Gun Report

Smith & Wesson Model 42 No. 15052 38 Special +P, $635-$798 (Grade: B-)

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The S&W Model 42 was too difficult for many shooters to shoot well and comfortably. It was easy to hide, though, and we feel there are good reasons why the 42 evolved into the 442/642.

Smith & Wesson Model 42 No. 15052 38 Special +P, $635-$798 (Grade: B-)

Gun Details

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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
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Double

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The Model 42 uses a full-size cylinder latch, which jammed against a tester’s thumb during recoil. Only happened once.
Both revolvers, M42 at left, lacked full-length ejector rods and only partially ejected empties. Thus, use gravity to assist in reloading.
The ejector rod locked up on the pin in the lug on the Model 42.

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