S&W Model 638CT and 637CT Revolver (Crimson Trace)

The Smith & Wesson Model 638 and 637 are now available from the factory with Crimson Trace laser grips installed.

Model 637CT Revolver

The .38+P Models 637CT and 638CT both feature a stainless finish and 2.5″ barrel. They will retail for $924.



Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


Advertisement

  • Carl

    Frickin’ laser beams!

  • Carl

    These won’t shoot .357, right? S&W has .357 airweight snubbies as well. Why would you buy this one over those? I’ve briefly tested the .357 version and it is very light.

  • AP

    For anal types like me, no bueno on the grip covering the S&W engraving. I went with a 3″ SP101 and the Ruger-marqued CT grips (not for that reason, though).

  • Matt Groom

    I applaud S&W making these in .38 Special, which is a far superior cartridge for use in a J-frame. If you aren’t going to shoot .357 magnum in your J-Frame most of the time, you shouldn’t buy one in that caliber. Most people don’t shoot their .38 J-frames enough because they kick so much.

    “Well, you can shoot .38 in a .357.” Yeah, but not without damaging the gun over time. I’ve seen more S&W .357 magnum cylinders ruined by use of .38 special than from any other cause. You can shoot .380 in most 9mms too, but that doesn’t make it a good idea. I don’t know anybody who shoots .357 more than they shoot .38’s, and most of my friends are reloaders.

  • too much money.

  • Mike

    I guess the thing I’m most interested in is the 2.5 inch barrel, full length extractor and a pinned on sight on what is a 442.

    The 1 7/8 inch barrel on the 442 always is a little… little. And I like the option of changing the front sight to suit me.

    I often shoot 38 specials with my 686 in 357 mag with no noticable effect on accuracy. Just need to clean the charge holes to switch back to 357 mag.

  • Matt Groom

    They do make a 642 with the 2.5″ barrel Mike. I am also not a fan of the 1.875″ barrels, but I want the 642 Powerport model with a 2 1/8″ barrel, or one of the .32 H&R caliber 431/432 (the latter preferred), but they’ve dropped them.

    And one more thing: Yes, you will almost never see a perceptible difference in accuracy with the .38 in a .357, but they have to be cleaned THOROUGHLY before .357s are shot in them, or the chamber will be damaged. If you have a .357 and your cases stick badly when you try to eject them, one or more of your chambers are damaged and the whole cylinder is bad. I bought a 586 that was like this, so I converted it to a 7 Shot model.

  • Bob

    I have shot several thousand .38s through my Model 66 with no damage or unusual wear. Having said that, I like the idea of a 2.5 inch S&W 38 with a laser sight. I just might buy one of these. If anyone gets one before I do please post your thoughts. Thanks.

  • PUMPDAWG1958

    HEY GUYS…JUST GOT THE S&W 638 CT 1.88 INCH BARREL. WHAT CAN I SAY…SWEET .38 FOR CCW. LASER GRIP TAKES THE PUNCH OUT OF 125 GRAIN SJHP IN +P. SHOT SOME OTHER .38’S AS WELL. LASER IS A BIG PLUS. LIKE IT SO WELL ORDERED ANOTHER FOR THE LITTLE WOMAN…