S&W 642-2 Review

All new and pretty – it truly needed a good home!!

A little J frame history . . .

The J frame was originally introduced in 1950 – as the Model 36 – at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) convention in 1950 – and was quite well received. It was an exposed hammer 5 shot blued steel built on the new J frame – the older I frame simply wasn’t strong enough to handle the pressure of a 38 special cartridge – in 1951 Smith brought out the Model 37 “Air weight” – aluminum frame and aluminum cylinder – the aluminum cylinder proved to be proved to be quite an issue and was dropped in favor of a steel cylinder


really nice example of an older Model 36

The J frame has been produced in a large number of variants over the years – nickel finish – stainless steel – shrouded hammer – internal hammer – and nice used ones are available – the 640 is even in 357 Magnum – and I will swear to the fact that the 357 Magnum versions are QUITE a challenge to shoot with full power loads!! ) . The J frame has proven to be so popular that Smith is even producing the original “Chiefs Special” – the Model 36 – for their classics line.


Current Production 642-2 “Air weight”

The 642 is a great concealed carry option – and a lot of people carry them either as a primary weapon or BUG – ( Back Up Gun ) – in this review we are going to consider in the carried as as a pocket gun.

You get great concealment and five shots – sure shots – it will go bang 5 times as sure as the sun will rise in  the east in the morning to open and govern the day! – if by some infinitesimally small chance you get a bad primer on a cartridge – no rack tap bang drill – just pull the trigger again! Reloads with practice are as fast as a semi automatic – damn Bruce – there you go with that P word again!!!

With the factory grips and plus p loading’s the 642 is quite a learning curve for second and subsequent follow up shots – PRACTICE people!! More on the factory grips and trigger pull at the end.


Empty weight of the 642-2

The 642 in a Desantis pocket holster simply disappears into your pocket – and for God’s sake – use a holster and put nothing else in that pocket! I prefer the nylon style holsters for pocket carry – adds minimal bulk and weight to the equation. And with the internal hammer of the 642 – nothing to snag.


Chambered in 38 Special you have an incredible variety of ammo available –  from Hornady critical defense in several different offerings to the original 158 round nose lead – and just about EVERYTHING in between. I keep waiting for someone to come out with miniature kitchen sinks loaded in 38 special! My personal loads that I carry – spring-summer-fall  –  critical defense 110 grain plus p – really great performance – winter – Remington HTP – 158 grain lead semi wadcutter with gas check – plus p – about as good as you can do for multiple layers of heavier clothing and retain good penetration characteristics – choose your ammo carefully – you are betting YOUR life on it!!

The 642 is a great little gun – however the tiny grips are really hard to hang on to and the trigger pull ( at 12 pounds ) leaves something to be desired. Let’s address one issue at a time – first the grips – change them – simple huh? What I recommend without hesitation are a set of   Ergo Delta grips (thanks Mick – He loaned me his to try – I bought a set IMMEDIATELY ) – one hell of a difference!


Very simple installation and really does little to the over all profile of the gun – but it makes it a whole lot easier to control – and helps tremendously with recoil – factory grips – 10 rounds of 158 grain plus p and you can hardly hold the steering wheel on the way home – Ergo grips – I went through a 50 round box before I even realized it – cool stuff !!


Factory grips –


Ergo grips –


All better –

The Ergo grips do not alter the profile to any large degree and go a long way toward adding shooting comfort and more importantly – control – about 30 dollars in your mailbox.

Wilson Combat offers a replacement spring set  – 9 dollars from Brownells – have not decided if I am going to upgrade or not since the grips have made such a difference – but I more than likely will just to feel the difference.

Great little pocket gun – but like any other other – PRACTICE – take it out and shoot it!! Trust me – you won’t wear it out . . . and you will gain more proficiency and confidence with the little darling!!

Have Fun! – Run the Gun! – and remember – Fish Heads are Cheap!!

A Few Numbers for a Friday morning – You’re Welcome

Ran across this in the wee hours of the morning . . . A little reading to go with your coffee – I know it’s a little early for thinking stuff – but you’ll be alright . . .

