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Old June 17th, 2009, 03:18 PM   #1
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Smith & Wesson® Model 642 Revolver

Anyone have one what do you think about it? I'm looking at getting a new one to carry and this sounds like it could be the one. Also anyone have their FFL if so pm me some prices
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Old June 17th, 2009, 03:22 PM   #2
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Great guns. They do jump a bit in your hand especially with +P ammo, but they are lightweight and comfortable. They are a great revolver for carrying purposes.

My Dad owns one and I have shot it several times. Once you get over the recoil (switching to this right from a semi-auto is like night and day), you can get pretty accurate with it.
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Old June 17th, 2009, 03:41 PM   #3
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I used to carry one as a backup and off duty. Real nice gun. It does jump in your hand though. Not bad for about 10 rounds or so at the range, but not comfortable for much more.
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Old June 17th, 2009, 07:10 PM   #4
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thanks guys. I just talk with a local cop here in allegan and he has one he's going to let me shoot around with this Saturday before i go and buy one.
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Something to consider with a concealed weapon is where are you planning on carrying it. The 342 PD is a concealed hammer and is a very reliable weapon so is good for pocket carry, or ankle in the right holster. For inside the waistband, it isn't a flat gun so isn't very comfortable to carry. I tried all sorts of holsters and none were good. For that position, I would take a slightly bigger, but flatter, semi auto like a glock anyday.
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Old June 18th, 2009, 01:17 PM   #6
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I have a Glock 23 that i carry right now and love it! I also have a Beretta PX4 Storm and love that little thing I just want one for pocket carry like you have said. I don't know about you but i know that i can never have to many guns. lol
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If you have the money, a Kimber Ultra Carry is the way to go IMO. .45 ACP with reasonable capacity, single stack magazine so it isn't wide and easy to carry, but is a bit heavy.

I would carry a revolver, doing an under arm or ankle holster is really the only way to fully conceal it. Inside the pants or in a pocket won't fly. That's one reason I like my single stack AMT .380. It can be hidden just about anywhere. I just wish it wasn't a .380.
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the kimber isn't very cheap lol would love to have it but i want a revolver just to have one
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If you have the money, a Kimber Ultra Carry is the way to go IMO. .45 ACP with reasonable capacity, single stack magazine so it isn't wide and easy to carry, but is a bit heavy.

I would carry a revolver, doing an under arm or ankle holster is really the only way to fully conceal it. Inside the pants or in a pocket won't fly. That's one reason I like my single stack AMT .380. It can be hidden just about anywhere. I just wish it wasn't a .380.
Why won't a revolver be good for pocket carry? That is about the best place to carry one. Any weapon in your pocket will get coated in a bunch of lint. A small hammerless revolver is dead reliable and will fire in your pockets. I carried my 342 PD in my pocket all the time. Michigan state police carry small revolvers in their pockets on duty all the time. A semi auto can only fire once in your pocket. The slide action doesn't work well in a pocket.
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Why won't a revolver be good for pocket carry? That is about the best place to carry one. Any weapon in your pocket will get coated in a bunch of lint. A small hammerless revolver is dead reliable and will fire in your pockets. I carried my 342 PD in my pocket all the time. Michigan state police carry small revolvers in their pockets on duty all the time. A semi auto can only fire once in your pocket. The slide action doesn't work well in a pocket.
Jacket pocket, and other pockets sure. I was thinking in my head of front pants pockets. Unless you're wearing super baggy pants, what you have in your front pocket would be pretty obvious.

I'm talking pure concealment here, not functionality, which as you pointed out a spurless revolver trumps all. It's not hammerless...it wouldn't fire if it was.
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