing in my pocket for years and still goes boom each time.. NOt saying I am a good source here, but it seems reliable.. Shoots even when my 442 is clogged with lint. I think the fact that it has the internal hammer is a major help if you are doing pocket carry. Obviously, a gun like this isn't a plinker and I just don't know why anyone would put 1000s of rounds through it in any short period of time; but, to each their own!

sixgunner455
April 20, 2011, 08:49 PM
I think that the average human hand will wear out before their 642 will. Just my take on it.

Photoman
April 21, 2011, 12:07 AM
Thousands and thousands of rounds with no problems in many different Airweights. If you want to get good and stay good with one, you have to shoot it a lot and often.

USBP1969
April 21, 2011, 03:45 PM
Sixgunner - Yep they do kick a mite.

Photoman - I agree. I am limited by being a 24/7/365 caregiver for spouse, but try to get to the range when I can. I do dry fire daily (It is often the high point of my day), but need to put some rounds down range.

KW

Girodin
April 22, 2011, 04:50 AM
Obviously, a gun like this isn't a plinker and I just don't know why anyone would put 1000s of rounds through it in any short period of time

Some people actually like to develop proficiency with their carry weapons.

USBP1969
April 22, 2011, 10:59 AM
Amen to that!

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