needs more ammo
- Jan 19, 2010
- Galveston Bay is an Hour Away ©
The 640 is nice. I had one - a no dash all steel, not +P stamped. It was an anchor in my pocket. I let her go.It's been 23 years since I fled to the gunshine state of Florida and got my license to carry. In those 23 years, I have carried autoloading .45s, 9mm's .40 S&W's. At least two different ones in each chambering. In that same time, I have carried one, no dash, S&W 640 Centennial .38 spl. The 640 was for when more concealment was appropriate. Always carried right front pocket in a Mika holster or 10: O clock in a crossdraw IWB holster for driving on trips. The 640 is filled with Buffalo Bore 158 gr LSWC HP rounds.
In my opinion, the 640 is, for me, the best compromise of weight, recoil control and shootability. Its double action trigger is similar to my current EDC, CZ 75 PCR compact 9mm. (Oh would I love for the CZ to have its DA trigger pull as good as the Smith's) The 640 is also blessed with a Crimson Trace laser grip. The logic is simple. Most unpleasant social encounter happen at night. Thus the laser. Highly visible at night, easy to get center mass hits. And yes I do practice with it in my club's tunnel with all lights off.
Unfortunately with practice you still grab them both the same but now the hammer on my M36 will bite me a little lol.Could be with practice, but I naturally grip those guns the same on the draw as a gun with a hammer spur.
Yeah they're close to as heavy as my Hellcat 9mm, if I'm putting over 20oz I'll take 11+1 thanks.The 640 is nice. I had one - a no dash all steel, not +P stamped. It was an anchor in my pocket. I let her go.
Until it recoils, then you have no choice. The Centennial frame will more naturally fill the hand. That of course is if you have grips small enough to fit in a pocket, a big ole set of Pachmyrs will negate the difference.Could be with practice, but I naturally grip those guns the same on the draw as a gun with a hammer spur.
Generally, there was I time I'd agree with you. But I did like the way the 642/442 carried so I set about working with the gun so that I competent with it.\
I am not a fan of shooting the 642/442, but carry is nice.
I got a response from TK Custom. They machine for moon clips 638’s like mine. Some of the earlier Bodyguard models they won’t.Interesting, TK Custom says it does not machine the cylinder of the Bodyguard. The 638 is a decedent of the Bodyguard but looks very similar to my 642 and 437.
I’ve queried TK Custom to see if they machine the 638.
I like my 642 & 637, but have never shot a 638. Is the 638 worth adding to the collection?I got my 638 back from TK Custom with the cylinder machined for moonclips.
Works great. Shoots DA well.
Now I have used to the cocking for the SA trigger. It is not the easiest to cock with the small protrusion of the hammer from the hump back.
I got the 638 in part due to this thread. The concept of a shrouded hammer that could activated for some SA shooting was interesting.I like my 642 & 637, but have never shot a 638. Is the 638 worth adding to the collection?