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S&W M642 .38 Special Stainless Reviews

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by Randy R Thursday 21 January, 2016
This is probably the ideal pocket gun! Despite the wholesale shift toward bulky, thick, high-capacity auto pistols, the J-frame Smith and Wesson soldiers on as a viable concealed carry, deep concealment, backup/primary carry revolver. Smith & Wesson builds the quintessential version...or should I say "versions" since they offer virtually every style anyone could want in these little J-frames, but the M-642 is probably THE perfect choice for those who want to carry something that works, that drops into a pocket, or into a holster. The M-642 Smith & Wesson is "hammerless," meaning the hammer is abbreviated and fully housed inside the frame thus making the revolver double action only, which is pretty much how most people will employ it should a shooting situation arise. The result is a compact, lightweight revolver that can be dropped into a jacket pocket, or even a jeans pocket, yet retrieved quickly and SNAG-FREE because there is nothing on this little gun that would hang up on clothing. The little 642 only holds 5 shots...but that's 5 SURE shots due to the revolver's design. Start yanking the trigger and even if the first round misfires, the cylinder rotates up another, PLUS, there are no external safeties to worry about, and the revolver's condition can be determined at a see the rims of cartridges in the cylinder, then it's LOADED! This Smith & Wesson M-642 is the end result of the revolver-maker's art. The aluminum alloy frame is barely distinguishable from the stainless steel barrel and cylinder. The DA trigger pull is short and smooth...easy head shots inside 21 feet! The gun is SMOOTH in all it's unlocks and opens smoothly...the ejection rod deploys smoothly with no binding or gritty feel. The trigger pull is pure-D PHENOM Smith & Wesson! You don't NEED to cock a hammer on this little beauty because the DAO pull is a perfect as perfect can be! As for the negatives of this revolver...unfortunately there are NONE unless one desires to detract due to only five shots versus a few more from the various stubby auto pistols, BUT...and ain't there ALWAYS a "but"? The S&W J-frames bring absolute certainty to the table. When you snatch the trigger on this baby it WILL FIRE, and when you snatch the trigger four more times it WILL FIRE despite being loaded for months or years! The .38 Special is a very capable round from a sub-2" barrel, and perfectly capable of cancelling anyone's ticket with the correct shot placement! I love the way S&W managed to make the aluminum and steel surfaces look almost identical, and I love the way the gun feels in the's built for real life. I HIGHLY recommend this revolver to anyone smart enough to choose a DAO "pocket" pistol! For the beats the Charter Arms on ALL levels...I like Charter Arms, but for the money, if I'm buying a .38 Special, I'd buy S&W every time over Charter Arms! With that said...I would purchase the Smith over the polymer framed Ruger...the Ruger is more expensive yet brings NOTHING that challenges the simple, purity of Smith and Wesson's J-frame!

Rating:     5 of 5 Stars!
by John D Tuesday 29 December, 2015
This S&W Airweight (15 ounces) DAO 642 revolver in .38 Special is a wonderful concealed carry weapon. The fully enclosed hammer allows a snag free draw from any holster, and the gun handles + P ammo. The trigger pull is somewhat heavy, but consistent and smooth. The 1.875 inch barrel belies the accuracy of the little revolver once you have some time to practice on the range with it. The revolver took a week to reach my FFL dealer due to the Christmas holiday, but that wasn't Buds fault. They mailed it the day after receiving final payment. Speaking of payment, I purchased this weapon on their 180 day lay-away with only 10% down and six months to pay, which ultimately made the purchase quite painless. Buds met all of my expectations in this transaction, and the weapon was received in obviously new condition at my FFL.

Rating:     5 of 5 Stars!
by James M Thursday 12 February, 2015
To sum up my purchase from Bud's,BORING!!! The gun, a S&W 642, was boring, worked perfectly, looked great was small and lightweight. Just like I knew it would be, nothing to upset me or get my blood pressure up. BORING (it's a good thing) My experience with Bud's was also boring. The order process went smoothly, the shipping uneventful, even the price was great! I guess I'll have to ride a roller coaster to get some excitement. Oh well, Thanks

Rating:     5 of 5 Stars!
by Steve R Thursday 04 December, 2014
Very nice, wife loves it. She had a .40 compact but was intimidated by it's design and function. I knew this gun she'd be comfortable with. Bought this gun with the "QP" discount however I received an email from Bud's a week following my purchase to contact them about my order. After a lengthy hold to speak to a Bud's rep, I was informed that I would be charged an extra $21 for this gun now as they were out of the "LE" model... ??? Same gun in every way, same part number, but now I had to pay full retail. If Bud's were out of the "LE" model which is the exact gun how could they ship this one to me? If I were running this business I would make sure my oversight would not result in charging the customer more as they did to me.

Rating:     5 of 5 Stars!
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