Let’s face it: other than Smith & Wesson, no one likes the internal locks that have plagued the S&W line of revolvers for years now. I know of many people, myself included, who have passed on buying a new S&W revolver because of the infernal things. Well, things may be changing.
Last year, Smith & Wesson claimed to have found a batch of old, pre-lock frames for the the 642. So, the company ran a rather limited production of them. I guess they sold pretty well, as S&W is now offering the 442 and 642 revolvers without internal locks.
Called the ‘Pro Series’ the new 442 and 642 revolvers, feature the standard 1 7/8″ barrel and ‘hammerless’ profile of the traditional 442 and 642 handguns. Two major differences stand out. The first is the lack of internal safety. The second is the cylinder is cut for full-moon clips.
Smith & Wesson has not published a MSRP, so let’s hope this is not another limited production run.