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442 / 642 Durability

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by USBP1969, Apr 20, 2011.

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  1. USBP1969

    USBP1969 Member

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    Howdy,

    I have owned both, but never put many rounds through them. I carry a 442 daily and would really like to get in some diligent practice, but have been wondering if one can take a steady diet of factory Federal / Remington/ Winchester 130 grain FMJ .38 Specials.

    I'd really appreciate hearing from those who have had a chance to shoot them enough to get a feel for their durability.

    Thanks,
    Kent
     

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  2. ArchAngelCD

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    I have shot well over 1000 rounds through my M638, at least 500 rounds through my M642 and a few hundred rounds through my newer M442 and none of the revolvers are worse for it. The more I shoot them the smoother the triggers are.

    Current factory ammo for the .38 Special is on the anemic side so I wouldn't worry about shooting all you want in your J frame.
     
  3. Gato Montés

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    In the official Catalog of Smith & Wesson or whatever it's called, it stated that the 642/442 was put through a 5,000 rd +P test without any signs of malfunction or unsuitable wear. With wimpy practice ammo I think you have a long time before you have to worry about anything.
     
  4. USBP1969

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    Thanks much gentlemen. That is encouraging indeed.

    Nasser, was that durability statement on the Internet or in some other type of catalog?

    Thanks,
    Kent
     
  5. 9mmepiphany

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    Apex Taxtical just came out with their drop-in kit for the S&W J-frame. As their Beta test, they fired 1000 rounds of .38 spl through a M340.

    I wouldn't think you should have any problems with the 442 or 642
     
  6. Evergreen

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    I have kept that thing in my pocket for years and still goes boom each time.. NOt saying I am a good source here, but it seems reliable.. Shoots even when my 442 is clogged with lint. I think the fact that it has the internal hammer is a major help if you are doing pocket carry. Obviously, a gun like this isn't a plinker and I just don't know why anyone would put 1000s of rounds through it in any short period of time; but, to each their own!
     
  7. sixgunner455

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    I think that the average human hand will wear out before their 642 will. Just my take on it.
     
  8. Photoman

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    Thousands and thousands of rounds with no problems in many different Airweights. If you want to get good and stay good with one, you have to shoot it a lot and often.
     
  9. USBP1969

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    Sixgunner - Yep they do kick a mite.

    Photoman - I agree. I am limited by being a 24/7/365 caregiver for spouse, but try to get to the range when I can. I do dry fire daily (It is often the high point of my day), but need to put some rounds down range.

    KW
     
  10. Girodin

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    Some people actually like to develop proficiency with their carry weapons.
     
  11. USBP1969

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    Amen to that!
     
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