Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

New S&W without lock?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by woo18, Sep 1, 2008.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. woo18

    woo18 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2006
    Messages:
    141
    I just noticed a retailer advertising a special run of a S&W 37 airweight without an internal lock. What prompted S&W to do this, and can we see this on other models in the future?
     
  2. Shade00

    Shade00 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2008
    Messages:
    715
    Location:
    Ruston, Louisiana & Jackson, Mississippi
    There is speculation that these are either leftovers or cancels from a foreign contract run, or that they have been assembled from left over parts. Either way, they're new guns without locks!
     
  3. Bentonville

    Bentonville Member

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2006
    Messages:
    456
    I have one and I really like it. The trigger has smoothed up and lightened ever so slightly after about 200 rounds and maybe 300 dryfires.
     
  4. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2006
    Messages:
    11,970
    The M37s are left over pre J-Magnum frames without locks assembled as a special run for RSR group. The no-lock 642s are current production J-Magnum frame guns that were from a canceled export order.
     
  5. csmkersh

    csmkersh Member

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2004
    Messages:
    1,050
    Location:
    San Antonio TX


    S&W is still making the Model 36/37 non-magnum j-frame. The frames may be leftovers, but have nothing to do with S&W's j-magnum Model 60s or 640s.

     
  6. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2006
    Messages:
    11,970
    Nope. 1997 37-3 changed to J-Magnum frame and rated the gun .38 Spl. +P. 36-9 in August 1996 also changed to J-Magnum frame and .38 Spl. +P rating. All current production J Frames, regardless of caliber, are built on the J-Magnum frame.
     
  7. csmkersh

    csmkersh Member

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2004
    Messages:
    1,050
    Location:
    San Antonio TX


    I had to break out the micrometer and compare my 640 to my 442. They're the same.
     
  8. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2006
    Messages:
    11,970
    Apparently they switched to all J-Magnum frames for production cost. If you look at your 640 and 442 they have the elongated cylinder stop that's part of the frame. Earlier guns had a more rounded cylinder stop that was machined separately and pressed into the frame. Interestingly enough even the .22 LR model 317 uses the J-Mag frame.
     
  9. Gator

    Gator Member

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2003
    Messages:
    2,231
    Location:
    Stuck in Crook Co., IL
    Yeah, and Smith won't say exactly, which gives me hope for what the future may bring. :) So far we have had 642s and 37s without locks and the 442s are on the way. I wrote S&W and thanked them and asked for more, I think everyone should do the same...let's give them some encouragement (in addition to buying up all the no-lock guns)!
     
  10. csmkersh

    csmkersh Member

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2004
    Messages:
    1,050
    Location:
    San Antonio TX


    Gator, I wrote S&W the first day I learned of the revolvers without locks. Got a Sgt Schultz response, "I don't know nothing." They are learning. Their latest semi can be ordered with or without lock or mag disconnect.


     
  11. Gator

    Gator Member

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2003
    Messages:
    2,231
    Location:
    Stuck in Crook Co., IL
    They answered me only with "...we will continue to manufacture revolvers with the lock...." Now, they didn't actually say they wouldn't make some without the lock, did they? :D
     
  12. Drgong

    Drgong Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2008
    Messages:
    1,259
    Location:
    Ashe Co, NC and Gastonia NC
    I wonder if a distributor made a special order for no lock revolvers if S&W would make it..
     
  13. Thaddeus Jones

    Thaddeus Jones Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2007
    Messages:
    1,006
    Perhaps S&W has finally removed its head from its rectum, and is trying to sell as many handguns as possible, including all the folks that want lock free revolvers.
     
  14. george29

    george29 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2006
    Messages:
    1,311
    Location:
    Land of Entrapment
    I just bought a 642 and had the choice of with and w/o lock so apparently they are producing more w/o locks. Of course I politely declined the one with the lock.
     
  15. Zeede

    Zeede Member

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2007
    Messages:
    267
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    Wouldn't something like the MagnaTrigger be a lot better than these hokey internal locks?

    Cameron
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page