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The 642 is one of the best .38 CCW J-frames on the market today. One option it will give you better than a M&P compact is the ability to pocket carry. I pocket carry my 340PD when I cannot carry IWB.
 

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I've been seriously considering getting a 642, I have a Model 36 that I've had for 35+ years, it's a steel frame so it's heavier, and the hammer sticks out so it can hang up on a pocket, the 642 is lighter and it eliminates the hammer problem, the 36 is also blued so the 642 is much more corrosion resistant.
 

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cal45 said:
After some fine work done by Dan Burwell - here is a current pic of my "pair". :wink:



Hey cal45, Did Dan Burwell also do the coating on the slide? What finish do they call that,Stainless,hardchrome,etc? plaese let me know,I have a M&P compact and love the two tone look! thanks and enjoy!
 

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Guys if you really want the ultimate 642 S&W you got to get a pair of the 405 crimson trace grips. They turn a 642 into a real shooter. I know many think of it as a close face gun but WHAT IF. In medium to low light when those little sights get real hard to pick up that dot is DOMINANT. I have cleaned 8 inch plate racks with no extra shots at 40 yards with not much effort and shot head shot groups under time constraints at 50 feet. Really a great peice of kit. CHECK 360 David
 

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Yes indeed Bowie. I have a new black 442 with the 405 Crimson Trace grips on it and a much older matte silver 442 (yes its a 442, not a 642) with the older 205 CT grips. The black one is with me all the time. I run Buffalo Bore's hot 38 loads in it. I like the 442 better than an AirLite 342, since the extra 3 or so ounces helps with recoil and the 442 is half the price. You don't suffer a lot in the ammo department either, since the Buffalo Bore rounds are as hot as some of the milder .357 loads.
 
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