There are 30,000 gun related deaths per year by firearms, and this number is not disputed. U.S. population 328,735,259 as of Monday, May 6, 2019. Do the math: 0.0000912588% of the population dies from gun related actions each year. Statistically speaking, this is insignificant! What is never told, however, is a breakdown of those 30,000 deaths, to put them in perspective as compared to other causes of death:
• 65% of those deaths are by suicide which would never be prevented by gun laws
• 15% are by law enforcement in the line of duty
• 17% are through criminal activity, gang and drug related or mentally ill persons – gun violence
• 3% are accidental discharge deaths
So technically, “gun violence” is not 30,000 annually, but drops to 5,100. Still too many, Right? Well, first, how are those deaths spanned across the nation?
• 480 homicides (9.4%) were in Chicago
• 344 homicides (6.7%) were in Baltimore
• 333 homicides (6.5%) were in Detroit
• 119 homicides (2.3%) were in Washington D.C. (a 54% increase over prior years)
So, 25% of all gun crime happens in just 4 cities. All 4 of those cities have strict gun laws, so it is not the lack of law that is the root cause.
This leaves 3,825 for the entire rest of the nation, or about 75 deaths per state. That is an average because some States have much higher rates than others. For example, California had 1,169 and Alabama had 1.
Now, who has the strictest gun laws by far? California, of course, but understand; This is not guns causing this, it’s a crime rate spawned by the number of criminal persons residing in those cities and states. So if all cities and states are not created equally, then there must be something other than the tool causing the gun deaths.
Sure, 5,100 deaths per year is horrific…How about in comparison to other deaths? All death is sad and especially so when it is in the commission of a crime, but that is the nature of crime. Robbery, death, rape, assault all is done by criminals and thinking that criminals will obey laws is ludicrous. Hence the reason they are labeled criminals.
Gun homicides are overwhelmingly tied to gang violence. In fact, a staggering 80% of gun homicides are gang-related. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), gang homicides accounted for roughly 8,900 of 11,100 gun murders in both 2010 and 2011. That means that there were just 2,200 non gang-related firearm murders in both years
But what about other deaths each year?
• 638,169 legal induced abortions in the US (CDC – 2015, nothing more current)
• 40,000+ die from a drug overdose–THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THAT!
• 36,000 people die per year from the flu, far exceeding the criminal gun deaths
• 34,000 people die per year in traffic fatalities (exceeding gun deaths even if you include suicide)
• For the last 19 years, from 1999 to 2017, there were 2,467 children killed in fatal accidents involving bicycles, versus 1,994 children killed in fatal accidents involving a firearm. Are we ready to ban bicycles?
Now it gets good:
• 200,000+ people die each year (and growing) from preventable medical errors. You are safer in the Chicago streets than in Cook County hospital!
• 600,000-plus die each year from cancer.
• 710,000 people die per year from heart disease.
It’s time to stop the double cheeseburgers, and any other ‘bad-for societal good food’! So what’s the point? If our lawmakers and the anti-gun movement focused their attention on heart disease, even a 10% decrease in cardiac deaths would save twice the number of lives annually of all gun-related deaths (including suicide, law enforcement, etc.). A 10% reduction in medical errors would be 66% of the total gun deaths or 4 times the number of criminal homicides……Simple, easily preventable 10% reductions!
So you have to ask yourself, in the grand scheme of things, why the focus on guns? It’s pretty simple:
Taking away guns gives control to governments.
The founders of this nation knew that regardless of the form of government, those in power may become corrupt and seek to rule as the British did by trying to disarm the populace of the colonies. It is not difficult to understand that a disarmed populace is a controlled populace. Thus, the second amendment was proudly and boldly included in the U.S. Constitution. It must be preserved at all costs.
Remember, when it comes to “gun control,” the important word is “control,” not “gun.”
“In his paper titled “How the British Gun Control Program Precipitated the American Revolution,” Kopel claims that various gun control policies by the British following the Boston Tea Party, including a ban on firearm and gunpowder importation, tells us not only the purpose of the Second Amendment, but its relevance within the context of today’s gun control debate.
“The ideology underlying all forms of American resistance to British usurpation’s and infringements was explicitly premised on the right of self-defense of all inalienable rights,” Kopel writes. “From the self-defense foundation was constructed a political theory in which the people were the masters and government the servant, so that the people have the right to remove a disobedient servant. The philosophy was not novel, but was directly derived from political and legal philosophers such as John Locke, Hugo Grotius, and Edward Coke.”
Kopel writes that two important things underlined the American response to the British policies. One was the practical concept of self-defense, which British disarmament measures was making more difficult. The other, and more relevant concept, was that “Americans made no distinction between self-defense against a lone criminal or against a criminal government.”
Further reductions in violence in America can be attributed to the sheer numbers of citizens exercising their right to bear arms. In October 2019, FBI 2018 Crime in the United States report revealed that Concealed Carry Permit Holders increased again, now 304% more CCWs than in 2007. That means 18.66 MILLION citizens now have a concealed carry permit and represent the largest cross-section of Americans imaginable —- again, violent crimes continue to go down, almost as if criminals know they just might be on the wrong end of ‘a good guy with a gun’.
ANY politician or bureaucrat, including judges who would infringe upon our inalienable rights as described under the Constitution and Bill of Rights should be denied public office, and removed from office if serving for abdicating their oath to office –
*** Stats were gathered from the FBI’s Crime Database, the CDC’s fatal-injury database, and various search engines….

