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Old April 16th, 2009, 08:20 PM   #1
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Hey Guys-

I'm planning to go next week and purchase one of these little revolvers. I am just trying to decide between the two. I really like the black look of the 442. My only reservation is that the stainless might hold up better. Am I worrying over nothing?







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Old April 16th, 2009, 08:50 PM   #2
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Had a 442 that I sold to finalfusion(Kris). Really regret getting rid of it, but will probably pick up a 642 to replace it. Maybe one of the lighter .357 models too. Not sure yet.



The 442 was a great gun. Pocket carried it for months in a pocket holster and it showed little wear. I too think the 642 might hold up better over longer time, though, and that's why I'm looking for something other than a 442. Would definitely feel comfortable with a 442 though.
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Old April 17th, 2009, 06:21 PM   #3
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thanks josh

anyone else had a 442?
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My wife just picked up a 642 with CT handle. Sweet little revolver.
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I actually prefer the 442 over the 642. The 642 seems to get scratched up on the cylinder and barrel. And rust is not an issue, as this was a concern for me when I got mine. The only reason that I bought the 442 over the 642 was that I got a deal on it, and I'm glad I did now. I'm not saying that it's better, just that I like it better.
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Old April 18th, 2009, 02:48 PM   #6
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Only the cylinder of the 642 is stainless. The rest of the gun is an alloy with a coating on it. The coating will wear off. Don't know about the durability of the 442 other than it also is a blued alloy receiver.



They are great guns for holster . . . IWB, OWB or pocket holster. A trigger job does wonders for these little guns.
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Old April 19th, 2009, 06:47 AM   #7
 
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I have to say that I made a mistake in my original post. I meant to say that the frame seemed to get scratched up more on the 642 than the 442, not the barrel and cylinder. Sorry, have the flu and can't think straight. Also, I have had good luck with the crimson trace defender series. I think there the 105's if I remember correctly.
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Old April 19th, 2009, 08:16 AM   #8
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I've carried a satin nickel 442 for years, the nickel is starting to wear off in places,

I also have a new 642 in the safe still in the box to replace the 442, but I keep carrying the 442, it's like an old friend.
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Old April 19th, 2009, 01:11 PM   #9
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i bought and sold to meeweeha a 642. i really did not care for it. i did however buy a SP-101 and LOVE that gun. that is a sweet snub nose. the recoil on the 642 is not bad, i just am PERSONALLY not accurate with the 642. i am however much more accureate witht the SP-101.
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The frames on both the 442 and 642 are aluminum with an anodized finish. The cylinder on the 642 is stainless, and the 442 cylinder is carbon steel. The anodizing will hold up OK as long as you do not use anything that is abrasive or otherwise damages anodizing.



I have a 642 in "stainless" finish and a 642 PowerPort in black with black stainless cylinder. The anodizing is on both is a matte finish that can attract gunshot residue, which is one reason why I prefer the black finish.



Don't be afraid of the carbon steel cylinder on the 442. I have several fine, old blued S&W revolvers that still retain their lustre and haven't rusted.
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Old January 10th, 2010, 02:53 PM   #11
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Does the 442 or 642 cost significantly less in your area?



As has been mentioned, I wouldn't worry too much about the finish on the 442's cylinder, barrel & yoke. We got along with blued revolvers as working guns for quite a number of years. A little care helps keep things in good shape.



Personally, I find my M&P 340 and my 37 look 'cleaner' faster than my 642's ...
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Old January 10th, 2010, 04:21 PM   #12
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My opinion is... it really comes down to personal preference. Would you rather have a Black or Silvery pistol? I prefer the black because it's less reflective and may be easier to conceal. "Stainless" might have more of a visual impact should you need to use it.

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Originally Posted by fastbolt' post='236782' date='Jan 10 2010, 02:53 PM
Does the 442 or 642 cost significantly less in your area?
Bud's has both for $444, their least expensive S&W revolvers.



15-16 oz. is probably a pretty good weight compromise for an all around .38+p. A little heavier on the recoil than heavy in the pocket. At about 11 oz. I thought the 340PD was just too light. It's recoil was unpleasant with .38+p, but excruciating with .357 Mag. The recoil of the 9 oz. LCP/CT w/Buffalo Bore I am now carrying (recently switched from Speer Gold Dot) is roughly comparable to my 13 oz. M&P360/CT w/.38+p, but the LCP vanishes in the pocket of my summer clothing.



Edit: Added, and edited, LCP/CT comparison.
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Old January 31st, 2010, 02:20 PM   #13
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Just picked up a 442 two days ago. I love this revolver. Killer deal at a LE S&W dealer $375.00. Don't have to be a cop to buy either. They say they buy from S&W at 10% lower than everyone else, because of the large volume compared to most stores. You can also get M&P for about $100.00 less than most shops. The black finish of the 442 is much better in person than on a computer screen. As far as were issues, I'll let you know in two years.
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I have and carry an older 442 with the silver/clearcoat finish. Mine is pre lock so it's been around a while. I've shot the gun considerably and it has held up fine. Mine is not rated at +p but that's what I carry as well as a shot shell. The finish has worn off in spots on mine, but any gun you carry a lot will have marks. you do have to practice with these if you want to hit anything beyond 10 feet. It took a while to get a smooth trigger pull with the small grip. With a good holster this gun will disappear on your body or ankle. I do have a pocket holster I use in the winter with my Pea Coat and this works well also. Good Luck
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Originally Posted by len' post='202399' date='Apr 18 2009, 05:48 PM
Only the cylinder of the 642 is stainless. The rest of the gun is an alloy with a coating on it. The coating will wear off. Don't know about the durability of the 442 other than it also is a blued alloy receiver.



They are great guns for holster . . . IWB, OWB or pocket holster. A trigger job does wonders for these little guns.


Just got my 442, and it's a wonderful little gun. Len - what do you suggest for the trigger job? Goodness, it takes two men and a boy to motivate the DA. We put it on a Lyman pull measurement device and it exceed the 15 pound limit! My tiny little wife would never be able to do much with it other than pull it out and throw it at a bad guy.
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