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This is a discussion on Airweight 642 within the Training Techniques forums, part of the General category; I just purchased a 38 Special 642 Airweight for carrying, the belly sights are brutal I couldn't hit Moby Dick ...
05-19-2011, 07:46 AM #1
I just purchased a 38 Special 642 Airweight for carrying, the belly sights are brutal I couldn't hit Moby Dick if he swam 5 feet in front of me.
Any suggestions, I know I'm a good shot with my other handguns but I just can't seem to get comfortable with this.
05-19-2011, 08:06 AM #2Bill,
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05-19-2011, 08:59 AM #3
Practice Practice Practice
Dry Fire the crap out of it - ease's the trigger pull
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05-19-2011, 09:10 AM #4
The snub revolver is its own animal, that's for sure. Like the others said, get a trigger job, and also look at getting different grips (the trade off might be less concealability). Also look into training if you have the time and money: www.snubtraining.com and like Dirtypacman says: practice, practice, practice...Member, Gun Owner's Action League
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05-19-2011, 09:21 AM #5
What kind of grip are you using? You should have your weak hand thumb wrapped over the strong hand. It's much more controllable that way. See Jerry Miculek's j-frame grip
The j-frame takes a lot of practice to shoot. I can put all rapid fire 5 rounds center of mass @ 10m relatively easily now. This would be incredibly simple with any other handgun I have, but the j-frame is a different beast.
05-19-2011, 08:28 PM #6
Two ideas for you.
Make sure that the front sight is level with the rear sight. Lots of folks that are new to the J frame put the front sight way to high. It should look like this ( . . . ) not this ( . I . )
Second the 642 does have a long trigger but its break is very predictable. You can time the break by pulling the trigger 3/4's of the way and then realign your sights and give it a final squeeze.
Hope this helps.
05-19-2011, 08:58 PM #7
- Join Date
- Mar 2008
If you are willing to cheat, there is a 50 dollar rebate on Crimson Trace products til the end of June IIRC, and one of our members is offering them at a substantial discount. Just make sure you know what kind of grip you like best before ordering.
05-20-2011, 02:14 PM #8
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- Oct 2008
- Leominster, MA
im with you, when i got my 638 i couldnt hit anything to save my life. i had to stand 3 feet from the paper to get used to the sights, now im shooting it at 15yds with acceptable results.
like was said, practice practice practice!
05-20-2011, 02:41 PM #9
- Join Date
- May 2009
- Braintree, MA
I have a 360PD, the .357 version of your gun. A CT lasergrip will help you with your dry fire practice. You must REALLY focus on your front sight and trigger press or else you're going to lose sight picture at the last second. I find DA practice with my Smith Mod 65 helps with trigger control. Remember, this isn't a range gun. This is an up close and personal gun. Honestly if you need to use a gun like this at more than 21 feet you need to go and get another pistol, or a longarm, or just run away.
05-20-2011, 02:43 PM #10
- Join Date
- Apr 2005
- Near Framingham
Get a trigger job. Put a dab of orange paint on the front sight. Get a Crimson Trace grip. And lots of dry firing.
Personally, I did much of that, but still ended up buying a PM-9 instead.