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Old February 3, 2011, 05:42 PM   #376
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Southpaw, those grips look great. They look like they give enough clearance for speed loaders. Do they?
Using speed reloaders, I am able to clear approx 1/2 of the casings overall length inside the cylinder. More than enough. Like I said, they seem to be the same demensions as the stock rubber...
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Old February 3, 2011, 06:11 PM   #377
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My new grips and holster came in today!

Southpaw,I ordered 2 holsters from tommy,they should be here next week.Your holster looks great.
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Old February 3, 2011, 06:17 PM   #378
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Southpaw,I ordered 2 holsters from tommy,they should be here next week.Your holster looks great.
Thanks Frank! I've been wearing it (642) for the past 2 days, from 5:30 AM to about 6 PM. It's already molded to my body nicely. I carry for 12+ hours a day and spend 70-80% of that time in my car, and Tommy's holsters just plain work for me at the 3:30-5:00 position. I'm sure you'll love yours too.
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Old February 3, 2011, 11:07 PM   #379
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Smile Had to come back and look around

Posted here 3 or 4 times since the start of the thread. Amazing!!

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Old February 4, 2011, 12:23 AM   #380
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So true.

That such a little gun
could cause this much stir.
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Old February 4, 2011, 12:23 AM   #381
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What grips did you get? I'm thinking hogue monogrip.
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Old February 4, 2011, 12:26 AM   #382
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I'm thinking hogue monogrip.
I highly recommend them.

Not suitable for pocket carry,
but if you want superb control,
they're the ones.

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Old February 4, 2011, 01:02 AM   #383
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Why not pocket carry? This is going to be my summertime EDC, but my hand is still swollen from shooting 50 rds yesterday. I like to go to the range alot, and I'd love to shoot the gun that I carry. But I'm also a mechanic and I need to use my hands at work everyday... I guess ill get the grips and figure it out for myself... or I could just get a nice padded shooting glove.....
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Old February 4, 2011, 06:16 AM   #384
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Why not pocket carry? This is going to be my summertime EDC, but my hand is still swollen from shooting 50 rds yesterday. I like to go to the range alot, and I'd love to shoot the gun that I carry. But I'm also a mechanic and I need to use my hands at work everyday... I guess ill get the grips and figure it out for myself... or I could just get a nice padded shooting glove.....
I'm guessing it's because the Hogue grips are large and the rubber is very tacky, which in turn will make the pistol more difficult to conceal and draw out...

My hand was also very sore after the first trip to the range with my 642 and 56 +P rounds in 5 minutes. A padded glove would work, but if it's a carry gun you also want to keep familiar with perceived recoil and control. So unless you're always wearing gloves, it might not be wise to practice with them...

I think I'm just going to deal with it. You could always just shoot it so often that you build a tolerance. . Eventually you're hand won't get sore and you'll be all set.
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Old February 4, 2011, 08:53 AM   #385
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Grips

For me personally, I searched out a snubby (the 642 in particular), due to it's concealability. Throwing a big grip on there would make it more comfortable for sure, but it would totally take away it's advantage for me. There's always a trade off. For deep concealment, small grips stay, for comfortable plinking, I just use my SP101...
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Old February 4, 2011, 09:34 AM   #386
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I wear big baggy pants and deep front pockets.I guess ill just get the grips and see.
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Old February 4, 2011, 10:49 AM   #387
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I wear big baggy pants and deep front pockets.I guess ill just get the grips and see.
If big grips are a must, I'd recommend going with wood, like the Hogues or Badger, etc. Rubber is just too sticky IMO, even with big pockets. Last thing you need is getting snagged up trying to draw. But the rubber Hogues are relatively cheap compared to wood, so give them a shot first...
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Old February 4, 2011, 06:00 PM   #388
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I don't see an option for quoting a post here, but the first pic on this page, what kinda grips are those? They look perfect!!!
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Old February 4, 2011, 06:55 PM   #389
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seethesvt, to quote something, copy and paste what you want to quote into the message editing box at the bottom of this page,
highlight it, then click the little icon that looks like this.
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Old February 4, 2011, 09:36 PM   #390
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I don't see an option for quoting a post here, but the first pic on this page, what kinda grips are those? They look perfect!!!
My grips? They are factory aftermarket black diamondwood. And they are exactly the same size as the stock rubber grips...
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Old February 5, 2011, 12:49 AM   #391
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No, the ones 2 pics up, posted by bill Johnson.
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Old February 5, 2011, 02:03 AM   #392
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Those are actually Crimson Trace 405 laser grips. They are not as long as the Hogue Monogrips as they do not have a place for the pinky if that is a concern. They do however have a nice rubber cushion that covers the top of the backstrap and does a good job of reducing felt recoil.

