GUN S&W 642 or ruger LCR?

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  1. jls

    jls New Member

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    [FONT=&quot]Looking for something smaller than my g19 to carry for the summer, the ruger is cheaper (I can get it for $398, vs $425 on the S&W) and its a bit lighter too.

    The LCR also has CT lasergrips as a factory option, and apparently there's no hand fitting to be done in assembly, so the lasergrips are spot on if I decide to add them later.

    I've shot the 642 quite a bit and its a well-proven design, but Im really leaning towards the LCR, What do you guys think?

    http://www.ruger.com/products/lcr/index.html?r=y

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    Grip Weight Height Width Twist

    LCR Hogue® Tamer™ 13.50 oz. 4.50" 1.28" 1:16" RH

    [FONT=&quot]http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=11101&storeId=10001&productId=14793&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=15704&isFirearm=Y


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    [FONT=&quot]Model:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] 642
    [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Caliber:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] .38 Special +p rated
    [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Capacity:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] 5 Rounds
    [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Barrel Length:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] 1 7/8"
    [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Front Sight:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] Integral Front
    [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Rear Sight:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] Fixed
    [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Grip:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] Rubber Grips
    [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Frame:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] Small - Centennial Style
    [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Finish:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] Matte
    [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Overall Length:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] 6 3/8"
    [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Material:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] Alloy/Stainless Steel
    [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Weight Empty:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] 15 oz.[/FONT]​
     
  2. jls

    jls New Member

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    also there seems to be a lot more holster options for the j frame (for obvious reasons, but I would expect to find more for the lcr by now
     
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    I haven't fired an LCR but I absolutely love my 642, and my wife loves hers as well.

    i don't have a single complaint about the 642, aside from the obvious in case someone was looking for a handgun to fire at any long distance a 1 and 7/8" barrel obviously won't do the trick

    but for conceal carry a belly to belly type deal, i LOVE my 642, no regrets at all
     
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    I don't think it has been said, but I'd recommend the 642
     
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    so lets see, for $27 more dollars you can have the PROVEN track record of S&W in addition to a gun that you're more familiar with.

    also, the 642 can come with CT grips from S&W.


    i dont even see why this is a question.
     
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    I have a 642 with CT grips.
    I shot both the LCR and 642. Both are nice, and I was equally as accurate with both. I got a better deal on the 642 so that is what I went with.
     
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    Guvnor NYM3 and Me

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    I love my 642CT. Perfect for daily carry. Can't even feel it IWB

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    Recently got a 642 here also, love it. So tiny and light, just about disappears in even a jeans pocket. I need to go get a pocket holster for my jacket and that's about it. :)

    That said, the LCR is a little lighter, but that's not a huge deal.

    Unless you're buying a .22lr, S&W > Ruger.
     
  12. jls

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    Well I've decided not to go with the 642








    Because buds gun shop has 442s w no internal lock for 450 :o


    thanks for setttin me straight fellas
     
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    :bigthumb:
     
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    edit- that's 6+4+2
     
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    Guvnor NYM3 and Me

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    My 642 has the internal lock. I wasn't able to find a 'no lock' version anywhere.
     
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    people who have never had an internal lock lock itself magically crew signing in
     
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    Ruger LCP
     
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    apman0000 OT Supporter

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    i have to somewhat agree with this. I love carrying my LCP (which i haven't had that long, about a month or a little less)

    but i've had a few extraction issues with the LCP at the range which makes me a bit worried about it as my carry gun compared to the 642 and G26.

    the reliability of the S&W revolvers well, no need to say more i guess, pretty obvious and proven history
     
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    Is there some database where I can find the serial numbers of the affected 642s to see if mine is in there? :wtc:
     
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    i keep seeing posts on multiple boards about not buying the 642 because of the internal lock, i've yet to see a post from someone who had a problem with it though :dunno:

    has anyone here or anyone have 1st hand knowledge of someone who has had the lock engage for no reason while firing?

    I sure haven't seen or heard of this ever happening on any revolver with an internal lock in my entire life :dunno:
     
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    Guvnor NYM3 and Me

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    Nor have I. Mine has fired every time...no probs. I'm sure S&W has that lock worked out.
     
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    http://michaelbane.blogspot.com/2007/08/s-revolver-safety-failure.html


    I don't think it's anything to be concerned with, but if I can get the same gun without the only part that I'd ever worry about for about 25 bucks more, why not. :wiggle:

    with that said I would have no problem carrying a lock gun
     
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    whats internal lock? i dont know much about revolvers

    i went to a local trade show today and handled both the lcr and 642/442, i like both, i think i want to get one soon but dont know which to get, the lcr is a couple oz lighter and cheaper..........what to do what to do
     
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    some revolvers, the 642 for example have a lock internally that you can use your key for that comes with the revolver to lock the gun, the trigger can't be squeezed when this lock is engaged.

    for some reason i still can't figure out, people are freaking out about the internal lock which revolvers have had for a pretty damn long time (some revolvers i should say)

    I have never personally had an issue with the internal lock, neither have anyone i know, and it would seem that no one on this forum has ever had issue with the lock locking itself magically but for some reason people still think it's a huge danger.
     

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