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Smith & Wesson 442

Discussion in 'GATE Self-Defense Forum' started by Dalton Wayne, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. Dalton Wayne

    Dalton Wayne Epic mustache Millennium Member

    Apr 5, 1999
    Central Florida
    Mass tell me your opinion on the Smith 442 no lock.
    Best defense ammo for this weapon?
    best carry method, it's my carry I carry IWB at 1:00
    I carry two speed strips
    anything you can enlighten with
  2. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

    Nov 6, 2005
    Carried my 442 and similar guns for many years with +P lead hollow point 158 grain .38 Special, Remington preferred. (Softer lead, opens better than other similar loads from 2" barrels.

    Eventually switched to 135 grain Speer Gold Dot +P .38 Specials, developed especially for NYPD snub-nose off-duty and backup .38s by Ernest Durham at ATK. Has worked great in NY and elsewhere. Kicks less, groups better, and bullets won't pull loose from recoil inertia if you use same ammo in an even lighter .38 Special (i.e., Model 342).