Monday, May 12, 2014

S&W 640

I, like many, don't like the lock on post Clinton Era Smith and Wesson revolvers.

This dislike is mostly irrational.  Oh sure, folks worry about the lock engaging when you don't want it to.  But that is such a remote event.  It is ugly, yes.  And it does represent a time when S&W surrendered to the forces of darkness back in the 1990s.

Despite this irrationality, I still choose to avoid purchasing new S&W revolvers because of the 'zit' on the side of the gun.  It's just the way it is, upstairs, in T-Bolts brain. 

Smith and Wesson has emerged back into the light of the bad old Clinton gun banning days, yet still put that lock on the side of most of their wheelguns.  (I don't know what they were thinking.  Were they just going to be a handcuff manufacturing company?)

It's sorta like a Smart Gun.  It became a feasible option, so anti civil rights states like my own (for shame, Maryland) mandated them, for the most part.  Never give an inch.  I am willing to compromise with the anti-gun side.  But OUR side has been doing all the compromising.  We need decades of compromising from THEM before I will consider it a reasonable idea to give up some ground to them.

Anyway.  The lock on revolvers.  If S&W got rid of it, I'd buy more revolvers.  And at the NRAcon I noticed a brand new 640 (one of my favorite models) without a lock.  Ka-loo, ka-lay!  It also had tritium sights.  A plus.  AND is cut for moon clips.  Seems you can get it through their Pro Series section. A good development, I think.  Incremental improvement from S&W.  Good job.

If I ever get a 9mm, I've been more impressed with the M&P, too, of late, and would give it serious consideration.

So that's TWO new guns to add to my List of secondary or tertiary wants.


Angus McThag said...

The zit is no problem...

640-3 Lock Delete

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

I just hate it.

Bob said...

I had one of the original 640's in .38 Special. Got rid of it after using it on a robber, losing my job, and suffering for a while with PTSD. Wish I still had it. Or at least the Craig Spegel Cocobolo grips I stupidly left on it when I sold it.