Smith & Wesson Model 351 C J-Frame
Great for personal defense and recreational shooting, the Smith & Wesson Model 351 C J-Frame .22 Magnum Revolver features an XS Sights® white-dot front sight and a fixed U-notch rear sight. It’s made with an aluminum-alloy frame and cylinder, a stainless-steel, 1.875-inch barrel, a synthetic grip and an enclosed, snag-free hammer.
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351 = A Winner
I have owned this handgun for the past 5 years. Easy to use and carry and sounds like a 38 SPL when shot - but no recoil
Good gun but....
I had to send mine back to S&W for repair/inspection due to pitting or corrosion around the firing pin bushing. That and the frame looked like it was taking a beating although I only owned it for 11 months and shot 5...00 rounds thru it with only a handful of them were +P's. The rest were standard pressure 38 special. The gun carries very well in a OWB holster, is lightweight. Easy to point & shoot. I'm just not convinced on the aluminum alloy frame longevity if you plan on actually shooting it often. more
Simple, reliable, and powerful.
This is the ideal handgun for a novice shooter. All you do is point and squeeze the trigger. Much simpler to operate than an automatic. It does not even have or need a safety. You can leave it fully loaded all the time, ...without the spring fatigue you get with automatics. The .38 Special cartridge is hugely powerful, but almost without any recoil at all. Five shots is enough for anything except a prolonged gun battle. more
Best CCW with some practice
J frame revolvers are not easy to shoot well if you do not practice, BUT if you practice even a little bit, which anyone carrying a gun SHOULD do, there really is no better option for general concealed carry. Simple, rel...iable, adequate power and in a size and weight that encourages you to carry it anytime you can. I now own 3 of these because I have grown to love what they offer. I have other weapons which get carried occasionally when circumstances require it, but a j frame is on my person nearly ever moment. more
A no worry point and shoot pistol.
Light weight easy to hide and carrie in your pocket.
Due to what was on sale, I had a choice between the .38 special 642 with the internal lock and the 442 without the lock. Both were the same price. I went with the 442 and am very pleased I did. I didn’t like the idea o...f the lock, nor do I like the hole where the lock is located.Also, if you are going to use this gun for concealment, all Black makes the most sense to me. A high quality firearm.Enjoy ! more
Concealibility, reliability, and maintenance.
This revolver fulfills the above referenced qualities quite well. While I would prefer having the ability to cock the firearm, single action, for better accuracy, it makes up for this downfall with up close, fast respons...e. more
Ultimate Carry Gun!
I bought this just over a year ago. I also have a Shield but I keep finding myself reaching for this one. I love the simplicity and reliability. Simple as a hammer. Works every time. Combine with a Versacarry and this wi...ll be your everyday carry. more
light weight revolver
This is by far the lightest revolver I have even owned and I have owned several. I would have given it a 5 star but I have not fired it yet. I bought it with the intention of using it as a back up when hunting or venturi...ng into the forest. The .38 caliber has plenty of kick if you ever have to protect yourself from predator's and it's light weight makes it easy to carry. more
Not a gun for a woman
I got this gun on the recommendation from a saleslady. Having never shot one I took her word for it that it was a great gun to start with. I couldn't even use it for my CPL training. It has an awful recoil that stung my ...hand. Even my husband dislikes shooting it and he has the S&W Bodyguard .38. I can't wait to unload it on a different gun. I wouldn't recommend this to anybody! more
Nice gun! Fits easily in front pocket and on't have to worry about hammer getting snagged!
642 Airweight: Very Pleased
My first center-fire revolver. Very light weight, but I did not find the recoil objectionable. Fired about 24 rounds the first time- no complaints. Grips fit my hand well. Accuracy was good at 25 feet: everything was on ...target. The sights are almost non-existent as this is designed for pocket carry. However, I got used to them quickly and did just fine.The pistol is aesthetically lovely: I almost didn't want to fire it! WIll replace my .380 pocket pistol for many applications. Expensive- but worth it. This one is a keeper! more
Bought this for my wife for Christmas. She is very pleased with ease of use and the laser is a confidence booster. right out of the box it was right on.
