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S&W 642-1 current vs old production?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Dollar An Hour, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. Dollar An Hour

    Dollar An Hour Well-Known Member

    I thought the 642-1 was the stainless J-Frame .38 Spl released in '96, then discontinued later with the advent of the IL.

    Now I'm seeing new production 642-1's in production since 2008.

    So I'm confused. Did the -1 ever go away? If so, and it's back, are the new ones of the same quality as the original -1's? Or are there differences, such as more MIM parts?

    Thanks for any insight.

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