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Old May 24, 2007, 04:26 PM   #1
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Any problems with the new S&W 642 with locks

Just curious cause the guy at the gunstore said there have been reports of recoil causing the lock to activate. Now I know it came from a gun store employee but I had to check anyways!
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Old May 24, 2007, 04:51 PM   #2
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Check the 642 Club thread...I personally have never seen it as a problem...urban myth if you ask me.
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Old May 24, 2007, 06:44 PM   #3
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There have been documented cases where the lock engaged and effectively made the revolver useless except to throw it like a rock.

Go to and write in lock in the search area and you will find all you want to know about the lock and probably more.

Personally, if the revolver has the lock and is to be used for defense then I would not feel comfortable knowing it might not work when needed. If the revolver is for the range or plinking then it would be fine.

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Old May 25, 2007, 03:32 PM   #4
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Any problems
Not for me.

Over 3 years and it still works like new.

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Old May 25, 2007, 06:04 PM   #5
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yes, it can happen, I've had it happen on range rental guns although I think it's relatively rare - but it would bother me, if it were my gun.

Personally, I would recommend you look for an older S&W revolver prior to the "belly button" lock , there are still a lot of them around.
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Old May 27, 2007, 03:33 PM   #6
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No problems here, from my Smith 642-2~!
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Old May 27, 2007, 06:39 PM   #7
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I have 66, 625, 629's, 642, and 686's with the IL - Many, many rounds - mediocre to hot - later - absolutely no problems with the IL. The keys are still in the boxes.

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Old May 27, 2007, 09:04 PM   #8
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I had a problem with my 642-2,i would insert
the key and turn it but it would never start.

Serious now,i fired plenty of +P reloads and
factory +p's with no problems other than a
mildly sore hand.
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Old May 27, 2007, 09:29 PM   #9
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Old May 27, 2007, 09:40 PM   #10
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A fellow officer and I both had 642-2 that locked up. They both had early and close serial numbers so it might have been a bad batch. No problems with my 642 or 642-1 though.

I believe Socrates also had one that locked up on him but I'm not sure if it was a 642.
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Old May 29, 2007, 10:05 AM   #11
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I had a problem with my 642-2,i would insert
the key and turn it but it would never start.
I had similar problem with a shotgun once. Turned out I didn't set the choke
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