S&W 642 and 442 with Mag-Na-Ported-Barrel

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S&W have made a special run of S&W 642 and 442 revolvers with ported barrels. These must make one heck of a bang when the trigger is pulled! Both are chambered in .38 Special.

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Model 642

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Model 442


Steve Johnson

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  • http://www.thegunzone.com/556dw.html Daniel E. Watters

    How much of a bigger bang can they have given they already have ~2″ barrels? It amazes me that people can freak out about the dangers of porting a revolver barrel when it already has a gap between the cylinder and barrel that can vent gas, powder, and lead.

  • War Wolf

    I never thought much of ported EDC guns. Too much flash, especially in the dark.

  • Tom Stone

    I own a ported 442.Neither the blast or flash is significantly worse than an unported pistol.The recoil is much more “straight back” and it is much easier to get a second accurate shot off quickly.With a barrel longer than 17/8 the increased flash and blast might not be worth the tradeoff,but it definitely is for me with this pistol,especially with hot loads.

  • Crystal

    Where’s the hammer on these things??

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

      Crystal, it is inside the frame. It double action only, you cannot cock the hammer manually. The advantage of this is that there is no hammer get snagged on clothing when drawing it.

  • Tom

    Real Men don`t shoot .38 Specials. May be ok for a woman. This round is obsolete in my opinion.

  • Crystal

    That’s interesting. I’ve never seen a revolver without a hammer. hm!

    Tom… “real men” don’t get out shot by women despite what kind of gun regardless of caliber they’re given. :)

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

      Crystal, it sure does have a hammer, it is just hidden away!

      hmmm … a hammerless revolver (striker fired aka. glock) would be a very interesting idea!

  • Earl

    Hey Tom … .38 outdated? So you’re OK standing in front of that itty-bitty gun while someone fires an obsolete ol’ .38 at your hiney? :-) I’ve seen enough folks die on the receiving end. Decent ammo and a decent shooter … I don’t think you’d be too disappointed in the performance. We’re lazy shooters today. LOTS of bullets … shoot ‘em full of holes. As old Bill Jordan said, “Accuracy is final.” (No offense intended my friend. I am happy to carry modern handguns and long-guns with improved ammo. But I am fine carrying my old .38 Chief as well)

  • Mr. X

    S&W has made a sweet B.U.G in the 642. Can be carried in so many ways on the body. .38+P hollow points makes a terrific back-up option on the ankle.

  • LH

    Anyone know the going price of the S&W 442 with Mag-Na-Ported-Barrel?