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Another prelock smith followed me home

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by PhysicsGuy, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    I was in my favorite local shop today, picking up some various components. As I was chatting with the owner, I noticed he was cleaning up and putting out a jframe, and the left side caught my eye, no lock. So once I saw the price he had put on it, I couldn't leave without it.

    Its a good condition 642-1. Bright shiny bore, and a good fit to it. I'm definitely happy I picked the perfect timing today.

    As you can see, the left side is immaculate;

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    (thats cat hair on the cylinder)


    On the right side, there is a bit of wear on the side plate and trademarks. But that does nothing to hurt the beauty of the gun.

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  2. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    That's a great go-anywhere gun. I trade-off between it and my P3AT depending on the situation, attire, etc.

    S&W recently released a new batch of no-lock 642's (and 442's, I think), so I picked one up last fall. Unfortunately, it's on its second trip back to S&W to correct some deficiencies in craftsmanship. Great gun design, but I picked the short-straw on mine.
     
  3. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    Yeah, I heard keiths had a few no lock 442s in stock last month, went there the next day, none left. I prefer the quality of older S&Ws over the new, even beat to heck used ones seem to be tighter than new ones.


    Oh quick question Sun, what is the dash number on your S&W?
     
  4. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    642-1: same old S&W frame quality, new & improved S&W assembly quality :laugh:
     
  5. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    lol. I figured they changed the dash series on the new ones. Most likely because I figured they found some "improvement" to make that would make it worse.
     
  6. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    Geez, some people have no self control what-so-ever. Can't you go a few weeks without buying a new toy? :D

    Since it has that wear on the side already, you should do something cool like bead blast it down and then do a cool colored re-anodizing if the frame. I bet it would look cool with a green frame. :)
     
  7. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    One word playboy, no :p

    On a side note, still looking for a 686+
     
  8. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    Rumor has it that the "new" no-locks are built on old -1 frames that they had laying around.
     
  9. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    Ah I see, so at least something was built right :D
     
  10. ZeroRing

    ZeroRing 26th District, WA Active Member

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    It's either no self-control or a bottomless pit of green rectangles to get rid of... or BOTH! :D
     
  11. glockguy

    glockguy Albany Oregon Well-Known Member

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    PhysicsGuy Wat Other Places In Corvallis Sell HandGuns besides ABG buys down there in south Town??
     
  12. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    Philomath gun shop is just outside of town, or there is Jim's shop just north of town. Nothing else really in town other than Bimarts, Big 5, and ABG.
     
  13. glockguy

    glockguy Albany Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I dont really care Philomath gun shop, their Customer Service sux and Tho their prices maybe ok.. ID rather spend my money else where, unless you are actually purchasing a gun they pretty much ignore you and act like they dont want you in there ... I Usually buy my guns from Albany Coins Guns And jewelry... They got a pretty sweet Lay away Deal..
     
  14. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    Oh I'm a huge fan of Philomath's customer service, it just depends on how busy they are.
     
  15. mike sr.

    mike sr. the great tax me state: Nebr Member

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    "Another prelock smith followed me home"

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    Is your area so BACKWARDS THAT YOU DON'T HAVE STALKING LAWS .... YET?..... :)
     
  16. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Every Smith and Wesson revolver I have ever owned has needed a Wolff gunspring kit. After this is done I love them. I have a 642 with the lock and laser and love its accuracy and lightweight. The no locks do have the aesthetic advantage and I have had a malfunction with my 329PD where the lock engaged halfway through a cylinder rotation. It locked up and I had to remove the sideplate to fix it. The spring that keeps the lock either on or off had displaced itself somehow but have not had a problem since.
     
  17. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    Just imagine if this had happened during a defensive situation!!! Some people think that the malfunctions are a myth, its great to finally hear some first hand experience.
     
  18. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Yes, that thought crossed my mind. The only thing I can figure is recoil from 44 Magnums in the light Scandium frame or the previous owner tinkered with it. It happened just after I bought it used and since fixed has been very reliable.

    Just to back on thread track, are the pre-lock 642's rated for +P loads? Mine is although I have never shot any through it. Just standard practice loads and Magsafes are its home defense loadout.
     
  19. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    I have been wondering the same thing, the manual doesn't say that you can run +p through it, but I don't know if they actually changed anything with the newer 642's
     
  20. uscsoldier

    uscsoldier Salem, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Did you see the one my GF got me at the ARPC show:thumbup: He told her he had another, you want me to get his info from her?