New S&W...


September 27, 2011, 11:56 AM
Here is my first S&W. I picked it up brand new for $329. I haven't fired it yet, but I hope to do so soon.

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September 27, 2011, 12:35 PM
Good choice!

September 27, 2011, 12:49 PM
Cant go wrong at that price.

The Airweights are the ideal carry guns, compact and lightweight yet still accurate at range.

September 27, 2011, 01:32 PM
Where did you find it at that price?

September 27, 2011, 01:58 PM
Good choice, and great price! I recently bought a very gently used one for about that price, and after shooting it, would have gladly paid even more. This is becoming one of my new favorite pistols.

September 27, 2011, 08:22 PM
Good pistol and Good buy! Did you get it at the show?

September 27, 2011, 08:27 PM
Good revolver at a good price. Over the weekend I saw new 642s on a couple of tables for around that price.

September 28, 2011, 05:46 PM
Sure it was/is new? Drag line shows that it has been at least dry-fired a lot.

September 28, 2011, 06:09 PM
Awesome carry gun. Enjoy!

September 28, 2011, 06:14 PM
Great buy!

September 28, 2011, 06:22 PM
I had one of those.
Pretty handy if you don't mind 5-shot-only thing.

Run a 50-box of carry ammo through it, and let us know how that median nerve feels!

September 29, 2011, 09:22 AM
Yes, the 442 is brand new. Only fired once from the factory. I have been dry firing it alot as I am not used to such a heavy trigger pull. Is the 442 ok to dry fire or is that a no-no?

Anyone carry one of these in a pocket holster?

September 29, 2011, 09:48 PM
I've yet to hear of anyone breaking one in dryfire. If in doubt get some snap caps.

Ala Dan
September 29, 2011, 09:52 PM
Excellent choice- I have one myself, S/N starts with "DANxxxx"~! How 'bout
'em apples? That won't happen again in my lifetime~! :cool: ;) :D

Doubting Thomas
September 29, 2011, 09:57 PM
Mine looked that good--back in 1996. After about 5475 days of daily pocket carry it has a 'bit' of finish wear now. Great little 'always' gun and never a moment's trouble with it.

Enjoy yours.

September 30, 2011, 09:38 PM
Good start, good price!

October 4, 2011, 09:55 AM
I enjoyed my 442 so much that I bought my dad a new 642 for the same price....

October 4, 2011, 10:16 AM
Where did you get em for that price? That's a great deal.

October 4, 2011, 01:56 PM
It's got a frame-mounted firing pin. Dry fire the snot out of it! It will make your finger stronger and smooth out any roughness in the trigger.

Baba Louie
October 4, 2011, 03:27 PM
Great buy. Challenging little gun for your first... well, maybe you already own another snubbie, but the 442/642 can be... interesting to shoot with the stock grips depending on your hand size and tolerance to (ahem) felt recoil. Definitely not a range gun for moi, maybe a cylinder or three at a time. YMMV

But great to carry.

Please do give a range report after your inaugural outing and tell us what your thoughts and shooting results are. You'll see why some board members scoff when gunshop sales staff steer petite shoppers who "never shot a gun in my life but I want one now" that direction.

For S&W #2, look for a K frame maybe?

October 4, 2011, 05:01 PM
I carry my 642 in a pocket holster about 90% of the time. Great carry gun!

October 5, 2011, 07:46 AM
Had about 15 rounds of miscellanious 38 spl ammo laying around so fired that last weekend through my 442. Most all of my shots were going low and left from about 10 or so yards.....

Thats about it as far as a range report goes at this time....

October 5, 2011, 08:05 AM
thats not a problem. next time out try and shoot 200-300 if finances allow. get a good feel for the gun. find your grip. i usually practice between 2 and 10 yards out for drawing, double taps and rapid fire. up to 15 yards (my club range is 15 yards) for fun to see what i can hit. its a great gun. i love mine and shoot it when i can.

October 5, 2011, 10:34 AM
try this site out. alot of good info here about the history of snubs and how to practice and become decent with them.

Super Sneaky Steve
October 5, 2011, 04:22 PM
It needs some CT laser grips to be a perfect carry gun. That way you can still aim in the dark.

October 5, 2011, 04:31 PM
That's why Surefire flashlights exist, Steve! :D Target identification, AND aiming.

October 5, 2011, 05:52 PM
It needs some CT laser grips to be a perfect carry gun. That way you can still aim in the dark.
With some good practice, at self defense ranges, laser sights should be a novelty. Point and shoot, and get used to where it impacts, with time, it will become an extension of your hand.
As far as difficult to shoot, I am as accurate with my 442 as I am with my full size government 1911 when I am taking my time and doing my part.
As far as pocket gunsand snap shooting, I consistently out score myself when I shoot it against my LCP using police silhouette targets, and that is being two rounds short with the J frame.

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