One of me next firearm purchases is a snub nosed S&W revolver.
But most every Smith and Wesson comes with a stupid little trigger lock on the frame. Certainly the models I am interested in. (S&W reveresed policy and actually offer some new models of snubbies without a lock.)
And the great State of Maryland kinda insists on trigger locks, anyhoo. If you get a new gun without one you have to buy a State-approved external trigger lock. And they only like the expensivest kind.
So why are my knickers in a twist? It's an extra mechanical doohicky on my gun that could fail when I need it most. The purpose of a snubbie is self-protection, not target competition or hunting. You need it to work like a fork. Not a fork that you need to unlock. Or a fork that locks its own self in your pocket.
Sure, you'll get all the anecdotal evidence in the world that will tell you the lock is dang reliable. It only fails .00000000001 % of the time. Yeah, so? The .0000etc... is too much.
(you alos can get anaecdotal evidence that it fails once every 5 shots or so... but we'll give S&W the benefit of the doubt.)
I just fixed a .44 where a screw that rattled loose caused a total failure in.... uh... stick-togetheredness!
If a screw can rattle loose, a lock can rattle closed.
So, I'd rather not have a lock on my 640. I also want a gun never owned by anyone before. Looks like I wish in want hand and poop in the other and see which fills up first. The chance of getting a pre-lock 640 New In Box from something like Gunbroker is pretty remote.
- Wait for S&W to ome to their senses and make a gun right.
- Buy one with the lock and get a GOOD revolver gunsmith to totally disable it.
Crap. Neither option is good.
Extra doohickeys == BAD. Nothing extra that stands in the way of reliability == GOOD.