Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by fiVe, May 13, 2005.
JohnBT: Feel free to consider yourself a member of the 642 Club.
Convinced me... Got me interested in a pocket gun.
Did the research, liked what I saw and headed to the gun store to buy a 642. Got there, looked around and saw the 638 which has a partially enclosed hammer which can be manualy cocked and fired single action.
I've gone from being a full sized auto carry guy to carrying that 638 about 3/4 of the time now.
Ain't THR great!
"Feel free to consider yourself a member of the 642 Club."
Thank you, thank you very much.
Bought mine as soon as I moved to Alabama from THR's own Mr. Ala Dan!
And, now that my six month residency wait is over and I have my CCW, its my main carry gun in a simple Uncle Mikes pocket holster. I am very happy with it!
('Course being originally from Maryland it does seem weird to have a carry license! )
For anyone that's still on the fence here are a couple of beauty shots of my 642.
The grips are custom and the Pocket Holster is from K&D Holsters
Drawing from this holster in a pocket is rocket fast and reholstering is effortless.
congrats, but you didnt have to wait 6 months living in Al. to get your ccw permit here.
HighVelocity: VERY nice pics. Thanks for posting them!
My wife and I both carry them. Her all the time, me most of the time. Otherwise I have my S&W 457.
I joined the club a few months ago. It conceals very well in a pocket holster. The recoil bothered me at first but now it's no problem. My carry ammo is 125 gr +p gold dots. I haven't been able to find the 135 gr
Anybody carry their 642 in an IWB holster? I think it would help get me used to carrying bigger guns such as my Glock 19 or 1911 if I was used to something "being there". (I have a Bianchi IWB for my 642 as well as an Uncle Mikes Pocket). Thanks.
Greyhound my friend, many thanks for the intro-
Yes, I too have a soon too be 30 year old J-frame IWB holster from the
John Bianchi stable of leather goods. It has served me well since 1976.
My S&W models 37, 60 (old model), and 642 all ride well in this quality
I use a Bob Mika, about $15 for jacket and pants pocket carry. Uncle Mike's works, but you car reholster single handed with Bob's since it has a spring steel reinforcement at the mouth. It also provides the opportunity to get a full grip before removing the 642, or Body Guard.
I'm trying to find a little longer grip for my 642. I need to be able to get my pinky wraped around it a little better. I'm open to suggestions, I'm thinkin' no wood grips here.
rcm... the perfect j-frame grip for shooting pleasure and control (for me, anyway) is Pachmayr Compac. Not the smallest grip on the market, but arguably the nicest. Here are a pair on my 640-1... with the perfect spot made just for the little finger to rest... and these grips make shooting .357 loads moderately comfortably from the all steel J-frame. They absorb recoil very well.
DHart: As always, GREAT pics.
I just got back from vacation (to Houston & San Antonio). I carried the 642 almost the whole time. It was great--further proof that this is one of the best carrying guns made.
I have my eye on a pre-lock 642 in the box and w/o a scratch on it. Anyone know if this gun should be priced at a premium v. the newer ones w/the lock? Is the finish any better on the pre-lock version?
This thread got me VERY interested in the 642, thanks to all.
took my 642 "locked version" out for the first time today.......it handles as i expected any other snubby light weight to do.
but one thing that stood out above all the other snubbys i have, this one with wwb 130gr. fmj was bouncing a 2 liter soda bottle around with every shot at 15 yards. the best i could do with my other snubbys was 4 out of 5, and 4 out of 6 with my 64-2, but my 642 did it 5/5 for three full cylinders.
this is a good gun!
i did a side by side with my 642 and my Taurus 850CIA Titanium, the Taurus handled quite a bit quicker due to its ported barrel, i even tried shooting it from the hip with my hand shielding my face in case i got the infamous "blast from the ported barrel", nothing......the cylinder gap blast heated up my lower belly a bit but nothing bad.
not to high-jack the thread, but i really have to give Taurus credit its outstanding 850cia Ti.
Bought a 642 a couple of years back, got a great deal on it, and put a box of 50 through it and was really unhappy with the action. Wicked bad heavy trigger pull and gritty to boot. Almost impossible to shoot, never mind with any accuracy.
I was going to do 'something' about it but got distracted by a couple of Makarovs - E. German and Bulgarian - so I put the 642 away and sort of forgot about it.
A few months ago, I dug it out and did the following:
1. Reduced power mainspring from Wolff. I left the trigger return spring alone.
2. Lubed the internals with Militec oil/grease where appropriate. (The innerds were dry as a bone.) And thanks to all the posters here and on TFL for advice on how-to remove the side plate, etc.
Result? Fantastic difference - I can actually shoot the thing pretty well and it's 100% reliable with over 250 rounds so far. No problem with +P ammo either.
(I know that many object to reduced power mainsprings but there you have it.)
I am thinking about sending my new 642 to BC Armory for a Duty Tune. Any Opinions?
Got my new 642 this week but have yet to shoot it. BTW, is LIMITED use of Federal Hydra-Shok 147gr. +P+ okay in the 642 or no go??
I have always been a auto guy. As my name implies, I'm partial to the 1911. A few weeks ago I bought a Colt Trooper III from a friend. I enjoyed shooting it. I really enjoyed shooting it. So much that I ran across a 642 yesterday. It was almost new with only like 15 rds through it. I bought it for $300 from it's only owner. Did I do good? I can't wait to fire a few rds through it.
Jmag... in that gun I'd shoot .38 spl. for practice with only a few occasional +P loads for practice, then carry with +P. But NO +P+ at all!
DHart, thanks for that. It makes sense to me.
For those with FINISH problems on the 642...
A thought for those who might be having finish problems with their 642... I think the ultimate finish on a 642 would be hard chrome, with NP-3 or hard chrome on the internals... that would be a 642 with a finish to last a lifetime plus and have a super slick action as well. If my 642 ever presented any finish "issues" whatsoever, rather than refinish at S&W, I'd send it off for hard chrome with NP-3 on the internals.
Another 642 fan
Good posts as always, and some good care-and-feeding tips.
I sold a Glock 27 last year with the idea of replacing it with a c/c revolver. It's a great little gun, but blocky, and I had reservations about using it as a c/c piece. I was looking at a 65 and a 649 during a show in Richmond ... one of the guys working the booth walked me through the pros and cons of both, and the 642 as well. I bought the 642 ... and haven't looked back. Thankfully I've not been tested, but after several hundred range rounds I'm confident inside 10 yards.
I now use an Uncle Mike's pocket holster, but after seeing the reviews here and on the S&W Forum I will be ordering a Round-cut pocket holster from Robert Mika ... fits OK in my Dockers pockets, though tight in jeans. There is a tiny bit of scuff on the cylinder, but not enough to be disfiguring. The only "customizing" I've done to swap in a set of Pachmayr grips.
Between this and a Model 36 in the bedroom safe (unlocked when I am home), there's something accessible all the time. Not paranoid, just cautious.
If you're thinking about the 642 -- if it fits your criteria for size/weight, capacity, etc. you won't be sorry. r/
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