Updated: Sep 9, 2019
Today we took a look at the Smith and Wesson 442. The 442 .38 Special Airweight is a +P lightweight aluminum alloy j-frame revolver. It has an overall length of 6.3 inches. The carbon steel cylinder sports a 5 round capacity and the firearm weighs in at around 14.9 ounces. It has a comfortable, two finger, rubber grip and an integral fixed sight system. The trigger is a double-action only pull with an internal hammer. The pull weight is roughly 11 pounds. This .38 is perfect for pocket concealment, especially with the enclosed hammer, and it is an ideal close contact firearm. It is light so there is a lot of kick in the recoil and considerable muzzle flip. The double action trigger pull is long and heavy, but that is to be expected with this type of pocket firearm. I wouldn’t recommend this firearm for novice shooters. If you are new to the firearm world and you are interested in a .38 Special, I would recommend one that is heavier with more manageable recoil. For me, this is a situational firearm. I can’t say the 442 is something that I would use as a primary every day carry firearm. I would, absolutely, consider it as a pocket or an ankle backup. In my opinion, it is always a good idea to have a good contact backup firearm. You won’t be winning any accuracy competitions with the 442, but in a close combat situation it might just be the right tool for the job. The MSRP is $469 but we have found them as low as $300.