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???
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.