The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > Hogan's Alley > Handguns: The Revolver Forum

Thread Tools
Old January 14, 2011, 05:34 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: February 13, 2007
Posts: 13
S&W Model 642-1 Front Sight

I just bought a used 642-1 no ILS. It is my first real snubby. I had a 2 inch model 10 that was really great - but I digress.

1. It looks as if the front sight and ramp are removable in some way. When I look at it carefully, I can see a small line around the ramp and sight. Can it be removed? Can night sights be put on it like the 640 Pro?

2. Trigger pull, while smooth and crisp breaking, takes the strength of Sparticus. It has been shot very little. Is this going to get any better without surgery?
Rick_S is offline  
Old January 14, 2011, 07:07 PM   #2
Shadi Khalil
Senior Member
Join Date: September 23, 2006
Location: Alexandria, VA
Posts: 5,204
I think Big Dot makes something for the 642... I know they made them for the 342. Welcome and good luck.
Shadi Khalil is offline  
Old January 14, 2011, 07:17 PM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: November 20, 2004
Posts: 3,150
There's a very small pin. I had the XS Big Dot installed on mine. If I had it to do again, I might go with the Standard Dot, but it's fast and easy to see.
Nnobby45 is offline  
Old January 14, 2011, 07:52 PM   #4
Junior Member
Join Date: February 13, 2007
Posts: 13
Thanks for the info

Thanks for the info, guys.

That pin must be microscopic because I turned this gun every which way but loose and my old eyes can see one.
Rick_S is offline  
Old January 14, 2011, 10:25 PM   #5
Join Date: November 28, 2007
Location: North Texas
Posts: 96
Congrats on the 642-1 find. Lots of dry firing will smooth out the trigger nicely.

XS Sight Systems offers their Big Dot Tritium or Standard Dot Tritium.

There's a bit of discussion on it here.
Behind the Barn
rdrancher is offline  
Old January 15, 2011, 12:03 AM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: January 2, 2006
Location: Kansas City, MO.
Posts: 580
The 642 does not have a pinned front sight. The only way to change it is to have a gunsmith mill off the existing blade and mill in a dovetail for a different sight.

This costs about the same as the lowest priced laser grip.

EDIT: Link to C&S for this work....
Front Sight on non-pinned J-Frame
NRA Benefactor
MSSA Life Member

Last edited by HuntAndFish; January 15, 2011 at 12:10 AM.
HuntAndFish is offline  
Old January 15, 2011, 02:05 AM   #7
Yankee Bill
Join Date: September 6, 2010
Posts: 29
I just took my new 642 for its first range trip a couple of days ago and had a bit of a time seeing the front sight well with these half century + old eyes of mine. A front sight upgrade of some sort would be nice.

I dry fired mine 1000 times before going to the range and it helped smooth out the trigger a little.

Yankee Bill is offline  
Old January 15, 2011, 04:55 AM   #8
Junior Member
Join Date: February 13, 2007
Posts: 13
Thanks Again

It is nice to have a resource like this and all you folks willing to share your experiences and thoughts.

Thanks again.

Any thoughts on whether I should have this done on a 642-1 no ILS? Will it hurt the value?
Rick_S is offline  
Old January 15, 2011, 10:05 AM   #9
Junior Member
Join Date: February 5, 2005
Location: Plainfield
Posts: 8
Old police range trick on qualification day was to dab a bite of White-out on the front site serrations. Been doing it for years and it actually holds up pretty well.
Junglework is offline  
Old January 15, 2011, 08:55 PM   #10
Junior Member
Join Date: February 13, 2007
Posts: 13

Thanks for the tip. We used to do just the opposite in the bullseye matches and blackened them with smoke from a smudge pot. It still did not improve my score.
Rick_S is offline  

38 special , 642 , s&w , snubby

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:21 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2015 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent:
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.06584 seconds with 9 queries