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642 Club Part Deux

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by fiVe, Nov 3, 2007.

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  1. fiVe

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    What is the 642 Club? Just a place to hang a snubnose post? No. We are a testament to a very popular revolver. We are a front-line, almost real-time, almost face-to-face, first-rate reference, with a vast wealth of knowledge on grips, ammo, carry methods, etc. I am proud of this, particularly with all the new members coming on board.

    Without a doubt, this thread itself has become a vital accessory to the 642. And we are trying to positively influence the manufacture of new 642 accessories with the Hogue grips petition.

    Instead of asking “What is the 642 Club?”, we should really ask “Who is the 642 Club?”. We are a band of friendly, decent folk who have bonded (albeit maybe loosely) around a very cool snubnose revolver. This is a good thread because it is made up of good people, and together we have created a warm, decent place on the web.

    I’m thankful we have such a quality board on which to exist. The High Road is a beacon on the internet and a standard that every board should follow. Thank you, Oleg and moderators for letting us be here. I do hope we will be seen as a thread with substance and not just size. While I do have a life outside THR, I am proud of my membership here.

    When I created post #1, I never could have imagined this thread would grow to over 5000 posts and I never could have do it alone. In other words, this happened because of you--over 600 of you--not me. So....thanks. What’s next? I think we should keep doing what we’ve been doing--stay friendly, post your range reports, post your reviews on ammo, holsters, etc., help the newbies, and if you discover/experience anything new with your 642, be sure to share it.

    I hope this thread is as big a blessing to you as it is to me.
    Safe shootin’.

    Peace,
    fiVe
     
  2. Brian Williams

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    Welcome to the second edition of the 642 Club

    Part 1 here
    http://thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=138658


    I put 50 rounds through mine today...


    EDIT to add
    Just a reminder folks this is the 642 club. It is in the revolver forum and should be on topic for the Revolver forum and the x42 series of S&W revolvers. Rambling to the other centenial frames and other light weight revolvers fit the topic of this thread and any thing else will be deleted or moved.
    b
     
  3. DouglasW

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    I'm still here

    I'm still here...with my 642 in my front pocket. :evil:

    Thanks to fiVe and all of the others who have contributed their knowledge on all things J-frame to the 642 club....
     
  4. Navy joe

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    I'll get in on page one of this one too! Same 642 still with me, looking a little beat down from getting carried a lot. Always looking for a companion J-frame. This gun saved my financial life, I have completely sworn off of all auto pistols that are not full sized thereby saving me a mint in new pocket pistols, replacement springs, more holsters, mags, maintenance, reliability testing, etc. Small autos are too much to keep up with. The 642 just sits there ready to go.
     
  5. lanternlad1

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    I put 100 rounds thru my 642 yesterday. No FTFs or FTEs :) (yes, it's a joke...)

    I love revolvers.

    I think I am going to sell my wife's Taurus 85 and get her a 642 too. (If she hasn't appropriated mine...)

    Anyone wanna trade a Smith for a Taurus?

    Didn't think so. :)
     
  6. glockman19

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    I would not own a S&W 642 or 442 if it weren't for the 642 Club. I also have a Desaints pocket holster Mika on order and use both the Speer Gold Dot's & Federal Hydra Shok's as SD ammo All because of shared experiences from club members. Oh yes can't forget the CTC 405 laser grips.

    Thanks to everyone who helped influence my decision and to FiVe for beginning it all.

    The thread has become the difinitive source on the web for the 642 and I'm also proud to be a part of it.
     
  7. sixgunner455

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    Page one of part two!! Gotta get in on the ground floor this time.
     
  8. Phydeaux642

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    I was leaning towards the 642 when I was looking for a carry gun, and the 642 Club had such a great wealth of information about the little beast that I went ahead and took the plunge. I haven't regretted it and have since went out and added a 442 to the collection. It is in my Smartcarry holster as I type this with GD 135gr +Ps ready to go at a moments notice. Thanks to fiVe and all the guys for the great info.

    Okay, how many posts until we reach 5000?:D

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  9. Tarwater

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    I just bought my first 642 today (traded up from a finicky Kel Tec), but I haven't gotten a chance to shoot it yet. Sure does give me a warm fuzzy feeling knowing it's going to work if I need it, though.

    What do y'all think about the Winchester white box +P JHP? How does it perform compared to the pricier stuff?
     
  10. rdrancher

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    Anxiously awaiting an IWB holster and t-grips for my 642-1 as I type this.

    I've owned a ton of guns in my 50+ years, but nothing has ever "fit" me quite like a snubby.

    rd
     
  11. fiVe

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    For those who want to read the first 5022 posts, please go to The 642 Club (part one).



    Glad to hear it! And thanks for setting up Part Deux.
     
  12. jt1

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    Part Two?

    Well, I feel like I showed up at the club house and found a big sign nailed across the door saying Closed! I am unsure why we need to start a new chapter in the history of this thread. The first thing that comes to mind (after recovering from my initial shock seeing the closed sign) is it will be quite a bit more involved to reference and refer to past posts. The database that has been compiled is, as you are aware, quite extensive and I reference it often. The original 642 Club is now destined to fall off the active pages and be cast into the netherworld of the archives, and this will change the history, accessibility, appearance, and feel of the club house and I believe will alter the future course of this thread. If there is some reason, logistical or technical, that I am unaware of then that is one thing. If the reason is purely a judgment call because "it's too big" I do not agree with this action and would respectfully request that this decision be reviewed and hopefully, in the true sprit of The High Road, our status as an original, cohesive, intact thread of this forum be restored.
     
