I loves me my Glocks, but....

Discussion in 'The Snubbie Club' started by steve-in-kville, Jan 8, 2020.

  1. steve-in-kville

    steve-in-kville

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    .... I plan to add another snubbie to the family in the next few weeks. I'm caught between the S&W 442 (hammerless) and the 638 (shrouded hammer). I've owned 442's before and loved the bead-blasted finish. But the 638 seems attractive as well.

    FWIW, this will be a working gun, not a safe queen. Thoughts? Comments?
     
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  2. Valmet

    Valmet M62/76 Silver Member

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    I have a handful of S&W wheelguns and still consider myself a Glock fanboy. Of the models you are considering, I prefer the 442/642 hammer less and regularly ccw one in the summertime. While I realize one can pull the hammer on a 638, if you’re going to have a shroud why not internalize it?
     
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  3. jbaav

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    I carry my 442 more than any other gun by quite a margin. Slips so easily into my pocket summer or winter. I’ve been intrigued by the 638 myself and will likely add at some point too. I don’t think you can go wrong either way. I will add that I changed grips to G10 Hogues as I found the stock ones sticky in pocket.
     
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  4. steve-in-kville

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    I agree on the grips. I never kept any of the rubber boot-style grips, always went for something made of wood.
     
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    teeuu Silver Member

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    I can understand the dilemma but I long ago got in the habit (with some training) of shooting double-action revolvers double-action only, so it's a 442/642 for me. I've read some folks saying that the hammer shroud area can pick up lint, etc. where the centennial design is all closed.

    If you have a J-frame in your pocket it's all good, anyway.
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    teeuu Silver Member

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    Yes, that's an old set of stag grips. It's my guess these were made in the 1980's.

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    I have no trouble shooting it with those grips, btw. It's loaded with Federal P38HST1S and comfortable to shoot.
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    The more I move away from Glock, they keep pulling me back in!
     
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    No conflict: totally different universes. Another benefit is that it's down on the gun-grabbers list, so it will be a while after they outlaw anything semi- and figure out that revolvers are bad enough to allow only single-shots.
     
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    Slackinoff Bathed in lavender and gasoline

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    I have really been enjoying mine, found a great deal on a new, unlock.

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    Ordell Robbie Giant Member

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    You can't go wrong with either and no matter which one you end up with, you're going to wish you bought the other!


    Hope that helps! :wavey:
     
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  12. Bradley T

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    I like the 442. That Bodyguard looks wierd with that big hump on the back. No contest, I vote 442.
     
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    The only snubnose I now own is the S&W 638 with no lock! IMO, it is the best out there and I will never sell it!
     
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    I have both a 442 and Ruger SP101 and would like to add a S&W Model 36 and 19 snubs to the collection.
     
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    Like the Hump Backs but, my favorite is the 442. I carry these most days. 698EA652-C8AD-488A-9E1B-44DE639CCAC0.jpeg
     
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    I've developed a fondness for the Centennial-style J's (and a Ruger SP101DAO) over the years, but then the bulk of my training, drills and quals have all involved DA shooting.

    I still like having the SA option on the 36/649's, though, as having the time to thumb-cock the little snubs into SA for shooting at distances out beyond 40yds can make for easier shooting.

    OP, if you have the cash, I'd pick up both the 442 & 638, but that's me. :)

    Once I discovered the joys of carrying Airweights, I started acquiring lighter weight J's.

    A pair of 642-1's, meaning an original 642-1 I ordered as an armorer when they first became rated for +P, and one from when they were reintroduced in the catalog.
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    A pair of M&P 340's. One was from the very first production run of them (again, ordering it from the factory), and the other one was from when they started offering it without the ILS.
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    This one is a little unique, as it was from a small (800 units?) canceled overseas police order, made using the older Airweight 37-2 model, modified to be DAO. I added some smooth grip stocks that were refinished and given to me by a close friend, and I added a bit of red nail polish to the front ramp serrations.
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    My older 649, which I bought as a young cop when I couldn't find a standard 36 or 60 in anyone's display case at the time (hot-selling guns in the 80's). I briefly added the Pachmayr Tac Holster (grip) for this pic, for posting on a private forum. I came across it when sorting through some old stuff from my younger days, and vaguely remembered picking it up when I was carrying my 649 in a vest cargo pocket back in those days. Widget days.
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    While J's are cool, I also like the older K-snub's. This one has special meaning to me, as it came from the estate of a very close friend when he passed and we were handling his firearms collection for his widow through a FFL dealer who handled private estate sales of firearms and swords. My friend built it at the factory back then they gave you a 'matched' stripped frame and yoke, and you picked the rest of the parts to assemble and hand-fit into a properly spec'd revolver. You could buy it at the end of the class. M65 3".
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    Yes, I also like fedoras. ;)
     
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    I wish people would stop calling the 442/642 "Hammerless", it's about like calling a Magazine a Clip!
     
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    Valmet M62/76 Silver Member

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    I promise I’ll do better.

    Tell S&W that-
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    642 for life!
     
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    'Ol Grandad Director of civil unrest

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    Yeah, if I was gonna get another snubby, I'd get this one.
    http://www.smith-wesson.com/firearms/performance-center-pro-series-model-442-moon-clip
    Everything you'd need in a snubby. Moon clips and no lock are the big hitters for me.
     
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