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J-Frame Lust

Brigid just posted regarding a J-Frame Smith 637 and her adventures with it. She reminded me of my J-Frames.
I love Smith & Wesson J-Frames. Especially in .38 Special and .357.  The first one I owned was a Model 49, blue.  Sweet gun, but having the corrosive perspiration equivalent to pool acid, it soon had a patina of rust and corrosion, even after religiously wiping her down and keeping her coated in gun oil and WD 40.  Used to have a large rust spot on my T-shirt and shorts (appendix carry) when I worked at the convenience store.  Eventually, I had to sell her to pay bills.  (Back in the 70’s.)
My second J-Frame was an early Model 60.  My old friend Steve traded her to me.  He traded a well-worn LW Commander for her.  She was very cool, but had a very heavy trigger.  One could slow-pull it and stack the trigger, though.  On one occasion, I was able to put 5 rounds down range, double-action @ 25 yards.  The group could be covered by a coffee cup.  I was very proud, but was never able to reproduce the event.  Unfortunately, she was in the safe when it was taken.  :- (
My third is my current J-Frame, a 442 electroless nickel.  I’ve been carrying her for 17 years.  Some of the electroless nickel has worn off on the Smith logo, on the starboard side, right wear my left thumb knuckle rides.  (I’m left handed).  A lighter trigger than the 60, but just not as accurate a piece.  But, accurate enough.  She lives in my left front pocket in the Summer when it’s too hot to carry the 5″ 1911.
I know, revolvers are old-school, but sometimes they are just the thing.  With a Bianchi Speed-Strip or Two.
As long as they don’t have an internal key lock.  That’s just wrong.

h/t Brigid


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


6 thoughts on “J-Frame Lust

  1. The internal lock on my 442 is just decorative, from my perspective. I’m not even sure where the little key is, unless maybe I left it in the shipping case. Fortunately, being a lefty like you, it’s on the far side of the revolver when I shoot it, so … out of sight, out of mind.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | April 25, 2012, 7:20 am
    • Sadly, there are tales on the ‘net wherein these new-fangled locks self-actualize – not something I’d like in a defensive firearm.
      If Smith won’t simply stop manufacturing them, some enterprising person needs to invent a hole cover (like on the old cell-phones!) to necessarily seal it off. – My Two Cents

      Posted by guffaw1952 | April 25, 2012, 7:27 am
      • I suppose I should dig out the little key & periodically check to make sure the lock is turned all the way OFF. Perhaps it rotates when the beastie is fired. Either way, not a good thing at all.

        Posted by Rev. Paul | April 25, 2012, 8:25 am
  2. Guffaw, my level of knowledge and experience, hardly qualifies me to make any call one way or the other on old school / new school, but I personally love wheel guns and that’s what I currently carry. Although I am currently thinking of purchasing a 1911 of some variety.

    Posted by Matt | April 25, 2012, 7:42 am
  3. I sold off a perfectly good 642 with the lock to buy a used 442 with out it. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Posted by velcro8ball | April 25, 2012, 10:06 am

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