Buy a S&W 638, 442 or 642

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  1. johnstein11

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    Which one would you buy? NIB $385 a good deal for each one? I'm having a hard time deciding which one I want. Stainless better than blued as far as durability? What do you think of the shrouded hammer? The 638 has no internal lock.
     
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    I've got a 642 and really like it. In my opinion it is the classic and most useful J-frame, but all that you listed are very good. I like the finish of the 642 over the 442 and, for me, the lock/no lock controversy is no issue at all. However, b/c some people care so much about the locks, one w/o a lock might have a higher resale value down the road. In today's market, the listed price sounds good. Let us know what you pick and why.
     
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  3. SIGSAREBETTER

    SIGSAREBETTER Teh Pieman

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    M638. I love mine, and the ability to go single-action increases it's versatility at minimal expense (Paying attention to lint more, etc)
     
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    Don't care for Bodyguards so can't help you there. However I do have both 642 and 442. I prefer 642 simply because the sights are easier to pick up against the dark silhouette. Both of mine don't have lock but I don't think it would be an issue.
     
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    This.
     
  6. ithaca_deerslayer

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    637 = possibility to snag, but easy to target shoot
    638 = have to clean the lint, but still can single action when needed.
    642 = no snag, no lint, double action only baby! (Or carefully stage the trigger).

    Anyway, you can't go wrong with any of those 3. I like the 642, myself.
     
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    I have a 442 and it is great but given the choices I would get the 638.
     
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    x2. except for the lint part. :) lint isn't an issue...... so far.
     
  9. Ol Timer

    Ol Timer ↓ hog hunter ↓ Millennium Member

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    I've never been able to warm up to the M38, M49 or M638. But it does have a tactical advantage. Should you need a reload and catch a piece of debris under the extractor and tie the gun up, a Bodyguard might be easier to clear.

    As for the Centennials, I suggest getting the one that will best "disappear" for your situation, be it IWB, OWB, SOB, ankle, purse, glovebox, etc.
     
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    Is the 638 the only one without the lock? If so there's your answer. I kinda like the shrouded hammer anyway, you do NEED to get one of them. There is no wrong choice in the mix.
     
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    Any of the three will do, I bought a 638 because they had no 442's or 642's in stock. I have had no problems with mine even though it has the dumb lock. GOOD LUCK!
     
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    To be perfectly honest, if I had to choose from those snubbies you describe, I'd go with the Model 638 simply on the strength of it being "no-lock"!
     
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    638 with no lock? No competition. I'd take the 638 10 out of 10 times.

    If they all had locks or all had no locks, I'd still choose the 638.
     
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    I like my 442. The dark color hides it better in the shadows of a jacket or pocket-IMHO.
     
  16. MrMurphy

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    642 or 442.

    I had a 649 (also a Bodyguard) and the hammer slot was a lint trap.

    I rarely shot it SA and was actually better (from practice) with DA. At the ranges involved (15 yards or less) SA wasn't even needed.
     
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    I love my 638. The single action capability is nice. As noted, keep the lint out of it and it's good to go.
     
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    My 642 is with me every day since I got it.
     
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    I think you will like either the 442, or 642. I have one of each and find each of them to be my favorite CC. I carry these mostly in my front pocket and find that the all black 442 is a little less noticeable if the butt for some reason is revealed, because of the black grips and black frame. Where the stainless is more easily seen, is this a deal breaker not for me.

    Also much has been made about the lock. Personally I dont care either way, however I purchased both of these without the lock. Figuring down the road people may perfer these guns over the "lock" guns.
     
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    Whoops, I mean the 442 has no lock. I just bought the 442 though. I figured all things being equal, I don't want an internal lock. More things to break, malfunction at the worst possible time etc.. I reasoned