Is this a good deal?
You are Unregistered, please register to use all of the features of FirearmsTalk.com!    
Firearm & Gun Forum - FireArmsTalk.com > Handguns > Revolver Handguns > Is this a good deal?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-22-2011, 03:59 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 16
Default Is this a good deal?

Hello everyone,

I'm still fairly new to the gun world, even though I've been an enthusiast for years. I live in Massachusetts (yes, we have gun owners too, believe it or not). I have an M&P9 Full size as my first gun. It's a little big for me to CC, and I've been looking for a good small gun to carry. I just saw a deal for this week at a gun shop thats about an hour and a half away and was wondering if its a good enough deal to head out there. It's a Smith and Wesson Model 642 "J" Frame revolver for about $340 but it also includes a blackhawk pocket holster, blackhawk iwb holster, and a hoppes bore snake. I'm going to go to the S&W Shooting Range and see if they have one I can rent to see if I like the small revolver and the .38 Special +P ammo. If I like it, I will probably head out there and pick it up, but I like getting a little bit of feedback before a purchase. Thanks!

BVictorious

__________________
BVictorious is offline  
 
Reply With Quote

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today - It's Free!

Are you a firearms enthusiast? Then we hope you will join the community. You will gain access to post, create threads, private message, upload images, join groups and more.

Firearms Talk is owned and operated by fellow firearms enthusiasts. We strive to offer a non-commercial community to learn and share information.

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today! - Click Here


Old 11-27-2011, 03:32 PM   #2
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 258
Liked 26 Times on 20 Posts
Likes Given: 56

Default

Please, don't take this wrong. I like revolvers a lot! I also have a strong feeling that most revolver shooters are better off starting with at least a 4" barrel. It isn't because the 2" barrels are less accurate, but that their proper sight alignment requires more practice. Because of a shorter sight plane, it must be precise.
Have you tried the M&P9c. If you acquire the same model of M&P (eg. both with or without external safeties ) the controls will be the same and the ammo will fit either. The latter can make life a little simpler.

__________________
headhunter is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2011, 04:29 PM   #3
Devil's Advocate and Provocateur
FTF_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
TekGreg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Cincinnati,OH
Posts: 1,907
Liked 1377 Times on 721 Posts
Likes Given: 618

Default

Headhunter is absolutely correct. Short-barrelled revolvers have poor aimability, greater muzzle flash, muzzle jump and felt recoil. The only benefit you gain is concealability. Definitely rent one, if you can, and if you choose to purchase one, practice is the key. You definitely need to spend more on ammo and range time to be proficient with this. Other than that, it can be a good defensive piece!

__________________

.
.
“Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem." (I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.). Thomas Jefferson

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

-Edmund Burke, Loosely translated from Thoughts on the Cause of Present Discontents. (1770)

TekGreg is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2011, 05:04 PM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
HOSSFLY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Lufkin,Tx
Posts: 6,932
Liked 2182 Times on 1472 Posts
Likes Given: 1191

Default

I had a 642 sum time back & its a $400 gun so if its near mint its a great deal with the extras-
Mine was not (nun are) a "target" gun for sure but I was able to "point" & hit torso sized targets at 20yds - I feel thats plenty accurate enuff for CC
Later on I added CT grips

__________________

Texan By Birth & Choice
USMC/VIET NAM VET

HOSSFLY is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2011, 05:26 PM   #5
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Rick1967's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Clifton,Colorado
Posts: 4,460
Liked 2082 Times on 1148 Posts
Likes Given: 1369

Default

I have a 642. I carry it a lot. Others are right. It is not a target gun. But if you ever need to defend yourself it will get the job done. I carry mine in an uncle mikes pocket holster. If you do get one carry it with +P ammo in it. you lose a lot of velocity with that short barrel. Also practice with the ammo you carry. If you are used to shooting that gun with standard 38 special ammo, the diference will be shocking to you if you ever pull the trigger with +P.

__________________

Romans 1:16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.

Rick1967 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Firearms Forum Replies Last Post
Need to know if this is a good deal SmokeyCDT 1911 Forum 6 11-07-2011 12:27 AM
good deal on sks chevyforlife1972nova AK & SKS Discussion 3 08-29-2011 04:26 PM
Good deal? LotzORemmies Optics & Mounts 15 03-31-2010 08:17 AM
A Good Deal Or A Good Deal To Avoid? user4 General Rifle Discussion 5 12-28-2008 04:32 PM