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Pro's and con's to converting my 642 to use moonclips and could it even be done?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by flip180, Jul 26, 2006.

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  1. flip180

    flip180 Member

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    I thought it would be a neat idea to have my 642 converted to use moon clips. I was wondering if there would be any benefits to doing so such as faster reloads and being able to carry more ammo due not having to carry bulky speed loaders. Who would be a good place to have it done such as S&W?

    Thanks, Flip.
     
  2. timothy75

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    If you couldnt fire the gun without the clip that could be a problem if you wanted to top off the cylinder with just one or two shots. And you might not save that much bulk anyway. You might prefer carrying 4 loose rounds in one pocket and a speedloader in another. I carry mine that way sometimes. Good luck
     
  3. gazpacho

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    There are conversions that allow you to fire with AND without the clip. difficult topping off is a downside. However, instead of topping off, may I suggest using that time to run further away from the badguy.

    Clips greatly aid in extraction of all spent shells, and greatly simplify reloading.

    Check here
     
  4. BluesBear

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    cons

    You'll drastically lower the resale value.



    pros

    can't think of any
     
  5. farscott

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    My two cents: Revolvers set up for moon clips for long rounds like .38 Special are a PITA to load because it is hard to align all of the rounds with the cylinder charge holes simultaneously. Clips shine for short rounds, like the .9x19, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. The shorter rounds have less travel for a given angle of "wobble" in the clips; thus, making them easier to load.

    I have seen people who use the clipped S&W M627 .357 Magnums use .38 S&W brass to get the shorter OAL for faster reloads.
     
  6. ChristopherG

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    Several points based on my experience, which includes having a clip conversion done to a 66, and shooting that 66 (and a 625) with moonclips in training and competition, and shooting the same 66 with speedloaders in training and competition:

    1) Gazpacho is right about extraction; a full moonclip does make this a smoother operation, particularly where you're dealing with a short extractor rod as on a 642.

    2) Farscott is right about the PITA of long, skinny rounds like the .38 in moonclips. Actually, it's not so much the long skinnyness that matters (though that's a factor) as it is that the clips themselves are thinner, floppier, and bendier than the clips used for rimless cartridges like the .45 et al.. Unfortunately, this thinness makes any reload(s) that you carry quite a bit more fragile than a speedloader. If not securely held and protected, the moonclip may release rounds, or worse, may bend, meaning that when you shove it in the gun it won't work.

    3) Speedloaders (safariland speedloaders, that is) can be made to work very fast with practice (and appropriate grips--with the cut-out left side, and preferably wood, since rubber grabs speedloader bodies).

    I know that full-moonclipped .357's like the 8-shot 627 are the cat's pajamas for some competitive revolver games; but IME, moonclips on rimmed cartridges are an idea that's best limited to play guns, which a 642 is decidedly not.
     
  7. ChristopherG

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    Oops--DT.
     
  8. Jim Watson

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    My experience parallels ChristopherG's and I just don't see the sense.

    There WAS a guy who found parts or mixmastered two guns to come out with what S&W would have called a 942 if they had made it. An airweight frame and a 9mm cylinder. Short hot 9mm in clips would be worthwhile.
     
  9. Brian Williams

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    The 942 works great. I got a 940m cylinder and had it fitted to my 642 and wow what a great gun. The moonclips make for extremely fast reloads and ejectoin is very positive.

    If S&W can make a lightweight in 357, they could easily do the same for a 9mm.

    I am very careful with what loads I use in my gun and practice mostly with very low pressure 9mms that I have handloaded. I have shot it a bunch with my handloads and with 38 specials. I have only shot my carry loads a few times to verify POA=POI.

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  10. ChristopherG

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    THAT is COOL, and would totally be worth carrying. Those little 9mm fullmoons would just jingle around like quarters in your pockets.

    Slam that stainless cylinder in a Scandium-alloy frame, and you could shoot any 9mm you could dream up.

    How can S&W not have done this already???
     
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    Yep, S&W needs to come out with a short(er)-frame lightweight snubbie in 9mm.

    I would buy one of those in a NY minute.
     
  12. BluesBear

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    I agree with the previous posts. Clips are OK for rimless cartridges but, for me, speedloaders work better hands down for real revolver cartridges.

    However I still say someone needs to produce a 9mm Auto Rim cartridge.
     
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    Did not Federal produce a rimmed 9mm?
     
  14. Jim Watson

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    Yes, but it is not an Auto Rim design. It has/had a standard thickness rim and was meant for use in dedicated 9mm Federal revolvers, never made by anybody but Charter Arms that I know of. It does not have the thick Auto Rim rim to take up the headspace of rim plus clip. It MIGHT work in a 9mm P clipgun. Do you want to bet your life on it?
     
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    Federal made a production run of 9mm rim, and it works great in my S&W 940 and Ruger SP101 9mm.

    Brian,

    Really cool gun.

    Charles
     
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    All well and good if you don't mind excessive headspace.

    They're your eyes and hands.


    See Jim Watson's post above.

    9mm Federal is collectors ammo now.
     
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    They're busy designing a better revolver :scrutiny:

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    S&W, guys less is more:barf: :evil:
     
  20. Coronach

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    Who planted the ugly tree at S&W's corporate HQ? And what are they doing, dropping new revo designs off the top floor and seeing how many branches they can hit in one go?

    I mean, I like innovation as much as the next guy, but dayam.

    Mike
     
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