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Got to try a S&W 642LS the other day

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by priv8ter, Jun 11, 2003.

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  1. priv8ter

    priv8ter Member

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    When my wife and I went to try our new Firestorms the other day, there were several friendly folks at the range, and it turned into a pleasent opportunity to try each others guns. This one gentleman and I swapped...he got to try my 2" SP-101 with magnum loads, and my wife and I tried out his 642 Lady Smith.

    First of all...I was gratified to see another macho-type guy using a Lady Smith. I kind of like the look of the 60LS, but was afraid folks would question my masculinity.

    Using that 642 made me realize what a tank my SP-101 really is. At 14.5 ounces, it's over half a pound lighter than the Ruger. I didn't try any +P loads in it, but in my Ruger, there is very little difference in felt recoil between standard .38's and +P's. Noise difference yes, but no recoil difference.

    The 642 was snappy, but not painfull. It might just have been I was not used to the wood grips. That trigger...wow...it was much smoother than the trigger on my Ruger. My wife is usually having a hard time with trigger on my Ruger after 5 or 6 rounds. The Smith she was able to do 10 rounds without a problem.

    All in all, I liked the Smith. But...I think I liked my Ruger better. I own guns for two reasons: Self-Defense, and I just plain like to shoot them. I can see the 642 being 100% easier to carry than the SP-101, but I like the Ruger's flexbility of ammo, and the way it fit's my hand better.

    The experience has left me jonesing for a lighter snubby though. That Ultra-Light Taurus .32 H&R Magnum is looking better every day.
     
  2. sw442642

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    642s are for your pocket. That's were they shine.
     
  3. cslinger

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    If anybody makes fun of you having a Lady Smith just do what I do.......................hit them with your purse.

    Signed
    Another Proud Male Owner of a Model 60LS
    Chris

    I didn't know that they made a 642LS.....mmmm maybe it's time to invite another lady into the mix so to speak.

    :D
     
  4. Steve Smith

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    Last time I was at home on vacation I carried my mom's 60LS with a wad of rubber bands 'round the grip for a make-do holster. I think I fell in love with it.
     
  5. Serpico

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    What makes them different than a regular 642 other than smooth wood grips?
     
  6. chaim

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    Don't know about the 642 specifically but the other Ladysmiths have lighter springs for a lighter and smoother trigger and action. The stainless guns have a beadblasted matte finish (something I personlly perfer).
     
  7. cslinger

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    Ditto what Chaim said. I really like my M60LS.
     
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