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Old 09-01-2015, 07:47 PM   #21
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It's all TGRs fault. He just had to post a pic of his 642, so I had no choice but to add a 642 to the collection, this one being the Ladysmith, though I think the only thing that makes it a Ladysmith is the label and the wood grips.

The idea of a pocket gun with no exposed hammer, whatsoever, does make sense, though, to completely eliminate any chance of snagging. That was my excise, anyway, for adding yet another J frame to the collection. Dang, I love these little guns.


Trigger pull is a bit heavier than my other J frames in DA mode, but not at all a problem for shooting and I suppose it's a good idea to have a bit heavier pull in a self defense gun. Didn't hurt accuracy, though. First day, right out of the box (2" bullseye). Yup, right there with our other J frame 38s. Whatever the reason, I do get along with these little S&W J frame guns. The little Smiths really are like potato chips. Can't have just one.


The wood grips ARE pretty and not at all bad when shooting the hot +P loads. All in all, I feel very comfortable carrying these little guns, given the way the shoot. Hard to beat a pocket gun that is a joy to carry AND a joy to shoot.

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Old 09-02-2015, 04:27 AM   #22
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Those grips really dress them up. Mine has the stock rubber and is carried most everywhere. I shot mine with 140 gr JHP +P handloads and it was right one at 10 yards so I figured why look for another load.

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Old 09-02-2015, 04:44 AM   #23
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My son has a 642 in his collection & carried it off-duty for years, though not in a pocket, strictly IWB.

I have been trying to pry it away from him for years

I do not have a revolver in my collection, but would like to add one.
The ones I like are way more $ than I can bring myself to spend on a firearm.
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Old 09-02-2015, 05:17 AM   #24
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I love all "J" frames but that 642 Lady Smith is sweet . ENJOY
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Old 09-02-2015, 01:34 PM   #25
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ncg, that's a nice model of lady smith. If I recall correctly, some, if not all the ladysmith models were a bit more rounded off than others. I think that just makes them better.

I remember not getting a ladysmith, just because of the name. In hind sight, I wish I had. I think it was a three inch .357 K frame. Oh well, live and learn.

Here's my 638.





That's with the grips it came with. Here it is with the grips I carry it with.

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Old 09-02-2015, 03:34 PM   #26
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Love those grips, Dave. What are they?
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Looks like old J Frame stock wooden grips and a Tyler T grip.
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Old 09-03-2015, 06:27 AM   #28
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You are correct Terry. They are the current J frame grip from Smith and Wesson. They are called Dymondwood, I think. I didn't like the factory rubber grips for concealed carry. I ordered the wooden grips from Smith and Wesson and the Tyler T grip from Tyler.

Factory wood and a Tyler T grip is my favorite way to carry almost any Smith and Wesson revolver.
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Aaargh! I thought I was perfectly happy with my Taurus model 85.
And now you all have me craving a J frame smith.
And then dave posts that pic with the T grip..... just pushed me over the edge.
Now I don't want one I apparently need one.
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Glad I could help.
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Aaargh! I thought I was perfectly happy with my Taurus model 85.
And now you all have me craving a J frame smith.
And then dave posts that pic with the T grip..... just pushed me over the edge.
Now I don't want one I apparently need one.
What no J Frame?

Here this will help:

http://www.snubnose.info/docs/m640.htm
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Carried this 638 daily for ten years or more. It wears the wooden grips now but I carried it with the early plastic Lasergrips. The grips were actually better than any others I had for concealment and control. I used a FIST ISW holster and wore it out. I replaced it with the same thing. When I broke my right shoulder I just switched the holster to the left side and wore it butt forward. It worked so well with the left hand I continued wearing it that way after I healed. I did not go back to right side carry until I switched to the Kahr CW40. I have purchased some left handed revolver holsters as they work well. I shoot handguns as well or better with my left hand.



With the Lasergrips.

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Old 09-10-2015, 03:44 PM   #33
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Lots of J frame fans on our forum. Good going, folks.

One more. Traded off the last Marlin, today, and brought this one, home. It's the Model 60LS. Although I do have the big scandium N frame 327 in 357 mag and a 7 shot 686 snubbie, they're just a bit big for easy concealment. The idea was to have 357 mag capability, but stay with a J frame gun for those times when I might encounter a bear. Well, okay, that was the excuse, anyway.


The Model 60 is an all steel gun, about the same size and weight as a Ruger SP 101, but the Smith comes out of the box with a MUCH nicer trigger. Will let you know how it shoots, soon.
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I carry one close to a 642. Mine is a 640 Pro. It has had a action job performed on it. It has a 10 lb. trigger pull and is slick as "snot on a brass doorknob".
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Old 06-05-2017, 10:04 PM   #35
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sdb321, Looks very businesslike. I have used those grips in the past and they worked well, giving a good grip but hiding well as they were narrow. My normal non-laser grips are Hogue checkered wooden grips but they do not work for me on the J frame. I had trouble finding good grips for a J frame with square butt and these were the best I found.
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