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OFI
10-02-2007, 1:01 PM
I am hoping that someone can give provide a rough idea of how much
more a S&W 642 (.38+p) without the internal lock is worth compared
to a current production 642 with the internal lock.

Is the quality of the 642 without the internal lock considered to be
better made or is it the same quality as the current production 642?

QuarterBoreGunner
10-02-2007, 1:05 PM
Actually the newer models are arguably better made than the earlier ones; advances in metallurgy production, etc.

That being said, a lot of people find the internal lock offensive and will pay a premium for a pre lock version over a post lock version in the same condition.

maxicon
10-03-2007, 10:10 AM
As QBG said, many are willing to pay a premium for the non-lock guns, especially for a defense-only gun like the 642. However, the 642 is one of the least expensive revolvers S&W sells and isn't exactly a classic collectible, and there's just not that much of a difference. I'd be surprised if there were a $50 delta between pre-lock and lock versions.

dfletcher
10-03-2007, 12:36 PM
I am hoping that someone can give provide a rough idea of how much
more a S&W 642 (.38+p) without the internal lock is worth compared
to a current production 642 with the internal lock.

Is the quality of the 642 without the internal lock considered to be
better made or is it the same quality as the current production 642?

I don't have the 642, I have an as new pre lock, pre MIM 640 which is of course the stainless all steel version. I paid $325.00 for it last year. I see the new 642s going anywhere from $375.00 to $525.00, but on average I'd say a new one is about $425.00.

The new ones are probably made to tighter tolerances, but I'm just not a fan of the spray on finish & lock.