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    Plinker KevinH's Avatar
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    S&W 642 Airlight Grip suggestion

    My wife has a S&W 642 Airlight with the (she had to have) Crimson Trace Laser grip. CT just didn't shape it for aging hands and it pounds the web between the thumb and index finger. She loves the gun but hates the pain. I tried it today and it took the fun out of it. It would work for self-defense as it is but you get into a showdown with paper more ofter, fortunately.

    I have looked at Hogue grips and they seem to be slip-on. I'm not sure about things that slip on...they coudl slip off. If you must glue them on then that would hamper service and cleaning.

    The Pachmar seem to use the standard screw but I'm not sure about the comfort and protection to the web area.

    This model has the round butt as well. (the gun, that is)

    Experiences with these or others?

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    I have Uncle Mike's grips on my 442.

    You may be able to help a little, but a 642 is going to pound her regardless of the grips because it's so light.

    I know you didn't ask, but you might want to try a different gun with less felt recoil. If she really wants a revolver, you could try the new .327 magnum.
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    Rhino's right. You might be able to make the pain a bit less intensive, but there's a reason nobody wears a Airlite out -- they'll pound your hands into hamburger in nothing flat. With that said, I've seen folks over at THR saying that the ladysmith grips are pretty good.

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    Hmmm. New range gun for the wife, but she can carry the 642 for protection. I think that's what I'm hearing. Psychologist call that projecting your feelings onto others. I like you guys! The lightweight is what the guys at TDI said would be a problem for the 900+ rounds she shot in a weekend. They loaned her a steel .38 for the class. She is going back to her old Glock (which is in the shop for some enhansments) which will have a 3.5 pound trigger verses the 12 pounder of the S&W. If someone invents a reasonably priced wheel gun with a semi-auto trigger pull, they'd have a product.

    Thanks for the help.
    Kevin
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    tyranny. When the government fears the people there is lilberty." Thomas Jefferson

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    What is THR?
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    tyranny. When the government fears the people there is lilberty." Thomas Jefferson

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    Hey, if she shoots a Glock, why not carry a Glock???!!

    A Glock 19 or 26 is a great choice for a carry gun. Nothing wrong with an airweight J-frame, but Glocks are easier to shoot well.
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    Which Crimson Trace grip on the 642? There are three models.

    One has a grip similar to the stock shape of a nice, soft rubber.
    LG-405


    One has a grip similar to the stock shape but of a hard plastic and an economy price.
    LG-105

    One has the nice, soft rubber and a "combat" grip - extended for a full grip with small hands.
    LG305


    I've got the LG305 and it is a pleasure to shoot. The trade off is it is slightly longer and slightly more difficult to conceal. I got mine factory from S&W on the gun, badged with the S&W logo.

    If you're local to Indy, I could meet at the range and she could try it. If she likes it better, we might consider a swap (if you've got the 405. No interest in 105.)
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    I installed the 305's on my wifes 642, it improved her range experience quite a bit. The trade off is the difference in the added width and overall height it adds to the butt of the revolver, but a big improvement in shooting comfort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinH View Post
    What is THR?
    The High Road.... nat'l gun forum like The Firing Line.
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