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Old 01-03-2020, 03:56 PM
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Just got my new 649 Bodyguard after the 10 day wait.

It's a no dash, 38 Special. 1985 vintage.

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I just picked up one today as well! I have had one in the past but had to sell. Now it's back!! The 649 are my favorite j frames.

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Enjoy yours, the 649 is a great gun!

My first S&W was a Model 49 that I bought in 1980. I love that gun, but when the 649-2 came out in .357 I had to have one. I bought mine in the 1990s and it has been my most carried gun ever since. It came with Uncle Mikes rubber combat stocks that are just perfect for me and they do a good job absorbing recoil when shooting .357. If something ever happens to it (like giving it to my son), then I'm getting another one.
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I'm in the hunt for an older 649 myself. Just can't find one at a reasonable price!
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I'm in the hunt for an older 649 myself. Just can't find one at a reasonable price!
Mine probably wasn't that reasonably priced -- $599.

But it's nearly new with box, all the papers, and an unopened cleaning kit.

I think it might be never fired, but tomorrow it will be fired as I'm taking it to the range.

Plus this is a California.
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If one fires the 649 in SA mode and has arthritis in the right thumb base joint, does the hump pose a problem with "thumb stretch"?
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If one fires the 649 in SA mode and has arthritis in the right thumb base joint, does the hump pose a problem with "thumb stretch"?
I don't have arthritis, but I would say yes.

I find thumb cocking the gun to be somewhat difficult.

I have no problem getting it done, but after a couple cylinders of shooting in SA mode I've had enough.

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If one fires the 649 in SA mode and has arthritis in the right thumb base joint, does the hump pose a problem with "thumb stretch"?
Bob, I'd say from personal experience (two 49s and a 649) the single-action on the Bodyguard is not something to rely on for anything more than an occasional couple of rounds. Reason is that the sides of the frame keep you from really getting a "grip" (for lack of a better term) like you do with a fully-exposed hammer spur. I have arthritis in my thumbs, with replacement joints at the first joint, and I can barely pull it back.
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the humpback is my all time favorite of the J-frame variety.
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I have a 649-2 that to my knowledge is factory DAO - I have a new hammer and have considered modifying it but as stated earlier, the hammer “nub” is so tough to manage, I see little benefit to it.


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Thanks for the responses.
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I have two "no dash" 649s and will never sell them. IMHO they are the best pocket guns ever made. I know that shooting a revolver "single action" is not recommended. I don't care, it's an extremely useful feature if the gun is carried in the field.

Round up a variety of holsters for your new revolver. I have field, pocket and AIWB holsters for mine.
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If you cock the hammer but then don't fire that round, is it hard to manually de-cock the hammer safely? not much to get a hold of: looks like it would be hard to ride that hammer down safely.

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