Fantastic concealed carry.
I have the 642 and my wife has the 637. They are very accurate, comfortable to shoot, light weight and always reliable. Of all the guns we own, the Smith and Wesson J frame is my "go to" gun for everyday carry.... If I ever need a gun, I know these will always function to save my life. You'll never have to worry about failures to feed or extract with a revolver and Smith and Wesson sure builds quality at a price you can afford. more
First Hand Gun Purchase... S&W 642 Airweight
I spent a lot of time shopping for my first self defense pistol and admittedly tried to cover way too many contingencies for one purchase. My first concern was that I wanted something my wife and I could both use, so I w...anted to go simple and a revolver seemed to make sense. I also wanted something small and lightweight so I could use if for concealed carry. I have to say the gun is perfect for simplicity and concealed carry, so it was the right purchase for us. more
S & W 637-2 Accuracy!
Surprised at the accuracy from a snub nose revolver. About 500 rounds down range, and it gets better, the more I use it. At 30 ft., able to hit 8 inch target consistently.Simple, reliable, dependable, and fun to shoot. W...hat else do you need? Love it! more
Small in Size, Big in Performance
Not counting a Taurus .357 I purchased and returned the same day, this is my first wheel gun. I have only fired about 250 rounds out of it at this time, but so far I really like it. For such a short barrel it is amazingl...y accurate. I can hit the forehead of a silhouette target more often with it than I can with my Stoeger 9mm at the same distance. I have fired a mix of standard .38spl and .38+P and the kick is a lot more than what I have become used to in my 9mm, but is still manageable. I have fired other revolvers before, but aside from the previously mentioned Taurus, this is the first I have owned. The ergonomics are good for a revolver and everything operates smoothly. While it does not have a safety, the trigger is heavy enough that accidental discharge is very unlikely. This has a block on the hammer that does not drop until the trigger is pulled past a certain point so snagging the hammer will be unlikely to cause a discharge. After the horror stories I have heard about the internal lock engaging and rendering the weapon useless I decided to remove the lock. Since this is to be a personal defense weapon I cannot afford to take chances on it being rendered unusable when I need it most. It was a simple procedure and I kept the lock pieces I removed in case I want to reinstall it later. There are three negative issues with this weapon. Limited capacity (5 rounds). Limited capacity is just inherent in revolvers, so if you are not comfortable with that go with a semi auto. Recoil, the light weight combined with the greater charge as compared to the similarly sized 9mm gives this a bit of a kick. Again, recoil is an issue more inherent with revolvers as they do not have the slide or bolt to absorb the energy. And in a defense situation the adrenaline will be pumping and you will not notice it. The third, very minor issue is the grip size. I have large hands and the grip is just a little too small for me to use comfortably for long periods of time. But then I did not purchase this to be a range weapon. I would definitely recommend this for anyone looking for a small lightweight personal defense weapon. more
I purchased this pistol for my wife to carry once she gets her CC licence. It's super light weight but still feels very solid and didn't have as much kick as I was expecting for the weight. I haven't shot the +P rounds y...et but I expect it to be a pleaseure as well! I like it so much I'm seriously thinking of buying another one for me to carry! Can't go wrong with this little slice of .38 heaven! more
Lightweight and shockingly accurate when firing. This little gun surprised the heck out of me. No expert recommends the Air weight. I say BS. For concealed carry reliability you can't go wrong. +P is the way to go for am...mo. more
Excellent concealed carry weapon
This was one of the first handguns of many that I bought several years ago. It is the most used concealed carry weapon that we have. I prefer the feel and punch of a Model 60 or a medium-sized semi-auto but there are tim...es and attire that make this little jewel the best choice. more
Did something right
Got my wife the 637 w lasergrip. She never liked to use my semi-autos, mainly the slide actions. Just wanted to point and shoot with a red dot. So after a long time deciding I went and got this for her. She was delighted... when she saw it because it meant I actually listened to her. It works well at the range. But the best part for me was using only my points to purchase. Felt like a free gun! more
Excellent revolver! Just got it and put over 100 rounds through it at the range...no hiccups at all. Trigger is what I've come to expect from a S&W revolver (I have a model 37 as well). Smooth yet firm. Accuracy is g...reat for a snubby. Conceals nicely as well using an IWB holster. Was initially torn between a 442, 642 (same as 442 but silver), and the 638. Once I got to Bass Pro though, which was the only place around that had all three in stock to compare each to the other, the 638 was the one I settled on and I'm glad I did; the SA option makes range practice much more fun. more
Nice Pistol But
Bought this for my wife, trigger pull is to heavy for her, going to have to take to gunshop to have trigger pull lightened up.