credit: America Loving Patriot-on another forum

Have Fun! – Run the Gun! – and remember – Fish Heads are Cheap!!

32NAA Guardian Review

NAA GUARDIAN – chambered in 32NAA


The NAA Guardian line of pistols are among the elite of pocket guns – right there with Seecamp -or  Rorbaugh – stainless steel construction – exquisitely made – incredible little machines. Four different chamberings are available – 380 acp and 32NAA (in this size) – 32 acp and 25 NAA – the last two are even smaller and are damn near works of art. North American Arms are best known by their line of “Mini” revolvers – they are works of art. If I can ever get the approval of my CFO (chief financial officer – heh heh ) I might have to pick one up.

Let’s take a look at my little darling . . . .


Basic breakdown – One nice thing – the guide rod is somewhat “caught” in the double recoil spring so when it goes zing across the room it is a little easier to find.


Take down button – press the button and pull the slide back and up – your there!


Slide – like the frame is machined out of solid stainless


View of feed ramp and hammer


Left side view – showing mag release and decent look at barrel to frame mounting


on top of Kel Tec P3AT


Hiding under a Kel Tec P3AT


Empty weight – no mag


Carry weight – gun – mag – 7 rounds

The little Guardian just vanishes into a pocket – it is D/A (double action) only – hammer fired and 7 rounds of the wildest little round you will ever touch off. Let’s take a look at the round – 32NAA


Left to right – 38 special – 9mm – 380 – 32NAA

Critical Defense 32NAA – Spec –

Bullet Weight – 80 grains

Bullet Style –  Flex Tip Expanding

Case Type – Nickeled Brass

Muzzle Velocity – 1000 fps

Muzzle Energy – 178 ft lbs

When chambered in 32NAA the little pistol just performs – and very well  – being a bottle neck cartridge you have no feed or extraction issues and the Hornady bullet is a stellar performer (for an 80 grain bullet) averaging 13 inches into ballistic gel – through four layers of denim and consistently expanding to 50 caliber – thanks Hornady!

The pistol is almost pleasurable to shoot – to me very little recoil – some folks think differently – I think they just don’ expect as much recoil as there is – weight of the pistol helps offset it (over 1 1/4 lbs loaded) – quite a bit of muzzle blast – in fact a whole lot of muzzle blast! Fairly accurate for almost non existent sights – but it is a hoot to shoot – only down side is it’s about 85 cents every time it goes bang. I have seen several reviews where the person complains about the last round stove piping – wow – just fucking wow – people – the guns have no ejectors – they are designed so the next round in the magazine pushes the empty cartridge out of the way – the extractor strips the empty out and the next round pushes it out of the way – if it stove pipes – your empty – pull the empty mag – insert loaded mag – pull the slide back – let go of slide – go bang bang. Some people’s children!! – hell – some people should not have children.

