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Should I get the 442 Pro Series, Standard 442, or 642?

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Old August 9th, 2013, 03:44 PM   #1
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Should I get the 442 Pro Series, Standard 442, or 642?

I'm looking to get a revolver for a back up gun. This will be my first revolver purchase ever. I plan to carry it in a pocket holster. I've been reading about the difference between the 642/442 as I'm considering both but I like the black matte finish better. I like the idea of the Stainless cylinder on the 642 but as I stated I really like the black but the 442 is a Carbon Steel cylinder. I found that the Pro Series model 442 Moon Clip is a SS cylinder and is of course the black finish that I desire. It also comes machined for moon clips which is an added bonus even though I probably wouldn't put the moon clip thing to use considering it'll be a BUG.

So my question is: Is the Carbon Steel cylinder on the standard 442 prone to rust as some have stated? Or would it be fine with proper care? Or is the Pro Series 442 a better option and worth the extra cash? Or will the 642 hold up best out of all as far as finish is concerned?

If you could get the Pro Series 442 for the same price would you opt for that?
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Old August 10th, 2013, 07:09 AM   #2
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Great questions. I wrestled with the very same concerns when I was in the market for a new EDC. In my opinion you cannot go wrong with any of them. The moon clip thing is nothing to get excited about, but the pro does have a smother trigger right out of the box. That is the only advantage I see with the pro. The standard 442/642 will get the same smoother trigger with use. Does the pro have the internal lock? If so, avoid it. Beware the internal lock!

About the carbon steel cylinder (and barrel) in the 442, that is not always the case. S&W has built them using the same stainless steel parts in the past, just coated black. It is impossible to know what it is unless you take a magnet with you into the gun store. Even then, some stainless is slightly magnetic. It's hit and miss with the 442 being carbon steel. Most are.

I went with the 642 and love it. It's a nasty little gun with a big bark. I was not as concerned about the color as I was about the material. I too prefer black but need stainless, and the 642 is for sure SS. Nobody can see the color when it's concealed.

Ask yourself this: do you want the guy your about to pop to see the gun you have pointed at him? I hope that if I ever have to draw on someone, they see it, turn tail and run like hell. You never know, shinny can be a good thing.

A 642 loaded up with 148gn hardcast wadcutters is my primary carry, with a speed-strip or two of Speer Gold Dot 135gn +P short barrel. Wicked. Shoot one using +P and you'll know what I mean.

I do not feel under-gunned wearing this thing, it is enough for my daily in-town activities.

Good luck with your decision.
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Old August 10th, 2013, 03:13 PM   #3
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About the carbon steel cylinder (and barrel) in the 442, that is not always the case. S&W has built them using the same stainless steel parts in the past, just coated black. It is impossible to know what it is unless you take a magnet with you into the gun store. Even then, some stainless is slightly magnetic. It's hit and miss with the 442 being carbon steel. Most are.
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The grades of stainless steels (typically 400-series) used in firearm manufacture are far more than "slightly magnetic". They are about as magnetic as carbon steel and a magnet is no help in telling which is which.

As to an uncoated, just blued carbon steel cylinder, yes it will certainly rust unless you use great care in keeping it clean, dry and oiled. Personally, I'd give up on the appearance and get the more functional carry gun.
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The grades of stainless steels (typically 400-series) used in firearm manufacture are far more than "slightly magnetic". They are about as magnetic as carbon steel and a magnet is no help in telling which is which.

As to an uncoated, just blued carbon steel cylinder, yes it will certainly rust unless you use great care in keeping it clean, dry and oiled. Personally, I'd give up on the appearance and get the more functional carry gun.
You are right about that.

To the OP: Get the 642 and some snap caps.


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Old August 11th, 2013, 07:44 AM   #5
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Things to watch out for when buying a Airweight J-Frame:
  • Canted Barrel
  • Cracked Frame
Lots of these guns come from the factory with canted barrels. Check the front sight before buying to avoid having to send it in to get fixed. It should be straight up & down. Look closely.

I have heard of brand-new guns having cracked frames. This is a pain as it involves a new serial number and FFL fee. The frames crack on the flat that is located just under where the barrel screws in, just above the yoke. The crack is from over torquing the barrel at the factory. Actually, both problems are from over torquing.

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