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Would you carry a 642 WITH the lock?

Discussion in 'The Snubbie Club' started by wrx04, Oct 26, 2010.



    Jun 11, 2002
    New Mexico & Michigan
    I've carried one every day for over 5 years with the lock. 1000+ rounds, no problems. I also have a 638 w/ lock and almost as many rounds. When I retired I pretty much qit carrying square guns in favor of my two S&Ws with no worries whatsoever.
  2. I have one but never activate the lock. No kids in my house and with the lock activate it won't go boom when the assailant is about to stab you.

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  3. fowler


    May 27, 2004
    Grind the flag off. I had one early and it locked up shooting hot 125gr.hp,s. I picked up a 642-1 no lock about 5years ago and never looked back. Won,t buy a SW with a lock,no thankyou. A favorite with the late Steven Camp . A great 24/7 ccw weapon.
  4. captcurly


    Sep 14, 2008
    Southern Delaware
    What you said, whaledriver. There is a lot of crap on the internet about a lot of things. We use to have urban legends now we have internet legends.
  5. fowler


    May 27, 2004
    Twice a 642 -2 locked up once for me and another at the range. Shooting 125gr. plus-p. Maybe they will not lock up with standard mild factory ammo,but it did for me shooting Cor-bon and my pal shooting ww110+P+. No lock for me thankyou!!!! Cyl. locked up solid ,could not pull trigger.
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2011
  6. fastbolt


    Jun 9, 2002
    CA Central Coast
    Hey, the thread came back online ...

    FWIW, the J-frame I decided to take with me during an out-of-state trip (just got back) under LEOSA was my M&P 340. The one with the ILS. Not either of my 642-1's, my 649-4 or my 37-2, none of which have ILS's.

    Why? Because the front night sight & U-shaped rear notch on the M&P give me a noticeable edge in aimed fire when I take time to catch a sight. Handy.

    I have another M&P 340 on order, coincidentally enough, this time the new model variation made without a ILS.

    Why? Because they finally made one without the ILS and I liked my first one so well I was waiting for an excuse to buy a second one. ;) Why not one without the ILS?

    I'll keep my original one for use in a backup role to the new one (once the new one proves itself functional) and to use as a "range beater", to see if I can ever wear it out. While I do occasionally use .357 Magnum loads for practice & quals, I mostly use a mix of various +P (at least 4 loads I can think of off the top of my head) and standard pressure loads (budget practice).

    BTW, I've experienced ... and had other folks bring to me ... revolvers, including S&W J-frames (with & without the ILS) which have had the hammer, trigger or cylinder "lock up", seize, etc. There are other mechanical (and owner-induced) things that can happen with a revolver which can cause such a problem, even in models without a ILS.