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

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  1. Mongo the Mutterer

    Mongo the Mutterer Member

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    My fiancee and I picked up two 642s yesterday. Both of us love them!

    I was putting holes in holes at 7 yrd standing on my second round of 5 rds. :)
     
  2. mquaack

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    I just bought a S&W 642 !!!!

    The 642 is a perfect pocket weapon. I will be carrying it in a pocket holster and a speed strip for my ammo.

    It is going to be replacing my Glock 26. I am trying to lighten my carry load.

    :)
     
  3. Mongo the Mutterer

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    mquaack -- welcome.
     
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    Sorry if this has been posted before:

    How do I clean my S&W 642? Just the barrel and outside. Can I use Hoppes on the barrel followed with oil and just clean the outside with oil?

    BYW the date on my new 642 is 06-14-2005

    :)
     
  6. crazyneddie

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    Well I don't have a 642, but I picked up a NIB condition Model 60 .357 snubbie for 250$. I am having the hammer bobbed as I was really looking for the internal or hidden hammer model. So untill I get a 642 is this close enough to get me a temp pass into the 642 club? :uhoh:
     
  7. fiVe

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    crazyneddie/mquaack/mongo: WELCOME!

    Stephen Camp: As always, your reviews are professionally, thoroughly, and accurately done. As the 642 is my favorite, I am glad you took the time to acquire/test one. It just solidifies my preference in this CCW piece. Thanks so much for posting your demo. Question for you: I have found that I am more accurate w/ 125gr ammo. Do you think this is more of a issue with the shooter than the revolver?

    It warms my heart to see so how popular this thread is and how many converts we have influenced.

    Humbled regards,
    fiVe
     
  8. HighVelocity

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    Wow 6 pages of love for the 642. :D I had no idea it was so popular.
     
  9. Mongo the Mutterer

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    HighVelocity -- fiancee and I did a LOT of research and shopping. Looked at NAA, Kel-Tec, Kahr, and so on.

    Our opinion -- best bangs for the bucks. Also, never owned a SW. Now we do. :D
     
  10. Stephen A. Camp

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    Hello, fiVe. The accuracy question you pose seems to depend as much on the individual revolver and brand of ammunition than the particular weight of the bullet in my observations. I have not really checked to see but a couple of groups I fired with the older Model 642 essentially wallowed out a hole with the 125-gr. Nyclads while the 158-gr. LSWCHP's were just a bit more spread out. Was this due to slightly heavier recoil from the latter or does this particular revolver "like" the Nyclad load better? IF it is true that the gun shoots the 125-gr. Federal Nyclads better, that does not necessarily mean that it would shoot other makers' ammo in that bullet weight as well. It might, but there is no
    absolute on that so far as I can tell.

    Best.
     
  11. popeye
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    Well I'm kind of a tubbo... 6'1", 240 lbs. I just don't get the LW thing. I just traded a lockable 442 for a 60. I guess I'm not LW compatible. I've got a penchiant for totin' around junk. Two different mutitools, one big, one small. A magnifing glass with no handle with a small AAA streamlite tethered to it, a Spyderco emergency knife (flat serrated length of blade), silver dollar money clip, and a + and - 3" screwdriver in my shirt pocket. So carrying my 640 .38 spec. don't seem like much extra weight. I know, how dumb am I?

    Oops! Forgot my .042. Thats for when I wear my tuxedo.
     
  12. P95loser

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    at the beginning of the thread, everyone was talking about a bag holster for your pants... why not just use a crown royal bag?

    btw i own a 637 and i like the hammer, why does everyone like hammerless?
     
  13. Matthew_Q

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    Can I join the club if I end up getting a 637?

    I have a Colt Mustang that is just not reliable, and I've been thinking about a snubby for CCW (when I get off my butt and get my CHL, that is!), and the 637 is likely going to be the one. I likely won't carry it on my person much, as I can't carry at work, and am not supposed to keep a firearm in my vehicle. It'll likely stay in the glovebox or center console most of the time, though it will be carried when I'm not going to work. Likely IWB.
     
