NEW S&W Performance Center Model 442 Revolver

    Performance Center 442

    S&W's new Performance Center 442 revolver (S&W)

    Smith & Wesson have added an upgraded version of their Model 442 revolver to their Performance Center line. The new Performance Center 442 double action only revolver has a two-tone finish with a polished cylinder, screws and trigger. The new revolver, designed with concealed carry in mind, comes with Trace LG-105 Lasergrips. It is chambered for .38 S&W Special +P and has a five round cylinder.

    The Performance Center 442 weighs 15 ounces and has an aluminium alloy frame. It has a 1.8-inch barrel and an overall length of 6.3 inches.

    crimson trace Performance Center 442

    S&W’s new Performance Center 442 revolver with Crimson Trace laser grip (S&W)

    Here’s what Smith & Wesson had to say about the new revolver:

    Performance Center announced today that it has added a new, lightweight J-frame revolver to its growing line of unique concealed carry revolvers. The new Performance Center Model 442 revolver features the popular internal hammer design that is ideal for every day carry, providing a snag-free draw and quick holstering. This new revolver includes a number of hallmark Performance Center enhancements, including a sleek two-tone finish, high-polished features, Crimson Trace LG-105 Lasergrips, and a Performance Center Tuned Action.

    Tony Miele, General Manager of the Performance Center, said, “For over 50 years, the J-frame revolver has provided firearm owners with an excellent personal protection firearm, designed to be lightweight and well suited for concealed carry. The new Performance Center Model 442 builds upon that heritage while delivering Performance Center enhancements designed to enrich the shooting experience. Shipping from the factory with Crimson Trace Lasergrips, the Performance Center Model 442 is a fantastic choice for concealed carry.”

    Designed for concealed carry, the Performance Center Model 442 includes a Crimson Trace LG-105 laser grip with red laser for quick target acquisition in less-than-ideal lighting conditions. Chambered in .38 S&W Special +P, this new revolver is double action only with a five round capacity. Additional features include a stainless steel cylinder with high-polished cylinder flutes; a high-polished thumbpiece, plate screws, and trigger; and a Performance Center tuned action for a smoother, lighter trigger pull.

    The Performance Center Model 442 revolver has an MSRP of $742. For more information about the Performance Center Model 442, including spec sheets and images, please click here.

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