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The 642 club

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

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  1. fiVe

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    Another humbling milestone...

    What is the 642 Club? Just a place to hang a snubnose post? No. We are a testament to a very popular revolver. We are a front-line, almost real-time, almost face-to-face, first-rate reference, with a vast wealth of knowledge on grips, ammo, carry methods, etc. I am proud of this, particularly with all the new members coming on board.

    Without a doubt, this thread itself has become a vital accessory to the 642. And we are trying to positively influence the manufacture of new 642 accessories with the Hogue grips petition.

    Instead of asking “What is the 642 Club?”, we should really ask “Who is the 642 Club?”. We are a band of friendly, decent folk who have bonded (albeit maybe loosely) around a very cool snubnose revolver. This is a good thread because it is made up of good people, and together we have created a warm, decent place on the web.

    I’m thankful we have such a quality board on which to exist. The High Road is a beacon on the internet and a standard that every board should follow. Thank you, Oleg and moderators for letting us be here. I do hope we will be seen as a thread with substance and not just size. While I do have a life outside THR, I am proud of my membership here.

    When I created post #1, I never could have imagined this thread would grow to over 5000 posts and I never could have do it alone. In other words, this happened because of you--over 600 of you--not me. So....thanks. What’s next? I think we should keep doing what we’ve been doing--stay friendly, post your range reports, post your reviews on ammo, holsters, etc., help the newbies, and if you discover/experience anything new with your 642, be sure to share it.

    I hope this thread is as big a blessing to you as it is to me.
    Safe shootin’.

    Peace,
    fiVe
     
  2. rdrancher

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    In celebration of n-u-m-b-e-r-f-i-v-e-t-h-o-u-s-a-n-d...I, and my faithful companion Wondersnubby will be playing crowd control at a teenage birthday party this evening.

    Wish us luck!

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  4. DAdams

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    I brought a few friends. Congratulations fiVe, and the members who make The 642 Club the great place it is. ;)

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    Congrats 642 Club.

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    What this Club NEEDS is ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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    This is just amazing. A few years ago, when I first thought of picking up a 642, I never would have imagined something like this club and this thread.

    Even though it took me a while to get my 642, and I don't really stop by here too much, I am proud of this club and all the members!

    Thanks, guys (and gals), for all of the great info.
     
  7. jt1

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    Well, of course, it is us. And it is you. I am honored to be counted among the ranks of the 642 Club and am looking forward to the next 5000.

    Long live the kiNg.

    Oh, "gun" :scrutiny:
     
  8. ardito40

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    5001 Celebration

    fiVe - Well done, good and faithful servant! A fine speech it is.

    I'm proud to be a member of this great group of five shooters! You've all been so friendly, tolerant of my ignorance, and very informative.

    Here's to another 5001 or so!

    :)
     
  9. glockman19

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    A Special Thanks to FiVe, again, for starting the thread.

    Another Thanks to everyone who has participated and helped everyone else by sharing experiences. I would not own a 642 & 442 had it not been for this thread. Next for me will be a Model 640 or 60 Haven't decided yet.

    A Quick recap of where we began and where we are headed:

    Post 1............... May 13th, 2005, 06:22 AM
    Post 1,000......... October 28th, 2006, 09:20 PM..........534 Days
    Post 2,000......... March 16th, 2007, 05:46 AM............139 Days
    Post 3,000......... May 8th, 2007, 10:41 PM................53 Days
    Post 4,000......... August 6th, 2007, 07:05 PM............63 Days
    Post 5,000......... November 3, 2007, 02:58 PM...........89 Days
     
  10. MassMark

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    I've been floating about the Information Superhighway for many years now. It seems like yesterday when I was buzzing through on IRC or chatting on PowWow. I joined my first forum back in 1996 - time and tides have erased the memory of that place. They will be hard pressed to erase the memory of being a member of this thread.

    I have said before and still maintain that The High Road and The 642 Club serve as an island in a sea of Internet insanity. Thank you to all of you for being so welcoming and for your comradeship. Thank you to fiVe for clicking that return key and creating a unique spot to put your feet near the fire and roast a few marshmellows....Here's to post 10,000 642-Heads!!! :cool
     
  11. lanternlad1

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    What is the maximum round rating for the 642? Who here has the record for most rounds? Mine has no rounds yet, but I'll change that tomorrow. :)
     
  12. electrode1998

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    Get together???!!!

