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S&W 042

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Mal223, Jun 16, 2006.

  1. Mal223

    Mal223 New Member

    Aug 7, 2004
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL U.S.A.
    hey guys, does anyone know if Smith made the 042s with the matte black frames? I thought they were blued/anodized to cover up a "imperfection" on the frames, but I recently found one that is matte finished like the 442. It has the shorted frame and pinned firing pin. It doesn't have a +p rating mark which doesn't bother me, and it's in excellent condition, does $340 otd seem reasonable? thanks mal
  2. Kor

    Kor Active Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Tucson, AZ
    I owned a matte 042 which I sold to finance my Smith-Corona M1903A3 rifle - nowadays $340 is a pretty reasonable price, mine was bought and sold for around $250 in '00.

    As I understand, the first issue of 042's was made to recycle 642 frames and cylinders - S&W had a lot of mechanically perfect 642 frames that did not match the shade of their stainless cylinders closely enough to meet QC standards at the time, so the frames and cylinders were re-polished and blued/anodized black to present a uniform finish for sale. Also, the model designation was over-stamped "042" to mask the original "642" markings.

    The matte 042's were a subsequent second issue, I've heard two stories on them:

    1) The matte 042's were made with stainless components and matte-finished to cut labor costs as compared to the high-polished first-issue 042's;

    2) The matte 042's were made with blued carbon-steel components.

    Of course, on current 642 production, S&W has decided that the cosmetic mismatch between the shade of the cylinder and frame was not a big enough deal to matter.
  3. JERRY

    JERRY Senior Member

    Jun 5, 2003
    what he said. i have one, nice little gun, nothing exceptional about it.

    it is a blued cylinder, not a stainless one made into a matt finish. the gun has a blue/black, shinny anodized frame and a blued carbon steel frame and barrel.

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