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S&W airweight

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by 41, Dec 9, 2010.

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  1. 41

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    Is the only difference on the S&W model 642 and 442 is that one is stainless steel, and the other is black?
     
  2. motorcycle-charlie

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    yes. 642 has stainless barrel and cylinder. 442 is coated carbon steel. both have aluminum frames. it comes down to what you think looks better. i have a 442 and love it. no problems. cant go wrong either way. they are popular for a reason. check out the 642 club on this forum. it will tell you everything you might want to know. alot of good info.
     
  3. erice303

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    For the most part Yes. The steel parts on the 442 are made out of carbon steel and the 642 is stainless steel.
     
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    Buds has both w/o lock.
     
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    Thanks for the info guys.

    What is the 642 club?

    And the ones at buds without the lock are the ones that I am looking at, but I was just wondering, I know that people don't like the locks because they don't look good and they rotate on the same axis as the recoil, but has anyone actually ever had a problem with the lock locking while firing?
     
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    Yes there are numerous accounts internal locks locking them selves while firing. I have newer witnessed, it but if you can get a new gun without a lock there is no reason to get one with a lock.
     
  7. motorcycle-charlie

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    link to 642 club

    41,...the 642 club is a thread dedicated to the 642, 442 airweight snubs. it is an excellent place for research and discussion on the X42 models. this link should take tou to part 3 of the thread on The High Road. there are also parts 1 and 2 you can read but you can jump in on discussions on part 3. http://thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=554071
     
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    The 642 iis a great gun for the money and is an accurate CCW gun.
     
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    I own these Airweights.

    The barrel and cylinder are stainless, the frame Aluminum.

    I am of the opinion that the frame finish is a paint. It can be scratched. I am now very careful using a brass brush above the forcing cone. The finish was being scrubbed off when I tried to scrub powder residue.

    I would assume the black finish is also a paint.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Clearcoat. The factory says to avoid harsh abrasive cleaners. They told my friend to clean his frame with CLP only, no Hoppes 9.
     
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    i have a 442 and thats exactly what S&W told me. i have been using Break Free CLP. it works ok.
     
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    I have, or my wife has, a hammerless 642 like the middle picture above with the factory laser grip. What is CLP? Our only complaint is recoil. About a dozen or so rounds and I'm ready to try another pistol for a while. I would hate to see or shoot one of these if it was made in a .357.
     
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    CLP

    Cleaner Lubrication Protectant. basically an all in one.
     
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    I've been reading through the 642 club posts. I've read about 5 or 6 pages of the first thread, and I've learned a lot already.
    Thanks for pointing me towards the thread.
     
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    Welcome and how do you plan on carrying a snub? If you are going to exclusively pocket carry, go light. Find 15 ounces + of something (642.442) and put it in your stronghand pocket and see what you think. Then go take a look at M&P 340 at 13.3 ounces and 340PD at 11.4. I think the $50 rebate from S&w is still on the table.
     
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