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S&W M638 5RD 38SP +P 1.87"
[163070]
$381.00
by Phillip G Date Added: Tuesday 19 April, 2011
I advise people that have arthritis in their hands to not buy the 638 but to buy the 642/442 model of this revolver.

I am 100% happy with Buds,my FFL and actually Smith and Wesson as well.

The problem is the spring tension in my new 638 is so high I cannot safely lower the hammer after I have cocked it single action.

The hammer tab keeps slipping out from under my thumb and hitting the firing pin.

This is never a problem with a standard hammer revolver because you can get a good grip on it because of the larger tab on a standard revolver hammer.

Obviously,I havent fired the gun yet because I need to see what I have to do to address this issue.

I guess I'll be buying a spring kit for my brand new 638.

The gun itself is simply beautiful but if I cannot lower the hammer safely I might as well have bought a 642 which is marginally smaller behind the firing pin anyway.

Believe me,I never thought this would ever be a problem.

I used the layaway program at Bud's-all by computer and mailed in my checks to my layaway account for two and a half months.

Everything went like clockwork.

It's not all sadness.

I can fire the 638 double action and it's a really light revolver that rides well in a pocket.

But I really went back and forth whether to get the 642 or this 638.

I figured I'd be getting a spring kit for it anyway.

So,I guess I better start getting to it.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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