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642 Club Part Three

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by fiVe, Nov 3, 2007.

  1. BamaUmp

    BamaUmp Well-Known Member

    I ordered a Mika late Saturday night. Got an email about an hour later saying it would be shipped Wednesday. Great service!
  2. DAdams

    DAdams Well-Known Member


    Welcome to the fold. You certainly are over qualified. You now have a fiVe year membership for having fiVe 642s in the family. ;)

    Welcome also to Rob1109. Raccoon eyes....ain't they the pits? The upside that's what Lead Away cloth is for. Just don't get it anywhere near a blue or black finish.

    Hello to WRS 840. That's some strong shooting. Specially knee deep in soybeans. ;)

    IIRC this was my first trip to the range with my 642 years ago....I probably put 15 rounds through and then shot this group. pre-laser.

    This attempt was slightly better....at 15 feet versus 21.


    Then, the carry ammunition with CT Grips...a marked improvement


    Here's what big grips will do for control. Hogue Monogrips on a M&P 340 shooting 357 Magnum @ 25 feet with Speer Gold Dot For Short Barrel part number 23917. A couple of flyers.


    There is no doubt in my mind that Monogrips are the way to go if you have deep pockets or IWB/OWB carry.

    Here is where the HMG sets in a inexpensive Uncle Mikes IWB. Definitely need a lower rider.

    Last edited: Nov 29, 2010
  3. Rob1109

    Rob1109 Well-Known Member

    Those "Racoon Eyes" are irriatating(sp?) but, as someone pointed out, they will happen everytime I shoot, so forget 'em. Something to be said for the 442!
  4. BamaUmp

    BamaUmp Well-Known Member

    Just got back from a business trip to Florida. Just picked up 100 rounds of LSWC 158 grn +P. Hope to test it out if the weather ever dries up today. The lady at Georgia Ammo was very nice and helpful. Price was great so we shall see.
  5. Rob1109

    Rob1109 Well-Known Member

    "Just got back from a business trip to Florida. Just picked up 100 rounds of LSWC 158 grn +P. Hope to test it out if the weather ever dries up today. The lady at Georgia Ammo was very nice and helpful. Price was great so we shall see. "

    Now you'll find out just how light that 642 really is. Just use a Death Grip!. Also, try some Buffalo Bore 158Gr. +P's. Real Fun!!!!
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2010
  6. BamaUmp

    BamaUmp Well-Known Member

    Dont plan on using it as practice ammo all the time but for 11.50 per 50 I might.
  7. Rob1109

    Rob1109 Well-Known Member

    That's very cheap! I wish I could find that price! for 50? The best around here is Wal-Mart Remington 130Gr. FMJ for 18.00.....
  8. BamaUmp

    BamaUmp Well-Known Member

    Very cheap. I had been looking at their website and thought maybe the prices hadn't been updated. Had the chance to stop by on my way home from Atlanta today. Walked out with two 50 round bags in 158 gr.+p at 11.50 per bag. I know someone said it might not expand as much as others but at the price I feel comfortable it has enough stopping power. Correct me if I'm wrong because I'm very new to .38 special rounds but this is the standard "FBI" round right?

    BTW the best boxes I've found come from Academy Sports. Hinged boxes made by plano for less than 2 each.
  9. 5-SHOTS

    5-SHOTS Well-Known Member

    S&W 649-1 Bodyguard: broken hammer stud!

    First of all congratulations to all the Members of The Never Ending Thread: Part Three…amazing!

    Unfortunately I have to post an unbelievable problem occurred, last week, to my beloved S&W 649-1 Bodyguard.
    Since it was the gun I always kept loaded when I was at home (just because it NEVER failed me before), I was checking everything worked well, as I periodically did. After a few dryfires, the trigger was not returning fully forward, stopping itself at about 2/3 of the travel; I only had to touch the hammer spur and the trigger always returned to the rest position. So I decided to remove the side plate thinking it was an easy fix (something connected to the hammer block safety lever snagging somewhere, I was guessing) and SURPRISE: the hammer stud was broken!

    After a close inspection I’ve discovered that the hammer stud was defective from day one: as you can see on the pics I’ve posted (second pic, red circle), there was only a thiny portion of steel in the central diameter of the stud itself that was “working” and was evidently not enought…
    The steel around that area appears to be porous and of low density just like a pot metal toy car: a casting defect, I guess.

    The serial number of the gun is BEU34XX,but I don’t know the manufacturing year because I’ve purchased it used from the first owner, two years ago,in like new conditions (only 5 rounds fired, no drag line on the cylinder, no drops signs, etc.). I put only 800 rounds from it since and dryfired it probably 1600 times. And I’ve always treated the gun like it was made of gold. Considering the “internal” conditions of the stud, it’s been a miracle that the gun is been able to fire 800 rounds and withstand some dryfiring…

    It is the first time I’ve seen and heard a breakage like that and the smith that inspected the gun, that has 30 years of experience, told me the very same thing.
    Now the gun is back to the S&W's italian importer and I hope it will be fixed well and quickly. Anyway I’ll report you everything once it will be at home again.

