My S&W 640-2

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  1. yep380

    yep380

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    Picked this up last year. Really enjoyed it over the summer and can't want to shoot it more. I've carried it, but it's a bit heavy, considering I have other, lighter Jframe options (one shown - last pic is my often carried 442-1). The trigger on this gun is like no other J I own. Really smooth with a wall and almost glass rod break.

    Anyone else have a 640? I know they also came in .357, which I think would be a handful to hang on to!

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  2. Glock40man

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    The 640 is under rated in my opinion. They're great revolvers.

    One thing that I find interesting about the models history is. The 640"no dash",and 640-2 are 38 SPL. But the 640-1s were/are 357 Magnums, and the 640-3s are magnums.

    That's a nice -2 you have there.:cool:

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  3. 45caldan

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    I had a no dash 640.
    The only J frame I have owned that I miss!
    A little heavy yes for a pocket revolver but shooting it was a lot better experience than any of the airweights!
     
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    Thanks. They are underrated, IMO. You don’t read about them much on the forums; as popular as the 442/642 is, one would think the 640 would be popular as well. This one is a great shooter. The extra weight soaks up the recoil nicely.

    I’ll never sell this one, just too nice of a gun. I don’t know if the trigger on mine is special, or they’re all this nice. This is the only 640 I’ve ever had my hands on. They’re definitely easier to hang on to than an airweight!
     
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    Very nice.
     
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    I carry a 649 (in 357) daily in my pocket for the last two years. For the first few months it was annoying, but now I have had days where I grab at my pocket worried that I have left it home. After awhile you don't feel the weight anymore.
     
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    I have a 640 no dash it was my first off duty gun I'll never part with it. I 'be been carrying my 442 lately though because of the weight difference.
     
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    I pocket carry it. I don’t find it too heavy.

    I can shoot 150-200 rounds of 357 Magnum in a session so I consider it a light shooter for me.

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    These have my attention, though.



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    Hah, I know that feeling. I love the humpbacks; a 649 is on my list.

    The 442 carries really well. I’ve toyed with the idea of getting a 340, but the few ounce difference and the fact that I’d never shoot 357 out of it has kept me away.
    Great pics!
     
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    Very nice J frame. I think I'd be happy carrying nothing but S&W snubbies for CCW....and maybe a nice 4" K frame for my walks in the northern woodlands.
     
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    She's a beut!
     
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    Very nice indeed

    Congrats! :cool:
     
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    I have a 442 and it by far my most carried handgun over the last fifteen years.

    A shooting buddy of mine has a 640 and if you want an exhilarating experience load it up with some Remington 125g JHP magnums. Wow. It’s a handful.

    I like the 640 because the extra weight and grip really takes the +P JHP rounds that are so punishing out of my 442.
     
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    I have a 340 SC that looks like it was drug behind a garbage truck. But it shoots. With .357, its like a hand grenade going off in your hand.
     
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    No dash 640. I’ve had it nearly 40 years.
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    I'll take the sight picture of a M&P340 over the 442 any day. Even if you don't shoot Magnum loads out of it, the XS standard dot in front, and the wider u-notch in the rear makes for accurate and fast shooting.


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    Had the 640 in 357, sold it and bought the 649,loved it so much that I sold the 642 and bought the 638.
     
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    Not gonna lie, I've shot plenty of +P out of the 442 and it isn't something I, um, like, doing often. I do carry with Federal HST 130gr +P - these aren't that bad, as +P goes.

    When I practice with my Js, I shoot handloaded (and handcast) 148gr wadcutters. I load 'em pretty light - about 650-700fps. Very accurate and I can shoot 150 - 200 rounds and not complain.

    You wanna shoot something entertaining out of a snub: https://www.underwoodammo.com/colle...oducts/38-special-p-158-grain-hard-cast-keith

    These will get your attention. Underwood advertises a Muzzle Velocity of 1250 fps and Muzzle Energy of 555 ft lbs. I clocked 'em out my 438 at 1150 (I believe, going on memory, night have been 1050?) and they were thumpy to say the least. I shot two, and put the rest back in the box.

    Very nice!

    Mmmm, good point and not one I'd considered. Thanks, now I'm thinking I need one, again!

    I have an M38 and M438. Great little guns. Big fan of the humpback.
     
  19. Mtnfolk75

    Mtnfolk75 A Grouchy Old Half-Blind Fat Guy who limps .....

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    ***** I shot a cylinder full out of my 3“ Ruger LCR on my last range tip ...... had to tap the Ejector Rod with a Plastic Hammer to get them to extract :crazy:

    I will save the remaining 45 for my bigger .38’s :flag: *****
     
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    This what I know of the 640.

    originally it came in .38 cal plus P rated. In the 1990s, S&W decided to lengthen the frame to fit the .357 cylinder. The NYPD did not want its officers to have a 357 option so they got S&W to make a version with the 357 frame but with a 38 cylinder. This version was available for about two years before the NYPD authorized off duty 9mm . The catch with getting an off duty 9mm authorized for carry was that the 38 would no longer be authorized to carry. ( an exception was made when the kahr k9 was deauthorized and those officers could go back to the 38)

    Yes, I made the switch to an off duty 9mm and it was the right choice for me. My “off duty” became my primary in a few incidents was involved in. But I did draw my 38 more than once rather than my service weapon from its security holster . ( It’s hard to draw a service weapon from safariland 295 when seated in a car) and prevented me from being shot. The draw of a revolver tends to be faster/ smoother than a semi auto.

    The 640 is still an authorized off duty gun for those who were grandfathered in but the last those cops who remain are able to retire anytime they want to.
    It’s a great gun and many retired cops carry it 30 years or more later rather than switch to another gun.
     
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