Gun Report

S&W Centennial 442 .38 Special +P

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Although this gun finishes in the middle of the pack, the understated look and slippery profile make it more appealing than less proven or more expensive models.

S&W Centennial 442 .38 Special +P

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Concealed Carry
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Single
Trigger Span Double

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The Bantam grip on the 342PD, right, was not easy to remove and did not quite go back into place between the backstrap and panels. The Centennial 442 grip on the left was secured by a traditional screw. The boot grip leaves the grip screw exposed, but at least you can tighten it up to meet the frame.
The 442's ejector rod is too short and is not shrouded. The front sight is machined into the barrel. The trigger is properly contoured.

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