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Old 08-08-2018, 08:35 PM
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Anyone know if S&W is making the 638 without the lock?
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Old 08-08-2018, 08:42 PM
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I don't believe so. I wish they would, I'd buy a 438 no-lock in a heartbeat.

There are quite a few used Model 38 revolvers out there. The only downside is they aren't +P rated.
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There are pre lock 638 revolvers out there, but S&W isn't currently offering new production 638s sans lock AFAIK.
I too would buy a 438 no lock but for the meantime my delocked 438 will do. It doesn't bother me as much on the Bodyguards and Centennials since they didn't change the frame shape for the lock like on the Chief Specials.
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Anyone know if S&W is making the 638 without the lock?
The 638-2 offers the best features of all the 638's. Introduced in 1996 and I believe produced up through 2002 and the introduction of the 638-3; the 638-2 was the last of the non-internal lock 638's, but more importantly, it was the first 638 to carry a factory Plus-P rating.

I bought this one new in 1997. Model 638-2

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Found my 638-2 after seeing the one above!

It took a little time looking but they do pop up on the used market from time to time.
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Old 08-09-2018, 01:25 AM
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I thought the general understanding was that any revolver with a cockable hammer WILL have an internal lock, no exceptions. Only the "hammerless" models have the choice of a lock or not.
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I thought the general understanding was that any revolver with a cockable hammer WILL have an internal lock, no exceptions. Only the "hammerless" models have the choice of a lock or not.
For current production; I believe that is the policy.
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Gotta love the bodygurad frames. SA is too handy. Lock or no lock isn't really that big of a deal aside from having to put a Lock Delete parts kit in the lock models. I didn't look for a no lock since I was set on a 438, dig the black frames. Found mine as a N.I.B. old stock from an FFL in ohio on the interweb. Not sure if the 438 was ever a no lock model. Threw a Titanium set in mine and never looked back.
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