They are essentially the same. The 442 has the black finish and the 642 has a stainless finish. Both are aluminum frame with steel barrel and cylinder.
I picked this up used for right around 300
The constitution of the United States asserts that all power is inherent in the people, that they may exercise it by themselves, that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed!” – Thomas Jefferson
I think at 14-oz, the LCR-38 is a good size and weight for .38 Special. The extra 3-oz weight of the KLCR is not going to help much with the massive recoil of Magnums. IMO, .357 is best shot from revolvers too large and heavy to conceal. I think you made the right choice for a carry gun.
I disagree, it differs from person to person. I am able to cc a 4" 357 mag.
Don't overlook the Smith 640. All steel, and much easier to control due to the extra heft. (May not be an issue for you, but I have a lot of arthitis in my hands.) Same design as the 642/442 because it's their daddy. Not as heavy as the Ruger snub. Mine's a 1990 .38 Special, with etching inside the frame that says "Tested For +P+". It's 21 ounces unloaded. Handles +P ammo with ease.
With my two 38's - the Smith 438 Airweight and the Ruger LCR, I'm still hoping to come across an SP101 in 357. I know it's larger and heavier but I think it may still be OK for CCW - and it gives you 357.
Though I have a number of Smiths and Colts, I have a huge soft spot for Rugers. My first handgun years ago was (and still is) a Ruger Single Six convertible. It was excellent then and I have never been disappointed with anything Ruger makes. My opinion - they are a first class manufacturer.
Can't carry yet in Illinois, but this is what I will be carrying if and when they pass ccw here.
S&W model 60 no dash, chiefs special in 38 special its a 1979 model and is in very good condition.
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I just love the old S&W Mdl. 60. Back in the days of that old Asian War I packed a Mdl. 36 Chief. I really don't worry about it only holding 5 rounds. I see where in the average gun fight only one and one half rounds are fired.
Damn I have tried every thing and I can not not come up with a one half round?