I have to ask – should I get a new set of grips???  Realizing of course that I will have to get my CFO’s sign off!


They are only $71.00 (plus shipping) and I think that I would make them look so so good – me being me and all . . .

Couple of quick videos – first is Shawn Steiner – one round was enough for him . . .

You actually get a good look at the porting on the 9×25 conversion barrel in the Glock 20 on the bench

Next is Jaques with a triple tap – muzzle flash and blast is stout

Thanks to Inner10 and the crew – they make this stuff a lot easier!!

Have Fun! – Run the Gun! – and remember – Fish Heads are Cheap!!

Let’s take a bath – sorry Greg – no Asian girls in bubble baths – we’re talking about firearm cleaning . . .

No, this is not going to be a post about girls and bubble baths. having shot the 642-2 and having several folks ask about cleaning firearms – here we go . . .

The Stuff


Hoppe’s No. 9  – it works.


BREAK FREE CLP – More good stuff


The rest of the stuff . . .


One dirty firearm – almost as much fun cleaning them as getting them dirty!

One simple step at a time – get a patch wet with hoppe’s no.9 – push it through the cylinders and barrel and get the areas that are dirty – around the force cone, face of the receiver etc good and wet – if the patch gets dirty – at this point it really doesn’t matter. If you need to get the patch wet again – use a clean one don’t contaminate you bottle of solvent. I use a small bottle to work out of so if a spill occurs the big bottle doesn’t get dumped. Not that I would know anything about dumping a quart bottle of HOPPE’S


Everything wet? – put the brass brush on the cleaning rod – 5 or 6 times through the cylinders and 10 or 12 times though the barrel – Take the nylon brush and  brush around the force cone and receiver face areas – then repeat the whole process – fresh wet patch – brush/brush etc. now run a fresh wet patch through the cylinders – then a dry patch – dry patch should be clean – wet patch w/jag back and forth through the barrel – then dry patch.


Extractor – check the area for any powder residue – debris etc.

Now just dry the firearm and go after the powder/lead residue mess with the lead removal cloth -the next set of pictures came out decent – showing how if you keep scrubbing it keeps coming off.


Birchwood Casey lead removal cloths are a really good product


Still a little bit to go around the force cone – Use a chop stick or Popsicle stick or something similar  with the end cut in a narrow wedge and rub the cloth in there – it will get it clean.

Wipe it all down with a dry cloth – sparingly oil a patch with CLP and push through the barrel and the cylinders – follow with a dry patch – you’re done! On a firearm with a blued finish you would want to take a lightly oiled cloth and wipe it down – good to store it – for a carry piece (blued) one last wipe with a silicone cloth – ready to go back in service.

Have fun! – Run the Gun – and remember – Fish Heads are Cheap!!

Where the flamingos roam-

I have had a number of people ask about the lawn that the flamingos romp around on. Folks, all I do is cut the stuff. The question I ask everyone – Are you fighting your lawn or are you enjoying your lawn? More importantly are your flamingos enjoying their lawn?


Do they have the occasional pick up ball game?


Do your flamingos steal your carbonated and non-carbonated adult beverages and start conga lines?

Do they hang with the squirrels around the bottom of the bird feeders?

If you are spending your time fighting your lawn instead of enjoying your lawn you need to call Sunset Lawns – 402-537-8030 – and talk to them about your lawn. Sunset Lawns is economical and their service truly works. They put six treatments per season on your lawn. What it needs and when it needs it. No guessing your way way through the stuff you buy at the store – how much? when? water afterwards? All the guess work gone. This is the second season and the difference is hard to believe. Don’t have time to mow? – let them know – they have companies available to make your lawn touch free if you want.

