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Old 05-14-2012, 20:07   #1
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Got My 642 Today. Love It.

Finally picked up my 642 today. It's a no-lock J-Frame. I friggin love the grip and feel of the gun. It's perfect. The size and angle is just right for me. Now I need some moonclips or some other better device than the HKS speedloaders don't like the grip.

I want a cheap pocket holster and maybe a cheap IWB holster. I still need a holster for that 13-1, which I also love.

These 2 guns are exactly what I need and like.
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Old 05-14-2012, 20:15   #2
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Old 05-14-2012, 20:33   #3
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Old 05-14-2012, 20:38   #4
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Best of the pocket guns. The Uncle Mikes size 0 neoprene cheapies work good for the pocket, though they aren't purpose made for it. Otherwise, get the Nemesis or Superfly.
My 442 has the older Spegel profiled UM rubber grips, which work fine with the HKS speedloader.
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Old 05-14-2012, 20:58   #5
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Old 05-14-2012, 21:11   #6
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I doubt that moonclips exist for the 642.

If you dislike speedloaders, try speed strips from Bianchi and Tuffy.
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Old 05-14-2012, 21:16   #7
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Sandpaper works on the grip, to make room for the speedloader.

If you are hung up on looks, then maybe not. But it works, and after a few hundred days of carry you won't notice it among all the other wear and scratches
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Old 05-14-2012, 21:23   #8
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Great little gun. Been carrying mine since I got it about 7 months ago.

The stock grips don't lend themselves well to speedloaders.

However, if you like grips made of G10 check out the options from VZ. Got a checkered set in Black Cherry for my 642 and they were worth every penny. They look great, feel great and have a more than generous relief on the left panel to accommodate a HKS speedloader.

They're pricey, but worth it. Like them on Facebook if you have an account and you can usually get a coupon code that will knock a tad off the price. Beyond that, leave it as is and just shoot it, carry it, and enjoy. Great little wheelgun.

http://vzgrips.com/gun-grips/smith-wesson-j-frame
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Old 05-14-2012, 21:30   #9
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I doubt that moonclips exist for the 642.

If you dislike speedloaders, try speed strips from Bianchi and Tuffy.
They have some for the pro series J frames, came out about a year ago. The OP's won't take them.
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Old 05-14-2012, 21:31   #10
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I carried two Bianchi speed strips that held six rounds of .357 or 38 special. I figured I may as well carry 6 in each even though my model 637 only had a 5 shot cylinder. Loved the gun but didn't shoot it very well at all. Love the 642, nice choice.
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Old 05-15-2012, 04:32   #11
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The standard in a pocket wheelgun in the no-lock. 24/7 protection!
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Old 05-15-2012, 06:10   #12
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Congrats! 642s are great, but

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Old 05-15-2012, 06:19   #13
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:04   #14
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Of course one can use moonclips on a 642. http://www.clarkcustomguns.com/moonclip.htm
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:08   #15
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Great little gun. Perfect for pocket carry. Congratulations.
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:19   #16
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The very best pocket holster for a J-frame is the Mika pocket holster. I even use mine with my Colt DS.
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:29   #17
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It did not happen until you post pics

Gratz anyway
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:35   #18
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The very best pocket holster for a J-frame is the Mika pocket holster. I even use mine with my Colt DS.

I really like the Bulman Gunleather pocket holster


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Old 05-15-2012, 08:42   #19
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The 642 is a great pocket pistol. It will go bang when you need it which to me is more important than having a few more rounds. Apex also makes trigger parts to make 642 easier to shoot well.
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:24   #20
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I'm using DeSantis Clip Grips on my 642 and I really love em'. They're basically the same size as the stock rubber grips but in a plastic resin so they don't stick to stuff like rubber does and you can carry IWB without the need for a holster. They're also more speedloader friendly. I really think you should give em' a try. Congrats on the 642, they're really great EDC/CCW guns, I don't go anywhere without mine.


The gun will also be easier to shoot if you polish up the rebound slide and DA sears on the hammer and install a Wolff 13# rebound slide spring and 8# hammer spring. You'd be surprised at the smooth and dare I say light trigger pull you get with this combination.
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:58   #21
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Congrats. Keep practicing with the speed loaders. They work, it just takes some practice.
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Old 05-15-2012, 13:08   #22
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Congrats.

I've got a bunch of J-frames, including a pair of 642-1's. Handy, useful, practical little wheelguns.

Keep in mind that the very attributes which make them so useful as diminutive lawfully concealed handguns also makes them harder for many folks to shoot, though. It takes time to master proper revolver skills, even using full-size 6-8 shot revolvers, and the 5-shot models can make it a bit more difficult. It's worthwhile to do so, though.

I use the Uncle Mike's #3 pocket holster, myself (made for the 5-shot snubs). Yes, they can become worn out with enough use, but they're easily & inexpensively replaced. They hardly add any additional bulk to pocket carry, unlike some of the holsters made of thicker material and design. Washable. Once they become "crushed" around the gun, and it becomes less easy to draw from them, it's probably time to replace them.

For the most part I use the various grips that have come standard with my assortment of J's. The various rubber/plastic grips all work fine with my HKS & Safariland Speedloaders. Only the "original" style wooden grips create issues for their use, and Speedstrips work fine with those (and the rest of them).

I've found that running my J's under all manner of light conditions can reveal some difficulty is seeing the standard front serrated ramp post, so I've painted them either white or neon orange/red. (The front XS standard night sights on my pair of M&P 340's works better than any of my other J's for sighted fire, though. )

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Old 05-15-2012, 18:30   #23
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Another nice addition Restless28, Congrats!

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Old 05-15-2012, 23:35   #24
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Love my 642. Great pocket gun. Mine rides in a mika pocket holster.
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Old 05-16-2012, 00:51   #25
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Finally picked up my 642 today. It's a no-lock J-Frame. I friggin love the grip and feel of the gun. It's perfect. The size and angle is just right for me. Now I need some moonclips or some other better device than the HKS speedloaders don't like the grip.

I want a cheap pocket holster and maybe a cheap IWB holster. I still need a holster for that 13-1, which I also love.
A desantis pocket holster works really well. In a pair of 5.11 pants with the wider pocket entrance, the pistol all but disappears and has excellent access. The pistol slips in and out of the holster easily while the grippy outer surface of the holster keeps it in place.

HKS speedloaders work fine. I actually forgot one in the side pocket of my pants recently, and TSA missed them in my bag, too. Didn't find them until I got to the destination. The speedloaders don't clear the grip completely, but don't need to. Get the nose of each bullet into the chamber and twist. They drop into place.

Bianchi speed strips work, but they work on the premise of firing two rounds, extracting them, and putting in two more (ideally). You can do the full cylinder, of course, if you have the time and cover to do it.

Frankly, things will need to have gone far south to need to reload the j-frame, though the possibility is always there. The primary reason I carry a spare magazine in an auto is for clearance drills; not just as a refill. That's not usually an issue in the revolver.
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