excellent small frame revolver
I bought a model 642 I won,t bore you with a long drawnout review,revolver is light weight,very accurate at 13 yards,finish is great workman ship is excellent and easy to clean.The only addition I made is larger grips ca...use I have large paws. don,t have ta be long winded to say its an excellent revolver. more
Excellent choice for ccw
I've had a model 38-2 for more than 20 years. During that time, many 9mm and .40 autos have come and gone, but that well-worn j-frame continues to quietly and unobtrusively accompany me on a daily basis. When my wife got... her ccw, I suggested a j-frame, since she could keep it in her purse with virtually no threat of an AD. She was insisting on an auto, because revolvers were "old-fashioned". I finally convinced her to wait to hear what the instructor had to say, and I'm glad to report that we ended up getting her a 442. There are other small revolvers by other manufacturers that also fill the niche, but S&W created this concept. The revolver is simple, reliable, and not ammo-sensitive. It is a great choice for someone looking for personal protection at "bad-breath" range. The choice of loads in .38 is very broad, and my experience has indicated that the 158 grain bullets seem to be what the sights are set up for from the factory. Being a bit of a gun enthusiast, I carry a few different guns, however, if I were forced to choose the one ccw gun I'd keep, it'd be my J-frame. more
I really enjoy this revolver. It's always with me as a primary or backup. This gun is so light that you will forget it's there. Very easy to conceal. Smooth trigger pull when new and becomes very good when broken in. Has... a fair (not obnoxious) amount of recoil with +Ps. Just need to get a good grip on it and enjoy the ride. The gun is accurate, but, like any snubnose, it takes some practice. Only minor complaint I have is the protective clear coating on the frame is somewhat fragile. I've bought and sold several guns, but, this one is a keeper. more
great pocket gun
The shielded hammer makes it a great gun to carry. It shoots single or double action.
Great CCW Pistol With S&W Build Quality.
