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View Poll Results: Pocket-gun poll: do you prefer the 642/442 offerings from S&W, or the LCR from Ruger?
Smith & Wesson 642/442 81 60.45%
Ruger LCR 41 30.60%
No preference at all, they are equals. 12 8.96%
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Old February 1, 2013, 12:35 AM   #1
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Pocket Gun Poll: 642/442 or the LCR?

Alright, dang it. This topic has been covered aplenty, both here and elsewhere. Opinions will vary, as both options are good, but I am interested in finding out if opinions are split 50/50 on these handy revolvers, or if there is a trend towards one over the other. So here is the official question: which revolver do you prefer as a pocket-carry, go anywhere self-defense tool?
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Old February 1, 2013, 12:50 AM   #2
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LCR, in .357. See my thread on this. The .357 LCR is MUCH more comfortable to shoot than the Airweights, but only slightly heavier and bulkier. I shoot .38s out of it, of course, not suggesting Magnums, but even the FBI load is fine. The Airweights are classics, but they hurt like hell by comparison. I think the .357 version of the LCR is a pocket revolver breakthrough.
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Old February 1, 2013, 01:08 AM   #3
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I have the S&W 442 and have been pretty pleased. From a size standpoint it fits in my pants pocket pretty well using an Uncle Mike’s pocket holster. The gun is accurate enough for what it is designed for and seems like it is well made. I think the black finish holds up better than the silver finish, but just my opinion.
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Old February 1, 2013, 03:16 AM   #4
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The trigger pull for the lcr is amazing and is why i bought it over the Smith. Both are great guns, I'm just a sucker for a great trigger pull.
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Old February 1, 2013, 05:16 AM   #5
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Agree on the LCR trigger, excellent. I have the LCR 38, friend got a Smith before I got the Ruger. No comparison, LCR trigger much better. He went with the Smith because it was cheaper at the BX vs picking up the Ruger the BX didn't carry elsewhere. He told me he should have paid the extra coin.

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Old February 1, 2013, 05:28 AM   #6
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I went with the Smith due to more grip & holster options, I like a little J frame that slips into the pocket and can go anywhere.
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Old February 1, 2013, 07:11 AM   #7
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The S&W seems to be a bit more of a pocket pistol if you are inclined to carry in that way.
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Old February 1, 2013, 07:14 AM   #8
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I had an LCR. I liked the smoothness of the trigger action, but did not like the way the trigger itself seemed to bite my trigger finger.

Now, I have a 442. I did put slightly larger grips on the 442, but I have never had an issue with blistering or cutting my trigger finger like I did with the LCR.

Edit: I am noticeably more accurate with the 442; I suspect this is because I don't get distracted by the thought that shooting it might hurt, which is what would happen when shooting the LCR.
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Old February 1, 2013, 07:20 AM   #9
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The 442/642 is an excellent, reliable, well-made 5-shot revolver in the $350-400 range made by a great American company that stands behind their product.

The LCR is an excellent, reliable, well-made 5-shot revolver in the $350-400 range made by a great American company that stands behind their product. With a much better trigger.

LCR.
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Old February 1, 2013, 07:34 AM   #10
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While I have handled an LCR, I haven't shot one. I do enjoy carrying and shooting my 642.
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Old February 1, 2013, 08:28 AM   #11
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LCR

I have the .38+P and a .357 LCR. Both guns work well and are 8" at 25 yards.
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Old February 1, 2013, 03:47 PM   #12
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The S&W seems to be a bit more of a pocket pistol if you are inclined to carry in that way.
I carry my lcr everywhere when im off duty and it is also a great pocket pistol. The other day I went to walmart came home fell asleep on the couch and woke up and was like what the heck is in my pocket it was the lcr lol

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Old February 1, 2013, 03:52 PM   #13
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works for me!

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Old February 1, 2013, 10:37 PM   #14
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Beautiful specimen you have there, model18. I haven't seen an LCR that looks quite that good.
Do you prefer the slick wood grips over the tackier factory grips? I've always wondered if a small slick grip might be a problem in sweaty, nervous hands.
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Old February 1, 2013, 10:45 PM   #15
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LCR is bulkier with a trigger, that while easier to pull, is much more prone to short stroking under rapid fire. Yes, I've owned both and I voted for the Smith.
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Old February 2, 2013, 03:24 PM   #16
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I occasionally carry a Smith 637, airweight j-frame with exposed hammer ... it's an excellent gun ... I tried an LCR, can't tar them all with this brush but the one I tried at a gunstore counter had a terrible, gritty trigger ... the Smith is smooth and buttery ... take the Smith ...
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Old February 2, 2013, 03:39 PM   #17
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I guess I'm a dinosaur--I picked the S&W, though my J-frame is a 49.
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Old February 2, 2013, 05:22 PM   #18
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Theo, My 642 is from the original batch (89'?) It has a thin nickel coating on the frame, not the spray on coating of today with the rubber grips. It came with thin wood checkered S&W service grips and I changed them out. I'm OK shooting this set up!
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Old February 2, 2013, 11:41 PM   #19
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It has a thin nickel coating on the frame, not the spray on coating of today
Yeah, that finish looks like it's held up really, really well. Especially if you've been carrying it in a pocket for all those years.

This poll is playing out in a somewhat unexpected way for me. I have to say I'm a little surprised with the results so far. I hope folks keep voting - I'd like to see it get to 100 votes before I draw any conclusions.
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Old February 2, 2013, 11:54 PM   #20
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Yeah, that finish looks like it's held up really, really well. Especially if you've been carrying it in a pocket for all those years.

This poll is playing out in a somewhat unexpected way for me. I have to say I'm a little surprised with the results so far. I hope folks keep voting - I'd like to see it get to 100 votes before I draw any conclusions.
Well, recall that the 442/642 have been out a lot longer. They've established a deep and loyal fanbase. The LCR is still a new guy on the block.
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Old February 3, 2013, 02:02 AM   #21
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The LCR is the way to go, if you don't want an exposed hammer.
The Ruger DA trigger is superior.

(And I'm typing this, with my 642 sitting on my desk. )
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Old February 3, 2013, 08:32 PM   #22
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Well, recall that the 442/642 have been out a lot longer. They've established a deep and loyal fanbase. The LCR is still a new guy on the block.
That's a good point. Seems like there is a lot of noise on the internet about the LCR; maybe the Smith owners, though greater in numbers, talk a bit less. They're happy, and they have nothing new to say about it...
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Old February 3, 2013, 08:48 PM   #23
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I have two J Frames, 637 .38 and 360 .357, and a LCR .357. The LCR is my favorite of the three. The 360 cost north of $800.00 and had a trigger pull around 15 lbs. Cut a couple coils off the spring and it's now around 10 lbs. Still like the LCR better.
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Old February 4, 2013, 01:17 AM   #24
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That's a good point. Seems like there is a lot of noise on the internet about the LCR; maybe the Smith owners, though greater in numbers, talk a bit less. They're happy, and they have nothing new to say about it...
Hey, nothing wrong with that. Toss me either with a Nemesis pocket holster and some of those 135 +p short barrel Gold Dots, I'll feel prepared.
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Old February 24, 2013, 01:36 AM   #25
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only one week left to vote, and little smith still has a healthy lead....
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