Gun Report

Smith & Wesson 442 No. 162810 38 Special

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Its small, sleek profile was its greatest strength, but ours needed refinement.

Smith & Wesson 442 No. 162810 38 Special

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Law Enforcement
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 Double
Trigger Span Double

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The one-piece grip slipped on from the front strap and filled the space between the trigger guard and the frame. Many alternate grips are available for the 442 but few aide concealment as well as these.
The Smith & Wesson front sight was by far the most visible. It was grooved to diffuse glare and deeply cut at its furthest post. Minimal width helped produce sizable light bars as seen through the rear notch.
A steel bushing was seated into the aluminum frame to create a wear-resistant channel for the firing pin. Below, in the center of the breech face was the point of rotation and support for the cylinder assembly. The notch on the left is where the hand that rotates the cylinder can be seen peeking out.

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