This was my first hand gun purchase for CCW home and home defense. Reliable as the day is long. I put a CT laser on it for indoor use. 38SPL+P has good kick and stopping power. I have the version with no hammer and is th...e best CCW gun out there. More concealable that an LC9/380 but only has 5 rounds. Good nightstand buddy. more
I bought this gun as a conceal carry gun. I was worried about the cylinder size for carry, but with the purchase of a cheap pocket holster that doubt went away. I carry this revolver everywhere with absolutely no problem.... The gun fires awesome very little blowback and the grips are nice, comfortable and rounded so they fit your hand well. My first carry gun was a Taurus 9mm and after firing this gun I got rid of that 9mm quick. The 442 is light weight, easy to conceal and dead on accurate at 7-10 yards. I love this gun and would recommend it to anyone, you definitely won't be disappointed. more
S & W 638 and Model 60
I bought the S&W 638 and traded it for a Glock it in three months, I found it to be inaccurate and not a fun gun to shoot. The worst hand gunI ever owned,
The Model 60 is a great gun for home defense or concealed-carry although some people may find it a little heavy to carry all day. I've put app. 500 rounds through this gun and find it very accurate considering the barrel... length.No problems whatsoever, just use common sense, good ammo and, like any gun, ALWAYS clean it at the end of the day. more
I bought this pistol for my daughter. She wanted a concealed carry pistol and the salesman from Bass Pro recommended this one. He was right. This firearm is very safe, very easy to operated and has plenty of power. The h...ammerless design doesn't hang on anything in her purse or her clothing. This one is definitely a winner for the ladies as well as men who want a smaller secondary firearm close and convenient. more
Bought this for my wife. We had been looking at the S&W Bodyguard .38 but could not find one anymore. We saw this in the store and she checked out the pistol and liked it just as much as the Bodyguard. Shoots real ni...ce, the laser makes ot easier for her to know she is on target. Is accurate within 10 yards which is all she needs for personal defense. more
S&W 637 with Laser Grips is Smooth and Accurate
Bought this for my wife who is a novice shooter for personal defense. She was hitting drink bottles everytime from 15 to 20 yards... yes yards. Once the laser was sighted in, she didn't miss, even in very dim light (dusk... at the range) she nailed the bottles every time. Highly recommended for the one you love or those who might have a hard time using open sights and short barrels. .38spl had light recoil. The action is smooth, really sweet. Couldn't be more pleased. I have confidence the wife will hit her targets with plenty of knock down power. more
Ive owned a 638 for about a yr now and i must say it is a great quality built gun for the price, its very sturdy, and is a great concealed carry weapon. When you wear it on your hip its so light sometimes you forget abou...t it. It shoots great at close range like it should and for a short barell. I was playin around with it one day to see how well it shot at distance and i still hit a board about 40 yards away . the board was about 12 inches tall and 14 inches wide but either way thats a center mass size area. I wouldnt recommend it for a going out all the time for just shooting practice type of gun for obvious reasons lol. The only thing i would say is a flaw is the small handle but what can u expect from a small gun. more
Model 638 J frame
I've been carrying a variety of 9mm semi-auto pocket guns(I am a CCW permit holder). My Glock 26 has been the most accurate and the only one that can be described as reliable. But it does jam on rare occasions and it too... bulky for pocket carry. more
Loads of Fun
This is the third revolver I have purchased, picked it up one week ago. I put 50 rounds through it and it has already become my favorite handgun. Accuracy always comes down to the shooter (unless there is some sort of ma...chining error, etc) and I was "combat effective" at 20 yards with this .38. In other words, I can put the bullets on which ever body part I want : ) In terms of "kick", this has less than my Ruger GP100 with .357 rounds ( 4inch ). I figured it was light and small so the .38 would feel like the .357, not quite. Trigger pull not bad at all and I have medium/large hands. I feel comfortable having my wife try it (and she is little). Excellent purchase, I love it. more
So far I have been impressed with the S&W 638.I dont care for the internal lock and wish S&W would dump it.Fit and finish were excellent.Timing was perfect and the DA/SA modes very smooth.Accuracy was also very g...ood and shot to POA with 158 +p LSWC and 135gr Speer GDs.I liked the rubber "boot" type grip the revo came with,no need to buy an after market one.Recoil was manageable. more
Great for CCW!
