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Old 07-29-2020, 07:35 PM
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The 442 without the Hillary lock us a great gun. In the 60's, the Michigan State Police carried an alloy "Bodyguard" model with stainless steel cylinders, for back up and off duty. The newer 442 is a better gun with more advanced alloy and engineered features. I gave mine to my daughter when she retired from MSP after 31 years. Got to get that back from her since she carries a Glock 43 more often.

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I called S&W the other day, mine was shipped in May of 2014, so newer than I originally thought, and no Hillary hole. I found a reloading supply place on line and picked up a 250 count bag of 158gr lead semi-wadcutters, which arrived yesterday. I need to pick up some more primers and a shell holder for the Lee hand primer, then I'm set. I've carried this in a Remora in my pocket from day one, and love it. Out on the Goldwing, I don't even notice it's there, nor does anyone else. Now if I can find the Bantum grips I have stashed, I'll be great.
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I just bought a 442-1 this summer because I got so excited that a new S&W didn't have the lock. I didn't even know that was possible! I'm not worried about rust in this dry desert country where I live and it is a great summer time pocket gun. I purchased it at a local gun shop and the two guys that work there also have one!
Used to be not uncommon decades ago (and more! ) for a person to empty his pockets at home and have a derringer amidst the penknife, keys and change. Now, if I'm correct, I think the 442/642 has taken over that role. I think even I would be surprised how many Centennial-style revolvers dwell in American pockets amidst the other personal items.

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target wadcutters for the win. have to use them for a while until i heal up.
I wouldn’t feel under gunned compared to a 380 or 32
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I think my hand hurts at the mention of it. But they are good little revolvers. I have to have mine in steel as I can be recoil sensitive.

But the airweights keep calling me.
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Old 07-30-2020, 06:32 PM
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I think my hand hurts at the mention of it. But they are good little revolvers. I have to have mine in steel as I can be recoil sensitive.

But the airweights keep calling me.
They are not bad with 38spl. Work up from target wad cutters. Work down from bigger to smaller grips.
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Much lighter than my Model 60. No spur to get hung up and I was even fortunate enough to find a matching Corona mask. What’s not to like 😷🙂
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I have two, one is my constant backup companion in a pocket holster, in my hip pocket. The other is NIB. Both are pre lock too. When one wears out, I have a replacement. BTW, the mate I carry with the M442 is a M640 +P+ when it's too hot to carry and hide a 1911 under a "T" shirt. Everyone should own one

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My 642 resides in my pants pocket frequently. Changed the factory grips for Pacmaers. To better control recoil I've been carrying 148 grain wadcutter ammo, makes shooting much more pleasant for this 79 year old. The 148 grain wadcutters have an excellent reputation as a defensive load.
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Rats .... I thought this was going to be a thread on the Olds 442 .... A very cool ride.
I used to own a silver Oldsmobile - a 642 if you will.
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In my opinion there is no better "carry gun" I'm an older guy and have no problem with recoil, however I stay away from the P-P, and with some practice 10 yd accuracy is pretty good, Highly Recommend. jmop




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My NO lock 442 is my pocket CC gun with Uncle Mikes #3 holster & Federal HST +P 130gr (the one that’s factory leaded backwards) makes a big a$$ hole in the bad guy (bigger than wadcutters)and it won’t punish your hand.
I wipe it down with Ballistol every 3 months & never an issue with rust.


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The 442 (or 642) is a great little gun. Doesn't get much more simple.

A pic of mine is attached, alongside my M38.

When carried, the 442 is loaded with Federal HST 130gr:

https://www.luckygunner.com/lounge/t...-38-special-p/

With a load of golden saber in a zeta6 jclip:

J-CLIP™ Speed Loader for 38SP/357 J-Frame Size Revolvers - Zeta6™
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