Here is a late revival of a very popular revolver, not only for both defense minded civilians and law enforcement professionals, but also for those of us who are interested in collectability. This is the 642-1, named model .38 Centennial Airweight Stainless. The first models ran from 1990 until 1993 with old style short frame that lacked +P rating, numbered model 642 no suffix. With the introduction of J-Magnum frames in 1996, the 642-1 began a six year run of immense popularity, replaced by the 642-2 Lock Variant in 2002. Smith & Wesson has revived these excellent revolvers with the newer, slicker factory boot type short combat rubber grips presently on almost all lightweight J frames. As far as basic features, The Model 642 is full-time double action; since the hammer is completely enclosed inside the frame. For personal protection, many veteran law enforcement officers and firearms instructors recommend this model 642-1, since the Centennial cannot be fired in single action mode, where a person cocks the hammer and then pulls the trigger. It is an exceedingly dangerous situation when a homeowner hears a noise and immediately backs the hammer on any revolver. This configuration has long been very popular and vastly less dangerous than many of its semi-automatic peers. In spite of its light weight, it is rated to withstand the pressure from +P, high-velocity proof-load .38 Special ammunition. Furthermore, given the state of the handgun market and consequent prices, we believe the Lightweight J-frame Smith & Wessons are among the best values in firearms. As far as Factory Specs, this revolver is .38 Special +P rated, double action only, 1 7/8 inch barrel, overall length 6 5/16 inches; aluminum alloy small frame J designation; satin stainless finish, Finger Grooved short rubber Boot Grip; serrated ramp front sight with fixed notch rear sight; internal hammer with locking mechanism; .312 width smooth Metal Injected Molded trigger; 5 shot capacity. Note the new style S&W box. This specimen comes to us from its exclusive civilian owner, a discriminating Northern Illinois Collector. It is in its orginal box with its red cable lock, all its papers, including a never executed factory registration card and fired brass envelope dated from August of 2013. The box, interestingly, is mislabeled 642-2 but its serial number, sku, and all other markings are correct. Surface detractions are minimal, only faint amounts of cylinder rotation marking and faint carbon deposits on the cylinder face and top strap above the barrel’s forcing cone. We estimate it has been fired fewer than 30 times. We rate it as Excellent, perhaps Near Mint in Box, but photos ought to suffice for our distinguished shoppers to judge finish grade for themselves. Replacement pricing has recently been upwards of $600 apiece on these revolvers. We're offering this pristine Smith & Wesson model 642 No Lock, however, for only $ 419.00. Transferable to eligible civilians in all jurisdictions of these United States. California DOJ approved status expires 11/07/2014. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
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