S&W 642 vs 638

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S&W 642 or 638?

  1. 642 or 442 (hammerless)

  2. 638 (shrouded hammer)

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  1. StrykerDM

    StrykerDM XDTalk 1K Member

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    What do you guys think? Should I go with a 642 (hammerless version) or the 638 (shrouded hammer)? I know a lot of people have the 442/642 model, but does anybody have the 638 and how do you like it if you do?

     
  2. XDAndMe

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    What about the 637? I know a lot of people claim that it snags on your pocket, but that's only because they forget to put their thumb over the hammer when drawing it. Your thumb should be the "shroud," IMO.

    But anyway, most people will agree that this is a close-distance point & shoot type weapon where you won't ever need single-action, so the hammerless 642 seems to be popular.
     
  3. Frenchy

    Frenchy <b>Cat Herder</b> Staff Member Founding Member

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    The closed design of the 442/642 keeps lint and crud out of the working parts.
     
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    The shrouded hammer Mod 638 is riding
    in my pocket as I respond. A constant
    companion for over two years now.

    Frenchy offers a good point of view.

    However, I prefer the 638 because of
    the DA/SA capability, which means it
    can be cocked and de-cocked vs. the
    closed hammer being DA only.

    Both are fine machines, probably winds
    down to personal preference.

    Ed
     
  5. larz

    larz XDTalk 100 Member

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    Boy you're not kidding, I just got my 642 and went to the range yesterday. I couldn't hit crap at 21'.....little better are 10-15'. This is
    definitely a up close and personal weapon.
     
  6. XDAndMe

    XDAndMe XDTalk 3K Member Founding Member

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    Honestly, keep practicing with it. I'm not very good, but I can already do one-hole groups with it within 20 feet.

    The gun is inherently very accurate, it just takes a lot of practice and trigger control to get it down.
     
  7. StrykerDM

    StrykerDM XDTalk 1K Member

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    hmm...I think I might just go with the 442 then. A buddy of mine might have one that he'll sell me at the "friend discount" :cool:
     
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    638 all the way. i just purchased one and love it. i love the option of the SA/DA and being able to pull the hammer back on the first round or any following round as well.

    here is a pic of my recently acquired addition:

    [​IMG]
     
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    usmcxd XDTalk 1K Member

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    friend discounts are always good but if you have your right out opportunity to select, i would steer you toward the 638 for sure.

    whenever you make up your mind, let us know what happens.
     
  10. StrykerDM

    StrykerDM XDTalk 1K Member

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    yeah, if he wasn't giving me such a dang good deal on the 442, I'd definetely look into a 638 as a more versatile carry gun. But with practice the 442 should do exactly what I need it to do in a concealed carry situation.
     
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    usmcxd XDTalk 1K Member

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    did you get it yet?
     
  12. StrykerDM

    StrykerDM XDTalk 1K Member

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    not yet, I don't want to mess with the FFL fees so I'm going to drive down to his city in a few weeks when I have a free weekend and get it...I'll probably post some pics when I do...
     
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    with the gas prices being so high, you may be better off to just have it shipped to your FFL of choice. just a thought.
     
  14. StrykerDM

    StrykerDM XDTalk 1K Member

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    yeah, but he's got lots and lots of fun "toys" that I can play with if I go down and see him...he was fixing up a new AR last I went...:twisted: it'll be a worth while vacation...
     
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    I say neither I prefer the s&w 640 hammerless plus you have the choice of .357 magnumn or .38 spl.

     

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