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    First day out with the 642

    So I waited patiently to get out to the range today to try out the 642 I picked up last Tuesday. Whew it was a long wait.

    I really didn't know what to expect but I did wonder whether the light weight was going to make it not fun to shoot.

    I loaded up some 158Gr SWC with 3.5 gr of hp38, Some with 4.0 gr of hp38, I had a ton I loaded previously at 4.5 gr of hp38 and I made some with 3.5 gr of Titegroup. in addition I brought 5 rounds of the Federal HST micro +p

    I had been dry firing some 20 or so times each evening since I got it and really liked the trigger. While its a touch heavy its smooth all the way through and my sights werent budging so I felt pretty good going in ... except I didnt know what recoil would feel like. I am not particularly recoil sensitive and like blasters but snappy little guns can be more annoying than fun.

    Well .. the 642 was amazingly fun!!

    I didnt know how far out to shoot having never owned anything this itty bitty so I settled on 7 yds. Here were my very first 5 shots at 7 yds.

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    Unfortunately .. I was aiming dead cent of the number and they shot al little high. The hp38 with the coated 158 gr makes a big POOF of smoke so after I let off one round it can act as a cloaking device hiding me from assailants!!

    I shot more of the 3.5 HP38 and continued to place them a a touch high. Dont know if it was me getting used to the sight position or ?? I moved it out to 10 yds and they went a bit higher. All though in the strike zone on a silhouette with ease.

    I tried the titegroup but didnt care for it as much. It smoked less but it felt snappy instead of thumpy so I let the wife shot the rest of that batch from her gp100.

    I moved up to the 4 gr of hp38 and still no surprises. I fired rapid fire and the gun doesnt hurt and recoil I thought was still very mild. I then went with the Fed HST .. sweet little round with a nice report, no smoke and lo and behold .. to exact point of aim. Either i was just getting a better handle or the gun just liked the bullets a bit faster.

    Just because I had to see .. I loaded up 2 of the rounds I made with 4.5 gr of hp38 ... still absolutly easy to control and recoil was easily manageable. I didnt want to beat up the little guy so I only sent 2 rounds of that down range to see how it handled the recoil.

    What a neat little gun!! LOVE IT.

    I ordered up some underwood 158gr LSWCHP standard pressure and I have a feeling me and this little gun are going to spend a lot of time together! All in all about 100 rds down range today and it was a blast!

    Did a bunch of rounds through my 686 .. Man the trigger has smoothed out wonderfully and I was killing it all the way out to 25 yds. Great range day!

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    Unfortunately .. I was aiming dead cent of the number and they shot al little high.
    Seriously? I wouldn't be too concerned
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    Nice shooting. That one should make a great EDC gun.
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    Great range report! Glad you like the newly acquired 642, and you will get better with it, just like getting used to shoot anything else. Thanks for the report.
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    I fired 5 more at the "9" and they went through the same hole above .. cept I was still aiming for the "9"

    couple more visits for me to get good and used to it but .. really much more fun than I had anticipated. Highly recommend this gun. I even like the little rubber grips! I may have to find a steel J frame as a range toy .. its too fun.
    Last edited by Boriqua; 12-02-2019 at 06:04 PM.
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    Nice
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    Boriqua-I had a similar experience with my 642. It’s the only “ lock “ gun I have. I was concerned the trigger would be stiff. Recoil would be tough to handle,etc. It turned out to be a real pleasure and my go-to when I want a second gun or just a pocket gun. Excellent weapon!
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    I wouldn’t worry about that 642 at all. For social work, that’s still going to hit where it matters.

    I have a no lock 642 that is a constant companion, with an Apex Duty kit.


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    That is some nice shooting!
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    Congrats on your new M-642, I love mine.

    Regardless on my main battery, a M-642 is always with me.
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