The 642 club

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by fiVe, May 13, 2005.

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  1. AStone

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    Yours is a good explanation of a potential problem with the Hogue J-frame grip plan, Uga.
    That will be useful, me thinks, in discussions with Hogue.

    Ah, that's the spirit. :D
     
  2. electrode1998

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    Hey guys,
    I just signed the petition and JT thanks for the holster info.

    Later,
    e'trode
     
  3. Headless

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    Signed! Thanks for the link. Good stuff.
     
  4. Harvster

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    Time for a name change

    191 pages!!! I think it may be time to change the name to the 642 army! Count me as the newest recruit. As of 3 PM today I am the proud owner of a shiny new 642.
     
  5. DAdams

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    Harvster

    Welcome to the 642 Club where membership, no doubt, has its privileges.

    We look forward to any questions you may have and welcome your active participation. I bet you will really like your 642.
     
  6. jt1

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    Harvster - Welcome to the 642 club. We await you offical photos.

    ALL - I have posted the petition in the 1945 to present revolver section at the S&W forum.
     
  7. AStone

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    Signed (#26).

    Darn it: I forgot to add a comment,
    and there appears no way to edit. :(
     
  8. Phydeaux642

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    Harvester - Welcome to the clubhouse. Let us know what you think of the little beastie after your first range trip.

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    "Phydeaux, bad dog....no biscuit!"
     
  9. phreeq

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    Signed. Thanks for doing this, jt
     
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    Anyone have photos of a 642 with a drilled front sight night sight installation?
     
  11. ranger58

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    familyman2

    welcome, take a look at tucker's IWB, bought one awhile back that is how i carry my 642 all the time, leaves room in pockets for other stuff kind of nice, i do have the mika round nose also for pocket carry when i need to.:)



    R58

    p.s. order rough out if you do.
     
  12. MassMark

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    Good morning fellow members and welcome all new 642-Heads!... :cool:
    I am continually amazed by the life this thread has in it - credit it to the people. I am far from a regular contributor, (just not much to add), but read page after page with delight. If one can be proud of membership to an Internet community, this is certainly it. I do hope that folks keep a "642 Club Annual Shoot Barbeque And Post Range Grog Festival" in mind someday - would be a hoot, (pardon the pun Night Owls) to meet you all.

    As for my 642, it just keeps humming along. I am a weekly visitor to my indoor range - where I sometimes just shoot a cylinder or two on the way home from work, or set up for some more serious range time. I am a student and believer in "point shooting". I rarely use the sights for target shooting, as I do not look at my 642 as a target gun. Part of this came out of early frustration at trying to use the CT's as a primary sight, (my mistake). Since then, the CT's have become an aid in self defense and I hardly notice them. I stopped trying for tight groups and high score and started focusing on "draw, point, fire, center mass, reload". I am far from accomplished, but have become fairly proficient - the 642 feels now like an extension of my finger - with a major bark ;)

    Round count is hovering around 2,000 (in less than a year!). This includes over 1,500-rounds of Speer 135gr GDHP +P. I can't say enough about what a superb cartridge Speer has produced. I know there's literally a plethora of designer rounds for this fine little snubbie, but Speer has a winner in the 135. So far, no signs of flame cutting from the punchy 135 - though the gun is absolutely not looking new and pretty anymore - well, it's still pretty.... ;) The trigger is superb and though I support freedom to spend one's money as they see fit, I'm personally puzzled as to why folks modify their trigger - mine is as smooth as butter....As for carry, my Mika get's the nod all the time. With Winter approaching, I'll likely be searching for a belt carry rig and still am trying to solve car cross-draw carry.

    Anyway, ramble over. I just wanted to say hello to all the fine members here and reinforce what a joy my Smith and Wesson 642CT has been and continues to be - it's proving to be one of the best firearm purchase I have ever made...Take care out there gang....

    Mark
     
  13. jt1

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    MassMark - This statement is so far from the truth I just have to call you on it. A case in point is this line from the same post:
    As we have discussed previously point shooting is the way to go in most SD situations and most folks will revert to it by instinct as soon as the stress hits so it makes sense to train that way, and I do almost exclusively. Point practice along with Close Quarters Combat drills go hand in hand and are exactly what is needed in a real world engagements. So don't tell us you have little to contribute here:)!

