I went to a local gun show Saturday looking for a mid range 1911 and found none that I was willing to purchase. While disappointed I came across a NIB S&W 642 Centennial airweight. It is another pistol that has been on my need list for several years (light weight 38spl snub nose for summer carry). I had narowed it down to an Airweight or the Ruger LCR. I picked it up for $425 and pretty happy with the deal. I took it to the range Sunday, not much of a range report but at 15 feet I was able to put all five in center mass 3" group, single hand quick fire on a consistant basis using ball, gold dot HP and +p ammo. IMHO this is what the pistol is intended for, close distance, save my azz if in a bad situaltion. A little bit of a snap but managable and expected with a 1 7/8" barrel and 15 oz weight. I've already ordered up a IWB and pocket holster (Don Hume). I'm left handed and Don always seems to have quality holsters for us lefty's. I also ordered some five shot speed loader strips. I think I may trade out the grips to get a little more hand on grip (I have big mits).