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Convert S&W M649 to 9mm w/moonclips?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by RidgwayCO, Sep 25, 2010.

  1. RidgwayCO

    RidgwayCO Active Member

    Feb 22, 2006
    Beautiful Western Colorado
    I've been thinking about getting another 9mm revolver for a while now, but they seem pretty pricey on GunBroker. Then I realized I've already got a S&W M649-3 that doesn't get used much at all, but feels really good every time I pick it up. Then I found the TK Custom website (moonclips.com) and learned they could convert the M649's cylinder to use 9mm Luger and moonclips.

    Anybody here had this conversion done? How well does it work? I'm not concerned about the .357" barrel, as I can reload .357" bullets in 9mm cases if necessary.

    Thanks in advance for your observations and experiences.
  2. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Senior Elder

    Dec 24, 2002
    Well, it's $250 to rechamber and recess for clips and the clips are $7 each. That would be a pretty good down payment on a new gun.
  3. WC145

    WC145 Senior Member

    Oct 28, 2006
    I had Pinnacle High Performance rechamber a S&W 360J for me about two years ago. Mark did a great job on the conversion and some other work on the gun. I've carried it almost every day since and it is my BUG when on duty. It is accurate and reliable, I've shot 9mm (standard pressure and +P+), .38 Super, and even some 9x23 Winchester with no problems, though I usually carry it loaded with 9mm. I had no problem qualifying with it, I haven't noticed any appreciable loss in accuracy. Mark charges $225 for a J-frame conversion and I buy my moonclips direct from S&W, they're about $1.35 each. Check his website and give him a call - www.pinnacle-guns.com.

    Here's a link to my first write up about my gun - http://www.snipershide.com/forum/ub...age=1&Main=73831&Words=9mm+snubby&Search=true

  4. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 22, 2002
    Kampong Cham, Cambodia
    I had Mark from Pinnacle convert a 642 to 9mm by installing a 940 cylinder and it is great, I use Ruger sp101 moonclips they are cheaper and work better that S&Ws
  5. Lar1911

    Lar1911 New Member

    Nov 22, 2009
    I love owning something very few own. I would have it done

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