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Old November 29, 2006, 05:41 AM   #1
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S&W 638 vs. S&W 642

Okay, I have narrowed my decision on my b-day present down to the S&W 638 or the S&W 642. The hammerles styling of the cenntinial frame is pretty cool and more attractive but the 638 would still allow for SA firing. Opinions?



PS: Now I just have to decide on my x-mas present. I am thinking a beretta 96 in stainless.
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Old November 29, 2006, 06:24 AM   #2
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I prefer the 642 because it tucks into a pocket easier. the hammer shroud on the 638 makes the gun just that much bigger-er and I typically carry the 642 in the summer in a pair of shorts.
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Old November 29, 2006, 10:26 AM   #3
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I have had and have used both. I currently have a 638 and think it is one of the best out there. But I think the same of the 642. I think it all comes down to whether or not you think you will want to use it in single action mode. If you think you might, ever, then go with the 638. But if not, then go with the one you like the best; looks wise, etc. And don't quote me on this, but I think the catalogue lists them as weighing the same, but not sure.

Good Luck. You will love whichever one you get. I carry mine all the time, and usually in the pocket. Great gun.
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Old November 29, 2006, 11:55 AM   #4
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If it's going in your pocket, there's enough spots to pick lint out of with the 642, the 638 will probably get a little nasty inside just a little bit quicker. Both groovy guns though.
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Old November 29, 2006, 01:18 PM   #5
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My money's on the 642 in the 2nd round.
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Old November 29, 2006, 04:10 PM   #6
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Winner by TKO....S&W 642

I say TKO instead KO because when I went back today someone had bought the 638.

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Old November 30, 2006, 07:39 PM   #7
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it all depends on what u r using it for
if its for an ankle holster or purse then the 642
if its for a coat pocket or holster then the 638,
for there may be time shooting single cation may be needed
i have a 640 i use my self as an ankle gun
i have had a 638, but prefer the all steel revolvers
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Old November 30, 2006, 08:23 PM   #8
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Pair

Part of my daily carry is a pair of 642s, one in each front pocket in Null pocket holsters.
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Old December 5, 2006, 05:15 PM   #9
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I prefer the.....

....esthetics of the 642.
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Old December 6, 2006, 09:43 AM   #10
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Nice grips, playboypenguin.

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