Why is a Smith and Wesson 442 Snubby so hard to find? [Archive] - Glock Talk


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01-11-2013, 19:22
I cannot seem to find one anywhere. Are they that hot?

01-11-2013, 19:32
I cannot seem to find one anywhere. Are they that hot?

Not many are eager to release any firearm at this time.

If they do, you'll pay a premium.

Dalton Wayne
01-11-2013, 19:36
I've had mine for 5 years wouldn't part with it, they are the best gun going for what they were made for, mine is a no lock....

Dalton Wayne
01-11-2013, 19:40
HOLLY HELL! I just went on GB there were only a couple there and they were $500.00 and up, ya guess your right :wow:

01-11-2013, 19:41
Although not a 442.
I've got a pre lock S&W 342 ti Centennial that I will never sell.
11.1 oz empty and 13.5 oz loaded with Speer 135 gr GDHP SB 38 +P.
The S&W Centennials are arguably some of the best pocket pistols.

01-11-2013, 19:51
I really like mine . . . I use it as a New York reload for my model 42.


01-11-2013, 21:15
I have had one in my pocket for the last 15 years or so.

01-11-2013, 21:22
642 is wifes second carry. Nice.

01-11-2013, 21:28
When I need to downsize from my Glock 26, the 642 is one of my go to guns :)

As a side chuckle, NY Coumo is trying to ban mags that hold more than 7 rounds, can you imagine that? At least my 642 would still be legal :)

01-11-2013, 21:45
Popular CCW guns are hard to find right now.

01-11-2013, 22:44
I bought one a couple months back after placing the order at least 3 months prior. It was worth the wait.

01-11-2013, 23:06
I have two 442-2s sans the lock. I love 'em.

I missed out on one yesterday by a couple of hours. It went for $400 in excellent used condition.

01-11-2013, 23:20
Where are you in VA? Town police in Chesterfield usually has a few 442/642's in stock.

01-12-2013, 05:14
My buddy bought one of two S&W 442's at one of our LGS's right before the CT shooting. The other one went within days after and I have not seen another since! My take is all the popular guns, (which I consider the "snubbie's" as second popular to the Glock 9mm's for CCW) will be hard to land for quite some time. Not to mention ammo too.

No matter what happens this time - and while BHO is still in power.. the gun crowd will not forget.

01-12-2013, 06:52
Got lucky and bought a new 442 at the LGS last week. $419 - a little high but I was shocked it was in the case and did not hesitate. They were scarce before the recent panic buying. Good luck finding one now.

01-12-2013, 13:03
I've been noticing the S&W snub epidemic since the ban scares and searching for revolver deals. I lucked out and bought a 642 at my LGS (with lock but already had stainless deletion plug RTG) for normal price. I saw the GB auctions and after visiting several local shops, noticing new buyers that just say "I'll take it" after newbie questions and not much handling, people are just out to buy up everything!

ETA: It seems older and larger framed revolvers are sitting though which is good :supergrin:

01-12-2013, 14:24
HOLLY HELL! I just went on GB there were only a couple there and they were $500.00 and up, ya guess your right :wow:

My 642 was $359 in 2006 and I got a Smith & Wesson carry case, ball cap and hat pin because it was a Smith & Wesson days function at the LGS.

01-12-2013, 15:04
I love all 3 of my J frames(642, 638CT, and 37). I have no idea what they are going for as of right now, I haven't stepped foot in a gun store in about 2 months. I wouldn't pay over $400 or so for a new one though.

01-12-2013, 15:06
Well, the 642 has been the fastest selling J-frame for some time, followed by the 442. I dunno about sporting goods stores, but it wasn't uncommon for LE dealers to be able to offer 642's for less money than 442's.

I haven't asked about it, but it wouldn't surprise me if S&W wasn't allocating more people and floor space to production of the M&P rifles at the moment in the Springfield plant. :whistling:

I remember when I did my M&P pistol & rifle armorer update earlier this year and we were told that the company had recently allocated manufacturing capability for making ALL the components and parts needed for the M&P rifles.

They were continuing to buy most of the smaller parts & assemblies from the usual vendors for such things, to be able to focus their daily manufacturing capabilities on other needs, but had decided to prepare for the option of having to start making all of the parts themselves if something happened to cause a shortage in vendor capability. ;)

When you consider that production of most models, including among the revolver line, occurs in differently scheduled production runs, it's easy to understand how a sudden surge in commercial sales might create some scarcity of some models.

I remember when I decided to pick up one of the then-new M&P 340's without the ILS (to complement my original M&P 340 made with the ILS). I called back to get a price on it under the armorer purchase program, and when the customer service person looked up the price, they had me wait to see if they had any in-stock, or whether I'd have to wait for the next production run to be scheduled. Fortunately, they had some listed in-stock at that time.

01-12-2013, 18:12
I had a 442 , sold it and regretting it ever since .I still have the old 36 square butt , it's not the same 442 is a good one!

01-12-2013, 18:23
HOLLY HELL! I just went on GB there were only a couple there and they were $500.00 and up, ya guess your right :wow:

Yup, just one 638 which i thought would be a good alternative.

01-12-2013, 20:01
Just traded my no-lock 442 in on a no-lock 642. The 442 finish wore fast on the barrel&cyl. Stainless is the way to go to keep rust off in humid weather and holster wear of the barrel&cyl.

01-12-2013, 21:58
My 642 is the perfect grab and go weapon. It has a lock because that is all that was available at the time. I have fired hundred's of rounds, without any apparent problems.

01-13-2013, 08:18
I picked up a 340pd in a trade for a g30 about a year ago. The lgs's around here normally have a 442 or 642 in stock.

01-13-2013, 10:14
The S&W J Frames are flying off the shelves. My local shop is out, three months ago they had about 2 dozen assorted snubbies. Glad I have mine.

01-13-2013, 10:55
Serious concealed carry guns of all kinds are going like hot cakes. Every time I go to the LGS or gun show most of the sales I see are of compact auto pistols or small revolvers. Since the 442 is a real gem in that line it is easy to see why people are hunting for them like ginsing or truffles in the woods.

01-13-2013, 12:49
I've had my gun guy looking for a 442 for 3 months now and nothing. I picked a ruger lcr 357 instead and really like it. Great trigger.

Still looking for the 442 though........

Harcor F Mudd
01-21-2013, 16:57
All Smith & Wesson J Frames are Awesome! I was handed a Model 40 38Spl in 1974 and I have all types and Cal. my 9mm J has been a very good handgun when I would not be able to carry a Glock 17. Two 442's I have sold have been good guns even after a steady diet of +P &+P+ ammo.

Lt Scott 14
01-21-2013, 17:48
i've carried mine as a BUG for over 15yrs. No issues, ever. It has the brushed nickel finish, only shows a small shiny spot near the bbl, and front edges of the cylinder.
It is a no lock, and is carried with 135gr JHPs. It has been in a pocket, on an ankle, IWB, OWB, in a Body Armor holster(sewn on holster), fanny pack, in a book(pages cut out, and glued. One time it was on a para cord laynard, during a hiking trip.
Been around and never complained.