    Here are two good references for point shooting and CQC. This one is pretty much the bible of SD shooting and is highly recommend, If you have only one book this is the one to have.

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    This one is the Classic, some good point/combat in the last few chapters, but the whole book is great for mental conditioning and situational awareness.

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    There are some others worth studying as well, I'll post more later if there is an interest.
     

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    Hey MassMark,
    I have an idea for your cross-draw-carry in your vehicle delima. Right now I simply stuff my pocket carry holster inbetween the seat and the middle section of my truck seat. The tight fit holds my 642 and holster perfectly with the butt sticking out perfectly right next to my right leg.

    I also have it hidden by the right arm rest and I have practiced several times drawing and aiming and this system works well.

    I don't know what you drive but this works well for a truck.

    Hope this helps,
    e'trode
     
  15. MassMark

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    Jt1: - You are too kind! Thanks for the reading advice - will be picking up Col. Applegate's book ASAP. Perhaps it will help reinforce some of what I've been doing on my own.

    e'trode: Thanks for the tip. I drive an Xterra and your option would be feasible, but I'm not certain legal here in the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts - I'll have to check. Back pocket carry has been my only friend, (though a tad uncomfortable), while driving - I also have a messenger bag on the seat. I tried a crossdraw holster I picked up at a show, but it was all wrong. Going to keep up the search....
     
  16. AStone

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    MassMark,
    I gotta agree with JT.

    It's about quality,
    not quantity. ;)

    Nem (who may be scarce in the club house for a couple of weeks ...
    BIG new project starting at work ... :uhoh: )
     
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    Uga,

    I've been to every page on that link, but don't CCR.
     
  19. MassMark

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    Nem: I had to look a bit, but found it through a Google search which led me to a direct link: Mitch Rosen CCR

    Looks interesting, but expensive. I'm almost thinking of a Fobus Roto, but am unsure how I'll do with the paddle in that position - at least I can take it back if it does not work. Will have to talk to the "Money God" about this one....Thanks for the heads up usaarguy - looks like a sweet rig! :cool:
     
  20. jt1

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    Mark - Have you ever used a Fobus? I recommend you stay as far away from them as you can. Good concept, very poor execution. They hold the gun so secure that half the time you cannot get it out and when you do it makes enough noise to scare the BG away.
     
  21. Bainx

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    Just checkin back in guys after having surfed and read nearly 100 pages of postings of 642 owners.
    I can tell you without reservation, the 642 is the gun I would have on me if I had no other.:)
     
  22. MassMark

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    jt1: Thanks for the heads-up! No, I've never used a Fobus. I have a Kydex from Uncle Mikes for my old, old Glock22, but never used anything by Fobus. Looks like the search continues.... ;)
     
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    MassMark - This one looks promising, I have been meaning to order one. Now you got me interested again so I think I will. I believe DA posted this one awhile back

    http://www.activeprogear.com/model17.html

    This one is interesting, but I think the Mod. 17 might be the way to go: http://www.fist-inc.com/holsters/holster/42.htm

    Bainx - Welcome back. I doubt you'll get any argument about the virtues of the 642 here.
     
  24. AStone

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    Mark, I see it now. Thanks.

    Agreed: looks nice, but expensive indeed.
    I guess if I lived and drove in
    larger city bad neighborhoods regularly,
    it would be worth it.

    Nevertheless, I'll follow your cross draw holster explorations
    because I've considered one for the mule.

    Bainx, welcome back.

    Hey, only 92 pages to go. :p

    JT, that Applegate and Janick book looks very intriguing.

    It's getting mixed reviews on amazon,
    but I wonder if those giving it negative reviews
    are carrying j-frames.

    Nem (just ending a long day at work ... sleepy time ... )
     
  25. electrode1998

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    Hey MassMark,
    I'm sorry I did not pay attention to the communist state you live in. Down here your car is legally considered an extension of your home so you can carry openly in your car. Although the way I have it in my truck is most likely considered concealed.
    Give me a good reason to get my CCW permit so I can have permission to defend myself.
    Since Hurricaine Katrina in 2005 our local crime rate has gone a little crazy. I wish New Orleans would take back what they sent us. Sorry about the ramble this is more suited for another forum.

    Talk to you later,
    e'trode
     
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