    The breakage occurred to my gun has changed my mind about the Internal Lock: as someone said, there are too many parts can fail instead of the Lock. That was the case on my no-Lock, no-MIM S&W…

    Does anyone experienced the same issue on a S&W revolver (dropped guns apart)?.

    Best regards, 5-SHOTS.

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Dec 1, 2010
  10. DAdams

    DAdams Well-Known Member


    Regarding the "FBI Load" you should find this article interesting.



    http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/38 Special 158gr LSWCHP.htm

    That article is a bit dated and actually Federal Nyclad is available today and is there for citizen consumption.


    Personally I would use it (I have a few boxes around) yet after five years of monitoring the the market and reading the test reports I am sticking with SGDFSB in my 340 and Buffalo Bore (20C) standard pressure in the Wife's 642 for carry purposes.


    For your reading pleasure....Buffalo Bore stats on their Plus P (FBI equivalent).
    Heavy .38 Special +P Ammo - 158 gr. L.S.W.C.H.P. --G.C. (1,000fps/M.E. 351 ft.lbs.) - 20 Round Box


    Last edited: Dec 1, 2010
  11. M.Cunningham

    M.Cunningham Member

    New to the club

    Here is my contribution, just got my new 642 last week. I had one once before and sold it, just had to have another one! I'll never be selling this one! Galco IWB holster, love that new leather smell!

    Attached Files:

  12. motorcycle-charlie

    motorcycle-charlie Well-Known Member

    Question for mika pocket holster owners

    Recieved my Mika pocket holster today. immediately swapped it out with the Blackhawk i have been wearing. the Mika is noticeably more comfortable. My question is about the draw. when you draw from this holster, do you put your hand IN the holster and get full contact with the gun? with my Blackhawk my trigger finger is on the outside of the holster when i draw. with the Mika, it has to be inside, to get a full grip without having to re adjust position. i dont have a problem with this as with the reinforced mouth it looks like this may be just a smart design. let me know what you Mika owners think about this.
  13. DAdams

    DAdams Well-Known Member

    Welcome M.Cunningham

    Great photo. Don't let this one get away!! I can almost smell the wood and leather.

    Who had the best price on the holster?
  14. AStone

    AStone Well-Known Member

    I nominate M. Cunningham for best club photo of the year.

    Welcome in.

    Smoke 'em if you've got 'em.

    Relevant story.

    I recently (months ago) move across the continent
    after my business failed on the left coast.
    (Glad to be away from there. Another story.)

    Left my 642, 65, 336, and 39 out there.
    (Because I moved here in a backpack and duffel bag.)

    Since being here, in upper New England,
    I've faced two situations where I wished I had my 642.

    Sooner than later, I'll have them shipped out.

    Carry on.

    PS: I'm now in the 10k club.
  15. DAdams

    DAdams Well-Known Member


    That's going to depend on the pocket I think. I tried with today's (small right hand pocket in some Columbia cargos) attire and if I were going to do a quick draw I might have to regrip. Under no circumstances though would I put my finger(s) in the holster. A) It is too tight B) It could be asking for a premature withdraw discharge. :eek:
    In some larger pockets I am able to get a sufficient grip; index finger along side the holster and come out clean with a high grip and no repositioning necessary.

    You may want to pickup (add) a DeSantis Nemesis pocket holster and have something that may be more appropriate to the pants pocket. They are relatively inexpensive and like most all holsters there is not one that is appropriate for all occassions.
  16. DAdams

    DAdams Well-Known Member


    Congrats on your 10k posts.

    And yes, you better get those shootin irons out to the East Coast. I fein troubled times ahead. :uhoh:
  17. motorcycle-charlie

    motorcycle-charlie Well-Known Member

    Gun Sits Too Deep In MIKA?

    it almost seems like my gun sits about a half inch too deep in the Mika. my fingers hit the holster before i can get a proper grip on the gun. went back to using my Blackhawk for now untill i get this figured out. i have a S&W 442 with an 1-7/8 barrel. seems like a 2-1/8 or even 2-1/2 barrel would fit perfectly. any one else have this issue?
  18. DAdams

    DAdams Well-Known Member

    642 in a Mika Roundcut

    Here is how mine lines up. Due to the way it is lying it actually might be 1/8 inch higher (further out) than when vertical in the pocket.


    Covers the trigger and guard as it should.

    Can you post a couple pictures with the X42 in the holster?

    Did you put try raising it slightly in the holster with a temporary spacer to see how it feel/works?

    Actually you are the first Mika user I have heard with an issue. Is yours roundcut or square?

    Perhaps your holster isn't right or perhaps you are not accustomed to it yet. I'm sure that if it is out of specification Robert will address your concerns. You may want to call him as he is readily available by phone and has made thousands of these holsters.

    There are many other pocket holsters out there too that may be more to your liking.
  19. JoeH

    JoeH Member

    It appears the design has changed. I got mine about a month ago. My 442 sits much deeper than yours. I also had to trim it in front of the CT button. It was more sqaure and very ubcomfortable

  20. M.Cunningham

    M.Cunningham Member

    I just got it in the gunshop when I recieved the gun, it was $65.

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