I cut my lawn with the mower set as high as it will go – no lay over – no matting – it is so thick it stands up at a 4 inch cutting height!! Take your shoes and socks off and it is like walking on a thick shag carpet, no stickers or burrs – nothing – just thick green lawn. They went ahead and aerated and over seeded at the end of the first season. (it had been years and there were several thin spots) The lawn is so thick that I have only watered twice this year! The thicker and taller the grass the better the soil  retains moisture and subsequently the less watering.

If you want to enjoy your lawn and more importantly have your flamingos enjoy your lawn give Sunset Lawns a call (402-537-8030) – their motto – “in thickness and in health” – and they mean it!

Originally published in August 1016 – still using Sunset Lawns and the flamingos are still enjoying themselves!!

Have Fun! – Run the Gun! – and remember – Fish Heads are Cheap!!

Taurus Curve – an “out of the box” Review

I love it when the majority of manufacturers talk “innovation”. There are some interesting design features on several firearm platforms – innovation?? – really?? Well let’s take a look at something that is innovative . . .

Of course we all know the box is curved – but it’s almost obligatory to point that out


inside the box is where the fun begins


The usual suspects – manuals,spare magazine,trigger guard, and of course your key for the firearm lock or ie  the Hillary hole.


and now we start stepping out of the box – both with the firearm and innovation. The curve is quite apparent – and tucks against your hip very comfortably. The manual sights consist of the white lines centered on the bore of the pistol and do work well – with practice. The stippling on the back of the grip actually does quite well.


as does the stippling on the front of the grip


left side


completely smooth – no slide stop – magazine release – nothing to snag

right side


belt clip,nice index point for your finger and the on – off – and mode switch for the laser.


With 7 rounds of Hornady Critical Defense.

I highly recommend either critical duty or critical defense as a carry ammunition. In fact I carry one or the other in every pistol I rotate through except my 10 mm Glock 20 – steady diet of Buffalo Bore 180 grain jacketed hollow points – there is just something about that large of a round at almost 1400 feet per second that appeals to me.


top to bottom – Keltec P3AT – Taurus Curve – Walther PK380


left to right – P3AT – Curve – PK380


left to right – P3AT – Curve – PK380 – one more picture and then some thoughts . . .


What has Taurus done ? They have made a complete package for the masses. Most people are not enthusiasts when it comes to firearms. They really don’t want to have to buy a firearm – and a holster – then a laser – then a different holster – then a laser light combo – then a different holster – all of a sudden that 300 or 400 dollar gun is now 800 or more plus training and practice costs plus licensing fees plus- plus – plus. . . .

Taurus has taken most of that and gotten rid of it. Loop the lanyard on a belt loop – put the trigger guard on the pistol – clip inside your pants – good to go. Drawing and presentation is easy enough with practice. Scoop the pistol from the outside of your pants – get your thumb behind it and get a grip – continue vertically out of your pants until clear – maintain vertical and bring the gun forward and the lanyard will strip the trigger guard – index your finger and bring it around in front and get your support hand on it – pop the laser on and you are at low ready. Now practice that set of motions 4 or 5 hundred times. Go to the range and put 4 or 5 hundred rounds through the pistol both with and without using the laser. practice – practice – practice !!

LASERLYTE Corp did a great job designing the light/laser module. No problem with daylight visibility at 21 feet. The trigger pull, although long,  is smooth and breaks good. Again, that P word gets in the way – PRACTICE! For a relatively light pistol, perceived recoil is very minimal – shape and weight distribution has a lot to do with that. Taurus spent some time and effort getting the ergonomics of the pistol as right as possible.

Things I would like to see offered:

  • a barrel chambered in 32 N.A.A. ( a cartridge designed by North American Arms – A bottle necked 380 – An incredible mouse gun round since Hornady started making it in Critical Defense)
  • Upsize the platform to a 9mm (but then your starting to go backwards – adding size – weight – thickness etc.)

I am not an “operational operator operating operationally” nor am I a “mall ninja” – I am just a guy that has used firearms in a professional and personal fashion for over 30 years. I quit counting handguns rounds downrange when I got to 100,000 plus. I cannot emphasize this enough – PRACTICE.

Have Fun! – Run the Gun! – and remember – Fish Heads are Cheap!!