  14. Mongo the Mutterer

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    hammerless = no way to gum up the hammer with pocket garb like lint.
     
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    I've got to throw my opinion in here as well. I love my 642. I've had it about 4 months and it goes everywhere I go (except work). I usually carry it in a fobus paddle holster under my shirt but sometimes use a Milt Sparks pocket holster when I can't wear it on my hip.

    I've also just bought one for my wife. She's been wanting a carry gun so we talked and the 642 was it. I think the combination of light weight, small size, and decent power work great.
     
  16. C96

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    Coming in here kinda late, great thread on a great little piece.

    I've had mine for about ten - twelve years, got a Kramer pocket holster which
    works very nicely, although a bit spendy compared to some mentioned here.

    The lightweight makes it easy to carry in most pockets including jacket pockets
    without some big sagging going on. A great little carry piece.

    allan
     
  17. I too just bought a new 642-2. I was told however to not dry fire them without using snap caps.

    I carry mine in an Uncle Mike's pocket holster.

    I sold a Glock 19 to make way for the 642, because even the 19 was getting too big and heavy for me to carry comfortably.
     
  18. TarpleyG

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    Lemme guess--guy at the gunstore told you this, right? :rolleyes: Guess what, he makes money selling those snap caps and it will not hurt your gun to dry fire it without them. You can do a search here and see topic upon topic debating it.

    Greg
     
  19. fiVe

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    I've been dry firing mine since I got it with no adverse effects. Doing that has helped smooth out the trigger, too.
     
  20. deputydon

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    I guess I joined the "club" a couple of weeks ago. Traded a model 10 & 15 for a NIB 642 w/Crimson Trace grips on it. OK, I had to give a little boot :eek: . Haven't had a chance to shoot it yet but will try some swc target loads I had laying around. Also loaded a few +P 158gr HP too. I have gone from a .380 Sig 230 to a Keltec P3-AT in quest of lighter guns. Methinks that the .380 is also a bit small and wanted the .38 for more power. What ammo do you guys recommend for carry purposes? There is a show this W/E and I want to pick up some to try. The 642 will become my primary carry when I get it shaken out. -Don
     
  21. fiVe

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    deputydon: I think the general consensus is Speer Gold Dot 135gr hollowpoints, but I am finding that I personnally have better success with the 125gr hollowpoints from Remington and Federal. YMMV.

    Safe shooting.

    R/fiVe
     
  22. Mongo the Mutterer

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    ditto on the gold dots
     
  23. Yes, but it did him no good, as I already had .38 special snap caps.

    It's good to know it won't hurt to dry fire.

    I took my 642 to the range last week, and it fired great. In fact, I'm considering trading my Taurus 851 for a 2nd 642, because the weight change between the two has made a big difference for me carrying it.
     
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  24. dgludwig

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    The (so far :) ) Page Seven Club! I've been toting a 640 for the past year and have been rationalizing the over-weight dilemma (you know, it's not reallythat heavy; heavier guns are easier to control, etc.). But it really is a mite heavy for pocket/ankle carry (especially for its size-if you're going to carry a 22 oz. pistol, you may as well use one that holds a lot more bullets!), so I've decided to get me one of those 642s! I've seen no reason, by the way, to pay any more for a pocket holster than what Uncle Mike wants. I still like the 640 a lot and have no plans of getting rid of it. The extra weight is of little consequence riding in my wife's purse or in the glovebox of her car.

    I do have one question though: does anybody have any idea why S&W wants $131.00 more for their Model 442 over the Model 642 (MSRP for the 442 is $600.00; for the 642 $469.00)? The only differences I can see are the 442 has a blue finish as opposed to the 642's matte finish; the 442 has a carbon steel cylinder as opposed to the 642's s/s one and the 442 has a removable black front sight blade (the one difference I would prefer) as opposed to the 642's fixed matte finished front sight.

    May the club continue to grow and prosper!
     
  25. warriorsociologist

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    EDC in a Nemisis w/ 135gr GDHP. Great minds seem to think alike. :cool:
     
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