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Old 12-19-2013, 09:55 PM   #1
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Anyone have any information/ advice for someone new? I am looking at a S&W model 442 .38

I found one the doesn't have the lock on it and was told that's a pretty big deal to some folks?

Anyone have any suggestions on a fair price for something like this

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Old 12-19-2013, 10:03 PM   #2
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Somewhere around $400 to $450 new. Bud's Guns says last price was $409 with free shipping, currently out of stock.

Used $300 up depending on condition.

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I paid $325 for mine used a couple of years ago. It is by far my most carried gun. Actually I am wearing it right now.

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Some people are sensitive to the "stupid" lock because it degrades the image. There is no difference in quality or operation.
The lock may be mandatory in some locations.

I have never heard this happen, but I know how injury lawyers operate. If say a minor gets his hands on a lock-version revolver, and something happens, there will be an opening for the plaintiff or a prosecutor. "Why wasn't it locked"

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If you don't like the idea of the mechanism and fear that it may activate under recoil (which has been reported). The actual guts of the lock can be easily removed with nothing more than things that can be found under the average couch cushion.

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I had one with the lock. Good revolver, way to carry, never had any problems with the lock. I will caution anyone getting one, that a snub nose revolver that can only be fired in double action is one of the harder handguns to master for control and accuracy. Great for carry, mechanically very accurate, but a challenge to wring the accuracy out of.

Some people think they are going to get one and target shoot a lot with one. It is not a target gun, and people should have realistic expectations of what kind of accuracy is needed. Also the Airweight is not exactly "enjoyable" to shoot. It's not punishing, but it's not pleasant either. I always shake my head when folks recommend a Airweight snubby DAO revolver to a first time shooter or as a ladies gun. Probably frustrates more first time shooters than just about any gun out there.

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Thank you all for the info!

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I'm a pretty big fan of Smith wheel guns, although I've never fired the one you're asking about.

I agree with SSGN's statement. They are as accurate as any other gun, pretty much, but the user has to do more to achieve that accuracy.

Long double action trigger pull can throw off the point of aim slightly if not careful. Also the short barrel gives a shorter site radius.

I have a snubbie. Its a S&W 66-2. I tend to shoot it more in double action, although I can shoot it in SA if I want. I about that thing in DA better than my other guns for.some reason. I love it.

But it takes patience and a little work to be able to do that. (Oh no, is he telling me I have to shoot MORE?! Darn!)

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I'm with you exactly. But that difficulty can also be a blessing. The 442 is far and away the most difficult gun to shoot in my collection, but that doesn't stop me. Since it is my carry gun probably 75% of the time, I practice with it often. I usually try to feed it at least a box of handloads whenever I go to the range. Because of this, I have become a pretty good shot with it and all of my other guns. If you can master a gun like this, you can master any of them.

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