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Old 02-16-2017, 07:45 PM   #1
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Default 442-2 & 638-3 S&W .38spl+p Airweight.

Any body own these two snubbies,and what's your opinions of them ?I have only put ten rounds apiece through both of them,and that was New Year Eve.
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Old 02-16-2017, 09:56 PM   #2
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I have the 638. Nice little lightweight revolver. My light clothing gun. About 16 oz loaded. Points really well. I carry Speer Gold Dot 135 grain +P HPLE. It is a handful with +P. I have the Crimson Trace boot grips on it. Watch what ammo you use as not everything works in short barrels. Shooting the Bull on Utube had some very good FBI Spec test videos on short barrel loads. One thing about revolvers, in really close encounters they dont go out of battery if you have to jam it into your attacker.


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I have a 642. I love it. I have even used it to shoot an IDPA stage. I thought about the 638 when I bought it. But I was concerned that it would be dangerous to try to uncock one if it was loaded. Is it?
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I have a 642-2. I prefer a hammerless DAO in a snubbie.
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The 442 is my favorite J-Frame but I like them all. I carry Two daily. I change Grips around to fit my shooting needs. These are my choices.
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Mine is a humpback, a 638 marked OK for +P. Like the left one in the top picture.

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I thought about the 638 when I bought it. But I was concerned that it would be dangerous to try to uncock one if it was loaded.
I see no reason to cock it. you won't be shooting at anything far away with a sight radius shorter than your middle finger. If I had to I would put a pen in there and get my finger off the trigger when the sear released.

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FBI believes that 90% of shootings are under 10'. If that is true, there is a very good chance there will be body contact. With that in mind plus I am old and have slowed down, I have been carrying my snub revolver more. I have been carrying in pocket or with a Softuk iwb. Been thinking of getting a kydex iwb for better retention.


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