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Old 11-03-2006, 06:39 PM   #1
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Problems with new J frames???

I'm thinking about buying a new 642 Smith & Wesson but I have serious reservations about the safety lock they've added to the newer revolvers. I already have a pile of pre lock J frames (36, 37, 60, 640) so I'm not hurting for a J frame. I'd like to have a lightweight hammerless like the 642 to carry instead of my weighty pre lock 640.

My question is...

Has anyone had any reliability/durability issues with the newer Smith's with the safety lock? If so tell us about them.

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Old 11-03-2006, 06:46 PM   #2
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My ILIF problems are well documented here and around the web. Do a search on the word "oafishly" - I always include it when describing how my lock self-activated.
Old 11-05-2006, 02:30 PM   #3
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I believe in the KISS Principle. I do not trust locks on the new S&W Revolvers. All of my firearms are Social first and target shooting or hunting second.
I have over twenty nine S&W Revolvers and only one S&W with a lock and its a 625 that I was given. If it came to carrying it, the lock would be disabled in a manner that it would not lock the pistol.

I just don't trust locks, I'm afraid that they would fail at a crucial moment.
The less there is to go wrong, the better.

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Old 04-07-2010, 12:16 PM   #4
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The 642-1 is available without the IL. SW made a run of them. I purchased mine NIB about 6 mos ago.

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