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    Opinion's of my S&W .38?

    What's yall's opinion on this gun and what do you think it's value is? I had some guy's tell me it's worth around $400-$500 since it's not made anymore. It's a S&W model 640 Centennial 2 .38cal produced in 11/'93 that I inherited from my stepdad and it's only had 100 round's put through it in it's lifetime.





    It may be a nice C&C gun but I dont really like it as it's very uncomfortable for me to shoot because it's too small for my hand. I want to either sell it or trade it for a PT 24/7 .45cal, opinion's???

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    Re: Opinion's of my S&W .38?

    IMOP it's a good CCW gun. If you don't whant it try to sell it. You will get more then on a tradein. I wood keep it for backup or pocket carry. Put a Pachmayer Grip on it to fit your hand.
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    Re: Opinion's of my S&W .38?

    Very nice weapon for ccw...I have the new version (642) with the lock and love it....carry it often in my right front pocket with no holster.. Unless you need the money I would hold onto it as the pre-lock Smith's are only going to go up in value. in the KC market your friend is very close with his price est.

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    Re: Opinion's of my S&W .38?

    Quote Originally Posted by texasmr2
    What's yall's opinion on this gun and what do you think it's value is? I had some guy's tell me it's worth around $400-$500 since it's not made anymore. It's a S&W model 640 Centennial 2 .38cal produced in 11/'93 that I inherited from my stepdad and it's only had 100 round's put through it in it's lifetime.



    It may be a nice C&C gun but I dont really like it as it's very uncomfortable for me to shoot because it's too small for my hand. I want to either sell it or trade it for a PT 24/7 .45cal, opinion's???

    Gregg

    They sell 642s here for a little over $300. I've thought about it. They are quite good for pocket carry CCW, no snag, DAO. But, I prefer a hammer on my .38 even in a pocket. I naturally slide my thumb up over the hammer on the draw. I guess learning on single actions, it's just a reflex. And, I like having SA capability. But, for true pocket carry, the DAO hammerless is a more specialized, better deal.

    I have found the 642s (and I'd reckon the 640s) to have quite a rough trigger, however, something that's strange coming from the vaunted Smith and Wesson factory. Everyone seems to think the S&W logo means smooth trigger for some reason, but my little Taurus M85UL is slicker than any Smith I've owned! If I had one of these things, I'd have a smith work the trigger over. I couldn't live with the out of the box trigger.

    I'd say, if you have a CCW and carry a gun, the 640 would be a keeper for pocket carry. Your problems with it may lye in the trigger or your ability to shoot DA (an acquired skill that takes practice). Practice with it, dry fire it, learn to control it, maybe spend a little to have the trigger slicked up, and it's a fantastic pocket carry revolver. If you trade it on something, you're trading probably the lowest priced of all Smith and Wessons. However, your friends price estimate wouldn't surprise me since there seems to be a huge demand for pre-lock Smiths. It's a supply/demand thing and what keeps me from buying used Smiths in this market. I have an old M10 and that's it for Smiths at the moment.
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    Re: Opinion's of my S&W .38?

    I'd suggest keeping it as a pocket gun for carry. You can always change the grips to make it more comfortable.

    For a good estimate on its value, take a wander through Gunbroker.com and GunsAmerican.com looking for your gun. Did this when I was foolishly debating on selling my 1911 and getting an AR (decided to keep my Kimber).

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    Re: Opinion's of my S&W .38?

    Thanks for all the info everyone, I'll most likely hold onto it as it has sentimental value also. Looking at Pachmayer's site I come to find I do not know my gun's frame? Could someone help guide me? FYI I want a grip that has the finger groove's and one that extend's to fit all 3 1/2 of my finger's.

    FYI I lost half of my right little finger so having a grip that fully fit's my other 3 finger's is very important for stability.

    Thanks again,
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    Re: Opinion's of my S&W .38?

    Quote Originally Posted by texasmr2
    Thanks for all the info everyone, I'll most likely hold onto it as it has sentimental value also. Looking at Pachmayer's site I come to find I do not know my gun's frame? Could someone help guide me? FYI I want a grip that has the finger groove's and one that extend's to fit all 3 1/2 of my finger's.

    FYI I lost half of my right little finger so having a grip that fully fit's my other 3 finger's is very important for stability.

    Thanks again,
    Gregg
    It's a J frame, common as dirt, aka "detective special" in the old days. Check out the wares at www.ajaxgrips.com . They have some major makers as well as their own proprietary grips in different materials. I've bought a couple of sets off of 'em.
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    Re: Opinion's of my S&W .38?

    Quote Originally Posted by texasmr2
    Thanks for all the info everyone, I'll most likely hold onto it as it has sentimental value also. Looking at Pachmayer's site I come to find I do not know my gun's frame? Could someone help guide me? FYI I want a grip that has the finger groove's and one that extend's to fit all 3 1/2 of my finger's.
    Looks like its a Round Butt J frame. I think that there was some Square Butt J frames made but not sure. I know that there were both Round and Square K, L and N frames.

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    Re: Opinion's of my S&W .38?

    Yes, specify round butt because there are square butt Js. There are also round butt K frames and, I think, there were some N frame round butts, maybe the 625. Not too sure about that one, though.
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