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  13. kingpin008

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    I agree with JT - Unless the original 642 Club threads can be archived or stickied somehow, I fear it will be lost as newer posts overtake it. I've never made a post on the original thread, but I don't see why it's suddenly become "too large" and in need of closing. If anything, it would be a great thing to keep open, a running commentary to the great little revolver, with a huge fanbase.

    Respectfully, I ask that the original 642 club is re-opened and business allowed to continue as usual.

    Thanks!
     
  14. MassMark

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    I'm not sure I understand.....Locking down perhaps the most successful thread on the Internet makes little in the way of sense to me....If it needs to be done, could you at least sticky the original "locked down" thread? There's a ton of information there....
     
  15. theNoid

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    While not a member, I have referenced many people to your club/thread in the past. The fact that it is now closed is simply preposterous if you were to ask me. Hey guys, great gun, great thread, great people, great information, and great photos, now let's close it down. What's next, another Clinton in the oval office? Hmmmmmm...

    Noidster
     
  16. DAdams

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    Page One Placeholder. I may be deleted but I will not be silenced.
     
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    Anyone?
     
  18. Phydeaux642

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    After some thought, I don't understand either....

    After I saw that the 642 Club thread was locked as of yesterday, I posted here on the new thread. Later in the evening I kind of had the feeling that I was part of a group that had just had their favorite gathering place demolished to make way for a new mall and then promise to still get together at a new location, all the while knowing that that would never happen and that eventually everyone would go their seperate ways with new friends. It really is a sad day, as I don't see a new thread being the same as the old one. The few posts this new thread has generated already have a different feel to them. As DAdams has said "bandwidth is bandwidth, memory is memorey", so I don't see how the size of a thread determines that the thread should be locked in favor of starting a new thread concerning the same subject unless the endgame is to see the group that participates in thread scattered about. But, then again I don't seem to understand much these days.:confused:

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  19. Harvster

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    Yeah, I don't quite get it. 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000 is OK but 5022 or so is too big?
     
  20. 1BLINDREF

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    In on the first page

    I wanted to get in on the first page this time.
    I'm posting this while my 642 sits comfortably in my DeSantis Apache ankle rig :D
     
  21. S.O.D.

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    fiVe - This really is a testament to the power of what you created. One thread could not hold it all!
     
  22. deputy tom

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    I didn't know the first 642 thread was closed.Well I'm still here and wearing my 642 on my hip as I type this.tom.
     
  23. fiVe

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    I was sad when I saw that “part 1” was closed. I realized it was the end of an era (so to speak), as the thread will roll off the first page and now things will be different. Then I realized I needed to step back and look at things from a different perspective.

    From the Practical Angle.
    I know nothing about the maintenance side of vBulletin, but when I was a database adminstrator, I preferred smaller-sized objects over larger, as things were easier to maintain. While it’s strictly speculation on my part, I would imagine a large thread might be a maintenace aggravation. Searching puts a load on the server, and searching a very large thread more so. I’m pleasantly surprised it went as long as it did. As it has been previously stated, we just got too big for one thread, and this is a good thing.

    From the Realistic Angle.
    Posting on THR is a privilege. It is a great place on the web to gather, but there are rules. Since I am in no place to make posting or thread-size policy, I have no choice but to comply. The 642 Club is our special place, but it is just a small place on THR, and I’ve always believed the board has precedence over the thread. I guess my ignorance is readily evident, because I don’t know why Brian Williams decided to close “part 1”. I also do not require any kind of justification from him. Like it or not, moderator word/action is law. We must behave or we will be gone. Another point needs to be made here: “Part 1” was closed, but “Part 2” was opened. I think it is rare for a thread to be closed and then allowed to continue in another moderator-created thread. This was not an anti-club action.

    It’s obvious I’m trying to play the middle of the road here. We might be sad about “Part 1”’s closure, but the realities of message boards are what they are. While “Part 1” will roll off into history, it will by no means be forgotten--I will keep a link to it in my sig line, and of course, it will be referenced in the 642BoK. The club can continue, if we want it to (and I certainly do). I would be sad if any of you left, and if any are considering such, please re-consider. I have to believe the closure was board-benefit-related as the for-profit reason doesn’t jibe with THR’s philosophy.

    Alone, I can’t keep the club alive, and I won’t try. It is up to the 642 Club Nation as a whole to make it happen. Again, the 642 Club is not what or where--it is who. I want things to continue and I hope you will all be here. The one thing that will make “Part 2” seem like home is to get back on subject. It’s all about that special, hammerless snubbie, and for me, the 642 in a Mika round-cut is still the best concealed carry configuration.

    Watching and waiting...

    fiVe
     
  24. DawgFvr

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    The S&W 642 is the ultimate pocket revolver...we all pretty much agree on that...at least until Ruger decides to come out with a little metalurgical magic and launch a lighter version of their SP101. A three inch 642 would be an improvement...and any kind of a revolver minus the lock would be a "major" improvement.

    The problem I see with this 642 "Club" is all the extraneous "checking in" material that does not add one iota of information to bullets, powder, weaponry information sharing, etc. In other words...too much B.S. and not enough content. Hell, if I were a THR mucky-muck, I'd probably round file 3/4 of the posts as well...THR is the club...not a specific weapon.
     
  25. Mongo the Mutterer

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    I'm witcha...part 2... Page 2 this time.....:D
     
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