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DodgeThis 11-28-2011 01:31 PM

Your Opinion
S&W 642 new or model 36-2 3" well used, but well taken care of. Both are 5 shot. I like them both equally. I'd like your help deciding. The 36 is a good price of $350. The 642 is average cost of $399. This will probably be EDC or at least a BUG. I currently carry 40 cal. pistol, but I'd like to go back to revolver. Thank you.

headhunter 11-28-2011 04:26 PM

I have a 36 2" and wife has a 60 2" and both are excellent firearms. It is my good fortune to also have a 60 3" with adj. sights in .357 cal. Day in, day out, that 3" is somewhere near. I like it enough that the M&P9 wCT that was bought to carry daily just sits. The trigger is slicked up some and it shoots very well at 40 yds. The only down side is with the 3" barrel I lose approximately 100 fps compared to my 4" guns. (Although barrel length is no guarantee of better velocity you may find the 3" gaining over rhe 2" barrels.) Good luck to you!

Clem 11-28-2011 05:21 PM

My J frames are all stainless or scandium and in .357 (or .22). That just means my 340 and 640 are .38s with a higher pressure limit. My 60Pro is a nice little 3" .38 with a higher pressure limit and adjustable sights. Sounds good to me.

trip286 11-28-2011 06:12 PM

I vote 36. There's nothing wrong with either one, and the 36 is cheaper. They both would serve the purpose you mentioned very well.

I'm not a huge fan of the shrouded hammer, but that's besides the point. I'm not a huge fan of a hammer spur either, and prefer a simple bobbed hammer.

The 642 should be a bit lighter, but I would want to have those few extra ounces in such a small gun anyway.

Yup, by my own personal preference, model 36. You can mail me the hammer and I'd bob that joker down for you, make it look damn good too.

Scratchammo 11-28-2011 06:30 PM

I think the 36 is more classy. It never fails me to see one on an old mob movie.

Marlinman 11-28-2011 06:35 PM

The 36 is just to classically american.

DodgeThis 11-28-2011 07:43 PM

I do agree that it's more "American", but the lil snubbies have always had my attention. the three inch idea is simply to give me more than a snub, but I've found that four inchrevolvers have always been a bit too big for my smaller body size. Thanks for you votes and opinions. Please keep em comin.

HOSSFLY 11-28-2011 09:39 PM

642 is a great DA too :cool:

robocop10mm 11-29-2011 03:08 AM

The 642 is snag free with the enclosed hammer. Far better for a deep cover or BUG.

trip286 11-29-2011 03:25 AM


Originally Posted by robocop10mm
The 642 is snag free with the enclosed hammer. Far better for a deep cover or BUG.

I've offered to fix that on the 36. Heck I'll do it for free this one time only, I just want to see what it would look like.

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