As a single woman who spends a lot of time outdoors, I got my CCW as soon as possible. I'd used a shotgun plenty of times, but never a handgun, and I wanted something that was: 1) easy to carry, 2) good for self-defense ...and would leave the wind whistling through someone who tried to attack me, and 3) easy to handle (I don't have the best grip strength). more
Best overall CC handgun
Models are identical, except for finish - 642 (silver) & 442 (black) - 15+ oz unloaded, 5-shot cylinder for .38 SPCL & .38+P ammo. Factory grips are small, but enhance concealability. Internal hammer, intended to... avoid snagging in pocket or holster, requires shooting double-action-only (DAO).Light weight, short barrel, & DAO trigger pull need some getting used to, but recoil is manageable. VERY accurate, even with +P ammo. As revolvers, not finicky & ALWAYS dependable.I use DeSantis & Safariiland pocket holsters for year-round CC. In terms of size, weight, reliability, stopping power - in my opinion, best overall handgun for CC. You won't be disappointed with S&W quality. Highly recommended. more
Light and Powerful
Purchased this gun for my wife as he can not pull the slide back on our HK and HiPower 9mm pistols. Very lingt and well made and amazingly accurae for such a short barrel. What really surprised was the kick. You get to f...eel the full force of those .38 Spl. cartridges. Way way more than with the mild, heavier semi-automatics. Just got to get used to it, I guess. Will look into some Hogue grips, maybe providing and offering a little bit more padding. I am satisfied. One last comment; Wish I could find a "speed loader" that worked well without having to shave or modify the stock grips slightly, to make room for a more "straight in" cartridge insertion (without a lot of jiggling). more
Great gun for CC. Belt holster or coat pocket. Reliability? Can't find better. +P rounds are very accuarate. Love this gun!
Fun to shoot, reliable and accurate. I have a big hand and not a problem. I find the kick very mild and the trigger even on double action is great. Alsogreat for women that might have problems working the slide of a semi...-auto pistol. Great for concealment. more
Excellent go everywhere pocket gun with acceptable accuracy. Lightweight and snag proof.
Best light weight purchase
After carring a large frame 357 Colt for 30 years. I purchased a S&W 642 in April. To my surprise this weapon is an excellent purchase. You don't know your carrying it. You can carry it in a pocket or belt holster wi...th out any problems. The weapon handles well under fire with very little recoil and it is very accurate to 50 yards. The grip laser that came with this weapon is great in low light or night shooting, here again it is very accurate.I would highly recommend this firearm for men and women for personnel defense. more
good ccw gun
I bought this as an alternate ccw weapon. It is very light weight and compact, so easy to carry. I've found the revolver to be a little more bulky than an auto pistol, but still pretty good. I'm not a great marksman and ...have found this lightweight gun to be a little less accurate than my auto, 6 or 7 of 10 shots in 6 inches at 25 feet compared to 7 or 8 of 10 in 3 inches with the auto. But it is very accurate within 10 feet, so great carry gun. It is also easy to clean. more
642 Airweight - I never leave home w/out it
Best EVERY day CC gun I have found. I'd rather have 5 .38spc +ps in my pocket, than 12 .45acps at home. It slips easily into the front pocket of most of my pants and shorts (IWB for thin clothing). It's so light I forget... it's there. Easy to operate in any circumstances, literally point and squeeze. more
The 642 revolver I bought a year and a half ago from Cabelas is my constant companion.
The 638 is great!
I own a 638 Airwieght. It's snag free with a shrouded hammer, light wieght, accurate very concealable and packs a punch with the 38 spc.This is a great CC gun. I've taken it all over and even hiked up mountains with it. ...You forget it's even there.If your looking for a great CC gun. This is it. more
I own the 637 airweight snubby
This is the real deal, I love it so much I want to buy another one. It is so light weight in my pocket I can carry it all day where ever I go. It gets a lot of use, unlike my CZ or Kimber, all safe queens. The recoil is ...pretty tame, not sure why some people fuss over +p loads. My 9 year old son likes to shoot it. I'm looking to buy the 12oz 357 tit version of this gem. I have the CT laser grips on it that give it a huge tactical advantage as the sights are not the best for accuracy. The gun is accurate, its just that the sight radius is too short and the sights are intended for concealment for no snag draw. So get a laser and you can hit cans at 50Y.Cons;I have the non-barbed hammer so it sometimes snags when drawing from my pocket.The paint will chip on the back of the grip if you drop your keys into the same pocket. lots of these chips now on my airweight.People will think your crazy for carrying it all the time as its that light weight - comfortable. more