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.
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!
He doesn't apply a coating - he bead blasts the slide, barrel, and take down levers to their natural stainless color. The flash from the camera adds to the brightness - the actual look is more of a non-polished nickel. Check out Dan's website here: www.burwellgunsmithing.com
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
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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