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Old 11-21-2020, 10:25 AM
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Hi guys
So sick of paying "TOP DOLLAR" for .38 and .357
(more than $1 a round right now)

I generally go to the range once or twice a week
and it gets costly especially when I bring one of my daughters or friends !!

I remembered a company called TK customs in Illinois
that does 9mm Conversions.


I don't normally buy such cheap firearms but I decided to run out and purchase an S&W 442 (Only $449) to send out the cylinder and get it converted

I sent it out on a Wednesday they got it Friday
and I got a call on Monday saying it was done and gave them my CC number.

Next thing I know the USPS guy dropped it off on Wednesday (Im in Michigan) so in 7 days I now have an S&W 442 9mm

It still fires .38 with no problems but 9mm is a bit cheaper ($0.40)
and I've always wanted a 9mm revolver

So I'm off to the gun range today to test it out
I'll report back

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Thanks for reading
Best regards, Rick

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Old 11-21-2020, 10:46 AM
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Cool.

Just curious. While I agree that there is an intangible coolness value of the conversion itself, since cost-of-ammo was a decisive factor what is that tangible value?:
- assuming (with your numbers) that you will save (at least) 60 cents per round fired, how many rounds will it take before you break even on the cost of the conversion?

thanks for sharing.

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Old 11-21-2020, 11:04 AM
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Thanks

I'm sure at $0.60 cents it will take forever
I'm usually at the range for an hour and can easily
shoot 100 + rounds with friends and family

So let's say that I only go once a week for an hour
and 100 rounds...........that's $60 a week
(These are reserved numbers)

So in approx 8 weeks, it will have paid for itself

Now again I am being conservative with these numbers
I think it will be more likely to be approx 5 weeks
as I just got it and the fun factor will sustain 3 weeks of twice a week (till the excitement wears off)

thanks for your questions
best regards, Rick
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Where are you getting 9 mm that’s less than $30 for 50 these days?
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Where are you getting 9 mm thatís less than $30 for 50 these days?
$0.40 cents on Cheapammo two weeks ago
So I bought 1000 rounds

got to look every day because the deals get scooped up fast

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Guess what you need more of now! And, they ain't cheap! The more you have, the more fun you will have shooting, load at home and shoot at the range, and the more ammo you will go thru in one session of shooting! Better go buy another 1000(quick)!
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I have known Tom at TK Custom for many years. He is a first rate fellow. He has worked on several of my Smith revolvers. He is a retired ISP officer.
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I like this little project! A 9mm revolver is a great tool that you can shoot normally on the cheap. Looks like nice work. Well done OP!

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Sent out your barrel??? Why?

I see the cylinder was converted.

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If it came back USPS I suspect he sent only the cylinder. Handguns are non-mailable except BY a FFL Dealer, and I think it has to go TO a FFL Dealer as well. (When I had my 32 Longs converted to 32 H&R Mag I only sent the cylinder with the extractor - by mail.)
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If it came back USPS I suspect he sent only the cylinder. Handguns are non-mailable except BY a FFL Dealer, and I think it has to go TO a FFL Dealer as well. (When I had my 32 Longs converted to 32 H&R Mag I only sent the cylinder with the extractor - by mail.)
Any FFL dealer can mail a gun to ANYBODY per Federal Law, provided it is permitted by state law where the individual resides.

When on active duty, I had two rifles mailed to myself at my parents' address in KY from Greenland. Complete with signed customs tag on package.
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Rifles, yes. "Ordinary" citizens can mail a long gun as long as it's legal for the addressee to receive it. But there's a specific statutory prohibition on mailing handguns, with an exception for FFL Dealers to send a handgun. I know it does NOT allow C&R FFLs to mail handguns. Perhaps if the gunsmith is licensed as a Dealer they would use the mail.

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Sent out your barrel??? Why?

I see the cylinder was converted.

LMAO been a long day thanks for correcting me

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Rick, Looks like fun to me. I've had other 9MM revolvers, and currently have a 940 and Ruger SP101 in 9MM. I have an extra 686 cylinder that I may have converted one of these days, for no good reason

BTW, With some of the more energetic 9MM ammo I've used in the 940, recoil is noticeably more than with any 38+P I've used. I'd be curious what you think after you shoot your converted revolver some.
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I sent 2 cylinders out to TK Customs to have reworked for 9mm. One was for my 360J and the other was an older model 60 unfluted cylinder. Both were nicely done and fun to shoot.

I did have to buy upper brand 9mm though to shoot in them to avoid any sticking of cases during extraction.

Since then I picked up a 940 and put the original .38 cylinder back in the 649 that 9mm cylinder was fitted for.

They do have a bit of a bite to go with the bark.
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