Internal locks on S&W revolvers.
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Old 09-04-2008, 11:26 PM   #1
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Default Internal locks on S&W revolvers.

I've decided to have the internal lock removed from my S&W 642 J frame. It's a great little gun and easy to carry as a back-up at work in a pocket holster. It is a delight to shoot and with the proper ammo, I don't feel under-gunned at all.

This issue is being beat to death on the S&W forum, but it seems that the internal locks on some S&W revolvers have a tendency to malfunction and lock up your gun while shooting, making it a small, light weight club. My concern was that it could be one of those Internet myth kind of things, but I got some pretty solid feedback from a trusted shooting professional. I was hesitant to do it until S&W's customer service said "it's not a problem" and that I "should be okay." Sorry Smith, but "should be okay" is somewhat less than 100% in my estimation. When I told them that, they quit talking with me. I know it will void the gun's warranty, but I don't want to take the chance of some bad guy canceling my warranty.

My question is two-fold. Has anyone else here had this sort of problem, and does anyone know if any other manufacturere's guns are having similar difficulty?
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Old 09-13-2008, 12:17 PM   #2
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I haven't heard a word... My Taurus 4510 has that stupid lock on it. So far, it hasn't been an issue. Regarding Smith & Wesson, I buy "pre lock" weapons. I bought a brand new 629 Classic yesterday. No lock! That doesn't break my heart...

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I haven't heard a word... My Taurus 4510 has that stupid lock on it. So far, it hasn't been an issue. Regarding Smith & Wesson, I buy "pre lock" weapons. I bought a brand new 629 Classic yesterday. No lock! That doesn't break my heart...
I shall never buy a S&W with an internal lock. This particular gun was a gift.

I had the internal lock removed, and the gunsmith left the keyway on the frame to plug the hole.

Thanks for the reply.
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I have a J frame 637 and yes it has a lock, but has never caused an issue.

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