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    642 or 442?

    As far as their respective finishes hold up, which would you prefer for pocket carry (in a pocket holster, of course) - a 642 or a 442?

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    first of all both are now available with or with out the internal lock, check smiths website for proper sku number. as far as the finish the 642 is the way to go especially if your going to use a holster. the 442 has a matte black finish which does not hold up well at all. i have a 351pd and a 327 nightguard with the matte black finish and it scratches or chips very easily.

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    642 ,love mine

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    I have both and at least on my 642 the finish is terrible it is not just wearing off from holster wear, but flaking off, you can scrape it off with a fingernail. This started after about a month of carrying it, and no it didn't bang into anything, it just started blistering in spots and flaking off. So far the 442 hasn't shown any signs of wear or flaking. S&W offered to re-finish the gun and acknowledged that some of their 642's had issues with the finish, but I'm afraid that I might end up with the same crappy finish that is on the gun now. So I'll probably strip it and re-finish it myself with "Dura Coat". I don't know why they even bothered to put a finish on it. I also have an S&W Model 3913, 669 and a Beretta 92FS Inox, all have a bead blasted aluminum frame and to my knowledge there is no finish on any of these.

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    I have carried two 642s, and have had no issues with the finish coming off. Maybe you got one from a bad run.
    I am a carpenter and it stays in my pocket all day long (I use a Sticky pocket holster), enduring sweat, squeezing, crawling under houses etc.
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    I carry the 642 at times and it is a nice weapon. I like the 637 so I can use single action when I need to. Not sure about the 442.

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    Hands down the 642. Best pocket gun I own. & if necessary can be fired right thru your coat pocket in winter!! Guess what I pocket carry in winter?

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