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I'm not getting rid of THIS one! (new to me J-Frame)

EliEli Senior MemberPosts: 3,074 Senior Member
Over the last 8 years of carrying (I'm 26) I've owned a model 60, 2 model 642s, a model 431, and a model 442. For some stupid reason or another, I've sold or traded off each J-Frame, then went out less than a year later and bought another. As far as I know, I'm over the randomly selling and trading part of my life, but I still found myself without a J.

I've been casually on the lookout for a NPE gun for the last year or so. On the 26th I saw posted on Armslist an add for an "airWeight .38", the picture was of the starboard side of a stainless J-Frame. I assumed it was a 642 and for the price he was asking, I assumed that it had a lock. When I meet up with the guy, he hands me the gun, I go to release the cylinder and notice that it's a no-lock model, when I open the cylinder I notice that the star is blued instead of stainless.....I know what that means, neato!

So, for a bit less than 3 bills I picked up a no dash, electroless nickle 442, that other than a couple of small spots, looks to be in really good condition. I'm holding on to this one ****!


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With the next semester starting back in a couple of weeks and me only working part time, I now have about $0.14 to my name.....but all in all, I'm happy with how this years "gun stuff" went.

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  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,973 Senior Member
    uh... yeah! :)
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  • Farm Boy DeuceFarm Boy Deuce Senior Member Posts: 6,083 Senior Member
    Nice looking pocket blaster. You suck!
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  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,146 Senior Member
    Eli wrote: »
    With the next semester starting back in a couple of weeks and me only working part time, I now have about $0.14 to my name.....

    This is unfortunate . . . you won't be able to afford the purple metal flake paint for your car.:jester:

    Pre-idiot lock - YAY! +P rated? I can never keep all the variants straight. . .

    Nicely done!
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  • timctimc Senior Member Posts: 6,684 Senior Member
    Purty thing, Nice pocket gun.
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  • EliEli Senior Member Posts: 3,074 Senior Member
    Bigslug wrote: »
    +P rated? I can never keep all the variants straight. . .

    Nope, but that's never really been a concern of mine. I plan on loading it with whatever 158gr. round hits closest to POA and calling it good.
  • WeatherbyWeatherby Senior Member Posts: 4,953 Senior Member
    Eli wrote: »
    Nope, but that's never really been a concern of mine. I plan on loading it with whatever 158gr. round hits closest to POA and calling it good.

    I would too......nice one Eli
    Doesn't make up for you selling that longslide but it's a start.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 23,518 Senior Member
    Nice!

    Except for the chambering, of course. I really like the internal hammer Smiths. In .357 Mag, as they should be.

    ;-)
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  • Elk creekElk creek Senior Member Posts: 6,410 Senior Member
    Nice rosco there. I'd keep that one too!
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  • EliEli Senior Member Posts: 3,074 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    Nice!

    Except for the chambering, of course. I really like the internal hammer Smiths. In .357 Mag, as they should be.

    ;-)


    Does this mean that you're going to sell me your 340PD for less than $300?

    :tooth:

    I would prefer a .357 as well, but since this is going to be my "I'm not carrying a gun" gun, I'm okay with it being in .38 special.
  • jbohiojbohio Senior Member Posts: 5,569 Senior Member
    Nice shooter. Great deal.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,634 Senior Member
    Nice :yousuck:
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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 20,850 Senior Member
    Eli wrote: »
    I'm holding on to this one ****!
    We'll see about that :roll:

    :yousuck:
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  • EliEli Senior Member Posts: 3,074 Senior Member
    knitepoet wrote: »
    We'll see about that :roll:


    Oh hush, you.

    :wink:
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 20,850 Senior Member
    Eli wrote: »
    Oh hush, you.

    :wink:
    You know I love you, my brother-from-another-mother :hug:
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • EliEli Senior Member Posts: 3,074 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    At least you can't melt stainless/nickel/whatever.

    Oh ye of little faith....
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 10,645 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    At least you can't melt stainless/nickel/whatever.

    Yea but that soldering gun can play havoc on wood or rubber grips.
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Nice little Horace n Daniel :guns::guns:
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  • sarg1csarg1c Senior Member Posts: 1,707 Senior Member
    Eli, I believe you will like the Airweight. Nice piece to carry, I really like my 637. did change the grips so speedloaders would work...
    IMGP0038-3_zpsa7cd9784.jpg

    By the way, get a good grip when shooting +P's I won't let the wife shoot + P's. They will crack your knuckles.
  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 10,788 Senior Member
    Nice pick-up. They are cool little revolvers, and .38 Special is not 'chopped liver.' :up:

    Mine has an ignition key and a stainless steel cylinder (et al), but I'm not totally allergic to 'safety' features, as long as I can turn them off and throw away the key. I rarely carry mine, but I like it well enough to keep it, anyway.
  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 7,756 Senior Member
    Great Find! My 642 is my regular carry piece. Just point and shoot, no worries about jacking a slide or fumbling with a safety!! I load up light wad cutter loads and can shoot it all day. About five grains of Tite Group and a 125 and I can practice +P's, but they buck pretty good.
  • sarg1csarg1c Senior Member Posts: 1,707 Senior Member
    Big Al1 wrote: »
    +P's, but they buck pretty good.
    They can and will if not a good hold on it.
  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 7,756 Senior Member
    sarg1c wrote: »
    They can and will if not a good hold on it.

    My wife has an LCR, so I let her shoot most of WC's so she can get more confidence in her shooting!
  • twatwa Senior Member Posts: 2,236 Senior Member
    Nice pick up and a great price. Congrats! :worthy:
  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    Eli wrote: »
    Nope, but that's never really been a concern of mine. I plan on loading it with whatever 158gr. round hits closest to POA and calling it good.

    Those guns are perfection for personal defense!!! so is your choice of ammo ! Lots of wisdom there....... I like a pocket holster wallet type for that type of gun.
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  • bobbyrlf3bobbyrlf3 Senior Member Posts: 2,543 Senior Member
    How's the fit in your hand? My hands aren't what I would call big, but in my search for a sub-compact I have avoided revolvers categorically because I haven't found one that fit my hands with any confidence. That grip looks very interesting.

    Either way, nice grab.:up:
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  • EliEli Senior Member Posts: 3,074 Senior Member
    bobbyrlf3 wrote: »
    How's the fit in your hand? My hands aren't what I would call big, but in my search for a sub-compact I have avoided revolvers categorically because I haven't found one that fit my hands with any confidence. That grip looks very interesting.

    Either way, nice grab.:up:

    Obviously it's a personal preference thing, but I like the fit okay. The little J-Frames aren't really that comfortable, but I shoot them so much better than I do the pocket automatics that are available today. And even though a J-Frame has about the same footprint as a sub-compact Glock, the J just carries in the pocket so much better.

    Make no mistake, 96% of the time I'm going to be carrying a Glock 17A and at least one spare mag, but there are rare occasions where I need a carry gun that I am 100% certain it's not going to be discovered. That's where the J-Frame comes in. In those situations I have been carrying my 317 (.22lr J-Frame), but I definitely feel better with 5 rounds of .38spc as opposed to 8 rounds of .22lr .
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 20,850 Senior Member
    You mean you haven't sold/traded it YET???
    :rotflmao:
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  • USUFBUSUFB Senior Member Posts: 830 Senior Member
    knitepoet wrote: »
    You mean you haven't sold/traded it YET???
    :rotflmao:

    It's only been two days. He's not Wambli.

    Eli, looks good. My dad picked up a very similar 638 for my mom, and I'll probably get one for myself too, one of these days.
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