    Hey ya'll,
    I know this is a slim chance of happening but wouldn't it be great if we could find a large enough place to have a 642 club shooting match? Maybe somewhere in the somewhat middle of the country and whomever is available, go there to have a fun weekend of shooting, stories and food.

    I know it is problbly a pipe dream but it would be fun. The 5000 post got me thinking.
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  13. hunter55

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    642 Club

    A long time ago, in a land far away, (little people in black pj's) I learned to use an autoloading handgun. I carried one every day and on several occasions was required to deploy it to protect life and liberty. After returning to the "world", and becoming a productive member of polite society, I continued to be attached to the slab-sided, heavy caliber equalizer I had become familiar with in my youth. As time wore on, I became curious about other options and began to explore the possibility that another form of protection may be just as useful, and easier to tote around all day.
    Enter the 642 Club. After spending significant time reading through this information, I became more and more convinced that so many bright people, with the same needs as me, were praising this small piece of hardware that they must be on to something. After further research, and several trips to area gun shops, I became the proud owner of this hammerless, light weight, short barrelled piece of historic technology. It now travels with me daily, and is my reminder that sometimes, the best answer to a problem is to draw on the experience of like-minded people. Thank you members of the 642 Club. Your helpful insight and practical information continues to be a source of knowledge and ongoing enlightenment.
     
  14. fastbolt

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    Sometimes, with a little bit of technological assistance and update, the 'old ways' remain viable and effective.

    I consider the 'modernized' S&W J-frame revolvers to be in this category.

    Yesterday, while wandering around the valleys and hills on my motorcycle, I was able to carry two of them and completely forget I was carrying them.

    Kind of like my well-worn, ultra-thin flat badge wallet. Unlike the thicker wallets I carried many years ago, which caused me some discomfort, I only feel my flat badge wallet when I reach for it.

    I like these little revolvers well enough that I want to attend one of the S&W DAO Revolver armorer classes for them.

    I'm also considering picking up one of the new Model 40's in nickel early next year. (I miss my M36 3" Heavy Barrel nickel J-frame which I foolishly sold off when I was a young cop.) I'm torn between one of those and another 3913, except this time one of the 3913TSW's. I might have to give up trying to decide and get both. ;)

    Although I already owned a couple of J-frames before starting to post in this thread, including a 642-1, since first participating in it I've bought two more, doubling my collection of these useful little revolvers. I can think of at least a couple of more of them that interest me ... once I pick up that nickeled M40, anyway.
     
  15. jt1

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    lanternlad1 - Welcome to the 642 club. Glad you're here. Highest round count? I lost track some time ago, but I'm sure it's not me.

    This has been discussed, when the time is right it will happen!
     
  16. DAdams

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    lanternlad1, my 642-2 round count is still under 500, so I know I am no recordholder. Largest commercial round I am aware of is Buffalo Bore's:

    Heavy .38 Special +P Short Barrel Low Flash
    Item No. 20A/20 158 gr. L.S.W.C.H.P.--G.C. (1,000fps/M.E. 351 ft.lbs.) Per Box of 20 $20.99

    jt1-

    Is it soup yet.?? :D What's the hold up? :rolleyes:
    You should have prototype finished by now.

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  17. AStone

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    RE: club gathering(s)

    Given fuel prices,
    and how busy many are,
    long travel may be problematic.

    I don't do air travel because:
    1) I'd have to check the 642;
    2) some other reasons
    (stale peanuts, lost baggage,
    canceled flights, rude gate agents, etc,
    all of which left a ... taste in my mouth).

    So, maybe local/regional club gatherings to start?

    Unless somebody's got a transporter handy ...

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    I didn't know jellyfish had ears that large! I guess I missed that in biology; was probably asleep. Now trigonometry, there's the thing. I soaked all that stuff in!

    Glad to be a part of the celebration for 5000 posts! Most of mine (nearing 200) have been here. This is a wonderful place to hang around.:D
     
  19. S.O.D.

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    Congrats on a great thread fiVe! I have a feeling we'll hit 10k before you can blink.

    I am picking up my 642 this weekend! I'll report back with pics and a range report as soon as I am able.
     
  20. electrode1998

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    Hey Nem.
    I agree about the regional meetings. Flying is not an option and gas is way way too expensive. Maybe we can work on a regional meeting and post the pics.
    Besides I don't know if any of you yankees can handle the spicy food from here (quiet laughter).

    We all like you northern folks anyway.

    E'trode
     
  21. lanternlad1

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    I'm a Yankee (from CT) who has lived in Texas for ten years. Bring on the spicy food!!!
     
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