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S&W 442 No Internal Lock 38 Special 1.88" 5rd Syn Gri 
by Alan K
Date Added: Friday 27 February, 2009
Not sure how many more of the non internal lock models there will be, but I got one of these. If you get one with the lock and use it for defensive purposes, I would personally find someone to remove or disable the lock because it is a bad design and has failed in a way that makes the gun unable to fire.
The 442 is the black version of the 642. It has a blued steel cylinder and an aluminum frame. Usually it has a blued steel barrel, but my no lock 442 came with a blackened stainless steel barrel. A little odd, but perhaps that is what S&W had in stock when they built it. I prefer the black.
This IS the optimal pocket gun. I really like the Kramer pocket holster for it. It is so easy to drop in the pocket that you may find yourself neglecting to carry something with more punch and capacity out of lazzness. Trigger pull can be heavy on these DAO snubs so plan on spending the money on a trigger job. Once you do, you will have a very compact, reliable, light, and easy to carry gun. I recommend the Speer 135gr +P Gold Dot for short barrels, optimal carry load for defense.
If you are used to semiauto recoil, shooting one of these lights snubs may surprise you a bit. None of the recoil is taken up by a slide or spring so you feel it all. Not a problem that is unable to be managed, just something to mention.