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Finally found a S&W 442 no-lock!!

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by bdb benzino, Oct 24, 2011.

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  1. bdb benzino

    bdb benzino Member

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    I have Couple buddies interested in buying my S&W 642 with the lock, so I figured if I could find a no lock locally that I would begame. Well today I found a NIB 442 and 642, so I checked it out and put money down on the 442 to replace my 642 when I sell it. I am so pumped to find one! My question is, the frame says 442-1, so are these old frames from before the lock or are they just current frames made on a limited basis? Thanks for any info and as soon as I get my hands on this sweetness I will have pics and a range report.:cool:
     
  2. sixgunner455

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    The only change from the -1 to the -2 was the addition of the lock, so making them again without the lock and no other changes would make them -1.
     
  3. ArchAngelCD

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    S&W is making Centennial J frames new without the lock hole. They are new production, not leftovers. Besides making no-lock Centennial J frames they are also making no-lock Centennial Airlite J frames.

    Now if they would only make a M438 Bodyguard frame in a no lock I would be VERY happy!
     
  4. Tony_the_tiger

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    sweet :). Now come join the 642 club part three which has been transforming into the 442 no lock club ;)
     
  5. ArchAngelCD

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    I like the Centennial J frame so much I have both the M642-1 and M442-1... :D (just for those times when you need a NY reload!)
     
  6. bdb benzino

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    Ya, my only other revolver with a lock is the 638. I also wish they would offer the -38 models without the lock.
     
  7. ugaarguy

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    bdb, the 442 and 642 in -1 variant signified the transition from the J Frame, to the J Magnum Frame. The -2 variants came out when the lock was introduced, and the -1 guns were temporarily dropped. Since there were no changes, when the no lock x42s were reintroduced, they were sold as -1 models.

    That's a long answer to say that if it's a new gun, then it's a new frame.
     
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    Thanks for the info guys!
     
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    Bodyguards without locks.... YES! Please God, YES!!!
     
  10. oneounceload

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    Just bought a 642 with no lock - same price as the 442, same price with or without a lock

    and less than Bud's - from my LGS - makes me happy
     
  11. Ruger Redhawk

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    A couple weeks ago I bought another Smith. It's been a long times since I bought any S&W. This shop had all their "J" frames on sale. 80.00 off. Actually it was 100.00 off from Smith's MSRP. I was going to get the 642 but decided on the 442 instead. Unfortunately it has the lock. I have several Smiths from the mid to late 70's. I see a big difference in the quality from back then to the ones made today. Some of my older Smith's have never been fired.
     
  12. Photoman

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    Congratulations on the new 442! One of my favorites. :)

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