Oh, and they run about 200 dollars, so maybe start with the Mono's and go from there?
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Old February 5, 2011, 03:41 AM   #393
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I've been looking at 642 grips, and the Pachmayr Compact looks like a good balance between recoil control (pinky indentation, covered backstrap) and concealment (rounded, slim, not tacky). Anyone have these? Apparently they don't clear speedloaders, but they could be shaved down if aesthetics weren't an issue.
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Old February 5, 2011, 10:45 AM   #394
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The pachmayr compac grips look alright, but the look really low in the back strap. I have large hands and need to choke up on the grips to shoot comfortably. I'm almost all the way to the top of the back strap.
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Old February 5, 2011, 11:06 AM   #395
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Shameful admission. Forgive me, 642 brethren - I have strayed!



That's a 60 Pro - my newest - last month. Included, sob, is an HKS 36 with Remi +P 158gr LHPSWC's - actually, one from my 642's stash. That's a Buck Custom Shop 110 in royal blue Dymondwood, NS bolsters, & S30V blade - ~$85 delivered - made for moi, no less. A deal!

I got a set of the 60 Pro grips for my new 3" 63 - looks like a regular 3" 60 - with an 8-shot .22 rimfire cylinder & barrel. I wanted another set of those 60 Pro grips - for my 642, yeah, that's the ticket. They were back-ordered at S&W, so I found this pair at my local S&W pusher... they were attached to a new 60 Pro... it called to me... It says .357 Magnum on it... hope it likes +P .38's!

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PS All is forgiven... the 642, in a Mika holster, is in my pocket... the 60 Pro is in the safe...
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Old February 5, 2011, 11:28 AM   #396
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no need to be forgiven Stainz, nice pro there. i think just about everyone in the 642 club is not only an x42 owner, but a revolver lover as well. keep those wheels turnin.
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Old February 5, 2011, 05:36 PM   #397
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Hi,

I just got my 642 used. It only had about 40 rounds through it. I don't have much experience with the snub yet (maybe 40 rounds). I notice that I shoot low and to the right very consistently. I'm using Winchester 130 gr fmj target. I know the lighter shells shoot a bit lower but I'm shooting low 3 or 4 inches even at 7 feet. It is also maybe 4 inches to the right. If I am aiming at the center of a clock I'm hitting at about 4 o'clock. I've tried different ways of gripping (including Muculeck's J-frame) and still hit at 4 0'clock. I've dry fired it 1,000 times and cleaned the internals out with Rem-oil. Any suggestions? I know I need much more practice but I don't really now what to change to get different results. Oh yeah I have the standard factory grips and medium size hands.
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Old February 5, 2011, 06:20 PM   #398
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Old February 5, 2011, 07:47 PM   #399
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I have a technical question.

I rented and shot a larger Smith & Wesson at a range today. I can't remember the model, but it was DA/SA. I chose to fire it DA since I plan to buy a 642 very soon. I detected a faint "click" feeling this gun's trigger just before the hammer released. Once I noticed this, I began squeezing relatively quickly until I felt the click and then slowly until it fired.

Is this how the factory trigger feels on the 642 as well? Does anyone know what I'm talking about?
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Old February 5, 2011, 07:59 PM   #400
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Stainz...I fixed it for you!
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